Meet our staff
Cliff Alderman B.Vet.Med, Cert VD, MRCVS
"I qualified from London in 1983 and spent the first 10 years in a variety of mixed Practices (farm, horses, pets) until settling in Gloucester in 1994. The following year I joined the Partnership with Bill Pigott and also obtained my Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology. I have continued to show an interest in skin disease attending World Congresses and local meetings but I still have lots to learn. The variety of cases presented to me certainly keeps me on my toes!
I am married to a budding poet and have 2 grown up children who finished University in 2015. I dabble in all sorts of stuff to keep me out of mischief, acting as secretary for 2 local groups, gardening, walking and watching sport. I currently have 1 dog, 1 cat and 4 chickens."
Special Clinical Interests:
- Skin Diseases
Clare Morrison MA Vet.MB MRCVS
"I graduated in 2005 from Cambridge Vet School and worked initially in Dudley in a small animal practice. I moved to Gloucester in 2007 and have been enjoying my time here at SPA ever since. I became a partner in the practice in 2014.
I love all aspects of the work here and have really enjoyed getting to know the clients and their pets well over the last few years. I also enjoy working in the relaxed, family-like atmosphere at SPA.
Outside of work, my husband and I enjoy walking , trips to the cinema and to our local country pub. Our son and rescue dog feature heavily in our lives too!"
Becky O'Dowd BVSc CertGP (SAM) MRCVS
Special Clinical Interests:
- General Practice: Small Animal Medicine
Steve Parker MA Vet.MB MRCVS
Steve came to work at SPA after graduating from Cambridge University in 1997. He has been a loyal member of the team here ever since.
Steve enjoys all aspects of the work at the practice but does have a particular interest and talent in surgery, particularly orthopaedic surgery.
Outside of work he enjoys flying, playing in a band and keeps fit running and cycling.
Klara Taylor BVMS MRCVS
Klara graduated from Glasgow University in 2007 and spent her first two and a half years as a mixed practice vet. She joined us in 2010 and loves the unpredictable and varied nature of a busy small animal practice. Klara has a particular interest in cat medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Outside work Klara enjoys playing badminton, gardening and cooking, as well as exploring the Cotswold countryside with her husband . They share their home with beautiful and mischievous Seren, a stray Klara rescued while living and working in Wales.
Bill Pigott BSc, BVSc, MRCVS
"I qualified from Bristol in 1985. I joined Bill Stewart at Painswick Road in 1988 and I was a full partner in the practice for almost 30 years.
When not up to my ears in the small animal practice I enjoy golf, cycling, cookery and walking. A long time rugby player and junior coach, my passion for the game is now restricted to my armchair or trips to Kingsholm!"
Bill has taken a step back now but continues to work as of our part-time vets, covering a few morning a week.
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSES
Samantha Borland RVN
Samantha started at the practice in 1989, became Head Nurse in 2000 and qualified in 2004.
She is responsible for our nurses' rota ensuring we have cover for both branches at all times.
She runs After Eight clinics for senior patients along with Julie Fox, Amanda Wixey and Samantha Critchley.
Out of work she has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who keeps her (and her colleagues!) entertained with his antics.
Helen Hill RVN
I have been at S.P.A Vets since I left school after completing my A’ levels in 1998. I qualified as a RVN in 2003.
Animals have always been a big feature in my life, our first dogs were miniature poodles who were adopted by us when their owners passed away and we also had cats, guinea pigs and chickens.
When I was 7 year old my introduction to horses began when I started to spend my weekends with Peter the Shire horse at the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester Docks, I began riding lessons at aged 10. I was very fortunate to receive my first pony as my 13th birthday present and have never regretted a moment.
Since working here I have taken home many unwanted animals, including my current 5 dogs and 4 cats! I’m lucky that my parents are as soft as I am and the only thing that suffers is my bank balance!
I love my job helping our clients and their furry friends. I also help to run Adolescent Clinics within the surgery. As well as the hands on care, reception duties and routine cleaning, I also carry out some of the admin as far as booster reminders and marketing of the practice so it is a very varied profession.
Julie Fox BSc (Hons), RVN, VNMA (Willdife), A1
Julie joined the practice in 2000 after working previously at a veterinary referral hospital. She qualified in 2004 and has since gone on to qualify as a trainee nurse assessor and is the 'Clinical Coach' at SPA Vets, responsible for teaching all our trainees the practical elements of nursing.
She has a keen interest in animal psychology and completed a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare in 2009. She runs behaviour clinics for anyone wanting behavioural advice via her own business; Problem Pets, but is still on hand for advice in areas relating to veterinary treatments.
As well as behaviour clinics, she also runs the After Eight Clinics (with Sam B, Mandy and Sam C) and Rabbit Clinics (with Rose).
Julie has three dogs and three cats which she has rescued over the years. She also has a passion for wildlife and has attended many courses on the care and rehabilitation of injured wild species.
In her spare time, she volunteers with various wildife rescue centres and veterinary organisations and is also a 'supply' teacher for the University of the West of England, lecturing in animal behaviour and ethics and welfare, as well as veterinary nursing.
Special Clinical Interests:
- Animal Behaviour
- Wildlife Medicine
Amanda Campbell RVN
Amanda joined our team in 2002 as a trainee nurse and qualified in 2006. She left in 2007 to be with her husband who is in the army. Mandy returned to Gloucestershire, and SPA Vets, in 2012 as maternity cover for Sam Critchley. Sam and Mandy now both continue to work here.
Mandy runs the Puppy Parties at the practice along with Vicky Clifton and Sophie Bassoopun and also covers our geriatric clinics along with Samantha Borland, Julie Fox and Samantha Critchley.
She has 2 daughters, 3 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats which all keep her very busy when not at work.
Rosemary Case RVN
Rose joined SPA Vets in February 2006 after having started her vet nursing training in Birmingham but deciding she wanted to return to her home county of Gloucestershire. She completed her training here at SPA Vets and qualified in 2011.
Rose runs rabbit clinics discussing husbandry and nutrition.
Her responsibilities within the practice include the maintaining of all cleaning and laundry products.
When not at work, she has a young daughter and her own animals to care for including a cocker spaniels and a three-legged cat!
Samantha Critchley RVN
Sam has worked at SPA vets since 2006. She started as a nursing assistant and has since gone on to complete her veterinary nursing training and is now a qualified RVN.
She runs adolescent clinics, along with Helen, seeing pets between 5 and 6 months of age to help them and their owners prepare for the transition into adulthood. At the other end of the spectrum, she also runs the After Eight clinics for our senior patients, along with Julies, Sam and Mandy.
She has two young children, two dogs and a cat which keep her very busy when she's not at work!
"I came to SPA Vets in 1997. Before that I worked at another local practice.
I have a certificate in dog grooming and have set up my own business with Georgina Burrows.
I have a dog and 6 cats which keep me busy when not at work."
To book a grooming appointment, please contact Splash Groomers on 07468 423472 or 07500 168724. Appointments are available at the Painswick Road surgery should your dog need a wash, cut and blow-dry! They cater for dogs of all shapes, sizes and coat types!
Georgina joined the practice in 1998 as a part-time nursing assistant at weekends but soon became a full time member of staff. She has a certificate in dog grooming and, along with Shelley, has recently set up her own grooming business.
To book a grooming appointment, please contact Splash Groomers on 07468 423472 or 07500 168724. Appointments are available at the Painswick Road surgery should your dog need a wash, cut and blow-dry! They cater for dogs of all shapes, sizes and coat types! She has 2 westies and a yorkie herself so is well practised at styling these breeds in particular!
Vicky started at this practice in October 2007. She had previously spent two years at a vets in Cheltenham and has a National Diploma in Animal Management from Hartpury College.
She runs the Puppy Parties along with Mandy and Sophie and, behind the scenes, is responsible for maintaining all our laboratory equipment and supplies.
In her spare time, Vicky attends many training classes with her dog, Digby. Having achieved Gold in the KC Good Citizen Scheme, they are now working through the ranks of the Pet Dog Ambassador Award and have recently started CaniX. She also has two cats and a leopard gecko.
Sophie Bassoopun SVN
I joined SPA Vets in 2015 after working at a large animal practice in Cheltenham.
My obsession for animals (dogs in particular) started early on, so I've always wanted a career centred around animals.
I currently have two dogs and a cat but I think there is always room for more (much to my parents' horror!).
I'm enjoying my nursing studies and can't wait to qualify.
Lauren started working at SPA Vets in 2015.
She is currently enjoying every aspect of the job. She will be starting her official vet nurse training in September 2017 in Monmouth.
Since working here, she has already taken home a stray cat and two baby rabbits who were born at the surgery!
Jenny joined the practice in March 2017.
She originally worked at a vets in Cheltenham before leaving to work in NHS Administrations for three years. Prior to this she studied Horse Management and Equine Science at college.
She currently has a GSD, a husky, a moggy and a cockatiel (who was brought in as a stray) but has, in the past, kept an array of exotic species including snakes, reptils and chinchillas.
Jenny will officially start her Vet Nurse training in September 2018.
Megan joined us in June 2017. She is a trainee nurse currently studying for a degree in Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury. She is here on a one-year placement to learn the practical elements before returning to complete her theoretical training.
She has two beagles and a horse which, on top of her studies, keep her very busy!
Sandra Smith- Practice Secretary
Sandra has worked at the surgery since it was only Bill Stewart. She began her career as a nurse but is now the practice secretary responsible for all admin and account matters.
Ruth Hunt- Receptionist
Ruth joined the team in January 2017.
Before working at SPA Vets, Ruth worked as a first-aider and event organiser for the British Red Cross.
She has always loved animals and as well as looking after her own menagerie of ducks, giant rabbits and guinea pigs; she is a regular volunteer at City Farm, involved in all aspects of animal care across a variety of species, including goats, sheep, cattle and horses.