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01654 710416


professional pet healthcare

01654 702444


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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 the health and happiness of your pet is at the heart of everything we do. 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.

What do we provide?

  • A dedicated team of Veterinary Surgeons with a broad range of experience, specialities and interests to provide your pet with the highest quality, complete health care.
  • A committed team of Vet Nurses and Nurse Assistants who make sure your pet is comfortable and cared for throughout their time with us.
  • Longer appointment times to make sure you have all the time you need.
  • 24/7 emergency cover so your pet receives continuity of care and reassurance for you that we are available to help anytime, day or night.
  • Bespoke and personalised treatment plans for your pets – we work closely with you, your pets and with external specialists where necessary to provide the very best treatments to keep your family pet healthy and happy.
  • An outstanding level of customer care and friendliness from all of our staff.
  • As a local community Vets we strive to build long term relationships with all of our clients. By getting to know you and your pet we are able to provide the very best ongoing care.
  • A VIP (Very Important Pets) Club specially designed with you in mind to simplify your pets long-term health care and preventative treatment, while saving you money and providing peace of mind.

We know from our experience that these things make all the difference to our clients, human and otherwise. We strive to deliver the very best veterinary care and service and do our utmost to actively respond and adapt to feedback from our clients.

The practice has been locally based since March 2009 and now have 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. To find out more or to register your pets with us please give us a call at Tywyn: 01654 710416 or Machynlleth: 01654 702444.


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 practise in Devon for a year before moving to Hampshire where I concentrated on pets. I spent a number of years working at a PDSA hospital 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.

During my time running Cambrian Vets I achieved my PGCE and spent over three years as a lecturer at Glynllifon College.

We now have two children and a cat (because by default Vets adopt strays!)

Marius Erasmus
Practice Manager

I’ve always been a farmer at heart. I gained my Bachelors degree in Agriculture, an Honours degree in Wildlife Management and a Masters Degree in Animal Physiology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa where I also managed a beef and wildlife farm. In 2004, I spent time in the USA combine harvesting before coming back to the UK and working on dairy, beef and poultry farms.

In 2009 Daniela and I moved to Wales and bought Cambrian Vets where I am the Practice Manager and general dog’s body!

Alicia Chow
Veterinary Surgeon

I’m originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but studied and qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in Pretoria, South Africa. I spent my first years working at an animal shelter in Botswana, subsequently moving to the UK where I worked on the Isle of Man.  I later moved to Machynlleth in early 2019 to join the team at Cambrian Vets. I have a keen interest in holistic medicine, and currently practice integrative medicine using acupuncture.

In my free time, I enjoy gardening and can usually be found hands deep in soil nourishing my vegetable garden.

Nicolae Platon
Veterinary Surgeon

I was born and raised on a farm in Romania. I discovered my passion for Veterinary work at a young age when I realised that being a Vet involves much more than solely training and skills. I found it involves compassion, communication, investigation and a commitment to the animals and their people.

As a student I discovered Veterinary Medicine as a field which brought about an ongoing fascination with the science and a commitment to help our furry friends.

I graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2017 from the Ion Ionescu de la Brad University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. I worked in a Mixed Practice and in a Dog Shelter in Romania before moving to the UK in 2018 where I gained this position with Cambrian Vets.

Kat Clement
Reception Manager and Nursing Assistant

I love my job at Cambrian Vets, everyday is different and our furry clients are full of character. I have completed diplomas and have qualified as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant and a dog behaviourist & trainer. I am currently studying for a diploma in dog nutrition along with further behaviour courses for both canines and felines.

I live locally with my husband, our daughter and our pets. I can frequently be found walking the dogs through the countryside, thankfully the cat and gerbils are happier without a walk!

Debra Shepherd
Nursing Assistant

I joined the Cambrian Vets team after moving into the area many years ago. I have an educational background in habitat and wildlife management and in environmental studies which I studied at Cornwall College and later at Plymouth University.

I’ve been around animals all my life, pets and farm but my special interest is in cats, particularly cat behaviour. I am the official ‘crazy cat lady’ of the practice and currently have six cats at home that keep me very busy (especially in the middle of the night!)

When I’m not at Cambrian Vets, you will find me out and about on walks enjoying nature and our beautiful surroundings on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Sian Lewis
Nursing Assistant

I’ve been with Cambrian Vets since Daniela and Marius took over the practice in 2009. I also worked with Kate the previous owner, so in total, I have over 12 years experience working in the practice.

I enjoy working at Cambrian Vets, with its variety of pets and the different types of work involved day-to-day. I have completed a diploma as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant and I have a keen interest in holistic therapies.

I live locally on a small farm where we keep about 50 Ryeland sheep and a couple of dogs. So outside of work, you may see me either helping on the farm or walking around our countryside.

Lowri Owen
Nursing Assistant

My background is primarily in customer service and marketing and I enjoy the client-facing aspect of working at Cambrian Vets and getting to know the pets and their humans.

I grew up in the local area before moving away for study and work, including living abroad. After living away for a number of years I decided to return to the local area and pursue a life-long interest in working with animals. I am interested in all aspects of veterinary nursing, animal care and behaviour but in particular I find dog behaviour fascinating.

Outside of work I spend a lot of my free time on the beach with my darling whippet, Blue.

Rebecca Griffiths
Nursing Assistant

I’ve always dreamt of working with animals and I grew up with a house full of pets. After finishing school in Tywyn I went to Glynllifon College in 2016 where I completed a Level 2 in Animal Care. During the course I learnt about feeding, handling and grooming animals, looking after their accommodation and understanding their health and welfare.

In my spare time I’m busy looking after my own pets… I have a dog, 4 guinea pigs, a hamster called Mr Nasty and loads of stick insects! During spring I also help with lambing at my boyfriend’s farm down Sandilands (I even have a sheep tattoo on my wrist!) I enjoy art and crafts and make and sell sheep pom poms.

I enjoy working at Cambrian Vets, getting to know all of our clients and I learn something new every day.