Meet the Team
“Our mission is to provide a friendly, high quality, veterinary service, where attention to detail, client’s needs and their pet’s welfare are given the highest priority.”
At Alexandra & Hillyfields Vets we have 2 full time vets who are the directors and owners of the practice and we have 2 part time vets, 4 full time veterinary nurses and 1 part time practice manager.
Our guarantee to you – we will make your visit as pleasant and efficient as we can for both you and your pet. If you are not satisfied with the treatment you receive in any way just tell us and we will do everything we can to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
Tim Wilson ( BVSc MRCVS )
Tim qualified from Bristol University in 1999 and is one of the directors. He has worked in mixed practice in the South West and has spent time in Morocco doing charity work and in Australia as a locum. He is a qualified Divemaster and has an interest in exotic species. He lives in Bristol with his wife (Claire – see below), their son Toby (born end of 2009), 2 cats, 4 chickens, 2 Guinea Pigs, and a tank full of tropical fish! He is also now learning to fly a helicopter!
Rob Kilby BSc (Hons) BVet Med MRCVS
Rob is the other director and qualified from the RVC in London in 1997. His special interest is in dog and cat behaviour problems. In his spare time he enjoys going running with his collies Maddy and Dyce and training them in agility. His older dog Maddy has achived Grade 7 (the highest grade), making her eligible to compete in national championships. He is also the proud father of two young daughters Daisy and Abigail.
Katie Thorpe (BSc BVSc MRCVS)
Katie qualified from Bristol University in 2013 and has worked in several practices and hospitals in the South West. Katie has a keen interest in canine, feline and rabbit medicine and hopes to do a certificate in Small Animal Medicine in the near future. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her Springer Spaniel called Lottie, her two cats Henry and Maggie, a very naughty house rabbit called Benjamin and 22 sheep!
Mathilde qualified as a vet in 2002 from the National Veterinary School of Alfort in France. She passed her Intership in small animal medicine and surgery at the same vet school, and continued to study in surgery there for another year. After this specialisation, she worked as a general small animal practitioner initially in Paris then in Cambridge, within a 24h emergency service. Working in this challenging setting increased her interest in pain management, rehabilitation and recovery after surgery.
She passed her Diploma of Animal Physiotherapy in October 2012. For four years, she set up the physiotherapy service at Langford Vets and developed the rehabilitation centre in association with the hydrotherapy unit and the pain clinic. Late 2016, she decided to set up her own business VET&PHYSIO to bring physiotherapy and rehabilitation closer to the patients. She is currently offering home visits for all aspects of physiotherapy, rehab, and sports medicine. She particularly enjoys helping old arthritic patients. “I am still amazed how much a well-designed physio and pain management plan can improve their mobility and well being”.
Audrey Chanoit MVDr, MRCVS, MSc Microsurgery, CES Ophthalmology RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Audrey qualified from the School of Veterinary Science in Lyon, France in 1999. She completed an internship in Small Animal Surgery and, while working in the Surgery Department at the University; she completed a Masters in Microsurgery. Her love of Microsurgery and Ophthalmology naturally brought her to complete the Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology of Toulouse in 2002. She then worked for several years in a referral practice in France seeing patients in Surgery and Ophthalmology. After living in North Carolina, USA for 4 years, Audrey and her family – her husband and 4 children – moved to Bristol in 2010… and she hasn’t moved since!
Audrey is currently a Teaching Fellow in Veterinary Ophthalmology at Bristol University and is seeing patients for us every week on Thursday at our Clevedon branch. She loves all aspects of ophthalmology and is passionate about communicating it to the owners and students!
When she is not busy with her children, the tropical fishes and the guinea pigs, Audrey enjoys activities related to her other passion: the sea (sailing and diving).
Claire Wilson BA (Hons) PGCE VN
Claire currently works part time as the practice manager and is an avid cat lover. When not at work, she looks after her son Toby and the menagerie at home, (see Tim above) in any spare time she enjoys running, geocaching and helping children learn to read at a local primary school in Bristol.
Kath Pritchard ( Head Nurse )
Kath came to Alexandra & Hillyfields Vets at the beginning of 2009 from the Rowe Veterinary Group where she had been a full time night nurse and dealt extensively with emergency & critical care patients. She began nursing in 1996 in a small one man practice in her home country of Scotland and now has a wealth of experience in all aspects of veterinary nursing. She over sees the running of both our Winscombe and Clevedon surgeries and manages day to day activities across both sites. In her spare time she looks after her ageing horse ‘Katie’ and her cat ‘Esther’ and loves to go snowboarding whenever possible.
Michelle Oliver (RVN)
Michelle started nursing in 2006 after working in administration for 6 years. She has worked in a hospital in Bridgwater but mainly in small animal practice in Weston. She qualified as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2010.
She has a black labrador, Bailey, who still likes long walks every day, despite being in his ‘later years’! 2 cats, Maisie and Wallace – Wallace was hand reared by Michelle from 5 days old and rules the household! She also has 2 sheep called Wendy and Moira and enjoys anything that involves being out in the countryside on her days off.
Anne-Marie Walter ( RVN )
Anne-Marie qualified in 2003 and came to Alexandra & Hillyfields Vets at the beginning of 2010, from a practice in Paignton in Devon. She had worked there for 14 years and was head nurse for the last 3 years. In her spare time she likes to spend time with friends and family and is now a proud mother of Mikey
Emma Fox ( BSc, RVN )
Emma received a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science from Bristol University in July 2014, and after working in Bristol for a few months joined the team at Alexandra and Hillyfields in November. She soon became an integral part of the team and most people will have met her at our Hillyfields practice. Emma has always loved working with animals – her previous jobs include working as a groom on a dressage yard and as a kennel hand at a greyhound rescue. In her spare time she enjoys long walks in the countryside with her Standard Poodle called Jeffery and Border Collie called Thatcher, named after her favorite pint!
Becky Ewbank (Dip VN RVN )
Becky qualified in December 2015 after completing her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Bridgwater college, Cannington through an advanced apprenticeship. Before starting in April 2016 at Alexandra and Hillyfields vets she previously worked at a practice in Bridgwater for 2.5 years. Before veterinary nursing she worked at a animal rescue centre in Langport and before that as a groom on an event yard and at a pub. She also has a National Diploma in horse management.
She has a rescue dog called Meeko who she loves to go on long walks and do some agility with. She also has a horse called Blaze and they like to do a bit of everything but especially like long rides around the countryside.