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.
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.
Nicola Rolph BVSc MRCVS
Clinical Director at Barry
Nicola graduated in 2015 from the University of Liverpool, initially working in Somerset in a mixed practice before moving to Wales in 2016. She joined Pethertons as clinical director of our Barry branch in 2017. Nicola has a particular interest in medicine cases and performing ultrasound scans. She is also currently undertaking her certificate in small animal medicine. Nicola has a rescue dog called Mortimer and a cat called Mia. Outside of work she spends most of her time walking, playing badminton, doing house renovations and baking cakes.
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.