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Meet the Bleadon 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.

Jenny Simmons

Veterinary Surgeon

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Jenny Simmons

Veterinary Surgeon

Jenny grew up in North Bristol and spent time with Axe Valley as a student. She graduated from The University of Bristol in 2016, and has been working with us ever since. When she's not at work, Jenny likes to fill her remaining time by volunteering as a staff member in the Air Training Corps and also enjoys cooking, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

David Kemp

Director

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David 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.

Harriet Luker-Coombs

Veterinary Surgeon

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Harriet Luker-Coombs

Veterinary Surgeon

Harriet qualified in 2011 from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She spent her first 18 months in a mixed practice in Lincolnshire splitting her time between small animal, farm and equine.

Harriet joined Axe Valley in January 2013 and became our Clinical Vet Manager in 2018. Her special interests are Surgery, Opthalmology and Diagnostics Imaging. Harriet is often found assisting our visiting special surgeons at every opportunity.

In Harriet's spare time she enjoys spending time with her Labrador Dotty, Cavalier Nora, going to the gym, or on her husband's dairy farm.

 

Imogen Purvis

Veterinary Surgeon

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Imogen Purvis

Veterinary Surgeon

Imogen grew up surrounded by animals in Somerset and becoming a vet was always her vocation. After completing her qualifications at the University of Nottingham Imogen was keen to return to Axe Valley where she previously spent time as a student; and was thrilled to join the team in July 2018.

Imogen loves the outdoors, be it skiing or exploring new walking routes around the UK. She also enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, often watched eagerly by her dog Tilly, and rescue cats Pheobe and Paloma.

David Crosse

Veterinary Surgeon

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David Crosse

Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating from Liverpool University in 2003 David spent a year in mixed practice on the Essex coast before moving back to Hampshire where he spent the next few years in a Small Animal Practice. David moved to Somerset in 2010 where he worked at a mixed and small animal practice in Langport, before joining Axe Valley in 2019.

He has a keen interest in clinical medicine and obtained a general practitioner certificate in this area in 2014.

David's spare time is mostly spent with his family but he also likes to scuba dive and enjoys underwater photography.

Helen Tripp

Receptionist

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Helen Tripp

Receptionist

On leaving school Helen trained as a veterinary nurse working in a mixed animal practice. Once qualified she took a job in Denmark in an equine hospital. After a change of career, working in the leisure industry, she came back to veterinary work 18 years ago and joined Axe Valley in April 2018 from the equine department at Langford. Helen now works on the reception primarily at the Bleadon branch. Helen's time off is spent looking after her two horses, walking her labrador cross and she practices yoga several times a week. 

Helen loves theatre of any kind and is an avid reader.

Rachel Kennedy

Receptionist

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Rachel Kennedy

Receptionist

Rachel joined Axe Valley in August 2018, originally from Birmingham she worked as a ACA/Receptionist. In 2009 she moved down to Weston with her family, continuing to work in the veterinary industry as a receptionist for 3 years, before leaving to set up her own cake business. After 5 years she decided to return back to doing what she loves, working with animals so she joined us at our newest branch in Bleadon.

In Rachel's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and looking after all her animals! Her dog, house rabbit, 2 guinea pigs and an African grey parrot who keeps her entertained for hours!

Jenny Simmons

Veterinary Surgeon

Jenny grew up in North Bristol and spent time with Axe Valley as a student. She graduated from The University of Bristol in 2016, and has been working with us ever since. When she's not at work, Jenny likes to fill her remaining time by volunteering as a staff member in the Air Training Corps and also enjoys cooking, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

David 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.

Harriet Luker-Coombs

Veterinary Surgeon

Harriet qualified in 2011 from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She spent her first 18 months in a mixed practice in Lincolnshire splitting her time between small animal, farm and equine.

Harriet joined Axe Valley in January 2013 and became our Clinical Vet Manager in 2018. Her special interests are Surgery, Opthalmology and Diagnostics Imaging. Harriet is often found assisting our visiting special surgeons at every opportunity.

In Harriet's spare time she enjoys spending time with her Labrador Dotty, Cavalier Nora, going to the gym, or on her husband's dairy farm.

 

Imogen Purvis

Veterinary Surgeon

Imogen grew up surrounded by animals in Somerset and becoming a vet was always her vocation. After completing her qualifications at the University of Nottingham Imogen was keen to return to Axe Valley where she previously spent time as a student; and was thrilled to join the team in July 2018.

Imogen loves the outdoors, be it skiing or exploring new walking routes around the UK. She also enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, often watched eagerly by her dog Tilly, and rescue cats Pheobe and Paloma.

David Crosse

Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating from Liverpool University in 2003 David spent a year in mixed practice on the Essex coast before moving back to Hampshire where he spent the next few years in a Small Animal Practice. David moved to Somerset in 2010 where he worked at a mixed and small animal practice in Langport, before joining Axe Valley in 2019.

He has a keen interest in clinical medicine and obtained a general practitioner certificate in this area in 2014.

David's spare time is mostly spent with his family but he also likes to scuba dive and enjoys underwater photography.

Helen Tripp

Receptionist

On leaving school Helen trained as a veterinary nurse working in a mixed animal practice. Once qualified she took a job in Denmark in an equine hospital. After a change of career, working in the leisure industry, she came back to veterinary work 18 years ago and joined Axe Valley in April 2018 from the equine department at Langford. Helen now works on the reception primarily at the Bleadon branch. Helen's time off is spent looking after her two horses, walking her labrador cross and she practices yoga several times a week. 

Helen loves theatre of any kind and is an avid reader.

Rachel Kennedy

Receptionist

Rachel joined Axe Valley in August 2018, originally from Birmingham she worked as a ACA/Receptionist. In 2009 she moved down to Weston with her family, continuing to work in the veterinary industry as a receptionist for 3 years, before leaving to set up her own cake business. After 5 years she decided to return back to doing what she loves, working with animals so she joined us at our newest branch in Bleadon.

In Rachel's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and looking after all her animals! Her dog, house rabbit, 2 guinea pigs and an African grey parrot who keeps her entertained for hours!