Dr Hannah Scott, MRCVS

Hannah qualified from Liverpool University with honours in 2011 and worked in both first opinion and emergency and critical care before starting locum work in the South West. Hannah has previously enjoyed a long standing locum relationship with the practice. In late 2019 the opportunity to purchase the practice arose with Dr Murphy looking to take a step back from the day-to-day of the business. As practice owner, Hannah is focused on continuing to provide the personal touch our clients are accustomed to whilst modernising the practice to provide the best standard of care possible.

Hannah's other interests include going to the gym and an African Grey parrot called Lola who sometimes been seen around the practice entertaing clients!

Dr Patrick Murphy, MRCVS

Patrick qualified with honours in Canada and completed a scholarship at Cambridge before going into practice.

Patrick practiced around the world in Canada, the UK, the USA and Australia before settling in the UK and setting up Abbotswood Veterinary Centre in 1991.

Patrick recently took a step back from the day-today running of the practice and sold the practice. However, Patrick still remains an important part of the team in a locum capacity and can typically been seen most Wednesday and occasional  Saturdays.


Patrick would like to thank all his clients for their support over the years.

Jenny Smith, RVN

Jenny originally studied and worked in administration before starting as an assistant nurse at Abbotswood in 2001, qualifying in 2014.

In 2017 Jenny obtained the Level 3 Award in Education and Training which led to a lecture/tutor position at a veterinary nursing college and an OSCE examiner role.

Jenny combines her passion for education and clinical work in practice ensuring the high standards required of a veterinary nurse training practice are met. Abbotswood Veterinary Centre are a proud supporter of Jenny and share her commitment to training the student veterinary nurses of the future.

Outside of work Jenny enjoys walking her whippet, Star. She also has a particular interest in rabbits and small furries, having kept a number of these over the years, along with two tortoises that ensure she is always kept on her toes!!

Liz Bacon, RVN

After leaving school Liz studied Animal Science at Lackham Agricultural College while working part time at Abbotswood Veterinary Centre. She then joined the team full time. A year later she started studying for a Veterinary Nursing diploma, passing her nursing exams in 2003. Since then she has been involved in training other team members.

Outside of the surgery Liz likes to keep busy eventing her horses and teaching. She also has two Hungarian Vislas called Iris and Boudica. They love to join her on a hack around Badminton, but also can be found ‘hanging out’ at the surgery with the team.

Olivia Higgins

Olivia is originally from South Africa and obtained a BSc (Honours) in Environmental Science there before coming to the UK in 2018 to pursue her other passion of animal care and welfare.

After joining the team, Olivia began her training as a Student Veterinary Nurse at Central College of Animal Studies. Olivia's other interests include animal protection, environmental sustainability and community engagement.

Although Olivia has always been passionate about wildlife growing up surrounded by animals, it was her Labrador Retriever, Custard, who has always been a great guide in steering her on the path to a career working with animals.

Tracy Stainthorpe

Tracy joined the team in 1995 in a nursing role but since having children has moved to become the accounts manager. She deals with insurance claims and surgery accounts but also has a hands on role with puppies as a the puppy party organiser and one-to-one advise sessions with new owners.

Tracy has a French bulldog called Mila who she enjoys walking in her spare time.


Lola is Hannah’s African Grey parrot who as you can see enjoys posing for the camera! She also enjoys singing, dancing and scrounging food which has led to her being known as the ‘winged Labrador!’


Star is Jenny’s whippet and she enjoys typical whippet activities such as lazing around taking up a whole four seater sofa in between chasing squirrels!

Tipps & Ally

Tipps and Ally are Jenny’s tortoises and they are around 15 years old now. They have an unhealthy obsession with Croc shoes and also enjoy eating cucumber!


Otis is Kate’s English pointer and although he is now 2 years old he likes to act like a puppy around the practice and can often be found raiding our bins!


Custard was Olivia’s childhood Labrador back in South Africa and even though she is not over here with us we have included her as she inspired Olivia’s nursing career.


Rain is Gill’s working cocker spaniel and has enjoyed great success in working tests under Gill’s watchful eye.


Cloud is Gill’s elderly springer spaniel who has now retired from working life and handed over to Rain.


Mila, aka Squeals, is Tracy’s French bulldog. Her favourite thing in the world is food but squeaky toys come in a close second!

Mushu, Cogsworth & Piggy

These are Jenny’s trio of Guinea pigs and they enjoy being noisy, mischievous and greedy!


Gill Chapman

After moving from London in 1981, Gill joined Abbotswood and is our longest standing employee. Gill is our pharmacy/accounts manager.  

Gill has owned many animals including cats, rats, birds, guinea pigs and rabbits and has a keen interest in dog behavior, training and working. This was largely due to her first Springer 'Abby', a rescue dog that was named after Abbotswood Veterinary Centre. She was an incredible dog who taught Gill as much as Gill taught her.

Currently Gill has a mature retired Springer Spaniel, having been very successful competing in working tests. She also has a working Cocker Spaniel who is currently always in training appearing in the Silver level Good Citizen dog display team at Crufts 2019.

Gill taught for 13 years at a local Kennel Club registered dog training club and she is a 'Good Citizen Award Scheme' bronze, silver and gold level examiner.

About Our Team

Abbotswood Veterinary Centre has a long estabilished team with a wealth of experience in animal care. We pride ourself on our professional service and aim to treat your pets as we would our own. Many of our team members have been with the practice for over 20 years, ensuring you and your pets receive continuity of care. We are open six days a week and use a local out of hours provider to ensure your pets have 24/7 care, even in the event of an emergency.


We always welcome you to pop in and have a chat but read on for more information about our team, their passions and how they can help you.

Staff Pets

As well as out human colleagues, we also have some furry, feathered and scaled members of the team. They can often be spotted around the practice.


Abbotswood Veterinary Centre,

18 Abbotswood,


BS37 4NG

T: 01454 322449 | E: info@abbotswoodvets.co.uk

© 2020 by Abbotswood Veterinary Practice.

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