Bob O’Brien BVM & S MRCVS – Director/Vet
“We moved back down south to Somerset/Dorset in 1996 and have been here ever since. Whilst at Southill I have been developing varied interests including ophthalmology, feline infectious diseases and the use of technology within the practice. I thoroughly enjoy being part of a rural practice and feel privileged to count so many clients as friends.
Outside of work, my four children (plus dogs and cats and ponies!), and never ending gardening keep me busy. I enjoy everything this beautiful part of the country has to offer.”
Vicky Sands BVSc PgCSAM MRCVS – Director/Vet
“When I grew up I always wanted to be a vet! I joined Southill vets as a keen new graduate from the University of Bristol Vet School in 2010 as a mixed vet, then treating just companion animals as the practice evolved to a purely small animal practice.
After a brief interlude at a nearby vets in 2017 I returned to Southill in June 2018 and joined Bob in the running of the practice.
I am working towards a certificate in Small Animal Medicine to gain a more specialist knowledge in working up and managing more difficult medical cases and ensuring we give our patients the best care.
When not at work I can be found romping around the countryside with my spaniel Roxy, or at home with my beloved cat Teabag and my rescue chickens, who provide excellent eggs for baking cakes for my colleagues!”
Jeremy Collyer – Vet
“I am a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College of London. I graduated in 1983 and started work in Wincanton for Mr Hudson and Mr Giles. I was employed as a full time vet, covering both farm and small animal work. In August 2014 the practice withdrew from farm work, my work has changed to allow me to continue to develop as a small animal clinician, with a keen interest in ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery.I have stayed with the practice for my whole veterinary career.
“I am married with three children. All my children are now themselves university graduates, leaving my wife and I in peace, but looking forward to visits from them all and the grandchildren. I keep a few animals at home including two dogs, cats, beef cattle and sheep. I am also a keen vegetable grower and cook.
I was offered a junior partnership in 1988 and then full partnership in 1991. In December 2012 we converted to a Limited Company and Bob O’Brien and I became directors. Very recently I have moved away from this and now work part- time across the practices.”
Fiona Perkins – Vet
“My name is Fiona Perkins and I am the ‘tall blonde’ vet at Wincanton where I work part time doing small animal work. I graduated from Bristol Vet School in 1990 (having already obtained a degree in Zoology/Psychology), and worked in a very mixed practice in rural Cornwall for four years, before moving to Somerset in 1995. I then worked in several local practices for two years, before joining Southill in 1997.
I am married to a vet and have four children (all now at university) which keeps me busy! I also have two dogs – a Deer-hound cross called Gipsy and a Border Terrier called Gromit, a cat called Dennis, two horses, some sheep and a few cows. At work I particularly enjoy all aspects of surgery, and interesting medical cases. My interests outside of work include doing up my old farmhouse, gardening, riding, walking and eating – though with my work and family commitments, I spend most of my time just rushing around!”
Helen Jenkins – Vet
“I qualified from Liverpool University in the year 2000, and except for maternity breaks I’ve been working in mainly small animal practice ever since. I’d worked in practices in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Snowdonia before arriving in Somerset in 2008 and coming to work at Southill. I really enjoy meeting and treating all pets and doing my best for them.
I’m married to a vet, have two children, a Welsh Springer Spaniel, a Burmese cat, three Guinea pigs and some hens. Outside of work I like to garden, cook, and spend time with family and friends.”
Elena Sanchez – Vet
“I am from Spain and I graduated from Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU in Valencia in 2013. In 2014 I achieved a masters degree in Small Animal Medicine from Universidad de Murcia and moved to Bath the same year. I started my career working in Bath, alongside the first opinion and referral team. I moved to Wincanton in June 2016, to start my new adventure and continue my professional and personal development at Southill Vets. I have a special interest in internal medicine and imaging and hope one day to achieve a certificate or specialist status.
I have a cat in Spain called Gordi (which means fatty!) who I miss every day. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, reading and relaxing with friends.”
Rachel Hinks – Vet
“I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and moved to South Wales the same year. I began my career in a busy small animal first opinion hospital. I then moved to Somerset in 2017 after getting married, to continue my career progression.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, walking, watching football matches and visiting new places with my husband. I have a French Bulldog called Lacey who keeps me very busy.”
Kelly Oakley – Vet
” I qualified in 2009 and worked in mixed practices in Wales and Hay on Wye, until moving to Dorset 4 years ago. Before joining Southill Vets in December 2018, I worked in a small animal practice in Sturminster Newton.
In my spare time I am kept very busy with my two young children and our farm. I am particularly interested in small animal medicine and working dogs.”