Meet the team

Veterinary Team

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Laurence Webb

Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc MRCVS

Laurence is the director and lead Veterinary Surgeon of Midsomer Veterinary Centre. He has lived in Midsomer Norton since he qualified from Bristol University in 1996. He joined the practice in 2000 as an employee and became the owner in 2014.

He is a familiar face and enjoys getting to know his patients and clients well, some of whom he has known for over 20 years. Laurence is keen on all aspects of veterinary work and is committed to continually developing the care that Midsomer Veterinary Centre gives to our patients.

In his spare time, Laurence enjoys the outdoor life – rock climbing, walking and camping trips – plus listening to and making music with more enthusiasm than talent!

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Stella McLachlan

Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc MRCVS

Stella originates from Northern Ireland and studied Veterinary Science at Bristol University, qualifying in 2017.

Following her graduation Stella worked in practice in Wolverhampton but always wanted to return to the West Country.

She joined the practice in March 2018 and has become highly popular with our clients. Stella enjoys both medicine and surgery and has developed a keen interest in ultrasound.

Her fiancé is a pilot with British Airways. In her spare time Stella takes part in riding competitions on her horse Campbell. Stella also cares for her two miniature ponies, border collie Enzo and springer spaniel Daisy.

Nursing Team

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Emma Norton

Veterinary Nurse

RVN

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Jasmine Simmonds

Student Veterinary Nurse

Jas joined the practice in 2021 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and is expecting to qualify in July 2022.

Jas enjoys hosting our junior Dog Training Academy and has a keen interest in nutrition. 

At home Jas has 2 cats, a dog, 2 tortoises and an African pygmy hedgehog who keep her on her toes. 

Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym and horse riding. 

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Luke Tanner

Animal Care Assistant

Luke joined the practice in January 2014 to help with maternity cover and settled in so well that we asked him to stay with us permanently!

He completed his Animal Care BTEC Diploma at Norton Radstock college in 2013 and has an interest in exotic pets He keeps, breeds & shows snakes, geckos & other reptiles. Luke is happy to give management advice on the care of exotic pets.

Luke lives locally with his partner Lucy and their two young children. 

Customer Care Team

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Terri Thomas

Receptionist
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Joanna Rundle

Receptionist
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Peta Blake

Receptionist

Peta joined the team in 2022, returning to the veterinary world after a break.

She was previously a veterinary nurse and actually worked in the practice as a nurse in the 90s. After years away she is enjoying being back in the industry and embracing her new role in reception.

Administration Team

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Danni Doughty

Manager and Nurse

RVN ADTB

Danni joined the practice in December 2020 as our Head Nurse before becoming our Practice Manager on the summer of 2021.

Danni has a keen interest in anaesthesia and multimodal analgesia (pain management).

Danni has won a national award for Senior Support Nurse of the year 2019 for recognition to her work supporting our older patients. Danni is also an accredited dog trainer and canine behaviourist and enjoys hosting fun puppy parties!!

Outside of work Danni enjoys spending time with her family, walking her three whippets and going to the gym.

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Sam Webb

Manager

Sam is a Director of the business alongside Laurence

Sam started work as a Veterinary Nurse in the 1990s, where she met Laurence just after he qualified. They became married in 2000. After taking time out to raise their two children, Sam joined the practice and became a director in 2016.

Sam is enthusiastic about continually improving the care and communication that we have with our clients as well as looking after our own team members so give the best care that we can

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Paula Watts

Practice Administrator

Paula is our Administrator she brings a wealth of experience, having previously worked as demanding roles including in special needs services in local education.

Although she may not be visible to clients that often, she is the backbone of the practice, helping everything to run smoothly.

Paula lives locally with her partner and her Scottish Terrier Maggie, who also comes to work with Paula.