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
Hospital Administration

The Team

Hospital Administration

  • Helen Breakspear Hughes

    Helen Breakspear Hughes

    Medical Secretary

    Helen joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in the role of Medical Secretary in 2011. She holds the AMPSAR Diploma qualification for Medical Secretaries and has many years of experience in this field. In her spare time, she enjoys pottering on her allotment, walking, cooking, reading, going to concerts/theatre and spending fun time with her family.

  • Lin Paul

    Lin Paul

    Credit Control

    Lin joined the front of house team at Cave Veterinary Specialists when we moved into the new hospital in 2010. Lin has extensive experience in retail and ran her own retail business for over 25 years!  Over the years Lin has been a member of a local dog obedience training club where she had trained her latest Golden Retriever Tally, to the Gold Standard of the Good Citizens scheme, and is now training her young Golden Retriever, Tally.

    Lin’s other interests include gardening, where she has a large vegetable plot and a well maintained garden. Lin also has a keen interest in history and regularly visits historical venues and enjoys historical literature. Lin is also kept very busy with her grandchildren Ben and Isabella.

  • Jacky Ross

    Jacky Ross

    Insurance Liaison

    Jacky works in our admin office. Her responsibilities, amongst others, are insurance claims and Phaseal orders. In her spare time, Jacky enjoys dog walking and voluntary work for the RSPCA, and she also enjoys spending time at home with her cat Harvey.

  • Nicola Ciappara

    Nicola Ciappara


    Nicola joined our Admin team in April 2012 and is now in charge of our Marketing department. Since joining Cave Veterinary Specialists Nicola has passed the AMSPAR Level 2 in Medical Terminology with distinction. Nicola has two daughters, two grandchildren, a Labrador and a nutty Labradoodle to keep her busy when she is not at work.

  • Beth Neale

    Beth Neale


    Beth joined us here at Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2016 after working for a Microbiology laboratory and Dunster Castle for the National Trust in Visitor Services and previously as a Countryside Ranger. Beth started at Cave as an Animal Care Assistant in the hospital and joined the admin and marketing team in 2017. When Beth isn't at work she enjoys walking her dogs on Exmoor as well as photography and working on a local shoot. She has a cat called Agatha, three black Labradors and a German Wirehaired Pointer called Otto. Beth also enjoys travelling and has worked in South Africa and Madagascar. 

  • Holly Dedman

    Holly Dedman

    Referral Liaison

    Holly originally started working at the hospital as an Animal Care Assistant while studying at Richard Huish College for her A-Levels .After moving to Madrid for a year to improve her spoken Spanish and travelling in the Far East, Holly returned to us as a valued addition to our Reception team, and has since progressed to be in charge of our Referrals.  She has a daughter named Rosie and a son called Jacob and enjoys camping, reading and spending quality time with her husband and her two children.


  • Amy Clark

    Amy Clark

    Referral Liaison

    Amy joined Cave Veterinary Specialists as a Referral Liaison in 2016. Having recently come from Dental Nursing, Amy's love of animals enticed her to take the jump and join the Cave Veterinay Specialist team. Outside of work Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, her son Jake and friends and family. Amy has two cats called Rory and Ronnie.

  • Laura Lander

    Laura Lander

    Referral Liaison

    Laura started working at here at Cave Vets as a qualified Veterinary Nurse when the practice first opened. She had previously worked in large and small animal practices and qualified in 2003. While working here at Cave Vets, she had a real interest in surgical nursing and anaesthesia and left as she was needed to help run the family carpentry business.
    Laura missed the veterinary industry and has now returned to work in our admin / referrals office on a part time basis. At home she is still helping to run the family business along with looking after her two children. She has two chickens called ‘Twinkle & Turkey’, a Sussex Spaniel called Purdey and they also have a royal python called ‘Blue’. In any spare time Laura has she enjoys walking, family time and baking.

  • Andrew Rendell

    Andrew Rendell

    Referral Liaison

    Andrew first came here to Cave Vets as a client when his cat Abi was referred in early 2017 for a Neurology appointment. Having worked for 28 years for the Police in administrative roles, Andrew wanted a change and applied for his role here on the Referral Team. Abi the tabby stayed with him for nearly two more years,  before Katy the kitty joined him in February 2019, a 2 year-old rescue cat from Cat’s Protection (found in a house with 18 other cats). She is a lovable bundle of fun, catching up on some much missed attention that she lacked in her first couple of years. Andrew remembers Abi the tabby with special affection too and as the cat that first introduced him to Cave Veterinary Specialists.

  • Clare Marshall

    Clare Marshall


    Clare & her husband moved to Somerset from Wiltshire in 2012 and joined our Admin team in June 2013, working on Reception. Prior to joining Caves, Clare has had various administrative jobs and was also a Special Needs Teaching Assistant for 17 years before joining our team. In her spare time Clare is busy helping with her grandchildren and spending quality time with her family. When she has the time she enjoys walking, theatre, reading and being by the sea.

  • Linda Palmer

    Linda Palmer

    Admin and Reception

    Linda joined our reception team in December 2014, having previously worked as a Primary School Teacher for 22 years in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Devon. She has loved animals and meeting people since childhood and working within a veterinary practice was a wish that she had held since then. She is delighted to be part of the team here at Cave Vets.  In her spare time Linda has 2 cats and 2 dogs to look after. She also enjoys spending time with her family, walking, baking cakes, gardening, reading, knitting and crocheting.

  • Lisa Reeves

    Lisa Reeves


    Lisa comes to us with a wealth of administrative experience. Ideally suited to work here at Cave Veterinary Specialists, she is passionate about animals, a team player and thrives in a busy atmosphere. Lisa has a springer/lab called Darcy, 4 cats called Reggie, Bella, Teddy and Beau, a tortoise called Florence and three fish. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and taking photos of wildlife and interesting plants and trees also spending time with family and friends and days out by the sea


  • Jenny Ruddock

    Jenny Ruddock

    Reception and Admin Assistant

    Jenny wanted to work at Cave as she had previously worked in a small animal veterinary practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Jenny  missed being involved with owners and their animals and the bond that grows with them over time. She enjoys spending time with her two sons, now in their twenties, looking after and riding her horse “Prince”, following Superstock 1000 Championship Motorbike Racing and going to see Country Rock Music Bands.

    Jenny loves riding Prince on organised fun rides with his ex-racehorse friend “Oscar”, exploring the countryside together and finding new bridleways and rides, she is often accompanied by “Cody”, her red and white Border Collie who runs effortlessly with her for hours as she explores Exmoor.