Meet The Team
The Veterinary Surgeons
Chris BVSc GP Cert MRCVS (Director)
Chris joined Drake Vets in 2011. He qualified 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
Catherine PG Cert (SAS) MRCVS (Clinical Director)
Catherine joined us in 2021 and is a very experienced vet who has been working for the past 20 years at the PDSA and other local practices. She is very keen on soft tissue and bone surgery especially complicated fracture management and so this will improve our local services to our clients.
Catherine has a PG certificate in small animal surgery and so is capable of dealing with more advanced surgical cases (bone and soft tissue) than most. Catherine has dealt with many complicated cases over the years (spinal fractures, shunt surgery, complicated fractures etc) and we are excited to have her here to improve our surgical ability.
Catherine was brought up in the area and like Chris has stayed put, they like nothing more than being on the moor in their spare time with their children and dogs. Catherine is also a keen member of Dartmoor search and rescue as well as the search and rescue dogs association (SARDA) in which she has trained 3 search dogs and about to start with a 4th.
Katie joined us in January 2018, she was working in a busy Plymouth practice for the previous 4 years before joining us at Drake Vets. Katie has a strong interest in all aspects of dentistry and general practice. Katie is back from maternity leave and is available 3 days a week.
Emily has been with us since 2011 . 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.
Emma joined us in 2021 and is a good all rounder. Emma graduated in 2021 and is developing her surgical skills but is particularly interested in medicine.
Andrew joined us in 2023. He is an experienced vet who graduated in 2004
Andrew is a general GP vet like us all but he has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and is very experienced in Laparoscopic surgery (‘Key Hole Surgery’). Laparoscopic ovariectomies for dogs will be offered by the practice when he has settled in. Key hole surgery also has many other indications and will become another area that we can offer our clients.
Ellie will be joining us in mid April 2023 and is an experienced vet with an interest in ophthalmology (eyes) and will be starting on her ophthalmology certificate. Ellie is also a GP vet with good all round experience.
The Nursing and Admin Team
Karen joined the practice in 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 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 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 joined Drake Vets in 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.
Su has been with us many years and is a clinical coach responsible for teaching the student nurses alongside Kirsty. She has a particular interest in wound management.
Kelly has been working with us as an SVN and has recently qualified as an RVN.
Amber has recently qualified as an RVN after going through the training with us and Duchy college. She is very interested in exotics and has a large collection of snakes and lizards.
Jess has joined us in 2022 as a new SVN starting her training.