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Meet our Small Animals Team

Sylvia McCurdy Clinical Director


Sylvia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2003. Over the last 17 years she has worked in practices from Cornwall to Scotland. Sylvia has spent the last 5 years as a locum in a variety of practices in the South West and came to join Isle Valley in a permanent role in June 2020 as our clinical director. Outside of work Sylvia has a horse called Wedge and a dog called Mole who between them keep her busy.

Special interest: Soft Tissue surgery

Inga Tverske - Veterinary Surgeon


Inga graduated from Kaunas Veterinary Academy in 2006 and worked in a small animal practice before coming to work at Isle Valley Vets in April 2019.

Special interest: Small animal behaviour

Dr Clare Williams - Veterinary Surgeon


Clare graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017 and spent 4 years in private and charity practice before joining Isle Valley in 2021. Outside of work, she is kept busy with her own animal clan: Norma her work inherited geriatric 'naughty tortie' cat, Meredith and Matilda her rescue degus, Tolkien the bearded dragon, and family spaniel Lily. She loves all aspects of her job but has a special soft spot for an older feline in need of some TLC.

Special interest: soft tissue surgery and feline medicine

Yvonne Eaves - Veterinary Surgeon


Yvonne qualified from Liverpool university in 1973 then worked in Somerset for several years. She owned her own practice in Yorkshire and then Somerset, before becoming a locum in various Somerset practices. This included working and off at Isle Valley vets since 2013. She has been married for over 46 years with 2 grown up Daughters. Yvonne's other passion is her pony, Rhona, who she competes at dressage.

Special interest: Abdominal Surgery.

Emma Hugill

Head Veterinary Nurse. SQP

Emma joined us in January 2005 after qualifying as an Animal Nursing Assistant and gaining a Diploma in Animal Care at Merit Level. She then continued her training at Isle Valley Vets, becoming qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007. Since qualifying, Emma has travelled abroad doing voluntary Veterinary work & neutering projects. In 2009 Emma furthered her career and gained her SQP qualification in drug dispensing and in 2015 she gained her Clinical Coach certificate to enable her to help with veterinary nurse training. In 2017 she completed a module qualification in rabbit awareness & anaesthesia, passing with distinction. She lives in Yeovil with her husband, young daughter, her hand reared cat Alfie and 2 rabbits. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family & friends.

Becky Wood

Deputy Head Registered Veterinary Nurse. SQP

Becky started working for Isle Valley Vets in September 2008 after gaining her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification and a Diploma in Animal Management. She then completed her Veterinary Nurse training with us, becoming a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse in 2010. Becky has always had an interest in animals, especially exotics and one day would like to go on to specialise in this area. In 2016 she gained her SQP qualification in drug dispensing. She is one of our wellbeing champions. Becky lives with her husband and son and her ginger cat Tigger! Outside of work Becky enjoys a busy social life with friends and family and has a keen interest in live rock music concerts and the theatre!

Emily Cook

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Emily joined Isle Valley Vets in November 2015 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in August 2018. Prior to her Veterinary Nurse training, Emily gained A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Business studies. Emily particularly enjoys assisting the veterinary surgeons here at Isle Valley with ultrasounds and has an interest in furthering her knowledge in cardiology and imaging. She is also a clinical coach and helps to train future veterinary nurses. Emily lives with her partner and her black cat Rafiki! Outside of work in her spare time she enjoys horse riding, baking, days out and spending time with her family and friends.

Alicia Atkins

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Alicia joined Isle Valley Vets in March 2017 and started her veterinary nurse training with Bridgwater and Taunton College. She passed all her exams and became a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse in August 2019. Before working at Isle Valley Vets she spent 3 years working with the RSPCA at West Hatch as an animal care assistant. Outside of work Alicia enjoys spending time with her horse Basil and going for long country walks with her dogs Chloe and Fly. She also enjoys a busy social life and helping out with her parents farm.

Jordan Weeks

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jordan joined Isle Valley Vets in August 2019 and qualified in January 2022. She worked in veterinary practice for 5 years as a receptionist and as a veterinary care assistant. Jordan has achieved a BSc (Honours) Degree in Animal behaviour and Welfare. Jordan is passionate about rabbit medicine and welfare, and enjoys inpatient care and anaesthesia. Outside of work Jordan enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family. She lives with her partner and their cocker spaniel Dougie, and 3 mini lop rabbits, Sheldon, Lola and Ron who she adores!

Amy Cooper

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Amy joined Isle Valley Vets in August 2019 after moving from her home in North Devon to undertake her training with us and qualified in May 2022. She has completed a National Diploma Level 3 in horse management and has previously worked as a receptionist at a practice in Devon. In her spare time she enjoys dog walking, going to the gym and spending time with friends and family. Growing up on a farm Amy has always had a love and interest towards animals and has a passion for inpatient care. Amy lives locally with her dog Arlo and her cat Rupert!


Gilly Turner


Gilly is based at our Stoke sub Hamdon practice, she previously worked at Honeywell for 37 years until taking redundancy and becoming a receptionist in a dental practice. She worked in 2 previous veterinary practices before joining Isle Valley Vets in September 2020. Gilly has completed a bronze level veterinary receptionist award in November 2020. Outside of work Gilly lives with her husband, step son and her beloved Lhasa Apso Monty. She enjoys holidaying in Europe and spending time with her family.