Selworthy Veterinary Group

Our Team

Richard Balkwill B Vet Med MRCVS

I qualified in 1979 from the Royal Veterinary College in London. I have worked in Kingsbridge, my home town, since 1989. I enjoy working with all species in our mixed practice. In the spring of 2013 I attended a 4 day acupuncture course, becoming a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA). I have enjoyed using this skill within the modern veterinary practice. In my spare time I enjoy taking our boat down to Salcombe and walking our dogs.

Thomas Rees MA Vet MB MRCVS

After qualifying from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 2009, I worked in James Herriot’s old practice in Thirsk, N. Yorkshire before moving down to Devon in 2011.  I love all aspects of mixed practice but I have a particular interest in small animal cardiology (heart conditions in dogs and cats) as well as equine and farm animal practice.  In my “spare” time I enjoy sailing and fishing, as well as walking my rescue Labrador, Reggie and watching TV with the cats Gilbert and Elvie.

Angela Tweedie B Vet Med MRCVS

Angela qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2009.

Emily Balkwill BSc BVSc MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 and have spent the past year working in a busy mixed practice in Cornwall. In that time, I have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of mixed practice. In my free time, I enjoy playing water polo, attempting to stand up on my paddle board and spending time with my geriatric rescue cat, Harriet.

Laura Bashford Head Veterinary Nurse (HRVN)

I am the Head Veterinary Nurse at Selworthy, I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2005, after attending Bicton College of Agriculture. I thoroughly enjoy my job and take particular interest in laboratory work, behaviour and medical nursing. In my spare time, I enjoy riding my horses.

Sarah Lobb Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

I am a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and have worked at Selworthy Vets since 2005. I passed my exams in 2007, after attending the Veterinary Nursing course at Bicton College of Agriculture. In September 2012, I completed a course to become a clinical coach to assist with the training of trainee nurses. In my spare time I enjoy walking with my dogs and spending time with my family.

Jacob Smale Diploma Veterinary Nurse (DipVN RVN)

I qualified from Bicton College as a Veterinary nurse in 2013. I then went travelling to Australia and New Zealand for 6 weeks which I thoroughly enjoyed and hope to go back again in the future. I enjoy all aspects of my Job but have special interests in Surgical Nursing, Animal welfare and helping wildlife. In my spare time I like to spend time with family and friends, going to the beach, cycling, kayaking, driving my classic Austin Mini 1000 and walking our two dalmatian x Collies on the beaches and moors! I am looking forward to the next couple of years as we are going to be organising a lot of charity events, to raise money for me and Natasha to do a charity trek in Iceland.

Natasha Prior Registered BSc Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

After completing my BSc Veterinary Nursing degree and graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011, I was offered a job back at Selworthy Vets in July 2013. I completed a years work placement at Selworthy as part of my university degree in 2007, so it has been nice to join the team again. I feel my role as an RVN fulfilling and find it very rewarding, I enjoy the day to day variety of cases, especially the nursing of intensive care patients and running nurse clinics.

In September 2013, I completed a clinical coaching course, so I am now able to assist with the training of Student Veterinary Nurses and I am also one of the trained First Aiders at the practice. In my free time, I enjoy rowing, playing netball and mixed hockey, spending time with my husband Jacob and our families and friends and walking our two Dalmatian x Collies, Jasper and Marley, on the beaches and moors.

Hannah Durrans (ANA) Animal Nursing Assistant

I returned back to working at Selworthy in September 2015, after working a nine month maternity cover in 2014. I qualified as a Animal Nursing Assistant in 2007. I particularly enjoy the medical side of nursing. When I am not at work, I love being outdoors spending time with my three spaniels and my horse.

Anne Balkwill Practice Manager BA Hons

I have worked in mixed practice for over twenty years and enjoy the variety of tasks I have to tackle. I am a town Councillor and enjoy being involved in community projects, from Kingsbridge in Bloom to the Cookworthy Museum. In my spare time I enjoy boating (in the summer), riding my horse and walking our two dogs.

Maria Morgan Veterinary Nursing Assistant (VNA)

I have been working as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant at Selworthy for a number of years now and I enjoy all aspects of working in a busy mixed animal veterinary practice but these days I tend to do more office based admin including all the accounts and insurance claims. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and walking my dogs.

Lucy Stallard Student Animal Nursing Assistant (SANA)

I am currently studying at Taunton and Bridgwater College to gain my Veterinary nursing qualification, I am thoroughly enjoying the course and particularly enjoy the anatomy side of it. In my spare time I like to walk my boxer dog Bernard.  


Amy Weeks Student Nurse (SANA)

I am currently attending Bicton College two days a week working towards my Animal Nursing assistant qualification.

In my spare time i enjoy walking my staffordshire bull terrier Floyd and spending time on the water with my family!

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