At Taverham Vets we have a large team of Staff that are dedicated to the care of Animals. From our highly qualified directors and associate vets through to our reception and nursing staff the Taverham Teams’ individual skills combine to form a cohesive, productive and caring unit. Every one of our team has a vital role to play in the smooth operation of a busy veterinary practice.
Roger Bannock MA VetMB MRCVS
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Roger qualified from Cambridge University in 1988. His ambition was always to start his own practice in his home area of Taverham and he achieved this in 1994. Roger’s main professional interests lie in Soft Tissue Surgery and Reproductive disorders. Roger is a countryman at heart, has two working Labradors and a Cocker Spaniel and regularly competes in field trials across the county.
Guy Pitcher MA VetMB CertVR CertSAO CertSAS MRCVS
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Guy qualified from Cambridge University in 1989, after which he spent a year at Bristol University training in their surgical department. His main interest is orthopaedic surgery and Guy is one of the few vets in the UK who have further qualifications in orthopaedics, general surgery and radiology. Guy regularly accepts referrals from other local vets in these disciplines and he is now developing the new exciting field of “keyhole surgery” at the practice.
Tom Robertson MA VetMB CertVDI CertVC MRCVS
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Tom qualified from Cambridge University in 2001 and moved to Taverham from a large multi-discipline practice in Bedford in 2007. He gained his Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging in 2007 and his RCVS Certificate in Cardiology in 2011. Tom was awarded the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society Prize for achieving the best overall examination results during his Certificate exams and at the time of writing is one of only 81 Veterinary Surgeons in the UK to hold the CertVC qualification and one of only 47 to hold the CertVDI qualification. Tom has particular interests in radiology, doppler echocardiography, laparoscopy and ultrasonography and he accepts referral work from local practices. He is also on the official Veterinary Cardiovascular Society list of official Veterinary Surgeons for Breed Heart Scoring. Tom enjoys spending time with his young family, Anne-Marie, Amelia and Henry, spending time in the garden and walking with his dogs. Tom became a director of the company in 2010.
Kate Pitcher BVSc CertVD CertVR MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology
Helen Steele BVetMed(Hons) GPCert(Endo) MRCVS
Joanna Hermer BVM&S PGCertSAM MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine
Jordan Smith BVM BVS (Hons)
Jordan graduated from Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in 2017 and joined the Taverham family soon after. Jordan is interested in internal medicine and likes chatting to all our lovely clients! In his spare time Jordan enjoys training his (very cute!) puppy Luna and photography.
Daniel Lloyd - BVSc MRCVS
Daniel qualified in South Africa in 2009 and since moving to the UK has worked in Sheringham, Dorset and Poole. Daniel joined the Taverham Vets team in 2017. He is currently studying towards a general surgery certificate and has an interest in orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. At home he has a rescue cat called Wilson from the Cats Protection and he and his wife are expecting their first child any day now! In his spare time Daniel likes to spend his time rock climbing or fishing.
Edward Bellamy BVetMed MRCVS
Sophie Lavender BVetMed MRCVS
Alice Watson BVM BVS (Hons)
Laura Pearson BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS
Lottie Sparkes RVN (Head Nurse and Hydrotherapy Nurse)
Di Houldsworth RVN (Pet Diabetes Advisor, Pet Nutrition Councellor)
Nicky Bush RVN
Maria Wyer RVN PDA (Pet Diabetes Advisor)
Kate Jarman RVN
Laura Cornwall RVN
Roz Kimber RVN
Helen Jarrel RVN
Fran Culley RVN
Julie Griffin RVN (Cat Hotel Manager)
Emma Warnes RVN
Hayley Hyam RVN
Hannah Watson RVN
Danielle Smith RVN – Emergency Clinic Nurse with Norwich Night Vet
Sam Wells RVN
Natasha Colman RVN
Amber Smit RVN
Naomi Johnson Student Nurse
April Caton RVN (Hydrotherapy Nurse)
Emmaly Russen RVN
Lauren Gill – RVN
Carly Thorne – Trainee RVN
Hayley Newport Student Nurse
Daisy Smith Student Nurse
Taylor Powley – Animal Nursing Assistant
Ruby Clarke – Animal Nursing Assistant
Chantelle Hodgkinson – Animal Nursing Assistant
Sonia Mant RVN
Our Advanced Practitioner Veterinary Surgeons accept referrals from other practices for orthopaedic opinions and surgery, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, dermatology and endoscopy. Sonia liaises with the veterinary practices and clients referred to us for these specialist investigations. Sonia is an experienced orthopaedic nurse who assists Vet Guy Pitcher in theatre with his referral cases and Tom Robertson with his cardiology and diagnostic imaging cases. Sonia has worked for the practice for 17 years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Joy Thompson, Practice Manager
Having grown up locally, Joy has worked at the practice since it’s initial set up 21 years ago. Now Practice Manager, Joy manages the day to day running of the practice along with all financial, insurance and personnel matters.
Jan (pictured here with Mr Olaf the practice cat!) formally joined the practice in 2002 having helped out on a casual basis for several years beforehand. Jan supports Joy, the Practice Manager and the Directors and has multiple responsibilities from buying teabags to IT!
All of our receptionists have lived in the local community for many years.
Paula Burgess (Head Receptionist). Paula is in charge of our busy reception team ensuring they are up date to date with the latest advice to give clients.