Meet the team
Dr Samantha Bird
Clinical Director, Senior Veterinary Surgeon, JVP
BVetMed PgCertSAM MRCVS
In 2010, I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, as Veterinary Surgeon after a life long dream that began as a child on my family’s dairy farm.
I had always wanted to work with cows, but soon after graduation I settled into domestic animal practice and found my love for Internal Medicine.
Being a home bird (quite literally), I have always lived in and worked around south Wales, but in 2016 during a locumming period I met Helen.
After immediately hitting it off, and realising that our standards of care, ethics and lifelong plans were the same - we became firm friends and Helen offered me a job at Cardiff Bay as Clinical Director.
In July, 2017, I became a Joint Venture Partner and here we are today.
In October 2016 I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine equipping me with the extra knowledge I craved for my patients.
I am extremely proud of our practice and our team, our standards of care and the high levels of services that we offer.
Dr Beki Reilly
Surgical Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed GPCertSAS MRCVS
Hi I’m Beki
Born and bred in Cardiff, I’ve been a vet for just over 10 years originally starting in the large animal field.
I graduated from the Royal college of veterinary surgeons in London where I met Sam the practice owner.
I joined Cardiff Bay 2 years ago and I have loved getting to know the clients and their furrbabies.....I especially love the small naughty ones!
I have a keen interest in surgery including BOAS (brachycephallic obstructive airway syndrome correction), cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), anal sacculectomy (anal gland removal) and most recently, some orthopeadic procedures.
I am studying towards my surgical post graduate certificate, which I hope to obtain later this year.
In my spare time I enjoy horse riding and running around after my toddler.
I graduated from Nottingham University in July 2018 and started at Cardiff Bay soon afterwards.
Originally from Berkshire, I decided to move to Wales as I love the Brecon Beacons, enjoy having city and country life so close together and Sam and Helen were very persuasive.
My interests lie in medicine and diagnostic imaging/cardiology and I am currently performing the heart scans and seeing the heart cases at Cardiff Bay after receiving some training from top specialists in the cardiology field.
I also really enjoy meeting clients, chatting to them and hearing their life stories – as well as meeting their gorgeous pets!
In the future, I would like to further my studies and complete a post graduate certificate in medicine or imaging.
Karolina is our newest addition all the way from Canada, if you would like your consultation in French then please let us know!
She is always smiling and is guaranteed to brighten up your day
Miss Helen Navran
Registered Veterinary Nurse, Senior Veterinary Nurse, JVP
I have nursed for over 20 years.
I trained in the charity Blue Cross Merton in London where I credit my skillset base and ethics.
My profession plays a hugely important role in an animals welfare and as a nurse I feel that responsibility every single day.
During my career I’ve worked in many practices, dabbled in management and in 2016 had the opportunity to become a joint venture partner.
I'm proud that only a handful of nurses have achieved this.
In 2018 I was honoured to receive the BSAVA Bruce Vivash award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing.
I strive to inspire my team each day to provide the best gold standard care for our patients which I wholeheartedly believe we offer each and every day.
Miss Emmajayne George
Registered Veterinary Nurse, Nurse Behaviourist
BSc(Hons) NCert(AnBeh) RVN
Hi I’m Emmajayne,
I qualified in 2015 after obtaining a degree from Hartpury College University.
I have worked in Cardiff Bay Vets4Pets since 2012 and since qualifying, I have gained a certificate in Animal Behaviour - so I’m your girl if your fury family members are feeling misunderstood (I have to be specific as wives will ask about their husbands and fortunately I have no experience in that area..) In my spare time I like to keep active with cycling, running and swimming, and taking my two dogs Lilly and Stanley for long walks. I also enjoy the usual social activities but we don’t want the list too long.
Meg began working at Cardiff Bay vets4pets in 2016 and began her training as a veterinary nurse at Abbeydale Vetlink in 2017. She has recently qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Meg enjoys Medical nursing and nursing exotic species. She has a cockerpoo named Poppy who is an absolute diva. Meg is hoping to complete a course in canine physiotherapy once she has had a rest from studying!
Hi my name is Danielle I have been in practice for nearly three years.
I have a keen interest in animal behaviour, nutrition and orthopaedic surgery. I have previously trained as a veterinary nurse, and after a temporary break, I cannot wait to return and hopefully qualify as an RVN.
In my spare time I enjoy walking my doggy Tyson, and having relaxing catches with my cat Jessie!
Mrs Laura Williams
Practice Manager & Registered Veterinary Nurse
BSc VNS RVN
Hi my name is Laura. I am the Practice Manager here at Vets4Pets Cardiff Bay. I started working in veterinary nursing fourteen years ago when I went to university to gain my degree in Veterinary Nursing Science.
I returned back to Cardiff seven years ago. I love my job in all its forms; the animals and the client relationships that get formed. I also enjoy going to schools or road shows and talking about our work and animal care to younger children. I used to take animals to Ty Hafan as "pet therapy" and I loved watching the children engage with the animals.
Outside of work I have two young children that keep me very busy as well as my own two fur babies.
I am enjoying getting to meet everyone and their own lovely fur babies and hope to meet more of you soon.
Hi, I'm Lucy, a local girl who began nursing in 1999. Over the last 20 years I have gained experience in many different aspects of the veterinary field. I've worked for various charities, referral centres, emergency and general practices in South Wales, South West England and Australia. I've also dabbled in clinical coaching, teaching and head nursing along the way.
In particular I enjoy medical and emergency cases. I also love consulting where i can really get to know clients and their furrbabies. I love the variety and unpredictability of veterinary nursing, its definitely more than just a job.
I spend my spare time being Mum to my 6 year old sidekick, we have a cat called Monkey Moomins, and a corn snake called Maisie.
I've recently taken on the role of Head Nurse here at Cardiff Bay. I'm very excited and honoured to have joined such a passionate hard-working team and can't wait to get to know you and your furry family. If you have a feline with 'cattitude' send them my way!
Miss Bethan Deneen
Registered Veterinary Nurse, Nurse Nutritionist
Bethan qualified in 2016 from Hartpury University with a degree in Veterinary Nursing. Since then Bethan has completed both a pet health councillor qualification and a small animal nutrition certificate. Bethan is the practice nutritionist and has a keen interest in all aspects of small animal nutrition including devising diets for animals with food allergies and intolerances. Bethan enjoys all aspects of her job but particularly enjoys consulting and peri- operative nursing. She has two springer spaniels named Scooby Doo and Duke who are always getting into mischief! She has recently come back from Australia where she nursed lots of different types of species.
Hi I’m Rachel (aka Hoops) and I have been part of the Cardiff Bay family since June 2017 and appointed Head Receptionist.
I have previously worked in a veterinary practice and after taking time away to start a family I am happy to be back cuddling everyone's pets.
In my spare time it's all about quality time with my family.
Pam is our longest standing member of the team at Cardiff Bay.
Many of you will know her, as you will have met her on the weekends
I am Joel but you can call me “subtitles”. I’ve been employed with Vets4Pets Cardiff bay since March 2017.
I have a real passion for animals and enjoy having cuddles from them.
With a background of the Airline industry who thought I would end up here! Well I was hired because of how handsome I was which helps (lol).
At home I have a lovely Pug called Aston.
My hobbies are taking walks in the park and having long luxurious bubble baths.
Hi I am Lauren and I am one of the (best) receptionists here and have worked here since October 2018.
I have a degree in Animal Health and Welfare and qualified in 2015.
At home, I have a staffie called Arnie and a tripawed cat called Flo.
In my spare time I like going for walks with Arnie and my 2 year old daughter.
Vets4Pets Cardiff Bay was taken over by Helen in 2016 and was later joined by Sam in July 2017. We are proud to deliver an exceptional quality service to both client and pet, that is both value for money and of an incredible standard.
We boast a multitude of in house facilities, including K Laser treatment, in house diagnostics (including radiography, in house laboratory, ultrasonography, echocardiography and roaming CT), bronchoscopy, separate cat/exotic and dog wards and complimentary therapies such as acupuncture and medical leech treatment.
Our staff are highly trained and we are proud to have both vets and nurses that have special interests in areas such as Medicine, Soft Tissue and Orthopaedic Surgery, Animal Behaviour and Pet Nutrition. As such, we very rarely refer to external specialties and many complex cases can be handled in-house.
We work with many different insurance companies and can offer direct insurance claims* without any administration fees – preventing the need for you as a client to pay out large bills and waiting for reimbursement.
Being within a Pets at Home store, we are lucky to also have a large on-site Car Park and owners have the benefit of buying their pet a ‘well done’ treat on the way home, or being a one-stop shop for pet foods and services that cannot be found in other local practices. We are also open 7 days a week, late evenings and weekends.
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
OrthopaedicsSurgery of joints and bones.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
CT ScanProvides 3D imaging for a view of internal organs and bones.
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Separate Cat & Dog WardsSeparate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
Digital X-RayDigital X ray equipment is available.
Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
In house blood transfusionsIn house blood transfusions
Echocardiography (heart scans)Generates a 2D moving image of your pet's heart.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
ECGECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
UltrasoundGenerates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
BiochemistryAllows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
HaematologyAllows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
ElectrolyteEnables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
X-RayGenerates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
X-Ray & UltrasoundX-Ray & Ultrasound
WeightMonitoring clinic to help dogs and cats achieve optimal weights – both if they have been under or overweight
Soft TissueSurgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
PrescriptionsWe can provide written prescriptions upon request.
Health PlansDesigned to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
PhysiotherapySupports your pets' strength and mobility.
Late Opening TimesLate Opening Times
OncologyMedical care of cancer.
NutritionAdvice and support for our pet's diet.
Nurse ClinicAppointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
Locally OwnedThis practice is locally owned.
Laser TreatmentTherapeutic laser therapy.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
Home VisitsIf you can’t make it us, we will come to you. We offer routine home visit for pets who don’t like to leave the house or clients who are unable to visit us. (Additional costs may occur)
Fracture RepairOrthopaedic surgery to correct broken bones.
Educational WorkshopsEducational workshops are held to create awareness.
Ear SurgeryEar Surgery service is available to keep your pet free from any infections.
Cruciate SurgerySurgery to repair damaged stifle ligaments.
ChemotherapyDogs and cats that receive chemotherapy feel normal the day they are given the drug.
Cat and Dog Hospital WardThere are separate wards for cats and dogs providing good hygiene environment.
Blood TransfusionTreats many critically ill cats and dogs and our pioneering blood donor programme helps keep them alive.
Bereavement SupportMaking the decision to say goodbye to your pet is one of the toughest you’ll ever make. Pets provide us with unconditional love, friendship and comfort, so it is normal to have intense or conflicting emotions when it comes to euthanasia. At Vets4Pets we’re here for you and your pet for every step of your journey together.
BehaviouristThe Behaviourist approach to learning studied changes in behaviour that are caused by a person's direct experience of their environment, using the principles of classical and operant conditioning to explain them.
AnaestheticGeneral anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
Air Way SurgeryAir Way Surgery
AcupunctureAcupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into particular locations on the body in order to alleviate pain, improve recovery rates and increase resistance to disease. It has been practised by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses in people and animals.
Open 7 Days a WeekWe are open 7 days a week.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
Starter pack protection
Best Start in Life
Complete Care Senior
Flea & Worm Pack
Out of hours
Gwaelod y Garth Industrial Estate
Gwaelod y Garth
Tel: Telephone: 02920 001454
7 Days a Week: 6pm to 12am: £140 12am to 8.30am: £150 Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm: £130