Summer Lane Staff Profiles:
Mr Guy Poland Vet MB MA MRCVS
Guy grew up in Taunton and qualified from Cambridge University in 2007. Guy remained working in the Cambridge area for 3 years before moving back to the west country in 2010. Guy has a keen interest in Veterinary Medicine and also Backyard Poultry work.
Ali Webber MVB MRCVS
Ali qualified from Padua University (Italy) in 2002. Ali has worked in the U.K since 2003 in sole small animal practice in Somerset. Ali is interested in all aspects of Veterinary Medicine but has particular interest in feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and pain management.
Ali has completed a foundation course in Veterinary Acupuncture and is in the process of obtaining her Certificate of Safety and Competence in Veterinary Acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to treat a range of conditions from musculoskeletal discorders, urinary and feacal incontinence and skin conditions. Please feel free to contact the practice if you require any further information.
Melanie David BVsc MRCVS
Melanie qualified from Bristol Veterinary School and apart from a period at the University of Pennsylvania, she has spent her professional life in the Bristol area, mainly at Summer Lane. As well as being interested in many aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, she belives that the owners matter too. Away from work, Melanie enjoys walking, opera and photography. She is married with two children and one gorgeous granddaughter.
Occasional Vets include Clare Tibbs, Karen Wilson and Julie Saunders.
Kate Esler BSc(Hons) RVN VPAC
Kate joined the team in March 2007, after working locally as a nursing team leader. She qualified at Bristol University with a degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2004. After working with both horses and small animals, Kate has turned her focus to the management of Summer Lane and the training of students. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horses, and competes regulary in dressage and endurance competitions. She also farms sheep and shows her pedigree Kerry Hill Flock.
The two Lurchers Bluebell and Pup- Pup often found sleeping (their favourite activity!!) behind the reception desk are Kates as well.
Qualified Veterinary Nurses
Michelle Oliver RVN
Michelle joined us as a student from a veterinary hospital in Somerset, and qualifed in 2010. Michelle is a local lass, and has keen interest in behaviour, and dog training. Since qualifying she has completed a Certificate in Small Animal Behaviour. Michelle runs all our puppy parties, which are great fun and a fantastic opportunity to get your puppy off to the right start.
Michelle has a Black Labrador called Bailey who she enjoys working in obedience demonstrations/competitions, and heelwork to music. She also a keen supporter of Bristol Rugby, and can often found cheering in the stands at the weekend.
Vicky Vincent Student Veterinary Nurse
Vicky started with us at Summer Lane after spending many hours here on work experience. Vicky is starting college in September and hopefully will be a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse in 2 years time.
Tracey Willshear Animal Nursing Assistant
Tracey works at Summer Lane helping the Veterinary Nurses and caring for pets in the kennels. She also covers reception, and does some admin, shes a real multi tasker! Tracey is currently participating in a canine first aid certificate, in order to be prepared for all circumstances within the practice. Tracey also runs our Free of Charge weight clinics for pets registered at the practice. In her spare time Tracey enjoys socialising and playing skittles.
Jackie is in charge of our customers accounts, and is our main receptionist at Summer Lane. She enjoys going for walks in the great outdoors.
Nick started work at Summer Lane in 1997 and again covers most aspects of work in the practice. Nick runs the grooming along with being in charge of all our insurance claims. Since being here she has managed to acquire 2 dogs, and enjoys spending time at her caravan in Cornwall with her husband during their spare time. She hopes to retire there one day. Nick is also a keen horse rider and hopes one day to find a suitable replacement for her old boy of 23 years, until then she helps excercise hunting horses several mornings a week.
Vicky has worked here since 1981. She works as a receptionist ,and is in charge of our drug ordering and stock control. Vicky has a herd of Pedigree Devon Cattle and has previously has been president of the breed society.
Helen works as a part time receptionist on Saturday mornings, after previously working her as a nursing assistant, before having her two children. She loves riding her horse, as well as looking after her Jack Russell Terrier and her naughty kitten.