Welcome to Animal House Vets – Chalks Road Veterinary Surgery, Bristol

Vets Chipping Sodbury

Chalks Road Surgery

Chalks Road, St George, Bristol BS5 7AA

0117 33 55 999

40,000 reasons to entrust the care of your pet to the Animal House Vets team.

The practice that is now Animal House Vets has been trusted by more than 20,000 clients for the care of over 40,000 pets over the years!

Our Chalks Road practice was the first of the Animal House Vets Surgeries when it was taken over by Mark Binns in 2004. It is based close to the centre of Bristol, which means we are easily accessible for clients from a wide area within Bristol. We also cover the North, East and West areas of Bristol with surgeries in Chipping Sodbury, Downend and Westbury Park respectively. We are lucky that there is a large car park for St George’s Park adjacent to our practice as well as plenty of unrestricted on-street parking.

Chalks Road

Before owner and veterinary director Mark Binns acquired the Chalks Road Surgery, the premises was previously run as a small veterinary clinic and prior to this as a sweet shop. Mark’s desire to provide the pet community of Bristol with top quality but accessible pet healthcare, combined with his wider knowledge of the UK vets, led to him take over the clinic, redesign, convert and equip it into what is today; one of Bristol’s leading independent veterinary practices.

Our Chalks Road Surgery has grown and now has five veterinary surgeons including our lead veterinary surgeon Ms Sarah Goodhead who has a wealth of experience in general practice. The vets are supported by a number of highly qualified veterinary nurses and reception staff who are all on hand to provide you and your beloved pet with the best possible care and service. They are led by our Practice Manager (who is also a qualified vet nurse) and Sam Close our Head Nurse. The team are really friendly but do not be deceived they are totally committed to keeping your pets fit and healthy.

Each of our four surgeries across the Bristol area provide your beloved pets with tailor-made care to ensure that animals leave us not only healthy but also happy.

For more information about our Chalks Road Surgery or to book an appointment please call us today on 0117 33 55 999 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.

VET TEAM

Dr Sarah Goodhead BVSc MRCVS

Dr Sarah Goodhead BVSc MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon - Chalks Road

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Sarah officially joined the clinic in May 2008. You may have seen Sarah before then however as she has often locumed for us in the past and enjoyed it so much she decided to stay! She is our lead vet at our Chalks Road Surgery where she is based full time. She qualified from Bristol University in 1995 and worked in mixed practice in Hampshire for 3.5 years (doing mainly small animal work), before travelling and then spent time locumming on her return. She also spent 6 years employed at another vet practice in Bristol, before working full time for us. Sarah has two cats and a mad spaniel who takes up most of her time outside of work, luckily she loves walking! Her other main interest is travel but this has been a bit more limited since becoming a dog owner.
Dr Amy Weekes BSc (Hons) BVSC MRCVS CertGP

Dr Amy Weekes BSc (Hons) BVSC MRCVS CertGP

Veterinary Surgeon

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Amy qualified from Bristol Vet School in 2006 and has loved working as a vet ever since. In this time, she has completed an internship at The Royal Veterinary College, worked in Australia and volunteered in the Cook Islands. Amy enjoys all areas of veterinary science but she has a special interest in medical cases and recently obtained a general practitioner certificate in small animal medicine. Amy married her husband Graham at a winter wedding in December 2015 and they have recently moved back to Bristol to begin their married life. With them is their cat Jester, who Amy rescued having been hit by a car in 2011. Outside of work Amy enjoys exercise, the outdoors and being creative.
Dr Mark C Binns MA VetMB MBA MRCVS

Dr Mark C Binns MA VetMB MBA MRCVS

Veterinary Director

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AMark graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1989 and like the majority of vets of his generation spent a number of years in traditional mixed practice. After 5 years of general practice – increasingly focusing on pet practice, Mark went into the veterinary pharmaceutical industry initially as a technical manager. One of the highlights of this time was that Mark was responsible for introducing a novel veterinary anaesthetic into the UK in 1994, which today is used by the majority of practices – including, of course, Animal House Vets. When Mark was the Head of Companion Animal Business for Novartis (one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies) he decided that having visited a large number of practices in the UK – he would like to get “back into practice” which resulted in the formation of Animal House Vets and acquisition of the Horse Street Clinic along with the Chalks Road site in Bristol. With the practice now significantly bigger, Mark divides his time between all sites – supporting the other vets and ensuring that all sites are functioning smoothly. He is generally doing less clinical work but will always try and make himself available for clients that would like to see him. Life outside work Mark has 3 children, 2 dogs and 3 cats – which keep him more than occupied in his spare time. He also keeps bees at home – you may have noticed his honey available in the practices? Location: Chipping Sodbury Surgery, Downend Surgery, Chalks Road Surgery & Westbury Park Surgery
Dr Isabelle Lawn MRCVS

Dr Isabelle Lawn MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Since graduating from the University of Nottingham, Izzie has followed her love for companion animal practice. She previously worked in a fast paced small animal clinic in Birmingham, where she developed her interest in dermatology and feline medicine. She joined Animal House Vets in 2017 and is enjoying getting to know all of her new furry patients.  Isabelle has a very old (20 year old!) cat named Pebbles. Outside of work Isabelle enjoys exploring new places, going to the beach and road cycling. She also loves craft activities and gardening at home.

REGISTERED AND TRAINEE VETERINARY NURSES

Sam Close RVN

Sam Close RVN

Group Head Nurse - Animal House Vets

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Sam has been at Animal house vets since 2005. She completed two animal care courses, and then went on to do an animal nursing assistant course. Following that she undertook further exams to become a qualified Veterinary nurse and she is now head nurse at Chalks road. She also acts as a clinical coach to the trainee nurses within the practice. Sam is particularly interested in cat behaviour. She has completed a BVNA behaviour course and is currently working towards her International Society of Feline Medicine feline nursing diploma. She also loves helping with surgical procedures such as orthopaedic operations. Outside of work, Sam can be found at the gym and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has three cats called Nos, Tinkerbell and Boo.
Beth Tily RVN

Beth Tily RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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Beth moved from Sydney, Australia, in 2009 and worked in the music industry in London, during which time she started volunteering at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. When she moved to Bristol she decided to follow her passion for animal care and began working at Animal House Vets in early 2014. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in November 2017 and has a keen interest in animal behaviour, dog training and surgical nursing. In her spare time you can find her at the gym or on the netball court.
Vicky Lawson RVN

Vicky Lawson RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Vicky joined us in February 2015. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008 and then decided to go travelling. Another of the team that has lived and worked in Australia – working in Brisbane. Vicky has also spent time in Indonesia volunteering in a wildlife conservation centre. After returning to the UK, Vicky has had extensive experience working in Bristol including working nights in an emergency hospital. She enjoys running nurse clinics, and finds behaviour, training and medical nursing very rewarding. Outside of work she enjoys horse riding and spending time with family and friends. She has a cat, a pony and 3 guinea pigs!.
Alice Cole

Alice Cole

First Year VN Trainee

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Alice grew up in Cornwall where she was fortunate enough to have always been around a huge variety of animals; including her three brothers. She joined us in 2016 as an animal nursing assistant. Since then she has started her veterinary nursing training and is about to go into her final year; Alice has always wanted to work with animals so when the opportunity came up to become a veterinary nurse it was a dream come true for her. Outside of work she makes the most of her time with family, friends and Noodle the whippet. She is currently saving for a house with her boyfriend with the hope of owning as many animals as they can.
Alex Bennett RVN

Alex Bennett RVN

Deputy Head Nurse (Westbury Park)

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I joined Animal House Vets in January 2016 after returning from Australia where I trained, qualified and worked as a veterinary nurse.Originally from Sussex, I travelled around America working as a volunteer for a number of animal projects before settling in Australia. Why Bristol? I have family connections to the town.

RECEPTION & MANAGEMENT TEAM

Zoe Iles RVN

Zoe Iles RVN

Practice Manager

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Zoe originally studied at Langford, Bristol and has been in Veterinary Nursing for over 25 years, working in a variety of practices before settling here initially as Head Nurse. She now works part time and has taken on the role of Practice Manager.  Zoe has two guinea pigs, and a dog but most of her spare time is taken up with her two young children that keep her on her toes. Zoe likes spending time with her family and enjoys camping, skiing/snowboarding, bodyboarding and playing hockey.
Liz Green

Liz Green

Reception & Active Health Club Administrator

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Liz previously worked as a qualified dental nurse in Bristol for nine and a half years. She has always had a lot of pets though and is interested in all aspects of pet care and health, so made the move to work in general veterinary practice and joined us in August 2012. She currently has two black labradors called Meg and Ellie (sisters from the same litter), two rescue degus called Cat and Lister and two budgies called Mr Bingley and Loki. Liz is married with two young daughters who keep her busy outside of work! She also enjoys walking the dogs, sewing (making clothes), crafts, baking and reading in her spare time, as well as going to the cinema and gigs. Location: Downend Surgery & Chalks Road Surgery.
Gay Sealey

Gay Sealey

Receptionist

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Gay has been working with animals since she left school at 16 (as she describes it – “a long time ago!”). Gay is the longest serving member of the team, having been at the Chalks Road Surgery since 1984. She is married with one son. Her interests outside work are football, football and football (being a passionate supporter of both Liverpool FC & the blue Bristol team!)
Lizzie Murray

Lizzie Murray

Reception & Animal Care Assistant

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Lizzie is a Receptionist and Animal Care Assistant at our St George, Westbury and Downend branches. Hailing from bustling Birmingham, Lizzie moved to beautiful Bristol in order to undertake her Film Studies degree at UWE, and quickly made the city her home. Lizzie developed her skills in customer service working for some of the biggest retail chains in the UK, but left to persue her dream of working with animals. Lizzie has loved animals since she was very young, having pet mice, rats and now owns a lovely rescue lurcher called Clyde. Lizzie volunteered at Bristol Cats and Dogs Home before starting her career at Animal House in 2017. Her favourite days here are when she gets to cuddle puppies, and she hopes to train to become a Vet Nurse in the near future.
Emma Webster-Green

Emma Webster-Green

Reception & Animal Care Assistant

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Emma has been with us as a receptionist & nursing assistant since October 2016 and will begin her vet nurse training this September. Emma’s family had been bringing their many pets to see us for decades and we got to know her as a client when she started bringing her own two dogs Dexter and Dinah. As a self-confessed ‘crazy dog lady’ she has always loved animals so when a vacancy came up she jumped at the chance to join our team. She previously worked in a DIY store whilst studying for her Philosophy degree, and in her free time likes to curl up with her dogs and a good book..
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