I cannot thank enough every single person from Cave for the love, kindness, professionalism and thoughtfulness they have showed me and my rescue dogs over the years, it has made a crucial difference.

Debbie Lock
Animal Assistants

The Team

Animal Assistants

  • Felicity Maxfield

    Felicity Maxfield

    Senior ACA

    Felicity started at our practice as an animal care assistant, having gained a BTEC ND in animal care. In the future she wishes to train as a veterinary nurse and enjoys the experienced she gains at Cave Vet Specialists.

    In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, Gilbert and Sullivan and sewing.

  • Casey Weir

    Casey Weir

    Casey completed her Diploma in Animal Management at Cannington College. It has always been her amibition to work with animals and when she is not at work she has two dalmations, Lola and Levi and four cats, Tilly, Chloe, Hissy and Midge to keep her busy.

    In her spare time she enjoys gardening, walking her dogs and visits to France.

  • Catherine Cottey

    Catherine Cottey

    Catherine, whose parents own a Beef Farm, grew up working with animals. She has a National Diploma in Animal Management and previously worked at Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard where she was Head of the Large Farm section, living on site with a wide range of responsibilities including administering medication to farm animals and vaccinating dogs and cats. She decided to apply to us for a job when marriage and a house move changed where she was living. She loves seeing all the different cases that come through our door.

    Out of work Catherine loves riding her horse Ebony and walking her two border collies. She also has a cat called Milly who was a rescue she took on from Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

  • Laura Bright

    Laura Bright

    Laura worked for the last 6½ years as a Laboratory Technician but aware of Cave’s reputation for excellence came to us seeking a position in animal care. She is now fully immersed in the work of the organisation and enjoying learning all about the work we do here.

    Laura loves walking with her 6 year old black retriever cross Springer Spaniel, Ruby, who is always full of energy and the inspiration behind Laura’s book in progress! She also loves baking, reading and a variety of crafts.

  • Shannon Murphy

    Shannon Murphy

    Shannon joined us in 2016 here at Cave Veterinary Specialists after gaining her Level 2 Qualification in Animal Nursing Assisant whilst year volunteering for a year at a small animal hopsital in Sidmouth, where she learn't how much she loved the job and working with animals.

    Shannon pursued  working at Cave Veterinary Specialists to give her the experience that she will need to become a Veterinary Nurse one day.Interests within work include walking the patients, sitting with them whilst they eat as well as brushing the animal and making them feel as comfortable as possible.Interests outside of work include craft, reading and playing and walking her dogs at home.  Shannon also has 2 poodles, a dalmation and a tortoise who was a birthday present when she was younger. 


  • Lizzie Attree

    Lizzie Attree

     Bio coming shortly

  • Catherine Jones

    Catherine Jones

    Catherine joined Cave Veterinary Specialists after spending 7 years working for David Pipe Racing. After spending time working with horses, Catherine decided to change her career to focus on becoming a Veterinary Nurse. Interest at work include working with and looking after the animals as well as hearing about their interesting cases. 

    To keep Catherine busy outside of work she has two horses, Pit and Puddles.  A Golden Retriever called Alfie and two cats named Bugsey and Herbie. 

  • Charlotte Upton

    Charlotte Upton

    Charlotte came to Cave Veterinary Specialists after completing her Level 2 apprenticeship in Animal Care Assistant, whilst gaining experience at a small animal practice in Taunton.

    Charlotte enjoys working in busy environments and felt that Cave Veterinary Specialists would help her to improve her knowledge and give new challenges.

    When not at work, Charlotte enjoys long walks with the dogs, as well as clay shooting and fishing. She also has 6 dogs, 2 horses, a resuce hamster and a very cheeky ginger tabby! 

  • Bethan Andrews

    Bethan Andrews

    Bethan came to us in 2016 after previously spending 2 years at a microbiology lab whilst at college working at labratory assistant.

    She hopes that one day she can become a veterinary nurse as she has always wanted to be invloved with animals. Interests at work for Bethan include, working in theatre as  there is always plenty to do and lots to learn. Outside of work, Bethan enjoys walking as well as baking. 

  • Bethany Powell

    Bethany Powell

    Beth came to us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in late 2016 after previously working as a laboratory assistant and technician. She also recently graduated after studying wildlife crime and completed an independent study on the use of canines as biological fluid detectors at crime scenes. 

    Beth pursued employment here at Cave Veterinary Specialists due to seeking a challenging and dynamic role that would allow her love of animals to shine through whilst fufilling her aspirations of one day becoming a veterinary nurse.

    Interests at work for Beth include, animals care and wellbeing along with being interested in the CT & MRI imaging. Whilst out of work Beth enjoys baking and cake decorating as well as looking after her impressively aged 18 year old goldfish called Frank! 

  • Jordan Harvey

    Jordan Harvey

     Bio coming shortly

  • Claire Somerton

    Claire Somerton

    Claire joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2017 after previously working as a pharmacy dispenser. Claire's dog was treated here at Cave and as her life long dream was to always work with animals which helped to give her the push she needed to apply for the job of Animal Assistant! When in work she enjoys spending one to one time with our patients as well as helping out during scans and hopes one day to train as a Vet Nurse. Whilst out of work Claire can be usually found in the gym and has a black belt in Taekwondo, to also keep her busy Claire has British Short Hair named Tabitha, a rescue dog called Archie and a Shihtzu named Suki 

  • Esme Clarke

    Esme Clarke

    Esme joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2017, 

  • Ptolemy Hand

    Ptolemy Hand

     Bio coming soon

  • Annie Clarke

    Annie Clarke

     Bio coming soon

  • Kyra Swadling

    Kyra Swadling

     Bio coming soon 

  • Theatre Technician - Joseph Forrest

    Theatre Technician - Joseph Forrest

     Bio coming shortly

  • Theatre Technician - Claire Brady

    Theatre Technician - Claire Brady

    Claire joined the team in 2017. Claire loves animals and is hoping to retrain as a Veterinary Nurse.

    In her spare time Claire enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, sewing and walking her dogs. She also grows her own vegetables.

    Claire has two whippets, Lily and Betty who love to sprint and then after their exertions lie in front of a warm fire. 

  • Theatre Technician - Louise Rushton

    Theatre Technician - Louise Rushton

    Louise joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2017 as she wanted a change in career from working in an office and because she loves animals.  Louise is hoping to gain enough experience so she can go on and train as a Veterinary Nurse.

    Louise has a Weimaraner Gracie who is 10 years old and two rabbits, Richard and Henrietta.  In her spare time, Louise likes walking her dog, running, cooking and reading.