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 Alphavet team with a dog

Meet the Alphavet team

We truly believe that we have an amazing team here at Alphavet. All of us work together to provide exceptional care to each and every animal that comes through our doors. We are committed to veterinary nurse training to provide high quality professionals for the future. The majority of our trainees remain at Alphavet after qualification to further continue their career development.

Veterinary Surgeons

Dr Russell Chandler BVSc CertSAO MSc(OrthoEng) MRCVS - Alphavet founder and principal

Russell Chandler BVSc CertSAO MSc (OrthoEng) MRCVS

Practice founder and principal

Russell graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School, with credits in Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Public Health. Since then he has been awarded a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics, this led to the creation of Alphavet Referrals and the Alphavet Veterinary Centre in 1996. Having grown up with pets, Russell knew early on that a career as a vet was the only one for him. In 2010 Russell became the first and only vet to gain a Masters Degree in Orthopaedic Engineering (a human orthopaedic surgeon qualification) from Cardiff University. 

In 2015 Russell was awarded Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Orthopaedics by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

"Being a vet is the best job in the world. Like any job you only get out what you put in. If you continue to study and develop your skills throughout your career then you will always be professionally stimulated, but more importantly, the pets under you care will benefit from continuing efforts."

John Mould BA BVSc DVOphthal IL TM MRCVS

John Mould BA BVSc DVOphthal IL TM MRCVS

John has worked as a House Surgeon at Glasgow University and Clinical Director in the Eye Veterinary Clinic. He has attained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology and become a member of the Institute of Teaching and Learning.

Dr Laura Morgan BVSc MRCVS

Laura graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2012 and has recently joined the Alphavet team. Originally from Chepstow, Laura is a homebird at heart. She likes nothing better than roaming around the woods with her Labrador Elsa who likes to keep her on her toes!

"Alphavet really goes the extra mile to ensure all pets are kept healthy and happy. I could not be more proud to be part of this wonderful team"

Dr Alex Hyde BVetMed MRCVS

Alex Hyde BVetMed MRCVS

Alex grew up in Warwickshire and studied at the Royal Veterinary College, London. He joined Alphavet in 2012. Alex loves all aspects of providing pet health care, and he owns a pet ferret. At home Alex enjoys working on classic cars, his current pride and joy is a 1960 VW Beetle. 

''One of the many reasons for my joining Alphavet was because of the warm and friendly nature of the people in the South Wales area. I have enjoyed my time here immensely and hope to spend many more happy years keeping Risca's pets healthy.''

Nursing Staff

Rachel Perry RVN - Senior Veterinary Nurse

Rachel Perry RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse

Rachel qualified in 2007 and has been working for Alphavet ever since. She loves managing the nursing care of in-patients. Whilst studying towards her Diploma she also led the student nurse training.

"It is vital that as Registered Veterinary Nurses we continue to develop our skills in order to treat our patients at the highest standard"

Anna Parry RVN - Head Veterinary Nurse

Anna Parry RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

Anna has been working for Alphavet since 2005 and fully qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2009. Having loved animals from an early age it has been a dream come true for Anna who now enjoys every aspect of her job. She is currently the Head Veterinary Nurse at Alphavet and runs the Nurse clinics.

''I feel blessed every day I am able to make a difference to the lives of pets and their owners.'' 

Rhiannon Lewis RVN - Head Veterinary Nurse

Rhiannon Lewis RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

Rhiannon enjoys working as a nurse especially orthopaedic nursing and caring for spinal patients. She loves learning new aspects of nursing and is aiming to develop further knowledge of orthopaedic nursing and the behaviour of patients. Outside work she is a keen equestrian.

''When you work as a veterinary nurse, no two days are the same. It is enormously satisfying to be part of a team whose goal is to keep pets healthy.''


Katie Davies RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Katie Davies RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Katie is currently in the second year of her studies to be a veterinary nurse, at Myerscough College. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing. 

''As a pet owner I know first-hand how essential it is to have a first rate veterinary team in your pet's corner. I chose to join Alphavet because they really go the extra mile for each and every pet.''

Hollie Morgan RVN - Veterinary Nurse

"I joined the Alphavet team in August 2016 following completion of my degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management at Harper Adams University. I enjoy all aspects of nursing, but particularly in patient care. I also have a keen interest in feline nursing which I hope to pursue in the future. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my cat Frankie and meeting up with friends."


Amy Watkins RVN - Veterinary Nurse

Amy Watkins RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2016, during my time as a student I enjoyed all aspects of nursing care. I started working in Alphavet in 2014 and have been able to progress my knowledge and nursing abilities to suit that of a challenging referral practice, dealing daily with a variety of complex cases. I now hope to further my career with additional courses supporting Emergency and Critical Care in veterinary nursing.

Sarah Driscoll - Student Veterinary Nurse

I have always loved being around animals and after volunteering at a local veterinary practice from the age of 15 I knew that a career in animal care was for me.

After finishing School, I continued my education by doing a Zoology Bsc Hons degree at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge and then returned home to my dream role as a student nurse here at Alphavets, caring for animals every day. In my spare time, I enjoy walking and caring for my rescue Hungarian Vizsla, 'Flo' and looking after my Horsefield Tortoise, 'Don’.

Jess Thompson - Student Veterinary Nurse

Jess has previously worked for the PDSA before joining Alphavet in March 2015. She will start her Veterinary Nurse Training at Mysercough College in Preston in September 2016. She enjoys every aspect of her job and is looking forward to becoming a qualified Veterinary Nurse.In her spare time Jess loves baking and spending time with her two guinea pigs; Howard and Leonerd along with family Labradors Sydney and Holly.

Judith Morris ANA - Animal Nursing Assistant

Judith Morris ANA

Animal Nursing Assistant

From Judith - "I have been working at Alphavet since 2006. I began my training to become an Animal Nursing Assistant in May 2008 through a correspondence course held at Myerscough College in Preston. I have now qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant and my aim is to further my career to carry on studying to become a Veterinary Nurse.

My role as an Animal Nursing Assistant is to work alongside the Veterinary Nurse and Veterinary Surgeons, preparing and assisting with medical and surgical procedures and providing nursing care. I enjoy nursing patients at Alphavet, especially spinal patients of which require a great amount of care."

Rebecca Davies - Student Veterinary Nurse

"Bec graduated from Hartpury College with a Bsc Hons degree in Animal Management and will begin her nursing diploma this year. The opportunities to learn and excel are amazing due to the highly experienced RVSs and the specialised orthopaedic work Dr.Russell Chandler performs. I get to spend everyday with animals and help ensure their health and welfare is maintained" - My dream job!

Theona Aristidou - Student Veterinary Nurse

Theona joined Alphavet in October after graduating from the University of South Wales with a degree in Animal Health and Welfare. Theona has recently joined the nursing team and thoroughly enjoys working hands on with all of our patients. In her spare time Theona spends time with her horse Misty.

Holly Gillard - Student Veterinary Nurse

Holly Gillard

Student Veterinary Nurse

Holly recently joined the team at Alphavet after going into the final year of her Veterinary Nursing diploma. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a particular interest in medical nursing and the interesting cases it brings. She also enjoys nursing and caring for exotic species and has a wide range of her own exotic pets at home!

Rachel Lewis - Kennel Assistant

Rachel Lewis

Kennel Assistant

Support Staff

Alyson Lowe - Head of Client Care

Alyson has been with us since 1998 and is our longest serving member. She is popular with pets and pet owners and has an excellent rapport with both. Having had many years experience as a veterinary nursing assistant she is able to help in all situations that require reassuring pets and their owners.

''The Alphavet team combines a wealth of experience and skill with a genuinely caring approach that allows us to provide a unique quality of service.''

Laura Thomas - Head Receptionist

Laura started at Alphavet as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2005 having gained her National Diploma and NVQ in Animal Management. She progressed to become a Receptionist as she enjoys the client and animal interaction and this is where her passion lies. She has an inquisitive ferret called Velvet, named due to getting stuck in a toilet roll tube. Laura adopted Velvet from the practice after she was handed in as a stray and no owner came forward, and now she is part of her little family, getting stuck wherever she can.

''Being at front of house allows me to meet and greet all the pets coming into the practice. It is very satisfying as I am involved in the journey through their treatment and I am able to help and reassure pet owners at all stages.''

Anna Kampouropoulou-Roberts - Receptionist

“I love coming to work each day with a big smile on my face. Working on reception I get to meet, greet, and spoil anything that comes through the door! As part of the alphavet team I get to support clients and their pets through their journey with us, which is always very satisfying and special."

Liz Smith - Receptionist

Liz Smith


"I love coming to work at Alphavet. They've got a real passion for wanting the best for pets. It makes me happy to be on reception, meeting and greeting pets and owners."

Daiva Dziugaite - Receptionist

Daiva Dziugaite


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