We are a small animal practice in Swansea, first established in the 1950s. 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.
Louise studied veterinary science at Liverpool University, moving to Swansea after graduation in 1994. Experiencing two years in mixed practice, she decided to focus on small animal practice. After a few years working in West Australia, New Zealand and Cardigan, she settled back in Swansea in 2002. Louise was appointed clinical director of Tawe Veterinary Group in 2014 and is responsible for the running of the practice. In 2016, after three years of study, she completed a certificate in advanced veterinary practice with a focus on small animal medicine and anaesthesia. Her other professional interests include feline medicine, dentistry and geriatrics. When not at work Louise will be found pottering in her greenhouse or cycling the valleys of South Wales and beyond.
Alison Brettell BVSc MRCVS
Alison graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2002 and worked in practices in Devon and West Wales before returning to her roots in Swansea. She has worked with us at Tawe since 2004, although she had a brief sabbatical in Liverpool during 2010 and 2011. She has an interest in surgery and emergency medicine. Outside of work, Alison will often be found enjoying Gower with her mad Spaniels and young family. She has recently expanded her family with the addition of a tortoise called Fred.
Tiago Melo DVM MRCVS
Tiago graduated in 2005 from Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria in Lisbon, Portugal. He worked in Portugal for two years before joining a CVS practice in Worcestershire. Tiago joined our team in 2009, and passed a general practitioner certificate in small animal practice. He has a special interest in ultrasonography, internal medicine and general surgery, and likes keeping up to date by attending regular CPD in small animal medicine and surgery. He is currently studying for a certificate in advanced veterinary practice. Tiago enjoys travelling, reading and playing the guitar in his spare time. He’s also got a cat named Flecky.
Nestor Moreno Casanova MRCVS
Néstor graduated in 2004 from Facultad de Veterinaria de Zaragoza in Spain. After a year in the Netherlands, he worked in Spain for 10 years combining small animal practice with the development of veterinary courses. He moved to Wales and joined the Tawe team in 2016. Néstor has a special interest in general surgery and oncology. Outside of work he enjoys reading, observing fauna and flora and spending time with his wife and their cat, Uri.
Gemma Thomas BVSc MRCVS
Gemma studied at Liverpool University, graduating in 2005. She worked in mixed practice in Swansea (her home town) for two years before moving to Hertfordshire to concentrate on small animal practice. Gemma returned home and joined the Tawe team in 2009. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery and canine behaviour. When not in work Gemma enjoys keeping fit and is kept busy by her crazy beagle cross named Celyn and young son.