CATER VETERINARY PRACTICE
9 MOSTYN AVENUE, CRAIG Y DON, LLANDUDNO LL30 1YS
194 CONWY ROAD, LLANDUDNO JUNCTION LL31 9BA
CALL US ON 01492 877049
Chris Cater BVM&S MRCVS
I spent my teenage years in Singapore, and went to a small animal vet for a work placement. It was that experience which confirmed my interst in looking after small animals. I went to the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College of Edinburgh University and graduated from there in 1982. I was fortunate to get a job here immediately - in Craig Y Don with Margaret Birks who opened her veterinary practice on Mostyn Avenue in 1966. I became a Partner in 1985 and we opened the Llandudno Junction Branch in 1986. I have been running the Practice since then, and caring for companion animals and their owners continues to provide great enjoyment and satisfaction more than 30 years later. My spare time is spent with my family and our cavaliers, and I enjoy swimming. I also work for the residents and businesses of Penrhyn Ward as their elected Independent County Councillor.
Evelyn Heffernan MVB MRCVS
Grew up on a farm in the southwest of Ireland and graduated from University College Dublin in 1999. I worked in mixed practice in the west of Ireland before moving to Anglesey in 2001 during the foot and mouth crisis. Spent 12 years on Anglesey before moving to Llandudno. Have a 10 year old daughter who keeps me very busy . Also share a house with 2 dogs, Molly , a golden retriever who is an OAP with attitude and Cody the collie who was meant to be a present for my dad but never quite made it to Ireland ( we gave him socks instead! ) In my spare time , I enjoy kayaking, walking , swimming and most outdoor activities. Have a special interest in feline medicine and surgery.
BA (Hons) Business Administration
I've lived in the Llandudno area all my life. After working in various jobs, I graduated from the University of Glamorgan in 1999 with a BA (Hons) Business and have worked at Cater Veterinary Practice for the last 16 years, rising to the dizzying heights of Practice Manager. When not working, I enjoy walking, films, books, photography, music and spending time with my Partner and children. As you can see from my photo, duties such as looking after a baby goat are all part of the job!
Alison Holdam BVM&S MRCVS
(Special Interest - Acupuncture)
Having been born and brought up in North Wales, I spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in Romania, before going on to do my veterinary training at Edinburgh University. After gaining experience in various roles, including large and small animal work, charitable work overseas and government veterinary work, I returned in 2004 to where my heart lies – North Wales and small animal work. I have a passion for all animals, the natural world, animal welfare and conservation. I strive to treat all animals to the best of my ability and as if they were my own. I have a keen interest in the management of chronic pain and treatment utilising a holistic approach, to which end I have trained in veterinary acupuncture. I am committed to providing effective geriatric, palliative and end of life care. Outside of work my time is dedicated to my two wonderful children, who are six and seven years old, and to passing on to them my love and respect of the natural world and animal kingdom. The children very much enjoy helping me care for the wildlife casualties which are often brought home for treatment and rehabilitation, something we consider a privilege (although our resident pets don’t always agree!).
Qualified Veterinary Nurses
Louise Mercer RVN C-SQP
Head Nurse, PDSA PetAid Scheme Administrator, Health & Safety Officer,
C-SQP, Qualified First Aider.
I started my career at Cater Veterinary Practice as a work experience student many years ago and have recently achieved my goal in becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I love the variety a role of a veterinary nurse offers, as every day is different. In my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit by playing tennis for my local tennis club. I have two cats which are now in their senior years, Tommy ( with me in photo) who thinks he’s a dog and Archie, he has epilepsy and needs medication daily.
Hazel Campbell RVN
Clinical Veterinary Nurse
Since qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in the early 1980s I have enjoyed working within the PDSA,RSPCA and various private veterinary practices, across Kent,the Midlands and NorthWales. I have a genuine interest in developing the next generation of Veterinary Nurses,and have been actively involved in work based training,as well as teaching Animal Care & Veterinary Nursing at Llandrillo College for a number of years.
I have an interest in orthopaedics and wound management & some of my career highlights include voluntary work in the Greek Islands and also taking a patient (“Toto” the tortoise ) to see Noel Fitzpatrick (TV “ Supervet”) where we ended up featuring in one of the episodes.
After 3 years as Head Veterinary Nurse at Cater Vets, I am looking forward to my new role as Clinical Veterinary Nurse and meeting you and your pets.
Olive Semple RVN
Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Hello a Sut Mae'r hwyl heddiw? I joined the team here in 2014, having worked in mixed Practices since 1996. Originally from Blaenau Ffestiniog, I now live on a smallholding in Glan Conwy with my husband Ian and a menagerie of animals, large & small. We also have The Cattery, a small purpose built boarding cattery, so we don't have much time for hobbies!
I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing, especially nursing of neonates and our geriatric cats & dogs. I also have a special interest in emergency & critical care nursing. I look forward to meeting you at my Nurse Clinics on a Tuesday & Friday.
Gabrielle McDonagh RVN
Qualified Veterinary Nurse
I have been working at Cater Veterinary Practice for just over 20 years, I reviously worked at an Animal Hospital in Manchester. I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Kauto and an elderly cat called Jabba. I enjoy doing Arts & Crafts and love Gardening with the help of my two inquisitive hens, Boudicca and Lemon.
Nursing & Reception Team
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
I started work experience at Cater Veterinary Practice in 2014 to pursue a career as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and was delighted when I was offered a placement there as part of my study in Veterinary Nursing at Glynllifon college. I enjoy all aspects of the job and the course brings lots of challenges. I spend any spare time rock climbing, heading into the mountains or generally enjoying the outdoors with my very energetic border collie Banff. As well as Banff I have two cats (India and Poppy), four ducks and four chickens. All of which keep me very busy!
Animal Nursing Assistant
My name is Kelly, I am an Animal Nursing Assistant and have worked at Cater Veterinary Practice for nearly 14 years. Having worked at Zoos in the past, I have a particular interest in the exotic creatures that come into the Practice. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and going to various Zoos and Air Displays.
Paula Greenhalgh C-SQP
Animal Nursing Assistant, C-SQP
Originally from Blackpool, I have now lived in Llandudno for almost 20 years. I previously worked for the RSPCA and joined Cater Veterinary Practice in 2008. I have a Lurcher called Elle and two cats called Obi & Tiki. I love travelling with my friends an family, especailly around America, and I am also the Chairperson of the local RSPCA - all of this keeps me extremely busy!
Llandudno Junction Head Receptionist & Staff Supervisor
Qualified First Aider
I have lived in Llandudno Junction all my life and started working for Cater Veterinary Practice in 1988, working for a few years just at our Llandudno Junction Branch Surgery, whilst my Daughter was still at school. I have now worked at both Craig Y Don and Llandudno Junction Surgeries for many years in my role as Head Receptionist, and enjoy getting to know both the patients and their Owners! I enjoy visiting my Daughter and Granddaughter in my spare time.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Michelle Bruce BVMS MRCVS
I'm from Brisbane, Australia and here on a 2 year visa with the intent to travel and find adventure whenever possible. Initially I started my veterinary career working as a vet nurse but soon found that I wanted more so I set my sights on vet school. I was accepted into Murdoch University in Perth which is on the other side of the country so I packed my bags, found a new job and continued working as a nurse while completing my degree. I have a senior cat named Taco who remains in Australia for the time being and while I miss him terribly I find companionship here by fostering cats from the RSPCA while they look for their forever homes. Since moving to Wales I've taken up archery and I'm interested in walking some of the woodland trails and exploring the many natural attractions. At work I most enjoy working with cats as well as soft tissue surgery.