Orchard Vets
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Meet The Team


A veterinary practice is only as good as the people in it, and we’ve got some exceptionally good people here at Orchard Vets!  To help you put faces to names, here they all are…


Dr Niall Taylor BVM&S GPCert MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

Niall qualified in the summer of 1982 from Edinburgh University Veterinary College. After moving to the South West and working in several mixed practices, Niall settled in Glastonbury in 1992; becoming and Orchard Vets partner in 1996.  His main area of responsibility is companion animals (pets).  In 2005 he achieved a GP Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and is the lead clinical coach for Veterinary Nurse training at the practice.

Dr James Aitken BSc BVetMed MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

James qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2002.  Following a brief stint at DEFRA, he started work at Orchard Vets the following year; becoming a partner in 2008.  James also has a BSc in Medical Microbiology and his particular interests are preventive medicine, farm data analysis and bull fertility.

Dr Vicky Stoodley BVSc MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

Vicky qualified from Bristol Vet School in 2005, joining us in 2006 having previously worked in a mixed practice in Dorset.  Vicky became a partner in 2016 and has a keen interest in mixed practice veterinary care. She is equally at home on the farm or in our pet clinic and her excellent communication and interpersonal skills make her a popular vet with both our farm and pet clients alike.

Dr Lucy Fleming BVSc MSc MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

Lucy grew up in England but obtained her veterinary qualification in New Zealand, gaining extensive experience working there before returning to the UK.  She has recently completed a Masters in International Animal Health and has a keen interest in emerging and infectious diseases.  Lucy is very much involved with organising our Farmer's Meetings, promoting skills and education amongst livestock owners.

Dr Eva Kenny BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

Eva joined us in April 2016, coming from a veterinary practice in the Forest of Dean.  She cut her teeth in Ireland, working on the family farm and running the place when her dad was on holiday.  Eva qualified from the University of Nottingham and has a passion for dairy herd health and fertility.

Dr Alicia Roldan Hernandez MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

Alicia joined us at the end of January 2017 and qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2012. She has worked with livestock since qualifying as well as gaining a great deal of small animal experience whilst helping out in her home town practice in Taoro, Spain

Prof Martin Green BVSc DVHP Phd MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

Martin graduated from Bristol in 1987, has been with Orchard Vets since 1989 and is our large animal clinical director.  He gained the RCVS diploma in Cattle Health and Production and became an RCVS Specialist in 1997.  Martin is widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts in the field of farm animal research, whilst continuing as a partner here at Orchard; staying very much involved with farm clients and cattle at a grass roots level.

Dr James Breen BVSc PhD DCHP MRCVS (Veterinary Surgeon)

James qualified from the University of Bristol in 1998 and is an RCVS recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production. He currently carries out clinical research and referral work at QMMS Ltd and is an Associate Professor at Nottingham University. His real passion though is looking after our dairy herds - monitoring their health, production and welfare, and being a 'proper' vet!

Megan Hefferman RVN (Head Nurse)

Megan trained with us here and qualified in February 2010. She then worked in two other practices before returning to us in November 2014. She is a pet health counsellor, clinical coach and has an NVQ level 3 in management. She enjoys nurse clinics, nursing in-patients and training our student nurses.

Stacie Birch RVN (Senior Veterinary Nurse)

Stacie started work with us in March 2012 and obtained her Veterinary Nursing Degree from the College of Animal Welfare in July 2015. Stacie has a keen interest in animal behaviour and training. 

Hayley Marsh RVN (Senior Veterinary Nurse)

Hayley qualified with us when she was a mere slip of a lass and is now she’s all grown up and backworking with us again, this time for two days aweek - and we’re all very glad of it! Hayley’s experience and interpersonal skills are fantastic attributes and she is a much respected role model for other nurses in the practice, particularly the trainees.

Hayley Andrews RVN (Senior Veterinary Nurse)

Hayley grew up in the New Forest, where she gained experience working with animals at Longdown Activity Farm and The Out of Town Centre in Beaulieu. She qualified in 2009, graduating with first class, and has been with Orchard since 2014. Hayley has two rescue cats, a dog and an young daughter who keeps her on her toes!

Clare Haskins (RVN) Senior Veterinary Nurse

Clare qualified in 2014 and has previous experience in general practice as well as a referral hospital. She has a keen interest in surgery and anaesthesia and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her cat 'Logan' and various tropical fish.

Emma Aitken AVN DipHE CVN (Veterinary Nurse)

Emma qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005  It was Emma who originally launched the Orchard Vets Health Plan scheme. She has since completed her Diploma in Clinical Nursing and hopefully is soon to be awarded her Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma also. These days Emma carries out mobility scoring for our dairy clients.

Charlotte Wetton SVN (Trainee Veterinary Nurse)

Charlotte joined our nurse team in October 2016 and is doing some 'hands on' training at the practice before officially starting her nurse training course in September 2017. Charlotte has already completed a Level 3 City & Guilds qualification in Animal Management.

Carrieann Wilkinson SVN (Trainee Veterinary Nurse)

Carrie joined our nursing team in February 2017. She already has several years veterinary experience at other practices and officially starts her VN training in September 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys competing with her horse and has an interest in chickens.

Jess Taylor SVN (Trainee Veterinary Nurse)

Jess joined us January 2018 and is in her second year of training, attending college one day a week.  She completed an extended diploma in animal management at Cannington College before embarking in her nursing course.

Harriet Burden (Trainee Veterinary Nurse)

Harriet joined us in June 2017 and is with us for twelve months during her placement year. She has already completed one years theory with Hartpury College.

Chloe Wood (Veterinary Care Assistant)

Chloe joined us in August 2015 and successfully qualified as a Veterinary Care Assistant in September 2016.

Alyson Gough ACMA (Practice Manager)

Alyson is the one who keeps the practice running smoothly, despite having to balance quite a few ideas and opinions - a considerable challenge as you can imagine. Not only that but she is a (highly qualified) whizz with figures and handles the accounts with expertise while maintaining a cheerful disposition.

Caroline Stevens (Reception Manager)

Caroline has been a member of the Orchard Team since 2007 and is well versed in all things Orchard! Caroline originally started as a small animal receptionist, she now oversees the office and client accounts. She spends her time organising, planning and liaising with everyone serenely and calmly, creating order out of (potential) chaos!

Alison Taylor VN

Alison's speciality is processing the many pet insurance claims generated by the practice and she spends three days a week doing this alone. Despite what you might think, managing all of this paperwork gives her great satisfaction and there is nothing she enjoys more than making the occasionally reluctant employees of insurance companies see sense over a claim they are being 'difficult' about!

Natalie Nock (Receptionist)

Natalie joined us in 2014, is part of our Reception team and works afternoons here at Orchard Vets. In the mornings she walks dogs for The Cinnamon Trust, a wonderful charity supporting the elderly and terminally ill.   

Jo Amison (Receptionist)

Jo is one of our full time reception team and has been working with us since 2016.  She will become a familiar face to all of our regular clients and likes to provide a 'service with a smile'.

Ray Smith (Receptionist)

Ray works in the afternoons and not only mans the reception desk but also carries out a multitude of other tasks including processing laboratory reports, allocating them to patient records and informing the vets that they have been received.

Amy Ponder (Receptionist)

Amy joined Orchard Vets in 2014 and you'll usually see her at the practice most Saturdays when she's here in our reception. In her spare time she enjoys caring for her four dogs, cat, rabbit, horse and two children (not necessarily in that order!).

Anne Stephens (Receptionist)

Anne joined Orchard Vets in June 2017, and is here to welcome you most Saturday and Sunday mornings. Anne enjoys walking her 3 dogs, Bella, Pickles and Uno in her spare time.

Lindsey Williams (Receptionist)

Lindsey is one of our receptionists, ready to welcome you, late afternoons/evenings. She's always had a love for animals and she hopes this role will eventually lead into veterinary nursing. She owns two cats Sox and Jessie and enjoys living with them in the countryside.