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. 

Peter has a national reputation in orthopaedics due to his wide surgical expertise and huge range of experience and although he has stepped down from full time clinical work after many years, he is a regular visitor at St Davids to continue with the hip replacement programme.  He holds the RCVS Certificate in Orthopaedics and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Orthopaedics.


Joe Fox BVetMed CertSAS MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2002 and worked in a variety of very different jobs building up a great wealth of experience.  He spent almost the last 10 years as a surgeon in a busy referral and first opinion hospital in Bristol where he was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.  He joined St Davids Referrals in 2017 full time to take over the reins from Peter and carry on developing the busy referral service.   He has lots of experience in fracture and trauma cases and a keen interest in minimally invasive procedures and Regenerative Medicine for joint problems.  Outside of work, Joe enjoys cooking, DIY and spending time with his expanding family; Louie the Goldendoodle pup being the most recent addition.


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 Dan qualified from Cambridge University in 2002, has held the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (CertSAS) since 2011 and is an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. He is part of the first opinion and referral team here and takes referrals in orthopaedics, such as fracture repair and TTA for cruciate ligament rupture, and some soft tissue surgery procedures, such as Total ear canal ablation (TECA) and airway surgery procedures on Bracheocephalic dogs (BOAS). Dan has had several articles published in the Vet Times and the Vet Nurse Times. He has worked at St. David’s since 2007 and lives locally with his young family, scruffy but adored cat and rusty campervan, and when not working spends as much time in the great outdoors as he can.


Kate Frost BVetMed BSc MRCVS qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in London in 2001.  She works part time mainly at the hospital site. Kate is currently working towards a certificate in small animal surgery.




Carmela Burgess BSc (Hons) BVetMed (Hons) CertAVP 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 recently gained an advanced certificate in small animal practice. 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. Suzie is currently working towards an advanced qualification in small animal medicine. 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

Referrals Administrator    Rachel Jermyn coordinates the referral appointments and communicates with the practices.  She is usually the first point of contact for referral cases.  Rachel has worked at St Davids since 2001 and is adept at keeping everything running smoothly. In her spare time, Rachel is the administrator and events co-ordinator for the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA) and can be found at 7am on weekday mornings teaching indoor cycling or Pilates at her local leisure centre.

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 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.  Stef is currently leave on maternity leave.






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.





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.




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. Vicky is currently undertaking an advanced qualification in rabbit medicine. 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.






Shannon Brown 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. Shannon qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2017.



Orthopaedic Referral Nurses

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.  Her interests are mostly fitness related, including netball, running, nutrition and kettlesize.  She also enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and two daughters. Natalie is currently on maternity leave having recently had twin boys.




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



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.






Emily Jarvis joined the practice in November 2016 as an animal care assistent. She started college in September,and is now working towards her veterinary nurse qualification. At home she enjoys spending time with her horse Chino and her two springer spaniels.





Laura Ayles joined the practice in December 2017 as a Patient care assistant. She will be starting her training to become a Veterinary nurse in September this year. In her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with her two cats , as well as keeping tropical fish and walking her boyfriends mischievous miniature schnauzer. Her other hobbies include, attending fitness classes , coastal walking and dance! 

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, but luckily for us has returned to nursing part time!


  The Reception Team (Exeter)


Tracey Weir

Nikki Thomas

Mandy Finnimore

Heather Pearson

Claire Hoppins

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