Meet the Team
Piddle Valley Vets have 2 vets, David and Anna. The vets are supported by registered veterinary nurses Julie, Hattie and Jess, student veterinary nurse Ruby and animal care assistant Daisy, 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
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 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.
Katie Barnett MSc, ACPAT Cat A
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.
Julie 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 exotic animals.
Outside of work, much of Julie’s time is taken up looking after her three children and variety of animals.
Veterinary Nurse RVN
Hattie graduated from Hartpury University in Summer 2022 with a BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Nursing Science and started at Piddle Valley Vets shortly after.
Hattie worked at a 24 hour emergency hospital as a student.
Outside of work Hattie enjoys looking after her horse, reading and making art, specifically animal portraiture.
At home, Hattie has a horse called Shammy and a crazy springer spaniel called Philo.
Veterinary Nurse RVN
Jess completed her RVN training at a large veterinary hospital in Devon, working with small, large and equine patients. Jess has worked at Piddle Valley Vets before having some time off to raise a family and she has now rejoined the team.
Student Veterinary Nurse SVN
Ruby is a third year Veterinary Nursing student currently on placement with us from Harper Adams University.
Having previously worked in hospitality and retail, Ruby decided to leap into the veterinary industry in 2021 after many years of interest regarding animals.
In addition to her studies, Ruby has also taken up riding at uni and is hoping some day to loan a horse of her own.
In the meantime, Ruby enjoys drawing, countryside walks with family and socialising with friends. At home she has a Springer x Beagle named Dylan who very much keeps her busy!
Animal Care Assisant
Daisy has a level 2 and 3 qualification in animal welfare and management and worked with animals in the education sector until joining Piddle Valley Vets in 2022.
Having worked with a range of animals from livestock, small mammals, reptiles, fish and bird, Daisy’s main passion and interest has always been with reptiles and invertebrates.
When not at work, Daisy enjoys catching up with friends and family, normally involving a walk in the forest.
When not out walking Daisy is kept busy at home looking after her many pets which include millipedes, a tarantula, giant African land snails, fish, Ernie the tortoise, Crash the crested gecko and Coco the cat.
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.
Lily joined the reception team in 2023. Outside of work Lily enjoys the spending time in the outdoors including walking and camping and spending time with her family and dog Stanley.
Holly joined the reception team in 2023 after previously working as a dental nurse in both Weymouth and Dorchester.
Holly’s favourite part of the job is getting to meet new people and their animals and getting to learn something new every day.
When Holly is not working, she likes to spend time with family and friends. She has 2 pet dogs, Pomeranians called Prim and Woody which she enjoys walking. She also has a cat and a hamster.
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 manager, Laura is responsible for some of the behind the scenes running of Piddle Valley Vets including ordering stock, managing client accounts, book keeping 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, quails and a bearded dragon. 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.