Carina Palmer MRCVS
Carina qualified from Bristol University in 1992. She then worked as a locum across the U.K. in order to gain experience from as many different types of practices as possible before settling down to work for Harris Hill and Warner in Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge and Bradford on- Avon. Here she concentrated on small animal and Equine medicine and surgery.
In 2000 Carina set up her own business initially doing ambulatory equine work whilst overseeing the building of her new practice premises. The new building opened on the 1st June 2001, one month earlier than expected!
Over 27 years qualified Carina still enjoys the variety of challenges that occur in her profession. Having worked full time since qualifying, apart from 6 weeks off when her daughter was born, she will finds it amazing how something new can be seen or learnt everyday.
In her spare time Carina enjoys skiing, horses and socialising with her friends. She is also a passionate rugby fan and watches Bath and England whenever she can.
Carina has an elderly Boarder Terrier called Roo which she bred and a rescue kitten called Gordan. She also has too many horses according to her husband!
Paula Rautenbach MRCVS
Paula qualified from Onderstepoort University in South Africa in 1995. She has dual British and South African nationality and started working as a vet in the U.K. as soon as she qualified.
Her first 5 years she worked full time for the PDSA and then various other practices before deciding to become a locum. She came to us in 2008 as a locum to cover holiday. We then managed to persuade Paula to do more work for us, where she now works 8 months of the year with us and spends the other 4 months at home in South Africa.
Paula enjoys doing both equine and small animal work and breeds Boerperd Horses at home in South Africa. Her hobbies include leather work, woodwork and painting. Playing the guitar and horse riding.
Head Veterinary Nurse
Pippa Dawkins RVN
Pip has a wealth of experience having qualified in January 2000 whilst in a practice in Westbury with Carina. During her career she has worked in various types of practices before spending eight years working with leading veterinary drug manufacturers,.
This has given Pip extensive knowledge and expertise which we now have to benefit from here at the practice since Pip joined us in 2013.
Pip is owned by her Boarder Terrier Scrumpy, whose presence at reception is often noticed due to her snoring (scrumpy not Pip that is!).
Pips hobbies include walking scrumpy, mountain biking and upholstery. She also enjoys cooking and baking and we all appreciate the delicious cakes she brings to work.
Nicole Grist RVN
Nicole started work with us whilst still at school. She helped out on a Saturday mornings and in her holidays in order to get experience to pursue her dream career of becoming a Veterinary nurse. After school she studied at Lackham College where she completed her studies a BTEC Level 3 in Animals Management as well as working with us. In 2015 we were able to welcome Nicole here as a Student Veterinary Nurse where she qualified in 2018.
Nicole has four much loved pets Muffin and Magic her rabbits and Mitzi and Matilda her cats. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys socialising, cooking and shopping.
Laura Goddard SVN
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Harriett Freeman PgD NAVP
Harriett worked here on Saturday Mornings many years ago, before she left to go to University to complete her BSc in Equine Sports Therapy and Massage. Harriett then freelanced as a Groom where she was able to ride some 4* and Olympic horses which allowed her to learn about eventing and put her new skills into practice. Harriett then went on to work full time for a Canadian Eventer where she had an amazing year, exercising and rehabilitating horses during the eventing season. She then went onto completing a canine massage course whilst working for a small animal practice as a Veterinary Care Assistant and to train as a Veterinary Physiotherapist at Writtle University College.
In 2019 before qualifying Harriett worked for a Summer at Equiperformance rehabilitation centre where she was able to put all her new skills into practice under the guidance of a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist.
After qualifying Harriett missed working with the small animals and we welcomed her back with us as a Veterinary Physiotherapist and Veterinary Care Assistant, where we are now able to offer Physiotherapy appointments for all animals, Laser Therapy and more.
In her spare time, Harriett enjoys riding her Fathers Showjumping horse Zeena, and training her Working Cocker Spaniel Rupert. She also enjoys most outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and camping with her partner Richard.
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Receptionist/ Veterinary Care Assistant