Staff Members - Veterinary Surgeons

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 BSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ben moved to St Boniface Vets in 2017. He graduated in 2008 and began working in mixed practice for 4 years, before becoming a full time small animal vet.

He enjoys all areas of small animal practice, including surgery and medicine.  Scanning and using the endoscope (a small camera that can be used for internal investigations) are his passion.

Away from the practice he enjoys continuing to develop the family farms herd of South Devon cows and mountain biking.


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.

Emma James BSc (Hons) BVSc GPcert(SAM) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Emma qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2008 and has been with St Boniface ever since. 

She has recently returned from maternity leave and is now working 3 days a week.  She enjoys treating all manner of pets, but especially the more exotic ones such as parrots, snakes, lizards, rabbits and ferrets.  

Emma has recently completed her post graduate certificate in small animal medicine and is awaiting the results of her advanced veterinary practitioner qualification.

Her free time is spent with her scaly and feathery menagerie or on the netball courts.  Her four adorable children also keeps her busy.

Emma is currently on maternity leave, after the birth of her twins in May.

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.

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 Septemer.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!). 

Veronica Gallardo Bustos MRCVS OCQ(V)

OV-TB Tester

Vero qualified as a Veterinary surgeon, from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC. Spain), in 2011.  She then decided to take an adventure and move to the UK.  After living in Cornwall, and working for 3 years, as an Official Veterinarian within the Food Industry Business, she decided her next move was to become a member of the St Boniface team as an OV-TB tester in July 2015.  She now enjoys being more in contact with live animals and farmers.

In her spare time, Vero enjoys playing table tennis in the Okehampton league, travelling and spending time with her 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!