St Davids Referrals

Introducing Our Practice Team 

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.


The Veterinary Surgeons


Peter Attenburrow BVSc CertSAO MRCVS is an Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Orthopaedics.  He qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Bristol University in 1986. He completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1993 (CertSAO). Peter is the Referral Director for our orthopaedic referral service for Vets across the south-west of England.



Vicky Johnston BVSc MRCVS  qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in South Africa in 1978.  Vicky spent most of the first 20 years of her professional life living and working in Zimbabwe and then built up a very busy (5 Vets) Small Animal practice in Harare.  The worsening political and economic situation in Zimbabwe precipitated a move to the UK in 2000. Vicky enjoys all aspects of practice and being able to work as part of a very dedicated team.  Vicky is the Clinical Director at St Davids.


Fay Gale BVSc MRCVS qualified from Liverpool University in 1989. After a short spell with the PDSA in Sheffield and in private practice in Coventry and South Wales, she moved to Exeter in 1994. Through her work at Axhayes Cats' Protection and Little Valley RSPCA, she has developed a special interest in shelter medicine, acquiring a string of rescue cats along the way. She currently owns two much-loved diabetic cats from the RSPCA.



Dan Skeldon BA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS has worked at St. Davids since 2007 and lives locally with his young family, scruffy but adored cat and rusty campervan. Since qualifying from Cambridge University in 2002 Dan has found the challenge and satisfaction of surgery increasingly appealing. Dan passed the exams for the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (CertSAS) in 2011, allowing him to register as an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. This recognises Dan's experience and skill in surgery, both orthopaedic and soft tissue; he can perform many types of operation that would otherwise need to be referred outside the practice. He has had several articles published in the Vet Times and the Vet Nurse Times. When not working Dan spends as much time in the great outdoors as he can, either on a bike, boat or some kind of surfboard.




Kate Frost BVetMed BSc MRCVS qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in London in 2001.  She works part time mainly at the hospital site.




Carmela Burgess BSc (Hons) BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2010.  She started her career in a farm and poultry practice in Devon, before moving to a mixed practice where she worked with farm animals and horses, as well as cats, dogs and small furries.  Here she developed her interest in small animal medicine, which led to the move to St Davids in September 2014.  She splits her time between the Exeter and Exminster branches, and is currently studying for a advanced qualification in small animal medicine. She lives with her poultry-farmer husband, two crazy lurchers and small flock of 'reject' hens, and in the spare time this leaves enjoys cycling, sailing and travelling.

Suzie McGeorge BVMS MRCVS graduated from the University of Glasgow in June 2013. She has been working as a small animal vet in the south west since then and enjoys all aspects of general practice. In her free time she enjoys eventing her horses in British Eventing competitions and walking her chocolate Labrador Polly.

Practice Manager  (All Sites)    Mandy Purslow

PA to Peter Attenburrow          Rachel Jermyn

The Nursing Team (Exeter)

Qualified Veterinary Nurses


Head Nurse:  April Davis RVN qualified from Bicton College in 2007 and has a keen interest in teaching the student veterinary nurses and anesthetics.  She joined the St Davids nursing team in 2014 and is our head nurse.  April has a very cute but very naughty border terrier puppy called Ted and is currently taking on the challange of becoming a surfer!!!





Deputy Head Nurse: Stefanie Hicks RVN is one of our senior RVN's and has been nursing for 9 years. She is our in house pet health counsellor and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to nurse clinics. She also has a keen interest in first opinion surgical nursing. In her spare time she enjoys her two horses and her two dogs Rosa the weimaraner and Tullulah the springer spaniel. She also has a rescue Bengal called Jasper who came to the practice with 3 broken legs from a very nasty RTA. After no-one came forward for him, Stef nursed him back to full health.






Lisa May RVN qualified from the University of West of England in 2014. She started working for St Davids in August 2016 and has a keen interest in nurse clinics and in-patient care. Lisa also runs the puppy classes that we provide on a Monday evening. In her spare time she enjoys playing hockey, running and socialising with friends and family. She has a grey and white rescue cat called Theo who is 5yrs old from her training practice in Somerset and 2 other 3 year old cats which she hand-reared from only a few weeks old.






Vicky Malins RVN FdSc completed her degree at Hartpury University in 2015 and joined the St Davids nursing team In Aug 2016. She has a keen interest in rabbit medicine and nursing care, feline friendly handling and clinical coach training. She owns a rescue cat called Hugo, a rabbit called Quaver, And is always spending her spare time at the yard riding her horse Oscar. 




Jenny Batt RVN is one of our Senior RVNs who has been here for 15 years. There isn't anything she doesn't know about the practice and she helps out with both the referral and first opinion teams. As a former head nurse she now works part time after having her daughters. She lives on a busy sheep farm where she can be found lambing in the spring. 


Rachel Payne RVN started her nursing career in 2003 in a mixed practice in Cornwall, before moving to a Veterinary Hospital in Bristol. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007. She knows Devon well, having worked in a few different practices around the county. In 2010 she started working at St Davids Veterinary Hospital as the dedicated out of hours nurse, covering weekend emergencies and caring for in-patients. She has her hands full during the week, mixing looking after her gorgeous niece and nephew, Lauren and Jacob with nursing at a local cat charity near Exeter. Owning 2 very naughty but lovely dogs, Robert and Brody and 2 cuddly cats – Trinity and Cinders, there never seems to be any peace at home either!


Orthopaedic Referral Nurses


Zoe Dean RVN has worked at St David's since 2011 and qualified in 2016. She has a keen interest in orthopaedics and helps 3 days a week on the referral team. In her spare time she enjoys surfing, playing and watching rugby, and swimming. Zoe is now head of the orthopaedic nursing team. 





Natalie Forrester RVN has worked at St Davids for nearly 12 years.  She took a keen interest in orthopaedics as a 2nd year nursing student, working with the referral team on odd days here and there.  She qualified in 2005 and started working with the orthopaedic referral team full time in 2007.  In 2012 she left full time nursing to have her daughter, Maya, but returned part-time in 2013.  In the near future she would like to extend her nursing qualification.  Her interests are mostly fitness related, including netball, running, nutrition and kettlesize.  She also enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and daughter.  Natalie is currently on maternity leave.





Tanya Watton RVN is one of our referral nurses; she has worked with us since November 2016. She moved to Exeter with her boyfriend at the beginning of 2017, and is originally from Launceston, Cornwall. Tanya completed her nursing training in July 2015 and has a keen interest in orthopeadics, surigical nursing and anaesthetics. Tanya has a border collie, Bella, at home and in her free time she likes to take Bella for nice walks, bake, cook and go running.




Trainee Veterinary Nurses




Shannon Brown is one of our trainee nurses working towards her Veterinary Nursing qualification. She joined us in April 2014 and promptly began her training in the following September. She has taken a keen interest in exotic nursing, particularly rabbits - unsurprising as she cares for three of her own along with two cats. In her spare time she likes to read a book or two and enjoys being artistic.





Kirsty Hunt joined the practice in July 2015 and she has just started her Level 3 diploma of veterinary nursing at Bicton College. Kirsty is enjoying learning about all aspects of nursing. In her spare time Kirsty enjoys running with her husband, reading, spending time with her family and friends and walking her family's black lab, Lucy.




Kennel Nurses

Jessica May is our ward nurse, who has been dedicated to caring for our inpatients for over 13years. She enjoys all aspects of her job and loves nursing complicated medical cases back to health, as well as working with rescue animals and wildlife. At home she is just as busy caring for her 4 children, William, Elsie and James and a new baby boy, but luckily for us has returned to nursing part time! 



Emily Jarvis joined the practice in November 2016 and is looking forward to Starting College in September, so she can begin working towards her veterinary nurse qualification. At home she enjoys spending time with her horse Chino and her two springer spaniels.






  The Reception Team (Exeter)


Tracey Weir

Nikki Thomas

Mandy Finnimore

Heather Pearson

Claire Hoppins

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