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Bridgwater Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Bridgwater Retail Park

Telephone: 01278 422738

Closed Now

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Opening Hours

  • Monday  - 
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  • Wednesday  - 
  • Thursday  - 
  • Friday  - 
  • Saturday  - 
  • Sunday  - 

Meet the team

Johan Van Sittert

Johan Van Sittert

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


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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.


Rhian-Mai Jones

Veterinary Surgeon


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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.


Natasha Shanks

Veterinary Surgeon


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Natasha joined Vets4Pets in January 2019 after moving to the area from West Sussex. She graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013 and quickly developed a keen interest in medicine and diagnostic imaging - particularly ultrasounds. Natasha is currently working towards her Masters in imaging and is loving every minute of it. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her guinea pigs, rabbits and her cat. She also enjoys playing the guitar whenever she can get the chance to do so. Natasha says that she already feels at home with the wonderful team at Bridgwater and is looking forward to meeting all our patients and clients.

Dr Emily Phillips

Veterinary Surgeon


Philippa Thay

Phillipa Thay

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I have been nursing since 2010 and qualified in 2013. I joined Vets4Pets Bridgwater in 2014. The best part of my job is nursing hospitalised patients and seeing them get better. I also enjoy giving advice to clients about their pets and hot to give them the correct nutrition and flea and worm treatments. I am interested in schedule 3 procedures e.g suturing wounds and small surgical procedures in which I have taken a course. I would like to continue to improve and use my skills in practice. I also have a particular interest in wound management and animal behaviour. I am also a qualified C-SQP so I can dispense certain medications. I currently own a Birman cat called Marley and a Whippet called Louis. I look forward to undertaking more CPD on the things that interest me and also continuing to educate clients on the correct way to care for their pets.

Shannon Groom

Student Veterinary Nurse

ANA NatDip in Animal Management

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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 Watkins

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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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

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Ilse van Sittert

Ilse Van Sittert

Practice Manager


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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.

Lynsey Rayner

Client Care Advisor

Jane Berry

Client Care Advisor

Megan Clarke

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 cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.

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  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Health Plans

Health Plan

Complete Care Junior

£15 a month
Expert veterinary care, plus lots of support and tailored advice for your puppy or kitten, in an affordable and convenient way
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Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health
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Health Plans

Flea & Worm Pack

Protect your pet and your pocket!
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Health Plan


Just £99
Vac4Life is a preventative plan following primary vaccinations

Out of hours

Quantock Veterinary Hospital
Cheetham house
The Drove

Telephone: 01278 433585

Standard Consultation Before 10pm: £145 From 10pm to 12am and 6am to 8am: £170 From 12am to 6am: £195

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