OUR TEAM

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BECKY GAY
BVETMED BAJVA MRCVS

Director

Becky qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2010. She is Somerset born and bred, having been 'reared' on a local farm and enjoys all aspect of farm work with a strong focus on youngstock, surgery and preventative herd health.


In September 2018 Becky became director of Axe Valley Large Animal Vets and is a keen driving force behind the development of AVLA Vets' farmer meetings to aid in a more profitable future in farming.

Outside of work Becky enjoys developing her organic Hereford cross suckler herd and running around after her son, Harry!

Becky is a BCVA Accredited Johne's Veterinary Adviser and has BVDFree/BCVA certification.

RACHEL SMITH
BVETMED BAJVA MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Rachel graduated from the RVC in London and joined Axe Valley in 2006. Having grown up on a dairy farm in Kent her main area of interest is dairy cow management.


She is kept busy in her spare time looking after the various animals on her small holding including pigs, sheep, assorted poultry and young daughter, Edith. She also enjoys gardening, beekeeping and walking her 2 dogs Dotty-Myrtle and Bramble.

Rachel is our qualified camelid TB tester.

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ALICE HOLE
BVSC BAJVA MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Alice is another Somerset girl born and bred. She studied Veterinary Science at Bristol University and joined the practice soon after graduating. Alice enjoys all aspects of large animal work.

Outside of work Alice looks after her two daughters Flossy and Dottie, manages a flock of sheep and, most recently, has set up a robotic farm unit of Pedigree Holstein Friesians with her husband James.

Alice is a BCVA Accredited Johne's Veterinary Adviser and has BVDFree/BCVA certification.

IAN WICKHAM
BSC BVETMED BAJVA MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ian qualified as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016, having previously gained a degree in animal reproduction and infectious disease.

Originally from the Isle of Wight, Ian moved to the South West to pursue his interest in farm and equine practice. Always willing to get stuck in, Ian really enjoys surgical cases and cattle lameness.

Outside of work Ian can be found walking Holly, his Springer Spaniel. Or attempting to play skitttles during the winter months. 

Ian is a BCVA Accredited Johne's Veterinary Adviser.

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LAHRA HARCOURT-BROWN
BVM&S BAJVA MRCVS

Veterinarian BVM&S MRCVS

Lahra joined our team in August 2019 after graduating from the University of Edinburgh, having also gained a degree in Global Health at Bristol in 2018.

She enjoys all aspects of large animal work and has a particular interest in preventative healthcare and herd health planning on farm.

Originally from Northumberland, she grew up working on local sheep and dairy farms – cycling between lambing’s and the milking! Outside of work Lahra can be found working on her allotment, cycling and enjoying the south west scenery with friends.

Lahra is a BCVA Accredited Johne’s Veterinary Adviser.

CAROL QUANTRILL

Large Animal Administrator

Carol joined Axe Valley Vets in 2003 as a receptionist and has been our Large Animal Administrator since 2014.

Keeping the team of vets under control  takes up a lot of Carol's time, but she is always at the end of the phone to sort your questions and queries.

Out of work Carol can usually be found surrounded by horses and mud in the winter or at a county show in the summer!!!

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ZOE PIPE

TB Administrator

Zoe joined the team in 2018 to help Carol in the office with anything TB related!

In her spare time Zoe enjoys spends time with her horse and managing her flock of sheep and calves. As well as taking the dogs for a walk across the Quantocks.   

 

Axe Valley Large Animal Vets Ltd, Unit B, Winchester Farm, Draycott Road, Cheddar, Somerset, BS273RP Company registration: 11428946

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