Meet The Team

Here is your local Vale Vet Centre team!

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


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.


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.


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 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.


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


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.


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 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.