Opening Times:

Mon-Thu: 8:30am - 6:30pm

Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Sat: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Meet The Small Animals Team

The Small Animals team at Bellevue Veterinary Clinic has made the choice to focus on pets, but that includes a wide range of creatures great and small! We treat dogs and cats, rabbits, ferrets and skunks, parrots and budgies not forgetting a variety of reptiles and small furries! Their skill, knowledge and, above all, passion for small animals really is second to none.

Read on to learn more about our Veterinary Surgeons or to meet the equine team at Bellevue click here.

Kamila Galczynska MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Lublin in Poland in 2009 and then went on to complete an internship at the Referral Veterinary Clinic "Bermowo”, followed by practising in a Small Animal practice in Warsaw, where I was able to further develop my surgical skills.

In 2010 I made the decision to move to England to pursue my career in small animal practice, medicine and soft tissue surgery and, after working at another job in the South West, I settled into life at Bellevue Veterinary Clinic in July 2013, where I have enjoyed working for the practice while meeting a lot of amazing friends, clients and their pets. I am currently studying for my surgical certificate and have a particular interest in soft tissue surgery.

Since settling in England with my partner Lee, we have expanded our family, which now includes Amy, a mad boxer and Leonard, Bernadette and Penny, 3 adopted cats we homed. In my spare time, I enjoy riding my two horses Hostessa and Hope who came with us from Poland.

Karen

Karen Grabham BSC (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS

Karen was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She qualified as a vet nurse at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and this confirmed that her true course was to become a vet. In order to do that she
chose to do a degree in pharmacology at Liverpool University.

Karen qualified as a vet in 2001 from the R(D)SVS in Edinburgh, and worked for many years in small animal practice both as a nurse and a vet. Karen has a special interest in exotics, which was sparked during her time as a nurse at Edinburgh zoo. Now, having worked for 30 years with animals the interest and excitement that comes with each patient has never diminished.

As well as treating cats and dogs her interest in dealing with the more exotic of species has led her to treat anything from sugar-gliders, raccoons, skunks, lemurs, tortoises, many species of lizard, snakes and even the occasional rhino!

Karen’s own personal collection of pets includes tortoises, guinea pigs, cats and fish. When she has spare time it’s spent cycling, wild swimming, reading and with her family.

Helen

Helen Dyson BVetMed, MRCVS

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2000. I won an equine internship at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. Following this I worked in mixed practice in Hertfordshire, Cleveland and North Yorkshire. I first joined the PDSA Middlesbrough in 2010 progressing to the role of Veterinary Team Leader. In 2016 I returned to the West country having been lucky enough to grow up in this area. I enjoy all aspects of small animal work and love being in practice. I have two girls who are 5 and 9, who keep me very busy. Our crazy cocker spaniel called Pudding provides lots of fun and chaos too. In my spare time Pudding and I like to go running.

Jan

Jan Bradshaw BSc, BVSc(Bristol), MRCVS

I qualified as a vet from Bristol in 1988 and have had a varied career as both a small animal vet and a pathologist. I am trained in veterinary acupuncture and am keen to promote palliative care to improve quality of life whenever possible.

I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible with my horses and border terriers.

Gemma

Gemma Waldron RVN - Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

Student veterinary nurse training and medical nursing

Do you have any pets of your own?

I have 2 dogs, a whippet called Wilf, a whippet cross called Sage and a cat called Cherry

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy working at Bellevue because it is an independent country practice where you get to know clients and their pets

leanne

Leanne Dando RVN

I always wanted to be a veterinary nurse when I was at school and completed my training 15 years ago.

What does your role involve?

Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach. Covering a wide range of jobs.

What are your clinical interests?

I enjoy all the nursing aspects of the job but I especially enjoy the lab work, looking under the microscope at parasites or blood samples. I also enjoy bandaging.

What pets do you own?

I have 2 labradors aged 13 and 1, a cat and 3 children!

What do you like about working at Bellevue?

I like the friendly atmosphere within a fabulous team. I also like the personal approach we have resulting in getting to know our clients and patients

Lucy

Lucy Sheppard RVN

What is your role at Bellevue?

Registered Veterinary Nurse

What is your main clinical interest?

In patient / medical nursing

Do you have any pets of your own?

I have Bedford the border terrier. Won't be long before there is another 'furry' addition!

What do you like about working at Bellevue?

We have a great friendly team, in a fantastic location where you get to know clients and their pets.

Erica

Erica Greshan SVN

What is your favourite part of your job? Exotic patients and general day to day duties of the vet nurse role

And your least favourite part? not a fan of parasites (for the patients!)

Do you have any pets of your own? I have two dogs, Archie the short Labrador and Pepper who I fostered and couldn’t part with. Percy the Pony and two guinea pigs

What do you enjoy when you are not at work? I love to read. Any outdoor activates such as walking, rock climbing and more. I also love to travel to places I haven’t been before.

If you could be any animal, what would you choose, and why? I would be a migratory bird such as a starling so I can travel and stay warm all year round.

Hannah

Hannah Symes SVN

What does your role involve?

I am a student veterinary nurse. I am currently completing  my placement year at Bellevue as part of my 4 year veterinary nursing and practice management BSC(Hons) degree at Hartpury.

What are your clinical interests?

I enjoy lab work and anaesthesia the most

Do you have any pets?

Two budgies, two tortoises, a hamster and a chicken!

What do you like most about working at Bellevue?

The people that I work with! Everyone is very supportive and there is always lots of cake!

Hannah

Justine Rowe - Lead Receptionist

What is your role at Bellevue?

Receptionist, meet and greet.

What is your favourite / least favourite part of your job?

Meeting all the animal clients which is sadly sometimes the least favourite part of the job as well.

Do you have any animals at home?

Pigs, chickens, ducks, horses, cats (and kids!).

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

Riding.

If you could be any animal, what would you be, and why?

I would be a big cat because they are independent but like a family life, they do exactly as they please, sleep, eat when they like and they have large open spaces to live in.

Lesley

Lesley Penny - Office Manager

What is your role at Bellevue? Office Manager.

What is your favourite / least favourite part of your job?

Favourite: getting to meet and cuddle lots of lovely, and often unusual animals, and seeing them go home happy and healthy. Least favourite: The ‘circle of life’. It can also be quite a sad place to work.

Do you have any animals at home?

Just 2 cats, Rio age 11 who likes to sleep (a lot!) and a Nev, a 1yr old who likes to stop her from sleeping. I suppose it helps to keep her active.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

I’m almost always at work but when I’m not I make up for it with general socialising, eating out and meeting family and friends or watching Bath Rugby.

If you could be any animal, what would you be, and why?

I’d like to be a cat, what other animal gets to sleep whenever they like, gets fed on demand, has an innocent cute face, claws and sharp teeth to protect themselves and isn’t told off for using them, receives lots of attention, gets massages daily, is allowed to be a bit fat and doesn’t have any responsibilities! What a great life!