Meet The Chalklands Vets Team
Phillipa Hunt BVSc MRCVS
My love of animals started when I was very little with my first pet, Kim, the Labrador. My parents would often find me curled up next to her in her basket asleep. Growing up, I always wanted to be a vet, so I feel fortunate to be in a profession that I love.
The bond we have with our pets is special, they are part of our family and bring so much happiness to our homes. It’s a great feeling being able to nurture this bond by providing exceptional care for people’s pets. Understanding client’s wants and needs for their pet is always in the forefront of my mind and being there to help owners through the hard times as well as celebrating the good, is extremely important to me.
We are so excited about what we do at Chalkland Vets. We have a fantastic team of friendly staff providing Veterinary care to the highest standard. We aim to build trust and make lasting relationships with our clients and their pets.
We also understand that bringing your pet to the Vets can sometimes be stressful, especially when they are poorly, so we will make every effort to alleviate this stress as much as possible.
Outside vet work we have a busy home with my cat-loving son Jacob and partner Cristian. We share our home with a sassy long-haired Chihuahua called Schmo! Whoever coined the phrase “Good things come in small packages” was spot-on!
Selina Walters BVSc MRCVS
My dad was a vet and I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm, so animals have always been a huge part of my life. As I child I was constantly surrounded by cuddly toys or cuddly animals! I had a room full of guineas, rabbits and hamsters, as many as my parents would allow! I was totally single-minded about becoming a vet from a very young age and sheer determination got me there.
I enjoy all aspects of my job, bonding with clients and their pets, being part of their journey in sickness and in health. It’s a privilege and gives me a huge sense of reward. I take pride in having high standards and work hard to continually develop my skills.
Opening Chalkland vets has been a lifelong ambition and I feel extremely proud of what we have created and what we stand for. We are focused on making you and your pets feel as comfortable as possible. We have a fantastic team that share our vision and are dedicated to providing exceptional service and the highest standard of care.
Apart from being a vet, I am a wife to Matthew, and a Mum to Noah, Phoebe and Oscar. We share our hectic home with our much-loved pets, Huxley our Labrador and Pushy our elderly cat. When not wanting to go to school in the morning Noah says to me ‘It’s all right for you Mummy, you just have to go to work and cuddle animals!’ Well not quite… but he’s right about one thing I am very lucky to do this job and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Emily Oswald RVN
(Registered Veterinary Nurse)
Head Veterinary Nurse
I wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember; my first experience of a veterinary practice was on work experience at the age of 14 at my local vets where we took our family pets. From that moment I knew that Veterinary nursing was the career for me and after two years of volunteering on a Saturday morning at the same practice I was given the opportunity of a full time job as a trainee veterinary nurse. I went on to qualify in 1997 and I love the job as much now as I did the day I started my training.
Over the years I have worked in a variety of practices, large and small, looking after many different species including working with an exotics specialist. I enjoy all aspects of the job and enjoy welcoming you and your pet at reception as much as taking great care of them if they need to stay with us for a surgical procedure or during a consultation.
I am committed to making sure that your visit is as stress free as possible for both you and your pet. I have recently completed a fear free certification program which is designed to help us recognise signs of fear, stress and anxiety in animals and strategies to help to reduce the effects of anxiety to make a trip to the surgery as stress free as possible.
Outside work I am a wife to Steve, and mother to Ella and Ruby and our Border Terrier Peggy who is the real boss of the household! We all really enjoy time away in our VW T5 campervan, which we finally bought in 2018 after years of dreaming of owning one. Steve still thinks I spend all day cuddling kittens and puppies after all these years but I don’t let on that it’s still one of the perks of the job I enjoy most!
Avril Hall RVN
(Registered Veterinary Nurse)
I’ve always been fond of animals since a very young child. I could be found dressing up our border collie and sheltie cross in my summer dresses to have make-believe tea parties!
We always had lots of animals ranging from small budgies and hamsters, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and of course dogs.
From the age of 8/9 I wanted to follow in my sister’s footsteps and be a canine beautician to which I did and ran a small local business in Allington. Due to health issues I sadly had to close. I went on to office work, eventually specialising in Human Resources and Health & Safety. This wasn’t fulfilling my needs so I looked into a career change. Vet nursing!
I volunteered 2 days a week at my own animals’ veterinary practice to help me gain the animal nursing assistant qualification and the practice kindly employed me and supported me through the nursing diploma. I qualified in 2017 and have never looked back since.
I love nursing animals back to health and I am very much interested in behaviours. I’ve been known as the ‘lion tamer’ with fractious cats and want to help people succeed with their puppies through helping guide them in their training.
I treat every animal as I expect mine to be treated. With love and care.
I have a fiancé, Leigh at home of 18 years and he helps me to look after our menagerie of animals. 4 fluffy rag doll cross cats, which I bred, 2 tortoises, budgie, Rex rabbit, pond fish and not forgetting my gorgeous border collie Skye. I very much enjoy working her in agility and hope to one day compete and win competitions.
Sally - Client Care Representative
My husband Kim and myself have recently re-located from the Isle of Wight and have lived in Chippenham for 6 weeks now. We moved to be closer to our daughters Hannah and Claire and we are enjoying exploring Chippenham and the surrounding areas. I passionate about the countryside especially bird life and I am a keen gardener. I like to sew, knit and crochet and love spending time with my family. We have no pets of our own at present but are grandparents to Hannah's cat Gladis and Claire's Cavapoo Mr Wilson.
Suzanne, is the newest member of our client care team. We first met Suzanne when she became a client of ours last year. She moved from Pembrokeshire to Chippenham in 2002. She is married to Mike and they have four grown up children and one granddaughter. They’ve always had Siamese cats, 12 so far!!
Suzanne lives with Gus, a Flatcoat Retriever, Maisie, a 7 month old Miniature Dachshund, Jasmine, a Siamese, and Sebbi, a ginger moggy. Oh, and a very old Tortoise. When not behind reception Suzanne will be walking the dogs, reading and dining out. Summer is her favourite time of the year