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Steve Tasker BVSc MRCVS

I qualified from Bristol University Vet School (way back) in 1993, and there followed a varied career working with different animal species, from cats and dogs to cows, sheep and horses, in England and Scotland, before settling back in the South West in 2000. I became a partner in the practice in 2002 alongside Liz and then became sole owner in April 2018.

 

I am a true general practitioner who loves the job with a passion, and the variety of work we get to do. I can be dealing with a complicated medical case one minute, then performing surgery on an emergency case the next. I consider this an honour and as a practice we do not take this for granted. As vets we get to spend our working day in pleasant company, in a nice workplace, with plenty of fluffy/purring/waggy-tailed patients around, and we get to help them get better! What could be nicer?

 

Being a small animal vet can have its challenges, and certainly comes with a huge responsibility. We realise this and put a great deal of emphasis on effective communication with our clients - again an area which I thoroughly enjoy.

 

I am hard-working, fully committed to the practice, proud of my profession, and hold high a sense of fairness, whether it be doing the right thing by the animal, treating the clients with respect, or developing the careers of the colleagues around me.

 

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family - the children keep us out of mischief most of the time, and Molly-Dog plus our three cats; Zammy the British Shorthair, Bobble, the Ragdoll and newest addition, Persian Mollie-Moo keeps life interesting.

Vet Team

Mario Amaral DVM PGCertSAM MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine.  Group Medical Director

Cristina Perez DVM GPCert (FeLP) PgC FVS ISFM AdvCertFB MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified in 2001 from Lisbon University in Portugal. I have extensive veterinary hospital experience in both Europe and the UK. I work in our Portishead practice, where I use my experience along with skills gathered during the completion of my BSAVA Post-Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine to ensure that our patients get the best possible care. I also enjoy supporting the ongoing training of my colleagues. Since 2015, I am also a RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine.

 

My main interests are internal medicine and ultrasonography. I do enjoy the challenge that exotic species pose, so I also have a strong interest in exotic medicine, from small furries such as rabbits, guinea pigs and mice, to tortoises, snakes and parrots.

 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, who is also a vet, and young family, and when I can spare the time I like to exercise, either by running, swimming, biking and sometimes even all three in one go.

I qualified as a vet at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2007. I moved to the UK only a couple of months later to undertake further training which was funded by The Leonardo Scholarship. Since then, I have worked as a veterinary surgeon in Reading and Oxfordshire and due to my husband’s job moved to the beautiful countryside in Somerset. I hold a General Practice Certificate in Feline Medicine and I have been awarded Advanced Practitioner status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). While i was on maternity leave i also obtained the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour.

 

I enjoy all aspects of the profession, but I am particularly interested in surgery and diagnostic imaging. I also love little furry things like guinea pigs and rabbits. In my spare time I like trying new things. This has led me in recent years to learn Japanese (I am currently studying for JLPT level 4), Thai and archery. I love travelling abroad (the further the better) and I take any opportunity to experience new cultures.

Hannah Dareby BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Louise Harrison BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Lizzie Bennett MA VetMB PgC GPCertSAM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in beautiful North Norfolk and returned there after graduating from Cambridge University in 2013. I spent four years working in a rural small animal practice in Norfolk but time for a change of scenery and a few hills meant a relocation and I started with Watkins and Tasker Vets in February 2018. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but I find internal medicine particularly interesting and rewarding. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

 

I own two crazy cocker spaniels, Barney and Edie, and much of my free time is spent exploring the countryside with them. We also train and compete in dog agility. Away from the animals, I enjoy cooking, skiing and singing.

 

James Greenwood BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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I qualified from Bristol University in 2007 and after a stint in equine practice I have since worked in small animal practice with a keen interest in surgery, dentistry and general consulting. Outside of work, I am a keen potter and make bespoke pet food bowls.  have a one eyed Labrador called Oliver, a rescue puppy called Dolly and live on a smallholding with sheep, ducks, hens and a goose called Ryan Gosling

 

Katy Duncan BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Amy Parsons BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

After Graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2008, I started my veterinary career in Scotland where I first fell in love with all aspects of small animal general practice.  Originally from Wiltshire, we made the move back to the South West in 2010 to be closer to family.

 

I am mostly based at our Portishead branch and am currently undertaking my post-graduate BSAVA Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.  I especially enjoy caring for our hospitalised patients in Portishead and have an interest in internal medicine and ultrasonography.

 

Outside of work I am kept on my toes by my twin daughters and exuberant Golden Retriever, Freya.  When time allows, I enjoy running, skiing and exploring the local countryside with friends and family.

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 and cut my teeth in a busy small animal hospital in Hertfordshire, where I fell in love with all that first opinion general practice entails from consulting, medical work-ups and surgery.

 

Having then started a family I made the move West to be closer to my homeland (Wales) and joined the Watkins and Tasker Vet team in 2013. I am currently undertaking my Post Graduate Surgery Certificate but continues to enjoy all that general vetting can throw at me!

 

Outside of work, I am kept busy with my taxi service to growing boys and running with my lively Sproodle, Dot Cotton

Katie Wach BVSc

Veterinary Surgeon

Amy Bowler BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in West Sussex surrounded by all sorts of animals, where my passion for veterinary began and grew.

 

During my studies to become a Vet, I undertook work placements at the Nailsea and Portishead Practices learning from the experience team. Following my graduation from the University of Bristol in 2019, I was excited to start at Watkins & Tasker Vets as my first job.

 

As an active person I spend most of my spare time exploring the countryside with my husband, running and gardening. Currently I do not have any animals but in the near future I hope to be a proud owner of a German Pointer and maybe some guinea pigs.

 

I spent my first two years as a vet at an exotic referral practice in Norwich after I graduated from Bristol University in 2016. I dealt with all sorts of species from tiny mice and canaries to giant monitor lizards and 11 foot boa constrictors! My partner and I missed the West country so we moved back where I worked at a couple of small animal practices before joining the team at Watkins and Tasker Vets in September 2020. My main interest and passion is helping exotic animals and I am currently undertaking my Postgraduate Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. I enjoy all aspects of general practice and love seeing dogs and cats as well as the more unusual species. I have a particular soft spot for rabbits and small furry creatures but am always delighted to see your pets with feathers, scales, shells and spikes as well!

 

At home I have a playful cat called Lana who is very vocal about needing constant attention and love! Outside of work I enjoy walking and cycling in the countryside, playing board games with friends and family, baking and crafts.

Sam Leaney BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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