Our Team

From pet care advice to surgery, we are here to help

Meet the team

Animal Health Centre of Bristol is made up of an animal loving team who are fully committed to giving you and your pet the best possible service and care.

Alongside Nicky are:
  • four fully qualified veterinary nurses
  • one full time veterinary surgeons
  • one part-time veterinary surgeons
  • two receptionists
Our practice ethos has always been to provide individual expert care for your pet and this is reflected in Nicky's strong belief of continuity of care and commitment to the local community. We also believe in the opportunity for all of our staff to build a long term relationship with your pet and its family.
Nicky Bromhall

Nicky Bromhall BVSc MRCVS - Veterinary surgeon

Nicky is the principal of Animal Health Centre. Having worked here since June 1993 and owned the practice since March 2002 it can safely be said that she knows both the area and her clients and patients very well, as proven by regular patient updates either in shops or the local parks.
Nicky has always been surrounded by animals, being the daughter of a dairy farmer and owning various dogs, cats and horses. After studying Veterinary Science at Bristol University she qualified in 1985, and since then Nicky has always worked in general practice, moving back to Bristol in November 1992.

She started part time work at Animal Health Centre while also teaching general 
practice at Langford to University of Bristol final year veterinary students and still maintains her links with the university with teaching and mentoring.
In her spare time Nicky can often be seen running too far around Bristol, usually with a very small dog just behind. She still claims that the best day of her life was running the London Marathon in 2012 for the Blue Cross charity in a mere 3hr 50 min.

These days road cycling has taken over with 100 mile sportives keeping her fit. Swimming daily, dog walking, dancing Le Roc, horse riding and ‘allotmenting’ also manage to squeeze themselves into a very hectic timetable!
Nicky says that her favourite thing about her job is the opportunity she has for individual relationships with all of her clients and patients as being the local GP is a great privilege.

She finds following her patients' progress to be very rewarding whether they be treated here, or referred on for more specialist treatments.
 Veterinary surgeon
Sophie McGill

Sophie McGill BVSc MRCVS - Veterinary surgeon

Sophie qualified from Bristol University and began working initially at a charity animal hospital before starting as a general practitioner in first opinion practice. She is particularly interested in cat and dog heart conditions, brain disease and looking at X-rays while also being a big fan of small furry species particularly rabbits.
Sophie's favourite pastimes are baking, eating and travelling around the world. She is a keen swimmer, but may be seen trotting around on ponies when feeling lazy.
She is very excited to be working again in her university city and is enjoying meeting all the lovely patients at The Animal Health Centre.
Veterinary surgeon
Sam Harris

Sam Harris RVN - Head nurse

Sam qualified in 2000 in Hereford where she grew up. Shortly after she studied to become a part time lecturer and started lecturing at the local agricultural college where she had trained to become a Veterinary Nurse. She taught all levels of Veterinary Nursing and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Alongside this, Sam joined a small local practice where she soon became Head Nurse. She then went on to study to become a Veterinary Nurse Assessor enabling her to train student nurses in practice. After remaining at the practice for 11 years helping to train nurses and expand the practice, Sam decided to seek new challenges and a larger city.

Sam moved to Bristol in 2012. Living locally she was delighted when a position at the Animal Health Centre became available.
Sam loves Gloucester Road and all its hustle and bustle. She spends lots of time shopping and exploring its many restaurants, as she loves dining out.
Head nurse
Lela Williams

Lela Rawlinson RVN - Veterinary nurse

Lela qualified in 2004 and joined the Animal Health Centre for a second time. Lela loves working here and enjoys all aspects of nursing. She also enjoys learning about feline behaviour. 

Lela says "We are a brilliant fantastic little family. I feel most at home here out of all the practices I have worked in because of our small size and the closeness of our team"  
Lela particularly enjoys nurse clinics that she runs, including the regular weigh-ins and puppy checks, as well as assisting the vet in theatre during operating.

Outside of work Lela enjoys challenging herself at the gym, socialising with family and friends, swimming, photography and travelling. She also enjoys the rugby.
Veterinary nurse
Lela Williams

Hannah Hirst RVN - Veterinary nurse

Hannah completed her degree in veterinary nursing with applied animal behaviour in May 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. After 4 years in Cambridge she decided to relocate closer to family in Bristol. 
Hannah has a particular interest in behaviour and nursing clinics and is looking to start up behaviour consults in the near future. 
Outside of the practice, Hannah enjoys rugby, bird watching and playing the piano. She has two cats, Oliver and neville who are always up to mischief!
Veterinary nurse
Su Howe

Su Howe - Receptionist

It would be fitting to call Su the 'face of the practice' as it is normally Su who first greets you as you come in or speak to on the phone, but her face is a relatively rare sight due to the amount of time she spends on the floor cuddling any animal she possibly can.
Su has worked at the Animal Health Centre, cuddling pets, since October 2009 after a year's pre-vet nursing course at Hartpury College. She says although she gained invaluable experience, she soon decided she was "far too sociable to be hidden out the back and took my rightful place on reception." We'd have to agree with that.

Su's favourite parts of the job are chatting to the clients and making the waiting room a friendly place to be and making "all those lovely doggies" feel welcome too with cuddles. She also likes the varied aspects of her job, not knowing what each day will bring, be it a quiet, busy or "crazy" day.
In her spare time Su enjoys dining out and being 'merry', going to the theatre or comedy (Eddie Izzard being the favourite), reading and cooking (her "one pot wonder"). Not one for a quiet life, Su has also tried white water rafting down the Zambezi, micro lighting, bungee jumping, scuba diving, caving and paragliding, although says the skydiving had to be cancelled due to a hole in the parachute!

Debbie Coles - Receptionist and Animal Care Assistant

Debbie started working for the Animal Health Centre in 2011 as a weekend receptionist. She now also manages reception part time through the week. Debbie has just completed her ACA (Animal care assistant) qualification and is now a qualified ACA.

Debbie says "I love working at the Animal Health Centre, it's like my extended family. The clients all love their animals so dearly, as do we. Being a smaller practice we get to know the owners and animals individually, which makes a big difference."

Before coming to us in 2011 Debbie worked within animal rescue and has completed a Bsc psychology. In her spare time Debbie loves spending time with her family, watching movies and visiting historical sites and running. She has two children, a dog and two guinea pigs.

Weekend receptionist


Lulu is the youngest member of the team, now 4 years old and a Miniature Wire Haired Dachshund. She takes her duties of meeting and greeting at Animal Health Centre very seriously and is always to be found in the waiting room or kennels where she keeps up the spirits of the inpatients.

Lulu is Nicky’s constant companion and running buddy and the two of them can be spotted around Bristol running at the speed of Dachshund, which is pretty speedy for one with such short legs.

Her other hobbies include climbing mountains, tail wagging and sitting on any feet she can find!
young member


Womble has been a part of Animal Health Centre for over 13 years. She now retired but is an honorary member of the team. In her younger days she qualified for and competed at Crufts twice in both the Young Kennel Club Agility competition and dog groomer of the year with Elsa, her devoted owner.

She has spent many years in the veterinary profession helping the nurses practise their bandaging and sampling techniques and is now living in Herefordshire with Elsa Nicky's daughter.

Originally rescued as a puppy from Bristol Dogs and Cats home, a recent DNA test has exposed Womble’s origins as half Yorkshire Terrier and the other half a mix of Soft Coated Wheaten terrier and Dalmation!! Womble’s hobbies include cross country running, she would follow Elsa to the end of the earth, learning new tricks and sunbathing.
regular volunteer
For pet care advice and other services call
Animal Health Centre of Bristol on
0117 924 7832
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