I came to Devon in 1981 to help David Temple and John Malseed build a progressive, innovative and professional veterinary practice to serve our rural community. I have seen the practice grow to what is now, an independent multi vet business that maintains the principle of providing an effective, dedicated veterinary service to all our clients.
My own interests have developed into becoming a dedicated cattle vet, as well as overseeing the management of the business. Ensuring all three departments – farm, equine and small animal – function and deliver the care that our clients expect.
I have been fortunate to be able to develop special interests in infectious disease management and whole herd medicine, and now manage to travel the country and the world to teach and learn. I have been generously rewarded for my efforts with some prestigious awards from the agricultural and veterinary communities, but my heart remains in West Ridge and the health and productivity of the animals in our care.
Mark qualified from the RVC in 2010. After spending two years working in New Zealand and Australia as a farm vet, he returned to the UK and has worked locally since then as a small animal vet.
He enjoys surgery and diagnostic imaging and has recently trained in veterinary acupuncture.
Mark lives near Tiverton with his wife, two daughters and his terrier Flo. In his spare time, he is a member of a local clay shoot, periodically tackles his garden in an attempt to grow veg and likes to get out and soak up some of the great outdoors with the family.
Marcella joined the practice in 2009 and is our senior small animal vet at Winkleigh surgery. As well as being an experienced small animal medic and surgeon, Marcella offers a wide variety of special services including chicken medicine and surgery, wildlife emergencies and acupuncture.
Marcella is a strong advocate for animal welfare and is the charity vet for the British Hen Welfare Trust.
Naomi is a registered veterinary nurse and started working at West Ridge in December 2020. Naomi has worked in veterinary practices for the last 7 years, and before that, she worked in animal rescue with domestic animals & British wildlife.
She has always been passionate about looking after animals, giving them the best care she can, and when they are under her care at the practice she treats them like they are her own animals.
Bev qualified as a registered veterinary nurse from Bicton college in 1992 and worked with small and large animals, and equines for 13 years. Bev was head nurse in places from London to Exmouth.
In 2001 Bev changed her career path and trained as a pharmacy technician at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital, then specialised in clinical trials.
Bev recently came back to veterinary nursing at West Ridge where she re-registered as a registered veterinary nurse.
In her spare time, Bev enjoys doing agility with her flat coat retrievers.
I came to work at the Winkleigh branch in August 2022 as a student ANA (Animal Nursing Assistant) at Bicton College, I am hoping to go on to train as a veterinary nurse in the future.
Since I was young I have always had a love for animals and caring for them, especially after rescuing my cat Lucky.
I enjoy playing and watching rugby in my spare time and being with family and friends.
Sheryl started working at the Winkleigh surgery in 2006. She did a National Diploma in Equine Studies and worked with horses for several years before taking a change of career path.
Sheryl has lived locally since 1996 and has many rescue animals including several horses and ponies. Sheryl enjoys spending time with her family and caring for her animals.
James joined the practice in February 2021 as an intern having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020.
He enjoys all aspects of farm and companion animal work, with a particular interest being cattle lameness investigation, treatment and prevention.
In his spare time, James’ main interest is competitive target rifle shooting, which has taken him all over the country to various competitions and leagues. He also tries to get out into the great outdoors as much as he can!
Georgia joined West Ridge in August 2021 after graduating from Bristol University early that Summer.
She works in both Farm and Small Animal practice, with a particular interest in surgery on both the larger and smaller scale.
Originally from Oxford, she enjoys exploring the Devonshire countryside in her spare time, and cooking and reading at home. All whilst waiting for the right opportunity to welcome her own four-legged friend into her life, (though probably one slightly smaller than deerhound in the picture).
Barny joined the practice in July 2021 as an intern after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College that same year.
He particularly enjoys fertility work on the farm side of things, and he also likes small animal surgery.
When he isn’t looking after your animals, he spends time with his kitten Magnus and meeting up with friends.
Jasmine joined West Ridge in 2013 as a farm animal receptionist. Jasmine has since qualified as a Small Animal Veterinary Care Assistant.
She now works alongside the small animal team, helping to provide essential care to your pets.
Magda has worked at West Ridge in Winkleigh since 2020.
She has a passion for animal welfare and loves working with animals. She enjoys spending time with her family which include two dogs and two cats.
Margaret runs the accounts and finances with efficiency and effectiveness and is the first point of call for any accounting or financial enquiries.
Speak to Margaret for all account and invoice enquiries, whether it concerns purchases or sales.
Brittany has recently joined the small animal team as lead receptionist. After 5 years of dental nursing she has decided to take a change in career path and work with animals.
Outside of work she likes spending time with her family and friends, and exploring with her dog Suzie.
Vikki joined the practice as a volunteer in April 2022. She is now a second year student veterinary nurse, dividing her time between work, college and family life. She loves nothing more than going to the beaches of North Devon so that both her crazy Springer spaniels and three children can run wild and free!
Toni is new to Westridge and joined in May of
2023. She has been nursing since 2015 and absolutely loves being a nurse. She has a certificate in feline nursing and has a passion for caring for feline patients and promoting ‘fear free’ practice. Feline behaviour is something that she finds very interesting and loves educating clients on how to provide the best care for their cats!
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, cosying up in front of the fire with her cat beans and walking in the countryside with her springer spaniel Nellie.
If you need to arrange an appointment with our small animal vets in Devon, then please call your nearest branch.