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Animal Health Centre was established in 1990 and Nicky Bromhall started here as a part-time vet in June 1993.

In March 2002 she bought the practice and since then has turned it into a modern and well equipped centre, all the time maintaining the original values of being a small, friendly practice for both you and your pet.

Meet the team

Nicky Bromhall

Veterinary Surgeon
Nicky is the Head Vet 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, 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.

Holly Scrimshaw

Veterinary Surgeon
Holly graduated from Bristol University in 2014. After a couple of years working back near her family home in Shropshire and a short stint locumming in Tasmania, she has returned to Bristol. 

In her spare time, Holly trains three times a week with the City of Bristol rowing club down the Harbourside. This certainly keeps her active and up early at the weekends for training sessions! She also enjoys walking in the Mendips and playing tennis on the common.

Holly loves living and working on Gloucester Road and being part of the community. 

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Rosie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2019 and also studied in Bristol for a year to obtain a BSc in Global Health. Interests in veterinary development work abroad have taken her to Malawi, India, Antigua and Myanmar seeing practice and conducting research. 

After falling in love with the diversity and buzz of Bristol Rosie moved back here to start her clinical career after a short stint working in a bike shop and living in Paris. 
When not vetting, Rosie is a keen runner, cyclist, cook and jazz trumpeter, and is currently pursuing an interest in climbing. 

Happiest on two wheels, exploring Somerset and the wider world on her touring bike is a favourite activity when time allows – the most recent adventure being from Oslo to Oxford. Rarely in the same place for more than a few months at a time, Rosie is enjoying being more settled in Bristol and embracing the Gloucester road community life, especially its live music scene. 

Rosie Bartholomew MRCVS

Veterina ry Surgeon

Lela Rawlinson

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.


Lulu is the youngest member of the team, now 8 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!
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. Sam also likes camping and walking holidays near the sea in Cornwall. 

Sam Harris

Head Nurse
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.

Debbie Coles

Receptionist & Animal
Care Assistant


Womble has been a part of Animal Health Centre for over 15 years. She has 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 practice their bandaging and sampling techniques and is now living on Exmoor with Elsa, Nicky's daughter who is also a practicing veterinary surgeon.

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.

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