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Helen Jenkins BVSc MRCVS

Since graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2000, Helen has worked in practices in Shropshire, Staffordshire and North Wales before settling in Somerset in 2007, joining Garston Veterinary Group in 2021. She enjoys all aspects of small animal work.

She lives with her husband ( also a vet),  children and animals, and spends free time walking, running, gardening, beekeeping, trying to do yoga and drinking coffee.

Vicky Sheppard BVSc MRCVS

Vicky graduated from Bristol University in 2008 and worked at Garston as a mixed equine and farm animal vet for several years. However, after starting a family she moved to the veterinary team at the Donkey Sanctuary for 4 years, caring for it’s many resident farm donkeys, and so has a special interest in these equines!

Moving closer to home she enjoyed a farm animal role at a practice in Wells before now returning to the Garston Equine Team again. Outside of work she is kept busy with her 2 children and husband’s dairy farm but also enjoys working her Labradors and growing cut flowers.

Callum Golding BVM BVS BVMedSci MRCVS

Callum grew up in Kent and then graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2021 before making the move to Frome. He enjoys all things surgery and has a keen interest in neurology.

Besides working for Garston, Callum is an active gym-goer in his spare time and enjoys sports such as lacrosse, motorsport and rugby.
Lorna Phillips BSc MRCVS

Lorna was born in Somerset but grew up in Worcestershire and studied at the University of Bristol. She graduated in 2019 and spent two years working across three small animal practices in Oxfordshire. She joined Garston in 2021 and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a keen interest in surgery. She currently has two rabbits and grew up with cats, dogs and horses. In her spare time she enjoys, horse riding, tennis and surfing (in the warmer months only!)

Gavin Davis

Gavin worked as a herdsman on a local dairy farm for 16 years, after which he spent 4 years relief milking.  He returned to a herdsman role for a robotic herd for a year before the Garston farm team in July 2021 and is currently training to become an Approved TB Tester.  He is married to Liz and they have 4 children. In his spare time he keeps his own cattle and chickens

Emma Whitley BVM BVS BVMedSci MRCVS

Originally from Sweden, but grew up in Frome, Emma worked as a Kennel Assistant for Garston Veterinary Group before going to the University of Nottingham and graduating in 2021. She enjoys all aspects of small animal work. Outside of work her interests include playing lacrosse, fitness and walking the family dog in the countryside.

Sophie McGuinness BVSc MRCVS

Sophie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2018. Since then, Sophie has been working as a small animal vet in Bath before joining Garston Vet Group in November 2021. She enjoys all aspects of clinical work and looks forward to getting to know Garton clients and their pets. Sophie has a dog called Rafa at home with my family in Birmingham – he’s an Old English Sheepdog crossed with a black Labrador and is very loved! In her spare time Sophie like going on walks, eating out, and finding new running routes.

Kate Wilsher BVetMed(hons) MRCVS

Kate graduated in 2014 from the Royal Veterinary College and worked for Garston from then until 2017. She has spent the last 3 years working in some of the busiest hospitals in London, before managing to persuade her fiancé to move back to the West Country in January 2021 to re-join the Garston team. Kate enjoys all aspects of small animal work, with a particular love of surgery. Kate lives locally with her partner and two rescue cats. Outside of work she likes yoga, reading, exploring the countryside and going to see live music.

Kathryn Penn BVetMed CertAVP(EP) CertAVP(ED) MRCVS

Kathryn graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2008. Following 9 years in equine practice in Somerset and the South West, she has joined Garston in 2020. Well known throughout the region both as a referral and first opinion vet, Kathryn has additional qualifications and Certificates in Advanced Veterinary Practice, Equine General Practice and Equine Dentistry bringing substantial technical and practical experience to the equine team.

She has interests in pre-purchase examinations, reproduction and medical cases and is currently studying advanced diagnostics and treatment of lameness. Her wide areas of knowledge and experience are highly valued by clients and colleagues alike.

Kathryn is a keen competitor and also an official in a number of equine disciplines including dressage, show jumping, eventing, endurance, hunting and Le Trec.

Kate Rapley BVSc MRCVS

Kate joined the practice in 2004 having graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School. She enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work with a particular interest in corrective shoeing and AI. In her spare time, Kate rides her own horse in competitions or out on Salisbury Plain with her Border Collie running alongside.

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