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Meet the team
Johan Van Sittert
Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc PgC(SAS) MRCVS
I am Johan van Sittert. I am the joint venture partner and veterinary surgeon in Vets4Pets. My main responsibility is the provision of high quality compassionate care to all my patients and their owners. My main goal is to improve the quality of life of my patients and also to guide their owners to be able to provide the best possible life for them. I believe that prevention is always better than cure and is always happy to discuss preventative measures like vaccinations and parasite control as this is the corner stone of a happy and hopefully long life of the pet. I have a special interest in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedic and obtained my Post graduate Certificate in small animal surgery in 2017. I am originally from South Africa and graduated from Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria). I started Working in England in 2003 in Peterborough. I was there for four years in a companion animal hospital before returning to South Africa. While in South Africa for 2 years I was focusing mostly on production animals, mostly cattle and sheep farming. Returning to London in 2008, since then I have been working exclusively in companion animal practice. In my private time I like photography and walking. I am also a qualified scuba diver with a PADI Rescue diver qualification. I have a Springer Spaniel called Lulu and a cat called Lilly-Rose. I do like the fact that no two days in practice is ever the same. Also seeing the difference we make in some of our patient's lives is what gets me to get up and go to work every day.
I have have graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013. I joined Vets4Pets in June 2018 after moving to Somerset. I particularly love working with clients to make a shared plan for their pet. I also thoroughly enjoy soft tissues surgery and I am amazed by eyes. My interests at working include surgery, anaesthesia and working with eyes. At home my interests include competing and riding horses particularly the Haflinger which is an Austrian mountain pony breed. I also enjoy walking in the countryside and enjoy walking the local Somerset hills, but also love to go back to my original habitat in the vale of Clwyd, North Wales. My Current pets: Mona- superstar cat who was a stray that came home for just the weekend from work but never went back. She loves having her teeth brushed and can do lots of tricks such as sit, high five, spin and recalls to a bell. I look forward to gaining new experiences from the talented Bridgwater clinical team and creating new bonds with the clients and patients. I also look forward to pushing my clinical abilities to always give my patients the best standard of care I am capable of.
Dr Emily Phillips
Dr Stacey Hall
I joined Vets4Pets Bridgwater in 2016. The best part of my job is getting to be involved in not only helping clients by giving advice but using my knowledge and skills to help on busy days. I also enjoy helping to look after the animals staying here for their operations. I have a level 3 diploma in animal management and qualified as a Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA). I have a passion for traveling and enjoy visiting different countries. I currently own a Shih Tzu called Dookie, 2 rabbits called Luna and Loki (one I rehomed as a stray from the practice), 5 cats called Cashew, Tia, Harley, Mouse and Lily and to finish it off a Silkie chicken. I look forward to one day hopefully training as a veterinary nurse and continue to expand my knowledge. I also look forward to getting to know the clients and their pets.
Rachel has many years of experience and has been working as a nurse for over 30 years. She has worked in practices in the south and southwest of the UK, so some of you may have met her elsewhere. Rachel worked at the University of Bristol for 4 years, teaching trainee vets and nurses. She joined Vets4Pets in Street in March 2018 and then moved to Vets4Pets Bridgwater in October 2018. Rachel’s nursing interests are Nutrition and feline medicines and behaviors. Rachel has been privileged enough to have been asked to write a chapter on preventative health care for cats for a feline nursing text book.
Rachel has a black and white cat called Newt, a tabby called Frank who Rachel both rescued from a previous practice where they were involved in a road traffic accident. She also has a gorgeous black and white collie called Mila and she absolutely loves people and loves being “chief meet and greeter” at reception.
Miss Polly Keene
Registered Veterinary Nurse
BSc Hons RVN
Rachel Garry has been a member of the nursing team here since 2021. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2018, though has been working in practice since 2011.
Rachel enjoys all aspects of nursing, though has a keen interest in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, gaining an additional City & Guilds Level 2 in this area, as well as currently being enrolled on a BVNA Learning Pathway in Anaesthesia. She has also undertaken training in laser therapy treatment.
In her spare time, she and her husband Dean enjoy exploring the Somerset countryside, accompanied by her Cockapoo Alfie and her Lurcher Ted. At home, Chester the 3-legged cat rules the roost.
Ilse is the Bridgwater Practice Manager and of course Johan's Wife. Ilse was born in South Africa and qualified there as a Chartered Accountant. She moved to the UK in 2008 and despite it being very different, she loves it! Ilse enjoys helping Johan with the day to day activities of running the veterinary practice and in her spare time she enjoys reading anything crime-related or watching Netflix. Ilse is also a qualified C-SQP so she can dispense certain medications. Like Johan, Ilse owns a Springer Spaniel called Lulu and a cat called Lily-Rose.
Client Care Advisor
Client Care Advisor
Mrs Susan Castliglia
Client Care Advisor
Mrs Amanda Weddle
Client Care Advisor
Vets4Pets Bridgwater is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!
The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their new clients!
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
BiochemistryAllows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
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Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
Complete Care Junior
Complete Care Senior
Flea & Worm Pack