Veterinary Surgeons 

Rachel Davies (MRCVS) PGC SAS – Director

Rachel has been involved at Shepherds since 2000 when she started volunteering before going to university. She qualified in 2008 from Edinburgh University.

Rachel originally worked at Shepherds the vets for 1 year.  Then she moved to an Orthopaedic and spinal referral practice for 4 years before returning to Shepherds. Rachel's veterinary interests are in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Rachel became a Director in December 2017

Outside of work she is usually busy with her two spaniels or eventing her horse.



Zephanie Woodward (MRCVS) - Director

Zephanie went to Royal Veterinary College in London graduating and starting with Shepherds in 2005. In 2006, she moved on to Vale Vets, a Referral practice to expand her skills. 2010 - 2012 she took time out of full time work to have her two girls, Charlotte and Alexandra. Returning to Shepherds in 2012. She now spends her time running the in-patients ward, seeing complicated medical cases and ultrasound scanning. Zephanie became a director in December 2017.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her kids, looking after her Springer Spaniel and squeezing in the odd bit of running.



Will Sharp (MRCVS)Will Sharp (MRCVS)

Will graduated from University of Bristol in 2014 and has been working for Shepherds since.

Will is particularly interested in surgical work and spends a significant amount of time in our operating theatre.

In his spare time Will likes fly fishing and going out in his kayak.



Tamsin Banner (MRCVS)

Tamsin graduated from the university of Cambridge in 2018. She enjoys all aspects of her work and has a special interest in ultrasonography, having completed her final year project developing teaching methods in this area in Cambridge.

In her spare time, Tamsin enjoys baking, netball and white water kayaking -especially waterfalls on the River Tawe.






Silvia Lunnon (MRCVS)Silvia Lunnon (MRCVS)

Silvia joined the team in 2016. She graduated in Germany in 1995. She then moved to Nottingham to complete her doctorate. After which she followed the steps of her childhood hero James Herriot working in a mixed practice in Yorkshire.

Silvia’s husband convinced her to move to South Wales where he grew up. Their children were born here in 2001 and 2003. Silvia joined the veterinary emergency service and the PDSA for 10 years, enjoying working in a busy hospital. This gave her the opportunity to learn new techniques and to use state of the art environment.



Craig Mackinlay (MRCVS)Craig Mackinlay (MRCVS)

Craig graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 and joined Shepherds that same year.  After 3 years he moved on to study for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine.  He returned to Shepherds in 2017 as a locum and became permanent again in 2018 to provide an exotic pet service for our clients.

In his spare time he enjoys hiking, spending time with his pets (a royal python, Cuban knight anole and guinea pig) and whisky tasting.





Laura Beach (MRCVS)Laura Beech (MRCVS)

Laura graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July of 2018, after achieving a BSC in Animal science from the University of Nottingham in 2014.

A keen musician, she plays a multitude of instruments in her spare time, from woodwinds (flute, recorder, ocarina and tin whistle) through piano to strings (Ukulele).  At Nottingham, she was a keen member of the alternative arts society, spinning fire and juggling the night away. She is looking forward to her new life as a vet, and hopes to gain more experience treating birds, reptiles and small mammals as well as the usual companion species.




Lowri Elis-Williams (MRCVS)

Lowri graduated from Cambridge University in 2010 and has worked around the UK mostly in small animal practice before joining us in 2019. She loves the variety of being a vet and enjoys getting to know her clients. She particularly enjoys medicine and is working towards a certificate in feline medicine. Lowri is originally from North Wales and is happy to speak to you (and your pets) in Welsh. Outside of work Lowri tries to keep her young family in order and does lots of outdoor activities and travel with them. She also has a lovely cat called Morris.







Daisy Markham (MRCVS)

Originally from Essex, Daisy graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2019 and made the long move to South Wales to join the Shepherd’s team. While at University, Daisy developed an interest in orthopaedic surgery and completed a 3 week elective before winning the ‘Boehringer Ingelheim BVSc Prize in Small Animal Orthopaedics’.

In her spare time, Daisy enjoys a relaxed pace of life with her Labrador, Maple. They can often be found exploring the fields and beaches of South Glamorgan no matter the weather.





Alexander Davies (MRCVS)              

Alex graduated with honours from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020, after completing a degree in Bioveterinary Science at the University of Liverpool in 2016. He was awarded the ‘Extra-Curricular Excellence Award’ on graduation from vet school due to his commitment to veterinary research and education. Alex has joined the team after completing much of his student training at Shepherds, and has a special interest in surgery but looks forward to developing all of his veterinary skills. Alex’s interest in veterinary research has resulted in publishing in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently undertaking a PetSaver’s funded project exploring the neurological signs associated with lymphoma in cats. Alex is also passionate about mentoring and veterinary education and supports students aspiring to study veterinary medicine and current vet students through a leadership role at the organisation, Vet Mentor.






Elinor Long  (MRCVS) 

Elinor qualified as a vet from Liverpool University in 2020; after growing up in Birmingham she is excited to be living in South Wales to enjoy the scenery and the seaside. She has a particular interest in medicine, cardiology and neurology - especially when it comes to feline medicine, as she is a self-confessed cat person.

In her spare time she loves baking everything chocolate, and is a keen sports player, having played netball, badminton and rugby at University. When not at work you can find her in the gym or shopping for more baking supplies!






Caitlin Glover   (MRCVS) 

Caitlin graduated from the University of Nottingham and joined Shepherds in 2020 to start her veterinary career. She enjoys all aspects that the job entails but has particular interests in small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging and hopes to take further qualifications in these subjects in the future.  Originally from Somerset and having spent a lot of time in South Wales already, Caitlin enjoys going for walks along the coast and exploring new areas but also home comforts such as reading books with big mugs of tea.







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