Welcome to Animal House – Downend Surgery

Vets Chipping Sodbury

Downend Surgery

11 Cleeve Wood Road Downend Bristol BS16 2SF

As an independent group of surgeries we can guarantee continuity of care across the board for your pets

Our Downend surgery is situated on the parade of shops at Cleeve Wood Road in Downend. As with our other surgeries the Downend Surgery has parking directly adjacent to the practice.

The building was originally a butchers shop, but was converted in 2010 to the modern, bright and breezy veterinary surgery that is sure to make you and your pets feel welcome when you walk through the door. We have a wide range of hypoallergenic and Grain Free pet foods available from stock along with a range of pet toys and accessories. If we don’t have what you are looking for – we can normally get it for you!

Downend

This surgery has kennelling and facilities for anaesthesia, but we routinely refer our patients from here to one of the other 3 Animal House Vets surgeries if they require and hospital treatment or surgery.

With all four practices based in close proximity to one another, Animal House Vets are dedicated to providing animals in the local area with the best care possible. Each member of our team is committed to maintaining the highest standards of care whilst offering clients practical choices.

As one of very few independent veterinary surgeries in the area we can offer you continuity of care that is rarely seen in larger practices. The team here at our Downend Surgery consists of two veterinary surgeons, our owner and lead veterinary surgeon Mark Binns and a fantastic team of nurses and assistants.

Mark is always looking for ways to improve the ways in which we look after your pets. This is evident form the fact that back in 1996 Mark introduced a new veterinary anaesthetic to UK vets and this is now established as the routine anaesthetic of choice and has contributed to improved anaesthetic outcomes for pets.

Each of our four surgeries across the Bristol area aim to provide your beloved pet with tailor-made care to ensure they leave us both healthy wherever possible happy too.

For more information about our Downend 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.

VETS

Dr Mark C Binns MA VetMB MBA MRCVS

Dr Mark C Binns MA VetMB MBA MRCVS

Veterinary Director

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Mark 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 Lizzy Knowles BSc BVetMed MRCVS

Dr Lizzy Knowles BSc BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Lizzy graduated from the Royal Veterinary college in 2010, after a year in mixed practice in rural Wales and some charity work with horses and donkeys in Morocco she decided to concentrate on small animal practice. She worked for the Blue Cross charity in London and a first opinion clinic in Leicestershire before doing some additional training in emergency and critical care and working out of hours for Vets Now. She joined Animal House Vets in August 2013 and is enjoying more case continuity and getting back to day time hours! Her clinical interests include cardiology and medical cases. Outside of work Lizzy enjoys running, yoga and travelling. She doesn’t have any pets of her own (yet) but likes spoiling her parents dog Georgie (Springer x lab) whenever she’s visiting home. Location: Chipping Sodbury Surgery, Chalks Road Surgery & Downend Surgery
Dr Nora Schwitzer PhD MRCVS

Dr Nora Schwitzer PhD MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Nora was brought up in Germany and graduated form the University of Munich. We first met Nora in 1997 when she wanted to to practice in the UK and came to us to “see practice” in a busy first opinion centre. Subsequent to seeing practice with us, she worked in Small Animal Practice for 7 years before “coming home” and joining us in March 2014 She is enrolled on the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice She really likes skin problems and teeth! Nora also has a PhD in Madagascan Lemurs! Location: Chipping Sodbury Surgery, Downend Surgery and Chalks Road Surgery.
Dr Amy Weekes BSc BVSc MRCVS Cert GP

Dr Amy Weekes BSc BVSc MRCVS Cert GP

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. Location: Downend Surgery, Chalks Road Surgery & Westbury Park Surgery

 

RECEPTION

Fran Young

Fran Young

Reception and Animal Nursing Assistant

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Fran joined the practice at the beginning of 2016 as one our nursing assistants. Having completed her degree in Animal Science and Management, she furthered her passion by working with a wide range of animals. Fran has previously worked in a boarding kennels, day care and centre and rescue kennels which has developed her understanding and gained lots of experience with dogs. She has also worked in a wildlife park in Australia and a wildlife rehabilitation centre in the UK where she has helped treat injured animals and aided in their release. Fran has two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, she also has a rescue rabbit and two leopard geckos, which all keep her very busy!
Sue Pond

Sue Pond

Reception and Animal Nursing Assistant

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Sue has worked at our Chipping Sudbury Surgery for over 20 years – some say she is part of the fixutres and fittings! As a local girl from Downend, Sue has always wanted to work with animals; she has never missed an episode of All Creatures Great and Small or Animal Magic. If she wasn’t doing this job she would either have been an ice-cream seller or work in a chocolate factory…. ideally as a professional taster or sampler! Sue is very active in her local church and has recently started leading the toddler group. She likes going to the theatre (especially musicals) or going out with her friends to the cinema and local pubs. Her passions are anything to do with Jane Austen (especially Mr Darcy!) and saxophones (and even owns one despite not being able to play!). Sue married in July 2014. Location: Chipping Sodbury and Downend Surgeries
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
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