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.

Natalia

Natalia bio
Natalia graduated from Lublin University – Poland in 2016 and joined our team in May 2021. She has an interest in cardiology. In her spare time Natalia enjoys travelling and diving.

Claudia

Claudia bio

Simone

Simone bio
My name is Rocco Simone Sebastiano I am an Italian DVM, Ph.D. with 15 years of experience in several areas of veterinary medicine. I have been working for Vale Veterinary Centre since February 2021 and I really enjoy this new experience with Richard and his team.

In relation to myself, after graduation from the University of Milan in 2006, I started to practice as a small animal vet in Milan and I worked as a researcher. In 2012, I moved to Ireland where I awarded my Ph.D. with the title: “Alternative Solutions to control gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep”. During this period of time, I was also working as a tutor of Anatomy at the University College of Dublin and I really enjoined this new experience. In 2017, I moved to the west coast of Southern Ireland, and back in the practice, I used to work as a large animal vet for a year. Since 2018 I have been practicing in the UK as a small animal vet and very soon I am going to start my postgraduate certificate in Internal medicine. In my spare time, I love cooking, playing my bass guitar, reading, and traveling.

Tymek

Tymek bio

Tymek qualified in 2016 from University of Life Sciences in Lublin (Poland). He has a particular interest in Ophthalmology and surgery. In his spare time he likes mountain biking, hiking and flying power kites.

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

Gemma

Gemma bio
This is Gemma, she joined the team in 2017. Gemma enjoys working in an emergency environment. Her passion is canine rehabilitation and has a keen interest in Hydrotherapy.

Isabella

Isabella bio
This is Isabella, she joined the team in February 2021. Her passion is animals, she owns a Border Collie called Beau and has been riding horses since a very young age. In her spare time she enjoys going for walks and spending time with her family.

Emily

Emily bio
This is Emily. She has been with the practice since opening in December 2014 after completing a Diploma in Equine Business management in Hartpury College. She has a keen interest in laser therapy.

Amelia

Amelia bio
Amelia’s nursing career began in 2008 and after working in various clinical settings including GP and emergency practice she joined us in early 2021 as Head Nurse and Clinical Coach. In addition to gaining her Certificate in Anaesthesia (European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies) Amelia has keen interests in wound management and improving clinical standards. She lectured nationally on wound management for 6 years and spent many years on the marking board for the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) certificate case studies and clinical audits. Additionally, Amelia has moderated on the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Merit Award and VetNurse.co.uk forum and written an article published by The Veterinary Nurse.

Laura

Laura bio
This is Laura and she joined the reception team in March 2021. Laura has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember and has spent a lot of her time as a dog walker. She owns a beautiful Staffordshire bull terrier name Rocky and a Ragamuffin car called Missy who alongside her daughter make up her family.

Kelsey

Kelsey bio
This is Kelsey, she joined the team in March 2021. Kelsey has spent the previous 4 years working in Pets at home where she joined a lot of experience. Her passion is exotic pets and aspires to become an exotic veterinary nurse and help animals around the world. Kelsey has two much loved rabbits.

Charlotte

Charlotte bio
This is Charlotte, she joined the reception team in Barry in January 2021 and then moved over to the Cardiff branch. She has experience working within an emergency veterinary environment which provided a lot of experience. Charlotte is looking forward to learning more in the professional she loves.

Jess

Jess bio
This is Jess, she joined the reception team in March 2021. Jess has experience in health care and customer service. Jess has grown up around all different types of animals and owns some miniature Shetlands.

Sally

Sally bio
This is Sally, she joined the team in 2017 after studying Animal Behaviour in Liverpool University. Sally’s passion is Animal welfare and is studying towards becoming a qualified veterinary nurse. In her spare time she enjoys traveling the world and painting.

Ria

Ria bio
This is Ria, she joined the team in June 201. Ria qualified as an RVN in September 2020 after completing her foundation degree in Coleg Gwent. Her interests are nurse consults and inpatient care. In her spare time Ria enjoys dog grooming, horse riding and baking. In the future she hopes to complete a top up degree in veterinary nursing.

Natasja

Natasja bio
This is Tash, she joined the team in January 2018. Her passion is dog training and behaviour. Tash also has a huge interest in exotic rescue animals. She has 2 bearded dragons. A chameleon and a crested gecko. Tash also has a rescue Bulldog – Elsie. Tash loves any animal big or small and is working towards becoming a dog groomer.

Alex

Alex bio
This is Alex, she joined the team in 2018 and has a huge interest in animal behaviour and welfare. She loves caring for all different types of animals especially her favourite breed the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Alex has years of experience working with animals, she has volunteered at Dogs Trust, the Welsh Hawking Centre and the Swansea Monkey Sanctuary. In 2014 Alex completed her Zoology degree in Aberystwyth University. She is also a qualified Dental nurse and loves using her knowledge within the practice.

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.

Cerian

Cerian
This is Cerian, she joined the team in September 2017 after studying Equine management in Pencoed College. Cerian has a real passion for the welfare of animal and is excited to start studying in September 2021 to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time she enjoys riding her hose and spending time with family.