Meet the Team

    Charles Roberts BVetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon & Managing Director

    Charles started this Practice in 1976. Early in his career he began focusing on the equine field and quickly gained the respect of a considerable following.

    Charles has set up a program of health care and disease prevention for the equine division within this Practice, that he reviews regularly. It is with the support of the modern equipment at Riverside Veterinary Surgery that he is able to offer a wide range of diagnostic support and appropriate treatment.

    Charles is adamant that an early diagnosis, treatment and support for both the animals and the owners are of paramount importance in achieving the most satisfactory results in every case. We are grateful to have his knowledge and experience as well as his practical operational skills, which are well acknowledged.

    Bridget Abolins

    Veterinary Surgeon & Director

    Bridget qualified from Glasgow University in summer 2002, then spent some time working for the charity SPANA in Morocco before joining the practice in January 2003. She has since then gradually focussed more on the small animal side of the practice, and particularly the felines!

    Bridget enjoys medicine and many types of surgery, and constantly strives to develop further. In 2007 Bridget passed her General Practitioner Certificate in Feline Practice.

    She enjoys spending time with her cat, Maude, and dog, Woody and enjoys dining with her friends. Bridget also loves to travel and spent a month helping a charity in Africa with a animal neutering programme.

    Gemma Rouse
    BVetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon & Director

    Gemma joined Riverside Vets as a new graduate in 2008. She started leading the equine clinical team 5 years later and went on to become a director of the practice in 2014.

    Gemma is passionate about all aspects of caring for you and your horse with a particular interest in orthopedics, pain management, and poor performance issues.

    She loves practicing life and becoming part of your horse's team and aims to find the very best treatment solutions tailored to individual circumstances.

    Tatyana Sivaloganathan BVMS MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Tatyana graduated from the University of Glasgow. Before joining the Riverside team in 2020 she worked in a small animal hospital in Scotland.

    Her main interests lie with small animals.

    Being half German and Malaysian she loves travelling, exploring new cultures, and cooking.

    Jess Shaw

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Jess qualified at Edinburgh University and joined us in 2019. Her interests are in small animals/exotics and equine.

    Jess has been horse riding and involved in general horse care since 2001 and has her BHS level 1 horse management qualification.

    Jess enjoys spending time with her dog, chickens and chinchillas.

    Gloria Apati

    Veterinary Surgeon

    I am excited to have joined the Riverside team. Originally I am from Hungary. I qualified in 2016 from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest.
    I have always wanted to be an equine vet and decided to move to the UK after graduation, to gain experience in the country where horseracing originates. I competed in show jumping for over 14 years at national level, so have a very deep and familiar understanding about horse owner needs. To be fair the reason why I wanted to be a horse vet is to be able to fix my own horses!
    After moving to the UK, I started to work at Pool House Equine Clinic as a stud vet assistant, gaining hands on experience in equine reproduction. After that season I moved to Newmarket and spent a year at Rossdales Equine Hospital. I was a diagnostic imaging intern, taking x-rays, bone cans, MRIs and CT scans from thousands of horses from all disciplines. When my internship ended, I had a bit of time off for travelling, then moved back to Hungary. Here I worked for one of the biggest private equine clinics of the country with special focus on equine dentistry.
    As I missed the UK too much, I moved back in 2017 and started to work at Scott Dunn's Equine Clinic as a hospital-based clinician and ambulatory equine vet.
    I love every aspect of equine general practice but have a special interest in dentistry, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine and orthopedics.
    In my free time I love travelling, playing violin in pubs and dancing salsa or bachata.
    I am very much looking forward to meeting all of our lovely clients and being of service with all of your equine enquiries.

    Zack Smith-Uchotski
    BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Zack qualified from Bristol Vet School and joined Riverside Vets in September 2021

    Zack’s passions in work are Cats, Anaesthesia and Working Police horses

    Outside of work you will find Zack learning Japanese, playing the steel drum, building websites and a member of the Bristol Vet School gymnastics society.

    Danny Chambers BVSc MSc MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Danny is an experienced vet who works mostly with horses and particularly enjoys treating colic’s and emergencies, but you will sometimes see him consulting in our small animal department as well.

    Danny grew up on a farm so has been working with animals since he could first walk. He enjoys travelling and has worked on veterinary projects all over the world including Iraq, India and parts of Africa.

    In his spare time he plays the guitar badly, trains for very slow triathlons, sits on the RCVS Council and is a trustee of mental health charity vetlife.

    Emma Silcock


    Emma has been with Riverside since 1994. She wanted to be a veterinary nurse since 11 years of age. Putting her dreams into reality, she joined the team as a Saturday girl after impressing everyone with her enthusiasm and hard work, on her 2 week school work experience!

    At 17 years of age Emma started her veterinary nurse training and qualifed in 2000. She has extensive experience and skills in all areas of medical and surgical nursing. Weight management and general anaesthesia are her areas of interest.

    She also has a particular rapport with dogs, especially those with a fractious or difficult nature.

    Emma progressed to head Veterinary Nurse, but is now managing the practice. She helps out the nursing team as much as she can, as she loves the contact with animals and clients.

    Emma is married with four children and 2 dogs, a reptile and 8 chickens to keep her busy out of work. Interests include eating good food, dog walking, cinema and days out to Marwell Zoo, amongst others.

    Samantha Le-Vallee RVN

    Business manager

    Sam qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1998 and has worked in both small animal and farm practice.

    She then moved into the veterinary industry focusing on pet nutrition, pharmaceuticals & Business support

    Sam joined Riverside Vets in Jan 2021

    Outside of work, Sam has horses & Dachshunds

    Sam Dilley


    Sam has been with Riverside since she started as a trainee Veterinary nurse in 2001. After qualifying, Sam went on to successfully train many other nurses so that they were too able to pass their exams and qualify.

    In her time here, she has developed a keen interest in the day to day running of the practice, as well as continuing to be involved with the hands on aspect of veterinary work. Sam and Emma assist the day to day management of the practice.

    As a farmers daughter Sam has been raised with all animals. She has many pets including cats, dogs, horses and chickens. Her husband, 2 children and her horses keep her busy out of work.

    Sophie Mountford RVN

    Head Nurse. Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Sophie is a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

    She joined us in March 2010 and did all our nurse training with us and gained her qualification.

    During work time, Sophie enjoys working with intensive care cases and the monitoring and care that this involves.

    She also has a particular interest in intensive care and providing care to our in patients.

    She worked so hard to gain her qualifications and we are very proud of her. Sophie was promoted to Head Veterinary Nurse and now helps to train new staff to meet their qualification goals.

    Sophie has both cats and dogs – enough to keep anyone busy! She loves socialising, walking her dogs.

    In September 2016 Sophie was married and has extended her family further in 2018 with the addition of her beautiful daughter. We look forward to her return from maternity leave in 2019!

    Andrea Harrington

    Animal nursing assistant and groomer

    Andrea joined in 2000, leaving a grooming position, to perform animal nursing. She has assisted the vets and nurses for many years, before going back to her scissors!

    Andrea has a dog and 3 cats. She has had 2 daughters whilst with Riverside and, after maternity leave, she changed to a part time position to do grooming.

    Despite performing her main role within the practice as grooming, she continues to help out the vets and nurses with the patients in the practice. Andrea is well known for her cat handling skills, and is often found calming fractious felines.

    Jenny Cook
    RVN ISFM Cert FN

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Jenny qualified in 2012 and joined Riverside Vets in May 2017.

    She has an interest in all nursing, especially feline care and nurse consulting.

    Jenny enjoys a hobby of needle felting in her spare time and spending time with her 3 legged cat called Dennis.

    Jenny has a certification in Feline nursing with distinction

    Anna Chuter

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    Anna is a Registered Veterinary Nurse who qualified in 2003
    Her passion lies in looking after and nursing inpatients and medical cases. Anna thoroughly enjoys that no day is ever the same and we get to look after a range of species

    Nicole Jenkins

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Nicole joined the team in Jan 2019. She already has years of experience in animal handling. Nicole would like to train as a veterinary nurse in the future

    Izzy Lebbern

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Izzy worked in a Pet Shop before joining us in April 2019. Izzy has a true love and passion for animals. She is currently training to be a Veterinary Nurse. Izzy has a love for all animals and has dogs and a cat. She loves music, sports, being creative and walking her many dogs.

    Lois Buckley

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Lois joined the team in September 2019. She has a love for animals and has dogs and cats of her own. Lois has a lot of experience with whelping bitches and nursing puppies. Her goal is to train as a veterinary nurse. She has worked in a cattery before coming to Riverside. Pictured with her cat Jerry.

    Emily Wilson

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Emily joined us October 2019. Emily has worked in the PDSA as a veterinary care assistant and at a local veterinary specialist as a kennel/nursing assistant. Emily wishes to train to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse. Out of work Emily can be found spending time with her 2 dogs.

    Hayley Donovan


    Hayley joined Riverside Vets in October 2021, having completed her diploma in Animal management at Sparsholt College, Winchester. She has a particular interest in reptiles. Hayley has 2 dogs, 2 bearded dragons and a hedgehog at home, which take up most of her spare time.

    Phyll Pilgrim


    Phyll has worked at Riverside for 18 years and says it is the best job in the world and loves being in front of house meeting and greeting all the pets and their owners.

    At home Phyll has 3 dogs, walking miles with them, combining her love of photography and nature. She is now a proud Nana to 2 gorgeous grandchildren

    Lisa Hoad

    Client Care Team Leader

    Lisa joined Riverside in July 2021. She has over 20 years of customer care and reception experience. In her spare time she’s kept busy by her two Dutch house rabbits and her staffie pup ‘Blue’.

    Tessa Eales

    Receptionist/Insurance Administrator

    Tessa joined Riverside Vets in 2004 and deals with the day to day running of reception.

    Tessa also assists our clients with the processing and completion of all insurance claims

    She has 1 dog and is a dedicated Saints supporter.

    Diane Kent


    Diane joined Riverside Vets in October 2020.

    She comes with a wealth of customer care and veterinary reception experience.

    Carol Layton


    Carol joined Riverside Vets in January 2020. Joining us with pharmacy experience.

    Buddy is her Shih Tzu dog and she also loves spending time with her Grandchildren

    Charlotte Aley

    Equine Secretary

    Charlotte started with us July 2008. She runs the show; phones, diary, equine accounts and computer administration.

    Charlotte also assists vets with diagnostic workups due to her experience with equines!

    Charlotte has been horse riding since 6 years old and now competes in BSJA. Charlotte has BHS stage 1, 2 and and a National Diploma in horsemanship.

    Other hobbies include scuba diving and skiing. Charlotte has 2 horses, 4 dogs, 11 chickens, 2 sheep and a disabled pigeon!

    Julia Mariner

    Administration Assistant

    Julia joined Riverside in 2007. Julia assists with various administrative tasks including accounts and the Riverside healthcare plans.

    She has 1 dog called Beryl, who was adopted into the family in 2014.

    She keeps busy along with her other hobbies which include sewing, knitting, and spending time at the allotment.


    Practice Cleaner

    Lauren is part of the Riverside team as the practice cleaner (AKA Lemon Cleaning).

    When Lauren is not cleaning she loves spending time with her cats. Working at Riverside combines her cleaning skills with love for animals.