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Meet Our Friendly Staff

Helen Avison, BVSc, MRCVS

I was brought up in East Devon and first started working in a veterinary surgery when only 12 years old as a receptionist and nurse at weekends and after school. I qualified from the University of Bristol Vet School in 1996 with credits in medicine, surgery, and public health. This was the year of the BBC™'s ,Vet School television program and I could be seen running away from the camera on a number of occasions. My husband always complains that I could have been the Blue Peter vet if I hadn't been so camera shy. My first job was as an assistant to Paul Snelling at Beaconsfield Veterinary Clinic. During the next 10 years, I developed my skills and pushed for considerable modernisation at the practice. In November 2006, I took over as principal veterinary surgeon. My particular interests are medicine, diagnostic imaging, and acupuncture, and I am very experienced dealing with rabbits, small furries, and birds. I live in the village of Christon with my husband, three rescue dogs, and my horse, Wuno. My main hobby is competitive show jumping and dressage.

Sophie Presland, BSc, BVSc, MRCVS

I gained my degree in veterinary science from Bristol University in 2010 as a mature student, after previously completing a degree in equine science. I then worked at a companion animal practice in Reading for three years before joining Beaconsfield Veterinary Clinic in July 2013. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary work, but I am particularly interested in feline and canine medicine cases. I am also qualified to perform veterinary acupuncture. At home, I have a small menagerie of rescue pets including my cocker spaniel, Gary, fluffy cat, Millie, and three chickens, Bluebell, Tulip, and Rosie.

Hazel Barter, BSc, BVSc, MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Bristol in June 2014 after first obtaining a BSc degree in zoology from Cardiff University. I joined Beaconsfield in December 2014. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, painting, and walking in the countryside.

Helen Avison Sophie Presland Hazel Barter

Michelle Oliver Jodie Andrews Charlotte Tulk

Michelle Oliver, RVN

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010. I have worked at Beaconsfield since September 2014 and became head nurse in December 2014. I worked in administration for six years before I began nursing. I realised that a career in the veterinary world was more suitable for me. I have worked at a hospital and in a practice that included some large animal work before coming to Beaconsfield. I own a black labrador and two cats, one of which I hand reared from when it was five days old. I enjoy being out in the countryside and have this year acquired my own lamb called Wendy.

Jodie Andrews, RVN

I have been at Beaconsfield Veterinary Clinic since 2008. I began my training here by completing the animal nursing assistant course and qualified as a nurse in 2012. As well as nursing, I have the responsibility of administering the PDSA Vet Care Scheme. I have always worked with animals and have some skills in dog grooming. I have a special interest in rabbits and have four of my own. I also have three guinea pigs, three cats, two gerbils, two cockatiels, and two collie dogs.

Charlotte Tulk, RVN

I have been working at Beaconsfield since December 2014. I completed my training at another veterinary practice and qualified in January 2015. My favourite aspect of nursing is inpatient care. Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym, horse riding, and seeing friends and family. I currently have three cats called Maisy, Marley, and Monty.

Caroline Andrews, RVN

Caroline has been qualified since 2003, and joined us in 2005. Her particular interest is in birds, as she previously worked for a specialist bird vet. She is also a qualified pet health councillor. She has a cat, rescued through the surgery, and two schnauzers - one miniature and one standard, who she enjoys walking in all weathers.

Lauren Mulhall - Trainee Nurse

I joined the team in December 2013. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning the nursing role and I'm very excited to start college this year. I particularly enjoy nursing our inpatients and helping them to recover. I also have a keen interest in wildlife rehabilitation, and can usually be found rearing an orphan or rescuing various creatures. In my spare time, I can be found training my little owl, Squiggle, or learning to play the guitar.

Jo Cattermole - Head Receptionist

I have worked on reception here at Beaconsfield Veterinary Clinic since 2006. I have a dog called Oscar. He is a cavalier King Charles who I rescued whey he was eight weeks old. He had a badly broken back leg. I brought him into work and the vets worked their magic. He is now five years old and you would never know he had been injured. I also have two black cats and two white ponies.

Caroline Andrews Lauren Mulhall Jo Cattermole

Caroline Hazelton Suzanna Reasons Clare Hazelton

Caroline Hazelton - Receptionist

I have worked at Beaconsfield Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist since 2007. In that time I have added to my pet collection with a cat that was found in a holdall on the dual carriage way, a kitten, and a white German shepherd who had a lot of tummy problems that the vets here sorted out. Now she is fit and healthy. Outside work, I enjoy walking my dogs, usually with other staff members.

Suzanna Reasons - Receptionist/Veterinary Care Assistant

I joined the practice in February 2009 and while working here, I trained as a veterinary care assistant and qualified in July 2011. Since becoming more involved with the animals and working more closely with our vets and nurses, I have found a job I am extremely passionate about and want to stick with for the rest of my career. I have three cats, Bobby, Paisley, and Pumpkin, who was from one of our many stray litters and born in a greenhouse. I also have three guinea pigs, two rabbits, and a number of fish. Having the opportunity to work as a VCA and playing a part in helping an animal get better puts a smile on my face and makes my job worth doing.

Clare Hazelton

I have been working on reception here at Beaconsfield Veterinary Clinic since January 2015. I thoroughly enjoy meeting clients and their pets and being a part of practice life. I have a border collie, called Riley, and also gained a cat from Beaconsfield. He has fitted in very well at home regardless of only having three legs.

Jazmyn Hayes

I started voluntary work here at Beaconsfield in September 2013 as part of a college course as a veterinary care assistant. Once my course had finished, I was offered a permanent job as a receptionist which I love. I've been brought up around animals all my life and done lots of voluntary work and fostering. I currently have four cats, two golden retrievers, two English lop rabbits, and four guinea pigs. All of these are rescues.

Andy Moon - Receptionist

You are only likely to see me on Saturdays. Starting in March 2008, with a year out in 2012, I work part-time at Beaconsfield. I enjoy the varied nature of the role and working with a great team. During the week, I work at a local design and print company as a client services manager. We have pets of our own, including four rabbits, five cats, and two chickens. Two of the cats were re-homed from Beaconsfield. One was suffering from stress and the other had just given birth to five kittens and we looked after them from being a day old. We adopted the mother when the kittens went to new homes.

Contact us today, in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, to find out more about our veterinary surgery.

Jazmyn Hayes Andy Moon