Meet The Team

Here is your local Vale Vet Centre team!

Click on a member of staff to find out more about them

Richard

Richard bio

I set up the Vale Veterinary Centre in 2014 following 5 years of general practice and emergency hospital experience. I worked 7 days a week (24/7 on call) for the initial 2 years following opening as I strived to make an independent vets work in a largely corporate environment. Two years later I won the prestigious and UK wide Petplan ‘Vet of the Year’ 2016-17 in a national awards ceremony in Birmingham. The following year the Vale became the largest small animal customer for VetPlus the UK’s largest veterinary nutraceutical company winning three awards in their annual awards ceremony in 2017.

I was born in Bridgend and have always used local independent companies in my development of the brand. I pride myself on being one of the last few remaining independent vets in the area with the rest being within a corporate ownership / joint venture. I have a passion for orthopaedics and rehabilitation as a result became the first vets in Wales to have their own hydrotherapy and rehabilitation centre which he installed in 2016. The company is going from strength to strength and I am grateful for all the clients and staff for all their continued support.

Catherine

 

Catherine bio
I am Cath. My life has been about working with animals as; zookeeper, safari guide and since, 2002 as a vet. I worked as a wildlife vet for several years but came back to Wales 10 years ago. I have a particular interest in feline medicine but love meeting all the furry friends that come through the door..

Simona

Simona bio
My names Simona Panait. I have been a qualified veterinary surgeon for 6 years and my main interest is soft tissue surgery. I love to learn and am always studying to gain more experience and certificates. You will normally meet on the weekends.

Stan

Stan bio
My name is Stan Jones, I have a rescue dog called Sansa 3 cats 8 chickens. I’ve been a qualified veterinary surgeon for 45 years.

Gabriela

Gabriela bio
I’ve dreamed about being a vet since I was a child because my family taught me to love animals. My ambition and perseverance always help me to learn more and this is the most important thing about our job: you never stop studying.

Lily

Lilybio
My name is Lily and I have recently joined the team after graduating from the University of Nottingham. I am passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine and I am always eager to learn more.
In my spare time I greatly enjoy bouldering or curling up with a good book.  

Chris

Chris bio

My long professional career has until recently been in human medicine. The move to help Richard, who is my son, in the Practice has been extremely challenging but hugely rewarding. I focus jointly on research programmes and the strategic development of the business.

Chris Williams MBA  MHIM

Emily

Emily bio
My names Emily Price, I’m practice manager here at vale veterinary centre. Working with animal has always been what I’ve wanted to do. I’ve been in vale vets for since opening. I’m from Penarth and have grown up around animals. I own a horse called Buzz who has been with me for 13 years; I also have 3 dogs, Brian, Gus and Elvis. In my spare time I love to spend time with family.

Gabby

Gabby bio
My names Gabrielle Cuddihy. I’ve been in practice as a veterinary assistant for over a year. I started uni doing social care but I always knew working with always is what I wanted to do. I have taken an interest in hydrotherapy and being so lucky having a hydrotherapy treadmill here at the practice I am currently studying to become a fully qualified hydro therapist. I have a clumber doodle called Dudley.

Sally

Sally bio
My name is Sally Wigford, I am an auxiliary nurse. I studied animal behaviour at university and I am passionate about animal welfare. In my spare time I love to go to the cinema and I also enjoy painting.

Alex

Alex bio
My name is Alex and I’m a veterinary nursing assistant. I have a Zoology degree and adore all animals.

Leanne

Leanne
I’m Leanne and I’m a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I qualified in 2001 and joined the team here earlier this year. I have a keen interest in wildlife and I have a variety of pets at home including cats, tarantulas, snakes, geckos and an African pygmy hedgehog. In my spare time I enjoy art and attending comic conventions with my family.

Maria

Maria
I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse and I qualified in 2017. I am originally from South London and moved to South Wales two years ago. I am currently studying for my Emergency & Critical Certificate which I hope to complete in 2020. I am a massive poodle fan & have a apricot poodle back home which I miss lots!

Caitlin

Caitlin

Cerian

Cerian
Hello, my names Cerian and I’m a nurse here at vale veterinary centre. I have been working here for 2 years now. I have a dogs, two cats, three rats and a horse.

Stacie

Stacie bio
Hi, my name is Stacie and I am a veterinary assistant. I only recently started working at Vale Vets but love meeting all the furry clients and working with this amazing team. I myself have a black Labrador called Peppa. In my spare time  I enjoy taking her on walks around the vale, but especially to Barry Island beach for a play in the sea.

Natasja

Natasja bio
I am a current member of the air training corps and have been for four years where I have represented the queen on multiple occasions , I currently have a ginger tabby cat a jack Russell dog and also have a bearded dragon and created gecko , my second passion is my reptiles I volunteer at a reptile rescue where I give educational visits and look after all the reptiles in the centre.

Jess

Jess bio
My name is Jess, in September 2018 I joined the practice as a receptionist after working at a Wildlife hospital in Australia. I really enjoy working with the animals and being part of a caring team.

Keely

Keely bio
I’m Keely and I am one of the receptionists. I have been here just over a year, being a volunteer to begin with. I have always wanted to work with animals and I have my own little dog called Jackamo.

Jade

Jade bio
My names Jade. I am accounts manager here at Vale Veterinary Centre . I haven’t been in the practice long but I have a lot of experience in accounts. I have a little boy and love to spend time with my family in all my spare time.