Vets

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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 our cats, Boris the Persian who lets me know who's boss, and Zammy the British Shorthair. Bobble, the Ragdoll kitten and newest addition, keeps life interesting.

Vet Team

Mario Amaral DVM PGCertSAM MRCVS

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

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 and Nailsea practices, 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.

 

Cristina Perez DVM GPCert (FeLP) PgC FVS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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).

 

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. We do not own any animals at the moment because we recently lost our two very old guinea pigs, but we are hoping to get a cat soon. 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.

Lizzie Bennett BVSc 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 am currently working towards 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.

Katy Duncan BVMS 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, my husband and I made the move back to the South West in 2010 to be closer to family.  I spent the next few years in small animal practice working in and around South Gloucestershire and North Somerset before joining the Watkins and Tasker team in July 2015 as a locum.

 

I have a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and diagnostic imaging but also enjoy the day to day variety of general practice (and of course the chance to meet your wonderful pets!) It was great to be asked to join the team permanently in January 2016.

 

Outside of work I am kept on my toes caring for our twin daughters and young golden retriever Freya.  When time allows, I enjoy running, skiing and exploring the local countryside with my family.

Chloe Smith BVSc

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in Cheshire but fell in love with the South West during my studies at the University of Bristol. I graduated in July 2018 and started working at Watkins and Tasker Vets shortly afterwards. Throughout university and onwards I have been an active member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

 

Outside of work I like to spend time outdoors, playing sport and walking my dog Alfie. I am a proud subscriber of the BBC Good Food magazine and love nothing more than experimenting in the kitchen!

 

Liz Watkins BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

It all started in the baking hot summer of 1976. I was revising for A-levels in the sunshine and had a place at University to study Oceanography. It suddenly occurred to me that what I really wanted to do was to be a vet. I told my family, teachers and friends, and they all said 'we thought that was what you would do'. I always wondered why no-one told ME that! There started the path to getting the right subjects at A-level, then vet school at Bristol, progressing to buying this practice from John Watkins (no relation!) in 1991. Steve and I owned the business jointly from 2002 until April 2018 when I stopped all my management work but very much look forward to continuing my clinical work now the practice is under Steve's ownership.

 

My ethic in practice is to consistently try to put myself in the position of my clients, my staff and my patients, and ask myself how they would like me to proceed. My goal will be met when we are the practice of choice in this area for staff, clients and (if they could talk), patients, too.

 

Home time is dominated by my vegetable garden, and by our two horses, Artista, a beautiful grey Andalusian dressage horse, and Gina, who is ridden by Sammie Jo Coffin, a professional showjumper based in Cornwall. I enjoy the everlasting support of my wonderful husband, Bill, and my three grown-up children, while the cats, Ash and Abby look on.

Fiona Chapman BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up near Bath and graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009. After qualifying, I worked in a small animal practice in the New Forest, before joining Watkins and Tasker Vets in July 2012.

 

I love all aspects of my job as a small animal vet, but I have a particular interest in small animal medicine and exotics (treating small furries, reptiles and birds, including chickens!). I also have a strong interest in animal behaviour, and form part of the behaviour team. I find working with worried dogs in the 'socials' that we offer really rewarding, seeing them grow in confidence at the vets makes me happy!  I am qualified as a veterinary acupuncturist and am pleased to offer acupuncture treatment to all species of animals under our care. Acupuncture also forms part of our Pain Clinics, and the rehabilitation packages we offer at hydro.vet at Portishead. I work predominantly at our Yatton and Portishead practices, and can be occasionally found at Nailsea (usually on Saturdays).

 

In my spare time, I enjoy climbing, rugby, walking and knitting. I have unintentionally acquired an elderly cat called Honey, who bosses me around at home.

James Greenwood BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

As seen on CBBC's "The Pets Factor"

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. I have a one-eyed Labrador called Oliver, five hens and a cockerel.

Amy Parsons BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2005, and started my career in a busy small animal hospital in Hertfordshire. This is where my love of being a general practitioner began, and here in North Somerset I very much still enjoy the daily challenges vets face, whether it’s dealing with medicine cases or gaining the satisfaction of performing surgery, or anything else in between!

 

I made the move West in 2010 when I decided to move nearer my homeland (Wales) and the help of grandparents to assist with caring for my young family. I started working at Watkins and Tasker at the end of June 2013 initially covering the Saturday morning clinic at Yatton, and now I work part-time split between Yatton and Nailsea.

 

At home, alongside my husband, we are kept busy with our two small boys, not forgetting our cat Heather Trott, our dog Dot Cotton and hens including Annie, Claire and Dominique.