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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Danni Doughty

Veterinary Nurse

RVN ADTB

Danni joined the practice in December 2020 as our Head Nurse. 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 four whippets and kettlebells classes.

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Sarah Blackbourn

Veterinary Nurse

RVN, Dip CABT (COAPE)

Sarah qualified in 1992 and she joined our team part time March 2016, whilst continuing her position at a practice in Bath, where she has worked for over 20 years.

Sarah lives locally with her Doberman, Anya, Yorkshire Terrier, Darcey, and her two cats. She also has a passion for breeding and showing her poultry. She personally houses Malaysian Seramas and modern Game birds and is confident in giving husbandry advice for your bird companions.

Sarah taught Veterinary Nursing at Radstock college for 10 years, holds a COAPE Behaviour Certificate and is happy to accept cat and dog behaviour cases.

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Miles Dearn

Veterinary Nurse

RVN, BSc

Miles joined the practice in June 2019. He moved to the local area after completing his degree in Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury College. Before joining the team at Midomer Veterinary Centre, Miles trained at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey. 

He is focused on in-patient care, particularly anaesthesia and post-operative recovery.

Miles was recently married to his wife, who is also a veterinary nurse. Miles also lives with his cat Wilf and Fajita the bearded dragon.

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Louisa Sydenham

Veterinary Nurse

RVN, BSc Hons

Louisa graduated from Harper Adams University in Shropshire in 2018. After a follow up year of further education and travelling she moved to Somerset with her partner.

She has previously worked at the University of Bristol Veterinary School Equine department before joining our team in 2021.

Louisa enjoys all aspects of nursing care but has a particular interest in rabbit care.

Outside of work her particular interests are her two rescue rabbits, Binky and Herburt, hiking and music.

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Jasmine Simmonds

Student Veterinary Nurse
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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. 

Administration Team

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Sam Webb

Practice Manager

Sam is our Practice Manager and 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. 

Reception Team

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Nikki Gay

Receptionist

Nikki joined the practice in March 2018 to expand the receptionist team with a wealth of experience from other local practices.

She is very much a Norton lady at heart, having grown up and lived in the area her whole life! In her spare time she enjoys countryside and mountain walks, rugby and has a love of spaniels.

Nikki lives in Midsomer Norton with her husband and dogs.

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Teri Thomas

Receptionist
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Zoe Jones

Receptionist

Zoe will be familiar to clients old and new as she worked in the practice in the early 2000’s and returned after a break in 2016. It is great to have her back!

She loves rabbits & guinea pigs and has an ever growing collection that she dotes on!

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Jude Pegler-Webb

Receptionist

Jude is Sam and Laurence’s daughter, who is studying Music Performance at Bath College but also helps at reception when she is not busy at college.

With both parents as directors of the practice, she has grown up surrounded by the veterinary world and animals.

Jude is passionate about performing and composing music and will be going on to read it at University later this year.