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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 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 Clinical Director

Cristina Perez DVM GPCert (FeLP) PgC FVS MRCVS

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 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.

 

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. 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.  I am currently on maternity leave after Jake joined our family.

Amy Knapman BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Matt Casey BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Despite only moving back to Bristol in October 2019 to start my role at Watkins and Tasker Vets, I know the city well, having been at university here until 2011. After working in a Small Animal Hospital, I was accepted onto an internship programme at a multi-disciplinary referral centre; an experience which I found hugely rewarding.

 

During my internship, I developed a particular interest in ophthalmology and in 2018, I began studying for my Postgraduate Certificate, which is undertaken alongside my day-to-day work. I love the varied medical and surgical caseload that general practice offers, and really enjoyed getting to know my patients (and their human families!).

 

Outside of work, I am a keen (although slow!) runner and am finding it a great way to rediscover Bristol and the surrounding areas. I also love hill walking, cycling and spending as much time as I can spare in the Cairngorms and the Lake District. I spend as much time as possible with friends, family and my three small nephews, and am looking forward to being reunited soon with my cat Crumble who is temporarily lodging with my parents!

Since qualifying from Edinburgh University Vet School in 2006, I have worked in mostly mixed practice with an emphasis on small animal work and more recently even more focus on the surgical aspects of being a Vet.

 

I enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice and have worked for Watkins and Tasker Vets since October 2019.  More recently, I have been advancing my surgical capability through further training.  I especially enjoy this area of our profession, being able to make a difference to the lives of your pets in our care and also you as owners.

 

Outside of work, I can mostly be found in a rowing boat, on a surfboard or sailing (currently very rare!) and skiing in winter. I general like to keep fit so running, cycling and going to the gym are a regular feature too.  To relax from all this activity, I like to play the piano, see friends and go for a walk to find a nice view with friends.

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

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.

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 two growing boys and running with my lively “Sproodle”, Dot Cotton.

Katie Wach BVSc

Veterinary Surgeon

Josh Kennils 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.

 

After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2017, I spent around a year and a half working in a small animal practice near Liverpool. Having fallen in love with Bristol as a student, it was not long before I found myself back in the South West and to undertake a Masters by research degree.

 

My main interest is internal medicine and my research focused on urinary tract infections in cats. I was able to locum at Watkins and Tasker Vets alongside my studies and so I was thrilled to join the team full-time in November 2019. I love meeting all of you and your pets.

 

Outside of work, you will often find me in the gym or the swimming pool. I also enjoy skiing, attending music festivals and catching up with my friends and family.