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Our Staff

Small Animal Vets

Leighton Richards BVSc, DVA, 

MRCVS, Director

Leighton Richards

Leighton Richards

Leighton qualified from Liverpool in 1980, and gained his RCVS Diploma in Anaesthesia in 1983.   Originally from Gower, Leighton held teaching posts in the USA, before returning to Wales to head the small animal service at The Oak.  Leighton's interests are in cardiology and all aspects of medicine, whilst outside work he enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Caroline Gardner BVSc CertSAS Advanced Practitioner MRCVS, Director

Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner

Pembrokeshire born and bred, Caroline returned to Haverfordwest after graduating from Bristol in 1996, and said she’d stay “a year or two”.  She’s still here.  Keen on her surgery, Caroline completed her RCVS Certificate in small animal surgery in 2004 and became a partner in 2009.  Her main enjoyment comes from seeing a happy patient, who is benefiting from its treatment.  She is also fascinated by the human-animal bond, and the different relationships our clients have with their pets.  Since 2010 Caroline has been using acupuncture as an adjunct to traditional therapies, especially in pain relief.  Although Caroline does much of the small animal orthopaedic surgery, her main surgical interest is soft tissue - skin reconstructions, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeries etc.

Caroline shares her life with husband Matt and two children, plus 2 labradors, 2 cats,  rabbits and some chickens.  In between work and family, Caroline enjoys running, reading, gardening (vegetables only!) and community life.  Motto: “Life is not a dress rehearsal!”

 Kath Sutton BVSc BA MA (Cantab) MRCVS

Kath, another one of our Bristol graduates (1989), works out of all three of our small animal branches, though is the stalwart of our St Davids branch.  Living near St Davids on a small holding, Kath looks after Dexter cattle, a few sheep, ponies, poultry, dogs and occasionally pigs, oh....and the family – Tom, Ben and Ella!  Kath joined The Oak in 2003, having previously been part of the ‘Care and Sutton’ practice.  Professionally Kath enjoys care of the senior patient, and management of osteoarthritis, thriving on building good relationships with pets and clients over time.  She enjoys the challenge of having many different problems to solve every day.  Outside work, interests include her family and other animals, gig rowing, reading and walking.  A bundle of energy, Kath’s attitude to life is “spare time, what’s that?”!!

Emma Aldis BVetMed MRCVS

Emma Aldis

Emma Aldis

Emma has been with us since graduating from the RVC (London) in 2008, having made the big move from Cornwall to west Wales.  She enjoys the variety of a mixed job, but particularly relishes surgery on all sizes of patient.  Emma also enjoys the coastline and countryside of Pembrokeshire.  Although yet to become a Welsh speaker, she is a big fan of our Pembrokeshire sayings “There we are then......” etc.  Emma is Cornish, not English, if that helps!

Alice Richards MRCVS

Alice Richards

Alice Richards

Alice qualified from Nottingham University in 2011. She worked in mixed practice in Worcestershire for two years before moving to Pembrokeshire in 2013 having married a local boy. She now concentrates on small animal work only and enjoys all aspects of clinical work particularly surgery. Most of her free time is taken up training and working her three young dogs, horse riding and cycling

Farm Animal Vets

Andy Lewis BVetMed MRCVS, Director

Andy is a Narberth lad and has been with the practice since he graduated in 1985, from the Royal Veterinary College, London.  Our Farm Animal partner, Andy has varied interests in large animal and production medicine.  His problem solving skills are put to good use in disease investigation and emergency treatments and procedures.  Married to Nadine, with 3 grown-up daughters (the youngest, Jess, is following in her father’s footsteps at the RVC), Andy also finds time to sing with the church choir, as well as in Tempus, a locally renowned vocal group.   Rose, the cat, makes up the Lewis family.  As well as singing, Andy enjoys walking, skiing (though not anymore!), reading and trying to keep one step ahead of the women in his life (unsuccessfully for the most part!).

Ian Squire BVetMed MRCVS

Our well known long serving farm animal vet, Ian qualified from the RVC in London in 1980.  After stints in Ammanford and WB Thomas (Haverfordwest), Ian started with The Oak when it was a mere acorn.  One of the few true Englishmen on our team, Ian struggles during the 6 Nations to keep his superiority to himself!  His skills in bovine medicine and surgery are well known through the county.

Jonathan Wheeler BSc BVMS MRCVS

Jon was brought up locally before travelling off to Scotland to graduate from Glasgow in 2004. He has moved his way round the country until settling back in Woodstock, with wife Amber and 4 children, and started work with us in 2006.  Open minded and a lateral thinker, Jon enjoys all aspects of his farm work, especially the tea (strong, milk, no sugar!).  Pets include Greyhounds, and Jon also enjoys a spot of gardening.  Jon likes to remind us that “it takes all sorts”.

Mixed Vets

Caroline Evans MRCVS

Caroline Evans

Caroline Evans

Not to be confused with the 'older Caroline', this one started with us in 2004 after graduating from Liverpool.  Originally from Wiltshire, Caroline has settled locally after marrying farmer Steve, and now has 2 sons.  Caroline's main interests lie in farm animal practice, especially herd health and production.  With Maisie, the labrador, and 2 cats, Caroline enjoys generally being outdoors, and watersports in particular.

Helen Price MRCVS

Helen Price

Helen Finnan

Helen is enjoying working as a mixed vet with us, since graduating from Liverpool in 2012.  Originally from Coventry, Helen joins in on the large and small animal sides, with a particular preference for surgery and sheep.  A keen rugby player, Helen believes in working hard and playing hard, and has joined Whitland Ladies Rugby team this season.  She has invested in a wetsuit to make the most of our Pembrokeshire weather.  She also owns two boisterous dogs who keep her out of trouble.

Katie Swords MRCVS

Katie Swords

Katie joined us in the summer of 2012, keen to get going on her mixed vet career, with an interest in farm work.  Originally from Ireland, Katie graduated from Edinburgh, and is now settled with partner Fran in Pembrokeshire.


Veterinary Nurses

Becky Lewis BSc (Hons) RVN SQP

Becky Lewis

Becky started with us as a fresh faced student on work placement in 2001 (where did the time go, she wonders?!), then came back to us full-time after graduating in 2005, with a degree in Veterinary Nursing from the University of the West of England.  A Fishguard girl, Becky loves living by the sea, and spends as much time outdoors as possible – in or on the seas – canoeing, swimming, running, or walking her two dogs on the glorious beaches of Pembrokeshire.  Family includes husband Rich, son Dylan, Zak the Border Terrier and Tess the Labrador cross.  Becky is our clinical coach for nurse training, as well as an SQP (dispensing and advising on pharmaceuticals), and enjoys the variety of veterinary nursing.  She has a particular interest in exercise therapy and rehabilitation, and also thrives on her role as clinical coach, assisting our student nurses in developing their potential.  In 2013 Becky achieved her BSAVA nursing Merit Award.

Judith Allwood  BSc RVN

Judith and Cassie

Judith Allwood

Judith joined us in 2011, from Liskeard in Cornwall, though she had lived in Pembrokeshire many years before.  An experienced member of the team, Judith thrives on the practical hands-on side of nursing, and especially assisting the vets with surgical operations.  Outside work, Judith takes part in agility (for fun only!) with her Beardie / Border Collie cross, Cassie.  She also enjoys long walks, looking after her 2 gerbils, and horseriding, when the Pembrokeshire weather allows.

Lou Thomas BSc(Hons) RVN

Lou Thomas

Lou is a recent addition to our nursing team, and is recognisable by her bubbly laugh and Somerset accent.  With an NVQ in Animal Care under her belt, Lou qualified as a nurse in 2004, and loves intravenous work and the TLC side of nursing.  In 2013 Lou gained her BSAVA nursing Merit Award.  Dog walking, motorbikes, food (especially chocolate!), beaches and cooking are favourite hobbies.  Lou believes that “if you can’t be good, be good at it!”

Molly Curtis ANA RVN

Molly Curtis

Molly has been with The Oak since 2003, and previously worked for Care & Sutton at the Manorowen surgery.  Molly has worked her way up within the practice, gaining her animal nursing assistant qualification prior to embarking on her veterinary nurse training.  Trained within the practice, with day release to Pencoed College, Bridgend, Molly passed all her exams first time round (a massive achievement) to qualify in 2012.  Hard working and dedicated, Molly is also a mum of three, and reports that all of her children are great animal lovers too.  She enjoys all aspects of hands-on nursing, especially theatre practice, and spends any free time horse-riding and walking.

Debbi Green RVN SQP


Debbi Green

Debbi  came to The Oak in 2012 as a locum.  Debbi moved to Pembrokeshire from Surrey and had completed her nurse training in Hampshire in 2007.  With a wealth of various animal experience behind her, Debbi is mostly involved in the practical animal care and hands-on nursing.  She has two dogs, Georgie the Border Terrier and Poppy the Lurcher, and a cat, Izzy, and enjoys walking on the beaches and hills of the county with family and friends.  In 2014 Debbi joined us as a permanent staff member.

Kim Jones Animal Care Assistant

Kim joined us in June 2016 as an Animal Care Assistant and can be found most days caring for your pets or helping out on reception.

Administration Team

Christine Venables

Chris Venables

Christine Venables

Chris is our ‘number cruncher’ in the back office, and has been with us since 2001.  With 22 years of experience in the civil service, Chris is a valuable member of our administration team, and has gained her level 2 NVQ in Business Administration.  Outside work Chris enjoys keep fit, eating out and reading.  Her twins have flown the nest and are now both students.  Tia is the only pet in the household, a stray cat adopted from the surgery.  Chris believes in taking each day as it comes, and making the most of life.


Small Animal Client Care Team

Sue Nichols


Sue Nichols

A familiar face in our Haverfordwest surgery is Sue, who spends her time between reception and stock control.  Sue is always mindful of our patient’s well-being and loves to make a difference, especially as no two days are ever the same.  Sue achieved her BTEC in Veterinary Practice Client Care in 2011.  She also enjoys the challenges of managing the pharmacy stock, bringing in a very thorough stock control system.  She spends free time walking her dog Buddy and watching her son grow up.  Her cats also keep her busy and entertained.


Hailey John (Barnes),  SQP


Hailey John (Barnes)

Hailey has been with us since 2006, migrating west from her home county of Kent.

She is a problem solver, taking on the challenge of sorting out any issues clients may have.  Her meeting and greeting role on reception is augmented by her more hands-on animal handling in the Manorowen and St Davids surgeries.

Along with different client care qualifications, Hailey gained her SQP qualification from Harper Adams in 2007, and uses her masses of animal experience to assist clients.

Hailey  has 3 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, a rabbits, 6 sheep, 4 guinea pigs and chickens, as well as daughters Maddie and Ellie and husband Dave.

Kirsten McKee


Kirsten McKee

Well known on our Prendergast Place reception desk is Kirsten McKee.

From Fishguard, Kirsten worked in her father’s pharmacy for many years, before having her own child-minding business, prior to joining us in 2007.

A natural ‘people person’, Kirsten loves spending time with our clients, and gained her BTEC in Veterinary Practice Client Care in 2011.

She enjoys the pharmacy work and learning about new products.

Outside work, Kirsten spends time with her family, riding her horse, and trying to train her dogs Lottie and Bo.  She also likes a good book and pottering in her garden (though is worried that this makes her sound too boring, which she is definitely not!).  Kirsten’s attitude is to “enjoy life” and “take each day as it comes”.

Kym Phillips


Kym Phillips

Kym joined our Client Care department in 2011, having worked previously in retail in Haverfordwest.

She enjoys building up a bond with our clients and meeting their pets, whilst keeping the animal’s best interests at heart.  Kym enjoys spending time with her partner and her little furry friends, watching movies, eating out and log walks.

Kym’s motto is “I believe everything happens for a reason; and whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not!”

Clair Thomas

Clair joined our Client Care department in the summer of 2013 as an additional member of the reception team, and is enjoying being part of the process which 'helps make your pets better'.

Farm Animal Client Care Team

Bethan Morgan SQP

Beth has been a stalwart of The Oak since joining us in 1999 after her working for a National Diploma in Animal Care at Pembrokeshire College.

A valuable member of the Clarbie team, Beth has also studied to gain her SQP qualification (for advising and dispensing of pharmaceuticals) and is currently working towards her BTEC in Veterinary Practice Client Care.

A Pembrokeshire girl through and through, Beth loves getting out on farms, working alongside the vets, and always enjoys the banter with the farm clients.

She is equally at home manning reception  and being part of the team.  At home, she has her three boys to look after (2 sons and husband Steve!) plus 4 cats!

Sally Jenkins

Nicola John

Amy Gargan