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Meet the Amesbury Vets Team
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Vets4Pets Amesbury

Meet the team

Sonia and Tom met whilst both serving with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. They married in 2014 and soon after moved to Somerset where they live with their young son Alfie, and two dogs, Brad and Goldie. 

They are really excited about the prospect of opening their new practice. Working together with their combined interests, skills and experiences they look forward to providing an excellent level of care for pets and their owners in Amesbury and the surrounding area.


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Tom Roffe-Silvester
MA VetMB MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in Somerset, graduating from Cambridge in 2007 and spent over 7 years as an Army vet, covering small animal practice worldwide, including in Germany and Afghanistan. 

I have an interest in small animal medicine, rehabilitation and working dogs. With my man-agement background, the challenge to become a Joint Venture Partner with my wife Sonia and Vets4Pets was an obvious next step.  I'm currently studying towards my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and a Masters in Business Administration. 

In my spare time, I dabble in DIY, look after our animals and might attempt the odd fitness challenge..


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Sonia Roffe-Silvester
BSc BVetMed MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up on a farm in the Peak District and knew from an early age that I wanted to become a vet. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007 and started my veterinary career in a mixed practice in Cornwall. I've since worked in a variety of small animal and mixed practices, in addition to spending three years as an Army vet. 

I'm currently studying for my CertAVP (Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice) and enjoy all aspects of small animal practice, with a particular interest in small animal surgery and emergency and critical care. 

In my spare time I enjoy walking our dogs, skiing, and of course looking after Alfie!


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Glenda King
RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

I grew up in Dorset on my family’s smallholding and always knew I wanted to work with animals.  I followed this love into university and completed a BSc Degree in Zoology at Southampton University.  Wanting to be more hands on with animals, I trained as a Veterinary Nurse and qualified in 1998.  Since then I have been lucky enough to work in a variety of practices and gain experience with farm animals, horses and small animals.  I particularly loved working with Alpacas.  

Animal behaviour has always fascinated me and I went back to Southampton University and gained my Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling in 2003.   I also have a love of emergency work and critical care and have more recently worked as a locum for VetsNow emergency service in Salisbury and Winchester.  

In order to support and home my growing animal family I married an Amesbury farmer in 2005. Luckily he too shares my passion and love of animals (most of the time!).  We are fortunate to farm 600 Romney sheep and grow arable crops around Amesbury and the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.  As well as the sheep and arable we also have my beloved Fell pony, some Dexter cows, chickens, geese, guinea-pigs, cats and a ferret!  

We have two very well behaved working dogs (a border collie called Ted and a cocker spaniel called Denby) and two untrained, cheeky, naughty boys (John aged 7 and Edgar aged 3).  It’s also not unknown to have an orphan piglet in the house!  In any spare time I have I like to help out at my elder son’s school on the P.T.A, play hockey for Salisbury Hockey Club, walk, cycle and ski!

An aspect of my job that means a lot to me is being part of my local community.  I enjoy getting to know the clients and their pets, caring for the clients as well and offering reassurance and support in times of illness.  Seeing their animals grow from baby bundles into mature, healthy, happy well-behaved pets and ensuring that a visit to the vet is an enjoyable experience for both client and pet are vital parts of the job for me.



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Joanna Woolley
RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I have always wanted to work with animals and began my journey studying for a BSc in Animal Management at Sparsholt College, graduating in 2012. 

During this time I developed a strong knowledge of exotic species and pursued my love of Asian Elephants working with them in the UK and abroad. 

I then undertook my Veterinary Nurse training, qualifying in 2014 from Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing in Dorchester. 

I am really passionate about being an RVN, especially forming strong bonds with clients and their pets. I particularly enjoy carrying out nurse clinics and dealing with emergency and critical care cases. 

In the future I hope to develop my knowledge in nutrition, rehabilitation and palliative care. I spend my spare time travelling as much as possible, baking, crafting and spending time in the countryside with my partner and dog Nellie.


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Kim Teece

Head Receptionist

I grew up in North Wales before getting married and moving to Salisbury in 2014. I have always had an interest in animals, so much so that my husband and I got married at Chester Zoo! 

Taking care of animals has always been my passion, and I currently own two very energetic Springer Spaniels; Jake and Archie, who I enjoy walking in my spare time. 

My career with animals began in 2009 when I studied a Foundation Degree in Animal Care at university, which I successfully completed in 2011. I furthered my education by completing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Animal Studies in 2012, enjoying all aspects of the course but with a particular interest in animal health and behaviour. 

I have volunteered at many rescue and wildlife centres, in addition to working as a kennel maid at a boarding kennels for three years, before joining the veterinary industry as a receptionist. 

I thoroughly enjoy this role, particularly meeting clients and their beloved pets. I have been lucky enough to have been part of a Vets4Pets team before in my home town and cannot wait to be a part of the team again.  

I look forward to meeting you all at the new Amesbury practice.


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Sarah Pendleton

Receptionist

Most of my life I have lived in Wiltshire.  As a family we travelled abroad as my father was in the services but we settled in Wiltshire and I now live in Amesbury.

I have been a receptionist for many years with various different companies and I am looking forward to my first role as veterinary receptionist.

My husband and I have just bought our first puppy called Milo. His mum is a miniature Yorkshire terrier and his dad is a teacup Yorkie. He is a bundle of fun and has completely stolen our hearts!

In my spare time I enjoy the theatre and am a regular at Salisbury playhouse and City Hall.  I also enjoy visiting art galleries, museums and historical houses, and am a keen gardener. 

I look forward to meeting you and your pets at the new Vets4Pets in Amesbury.



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Amber Bell

Receptionist

I am originally from Yorkshire and moved to New Zealand when I was 12 years old. Over there I spent a lot of time volunteering at a horse trekking centre and immersing myself in the outdoor lifestyle. I have always had a love for animals and throughout my childhood I had cats, rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and have always had a keen interest in horses and livestock. 

Once I returned to the UK and finished school, I studied at an agricultural college and in 2013 I got married and my husband and I moved to Germany for three years. Here we got our two dogs Alfie and Rex, both of whom are English Springer Spaniels. 

In my free time, I love taking them out for long walks, training them and going out on our local shoot. Since moving to Salisbury I have volunteered at the local Dogs Trust, which has further encouraged me to pursue a career with animals. 

I initially started working at Vets4Pets Amesbury doing weekend voluntary work to learn more about the veterinary nursing side of things. I continue to do this alongside my receptionist position to further my knowledge within the practice and the profession. 

This is my first time being a receptionist in the veterinary industry so I am excited about being part of the Vets4Pets team and really looking forward to meeting you and all your pets.

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Liz Unwin

Receptionist

Originally from Birmingham, I've always loved animals and have had many different pets over the years (gerbils, rabbits, budgies and dogs) so am very excited to be part of the Vets4Pets team. 

I started riding when I was 10 years old and from then on my passion for horses started and I went on to study Horse Care at Morten Morrell Agricultural College. From there I went to live in Newmarket where I worked in racing for a number of years. I then returned to Birmingham where I worked for a bank in a customer service role and during this time I met my husband who is currently a Sergeant Major in the Army. 

My husband and I were married in 2008 and we then moved to Salisbury. I initially took time out of work to raise our oldest two daughters, and once they were attending nursery, I began my own dog walking business which I thoroughly enjoyed until 2015 when we welcomed our third daughter. 

As a family we have two dogs; Jasper the Springer Spaniel and Amber the Cocker Spaniel. Also, we have a horse, Murphy, and my daughters’ ponies Billy and Rocket. The latest addition to the Unwin family is our flock of chickens! Sadly I can't get my husband to agree to anymore animals, yet! 

I’m really looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of our clients and their pets.

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Helen Vickery

Receptionist

My childhood was spent on the farm with my family; my father was a shepherd. We moved throughout the country during my early years, finally settling in Salisbury when I was 8 years old. Life was all about animals from an early age, however sheep and dogs were my passion, helping out at any opportunity; school holidays were spent on the farm or travelling to sheep dog trials. 

 I got married in 1990, and have a wonderful husband and two lovely children. In 1994, as a family, we moved to Bristol for my husband to further his career, however in 2012 we decided that an urban life was no longer for us, and my husband and I returned to Salisbury. 

 We have a joint passion for sheep and working Border Collies, and shortly after returning to Salisbury we bought our first flock of Herdwick sheep which has since grown, together with the number of working dogs! 

My spare time is spent training sheep dogs in preparation for work and sheep dog trialling. This is a very exciting and rewarding pastime - watching the dogs develop from pups into adults and eventually taking them out on the trial field for the first time. 

I also train Agility with my Cockerpoo Maisie. However my true faithful dog friend is Tula, who is also a Cockerpoo and is always by my side. 

 I thoroughly enjoy being around animals and am thrilled to be a member of the receptionist team, and look forward to meeting all of our clients and their pets.