Meet Our Team

Guy Platt BVM&S MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon and partner

What do you love most about your job? 

My favourite things about my job are the variety, every day has different challenges, and working in a great community of colleagues, clients and patients. 

What was your first pet? 

My first pet was a golden hamster called Arnold who was very fond of spaghetti. 

If you were on a reality TV show, which would you choose and why? 

Being on a programme like Castaway would be really interesting but I would also love to go on SAS are you tough enough. I probably wouldn’t last a day and trying not to get the giggles with all the shouty swearing would be difficult. 

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Kate Platt BVM&S PgC Small Animal Medicine MRCVS – Veterinary surgeon and partner

What do you do to relax outside work? 

I love to run with my Labrador Hal.  Being outside always makes me happy, if there’s a mountain walk involved even better.  I also love to read and always have at least one book on the go.  

If I didn’t work as a vet, my ideal job would be………… 

As a child my ambitions veered between vet, author and pilot.   

What’s your professional interest, and what further qualifications have you pursued to help further your knowledge in the field? 

I completed my small animal medicine certificate in 2014 and I love consulting.  I really enjoy seeing cats and I am on a mission to make their visits to the practice as stress-free as possible. 

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Hannah Sampson BVetMed PGCert(VPS) CertAVP MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon and Partner

What do you love most about your job? 

I enjoy working with great colleagues, and building long term relationships with our clients. So much of this job is about people. Of course, there’s also the array of lovely patients who provide constant interest, challenge and often cuddles. 

What do you do to relax outside work? 

I love running and am incredibly lucky to have the Black Mountains on my doorstep. Weekends are spent in the kitchen (winter) and garden (summer), ideally surrounded by family and friends.  

What animals do you keep at home? 

Gwen the Labrador (a regular feature on our social media pages), chickens, Eric the ferret, Jane the pony, Darcy the donkey, 4 goldfish and 3 heifers.  

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Barney Sampson BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon and partner

What do you do to relax outside work? 

Spending time working on our small-holding is great; building stone walls, planting trees, and looking after our livestock are all things which make me happy. 

What’s your professional interest, and what further qualifications have you pursued to help specialise? 

All things equine, but particularly fertility management of the mare, stud and foal medicine. I have also enjoyed working with TB and standardbred racehorses to help achieve their best possible performance. I now have sufficient grey hairs and hard-won experience to enjoy helping potential prospective purchasers through the minefield of finding a new horse. I have a soft spot for donkeys. I have recently completed the RCVS Riding Schools Inspector training course.  

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Helen Smith BVMS PgCSAS MRCVS – Veterinary surgeon

I qualified in 2006 and started my veterinary career with Arwyn Davies in Hay-on-Wye. I became part of the Hay Vets team in 2007 and since then have loved the variety that working in mixed practice brings.

I have become increasingly interested in surgical cases and in 2018 gained a post-graduate certificate in small animal surgery.

I live in Talgarth with my partner Matt, Dora the dog and Oliver the cat, and keep a small flock of sheep at my family home in Cwmdu. I also enjoy gardening, especially growing things to eat!

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Louise Barnham BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary surgeon

What do you love most about your job? 

After 26-years in practice I still enjoy day to day consulting and routine surgery. The job provides endless variety and characters who continue to entertain and educate me! 

How did you end you working in vet practice? 

I always wated to be a vet and after qualifying from Bristol University in 1995 I drove up the Golden Valley and thought this looked like a lovely place to live. I was right and haven’t moved far since that time. 

What animals do you keep at home? 

I currently have two dogs, four cats, 10 rescue (and quite bald still!) chickens and 6 ducks. 

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Ian Wickham BSc BVetMed BAJVA MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

What do you love most about your job? 

Really enjoy the variation of work on a day to day basis as a Large animal vet, I wouldn’t be happy sitting behind a desk all day, and I love being able to see the positive impact we have on animals lives.  

What do you do to relax outside work? 

I enjoy walking my spaniel Gilly Wig with my partner Georgia, before heading home to relax with Darcy our cat. 

What’s your hidden talent? 

I hold a BCU 3 star Kayaking qualification  and was previously an instructor.  

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Nic Jauncey RVN

Nicola Jauncey RVN –
Head Nurse

I enjoy anything and everything to do with wound management, having completed the BVNA Wound Management course. Seeing cases progress over the days and weeks is very rewarding. Caring for all animals, large and small, is a wonderful part of the job too

During COVID I have loved assisting the vets during consultations. Our patients love to cuddle up to their vet nurse, and they relish the attention we give them! A few years ago I completed a course on biosecurity within veterinary practice. This has been particularly pertinent over recent months while we have done all we can to keep the team safe from coronavirus infection.

Outside work I’m kept busy helping on my parents’ farm. Dad has working horses and my daughters have a pony that they use to work the veg garden as well as driving in a cart and logging. I run the Girlguiding ‘Rainbows’ unit in Eardisley.

My family and I enjoy getting out and walking our working cocker spaniel Mabel. This year I am challenging myself by taking part in a Macmillan Mighty Hike which raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Pam Young RVN, C-SQP –
Registered Veterinary Nurse

How did you end up working in vet practice? 

I always wanted to work with animals and was lucky enough to be offered a student nurse placement at my local practice in Essex. I qualified in 1980 and have been nursing ever since. I moved to Hay Veterinary Group in 2013. I love what I do.  

What’s your professional interest, and what further qualifications have you pursued to help further your knowledge in the field? 

I have and always will love surgery and monitoring anaesthetics. Recently I become interest in Dentistry and Nutrition. I have completed the BVNA oral care course and become a nutrition advisor for Hills pet nutrition.  

What animals do you keep at home? 

I have two Patterdale Terrier called Aero and Rolo (chocolate themed!) who I love to walk when the weather is dry! I also have three rescue cats called Marley, Max and Nelly. Recently I’ve become a proud (and a little obsessed) tortoise keeper to Victor. 

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Leanne Davies RVN

Leanne Davies RVN, N-Cert –
Registered Veterinary Nurse

What do you love most about your job? 

What I love most about my job is that you can constantly improve, learn and develop new skills to apply to your nursing. 

How did you end you working in vet practice? 

When I came across the role of a veterinary nurse I knew that was what I wanted to do as a job. I started doing works experience in a veterinary practice when I was seventeen years old. This led on to me moving and doing my nurse training and I qualified in 2009. I came to work at Hay Vets originally to cover another nurse’s maternity leave but 10 years on I am still here! 

What’s your professional interest, and what further qualifications have you pursued to help further your knowledge in the field? 

My main interest is surgical nursing and theatre management. I enjoy working alongside the veterinary surgeons to help to give each individual patient the best possible care. I have recently gained my surgical nursing certificate which I am extremely proud of. 

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Dani Assirati RVN –
Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1992 and have spent the bulk of my career in busy charity hospitals in London.  

I have worked at Hay Vets since 2016. I enjoy working in a practice that is part of the community I live in. Here I can really get to know our patients and be there for them from the newly acquired ball of fluff to the arthritic old timer – and everything in between. 

In addition to my role as a nurse I work as a clinical coach to develop the next generation of veterinary nurses.  

Outside work I am a keen gardener, with a particular interest in exotic gardening, which can be challenging here in Wales! I share my home with a big family, collies, cats and rescue chickens. 

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Bea Jones RVN –
Registered Veterinary Nurse

What do you love most about your job?

What I love about my job the most is that no day is the same and working with my team members to ensure our patients are given the best care and experience when visiting the practice.

What do you do to relax outside of work?

In my free time one of my main interests is riding my horse around the local hills. I also enjoy walking and climbing mountains around the Brecon Beacons and beyond, discovering new paths and trails along the way.

What was your first pet?

My first pet was given to me at the age of 3, her name was Rosie, a Section A pony.

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Karen Cameron-Price –
Animal nursing assistant

What do you love most about your job? 

Being in the wards with the patients making sure their stay is happy and relaxed. I love making sure they get lots of TLC. 

What do you do to relax outside work? 

I enjoy walking my dogs and riding my horses. In 2021, I became a doting granny. 

What animals do you keep at home? 

I have a menagerie of criminals, including dogs, horses, cats, sheep and geese. Many of these came to me as rescues. 

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steph laycock

Steph Laycock –
Head Receptionist

What do you love most about your job? 

The people I work with and chatting to clients, making a fuss of the animals 

What do you enjoy outside work? 

My life revolves around my dogs, horses and of course my guinea pigs. I also find a bit of time for my lovely husband Chris. We love walking the dogs around here or up in Scotland, and spending time with our two gorgeous grandchildren. I love wildlife and caring for anything from hedgehogs and thrushs, each spring and summer I rehabilitate a posse of hedgehogs for release to the wild.  

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Jane Nicholls –
Dispensary administrator

Although I always wanted to be a nurse (nurse!), I love working at the vets as I’m able to help people as well as their animals. I like meeting people and assisting them to keep their pets ad livestock healthy. Having lived int his farming community all my life, I understand the needs of local farmers and especially enjoy chatting with them when they phone or call in to collect their orders. 

Since my family have now grown up, with all my three boys having flown the nest, I have taken up walking. I joined several walking groups of like minded people who share their favourite routes with us. We live in such a beautiful area, which has so many hidden treasures to explore!  

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Kerry Price –
Practice administrator

What do you love most about your job? 

The team I work with, they’re a great bunch to spend my working week with. Everyone works together to help and support each other. 

How did you end you working in vet practice? 

From school I did work experience at JAO Davies vets, and volunteered during the holidays and at weekends. In 2006 I was offered a full time job there. Hay vets took over in 2007. 15-years have gone by and I’m still here! 

What do you do to relax outside work? 

Living on a farm with 2 small children, there isn’t much time for relaxing. On my days off we’re often helping out where we can with the livestock, or off exploring the farm. 

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Emma Maddox –
TB testing and visit co-ordinator

I love meeting clients and working with a great team. I don’t have lots of free time, combing work with family life. I have worked at Hay Vets since it was set up in 2007, before that I worked with Kate, Kerry and Jane at Arwyn Davies practice. If I didn’t work here, I’d be doing something which involves working with animals. 

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louise graham

Louise Graham –
Receptionist & Pet Club Administrator

How did you end up working in a veterinary practice?

After working for over 10 years with Adults with severe learning disabilities & challenging behaviour, I needed a complete change. I used to work with Kate Davies in my previous job & she herself was now working at HVG. Whilst showing my Welsh Cob at a local show, I bumped into Kate & asked her if there were any jobs going at HVG.

That was in 2007! I initially started part time at Lamb House & did a bit of everything like looking after in-patients, developing x-rays, helping in consults, manning reception etc. Over the years I have taken on the role of full-time receptionist & Pet Club Administrator.

If I didn’t work in a vets’, my ideal job would be……….

My ideal job would be to work with Welsh Cobs. I have loved / owned the breed for as long as I can remember & I would love to work at a stud / showing yard.

What’s your hidden talent?
I make the best chocolate brownies!

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Kate Davies –
Reception

Back in 2004 I fancied a change of direction & a work nearer to home, so I browsed the good old B&R & there it was a ‘Wanted general help at Coles & Coles‘ veterinary surgeons. I applied and was lucky enough to be selected, being told at my interview I must be a strong young lady as I played rugby for Gwernfyed Ladies, & capable as I was a farmer’s daughter – ‘what qualifications’! So I joined the team at Lamb House. 

In 2006 a dishevelled looking farming client came in to the surgery and  my heart did a little flutter, ‘mm’ he seems nice but in general need of a some TLC and there it is 15yrs & 2 children later I provide the TLC, farm labour, childcare, & general dogsbody but I would not change a thing. 

In 2007 David & Ros retired, selling the practice to a partnership of up & coming young vets ‘Hay Veterinary Group’ I remain in their employment  to this day having seen them grow & move to their present larger premisies where I am part of a much larger team. 

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Beca Boarer –
Reception

My name is Rebecca Boarer and I am part of the reception team at Hay Vets. In 2017, I completed my extended diploma in Animal Management and since then I have been working towards completing my BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Physiotherapy and a further qualification in Canine Hydrotherapy.  

 I enjoy all aspects of my job, especially speaking to everyone who comes into the practice and meeting their furry companions. I also find the varied nature of the role exciting, with no two days being the same.

Outside of work, I love to bake, find new and exciting outdoor activities to do and of course walk my much-loved whippet Arrow with my partner Ryan. It’s also really nice to come home to a nice big cup of tea in front of the fire with a warm welcome from my very sassy Bengal cat Smouse, and my two cheeky chinchillas, Nathan and Daniel.   

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Hannah Pigden-Smith –
Reception

Hannah is currently on maternity leave, having had her son in April 2021.  

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