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About Minster Veterinary Surgery

Mrs Lisa Thomas Practice Manager

Minster Veterinary Surgery was taken over in September 2005 by partners Joyce Fleming and Ross O'Brien who have 18 and 15 years of experience respectively.

Lisa started working for the practice when she left school in 1989 starting as a receptionist and working her way up to becoming Head Nurse. She finally hung up her stethoscope in 2002 to become practice manager. She is a member of the VPMA (Veterinary Practice Managers Association). Outside of work, she enjoys swimming, cycling, drawing and painting.

Dr Joyce Fleming MVB MRCVS

Joyce qualified from University College Dublin, Ireland in 1992. She completed a one year residency in the surgery department before moving to the PDSA in Sheffield. She held two other jobs in Kent and Dorset before joining Minster Vets in 1999.


Joyce has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology and feline medicine.

Dr Ross O’Brien B.Vet Med MRCVS

Ross O’Brien qualified in 1996 from the Royal Veterinary College in London. He developed a strong interest in animal welfare, pain relief (including acupuncture) and anaesthesia. He is particularly keen on cardiothoracic and internal medicine.


Growing up in Wales, he spent much of his time turning over stones in rock pools which has fostered a further interest in exotics.

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We serve:

  • Ilminster

  • Chard

  • Taunton

  • Yeovil

  • Sherborne

  • Bridgwater

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Lesley Stratton RVN

Lesley qualified in Veterinary Nursing in 1987 and started in MVS in 2014 after relocating from East Susssex with her husband and black Labrador, Misty. She is interested in dentistry and is involved in the nurse training scheme at Minster Vets.

Bronwyn Edlin RVN

Bronwyn started working at Minster Vets in November 2017. She qualified in June 2016 and has gained experience working in a few other practices.


She has a dog called Luna and a cat called Oli. In her spare time she enjoys going on long walks with her dog.


She looks forward to meeting our clients and their pets.

Jenna Pearce Accounts

Jenna is a qualified hairdresser and worked in a salon for 3 years, however she wanted a career change and joined our team in September 2015.  


Jenna has a little cat called Nemo and a collie dog called Jess. Jenna loves to help her partner on the farm at the weekends and in her free time.


In the last 2 years Jenna has been here, she has completed NVQ level 2 in customer service and business admin.

Lynne Hesketh  Receptionist

Lynne started working as a receptionist at Minster Veterinary Surgery in June 2017.  She is the proud owner of 2 dogs, Hettie the beagle and Milo the miniature dachshund as well as a cat called Lottie.


She is married with 3 daughters so is never short of a companion for a spot of retail therapy.  In her spare time Lynne enjoys a leisurely cycle ride and walks with her dogs.

Annette Brake

Annette has been a receptionist at our Chard branch since November 2010 and has completed an NVQ level 2 in customer services.

Annette has two cats called Coco and Mabel to complete her family.


Vicky Stone Receptionist

Vicky started working at Minster Veterinary Surgery in August 2015 after graduating with a degree in Animal Science in July. She is hoping to train as a veterinary nurse in the near future.


At home, Vicky is the proud owner of two crazy house rabbits (Lady Grumples and Lionel), one crazy Irish Setter (Murphy) and two crazy horses (Taffy and Paddy).


On her days off, she enjoys going riding, surfing and taking Murphy on long walks in the country. She’s also known to enjoy having a nice cider in a beer garden with friends (weather permitting!).

Beth Hillard

Beth started working as a receptionist at Minster Veterinary Surgery in July 2016 after completing a Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and Welfare.


Beth is crazy about animals and has two dogs at home – a lazy Border Terrier called Fizz and a Patterdale Terrier X Bedlington Terrier called Mollie.

In her spare time Beth likes to walk her dogs and volunteer at animal sanctuaries whenever she can.

Joyce Ross

Dr Isabel  DVM BSc MRCVS

After a rather adventurous period working as a wildlife vet intern at the RSPCA's Stapeley Grange Centre in Nantwich, Izabella went on to work as a small animal and exotic vet in Exeter. In her time she has dealt with pets such as a savannah monitor, uromastyx, african grey parrots, marginated tortoises, conures and sugar gliders. Just to mention a few!


She is passionate about all creatures, be they furry pet friends, odd reptiles or birds. She graduated in Budapest, Hungary where she developed a special interest in exotic and wild animals, different imaging techniques and also obtained a BSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation. She loves this part of the United Kingdom and, in her spare time, loves to seek out interesting places or to curl up with the works of the classic English authors.

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Emma Walmsley Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Emma is currently in her last year of Veterinary Nurse Training and hope to qualify very soon. As well as a busy life of Vet Nurse Training, Emma is a wife and mother of 3 children, 3 dogs, rabbits, guinea-pigs and 8 chinchillas!


Emma’s passion lies specifically with horses which at present she is sadly without, but hopefully not for long.

Cara Neal Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Cara is currently in her first year of college as a trainee nurse, she attends Cannington college once a week while working alongside. She hopes to qualify in a few years’ time.  Cara has lots of animals at home including two Weirmaraner dogs and two Ragdoll cats.


In her spare time, she enjoys playing netball, and plays for a Women’s league every summer!

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Kirsty Mead  

Kirsty joined MVS in 2008 having had several different job titles, including doctor’s receptionist. She works in the Chard branch of Minster Vets where she oversees our veterinary insurance claim submissions. She is a definitely a cat person “owning” several.

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