MEET your TEAM

At Abbey Veterinary Centre,  all our staff pride themselves in providing the best possible care for your pets. As a practice we encourage each individual to follow their own area of interest and this results in an experienced and diverse team; here for you….

Veterinary Surgeons

Small Animal Director
Ben Hynes
MA VetMB CertVC (Veterinary Cardiology) MRCVS
I qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996 and subsequently worked in small animal hospitals in England and Scotland before becoming the small animal director at Abbey Vets in November 2007. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but have special interests in cardiology, internal medicine, dentistry, exotics and diagnostic imaging - in particular ultrasonography. I obtained my RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2001. I love the variety and intellectual challenge of clinical veterinary medicine. I enjoy my vocation every day and learning from colleagues and developing my knowledge and clinical skills with continuing professional development (CPD). In my spare time I enjoy any type of sport and at the moment I am enjoying running and coaching football and rugby. We have a pet Sprocker Spaniel - Freddie, Tracey the tortoise and my secret pleasure is keeping guinea pigs by pretending they are for my children!
Veterinary Surgeon
David Baker
MRCVS
Hello, I qualified in 1984 from London and am an experienced surgical veterinarian recently achieving my 20 years continuous service award in 2016 with Abbey Vets. In work, my special veterinary interests are orthopaedics and trauma surgery. "David has been working in Abbey Vets since 1996 and has responsibility for mentoring programs for our surgical team. He is an excellent handyman and can often be found sourcing, fixing, building and overseeing maintenance of the practice equipment and buildings. This same handiness is often demonstrated by his ability in the operating room where he performs the more advanced orthopaedic and soft tissue procedures undertaken by our surgical team of vets and nurses."
Small Animal Director
Gary Champken
MA Vet MB MRCVS (Certificate in Small Animal Surgery)
I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2010 and went on to spend a year working for Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire before returning home to South Wales and starting work at Abbey vets in 2011. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but have a particular interest in surgery. "In December 2015 Gary completed his post-graduate surgery certificate awarded by the RCVS, passing with Distinction. He is now eligible to register as an Advanced Practitioner in small animal surgery."
Small Animal Director
Amanda Williams
MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2008. Having worked in mixed practice for a year I decided to become a solely small animal practitioner. I enjoy all aspects of first opinion small animal medicine and surgery. I am mainly located at our Abergavenny Surgery. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and learning to ski.
Veterinary Surgeon
Chris Walker
MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 and spent 18 months treating all creatures great and small in a mixed practice in Newent. I moved to Monnow Bridge Vets in March 2011 and have been loving living and working in Monmouth ever since. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and enjoy keeping up to date and providing a high standard of care. Out of work my wife, children and I love being part of the church family at Monmouth Baptist Church and that mostly keeps me out of mischief!
Veterinary Surgeon
Claire Bailey
MRCVS
I am one of the vets and I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice. I live locally with my husband and two children, our dog Blackberry and 2 guinea pigs. We all enjoy being out and about and can be found exploring the local countryside. I also like gardening and photography when time allows.
Veterinary Surgeon
Cate Wood
MRCVS
I am one of the vets. I have been working in Monmouth since 2012. I have had a varied career, working mainly in small animal practice, but also at edinburgh Zoo, having completed a Masters degree in exotic animal medicine. My favourite hobbies are sailing, netball, and photography. However, mostly I am found in the local playgrounds, running around after my errant son!
Veterinary Surgeon
Alicia Jones
MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2016. I am interested in all aspects of small animal practice, particularly feline medicine and surgery, having done my elective in feline medicine at university. In my spare time, I enjoy baking and spending time with my family and friends.
Veterinary Surgeon
Beatrice May
MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Katie Miller
MRCVS
I graduated from Bristol University in 2013 and worked in South Wales since graduation before returning 'home' to Abbey Vets in February 2017 where I had spent many of my student placements. I have an interest in small animal medicine and surgery. I live in Abergavenny with my husband our 2 cats and our growing family. Weekends will often be spent exploring the great outdoors in our converted campervan or getting involved with our local church.
Veterinary Surgeon
Maegan Potter
MRCVS
I graduated from the RVC in 2012 and went back to my hometown of Hereford to work in mixed practice for 5 years. I joined the abbey team in 2018 and split my time between the Abergavenny and Brecon practices. I enjoy all aspects of small animal medicine and am looking forward to further studying towards a post graduate certificate next year. In my free time you will mostly find me chasing after my 2 spaniels who have endless amounts energy, walking in the beautiful countryside. I also enjoy dance, singing and playing my guitar.
Rachel Davies
Veterinary Surgeon
Veterinary Surgeon
Alice Horne
Veterinary Surgeon

Veterinary Nurses

Head Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach
Rachel Williams - Senior Nurse (Staff and Training)

RVN

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse and have been working at Abbey vets for 12 years. I started nursing 15 years ago and have been qualified for 13 years. I am responsible for nurse clinics and specialise in Diabetc and weight clinics. My main nursing passion is with our feline patients and this is an area I devote a lot of my time towards, I enjoy my job as it is varied and no two days are the same. I enjoy interacting with the clients and seeing our patients go home happy. I have two cats ‘Dimmy’ and ‘Delilah’ both of who I rescued. ‘Dimmy’ has dietary intolerances, which alongside his asthma and pollen allergies makes him a challenging pet to care for and also allows me to be on top of any new foods available which helps with my diet clinics. I also have two Guinea Pigs ‘Tulip’ and ‘Mollie’. Outside of work I am a Guider with 5th Abergavenny Guides, I find voulenteering with the Guide association as it is very rewarding and enjoy the challenges working with a varitey of ages brings!
Senior Nurse (Operations and Equipment)
Clair Crowley

RVN

I have worked in practice since 2002 originally as a nursing assistant then proceeding with my nursing training and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2007. I have a strong interest in all aspects of dog behaviour which led to me gaining my nursing certificate in animal behaviour in 2012. I especially enjoying nursing of complex medical and emergency cases. Out of work I foster dogs for Hope Rescue alongside having my own dogs, cat and horse.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Aimee Ferguson

RVN

I have been in veterinary practice since May 2008, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in November 2012. I have been with Abbey Vets since April 2017 and will usually be found in our lovely Brecon branch. Having previously been in mixed practice, I am now enjoying focussing on just the small animals and have a particular intrest in emergency work and imaging. I am a keen runner and compete regularly in cross country and athletics. I also own an ex-racehorse called Reggie and a Lab x Collie called Poppy, so my spare time is mostly spent rushing around trying to keep us all fit!
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Tegan Barnard

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi i have worked in practice since 2014, i started with abbey vets in 2017. I am very intrested in emergency work and exotics. In my spare time i compete my two horses and enjoy walking my Jack Russell 'Mouse'.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Abbie Redman

I am currently a student at the University of South Wales in my last year of a veterinary nursing degree, I have gained a lot of experience with my time at Abbey Vets and I am looking forward to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse as I enjoy working with the animals. In my spare time I like to read and care for my dog, guinea-pigs and my bearded dragon.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Zoe Banks

RVN

Hi, my name is Zoe Banks and I am a qualified RVN. I am the regular nurse in the Tredegar practice and I am from Ebbw Vale. I enjoy spending time with my Labrador 'Murphey' and cat 'Budley'. I plan to continue my development as a RVN and build on my knowledge further.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Laura North

RVN

I am a Veterinary Nurse. My passion in life has always been my animals and I spend most of my time looking after my mini menagerie at home. I love the great outdoors and enjoy walking with my dogs. My hobbies also include playing squash and cooking. I'm known to have a sweet tooth!
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Christine Wright

RVN

I qualified in 2000 at Berkshire College of Agriculture. I have worked in practice for 25 years. I have a keen interest in wildlife and enjoy walks in the Forest of Dean with our 2 Springer Spaniels, cat and guinea pigs. I enjoy keep fit and cycling with the family.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Nicky Kear

ANA

I am a qualified Veterinary Nursing Assistant and have been with the team in Monmouth since May 2015. I enjoy running with my black lab and spending time with my two small children.
Auxillary Nurse/ Receptionist
Lucy Evans

Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Kate Taylor

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I am currently studying a veterinary nursing degree at University of South Wales. I have recently completed my 12 week placement at Abbey Vets Tredegar and continue to work as a receptionist/SVN until I begin my third year placement in Abergavenny. I have three chihuahuas; Poppy, Lilly and Ozzy and a horse called Dewi.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Siobhan Conaghan

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I graduated from Hartpury College and became a Registered Veterinary nurse in 2017. I joined the lovely Abbey Vets team in January 2018. Having begun my veterinary nursing career as an equine vet nurse I have since transferred my skills to small animals and I am really enjoying the new challenges (and puppy cuddles) that come with smallies! I have a keen interest in medical cases, radiography and emergency work. Outside of work I can usually be found rockclimbing, hiking or fast asleep in front of the fire!
Student Veterinary Nurse
Cassie Maggs

Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined the Abbey Vets Team in February 2018. Currently, I am a Student Veterinary Nurse in Abergavenny- due to qualify as a RVN this year. I have worked in veterinary practice for 4 years- which is a career choice I opted for since I was very young. I love my job (and very often have to be reminded when it’s time to go home!). I have a particular interest in rabbit care, handling and husbandry. At home, I own a wonderfully intelligent Labradoodle; Frankie-Doodle & A beautiful rescue rabbit (Pictured); B-Wabbit.
Night RVN
Lauren Guest

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Student Veterinary Nurse
Millie Tottle

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am currently a student studying Veterinary Nursing in Coleg Gwent Usk. Prior to joining Abbey Vets in October 2017 I completed my work experience in the Brecon branch and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have always loved animals and have grown up with them; so to have a career working with animals will be very rewarding
Student Veterinary Nurse
Adelaide Watkins

Student Veterinary Nurse

Student Veterinary Nurse
Lucy Phillips

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Reception and Administration

Finance Manager
Jean Flynn
I joined Abbey Vets in 2005 as Administrator, having previously been employed in various financial and administrative roles for more than 25 years. My current position of Finance Manager is an extremely wide-ranging role and the assortment of jobs that I undertake during a "day at the office" means that no two days are ever the same. This helps make my job more interesting and enjoyable, and I get a lot of job satisfaction from it. In my spare time I like to relax and spend time with my family. I love cats and have two of my own at home, who like to keep me company in the evenings while I am relaxing after a hard day at work.
Pet Insurance Administrator
Maria Bissex
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at Langford Veterinary School in 1991. I joined Abbey Veterinary Centres as Head Nurse in 1994. Several years later I accepted responsibility as sole nurse at our branch surgeries. After taking a break to start my family I returned here in 2008 as receptionist and am now the Pet Insurance Administrator. In my spare time I enjoy Body Combat and cycling with my family.
Reception Manager
Hannah Welsman
I began training as a Veterinary Nurse after leaving school and Qualified in 1998. Originally from Devon I moved up to Abergavenny and took up the role of Head Nurse here at Abbey. Seven years later I finished to become a full time Mum. I returned in 2010 to take up the role of veterinary receptionist and customer care manager. This fits nicely around caring for my two young daughters. As a family we enjoy spending time camping, caving and walking with our dogs ‘Lilith’ and 'Chewie'. I really enjoy assisting our veterinary team to provide the best possible care for our clients and their pets.
HR Manager and Tredegar Receptionist
Caroline Kingswell
My role in Tredegar surgery is anything and everything; from handling animals to answering the phone. I am also PDSA administrator and am the H R Manager for the practice. Since we have moved to our new premises in Commercial Street we are much busier and our day flies by. I have a Patterdale Terrier called 'Scamp' and I also volunteer for guide dogs, walking a dog once every week for him to have some respite and play time!
Receptionist
Lindsay Thomas
I have been involved with the veterinary profession for over 12 years, mainly on reception. I have 3 cats at home, Andy, Oscar and Molly. I love being outdoors gardening or riding my friends horses.
Tredegar Receptionist
Sian Huish
I originally started working in Veterinary practice in 1992 and joined Abbey in 1999, training as a nurse. I now work as a receptionist at the Tredegar branch surgery and have over 14yrs service with Abbey Vets. I have recently added a new addition to my family, a 15wk old puppy called 'Ragna' who is ruling the roost at the moment. Ragna likes to come to work with me occasionally, especially as he has found a new friend in 'Louis' who belongs to Ysobel, one of our vets. My job brings lots of variety and no two days are the same, plus we have incredibly lovely and kind clientele and that's why I love working at Abbey Vets.
Brecon Receptionist
Sarah Prothero
I have been working at the practice for 3 years, firstly with Beacons and now Abbey. I am a farmers wife with 3 children. My main interests include singing, cake decorating and working on the farm.
Brecon Receptionist
Ann Price
I have worked in various roles in this veterinary practice in Brecon for over twenty years. At home I have a lurcher and a horse which I enjoy spending time with. We enjoy going hill walking. I am a fluent Welsh speaker. R'wyf yn siarad cymraeg.
Office Manager (Monmouth)
Rachael Peters
RVN
I am a RVN, qualified in 2002 and have been working in practice for 19 years. I have 6 cats and 4 Chihuahua's, a few sheep and some chickens. I'm a bit of a foodie and love cooking, baking and eating! In my spare time I enjoy pottering around at home with my animals and exploring our local countryside.
Office Manager (Monmouth)
Laura Bartlett-Smith
VN
I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse who now enjoys life as part of the reception team. I love cats with a passion and I'm interested in feline behaviour. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading, running and horse riding.
Receptionist
Dawn Edwards
I joined Abbey Vets in 2016 after leaving Blaenau Gwent C.B.C where I had been employed for 25 years in the Legal & Estates Section. My family has always had an interest in animals and have owned a variety of pets over the years, the latest arrival is a Shih Tzu named 'Biscuit' in the photo.
Receptionist
Lisa Harris
I have been working as a receptionist at the practice for just over 3 years, firstly with Monnow Bridge and now with Abbey Vets. I love working as part of such a caring team and enjoy meeting the animals and their owners.
Receptionist
Roz Paramor
VN
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1994 and after many years in this role, I am now a part time receptionist at our Monmouth surgery. I am passionate about helping rescued pets to have a second chance and have had 2 fantastic rescue dogs of my own; Hollie, a lurcher cross and Pippin, a border collie. Not forgetting Dandelion and Burdock my adorable guinea pig brothers!
Receptionist
Laura Harrison
I joined the team at Abbey Vets in 2013, having previously worked at Nevill Hall Hospital looking after two legged patients. I really enjoy being part of the reception team here and getting to know our clients and their wonderful animals. I spend most of my spare time with my little shadow, Hollydog, who many of you will recognise from behind reception in Abergavenny -- she keeps us all under control! I also have two horses - Indie & Sox - and enjoy competing around the country with Indie who I bred myself.
Receptionist
Jan Sykes
Hi, I've been with Abbey vets since February 2016 as a receptionist in Abergavenny. My working life has mainly been in finance, so the change into being a receptionist and dealing with the public has been a delight. We have 3 rescue cats at home, all from Abbey, Sweetpea, Maximillian and Phoenix. Saffi, a 7 year old whippet, also lives with us.
Receptionist
Kate Messenger
Hello i'm Kate. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000 whilst working at Abbey vets in Abergavenny and am very happy to be back working as a receptionist in Brecon and occasionally in Abergavenny and Tredegar. I'm very fortunate to live on a farm with my three dogs, three cats and a small flock of sheep. I'm kept busy with caring for my animals and farm work. You'll often find me in the sheep shed at lambing time!!
Sarah Churchward
Sarah Churchward
Receptionist
Tracy Baker
I am a busy mum of 2 teenagers with 8 years experience as a veterinary receptionist and I am lucky enough to combine my job with my passion for animals. I live in the beautiful Forest of Dean, which I explore every day with my bonkers Spaniel Tess. I also enjoy reading thrillers, keeping fit and family time.
Business Development Manager
Malcolm Kingswell
Hi, I joined Abbey Veterinary Centres in November 2016 after working in Debenhams for 35 years as a Department Store Manager . It is a great privilege to Join Abbey Veterinary Centres and work together with such a professional team. I am managing the development of Abbey Veterinary Centres to provide the very best service and services for our clients across all of our practices. I have had the pleasure of living with dogs and cats virtually all my life and our Paterdale Terrier scamp is no exception. I shouldn't forget our chickens who give us the best fresh eggs daily. Outside of work I am a very enthusiastic photographer and allotment keeper.
Receptionist
Sarah Davies
Hello, I am Sarah often known as 'Jiffy' (my nickname). I work on reception in our Abergavenny , Tredegar and Equine branches. Before working in our equine branch I was scared of horses but having spent time with them, I have secretly fallen in love with them (but don’t tell anyone!) I enjoy my job as I see a lot of different things every day. I enjoy talking to clients and spending time making sure they and their pets are happy in our care. I have an interest in Birds of Prey. I love to help when they come in to us and watch them in the wild. Walking is another passion of mine. I love to spend my spare time on the beach with 'William' my Labrador and my camera.

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Abbey Veterinary Centres established as one of first veterinary surgeons in Wales

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