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Vets4Pets Merthyr Tydfil

Meet the Merthyr Tydfil Vet Team

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Devan Watkins 

Practice Manager

Hi, I'm Devan and I'm the Practice Manager at Vets4Pets Merthyr Tydfil. I have been here at Vets4Pets since the surgery opened in February 2016 and absolutely love it here as every day is different and my job is so rewarding. 

I have had a love of animals from a very young age & started my career in a veterinary practice when I was 14! I started at the vets on a two week work experience for school and left with an Animal Nursing Qualification nine years later. I am very passionate about animals and their wellbeing and couldn’t see myself in any other job! I have a gorgeous Welsh Collie called Dougie who is my pride & joy. He is a qualified PAT dog, absolutely loves children and comes to work with me every day so you can usually find him behind the reception desk curled up in his bed. 

At home I have two rescue cats Dusty & Diego. Dusty was a feral Cats Protection kitten who I healed back to health after having his head stuck in a liquid bin for 4 days, hence the name Dusty-bin! Diego was dumped at a local reservoir at 4 weeks of age with a broken leg, luckily a dog walker found him & brought him to the vets where I fell in love with him. I also have three Syrian hamsters called Rory, Rio and Rex. Plus three calling ducklings called Reggie, Flo & Mabel, which were bought for me as a wedding gift. 

In my spare time I enjoy taking Dougie on long walks, going to the cinema, reading & looking after my in-laws pets which include Welsh cobs, Shetland ponies, chickens, four dogs & two cats. 

I got married in June 2017 so I am currently settling in to married life. I look forward to meeting you & your pets!  


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Zoe James RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

My name is Zoe and I am the Registered Veterinary Nurse at Vets4Pets Merthyr Tydfil and have been here since September 2016. 

I have been around animals all my life and for as long as I can remember all I wanted to do when I grew up was become a veterinary nurse. I began my career in the veterinary industry in 2010 and was then lucky enough to begin my nursing training with Abbeydale Vetlink Veterinary Training LTD, finally graduating with the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and becoming an RVN in June 2016. 

I love my job and enjoy all aspects of Veterinary Nursing but have developed a keen interest in medical nursing and nurse consultations over the years. 

Outside of work I am kept very busy with my own animals. I currently have Marley my cat who came to live with me as a rescue after being dumped in a box as a very poorly kitten and Foxy my horse who I regularly compete and train in dressage with. 

When I am not busy with the animals I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching films and box sets and relaxing. I am very excited to be part of the team at Vets4Pets Merthyr and am looking forward to meeting all your furry family members soon!


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Melanie Owens

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I’m Mel and I have been working at Vets4Pets since January 2017 and so far I have loved every minute!

 

I have just started training to become a Veterinary Nurse at Bridgend College. I can’t wait to get stuck in and learn all aspects of Veterinary Nursing. I have a keen interest in exotics and small furries and one day hope to further my knowledge in this area. At home I have two rabbits, Bunny and Smudge. I am rabbit mad and would have many more if I had the space!

 

I always knew I wanted to work with animals and I spent my childhood visiting my family’s dairy farm. Before coming to Vets4Pets I worked at a local kennels and at Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire. I then travelled across Europe and Australia. Outside of work I enjoy reading, travelling, socialising and spending time in my hometown, Pembroke. I look forward to meeting you and all your pets.

 

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Jessica Griffin

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Jess and I have been working a Vets4Pets since March 2017.


I have had lots of experience working with animals from working in a kennels and learning and handling all sorts of animals (small, large and exotics) in a level 3 Animal management course in Bridgend which I completed after two years with a merit overall. I have also done work experience in vet practices and even did work experience here in November 2016.

I have an interest in larger animals and would love to pursue a career in this area. Outside of work I love to read, my favourite author is Stephen King, and watch all sorts of series on Netflix and tv. I also like to go out and socialise with friends and try new recipes at home.

 

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Dougie Watkins

Meeter & Greeter

Hi I'm Dougie! I'm the Meeter & Greeter at Vets4Pets Merthyr Tydfil. I have been here at Vets4Pets with my mum, Devan, since the surgery opened in February 2016.

 

I am a very experienced Meeter & Greeter, as I have been going to work with mum since I was 6 months old! I love all people but especially children & will happily roll over so people can give me belly rubs!

 

If you can't find me curled up on my bed behind the reception desk, I am probably out the back in the office with mum helping her with any paperwork I need to sign!

I can't wait to meet you all & make new friends!