Introducing Our Practice Team

Caring for your animals

Everyone at The Sidings is committed to providing the very best in small animal and horse healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the Practice and each have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.

Diane Wilson

Veterinary Surgeon

Being a vet is most definitely not a job for me. I can honestly say that I still love treating animals as much as I did 30 years ago.

I have always had a passion for working with horses, having ridden all my life. I started my veterinary career with eventers, then racehorses in Lambourn, and then moved on to polo ponies. For many years I was Veterinary Officer at Cirencester Park Polo Club.

I still show jump regularly, having competed in Belgium and often at Hickstead and county shows.  At home, I look after a collection of horses in their later years and I gain great pleasure from seeing animals being nurtured in their dotage.

As well as caring for horses at our Practice, I really enjoy looking after small animals. Having had cats for many years and now onto my fourth Labrador, I fully understand how important these are in our lives and know that feeling of over-analysing every sign and symptom they display and losing sleep when they are not well.

In addition to my two Labradors, my partner has a Dalmatian and Whippet and therefore along with my horses we have a large family of animals - so animals play a large part in my life at home as well as at work.

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Patrick Harte

Veterinary Surgeon

I suspect that most people don’t care where I went to university, or how long ago it was. They really want to know whether I care about what I do, and if I’m kind to their pets and them. Knowledge helps, of course – I couldn’t do my job if I didn’t have years, no decades, of experience, and that is really where my skills and empathy come from. That word ‘job’ – it’s not just a job to me, a source of income to support me, my family, and, yes, my dogs. I come to work because I still love it, and I’m not good at seeing other people suffer, due to their pets suffering. I can’t always take suffering away, but I can ease it, both four-legged and two-legged.

We all have a special area of interest and ability, and, for me, that is orthopaedic problems in dogs and cats, and helping our ageing pets to cope with arthritis and problems of the twilight years. It helps very much that my wife is a dog and cat physiotherapist, who regularly visits the practice.

I currently have two dogs, but have looked after many more in the past. I dread the time when I won’t be able to look after one. It follows that many dogs lead, eventually, to many goodbyes, so I know how you feel when this difficult time arrives and cannot be ignored any longer.

Oh, sorry, I’m also a railway buff, and came up with the practice name, because it’s what used to be here before the practice was built.

Maybe I’ll see you in the practice sometime.

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Anna Philpott

Veterinary Surgeon

I treat both our small animal and equine patients. I grew up locally and after spending some time down in Devon returned to the area in 2006 and joined The Sidings.

I'm married to Stuart who is an equine dental technician and we have a son.

I enjoy all aspects of small animal work. I have an interest in feline medicine but being a dog owner myself, I like meeting our canine patients too!  My dog, Joey originally came to the practice as a patient in need of a home following a serious road accident when he was only 10 weeks old. Unfortunately, he had to have his leg amputated and after his operation, I decided to keep him.  He is now 9 years old and is a great example of how adaptable our patients can be.  My other areas of interest include ultrasound imaging and ophthalmology.

In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, in particular one day eventing, although I have taken some time out from this to convert/build my house with my husband.

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Lily Burden

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined the Practice in December 2015, having previously worked in a busy equine hospital in the home counties. I graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2013, and also hold a first class degree in Zoology.

I have travelled the world with my veterinary skills - neutering stray dogs in India, caring for wounded donkeys in Eqypt and working in leading embryo transfer studs in Argentina amongst other things.

I grew up in rural Dorset and has been mad about horses for as long as I can remember, but I also enjoy all aspects of general practice with interests in dermatology and soft tissue surgery. I particularly enjoys geriatric medicine; helping to keep our golden oldies well in their twilight years.

When not at work, I love spending time outside with my naughty Portugese Podengo, Teddy, my Whippet, Winnie and my husband, Gonzalo who works with polo ponies.

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Jo Hawkins

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I studied Zoology at Cardiff University before pursuing a practical career with animals in veterinary nursing. I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2009 and worked in two other Practices in the area, before joining to The Sidings in April 2013.

I'm particularly interested in anaesthesia and have worked as a Clinical Coach, training student nurses in practice.

I live in Cirencester with my partner, Chris and our young son, Wynn and Jack Russell, Albie who keeps us on our toes! Outside of work, I enjoy looking after Wynn and walking Albie,  along with cooking and gardening.

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Jackie Morris

Practice Administrator

I'm The Siding's Practice Administrator and have also gained the National Diploma in Animal Care. I've been at the Practice since 1995, and know all our regular patients, and their owners, very well. In addition to my role of organising everyone, I take my turn at the reception desk, and in the nursing care of our patients.

I live with my husband, Ben, children Louis and Cora, dog, Flo and cat, Fred. In my spare time, weather permitting, I enjoy cycling with my family, camping and dog walking.

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Katherine Lewis

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I'm a qualified veterinary nurse and studied at Harper Adams University. I have over 10 years’ experience of working in large veterinary hospitals and referral centres with a particular interest in medical nursing and hydrotherapy. I have also gained a certificate in feline medicine from ISFAM.

After having my son, I decided I'd prefer to work in a small first-opinion practice, where I can get to know the clients and their pets and really feel like I can make a difference.

I live in Cirencester with my husband, two children and two cats, Sylvester and Oscar. In my spare time, I enjoy running, baking and spending time with my family.

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Danni Wall

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I'm a student veterinary nurse and joined The Sidings in 2018. I grew up on a dairy farm where my love of animals began. I'm studying at Abbeydale College one day a week.

I love Springer Spaniels and I'm the owner of mother and son, Molly and Monty. I also have a cat, Smudge. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time on the farm and playing netball.

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Alison Austen

Main Receptionist

I'm The Sidings main receptionist and I joined the Practice in 2017. I'm likely to be the friendly face who’ll greet you when you visit the Practice.

I'm very familiar with Veterinary Practices having previously worked in a large mixed Practice. I'm the proud owner of a Pug Zu, Rigsby who is full of character.

I have many tales of circus life travelling the country with my husband. In my spare time, I enjoy socialising and taking Rigsby for long walks.

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Artaine Harte

Animal Physiotherapist

I am an animal physiotherapist, who is passionate about improving the quality of life of older animals, having had several dogs that have gone on to develop osteoarthritis. I also treat small animals suffering from orthopaedic and neurological diseases, and have a special interest in working with agility dogs.

I am a member of RAMP, the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners, which is the professional regulatory body of animal complimentary therapists, and over the years I have also achieved diplomas in human sports and canine remedial massage. I hold training and support sessions for physiotherapy students, lecturing alongside my veterinary surgeon husband, Patrick.

Through the years I have had many different dogs ranging in size from an 86kg Wolfhound down to a 9kg Border terrier.  At the moment Patrick and I have two dogs, an anxious rescue Griffon, who takes part in ScentWork training, and a Jack Russell Terrier, who is doing his best to teach me agility!

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