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Meet The Brislington Vet Team | Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Brislington

Meet the Brislington Vet Team

Gabriel Chida MRCVS, Joint Venture Partner, Veterinary Surgeon, Vets4Pets, Brislington

Gabriel Chida

BVSc, MRCVS, PG Dip Bus Admin, MBA 

Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon  

I  have been in practice for over twelve years, eight of which I spent in a seaside town in North Somerset. I am interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery although I have indulged my special interest in orthopaedics.

I have varied experience in general practice work including emergency care. I have accrued bags of knowledge through professional development programmes from reputable institutions such as the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), BSAVA and Western Veterinary Conference (WVC). I am an avid reader and such a keen learner. I have recently acquired a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the Open University (UK).

I like having a laugh as the day progresses. I enjoy travelling and football. At home I am owned by my 'Ginger Tom' and my 'Three Little Angels'. My wish is to ensure the best possible care for your pets and your conscience. I look forward to meeting you, your 'furry' loved ones and to enter into an everlasting relationship doing what we do best.

Paul Guckian


Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon  

I have been a vet for over 20 years since graduating from The University College, Dublin in 1987. In that time I have worked for small animal and equine practices in the UK. I have also travelled across Australia, which gave me the chance to work with a whole host of 'critters'. In 2008 I opened Companion Care Bristol Filton in July. I'm a keen bird watcher and live near Bristol with my partner and our two children. 


Michael Hayter, Brislington, Veterinary Surgeon

Michael Hayter


Veterinary Surgeon       

I have been a vet for over 25 years and have worked in all sorts of veterinary practice, including private practice and the charity organisations RSPCA and PDSA. I also practised for a brief spell in The United Arab Emirates. I have treated horses, farm animals and pets, but have concentrated on working with pets for the past 20 years.

I am also a practising artist, regularly showing my work in galleries around Bristol and Bath, and have a keen interest in the visual arts. I live in Bristol with my wife, two dogs and a cat.

Sarah Lloyd Brislington Vets4Pets

Sarah Lloyd


Veterinary Surgeon

I  qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Liverpool in July 2012 and have been working in small animal practice since. After graduation I began working in Cheshire but have recently moved to Bristol to join the practice full time. I have a keen interest in small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging, which is an area of further study I am looking pursue in the near future.

I am originally from Cardiff and I am enjoying being closer to my family and exploring everything Bristol has to offer. I live in Bristol with my one troublesome cat Bradley. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and have started competing in triathlons this year. I also enjoy playing hockey for a local ladies and mixed hockey team. 

Rachel Andrews RVN, Head Veterinary Nurse

Rachel Andrews RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

I have been working in Veterinary Practice since 2003 and gained my Veterinary Nursing Qualification in 2007.

I have always been a massive animal lover and being able to provide TLC  when your pets need it most gives me a sense of enormous fulfilment. Seeing the bond between pet owners and their pets and being able to help ensure that bond lasts for as long as possible, is what makes me do what I do.

I see every pet and owner as a member of my extended family.

I got married in 2012 and have a cheeky moggy at home! Minx is a tabby and white short haired cat who loves catnip and bringing back ‘presents’ and leaving them on the doorstep(!). She loves cuddles and will do anything for Dreamies Treats!

In my spare time I enjoy watching wildlife, photography, baking and watching British Comedy.


Helen Edmunds RVN, Veterinary Nurse

Helen Edmunds RVN 

Veterinary Nurse

I  qualified from Middlesex University in 2012, with a first class honours after completing a four degree.  During my training I worked in a busy practice in Bristol and also did a placement at the Royal Veterinary Collages small animal hospital. I have always wanted to work with animals ever since I was three years old.  I really enjoy my job and meeting all your animals. I am especially interested in nutrition and medical nutrition and laboratory work.

I have two very mischievous cats that are always getting themselves in trouble, but love lots and lots of attention. I also have two guinea pigs called Pumpkin and Pickle, who also get very spoilt and have made good friends with the cats.

Joanne King, Veterinary Care Assistant

Joanne King

Veterinary Care Assistant

I  have recently completed a course in Animal Care, and have since worked in a range of animal related jobs involving many exotic species, from red ruff lemurs to tiny Tenrecs from Madagascar. 

Whilst working within Bristol Zoo and an Endangered Madagascar exhibition based in Bath, I was able to gain experience working a long side a variety of unusual animals and also have gained skills working with dogs both in a dog groomers, and dog kennels. 

I have grown up with dogs and now own a black cat called Mark, and two Jack Russells named Trixie and Tess.

I have always loved working with animals and am looking forward to training as a veterinary nurse in the future. 

Maria Christini


I  grew up with cats, had horses as a child and love riding. I used to have four fancy rats and I am the proud owner of number one, Number three, Aggers, CMJ and Blowers, my little fish family. I love all animals and although I'm a cat person, I am really interested in learning as much as I can about training and behaviour in dogs and horses. I'm really looking forward to meeting all the pets people will be bringing in to see us! 

Maria started with us when the surgery opened in June 2012. She is studying to be a physiotherapist in the future. An all round animal lover, Maria currently has four fish and can't wait to expand the family with a couple more, and one day wants to have cats again. Previously a mechanic and receptionist in a busy fleet workshop, Maria enjoys meeting all the much-loved pets and the people who care for them. She says they are much cuter than lorries!

Emily Carnevale Vets4Pets Brislington Receptionist

Emily Carnevale


Emily  is a part time receptionist at Companion Care Vets Brislington and joined the new practice when it opened in June 2012. Emily previously worked as a receptionist for the NHS at an orthodontists in Bristol and has vast experience. Emily has recently had a new addition to the family with the birth of her baby boy and is already looking to add another addition in the form of a new puppy!

Charlotte Nash, Brislington, Vets4Pets, Receptionist

Charlotte Nash


I have grown up with a variety of pets ranging from dogs to horses from an early age, and I have had pets for as long as I could remember. I have always hoped for an opportunity to work in a veterinary environment. Therefore I was delighted when I was asked to join the Brislington team at Companion Care to be a receptionist earlier in March this year! I love all animals and really enjoy meeting and associating with all of the pets and owners that I come face to face with on a daily basis!

I have two dogs of my own named Marley a King Charles spaniel, and Buzz a Yorkshire terrier, who both are very cheeky characters and love lots of cuddles! Being the new receptionist at Companion Care, I have already experienced and learnt so much here, and I am always looking forward to see what each day will bring in our busy surgery!