AVLA VETS TEAM

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.

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BECKY GAY
BVETMED BAJVA MRCVS

Director

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Veterinary Surgeon

RACHEL SMITH
BVETMED BAJVA MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

ALICE HOLE
BVSC BAJVA MRCVS

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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Veterinary Surgeon

LAHRA HARCOURT-BROWN
BVM&S BAJVA MRCVS

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.

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

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.

 

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.

Laura joined the AVLA Vets team in 2021 as a receptionist. She is kept busy outside of work with her two children (and husband Tim!) She may be found walking her whippet Milo or helping her daughter with their pony, Fizz. Laura is very excited to have joined our team here at Axe Valley LA Vets.

LAURA HECTOR

Large Animal Receptionist

Originally hailing from Dorset, after graduating from The Royal Veterinary College Ellie was keen to get back south west and started working in Somerset. Having completed an internship in farm animal practice where she also taught final year University of Bristol vet students, Ellie joined us in July 2021.
Ellie’s interests outside of work include attempting(!) to shoot with her boyfriend, walking their cocker spaniel Luna and catching up on well earned sleep.

Ellie is a BCVA Accredited Johne's and TB Veterinary Advisor and has BVDFree/BCVA certification. 

Veterinary Surgeon

ELLIE WHITE
BVETMED BAJVA MRCVS

Kate joined AVLA Vets in 2022 as a vet tech, while also lending a hand in the office. Kate provides tech services to our farmers and helping out vets where needed, she will also soon be training up as TB tester.
Kate certainly doesn’t lack in experience, having worked on dairy farms for over 13 years. She is trained in AI and foot trimming. Originally hailing from Exmoor, Kate moved to Somerset when she got married. Outside of work Kate enjoys horse riding and walking her two dachshunds (which she’s obsessed with!)
Kate has a keen interest in all things dairy related.

KATE ISGAR

Vet Tech and Administrator

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ZOE PIPE

TB Administrator

AMY STEVENS

Large Animal Accounts

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.