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Vets4Pets Bristol Emersons Green

Meet the Emersons Green Vet Team

Carla Costoya JVP Bristol Emersons Green

Carla Puime Costoya

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

I qualified and graduated in Spain, in Santiago de Compostela University  and then spent time in America volunteering in several hospitals; subsequently I moved to England where I have been practising veterinary medicine for 12 years. 

Firstly I worked for a large veterinary group in Yorkshire, eventually taking on a senior position at the main hospital; here I developed one of my two passions: diagnostic imaging, mainly ultrasound and endoscopy. My other passion is challenging cases of internal medicine: I love complicated cases that need lots of investigation, especially when it involves imaging. 

I also worked as a locum before taking a permanent position as Clinical Director at the Vale Veterinary Group in Devon; here I attended several courses on Western Acupuncture and I'm now able to treat pets with traditional manual acupuncture as well as electro-acupuncture. I stayed at the Vale until I recently decided to take on the path of Joint Venture Partner at Vets4Pets Bristol Emersons Green.

Due to my love for cats we are applying for the surgery to have a special focus on them, we will hopefully have special designed cat kennels (cat condos) that help cats to cope better with stress and recovery while away from their owners. We are going to apply for icatcare status so our practice is recognised as a cat friendly clinic. I also have a great passion for pugs, sadly I recently lost my pug Winston. I have many friends especially from the North of England who breed and show pugs professionally. I used to show Winston until he got tired of going to dog shows. He actually got placed numerous times. At home I have a French bulldog called Darwin. It is thanks to my dad's love for dogs. that I became a vet; I grew up surrounded by 30 dogs, cats, fish and budgerigars.

My other interest, together with my husband, is the great outdoors, we love canoeing, cycling, climbing and our son Theo, who is 3 years old, does too. 

Bristol Emersons Green- Liz


Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2010 and have since worked in vet  practices in Dorset and the Bristol area where I’ve treated a variety of small animals as well as the odd alpaca along the way.

I love getting to know people and their pets and hearing their individual stories. I particularly enjoy investigating medical cases and getting to the root of the problem. I find it hugely rewarding helping animals to get better and seeing them on the road to recovery.

I live with my partner and our two adopted ‘children’ Patrick and Dylan, our cat and parrot. I rescued Patrick after a collision with a tractor meant he lost one of his back legs. He made a speedy recovery and now races around on three legs getting into mischief!

In my spare time I like to play badminton as well as spend time outdoors gardening, cycling and walking. I also enjoy travelling to new places as well as meeting up with family and friends.

Sarah Kaines Vets4Pets Emersons Green


Veterinary Nurse

At the age of 18, I was offered the chance to work and train as a veterinary nurse for PDSA Bristol. I qualified in 1994 and worked there for 24 years before deciding upon my new venture here at Vets4Pets Emersons Green with an amazing team of vets, nurses and receptionists.

I have many Pets, some of which are rescues and include my dog 'Poppy' a cavalier king Charles spaniel, 3 cats, hamster, giant land snails, tropical fish and a tortoise.

I am also a mother to 2 children who also keep me busy.

I really enjoy vet nursing as there is such a variety in our daily challenges and I have additional interests in theatre and radiography. 

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, listening to music, swimming, dancing and long walks with ;Poppy'. Most of all I enjoy family holidays in Cornwall, body boarding and learning to surf.

Bristol EG Vets4Pets Denise Dodge


Veterinary Nurse

I  had always wanted to work with animals and was really lucky to be offered a job in a veterinary practice in Newcastle upon Tyne as soon as I left school, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 1981. I moved down to the South West in 1982 and have worked in vets around the Bath and Bristol area ever since.

I really enjoy my job, every day is different and over the years I have met some lovely people and their pets.

I love helping owners to slim down overweight pets, giving advice about cat, dog and rabbit care and have great fun when hosting puppy parties.

My husband and I are ''owned'' by Bonzo a Jack Russell terrier and Jensen a rather naughty Burmese cat.

Bristol EG Vets4Pets Philippa Littler


Veterinary Nurse

I have loved animals from a young age and, at the age of 17, I was offered a job working within a veterinary practice. I jumped at the chance! After a couple of years I started my veterinary nurse training and qualified in 2003.

After having my daughter in 2013, I have been working part time, particularly enjoying nurse clinics where I get to meet our clients and get lots of cuddles from their pets.

I live in Emersons Green with my husband, daughter and our pets, Izzy the Labrador, George the cat and Matilda the rabbit.

Bristol EG Vets4Pets Julie Coltman


Veterinary Surgeon

I am originally from just outside Glasgow (so please excuse the accent) and I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2010. My first job was working with “all creatures great and small” in mixed animal practice in Northumberland, I then moved into small animal practice in North Somerset in 2012 and recently joined the Vets4Pets Emersons Green team.  

I love the variety and challenges of all aspects of small animal practice, no two patients are the same and it’s great getting to know the personality of all the pets we see. I really enjoy working with you, the client, and your animals to make sure all our pets are as happy and healthy as they can be.  
In March 2013 I completed an acupuncture training course and it has been so rewarding to see some great responses in animals with really painful conditions. It’s wonderful to know that acupuncture can improve their quality of life so much.  

My spare time is spent with my husband Oli and our three extremely troublesome cats: Maddie, Freddie and Ellie. Ellie recently introduced me to the other side of the veterinary world when she was involved in quite a serious road traffic accident. I now know how it feels to be a worried, neurotic owner!!! But I am delighted she has made a full recovery (minus the tail)! 

Bristol Emersons Green- Judith


Veterinary Nurse

Whilst bringing up 4 sons, I undertook a degree in Biological Science, which led me into qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse and becoming a Further Education lecturer, teaching diplomas in Animal Management mainly based at Bristol zoo.

I have worked at various veterinary surgeries in Bristol and Bath, enjoying all aspects of animal behaviour and have done specialist courses in breeding and rearing puppies.

I have 3 cats, 2 of which are Bengals and have special needs. I also have 2 elderly rescue poodles and a very boisterous young standard poodle, with whom I attempt to do agility and obedience.

Work, children, grandchildren and pets take up most of my time but I also enjoy sewing, gardening and holidaying in France. 

Bristol EG Vets4Pets Emily Fenner-Evans


Customer Service Manager

I  have previously worked at Show Jumping yards with horses but recently took time out to travel around the world for 4 months. When I returned I was eager to work with animals again and so when the job for receptionist appeared I couldn’t resist!

I love being a receptionist here at Vets4Pets and feel very lucky to work with such a fantastic team of nurses and vets.

In my spare time I like to take my dog for walks around the local forests and socialise with my friends, I am also a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

I live in Wales with my family and a Jack Russell Collie called Loki.

Bristol EG Vets4Pets Jude Latham-Timmins


Customer Service

I joined this practice when it first opened in June 2014 having already worked as a veterinary receptionist for ten years.

Having qualified in Customer Service at City & Guild, I have gained more than 26 years of experience and I have always been focused on clients’ needs and expectations.
I am also a trained Pet Plan advisor and I have also worked in pet insurance claims so I have a good understanding of this field.

Since as long as I can remember I have loved animals and have 5 cats: Amber who is 26 years old, Lenny, Pura, Rosie and Magic, a naughty Bengal; 2 Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Mae and Panda,  and a large pond full of Koi and various other fish. 

In my spare time I frequent the gym, belong to a running club, enjoy shopping for the latest fashions as well as afternoon tea and cakes with my family. And I love going to the Caribbean for my holiday!



Customer Service    

I have wanted to work in an animal care environment for a long time so this is my dream job and I feel extremely lucky to be working with such a friendly and caring team. I love the variety of my job and no two days are the same.

I have a very happy Labrador, a crazy Oriental cat, together with pond, cold water and tropical fish plus 2 teenage children and a husband!

In my spare time I love early morning walks with my dog, Gem. I also enjoy taking mini breaks exploring different parts of the country with friends, gardening, music and spending time with my family.

Alice Jay Bristol Emersons Green


Animal Care Assistant & Customer Service

I left school in 2011 and then attended Filton college on an Animal care course gaining a distinction. Whilst at college I completed my work experience at Companion Care vets in Filton and was fortunate enough to be offered a job. I worked at Companion Care Filton for two years before moving to Vets4Pets Emersons Green where I am currently training as an Animal nursing assistant, I also work on reception. I have always loved animals and enjoy breeding my own dogs of which I own 7 and love to go out on long walks with them. Working with animals is all I ever wanted to do. I consider myself very lucky to be working with a great team and look forward to furthering my qualifications.



Customer Service & Trainee Veterinary Care Assistant

I have wanted to work with animals since childhood, and after almost 2 years of research and hard work I was offered the opportunity to join the wonderful team here at Emerson’s Green. I eventually aim to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse, but for now I am beginning on reception with the occasional day as a Veterinary Care Assistant to gain a detailed and balanced understanding of the client journey, and how a veterinary practice works.

I live with my fiancé and together we currently keep two hamsters- a Roborovski called Pipsqueak and a Syrian called Twiglet, alongside our two Spaniels Charlie and Lola. In my spare time, besides looking after our animals I also like to do a range of different things, from learning mechanics and sailing to baking and playing piano but wherever I am my dogs are never far behind me!



Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2011 and stayed in London for 3 and a half years working at a practice in Middlesex followed by a move into central London, working in Notting Hill.

My clinical interests include all kinds of surgery, emergency medicine and neurology. I particularly enjoy working with clients throughout the whole lifespan of their pet’s illness so that I can oversee and explain every step in the process.

I am originally from Stoke Gifford and have recently moved back to Bristol with my wife following a year of travel and volunteering. When not working I enjoy sailing, making good food and drinking fine wine.