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Meet the Pontypridd Vets Team
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Vets4Pets Pontypridd

Meet the team


Dr Andreea Ionescu

JVP & Veterinary Surgeon

I become a vet in 2009 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, Romania. This is the job I have always dreamt of having since I was a child. Growing up my family had all type of pets in the house - dogs, ducks, chickens, even lambs in the winter - and all this in a 2 bedroom flat in the middle of Bucharest! So, in this way, I developed a very strong empathy for animals and the desire to become a "doctor for animals". 

During the 5th year of University, me and two of my colleagues opened a Veterinary Clinic in Bucharest - where I worked as a veterinary surgeon for 6 years. After I gave birth to my son (now 2 years old), me and my husband decided to come to the UK to start a new life and to settle down. So, in January 2016 we did the big move! I started my journey as a vet in a practice in London, where I worked for around 6 months. After this I decided to set up my own practice, where I have the freedom to do medicine my way. 

I am very interested in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Animal Behavior and Emergency and Critical Care. I love to spend my free time with my son and family, and we spend a lot of time outdoors. We enjoy camping, exploring the mountains and being at the seaside. I love to listen good music, to read a good book and to go skating or swimming. I miss having a pet - we intend to have one in the near future after we settle down here. In the meanwhile I can't wait to take care of your beloved pets in our practice here at Vets4Pets Pontypridd!


Sara Nieto Calo

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Lugo, Spain in 2016. After qualifying I moved to the UK through an internship programme, settling in Yorkshire before moving to Cardiff. 

I always knew I wanted to become a vet growing up, and now that I am working in this profession it is obvious that I have made the correct career choice. This motivates me to become the best vet possible, providing your pets with the best care! 

At home I have four dogs (Saba, Gaia, Oni and Pluto) and one cat (Mysha) and I am interested in purchasing a horse in the near future. 

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema, travelling to different countries and horse riding, often taking horses to jumping competitions. I look forward to meeting all your pets here at Pontypridd!


Rachel Nealon

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hi I'm Rachel! I completed a HNC Diploma in Animal Studies before joining the Vets4Pets team here at Pontypridd as their veterinary care assistant. 

I enjoy working with all species of animals, but I have a serious passion for cats!! I've got four cats at home, Jasper, Millie, Sox and Gucci the Siamese. I enjoy assisting the vets with the care of the animals and I treat each patient with the love and care as if they were my own. 

I hope to undertake the nursing training in the near future to become a qualified veterinary nurse, and am looking forward to a busy but rewarding career here at the Pontypridd practice.


Nia Williams

Veterinary Care Assistant

What is your favourite animal and why? 
Koalas, they're so cute and fluffy!

What pets do you have and what are their names?
2 chocolate Labradors called Meg and Holly and 6 chickens! 

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across? Super Dave the Akita! 

What is your favourite famous animal?
Marley from Marley and Me reminds of my dog growing up and Joey from war horse. 

What's the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets?
Doing a job I love, working with animals has been a dream of mine for years! I enjoy greeting the clients and the fun of never knowing what's going to come in day to day!

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Naylan Thomas


What is your favourite animal and why?
I don't have a favourite animal. If I had the space I would have a zoo! 

What pets do you have and what are their names?
I have 2 Chihuahuas called Sammy & Tammy, who are wild little rockets. I also have a massive tank of gold fish, but you cant really take them for a walk. 

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across? the best one so far was a massive St Bernard called FiFi. 

What is your favourite famous animal?
It has to be Nana from peter pan! 

What's the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets?
You cant beat seeing all the puppies and kittens everyday.


Julia Jenkins


What is your favourite animal and why?
My favourite animal is a dog, I think they are very friendly and can be protective. 

What pets do you have and what are their names?
At this time I don't have any animals, in the past I have had Dogs, Guinea Pigs and Hamsters. I am looking at adopting a pet in the near future. 

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across? A friend of mine had two hamsters called Frip and Frap 

What is your favourite famous animal?
The Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. 

 What's the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets? Meeting new people and animals.