Meet the Vets

Paul Atkinson MA Vet MB MRCVS

Paul qualified from Cambridge and subsequently joined the practice, having already had experience of several practices in England and America. Initially working as a mixed practitioner, over the years his interests have developed into bovine fertility, disease control and small animal medicine. Outside the practice his family of three children keep him busy, but still manages to find time for a game of squash and racquetball to keep fit and enjoys watching rugby at Bath.

Contact: Sherborne Surgery 01935 813288

Alistair Lees BVet Med MRCVS

Alistair qualified in 1982 from the Royal Veterinary College, London. After qualifying, Alistair joined a mixed practice in Hampshire, where he spent two years working with equine and farm animals. He then moved to a small animal practice in Kent, where he spent two years gaining experience with domestic animals. In 1986, Alistair joined Kingston Veterinary Practice as a mixed practitoner, however, he then decided to specialise in the equine side of the practice. In 2010 Alistair was responsible for the setting up and running of the new edition to Kington Veterinary Group, namely 'Shavehill Equine Clinic, based just outside of Gillingham Dorset.

Contact: Shavehill Clinic 01747 822799

Keith Jones BVSc MRCVS

Keith qualified in 1986 from Liverpool University. After 12 months in a North Wales Practice, he came to Kingston Veterinary Group as a mixed practice assistant. After becoming a partner in 1995, he has concentrated on the equine and farm animal side of the practice. In his spare time, he likes to keep fit by running, cycling and hill-walking.

Contact: Sherborne Surgery 01935 813288

David Tunnicliffe MA Vet MB MRCVS

After qualifying from Cambridge University in 1989 David worked in general practices in Bedford and Driffield before moving down to Dorset in 1994 to join Kingston Veterinary Group where he enjoys all aspects of mixed general practice. Away from work David enjoys reading, music and cycle touring.

Contact: Sherborne Surgery 01935 813288

Pippa Smith BSc BVSc MRCVS

Pippa has been an equine vet at Kingston Veterinary Group since 2003. Brought up in North Wales, she had much success showing before becoming more involved in eventing, where she competed to advanced level. After graduating from Liverpool Vet School in 2002, she worked in an equine practice in North Wales, before moving down south to Dorset. Pippa enjoys the variety of first opinion equine work and is qualified to perform acupuncture. At home she is kept busy with a young family where her interests include riding and skiing.

Contact: Sherborne Surgery 01935 813288

Amaia Goiri Tafalla Ldo Vet MRCVS

Amaia graduated from the University of Zaragoza in Spain in 2003. She then worked in Barcelona for two years until February 2006 when she moved to England. She worked in Bridgwater for a year before coming to Yeovil where she enjoys ophthalmology and internal medicine. When not at work Amaia likes to travel (anywhere!) go to the cinema, read and spend time walking her dogs in the Somerset countryside and looking after her sheep!

Contact: Yeovil Surgery 01935 421177

Gemma Loader BVet Med (Hons) MRCVS

Gemma graduated from the The Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007, however, having grown up in Somerset Gemma, once qualified realised that a return to a rural lifestyle was the way forward. After graduating Gemma spent 3 1/2 years based in Somerset at a mixed practice.

In November 2010 she joined Kingston Veterinary Group, where she was able to follow her passion and take a more active role in farm animal work. Gemma's position here at Kingston Vets is 70% farm and 30% small animal work; however, she is a keen small animal surgeon. Gemma has a special interest in sheep health and production. In Gemma's spare time she can be found enjoying a wide variety of Country pursuits.

Contact: Sherborne Surgery 01935 813288

Rachel Astington BA VetMB MRCVS

Rachel graduated from Cambridge University in 2015. She grew up in Somerset and after qualifying immediately returned to the hills of the West Country. Rachel is currently discovering what her main Small Animal Veterinary interests are. She loves Spaniels and plans to get her first dog when she settles into life as a Vet.Outside of work Rachel enjoys anything active, including challenges like cycling John O'Groats to Lands End. You may see her running or cycling about the roads of Yeovil.

Contact: Yeovil Surgery 01935 421177

Jack McCarthy  MVB MRCVS

Jack qualified from Dublin before relocating to Dorset and joining the practice. Jack is interested in equine, farm and small animal medicine but is particularly interested in small animal work and equine lameness. Outside of work Jack likes to keep fit by playing sports.

Contact:  Sherborne Surgery 01935 813288

Out of Hours Emergencies:

Telephone calls to our Surgeries during out of hours will go straight through to our Answering Service where details are taken and then passed on to the Duty Vet
01935 813288 or 01935 421177

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