We are very proud of all our members of staff, some who have been with the practice for many years and others who have recently joined the practice. Between us we offer expertise in a range of disciplines including small animal medicine, surgery, diagnostics including ultrasound and radiography and behaviour.
David Warnes BVSc MRCVS
After I qualified from Bristol University in 1985 I worked in mixed practice, treating animals that varied from the size of a mouse to the tallest horse (no spiders though!). In 1993 I took over at Shaw Veterinary Centre to concentrate on caring for companion animals.
I respect the trust that owners give me to do the best for their pets. At Shaw we all work as a team, and our aim is to find out what is wrong with your pet and offer the best treatment available. I find this bond is closer in small animal practice, and the satisfaction of helping your pets is greater.
I continue to update my skills by attending Veterinary congresses and education days. Small animal surgery and medicine are fast changing areas and keeping up to date is fun as well as essential.
In 2006 I took over ownership of the practice. We had outgrown our original building and I have been searching for larger premises for a while. Fortunately when the Estate Agents next door closed down we were able to expand into this building. This extra space is appreciated by all of us.
Outside of work I enjoy live music, photography and am an avid reader. My family and I have 2 dogs: Maddie a 9 year old black Labrador and Jimmy a 2 year old Border Terrier. We also have Katie, a 12 year old cat, who was originally brought into the practice as a stray. The paintings you see in our waiting room are of Maddie, Jimmy and one of our previous cats called Dill.
Imogen Read BVSc MRCVS
Michelle Lindsay BVM&S MRCVS
I qualified from The Dick Vet School in Edinburgh then worked in mixed practice before travelling and working in Botswana, New Zealand and Australia. Since the early 90s I have worked solely in small animal practices, and started working here at Shaw in 1999.
At home I have 3 cats, all previously stray/abandoned: Moley, Dyson (abandoned in a Dyson box) and Frank who thinks he is a dog and keeps getting into other people’s cars despite being abandoned after a horrendous RTA. You would think he would have learned, or is he trying to tell us something? We also have 2 Lurchers, a Mother and daughter called Islay and Jura and a selection of hens and sheep. Also a handsome cob called Dylan, my horse , who would probably be a lager lout if human, and a Connemara pony called Star, the love of my daughter’s life, which she Events while I am unpaid groom and driver!! All this and doing the bookwork etc. for our Electrical Company, BEST, more than keeps me busy.
Abby James RVN
I started volunteering here at Shaw in 2013. This was my first long term veterinary placement, and it enabled me to complete my Animal Nursing Assistant Certificate. This course was great as it allowed me to experience what life as a veterinary nurse would really be like.
Needless to say; I loved all aspects of this challenging but extremely rewarding job; and I was very lucky to be offered a Student Veterinary Nurse position here in 2014. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016!
I couldn’t have done it without all of the help and support from everyone here at Shaw. It is great to work with a team who are all so dedicated to providing the best care and support to all of our lovely patients and their families.
Amelia Hambridge RVN
I qualified in 2007, working for a large First Opinion Veterinary Hospital. In 2011 after two and a half years of further study part time around work I completed my Royal Veterinary College Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing.
For the last 10 years I have mostly worked in the referral side of veterinary practices; Holding many positions as Referral Nurse, Senior Surgical Nurse and Head Veterinary Nurse. I have had a varied career gaining experience in all aspects of Veterinary Nursing. My main areas of interest are Anaesthesia, Nursing Clinics, Surgical and Medical Nursing, and Radiography and Cat Friendly Practice.
I joined Shaw in July 2017 as I still really love being a veterinary nurse and I want to provide the best standard of care in a first opinion setting.
Outside of work I enjoy country walks and the beach, keep fit at the gym, cooking for friends and looking after my tortoises and cats.
Pauline Kennett RVN
I qualified as a veterinary nurse from Abbeydale vetlink in December 2015 and joined Shaw veterinary centre in June 2017.
After qualifying I worked in a busy first opinion mixed practice where I gained a lot of experience in all aspects of nursing, I then joined a large orthopaedic referral centre where I got to learn a lot and see a variety of interesting cases, however I missed getting to know the clients, so jumped at the opportunity of working here! I love working here and I am enjoying getting to know some of the clients.
I grew up locally and have always been surrounded by animals taking up horse riding at a young age and helping on the family dairy farm (which I still love to do when I get a chance!).
Outside of work you’ll usually find me down my local gym, or going on a walk around the countryside. I love the outdoors and go camping often in the warmer months; I am a keen traveller and try to get away at least once a year, although I have to cut down on these as I am save for a house which I am looking forward to filling with lots of animal.
Claire Broadhurst RVN
I am a registered qualified Veterinary nurse. I originally started working here at Shaw Veterinary Centre in 1992, helping out as a Saturday girl, and returned in 1999 as a veterinary nurse. I am currently working part time, dealing mainly with behaviour and pet insurance. I have 2 children, Emily and Megan, and 2 cats, Billy and Jonny.
Sharon Adams RVN
I am a qualified registered Veterinary Nurse, and started working at Shaw in July 2014. I enjoy patient care and running nurse clinics.
When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two boys and two grandchildren. I’m kept busy by my mini-zoo: a dog, 3 cats, pet rats and most recently 2 chickens. I also run a small rat rescue, and volunteer for the British Hen Welfare Trust and Blue Cross.
Hi I’m Emma, one of the receptionists, and I have been at Shaw Veterinary Centre for the past 17 years!
I love working here, and I have 4 cats, 3 of which came from here, having been brought in as strays but my oldest, Bert, turned up one day 17 years ago and never left.
In my spare time I enjoy running, and am hoping to run another half marathon this year.
I have worked on Reception here at Shaw Veterinary Centre since May 2005. It has been a great place to work and I have a feeling I may be here for many more years to come!!! My furry family at home includes an elderly bunny called Jack. I also have two cats, Roger and Muphie. Roger came in to the practice shortly after I started and was in need of a new home…. I took him home to look after him for the weekend and he hasn’t left me since!!
Our newest addition to the family is Ashley, a big, black, bouncy Labrador. Apart from being kept busy with our little family I like socialising with friends and family. I also enjoy running, cycling and working out in the gym. Ashley is a great running partner and he loves to join me on my bikes rides too!
Thank you so much for looking after my boy yesterday, Sid is the staff/boxer cross with the stick lodged in the roof of his mouth. I really appreciate both the speed and level of care you offered, which helped calm mummy as well as Sid!!
Thanks again, couldn’t recommend your team enough!Mrs Howell and her dog Sid