Each team has vets who will consult with clients to give vaccines or diagnose the problem with a pet. We tend to do theses surgeries at 9am and then 2 pm and 4pm, finishing at about 6.30pm. An emergency can always been seen outside of these times. During the rest of the day the animals that need operations, scans, x-rays and dental procedures will be treated. They are sedated when they are admitted to the hospital to reduce any concerns that they may have about being left with us and after their procedure they are monitored by the nurses during recovery.
There are qualified veterinary nurses and student veterinary nurses at the surgeries and hospitals. Nurses care for the animals while they are with us, monitor temperature, pulse and respiration and give them the necessary medications.
Nurses will also assist the vet in theatre and are responsible for cleaning and sorting all instruments, drapes, theatre, overalls etc.
Nurses are also available in clinics to see pets for nailclipping, weight watchers checks, blood pressure monitoring etc.
The care assistants are here to care for the animals but they help us with many other tasks as well. They can also drive the ambulance so that if a pet needs to be collected from your home and brought into the surgery we are usually able to do this at your convenience.
The receptionists are there to greet you and ensure that you and your pet get the best attention at all times.
Ian Jennings completed his education as a Veterinary Surgeon in Melbourne, Australia after first completing a Neuroscience degree. Ian is interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery for dogs and cats and a few other animals as well. He has an enthusiastic interest in the use of MRI in pets and has become an expert in this field revealing many problems of the spine and brain.
Ian grew up in Bristol with his family and has seven brothers. He is a keen sportsman and plays for a Clifton rugby team. He is the proud owner of a pair of shiny silver rugby boots.
Liz Jennings (nee Buist)
Liz Jennings (nee Buist) qualified with distinction from Bristol Vet School in 2002, and after working in Weston-super-Mare for 4 years, joined the Rowe Veterinary Group in September 2006. She has an interest in small animal medicine, particularly feline, and after gaining a general practice medicine certificate in 2009, she is now working towards a the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in feline medicine.
Liz worked at the Bradley Stoke Hospital for 7 years before joining the team at the Wotton-under-Edge surgery in 2013, where she assists with the running of the radioactive iodine unit for treatment of feline hyperthyroidism.
Liz is married to fellow vet and Wotton-under-Edge colleague Ian Jennings and now works part-time after the birth of their daughter in 2015. Away from work Liz enjoys running and walking her black labrador Bacchus.
Alison graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2013 with distinction. She has been working in the southwest since graduating and joined the Rowe Veterinary Group in February 2015. Alison has volunteered abroad with animals in Africa and a Spay and Rabies clinic in India. She has a keen interest in medicine is currently studying towards a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.
She has a lovely black Labrador called Luna whom she loves to take on long walks.
Jo has always been an animal lover and is lucky to work with animals and a friendly and professional team of people who also love animals. Her main aim is to ensure that the four teams of Rowe Veterinary Group 'sing from the same hymn sheet'.
Jo has a mad spaniel called Tizzy and they love long walks together. Jo changed her name from the original 'Pudding'. She was notable for stealing foods which are definitely not recommended for dogs when she was a puppy! She is slightly better behaved as an adult.
Marcia has been HR Manager at Rowe Veterinary Group since 1999, having previously worked as a Department Manager at a life assurance company. She is based at Wotton-under-Edge and deals with HR for all sites. In her spare time Marcia enjoys reading, theatre, cinema, travel and walking with her Cocker Spaniel, Ruby. Marcia also has a tortoiseshell cat called Lola, who has helped out as a blood donor a couple of times!
Jenny has worked at RVG since 2005. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, walking and in good weather can be found sailing on the River Severn. Jenny also loves having her Grand-dog Tilly a black and tan Jack Russell to stay!
Our Nurse Team
Hilary Varlow RVN Dip AVN (Surg) Dip CABT Dip VNECC
Team Leader / Head Nurse
Jess Deacon RVN
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Catherine Watkins RVN
Jemma Harding SVN
Our Reception Team
Student Veterinary Nurse