Our Team

Our loyal and experienced team are here to take care of your animal care needs. We are very proud of our dedicated and friendly team. Meet them all below.

Our Vet Directors

Jon Diment BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

I qualified in 1988 from Liverpool Vet School. I’ve spent most of my career working in mixed, mainly small animal and dairy practices in the UK, apart from 3½ years working in predominantly dairy practice in New Zealand. I’ve been working at Bredy Vets since 2001 and I’m a director. I have diverse interests which include many aspects of pet and cattle medicine and surgery, cattle husbandry and improving client and patient care. The great interest of veterinary work is the constant change. Animal husbandry and health continues to evolve and this requires constant changes in approach and methods.

I also completed a course in Veterinary Acupuncture several years ago and offer this service at the practice.

I am an official vet (OV) for TB testing & notifiable disease testing. I can give tuberculosis advice to farmers (TBAS & BATVA). I am a Johne’s Veterinary Advisor (BAJVA). I am a BVD Veterinary Advisor.

Claire Millard MA Vet MB BSc (Hons) MRCVS

I qualified from Cambridge Vet School in 2004 and have worked in mixed and small animal practices since graduating. My veterinary interests are varied but include many areas of small animal medicine & soft tissue surgery. I have a passion for cats. I am now a director and work part-time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

I am a Cat Advocate for the practice, along with Juliette Perham (one of our registered Vet Nurses). We became a silver award Accredited Cat Friendly Clinic, with the International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM) in 2021.

I am an official vet (OV) and can issue Animal Health Certificates (for pet travel).

Barry O’Mahony MVB MRCVS

I qualified from Dublin Vet School in 1999. Originally from Ireland, I spent 4 years working in New Zealand returning to the Northern Hemisphere in 2010. I joined the practice in August 2010. I am now a director.

I am an official vet (OV) for TB testing and can issue Animal Health Certificates (for pet travel). I am a Johne’s Veterinary Advisor (BAJVA) and BVD Veterinary Advisor. I deliver Milksure Training Courses.

Our Vet Assistants

Laura Pattinson BVMS MRCVS

Originally from Sussex, I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2002 and have worked in the west country ever since, apart from an 11 month break in 2005 to complete a round the world trip of a lifetime! I joined the Bredy vets team in March 2009. I particularly enjoy the variety of experiences and characters that working in mixed practice brings. Although I don’t have any particular areas of specialisation, I do enjoy small animal dentistry, bovine production and horse vet work. I have also done training to do heart ultrasound scans in dogs and cats (called an echo or echocardiogram) & offer this service.

I am a Vet GDP advisor which means I mentor any newly qualified vets for their first 18 months in practice.

I am an official vet (OV) for TB testing and can issue Animal Health Certificates (for pet travel).

Rebecca Shepherd-Royal BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

Beccy joined us in October 2020, with a wealth of experience in several mixed (small and large animal) practices. Beccy is happy seeing dogs & cats (& other small animals) or farm animals and enjoys the mix of work of treating all species.

Beccy qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2010.

Beccy is an official vet (OV) for TB testing and can issue Animal Health Certificates (for pet travel).

Sarah Taylor BVSc MRCVS

Sarah qualified from Bristol vet school in July 2020. Sarah joined us in December 2020 and enjoys working with all species.  She previously worked as a meat hygiene inspector.

Sarah has a special interest in sheep.

Sarah is an official vet (OV). She has also done a course to give tuberculosis advice to farmers (TBAS & BATVA). I am a Johne’s Veterinary Advisor (BAJVA). I am a BVD Veterinary Advisor. I am certified with Register of Mobility Scorers (RoMS). I also deliver NOAH Animal Medicines Best Practice farmer training courses.

Issy Buxton BVSc MRCVS

Issy qualified from Nottingham Vet School in July 2021 and joined us in August. Issy enjoys the variety which comes with mixed practice and is keen to help clients and their animals. She has an interest in small animal imaging and particularly looks forward to the lambing season.

Issy am now trained as an Official Vet to do TB testing.

Courtney Chambers  MVB MRCVS

Courtney qualified from Dublin Vet School in July 2022. We welcomed her to the practice in Jan 2023. She is keen to work with all species.

Our Nurses – All Registered Veterinary Nurses

Anna Willmore RVN. Clinical Coach & Head Nurse

I’ve worked at Bredy Vet Centre since 1985 and am Head Veterinary Nurse. I have a keen interest in animal behaviour. I manage the Vet Nurse team and also organise various events for our clients. I work part time.

I’ve been nominated as Vet Nurse of the Year in 2023 & 2024!

Juliette Perham RVN

I started working for Bredy Veterinary Centre in December 2013 after previously working at a veterinary practice in Yeovil where I completed my training, becoming a registered veterinary nurse in 2012. I have an interest in wildlife and exotic animals. I’ve completed a course in handling and caring for bats. I work full time.

Along with Claire Millard, I am a Cat Advocate for the practice. We became a silver award Accredited Cat Friendly Clinic, with the International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM) in 2021.

I have just completed my year-long course – ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing in 2022. I passed with distinction.

Rebecca Black RVN

I joined the practice in July 2015, as a trainee Veterinary Nurse. I began my Vet Nurse training in January 2016 & qualified in March 2018. I work full time.

I am returning from maternity leave in August 2024.

Leann McTaggart RVN

I started working at Bredy Vets in January 2016, having moved from Hertfordshire. I qualified in 2001. I very much enjoy nurse clinics. I work part time.

Hayley Parr RVN

I joined Bredy Vets in January 2017. I have worked locally in veterinary practice for several years. I work part time and process all the pet insurance claims.

Hannah Hansford-Harvey RVN

I started working at Bredy Vets on Saturday mornings, but then became a full-time trainee nurse in 2017. My finals were postponed due to Covid-19 in early 2020. I sat my final exam in Nov 2020 and I’m pleased to say that I passed. I am now a registered Veterinary Nurse.

Stephanie Toms RVN

I joined Bredy Vets in 2023. I started working in a local practice in 2008 and qualified in 2011. I worked briefly in a referral hospital in Somerset before starting my family. I now work part-time and I am keen to develop my interests in radiography and orthopaedics.

Alexandra Desmond RVN

I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2008. I joined Bredy vets in 2023 after previously working at another local practice for the last 16 years. I really enjoy anaesthesia, radiography and laboratory work. I am also a self confessed crazy cat lady! At home I am kept busy by my two children, 2 cats and a dog!

Approved TB Testers

Michelle Machin RVN CVPM –Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT)

I have worked at Bredy Vets since 1992, starting as a trainee Vet Nurse, becoming a qualified nurse and then taking on the role of Head Vet Nurse. I then became Practice Administrator. I have a great depth of understanding and knowledge locally, being a farmers’ daughter. I have spent time maximising the use of our computerised management software, ensuring our staff management and Health & Safety is up to date, and ensuring we comply with the latest Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) accreditation standards.  In December 2018, I passed my exams for the Certificate of Veterinary Practice Management.

I passed my training in 2019 to become an Appoved Tuberculin Tester (ATT) so I now conduct TB skin testing of cattle.  I spend most of my time out on farms.

I am certified with the Register of Mobility Scorers (RoMS). I am qualified as a Vet Tech to do Artificial Insemination (AI) & Pregnancy Diagnosis in Cattle.

Rosey Botwright – RVN & Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT)

I joined Bredy Veterinary Centre in August 2021. I started nursing in May 2018 at a previous practice and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2021. I have always had a passion working with large animals, being a farmer’s daughter. I have finished my training and I’m now an Approved Tuberculin Tester. I also do some reception work. I work full time.


Tamara Broom SQP VPAC – Head Receptionist/Practice Administrator

I joined Bredy Vets as a full-time receptionist in June 2013. I am in charge of stock control. I am now a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP), having obtained my qualification in 2015 with AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority), qualified to advise & dispense medications for companion & farm animals. I have also completed the Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration (VPAC) in 2022.

I am now Head Receptionist and manage our team of Receptionists.

Teresa Thomas

I joined the practice in March 2006, having previously worked in an office for 9 years covering all aspects of administration including TB testing. I am a receptionist. I work part time.

Kerry Tancock RVR

I joined the Bredy Vets reception team in April 2016 & I work full time, having previously worked in the banking industry for 17 years. In 2020, Kerry completed her British Veterinary Receptionist Award to Gold award level. Well done Kerry!

Elsie Swaffield

I started working at Bredy Vets in August 2022 as a full-time receptionist. I now do some of the TB admin.

I am studying to become Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) for dispensing medicines.

Julia Daubney

I joined the team at Bredy Vets in July 2019 as a full-time receptionist. I have previously spent over 30 years in the dentistry field.

Clare Butcher RVN A1

I started working at Bredy Vets as a trainee veterinary nurse in January 2002. I qualified in 2005 and became a registered veterinary nurse. I am also a qualified vet nurse assessor. I now work as a receptionist.

Accounts & Administration

Jo Graham – Accounts Administrator

I have been with the practice from day one, 9th April 1985 and prior to this I spent five years working with one of the founder partners (Bob Smith) of Bredy Veterinary Centre. During this time I have covered all aspects of working within the practice from reception to nursing and accounts. As the practice grew I became responsible for the accounting side of the business. I work full time.

Saturday Assistants

Tia Groves

Tia Groves works on Saturdays and helps with the nursing team and admin.


We use a local cleaning company to keep the practice clean. They work outside of our normal hours every day.