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 Grabham BSC (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS - Head Vet 

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.


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.



Imola Asztalos

Imola Asztalos BSc, BVetMed, MRCVS

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 having completed the Accelerated Veterinary Medicine degree. Prior to this, I completed the Bachelor of Sciences degree in Veterinary Sciences, also at the Royal Veterinary College.

I have spent the past four years working at a small animal veterinary hospital in the Cotswolds, before moving to Bellevue Veterinary Clinic.

I am particularly interested in internal medicine and inpatient care, but also thoroughly enjoy surgery and consulting. I will be starting the BSAVA postgraduate certificate in small animal medicine this January.

I was born in Hungary, and have lived in the USA and Japan before settling in England. One of my main interests is running where I have competed at national level in the 200m and 400m.  Other hobbies include snowboarding, travelling and walking my two Labradors, Noah and Barley. We also have a very affectionate cat called Sam.



 Erica   Daniel Butts BVetMed, MRCVS   I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2012. Following a period working as a mixed animal vet in South Wales I moved to Hertfordshire where I headed a busy high street practice for several years. After this I spent nearly four years as the head surgeon at a large veterinary hospital in the Cotswolds before carrying out further multidisciplinary training at Bristol Veterinary School. I joined Bellevue Veterinary Clinic in July 2020.

I have a strong interest in both medicine and surgery and have attended many post-graduate training courses, especially in orthopaedic surgery, and I am enrolled on the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. I particularly enjoy emergency abdominal surgery, soft tissue mass removal and reconstruction, fracture repair, patella luxation surgery, and cruciate ligament surgery. My experience and further training enables Bellevue Veterinary Clinic to offer a wide range of surgical options for the pets under our care.

I am actively involved in research with recent work investigating the factors predisposing Pugs to lung lobe torsion, and whether the use of human radiographic tools can aid vets in the diagnosis of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (a disease of the hip joints) in cats. Last year I published a paper on a rare case of myositis (inflammatory muscle disease) caused by Toxoplasma infection in a cat.

I was born in South Wales and have a passion for my job, family and sport. My favourite sports include football and rugby and I keep active by going to the gym, running and enjoying the occasional snowboarding holiday. I enjoy spending time with my wife Imola and walking our two lovely Labradors, Noah and Barley. We also have a very affectionate cat called Sam.


Kate Richardson - Small Animal Vet

Kate graduated from Glasgow University in 2005, having previously gained a degree in Zoology from the University of Bristol.

She enjoyed mixed veterinary practice for the first 7 years of her career, before gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and working as a Veterinary Behaviourist for 2 years.

Kate returned to small animal veterinary work 4 years ago and has a particular interest in medicine cases and helping clients with their pets' behaviour.

Kate has always lived in Somerset and when she's not working, she enjoys spending time outside with her family, and her dog, Kiwi





Leanne Dando RVN - Head Nurse 

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


Shannon Moore RVN

What is your role at Bellevue? RVN

What is your favourite part of the job? Caring for inpatients, helping with surgery and working with a caring and supportive team.

Do you have any animals at home? I have 3 dogs, Chester, Mylo and Ozzie, a rabbit called Roger, a tortoise called Shelby and finally a hamster called Pablo.

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 doing when you're not at work? I enjoy helping build and taking part in carnivals, spending time with my animals and socialising with friends.




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 Harper Adams.

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!


Emily Burge SVN

What is your role?

I am a student veterinary nurse.

What's your favourite part of the job?

Being hands on with helping to treat the animals. And of course lots of cuddles! I also enjoy working with the team at Bellevue as they are all very friendly.

Do you have any pets?

I have two mischievous 2 year old cats called Pepsi and Max.

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

A Cheetah because they are beautiful predators and can run incredibly fast. They are also just big cats so get to laze around all day!


Charlotte Mason - SVN

What is your role at Bellevue?

I am a Student Nurse

What is your favourite part of the job?

Lots of waggy tails! And being part of a team who all want to work together to provide the best care for all the animals.

Do you have any animals at home?

6 Dogs, a horse, budgies, goats and lots of chickens and geese!

What do you enjoy doing when your not at work?

Going for long walks with the dogs. They love to swim!

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

Maybe a giraffe as they are very tall!




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?


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 Penny - Practice Manager

What is your role at Bellevue? Practice 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, 1 is a rescue; I try to stay away from potential rescues, otherwise I'd adopt them all! 

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!



Sarah Overy

What is your role at Bellevue?

Receptionist / Animal Nursing Assistant

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

Working in a team, meeting new people and their animals. Least favourite is seeing people upset at the loss of their pet.

Do you have any animals at home?

Two dogs called Betsy and Nigel, Four Tortoises, Two Rabbits and a Guinea pig.

If you could be any animal what would you be?

Tortoise, they sleep for months and they live a long time!