Welcome to Animal House – Westbury Park

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Westbury Park Veterinary Surgery

11 North View Westbury Park Bristol BS6 7PT

The latest of the Animal House Vets Surgeries in Bristol

Located on North View, our Westbury Park surgery is the newest surgery in the Animal House Vets group of Bristol-based surgeries. Unlike the majority of city centre practices, it has on-site car parking dedicated solely for the use of its clients – making your visit a much more pleasant experience without the hassle of trying to park your car!

The practice was opened in 2013 after it was converted from a beauty salon and previous to that as a pet shop! The surgery was converted and equipped as new and benefits from some of the latest technology available anywhere – including digital Xray, Doppler ultrasound, on-site blood testing and a dedicated operating theatre. 

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We have a large reception area with separate waiting areas for dogs and cats, two consulting rooms, dedicated kennelling, a diagnostic room, a minor ops and dental suite to complement the operating theatre. We also have the ability to produce concentrate oxygen onsite to maintain your pet’s anaesthesia to the highest standards.

Your pet’s health and wellbeing obviously means a lot to you, and it does to us as well. For this reason, the Westbury Park team will always go above and beyond to ensure that your pet is treated as if it was our own. We aim to practice to the best possible standards for your pet.

One thing we have done to make sure this is the case has been to build great relationships with a number of specialists, in a variety of fields, who are able to visit us to manage more complex cases that would have previously required specialist referral. These include soft tissue, orthopaedic and diagnostic imaging specialists.

For the close knit team at our Westbury Park Surgery, caring for your animals means everything. We have a team of 4 vets and a nursing team led by Sam Close – Animal House Vets Head nurse and supported by qualified veterinary nurse Alex Bennett . Sam and Alex are supported by a number of team members from across the Animal House Vets team.

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 Westbury Park 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 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:  Chalks Road Surgery, Westbury Park & Downend Surgery
Dr Fergus Thompson MRCVS

Dr Fergus Thompson MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Fergus grew up on a farm in Dorset and has been surrounded by animals all his life. After completing a degree in Zoology at The University of Bristol and working in conservation around the world Fergus’s passion for animals led him back to university to study Veterinary Medicine. Fergus graduated with honours from the Royal Veterinary College and since graduating Fergus has worked in mixed animal practices, but now plans to focus his energy on companion animals with the Animal House team. Outside work Fergus loves to be down at the beach surfing or kiting or back home on the farm lending a hand. 
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 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 – she is pictured with the dental Xray generator at our Sudbury Surgery! Nora also has a PhD in Madagascan Lemurs! Location: Chipping Sodbury Surgery, and occasionally at our Downend Surgery and Westbury Park Surgeries on a Saturday rota.

NURSES

 

Sam Close RVN

Sam Close RVN

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 and has just completed a BVNA behaviour course. She also loves helping with surgical procedures such as orthopaedic operations. Outside of work, Sam enjoys baking cakes and spending time with her family and friends. She has four cats called Jaffa, Nos, Tinkerbell and Boo.
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.
Beth Tily

Beth Tily

2nd Year Trainee 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 is currently training to gain her Veterinary Nursing Qualification and has a keen interest in animal behaviour, dog training and surgical nursing. In her spare time you can find her at the gym, relaxing with a book and some music or watching POGDOG’s!

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