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The Surgery, The Backwater,
Puddletown, Dorchester,
Dorset, DT2 8SD

Meet the Team

Piddle Valley vets have 3 vets, David, Anna and Hayley. The Vets are supported by our Nursing team, we have 2 registered veterinary nurses Julie and Lauren, a student nurse Holly and 2 animal care assistants Georgie and Jade, who are well equipped to help you with day to day issues such as weight management and how to care for your pet’s teeth. We are lucky to offer in-house in physiotherapy with Katie and our Reception team are here to meet you on your arrival to Piddle Valley Vets.

David Holah BVSc, CertZooMed, MRCVS

David Holah BVSc, CertZooMed, MRCVS

Head Vet and Practice Principal

David qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 2001, his first job gave him experience of both farm and small animal veterinary work. He soon realised that his passion was with the small animal aspect of veterinary medicine and in particular exotic animals. David followed this passion and continued his studies taking a post graduate certificate in exotic medicine and became one of the few vets to hold this qualification in the UK.

David established Piddle Valley Vets in 2011, converting the old village GP surgery into a state of the art veterinary practice, seeing first opinion cases as well as accepting referrals from local practices for exotic cases. He had a vision of creating an independent practice offering excellent veterinary care with a personalised approach for every client. Piddle Valley vets has grown over the intervening years from a one vet practice to a four vet practice we have today.

Away from his working life David enjoys spending time with his family of the two and four legged variety, supporting his beloved premiership rugby club wasps and mountain biking.

Anna Howard, BSc Hons, BVetMed, MRCVS

Anna Howard, BSc Hons, BVetMed, MRCVS

Assistant Vet

Anna graduated with an honours degree in Animal Biology from Stirling University in 2006. After travelling and working with wildlife in South America, she enrolled at the Royal Veterinary College and qualified as a vet in 2014.

Initially settling in Devon as a mixed vet covering farm, equine and small animals, Anna joined the Piddle Valley Vets team in 2019, keen to be part of a strong independent practice.

In her spare time, Anna is an avid reader and enjoys painting, playing piano and being bossed around by her cats Daisy and Boog.

Hayley Kington BVSc PgC SAO MRCVS

Hayley Kington BVSc PgC SAO MRCVS

Assistant Vet

Hayley has been a Veterinary Surgeon for over 18 years. She has studied Ophthalmology (eye conditions) for 11 of those years and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognises her as an Advanced Practitioner in this subject.

Hayley joined the Piddle Valley Vets team in 2021.

Katie Barnett MSc, ACPAT Cat A

Katie Barnett MSc, ACPAT Cat A

Chartered Physiotherapist

Katie graduated with her first degree from Manchester university in 2001. Initially her career was as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS. Before long her lifelong affinity with animals took her back to university again, this time to study a masters in veterinary physiotherapy at The Royal Veterinary College.

Once she graduated she set up her own physiotherapy practice and for many years treated a variety of human, horse and small animal clients as Newland Physiotherapy Practice. In 2012 Katie started physiotherapy clinics at Piddle Valley vets treating dogs, cats and rabbits at the surgery.

Following the arrival of three lively boys Katie wound up Newland Physiotherapy Practice and worked solely at Piddle Valley vets.

Lauren Taylor Head Nurse

Lauren Taylor Head Nurse

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Lauren joined Piddle Valley Vets in January 2017 as a student nurse. Lauren completed her training and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2019.

Lauren has a specific interest in working with a range of exotic species. She is very passionate about exotic medicine and surgery, from initial presentation and triage to surgical procedure and inpatient care.

Lauren has a variety of animals at home including lizards, snakes, birds, tortoises a cat and a dog. Lauren also enjoys rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife making her experienced in caring for a wide range of species. In her spare time Lauren enjoys keeping active in the gym, swimming and enjoying coastal walks with her dog Shadow.

Julie Wenham Deputy Head Nurse

Julie Wenham Deputy Head Nurse

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Julie qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2006 whilst working at a small animal practice in Poole. Shortly after qualifying Julie was promoted to Head Nurse, a role which she thoroughly enjoyed. Julie joined Piddle Valley Vets in 2015 and since working here has developed a keen interest in exotics.

Outside of work, much of Julie’s time is taken up looking after her three children and variety of animals.

Holly May

Holly May

Veterinary Nurse SVN

Holly joined the team in October 2019 and is currently completing her nurse training. Holly is hoping to finish her training and will become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2022.

Holly has a keen interest in animal behaviour and exotic species especially small furries. Holly has a strong passion for guinea pigs and has 11 of her own as well as 2 rabbits, a very naughty hamster and 2 cats! In her spare time Holly likes to travel and go to the gym.

Georgie Derham

Georgie Derham

Animal Care Assistant

After 5 years working in the pharmaceutical sector, Georgie decided on a career change. Passionate about animals and interested in science she enrolled on to a distance learning Veterinary Support Assistant diploma before starting as Animal Care Assistant at Piddle Valley Vets in November 2020. Georgie aspires to be a Veterinary Nurse.

Jade Gould

Jade Gould

Animal Care Assistant

Biography in progress

Amanda Symms

Amanda Symms

Receptionist

Amanda has worked at Piddle Valley Vets since 2018, but was a client here with her own dogs not long after the practice opened. She was very impressed with the vets with her own dogs so when the job of receptionist came along she was very excited to apply.

Amanda loves working at Piddle Valley Vets as she is happiest when around animals, especially dogs. She also loves spiders so everyone knows who to shout for when one needs popping outside in the gardens.

In her spare time Amanda has a busy home life with her husband, three grown up children and three dogs. She also belongs to a local book club and enjoys meeting to chat about the most recent book they have read. Amanda loves to travel abroad and discover new places; Route 66 is her next goal.

Charlotte House

Charlotte House

Receptionist

Charlotte joined our reception team in 2020 after previously working in retail but more recently having some time off work to raise her two boys.

When not at work, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family, two dogs and two rabbits and visiting new places in her campervan.

Charlotte likes to keep reception organised and likes getting to the end of the day knowing she has ticked everything off her ‘to do’ list. Charlotte’s favourite part of the job is getting to know clients and seeing the variety of animals which come in to the practice.

Jackie Hone

Jackie Hone

Receptionist

Jackie moved to Dorset in 2018 and joined the Piddle Valley Vets reception team in the same year. Prior to living and working in Dorset, Jackie worked in the airline industry.

Outside of work Jackie enjoys spending time with her four Portuguese rescue dogs and going for long walks in the Dorset countryside. Jackie loves visiting Portugal and helping out with animal rescue.

Jackie’s favourite parts of the job include interacting with clients and seeing the vast array of animals that come in to the practice although she prefers the furry clients rather than reptiles.

Jo Handley

Jo Handley

Receptionist

Jo, originally from Kent, moved to Dorset 10 years ago. Prior to Dorset life she worked as cabin crew and spent years flying around the world.

Jo joined our reception team in summer of 2021 with a background in hospitality and customer service. Jo’s favourite part of the job is meeting clients and being surrounded by animals.

Outside of work, Jo enjoys long distance running and spending time at the beach with her water-loving family and crazy labradoodle.

Victoria Udell

Victoria Udell

Receptionist

Victoria joined the reception team in 2021 but knew the practice as a client prior to becoming a member of staff. Victoria has previously worked in retail and office environments so has lots of customer service experience which means she is well equipped for her new role as veterinary receptionist.

Victoria says she loves working at Piddle Valley Vets because there is a great team of staff and she loves seeing the vast range of animals that come in to the practice.

Victoria has three children and three dogs so she is always busy. When she is not at work, Victoria loves nothing more than spending time with her family and friends and walking in the Dorset countryside with the dogs.

Laura

Laura

Practice Administrator

Laura joined the practice as a member of staff in 2019 but has been bringing her own pets here for some time before working here. As practice administrator, Laura is responsible for some of the behind the scenes running of Piddle Valley Vets including ordering stock, managing client accounts, bookkeeping and helping to keep things running smoothly day to day. You may also see her helping out on reception.

Laura moved to Dorset from Surrey in 2011, met her now husband and loves the Dorset country life. At home Laura has a dog called Dave, two rabbits and pet quail. When not working, Laura enjoys exploring the wonderful Dorset countryside with Dave the dog and cooking/baking for friends/family and the Piddle Valley Vets team.

Sign up to our health plan!

Did you know we have a pet health care plan? This is open to any existing clients with dogs, cats, rabbits or tortoises.