Meet The Vets
Simon joined Park Vets immediately after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 1985 and has remained here since. Having worked in (and thoroughly enjoyed) all aspects of farm, equine and small animal practice, he now works predominantly at the Pontypridd surgery.
Outside work he endeavours to keep fit and spends a substantial portion of his holiday time skiing. His dogs Tuffy and Sionny are noted for being the worst behaved dogs in the practice.
Suzanne Baxter graduated from Bristol University in 1987. She has always lived in Cardiff, indeed her parents are local farmers. In fact this would explain Suzanne’s long history with PVG, which dates back to her spending school holidays here helping out. Throughout her career Suzanne has worked mainly at Park Vet Group, although she did escape for a while to do some cattle work in the Australian Outback!
Suzanne is now a Director at PVG and can be found mainly at our Penarth surgery, dealing with the companion animal side of the practice here, trying to ensure that things are running smoothly. Suzanne is also a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.
Suzanne juggles work with looking after her two sons, Harry and Archie and a small menagerie of pets.
Mary qualified from the University of Bristol in 1993 and came to work at Park Vets in a mixed role. She gained her certificate in Veterinary Radiography shortly afterwards and has maintained an interest in imaging, checking many of the radiographs.
She covers all aspects of small animal medicine & surgery and also work in the large animal team.
Mary is married to a beef farmer and helps on the farm. She is mum to Henry and Maggie and has a very badly behaved Jack Russell Salty, who is friends with her two pet sheep and goats.
In her spare time, she plays badminton, run and is involved in the school PTA.
Andy qualified from Bristol in 1993 and worked in Cornwall, Bristol and East Anglia before coming to Cardiff in 2005 . He has had a varied career, engaging in small and large animal work as well as further study. These days he focuses on small animal work, with a particular interest in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Andy also has a secondary career in scientific writing.
When family life allows, interests include getting out and about in the magnificent hill and coastal landscape of South Wales.
Dave Dickson BVetMed CertAVP(Cardiology)MRCVS
Dave is an RVC graduate and after working in first opinion practices in South Wales, Yorkshire and New Zealand has gradually evolved into a full time veterinary cardiologist. He joined the HeartVets team in 2011 and holds the RVCS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cardiology). He is based in South Wales, where he offers regular cardiology referral clinics in Cardiff here at Park Vets, along with clinics in Swansea and Haverfordwest. He is part of the referral team at Vale Referrals, working alongside Dr. Mark Patteson. Dave is currently working towards his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology and is undertaking research into echocardiographic assessment of canine myocardial function.
Morgan graduated from Bristol in July 2011, having spent most of her student years seeing practice at Park. She enjoys all aspects of mixed veterinary work especially small and large animal surgery. When not in work she enjoys keeping fit including playing squash and helping out at her parents small holding.
Andy graduated from Bristol in 2011. He has a general interest in all areas of small animal veterinary work. Outside of Park he likes any sort of sport and plays the bagpipes.
Jonny graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015, and has been with us ever since. He prides himself on a hands-on and practical approach to veterinary medicine, and thoroughly enjoys the wide caseload seen as a mixed practitioner. He finds the variety of work fantastic for his problem solving abilities, a skill he quickly learnt was vital as a veterinary surgeon!
His particular interests include dermatology and soft tissue surgery, alongside an interest in large animal surgery with a portfolio includes pet pig spays (neutering).
I joined Park Vets in the Summer of 2015 and will be working as a mixed animal vet. I recently graduated from Bristol Vet School and am glad to being staying in the South west and exploring Wales. I grew up in Northumberland and worked on a sheep and beef farm during my university holidays- gaining more an insight into farm work. My main interests are in ambulatory cattle work and metabolic disease as well as sheep productivity. When not at work I enjoy mountain biking, rugby and skiing. Looking forward to meeting you soon"
Ryan is a small animal vet from London and recently graduated from the Royal Veterinary College. He has a keen interest in surgery and diagnostic imaging. In his spare time he enjoys film, travelling and trying to train his stubborn pet cat.
Thalia graduated from Bristol University in 2010. She has worked at Park ever since, apart from a 2 year interval where she was the resident vet at the Grenada SPCA, in the West Indies. She enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery.
Alice graduated from Bristol university and joined Park Vets in September.
Her main interest is in medicine though she enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice. Alice spends most of her free time competing home-bred horses internationally in eventing with the hope of reaching top level.
Stewart graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016 and has been with us since. He enjoyes all aspects of veterinary work, particulary helping owners get the best for their pets. Outside of work he enjoys a variety of sport and when he can helping out on his family dairy farm in Kent.
Rory graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017 and has worked here since. He grew up in Zimbabwe and has always enjoyed working with animals. He has worked for a range of wildlife conservation charites doing field work in Zimbabwe, and continues to support them in his time off. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with a particular interest in surgery.
Johann Van Rooyen
Johann van Rooyen qualified in South Africa in 1988 and spent the first 10 years of his career as a mixed animal vet specializing as a horse vet. Came to the UK in 1997 and was a Night vet for Medivet for 8 years specializing in emergency medicine and surgery. In 2005 he joined Companion care and owned his own practice for 12 years specializing in small animal medicine and surgery. Since joining Park vet group in 2016 his interests have mainly been soft tissue surgery and orthopedics which he enjoys. His hobies include outdoor activities like dog walking, hunting, shooting and travelling.