Meet the Team

Tony Kemmish BSc BVMS DBR MRCVS GPcert(DCP)

Veterinary Surgeon

Tony Kemmish essentially lives and breathes cows.  Principal of an expanding mid Devon mixed practice he spends his life immersed in the day to day intricacies of dairy farming.  He qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2002 and headed home to the West Country and St Boniface Vets.  After 5 years as an assistant he took over the practice in 2007. 

Tony holds the general practitioners certificate in Dairy cattle practice and the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction.  He is passionate about herd fertility and its fundamental link with nutrition. One of his long term aims is to promote efficient and profitable production through educating farmers about the cost of disease - particularly poor fertility and mastitis.

In his spare time he likes to spend time with his wife and young family and their small herd of South Devon cows.

Marie Kemmish BSc (Hons) BVMS MRCVS GPcert(SAM)

Veterinary Surgeon

Marie is our Small Animal Director and just so happens to be married to Tony, so we are a true family business! She works part time here at the clinic but puts in numerous hours behind the scenes on the many and various aspects of running a veterinary practice.

She qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2002 where she met Tony. They moved to Devon where Marie embarked on a career in mixed practice, gaining a good grounding in all areas of veterinary work.  She decided to concentrate on small animals in order to gain her General Practitioners Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. 

Marie enjoys working with dogs and cats, she has a soft spot for cats and is passionate about ensuring that their visits to the clinic are the least stressful they can be.

Marie has also developed our laparoscopic surgery service - keyhole surgery for neutering, one of the few vets in the South West to provide this technique.

Out of work Marie is Mum to Connie and Archie who keep her well and truly on her toes! She is also heavily involved in managing the village preschool.

Pets include Dora the Labrador, Raymond the cat, Wilfred the hen, 4 sheep who will soon be lambing and a small herd of South Devon cows that she shares with her mum in Somerset. After all of that there is not much time for any other hobbies but she does enjoy theatre, baking and getting out on the veggie plot!


Veterinary Surgeon

Ben joined the St Boniface team in August 2017 and works alongside Marie as the Lead Clinical Vet for the Small Animal Team. 
After graduating in 2008, he worked in a mixed practice for 4 years before becoming a full time small animal vet. 
Ben enjoys all areas of small animal practice, including surgery and medicine, with a particular interest in ultrasound scanning of the heart and abdomen, endoscopy (using a small, flexible camera to carry out internal investigations) and using stem cell injections to improve the quality of life for arthritic patients.
Outside of work, Ben enjoys going on adventures with his wife and young daughter, continuing to develop the family farms herd of South Devon cows and mountain biking. He has two dogs, a whippet called Herbie, who Ben rescued with a fractured leg, and a working Cocker Spaniel called Bruce, who loves nothing more than running around the farm!

Clare Smith BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Clare moved to St Boniface Vets from Wolfgar, during the expansion in December 2014.  She qualified from Bristol University in 2006 and started work in a mixed practice for three and a half years in Hampshire, she then joined Wolfgar in 2009.

Clare is our lead equine vet and enjoys the variety of first opinion equine practice, from routine vaccinations to lameness investigations and wind repairs. 

Off duty, Clare is often out competing her dressage horse or training her Labrador, Mabel.


Practice Manager

Tina joined the practice in 2002 as a book-keeper.  She became Practice Manager in 2008 and successfully completed a Veterinary Practice Administration Certificate in March 2010.  Amongst her many tasks she is responsible for accounts and the day to day running of the practice. 

She has a Border Collie called Scamp, two cats Mitsy and Lucifer.

When she is not at work she is busy at home with her hobbies which include reading, card making, mixed media and crocheting.


Head Nurse (Registered VN, RSQP)

Sarah qualified as a Nurse in 2006, she leads the Veterinary Nurse team here at St Boniface. She is responsible for training our student nurses while in the clinic.

Her main interests are surgical nursing, in house laboratory testing and anaesthesia. She hosts our puppy parties once a month and enjoys watching the transformation from cheeky pups to adored family pets!

Outside of work Sarah can be found exploring the beautiful Devon countryside with her Labrador Tarn.


Veterinary Administrator

Julie joined St Boniface Vets in 2000 as a Receptionist. She now works in the ‘Farm’ office as an administrator and is the primary contact for TB related matters, such as arranging tests. 

In her spare time, Julie enjoys gardening, listening to music, reading and walking her Jack Russell Flynne.


Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary Physiotherapist & Hydrotherapist

Jane is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College and has worked in mixed practices in the Crediton area since 1990.  An injury prompted a change in career focus from large to small animal and triggered a special interest in feline medicine and rehabilitation.   She holds a GP Certificate in Feline Practice and the ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour. 

Shortly after joining St Boniface Vets in 2009 she attained a Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy and then undertook further training with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in the USA to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Hydrotherapy training was completed with K9HS & Hawksmooor.  Jane strives to help injured animals return to function but particularly enjoys enhancing the quality of life for those affected by arthritis.  She set up the in-house rehabilitation service which offers a variety of manual and electro therapies as well as hydrotherapy and acupuncture

She is registered with both RAMP and IRVAP and is a committee member of the Bristish Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Association. 

Away from work she enjoys spending time with her elderly horse & cat as well as training her fun loving Border Collie Drift.  Jane not only enjoys watching and playing cricket but is also an ECB qualified coach, scorer and umpire.


Veterinary Administrator

Donna joined the practice in October 2010, back when we were in Mill Street. She works in the office assisting Tina and enjoys speaking to you all on the phone! Donna has a keen interest in Pet Bereavement, and undertook a course in 2019. She likes to be able to offer support during the sadder times to our clients if they need it.

Donna works 3 days a week, in her spare time she goes for lots of walks and trips to the park with her two children, Freddie & Poppy. She also has a senior cat called Millie, a timid tabby, who came from Cats Protection.

Ruth Wotton BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Having graduated from the RVC in 2008, Ruth worked in farm animal practice in Somerset and Dorset before joining St Boniface in 2010. She is passionate about working with the farmers to reduce the impact of disease on their herds, believing that a healthier herd will be more profitable and easier to manage.

Ruth is a trained DairyCo mobility mentor, so if you have a lameness problem on the farm, she is happy to work with you to find the solutions.  Being a DairyCo Mastitis Plan registered user she is keen to investigate mastitis and cell count problems; to read a recent article on targeting environmental mastitis pathogens please click the link.  Other areas of interest, involve sheep work and improving flock performance.

Because she always likes a challenge, from January 2014, Ruth enrolled on the RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle) with the aim of providing an even higher level of service to our clients.

Outside work Ruth is a keen walker so is delighted to be working close to Dartmoor.


Veterinary Nurse (Registered VN)

Sadie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004 after studying at Bicton College.

She has always worked in Mixed Practice and enjoys the variety of patients that brings.

In her spare time, Sadie enjoys running, riding and competing on her horse - Rowan.

Danielle Priestley DVM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Danielle qualified from St. Georges University, Grenada, in 2009 after a final year at Edinburgh Vet School. She then entered mixed practice back home in Lincolnshire, predominantly doing small animal and farm work. After two years she decided to steer her career towards farm animal practice by taking a position at the University of Florida Vet School in the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service (FARMS), where she worked closely with highly regarded professors and diplomats. It was here that she developed a specific interest and enthusiasm for calf rearing and replacement management which she is keen to continue here at St. Boniface Vets.

Danielle is now back working part-time after the birth of her twins in September 2018. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the piano and is a keen tennis player.


Veterinary Administrator

Sarah joined us in July 2014 and has a wealth of experience within the reception role.

She keeps fit by taking her dog Taz, a Jack Russell, on regular walks.  Her two little boys also keep her on her toes.



Veterinary Nurse (Registered VN)

Sammi qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2015.  She also completed an Animal Nursing Assistant qualification at Bicton College in 2010. 

She enjoys looking after all sorts of animals and finds caring for them very rewarding.

In her spare time, she sometimes goes out to see her deaf friends at a local deaf club and learns sign language.  She also enjoys exploring the countryside with her dog - Poppy.


Veterinary Nurse (Registered VN)

Leanne qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2018. Before that she was a trainee veterinary nurse here at St Boniface and trained at Bicton College. Leanne is familiar with Bicton, as she obtained her extended diploma in animal management and qualified as an animal nursing assistant (ANA) in 2014.
She enjoys helping Jane with the hydrotherapy and seeing all the on going cases.

Leanne has four family dogs, who love their walks, especially, her Newfoundland, Molly. She has also recently acquired two cats - Albie and Marley.  

Ingrid Bijker DBR MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ingrid Bijker has worked in the area since graduating from Ghent University in 2004.She is passionate about cows and joined St Boniface in 2013 as a member of the farm team.

To enable her to provide farm clients with a better, more specialised service, she decided to study for the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR), which she completed in 2012.

She is committed to providing specialist veterinary care to cattle, aiming to help herds become healthier and more profitable.  Herd health, fertility and mastitis are areas of particular interest and she also gets involved in bull fertility testing.

She enjoys travelling and hiking with her family. She also likes windmills, clogs, tulips and cheese and has 2 cats.


Veterinary Nurse (Registered VN)

Olivia (Liv) joined the team in December 2020 when she relocated back to the countryside after working as part of a referral team at a busy hospital in Exeter. She has a BSc Hons in Animal Science and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2019.

At work, Olivia enjoys caring for the inpatients and has key interests in medical nursing.

Outside of work, she enjoys finding new walks to explore with her Goldendoodle 'Artie' and is currently spending a lot of time renovating her new home with her partner.

Chris Just BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Having graduated from the University of Bristol in 2003 Chris started out ‘James Herriot’ style as a mixed vet in North Cornwall. A job offer, as a fulltime farm vet, tempted him away from the West Country for a busy 4 year spell in and around Cheshire.

Cheshire cheese was no substitute for pasties, so the draw of the Westcountry found him back and settled in Okehampton since 2008. When heading west, once more, the desire to cross the Tamar was strong, as Chris was born in Truro and he had a wonderful childhood in West Cornwall; however, hikes on Dartmoor are slowly convincing him Devon is not too bad!

Professionally, Chris enjoys the variety farm vet work throws at him and has particular interests in calf rearing, fertility management and cattle lameness prevention. Chris was in the first cohort of trained DairyCo Mobility Mentors and sat on the NACFT ( committee as their vet liaison for 8 years.

Home life is dominated by taming his two young daughters and as a consequence he is developing an encyclopaedic knowledge of Peppa Pig and cake recipes. Any spare time is dedicated to rambling in the glorious Devon countryside.


Veterinary Administrator

Jo joined the practice in October 2017 to work part time on reception. She has a real passion for meeting and working with animals, and particularly loves dogs. She has a happy-go-lucky black Labrador called Harry.
Jo splits the rest of her week looking after her little girl and designing wedding and events stationery and greeting cards. She also loves to go skiing and taking other adrenaline fuelled holidays.


Veterinary Administrator

Naomi joined the admin team at St Boniface Vets in October 2018.

She completed a Foundation Degree in Equine Science at Bicton College in 2010 and then moved to Cheshire. There she worked at a riding school where she gained her riding instructor qualification, began producing young horses and was a Ride Leader taking out clients and their horses onto the vast Marbury Country Park.

In her spare time Naomi enjoys spending time with friends and family, training horses and discovering new and exciting walks with her dog Max, the happiest Boxer dog in the world!

Rachel Risdon BVSc CertCHP MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Rachel was brought up on an arable and pig farm. Graduating in 1997, her first job was in mixed practice in West Devon, before moving on to teach students in the farm animal practice of Bristol vet school, whilst studying for her post graduate certificate in cattle health and production. She then moved to New Zealand, to work as a dairy vet for over two years, at the internationally known Animal Health Centre, in the Waikato, where she was also involved in clinical trial work.

On returning to Britain, she set up a new branch of a farm-animal-only vet practice on the Devon/Cornwall border in August 2006.  Starting with no clients, this then grew to a nine vet practice in which around 80% of the vets’ time is spent on dairy work.

She joined St Boniface in 2015 after she and her husband, Richard, got a tenancy in Brampford Speke. They have converted a sheep and arable farm into a dairy unit and will be milking about 280 cows within a few years. Vet work, dairy farming and two small boys keeps her busy enough but she does manage a bit of swimming to keep fit.


Veterinary Administrator

Nycki joined the St Boniface team in August 2019.

Previously, Nycki worked on a farm teaching children about agriculture and where food comes from.

Outside of work, she spends her time with her daughter Tabby and tending to her many pets. These include, a cat, four dogs and four horses. She enjoys working her dogs on local shoots, competing her horses and socialising with family and friends. Nycki is currently on maternity leave after welcoming her second daughter into the world in February 2022.


Veterinary Administrator

Steph joined St Boniface Vets in September 2020, as part of the Admin team. 
Since graduating in 2017 from Plymouth University with a First in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, Steph has gained a wealth of experience in Administration, and has always enjoyed working closely with clients.
As she has always had a passion for dogs from a young age, Steph has organised many Pet related events, including Workshops, Puppy Training and even a Guinness World Record Attempt.
Rosie, her Cockerpoo is full of beans and keeps her busy in her spare time, they enjoy trips to the beach and long muddy walks together. 
She enjoys seeing all of our clients and their pets at the practice, and is always keen to sneak in a puppy cuddle or two! When she's not at work or spending time with Rosie, Steph enjoys baking, gardening and reading. Steph is currently on maternity leave, after having her a little girl in February 2022.


Veterinary Administrator

Sadie joined St Boniface vets in December 2019 and works part time in the farm admin department.  She grew up on an Exmoor beef and sheep farm, and has worked in mixed veterinary practices in Devon since leaving school. Sadie qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2010, but nursing has taken a back seat since having children. 

Outside of work, Sadie and her husband have recently ventured into dairy farming, so she is kept very busy with mischievous Jersey cows on top of two young children.


Veterinary Nurse (Registered VN)

Abby qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2017, before this she completed her extended diploma in animal management at Bicton College. She joined the St Boniface team in May 2021 having previously worked in practices that treated a whole variety of animals including small, large and exotic species. 

Abby enjoys all aspects of the job but her key interest is radiography (x-rays).

Outside of work she enjoys exploring the countryside with her cocker spaniel Cleo, reading and catching up with family and friends. 


Veterinary Nurse (Registered VN)

Laura has been working in a Veterinary setting since 2014 and qualified as an RVN in Dec 2019. Over the past few years, she has developed an interest in anaesthesia protocols and monitoring and she enjoys the daily challenges and problem solving that they bring to the role.

At home, Laura’s pets include Buck the spaniel, Scout the cat and Roger the cockerel plus his hens, Maggie May, Mrs Robinson and Penny Lane.

In her spare time Laura is kept busy by her young daughter, but when she does get a moment, she likes to play the guitar, and binge watch a good TV series.

Charlotte Fowler BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Having graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2017, Charlotte chose to stay in the South West for her first experience as a farm vet.

She particularly enjoys working with dairy cows, and is keen to get involved with all aspects of farm animal work.

In her spare time, Charlotte likes being out in the Devonshire countryside; either running or walking with puppy, Twix and can be persuaded to try most sports (at least once!). 


Accounts Clerk

Laura joined in January 2018 as an Accounts Clerk.  She relocated to Devon from London in 2005 and has two children, who keep her very busy! She also has a Cockapoo called Ruby, who also keeps everyone very busy!  They enjoy long walks on Dartmoor, and Laura also enjoys reading, baking, travelling and spending time with friends and family.  

Sylvie McElligott MVB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sylvie moved to Crediton in 1976, after qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1970.  He became Partner of the clinic in 1982; working together with Mr Reakes. 

Following a period of 8 years, Sylvie bought the practice, until Tony became the owner in 2007.  Originally he was involved in large and small animal work, but now concentrates on the Farm and Equine side of the practice on a part-time basis.

Before becoming a veterinary surgeon Sylvie was a pilot in the Irish Army Corps.


Vet Tech

Rachel joined the St Boniface farm team in November 2018.

As the Vet Tech, Rachel does TB testing, vaccinations & assists the admin team in the office, booking in farm appointments, and provides assistance for farmers with some of the extra jobs which require a bit more time, something that is usually in short supply on busy modern farms. She also does mobility scoring and assists vet Danielle with advanced fertility.

She owns a Spaniel called Luna, enjoys playing rugby on weekends and lives on a diary farm so helps out her dad out when she can.


Animal Nursing Assistant

Lois has been part of the team here at St Boniface Vets since August 2019. She qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant in July 2019 after studying at Bicton College. Her role here includes assisting the vets and nurses with inpatients, making sure health and hygiene in the consult rooms, kennels and cattery is kept to the highest possible standards, spending time over at the Tedburn practice on reception, and helping Jane in Hydrotherapy.

She also helps to organise the puppy parties that are held at the practice once every 2 weeks, and one of her favourite parts of being here with us at St Boniface is meeting all different animals that come into the practice every day! In the future, she looks forward to becoming a registered veterinary nurse.

Outside of work, Lois enjoys going out on dog walks, going to concerts and musicals, and singing. She also has two cats, Timmy and Belle.


Animal Nursing Assistant

Belinda has been the kennel assistant here at St Boniface Vets since August 2018. In 2020 she completed her Animal Nursing Certificate through Bicton College so she is now a qualified Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA). Her role includes cleaning the kennels, looking after the in-patients, answering the phones and assisting the vets and nurses and now also helping vets with consultations. 

She is looking forward to becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the future.

Amongst studying, Belinda enjoys walking her dog, baking, and going to the cinema with friends and family.

An interesting fact about Belinda is that her mum is Tina, the practice manager!


Vet Tech

Georgia joined the St Boniface team in August 2021 as a Vet Tech. She does lots of TB testing and also assists the admin team in the office, booking in farm appointments and getting medications ready. Her favourite part of the job is going out to different farms and meeting new people. She is an active member in young farmers and has taken on various different roles in the club. She has a sassy spaniel called Roo and in her spare time she enjoys going to the gym.