Meet The Team

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    Emma Hugill

    Practice Manager


    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. In 2015 she gained her Clinical Coach certificate to enable her to help with veterinary nurse training. She also holds a qualification in rabbit awareness.  
    Emma became Practice Manager in 2022.
    She lives with her husband, daughter and hand reared ginger cat Alfie. 
    In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family & friends


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    Rhian-Mai Jones

    Senior Vet/Clinical Lead

    Rhian-Mai qualified as a vet from the University of Bristol in 2013. She is originally from North Wales from a farming family. After qualifying, she worked for 5 years in West Sussex, but the West Country beckoned and she returned to Somerset where she has lived and worked since 2018. Rhian joined the Isle Valley team in July 2023, and is enjoying getting to know our clients, patients and the local community. Rhian's clinical interests include eyes, and soft tissue surgery, but most enjoys being a GP vet and the importance this role has throughout all our pet's lifestages.


    Rhian's qualifications include:

    • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
    • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Services
    • OCQ (CA)
    • Mental Health First Aider

    Outside of work, Rhian enjoys riding and showing Haflinger horses, walking in the countryside and going to music and food festivals. She has a collection of pets including Mona the cat, a variety of guinea pigs and rabbits, and Speckledy chickens.

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    Clare Williams

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS

    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. 


    • Bachelor in Veterinary Science
    • Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

    Special interests: soft tissue surgery and feline medicine


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    Rachel Astington

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS, BVetMed, OCQ, BA

    Rachel graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School, University of Cambridge, in 2015. She spent 6 years in local small animal practices before having her first child. After maternity leave at the start of 2023, she joined Isle Valley Vets. Outside of work, she and her husband are kept on their toes caring for their young daughter. They love running and walking as a family, in the area and further afield, especially the coast and moors. They often walk with their chocolate cocker spaniel, Tiffin. Rachel is enjoying the variety of work at Isle Valley Vets and working with the team. She especially likes medical cases where she can use ultrasound to help her diagnosis. She loves to make a fuss of a waggy Spaniel or dopey Labrador.

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    Katherine Tratt

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Bsc Hons BVM&S MRCVS

    Katherine graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh in 2007. She grew up in Somerset and worked in mixed, equine and small animal practice around the country prior to settling back in the South West with her young family.  Katherine’s clinical interests encompass the range of GP small animal practice, from meeting and getting to know the clients to imaging, medicine and surgery. Outside of work the family farm, 2 kids, and a selection of cattle, sheep, horses and dogs keep her busy. She enjoys music and exploring the beautiful area with the horses, dogs and family in tow!

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    Becky Wood

    Head Veterinary Nurse


    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. In 2016 she gained her SQP qualification in drug dispensing.  In November 2022, Becky stepped up from her role as deputy head nurse to Head Nurse and is looking forward to leading our team of excellent nurses.  Becky is also our Wellbeing Champion and enjoys organising “pick me ups” and “team bonding” for the whole team.

    Becky lives with her husband, son and ginger cat called Tigger. Outside of work Becky enjoys a busy social life with friends and family and has a keen interest in live rock music concerts, the theatre, ballet and tap dancing!


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    Emily Cook

    Deputy Head 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 with ultrasounds and has an interest in furthering her knowledge in cardiology and imaging. She gained her clinical coach qualification in 2019 and now trains our student veterinary nurses. She is also the stock controller of the practice! Emily became deputy head nurse in January 2023.

    Emily lives with her partner and her cat Rafiki. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym, baking, days out spending time with her family and friends.


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    Alicia Atkins

    Registered Veterinary Nurse


    Alicia joined Isle Valley Vets in March 2017 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in August 2019. Before working at Isle Valley Vets she spent 3 years with the RSPCA at West hatch as an animal care assistant. Alicia particularly enjoys anaesthesia and inpatient care.

    Alicia lives locally with her German Shorthaired Pointer, Hattie. Outside of work Alicia enjoys going for long country walks with her dog. She also enjoys a busy social life and helping out on her parents’ farm.


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    Martin Vivian

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Martin has worked as an ANA in 2 practices previously, attended Sparsholts College studying aquatic management and marine biology. He then went to Bournemouth College to study animal management which is when he decided he wanted to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse and now it’s finally happening!

    Martin has 2 big floor ball Norwegian Forest cats Loki and Leo and lives with his partner. In his spare time Martin likes to go to the cinema, read and plan travels for the future.

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    Gilly Turner


    Gilly 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.


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    Joshua Cridge

    Senior Administrator

    Joshua has previously worked at The Country Dog Hotel which is a luxury bespoke dog boarding facility. Before working at the hotel he worked at Vets4Pets as a Registered Veterinary Nurse for 6 years and felt it was time to come back into the veterinary industry.

    Joshua has completed his C-SQP qualification and is also a fully trained dog and cat groomer and has managed a busy pet grooming salon.

    Outside of work Joshua lives with his partner and 2 dogs, Max the Labrador and Bertie the Cocker Spaniel and they enjoy getting out for long walks in the Somerset country side.

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    Millie Kearvell

    Animal Care Assistant

    Millie is currently studying a BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour at University Centre Sparsholt, after completing a Foundation Degree in Animal Welfare, Behaviour and Conservation. Millie is planning to develop her skills and knowledge in the field of dog behaviour with the hope of one day becoming clinically accredited. Millie has a Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management and previously worked in a local dog kennels for 3 years, which helped drive her passion for dogs. 

    Millie lives with her family along with a variety of pets, including a golden retriever called Hazel Bear and two mini lop rabbits, Sulley and Boo.