Meet The Team

 The Veterinary Surgeons


Chris Jones

 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.


 Catherine Jones PG Cert (SAS) MRCVS

Catherine Jones is joining us as of the 22nd November 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.  Chris and Catherine have operated together on 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.

Katie Score MRCVS

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 currently on maternity leave but will be back with us soon.

Emily Coombs MRCVS

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.

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.


Emma Noyce MRCVS

Emma joined us in July 2021 and is a graduate of the University of Bristol in 2021.



The Nursing and Admin Team


Karen Tyrrell

Karen Tyrrell

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 Wearing

Kate Wearing

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 Beech

Tracy Beech

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 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.

Julliette Babbington SVN

Julliette joined us in 2019 starting her SVN training.

Contact Us

See our Contact Us page for our appointment times and call Drake Vets on 01822 854 255 to book.