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Jacqui Bates BVetMed MRCVS

Originally from Dorset, Jacqui graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018. Before moving to Frome she spent her first years working for a small animal charity hospital in Cardiff. Jacqui enjoys all aspects of small animal work, with a keen interest in surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys mountain biking, paddle boarding and exploring with her Wheaten Terrier.

Kate Wilsher BVetMed(hons) MRCVS

Kate graduated in 2014 from the Royal Veterinary College and worked for Garston from then until 2017. She has spent the last 3 years working in some of the busiest hospitals in London, before managing to persuade her fiancé to move back to the West Country in January 2021 to rejoin the Garston team. Kate enjoys all aspects of small animal work, with a particular love of surgery. Kate lives locally with her partner and two rescue cats. Outside of work she likes yoga, reading, exploring the countryside and going to see live music.

Kathryn Penn BVetMed CertAVP(EP) CertAVP(ED) MRCVS

Kathryn graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2008. Following 9 years in equine practice in Somerset and the South West, she has joined Garston in 2020. Well known throughout the region both as a referral and first opinion vet, Kathryn has additional qualifications and Certificates in Advanced Veterinary Practice, Equine General Practice and Equine Dentistry bringing substantial technical and practical experience to the equine team.

She has interests in pre-purchase examinations, reproduction and medical cases and is currently studying advanced diagnostics and treatment of lameness. Her wide areas of knowledge and experience are highly valued by clients and colleagues alike.

Kathryn is a keen competitor and also an official in a number of equine disciplines including dressage, show jumping, eventing, endurance, hunting and Le Trec.

Sanne Wilmink DVM CertAVP MRCVS

Sanne Wilmink qualified from the University of Utrecht in 2009 and completed an equine hospital internship in the north of The Netherlands. She then moved to the UK in January 2011 for a residency in equine internal medicine at the University of Bristol, after which she worked part-time near Gloucester and part-time as a locum in the South West. Sanne joined the practice in mid-2015 and enjoys working with our wide variety of clients and their horses. In her free time, Sanne can be found at the beach kitesurfing.

Kate Rapley BVSc MRCVS

Kate joined the practice in 2004 having graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School. She enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work with a particular interest in corrective shoeing and AI. In her spare time, Kate rides her own horse in competitions or out on Salisbury Plain with her Border Collie running alongside.

Katie Crosby BVSc MRCVS

Katie joined the practice in 2019 after graduating from the University of Bristol. She enjoys all areas of equine work, and has a special interest in competition horses having done show jumping with her own, and a soft spot for donkeys. Outside of work, Katie enjoys sailing, skiing and baking.


Amy graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2010. Before joining Garston she worked for 2 years in mixed practice. After completing a 12-month equine internship at a leading equine hospital in South Wales, she spent 5 years at a large equine practice covering the South West.

Amy holds Certificates in Advanced Veterinary Practice and Equine Diagnostic Imaging. Amongst a large amount of technical experience her professional interests also include orthopaedics, imaging and dentistry.

Married to James one of the farm animal partners at Garston, they live in Bath with their son Felix and Labrador Pickles.

Neil Brimson BVetMed MRCVS

Neil is a partner in the practice and is responsible for running the Frome Equine Unit. He graduated from London in 1984 and is married to Claire who also works in the practice, and has two teenage sons. Outside of work, Neil can usually be found watching Bath play rugby, trying to stop the dogs escaping from his garden, or acting as an unpaid groom for the family horse.

Carmen Norris (Vet Tech)

Carmen started working for Garston Vets in April 2014 as a large animal and equine receptionist, before becoming an equine assistant. In 2019, Carmen qualified as one of the first non-vet TB testers and became our dedicated Vet Technician. She can now usually be found on a farm in her wellies. In her spare time she enjoys hacking on her horses, Ash and Tara, accompanied by her two dogs, Bubba and Wally.

Dominic Harrison BVSc MRCVS

Dominic graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Bristol in 2020, having previously worked in construction in Palestine, Italy and the UK. Whilst working in South African game reserves in 2018/2019, he developed interests in exotic and farm animal medicine and has since acquired 6 lizards and a red-eyed tree frog. Dominic’s interests also lie in disease control, farm animal pathology, and how interdisciplinary approaches can aid in the improvement of farm, exotic and wildlife health. Since moving to Frome in March 2020, Dominic has enjoyed exploring the countryside and visiting farms, usually accompanied by his patterdale terrier, Olive.

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