Meet the Team

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Meet the Team 2018-11-15T10:09:38+00:00

Lloyd Davies BVSc MRCVS (Director)

Lloyd graduated from Bristol University and joined the practice in 1985, since then he has enjoyed the challenges and changes in general practice over the years. His particular interests include internal medicine and abdominal surgery.

Matthew Lewis BVetMed MRCVS (Director)

Having graduated from The Royal Veterinary College, Matthew joined the practice in 2006. Whilst enjoying all areas of the job he has developed a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery, having attended several courses on the correction of joint instabilities and complex fracture repair. Ophthalmology and surgery of the eye has become another keen interest in recent years, particularly the management of ocular trauma and non-healing ulcers. He is currently completing a certificate in small animal surgery and will gladly see referrals in orthopaedic surgery. Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing hockey for Gillingham hockey club, the occasional fishing trip and spending time with his young family and 4 dogs + 2 cats.

Steve Whitfield BVSc MRCVS (Director)

Steve graduated from Liverpool University  and joined Longmead  in 2000. He had a four year stint working in mixed practice in the Isle of Man and Yorkshire before returning to Longmead in 2006. His specialist interests include Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery. In his spare time he can often be found in the sky above Mere and Berwick on his Hang glider.

Susannah Mortimer BVSc MRCVS

Susy graduated from Bristol University in 2016 and joined the practice soon after. She currently enjoys most aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and is looking forward to developing her interest in neurological disease.

Outside of work, Susy enjoys going to the gym and visiting friends from university around the country.

Harry Dance BVSc MRCVS

Harry graduated from Nottingham University in 2018 and joined the practice almost straight after. He currently enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice, however his specific interest is in diagnostic imaging, particularly ultrasound examinations.

In his spare time, Harry enjoys various rural activities such as dog walking and horse riding.

Natalie Lewis RVN DipAVN (Head Nurse, Shaftesbury)

Natalie first joined Longmead in 2008 and qualified as a RVN in 2010. After taking time out to work in a busy referral hospital, Natalie has recently returned to join the Longmead team. Natalie has a diploma in advanced veterinary nursing and particularly enjoys surgical and medical nursing. In her spare time she enjoys  walking her 3 dachshunds,  horse riding and spending time with her family.

Sophie Forward RVN (Head Nurse, Wincanton)

Sophie originally joined the practice in 2014 and after a short break to work in a local veterinary hospital she came back to head up the nursing team at our Wincanton surgery. Sophie thoroughly enjoys all aspects of nursing, especially surgery and emergency critical care cases. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and horse riding.

Clare Vincent RVN

Clare qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2000 and enjoys all aspects of the job, especially inpatient care. After a short career break to start a family, Clare joined Longmead Vets in 2013. In her spare time she enjoys running,swimming and sewing.

Beth Hart RVN

Beth joined the practice in 2013 after completing a level 3 diploma in animal management and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in September 2015.

Katie Fry BSc(Hons) Dip AVN(Surg) RVN

Katie qualified as a RVN in 1998 and completed her surgical diploma in 2003. After a career break to start a family she has returned to the practice working part time. In her spare time she enjoys singing in choirs and helping out on the family farm.

Ellen Bone TVN

Ellen joined the practice in November 2013 as a kennel assistant and started her nurse training in January 2016. Outside of work Ellen enjoys walking her whippets Bailey and Bluebell.

Rhianne Brindley TVN

Rhianne joined the practice in 2016 as a kennel assistant and began her nursing training shortly after. In her free time she enjoys walking her dog, Bramble.

Natasha Aptakre-Davis TVN


Beth Berry TVN


Eloise Goddard TVN

Eloise joined the practice in 2016 and will start her nurse training in 2019. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and walking her dog, Rosie.


Jean Burksfield

Liz Kolb

Val Edwards

Helen Griffin

Practice Manager

Jane Mardell