We are a small animal practice in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, first established in 1988. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at our surgeries.
Emma is originally from Llantwit Major, she graduated from RCV in 2010 and went straight into small animal practice and out of hours work in Leamington Spa. She moved to Coventry and worked in and around there until 2015 when she decided she missed the Vale of Glamorgan too much and moved home. Emma has four dogs, a rescue Staff-cross called Ping, two French Bulldogs called Rupert Bear and Beau Bear, and a Pug called Tallulah. She also has two tortoises, one of which is in his 60's and the other is in his mid-30’s, and finally she has a pony called Sol. Emma loves to be outdoors especially with a pair of skis strapped to her feet!
Joao Bigares DVM PhD MRCVS
Clinical Director at Rumney
Joao graduated in 2004 in Portugal and, after spending two years in mixed practice, has worked mainly with companion animals. He has been working in the UK since 2010, mainly in emergency and out of hours medicine in different hospitals and clinics in South Wales and England. Joao completed his PhD in cardiac physiology at Cardiff University in 2016 and is now the clinical director of Petherton’s Rumney branch and also of our sister practice, Morgan’s Vets. In his free time he enjoys walks in the countryside and travelling with his family.
Carla Asorey Blazquez MRCVS
Carla graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. After graduation she was a volunteer in a small animal practice in Chile and travelled in South America. She has worked in Spain in a small animals and exotic animals centre and has had a one year Internship in the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Santiago. In her free time she loves to play the guitar and spends almost all her time outdoors. She has two dogs and two cats, all are rescued animals.
Joel Alves DVM MscVet Msc(Bris) GPCertSAS BSAVA PGCertSAS MRCVS
Joel graduated from the University of Évora (Portugal) with a Master’s degree in veterinary medicine, followed by the completion of a surgical internship at Northwest Surgeons, a multidisciplinary referral centre in Cheshire. He has continued his studies in surgery having completed both the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) general practice certificate in surgery and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) postgraduate certificate in surgery. Alongside clinical work, Joel has been involved in research, leading to the completion of a Master’s degree in stem cells and regenerative medicine at the University of Bristol and he is also currently enrolled in a part time PhD project in biosciences (Cardiff University), studying glutamate receptors antagonists as a potential novel approach to treat cruciate disease in dogs.
Franziska David BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS
Ziska joined the practice as soon as she qualified in summer 2015, after enjoying spending time here during her work experience placements at vet school. She is particularly interested in feline medicine, and is enjoying meeting all of our lovely clients and their pets. When not at work, Ziska can usually be found sewing, reading or taking care of her two Birman cats, Bellis and Bellatrix.
Maria Farkasovska MVDr MRCVS
Maya graduated with a distinction in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Košice (Slovakia) in 2009 after completing her thesis about Canine Artificial Insemination. She came to the UK in 2016 after several years of experience in clinics from Slovakia, Spain and Canada. She loves helping people and their furry family members and has a keen interest in internal medicine. She is in love with Labrador Retrievers and has a beautiful Golden Labrador called Lia, who lives back in Slovakia. Here, she shares a roof with an adorable (and cheeky) rescued cockatiel named Louie. When she's not in the clinic, she enjoys walking outdoors, cycling, swimming and travelling. when the weather isn't that great, she spends her time reading, writing and baking, hoping to find the perfect bread recipe.
Rebecca Saunders BVSc MRCVS
Rebecca graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Liverpool in 2011. Between 2011 and 2017 she worked in New Zealand as a government veterinarian, but returned home to South Wales in 2017 to spend more time with her family and start an exciting new career in small animal practice. In addition to working as a vet, Rebecca teaches yoga classes in Llantwit Major, and is a life-long horse lover.