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Meet your Woolavington 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.

Dave Kemp

Director

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Dave Kemp

Director

Originally from a farming family in Norfolk, I moved to the West Country to attend the Vet School at Bristol in 1989. After graduating I spent three years in the Forest of Dean and then three years broadening my experience locuming in practices in South Wales and Gloucetershire. A chance phone call from Lousie in 2000 brought me to Axe Valley for a five week locum. I immediately felt at home in this community and was delighted to be offered a permanent position and then partnership in 2004. I feel very lucky to have been able to carve out a career, living and working, in this unique part of the country. Outside of work I enjoy (!) athletic events which challenge both body and mind. We presently have 3 dogs Kevin,Pongo and Nala, 2 ginger ninja cats Herbert and Gus and three guinea pigs.

Jo Wagstaff

Veterinary Surgeon

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Jo Wagstaff

Veterinary Surgeon

Jo qualified from the RVC with Lou and Rachel Smith having previously gained a degree in anatomy from Bristol University.

Jo began her Veterinary career working at a mixed practice in Chepstow for 5 years before moving to Somerset. She worked at a mixed practice in Cossington before joining Axe Valley in 2010. She now works mainly in our Woolavington Branch, although she is a true mixed practitioner Jo also has a keen interest in ophthalmology.

In her spare time Jo likes to keep herself busy, spending time with her family which includes her son Josh, terrible terriers Kev and Pong. She is also very sporty enjoying ski-ing, water ski-ing, scuba diving and is also a member of the local triathlon club.

Jo is on the board for the local Labrador rescue and has raised money by taking part in triathlons and also the Alcatraz swim.

Millie Roper

Veterinary Surgeon

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Millie Roper

Veterinary Surgeon

Abi Bell

Receptionist

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Abi Bell

Receptionist

Abi recently joined the practice in October 2017. She covers the reception for Woolavington and Wells. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and spending time with her little dog Ronnie who you may also see at work in the reception area.

Emma Buck

Receptionist

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Emma Buck

Receptionist

Emma began her nursing career in 2006 at a Veterinary Practice in the Polden Hills area, joining the team at Axe Valley in July 2010. She has also worked at the Heavens Gate Animal Rescue. Emma is the main receptionist at our Woolavington branch, but has a vast experience as a nursing assistant. She has completed the Veterinary Care Assistants course at Cannington College gaining a Distinction and has a keen interest in nutrition, animal behaviour and psychology.

In her spare time Emma keeps herself busy with her 2 dogs Bailey and Kirby and her cat Marble. Both Bailey and Marble were hand reared, and we often see Emma with a basket of young puppies or kittens to hand rear. In addition to this she takes part in agility and has started sheep dog training with Casper.

For many years Emma has been assessing dogs for the Avon and Somerset Police force.

Dave Kemp

Director

Originally from a farming family in Norfolk, I moved to the West Country to attend the Vet School at Bristol in 1989. After graduating I spent three years in the Forest of Dean and then three years broadening my experience locuming in practices in South Wales and Gloucetershire. A chance phone call from Lousie in 2000 brought me to Axe Valley for a five week locum. I immediately felt at home in this community and was delighted to be offered a permanent position and then partnership in 2004. I feel very lucky to have been able to carve out a career, living and working, in this unique part of the country. Outside of work I enjoy (!) athletic events which challenge both body and mind. We presently have 3 dogs Kevin,Pongo and Nala, 2 ginger ninja cats Herbert and Gus and three guinea pigs.

Jo Wagstaff

Veterinary Surgeon

Jo qualified from the RVC with Lou and Rachel Smith having previously gained a degree in anatomy from Bristol University.

Jo began her Veterinary career working at a mixed practice in Chepstow for 5 years before moving to Somerset. She worked at a mixed practice in Cossington before joining Axe Valley in 2010. She now works mainly in our Woolavington Branch, although she is a true mixed practitioner Jo also has a keen interest in ophthalmology.

In her spare time Jo likes to keep herself busy, spending time with her family which includes her son Josh, terrible terriers Kev and Pong. She is also very sporty enjoying ski-ing, water ski-ing, scuba diving and is also a member of the local triathlon club.

Jo is on the board for the local Labrador rescue and has raised money by taking part in triathlons and also the Alcatraz swim.

Millie Roper

Veterinary Surgeon

Abi Bell

Receptionist

Abi recently joined the practice in October 2017. She covers the reception for Woolavington and Wells. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and spending time with her little dog Ronnie who you may also see at work in the reception area.

Emma Buck

Receptionist

Emma began her nursing career in 2006 at a Veterinary Practice in the Polden Hills area, joining the team at Axe Valley in July 2010. She has also worked at the Heavens Gate Animal Rescue. Emma is the main receptionist at our Woolavington branch, but has a vast experience as a nursing assistant. She has completed the Veterinary Care Assistants course at Cannington College gaining a Distinction and has a keen interest in nutrition, animal behaviour and psychology.

In her spare time Emma keeps herself busy with her 2 dogs Bailey and Kirby and her cat Marble. Both Bailey and Marble were hand reared, and we often see Emma with a basket of young puppies or kittens to hand rear. In addition to this she takes part in agility and has started sheep dog training with Casper.

For many years Emma has been assessing dogs for the Avon and Somerset Police force.