Meet The Team
The Veterinary Surgeons
Chris Jones BVSc GP Cert MRCVS
Chris joined Drake Vets in October 2011. He qualified from the University of Bristol in 1999 and has been practising on his home turf in West Devon for the last 18 years. He completed his GP certificate in Ophthalmology in 2010 and has a particular interest in medical and surgical eye conditions, especially those of the cornea. Chris also has a keen interest in soft tissue and bone surgery including fracture repairs and cruciate rupture repair techniques.
Chris is a Director of Drake Vets with Karen and Dermot
Dermot Clarke MRCVS
Dermot has been with us since May 2017 and is an experienced vet who has an interest in ophthalmology and is currently working towards his PGcert in this subject. He has recently moved to the Yelverton area.
Dermot is a Director of Drake vets with Karen and Chris.
Katie Score MRCVS
Katie joined us in January 2018, she has been working in a busy Plymouth practice for the past 4 years and has decided to join us at Drake Vets. Katie has a strong interest in all aspects of dentistry and general practice.
Emily Coombs MRCVS
Emily has been with us since 2011 and has recently returned from maternity leave. Emily works on a Monday and can be seen at the Yelverton or Tavistock branch. She has a strong interest in cardiology (heart medicine) particularly ultrasound scanning of problem hearts.
Kate Bleasdale MRCVS
Kate Has joined us as of July 2020 and graduated from Nottingham University in 2020. She has interests in general practice and Dermatology.
The Nursing and Admin Team
Karen joined the practice in November 1994. She is our Practice Manager and Company Director, with responsibility for all aspects of accounts, administration and the daily running of the practice as well as nursing. Karen has a variety of different pets including chickens, ducks and rabbits. Away from work Karen’s time is spent with her family and her 2 young children.
Kate joined the practice in October 1996 and is our main receptionist. Kate is also responsible for our orders, stock, and the reminders for vaccinations and worming. She spends her spare time with her husband and young son, and walking the family dogs.
Tracy joined the practice July 1994 and is involved in animal and nursing care, reception and responsible for all the pet insurance claims. In her free time she is involved in wildlife rehabilitation and dog re-homing. Tracy has rescued numerous pets over the years and currently has 13 canine friends.
Laura Maunder RVN
Laura joined Drake Vets in August 2011 and has qualified as a veterinary nurse during her time at Drake Vets (and Duchy college). She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, having a particular interest in inpatient care, theatre and laboratory work. In her spare time she enjoys walking her Red Setter Ruby and looking after her six call ducks.
Kirsty Payne RVN
Kirsty rejoined us in early 2016 and is one of our senior Veterinary Nurses responsible for nurse training. Kirsty has a keen interest in anaesthesia and nurse clinics.
Louise Nancholas RVN
Louise has been with us since she was a student and has been qualified since the end of 2014. Louise has an interest in endoscopy and also is currently responsible for running our new Tavistock branch.
Su Williams RVN
Su has been with us many years and is a clinical coach responsible for teaching the student nurses alongside Kirsty and Louise. She has a particular interest in wound management.
Kelly Beacham SVN
Kelly is working towards her RVN status and will qualify soon.
Abigail Semmens RVN
Abi has been with us for a few years working towards her RVN status which she has now attained and is a fully registered Veterinary nurse (RVN).
Amber Goldsmith SVN
Amber has just begun her training and is developing her skills rapidly
Julliette Babbington SVN
Julliette joined us in 2019 starting her SVN training.