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Here at Cambrian Vets, everything we do is rooted in our dedication to the wellbeing of animals. We know that pets are treasured members of the family – they are to us too. That’s why we know that the health and happiness of your pet is vitally important to you. We are a dedicated small animal vet practice, family run and independent, because this gives us the best opportunity to put you and your pets first.

  • We give longer appointment times so you have all the time you need
  • We provide emergency cover so your pet receives continuity of care
  • We can respond flexibly to customer feedback on packages and services
  • We build an ongoing relationship, really getting to know you and your pet

We know from our experience that these things make all the difference to our clients, human and otherwise.

The practice has been locally based for the past 40 years and now has two sites serving Machynlleth, Tywyn and the surrounding areas. Consultations and operations are done daily by appointment. We will see emergencies at any time, but please try to let us know you are on your way.


Daniela Barrella
Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Onderstepoort, South Africa in 2002 and moved to the UK in 2003. I worked in a mixed practice in Devon for 1 year, then moved to Hampshire where I concentrated on pets. I worked at one of the PDSA hospitals in Dorset, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and had the opportunity to do more challenging surgical work.

Marius and I purchased Cambrian Vets and moved to Wales in 2009, with our black and white moggy who goes by various, mostly unflattering names.

As well as being a vet, I currently lecture at Glynllifon on a part time basis and have achieved my PGCE (teacher qualification).

We now have 1 child, 2 cats (because by default vets adopt strays) and another baby on the way!

Marius Erasmus
Practice Manager

Marius is a farmer at heart. He gained his Batchelors degree in Agriculture, Honours degree in Wildlife management and Masters degree in animal physiology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he managed a beef and wildlife farm. Marius then went combine harvesting in the USA before he came to the UK in 2004 and worked on various farms, including dairy, beef and poultry farms until 2009, when he moved to Wales with Daniela and the cat.

Marius is the manager and also the general dog’s body.

Katarina Lakatova
Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice (Slovakia) in 2007. After graduation I worked in small animal practice in Slovakia for a year before coming to the UK in 2008. I have been working at the Cambrian Vets since January 2011. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine that small animal practice has to offer, but my favourite is ultrasonography and cardiology.

I own 2 cats, Heidy and Lucius and also keep tropical fish. In my spare time I enjoy reading, pottery and hiking

Annette Pullan
Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2001. During this time I have worked in referral practice, dealing with orthopaedic and ophthalmic cases. I have also worked alongside a veterinary surgeon in the opening of his practice that dealt with birds and exotics.

After moving to Tywyn in 2012 to start a business with my husband, I was given the opportunity to come back into veterinary practice, which I did in October 2014

My family consists of 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 children and a very tolerant husband!

Sian Lewis
Nursing Assistant

My name is Sian (the nurse), not to be confused with Sian (the vet)! I have worked for Cambrian Vets for 8 years, working with Kate Thorpe for roughly 18 months before Daniela bought the practice. I work part time, doing everything from working on the reception desk to monitoring operations and taking care of your pets while in our care.

I don’t have a pet at present but look after and walk friends’ dogs occasionally. I am looking for that certain pet that I can give a loving home to, but at least I get to give lots of cuddles to the pets at work.

In my spare time I read a lot and run a book club. I also do Pilates and walk when the weather is fine. I enjoy watching films and often go to the Magic Lantern cinema in Tywyn.

I have recently complete a Diploma in a Veterinary Support Assistant course, obtaining a distinction.

Sophie Minton
Nursing Assistant

I joined Cambrian Vets in 2012 as a nursing assistant. I’ve recently achieved a Veterinary Support Assistant Diploma (Level 3), which I have really enjoyed doing as I feel it has expanded my knowledge in animal care and nursing.

In my own time you will see me at the yard with my 6 ponies and pooch.

Susan Johns
Nursing Assistant

Sue qualified from the school of life and hard knocks when opportunity was suddenly thrust upon her by a feline emergency. With a house full of animals and children such emergencies aren’t as rare as you might think!

Her favourite hoody declared her life’s motto ‘I just want to save animals, drink wine and take naps’!

Sue lives in her ‘petting Zoo’ in Machynlleth and spends rather a lot of time in our Machynlleth practice.

Kat Clement
Nursing Assistant

Hi I’m Kat I live locally with my husband, our daughter and our pets. I can frequently be found walking the dogs or rabbit through the countryside, thankfully the cat and gerbils are happier without a walk. I love my job at Cambrian Vets, everyday is different and our furry clients are full of character. I have completed diplomas to be qualified as a veterinary nursing assistant, a dog behaviourist and trainer. I am also working on diplomas for dog nutrition and further behaviour courses both canine and feline.

Sarah Cureton
Work Experience

My name is Sarah Louise Cureton. I am 19 years old and currently doing a 2 year Veterinary Care Assistant course at North Shropshire College in Baschurch near Shrewsbury.

As part of my course I am currently working 2 days a week at Cambrian Vets, where I am experiencing what practice is like and treating animals… and I absolutely love it here. Being here really makes me look forward to my future within this line of work, which makes it even more fun. I would like to do veterinary nursing once I have completed this course.