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 Alfie 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!

Ben Dart BVSc MRCVS

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 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 her home county of Hampshire, she then joined Wolfgar in 2009.

She enjoys all areas of mixed practice including Alpacas! But is especially interested in internal medicine and is responsible for the equine surgical work at the practice.

Off duty, she enjoys a variety of country sports and riding her horses!

Tina VPAC

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. 

Tina is married and has two children who keep her busy outside of work with their badminton activities.

She has a Border Collie called Scamp and a cat called Mitsy, and her hobbies include reading, card making and crocheting.

Nicole

Head Receptionist

Nicole joined the practice back in 2015 and has been a familiar face on reception ever since! She is responsible now for managing the Administration team as well as ensuring our clients receive the best possible experience when visiting St Boniface. She loves meeting all the different pets that come in to the practice, but has a particular favourite then it comes to the larger breed of dog.
 
Outside of work Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a German Shepherd called Kira who is definitely 'top dog' in her house.
 

Sarah

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.

Julie

Veterinary Administrator

Julie has been with the Practice since 2000. She is responsible for TB testing administration, which includes liaising with farmers  and booking in their tests, preparing the paperwork for the Vets to take out to the farms, transferring the information onto the computer when the charts are brought back and making sure they are completed on time.   Among other tasks, she  sends out small animal and equine vaccination reminders and is responsible for inputting the Vets’ large animal work into the computer.

When working in Reception Julie enjoys meeting people and their pets. Her own pets include Flynne, a Jack Russell  and Bruce, an English Springer Spaniel. She also has two cats, Gretel and Toby. Julie’s hobbies include reading, gardening, listening to music and walking the dogs.

Jane White BVetMed GPCert(FelP) CVPhys(ESVPS) PGCVetEd MRCVS CCRT FHEA

Veterinary Surgeon

Jane is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College. Since moving to Devon in 1990 she has worked in mixed practices in the Crediton area. 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 more recently, attained her Level 3 certificate in hydrotheraphy for small animals.

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 to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.  Jane strives to help injured animals return to function and to enhance 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

In 2013 Jane completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education and is now a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.  Jane is also a member of AARV (American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians).

Away from work she enjoys spending time with her horse and cat; as well as exploring the countryside with her young Border Collie, Drift; He is also very enthusiastic in his agility training.  Jane not only enjoys watching and playing cricket but is also an ECB qualified coach and umpire.

Donna

Veterinary Administrator

Donna joined the practice in October 2010, back when we were in Mill Street. She loves being on reception seeing clients and their pets!

She is currently undertaking a Pet Bereavement course to be able to support our client’s after the loss of a pet. She also has an interest in cat behaviour.

Donna has a cat called Millie who came from Cats Protection. She is a timid tabby, but with lots of time and effort over the years she has really come out of her shell! 

Donna works 3 days a week on reception, in her spare time she goes for lots of walks and trips to the park with her little boy Freddie, who was born in February 2018.

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.

Leah

Veterinary Administrator

Leah joined St Boniface Vets in April 2015 as part of our admin team.  Leah enjoys meeting all pets large and small. 
 
During her spare time, Leah enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs; Ruby is an accident prone Rottweiler and Millie, a lively Pug X French bulldog. Leah also enjoys socialising with friends and turning her hand at baking scrummy cupcakes. 
 

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.
Outside of work, Danielle enjoys playing the piano and is a keen tennis player.

Danielle is currently on maternity leave, after the birth of her twins in September.

Sadie

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.

Sarah

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.

 

Sammi

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.

Leanne

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.  

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 (www.nacft.co.uk) 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.

Deanna

Veterinary Nurse (Registered VN)

Deanna started working as an ANA at St Boniface in November 2015, having previously completed two NVQs in Equine Care and Breeding. She soon progressed on to her Veterinary Nurse Training at Bicton College and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in January 2019. Deanna - or Dee, as she is often known - loves caring for all the patients that come into the practice, especially making poorly inpatients feel better, nurse consults, and assisting with equine work.
 
In her spare time she loves riding and competing her horse Allegra and thinking of new ways to amuse her hand-reared kitten, Twitch. Animals aside, Dee loves going to the cinema and watching motorbike racing.
 

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.

Jo

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 three year old black Labrador called Harry.
 
Jo spends the rest of her week designing wedding and events stationery and making crafts to sell online. She also loves to go skiing and taking other exciting holidays.

Grace

Student Veterinary Nurse

Grace started working as an ANA at St Boniface in 2016. She has since progressed onto starting her Veterinary Nurse training at Bicton College.

Grace loves all aspects of the job including inpatient care and monitoring anaesthetics.

She spends most of her spare time trying to entertain her crazy kitten, Leela, who only has one eye! She also enjoys a classic car show or two in the summertime.
 

Naomi

Veterinary Administrator

Naomi joined 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, broke in and backed 3 young horses - who were all brother and sisters and was a Ride Leader taking out clients and their horses onto the vast Marbury County Park.

In her spare time Naomi enjoys spending time with friends and family, riding 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.

Abi

Animal Nursing Assistant

Abi is our ANA (Animal Nursing Assistant) and joined the St Boniface team in November 2018. Her daily duties include assisting the nurses, looking after the inpatients, cleaning kits and sterilising them ready for surgery and assisting with Hydrotherapy. Abi hopes to progress onto becoming a Student Veterinary Nurse here at St Boniface. This would entail splitting her time between working here and studying at Bicton College. Abi will be well on her way to becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse in no time!

Outside of work Abi spends lots of time outdoors. She has 2 dogs called Freddy and Tilly, a horse called Merlin, and a cat called Ziggy. On a quieter day, Abi enjoys photography, dancing and yoga.

Kate Lethbridge BVM BVS (Hons) BMedSci (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Originally from Devon and growing up in the farming community, in Cheriton Bishop, Kate studied at QE before heading to the University of Nottingham in 2010. After graduation in May 2015 she began working in a busy mixed practice in Penzance; mainly a large animal vet Kate developed a passion for equine medicine and wound management.

Kate also has a keen interest in small animal internal medicine and hopes to work towards a certificate in this area in the future.

Joining St Boniface in October 2016, Kate has returned to her roots and hopes to stay within the area for years to come.

In her spare time Kate enjoys spending time with her family, walking in the Devon countryside with her Dachshund, Wally, riding horses and baking.

Juliet

Stock Controller

Juliet has been working at St Boniface since February 2017, having left the world of banking in London to come back to her hometown of Crediton.

At St Boniface, she is in charge of the day-to-day running of the pharmacy and ordering but also spends some time on reception, and is looking forward to meeting you and your pets.

She has a boisterous black and white cat called Mouse and given half the chance would rescue many more!

In her spare time she loves to read and to bake and will always be found saving for another trip to Japan.

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!). 

Laura

Accounts Clerk

Laura joined in January 2018 as an Accounts Clerk.  She relocated to Devon from London in 2005 and is married with two children, aged 7 and 9, who keep her very busy! She also has a 1 year old 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.

Hattie Algar BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons)

Veterinary Surgeon

Hattie graduated from Nottingham Vet School in July 2018 and joined the team soon after. Hattie is originally from Newmarket in Suffolk, but decided that the rolling hills of Devon were much more appealing. Her favourite part about being a vet is problem solving, and working with clients to achieve the best outcome for each individual case. 

Hattie works in small animal, equine and farm and enjoys the variety this brings - no two days are ever the same!

Outside of work Hattie enjoys running, and although she does not own a horse currently, she hopes to get back in the saddle soon! 

Laura Thirtle-Mills BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Laura joined the St Boniface team in December 2018. She graduated from Bristol University in 2007 and has worked in mixed practices in the South West previously. You may recognise Laura as she has done some locum work for us following the arrival of her first daughter. Laura covers small animal and equine and particularly enjoys small animal soft tissue surgery & has an interested in chronic pain management.

She lives in East Cornwall with her husband and two young daughters. Together, they partner a dairy, beef arable & sheep business, on a long-term farm tenancy which they took on in 2017. Whilst working on the farm, working here at St Boniface and raising a family, she does manage to find time to ride her own ponies and take the dogs for walks along the Cornish coast.

Rachel

Vet Tech

Rachel joined the St Boniface farm team in November 2018.

As the Vet Tech, Rachel 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 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.