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Meet your Cheddar team

Axe Valley are fortunate enough to have a supportive team of vets, nurses and administrative staff, many of whom have been with us for an extended period. All our staff are here to help with all your pets needs and are happy to help in providing a 24 hour service 365 days a year.

Emily Syms

Veterinary Surgeon

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Emily Syms

Veterinary Surgeon

Emily graduated from the university of Bristol in 2013 and has been with Axe Valley vets ever since. She is a self-confessed ‘crazy cat lady’ and has a very spoilt cat, Beatrice, but is also head over heels for her golden retriever, Elsa, who you can meet at the Cheddar surgery.

Louise Brooker

Director

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Louise Brooker

Director

Lou studied at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London She graduated in 1996. Lou initially worked in mixed practices in Mid Wales and Shropshire, before coming to Axe Valley in 1998. Lou became a Director in 2007.

Lou studied at Southampton University for her Post Graduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling.

Before Lou's leg gave way, she was one of the first female rugby union referees in the country, and refereed all over the south of England.

Lou has three rescue dogs, one mad collie called Meg, an ex-puppy farm cocker spaniel Gwen and Kira a Chalkie. Her weekends are spent trying wear both them and her children out! Her two cats "Trouble" and "Strife" live up to their names and are well known in the village for their antics.

Lizzie Woszczyk

Nursing Clinical Manager

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Lizzie Woszczyk

Nursing Clinical Manager

Helen Bird

Receptionist

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Helen Bird

Receptionist

Helen is based at our cheddar surgery and has been part of the team since 1991, having also experienced another practice 2 years prior to that straight from leaving school. Helen has 2 children and walking her dogs is her passion.

Lynda Moore

Receptionist

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Lynda Moore

Receptionist

Lynda joined the Axe Valley team 5 years ago assisting with reception duties. She is based at our Cheddar branch surgery and has many years of admin experience having worked in a veterinary practice in the past. 

Dixie Gleeson

Receptionist

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Dixie Gleeson

Receptionist

Dixie joined the Axe Valley reception team at the begining of 2015, she can be found at our Blackford, Cheddar and Woolavington surgeries.

In her spare time Dixie enjoys riding her horse Bazil and going for long walks, trying to wear out her two pointer dogs Baxter and Binky.

Emily Syms

Veterinary Surgeon

Emily graduated from the university of Bristol in 2013 and has been with Axe Valley vets ever since. She is a self-confessed ‘crazy cat lady’ and has a very spoilt cat, Beatrice, but is also head over heels for her golden retriever, Elsa, who you can meet at the Cheddar surgery.

Louise Brooker

Director

Lou studied at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London She graduated in 1996. Lou initially worked in mixed practices in Mid Wales and Shropshire, before coming to Axe Valley in 1998. Lou became a Director in 2007.

Lou studied at Southampton University for her Post Graduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling.

Before Lou's leg gave way, she was one of the first female rugby union referees in the country, and refereed all over the south of England.

Lou has three rescue dogs, one mad collie called Meg, an ex-puppy farm cocker spaniel Gwen and Kira a Chalkie. Her weekends are spent trying wear both them and her children out! Her two cats "Trouble" and "Strife" live up to their names and are well known in the village for their antics.

Lizzie Woszczyk

Nursing Clinical Manager

Helen Bird

Receptionist

Helen is based at our cheddar surgery and has been part of the team since 1991, having also experienced another practice 2 years prior to that straight from leaving school. Helen has 2 children and walking her dogs is her passion.

Lynda Moore

Receptionist

Lynda joined the Axe Valley team 5 years ago assisting with reception duties. She is based at our Cheddar branch surgery and has many years of admin experience having worked in a veterinary practice in the past. 

Dixie Gleeson

Receptionist

Dixie joined the Axe Valley reception team at the begining of 2015, she can be found at our Blackford, Cheddar and Woolavington surgeries.

In her spare time Dixie enjoys riding her horse Bazil and going for long walks, trying to wear out her two pointer dogs Baxter and Binky.