Selworthy Vets

Our Team

Our Vets

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

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2009 I have worked for Selworthy Vets ever since! In recent years I have focused more on small animal surgery and reserve my interests in mixed practice for the menagerie of animals we keep at home. Outside of work I enjoy ballet and competing at agricultural shows with our Jacob Sheep in the Summer.

Chris Jones BVSc MRCVS

I started my veterinary career at the former Hair, Beaumont & Partners, progressing through the ranks to becoming a partner in the practice, doing extensive mixed practice duties and some lecturing in farm animal preventive medicine at Seale Hayne Agricultural College.

I joined the team at Selworthy Vets in March 2020 and I am mostly found out and about providing farm and equine veterinary services with one day a week based at the practice for small animal work.

I enjoy all aspects of mixed veterinary work, especially Bovine medicine & surgery, preventative health planning on all species, Equine studwork and all aspects of Camelid & backyard poultry medicine.

I am a BCVA Accredited Farm Johne’s Disease, BVD and TB TBAS Advisor, and a ROMS Accredited Cattle Mobility Scorer.

I presented a novel surgical method of Bovine LDA surgery at the BCVA Congress in 2017.

I live in Totnes with my wife Jane, and we have 3 grown up children (none of which are vets!)

When not on call I’m either busy in the garden, walking and road bike training to keep fit. I represented GB in the World Masters Men’s Road Race in Albi France in 2017.

Our Nurses

Laura Bashford Head Veterinary Nurse (HRVN)

I am the Joint 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.

Jacob Smale Diploma Veterinary Nurse (DipVN HRVN)

I am the joint Head Veterinary Nurse at Selworthy. I qualified from Bicton 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 my wife, 2 children and our Dalmatian cross Border Collie Marley at our local beaches and on Dartmoor. I also really enjoy gardening.

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.

Beth McCormack RVN

previously worked about Selworthy Vets for 2 years as VCA in 2012 before going on to work at Dart Vale Veterinary Group (Totnes) to complete my VN training. I qualified in 2019 and continued with Dart Vale until I rejoined Selworthy in 2021. I am about to embark on my Cert ECC qualification and I am looking to expand my knowledge on emergency critical care (ECC), anaesthesia,Laboratory work and nurse clinics.
When I'm not at work I enjoying hiking around Devon, with my partner and our 2 dogs, Brodee and Zeus and paddle boarding and yoga

Anya Owen RVN DipAVN

I qualified in 2003 and have spent the majority of my career referral nursing elsewhere in the uk. I have a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing and hold the Nurse Assessor A1 Qualification, enabling me to mentor student nurses. I like helping with everything at work and have particularly enjoyed assisting with farm animals that visit the practice. Since moving here I love being in wide open spaces, spending time together with our two small people and especially Roxy our wonky one eyed spaniel.


Mel Showler RVN

I qualified  in 2010 and   have   previously worked at Seymour Vets, I joined Selworthy in 2022, I particularly enjoy ECC and surgery. Outside work I have  two little ones and a Horse (Amber) and 2 cats (Fievel and Mitzi). In my spare time I love riding (I miss eventing) I love the beach and keeping fit.

Rachael Stooks RVN - Practice Manager

I have worked in the veterinary industry for over 20 years and I Joined Selworthy 2021 having worked previously in a small animal hospital as well as an orthopedic referral practice. I have two rescue cats called Evie and Arthur and enjoy walks in the local area in my spare time.


Amy Weeks Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN)

I am currently attending Bicton College 1day a week working towards my RVN qualification. I joined the practice in 2017 and completed my ANA training here too. I am looking forward to becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse and I am particularly interested in surgical nursing. In my spare time I enjoy walking my staffie, Floyd and spending time on the water with my family.

Lucy Stallard Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA)

I started at Selworthy in 2017 while completing my ANA course at South Devon College. I used to be involved on the patient care side but these days you will find me either on reception or doing admin related things! In my spare time I like to travel and visit new places with my two Cocker Spaniels Noah and Flossie.

Our Support Team

Chloe Tuckwell BSc MNAVP

Physiotherapist / Hydrotherapist

Our Veterinary Physiotherapist, Chloe Tuckwell, graduated from Harper Adams University in 2019 with BSc (Hons) Veterinary Physiotherapy. Her studies included a 44-week work placement at Bach Canine Rehab in West London, a specialist Canine Hydrotherapy & Physiotherapy Centre, gaining invaluable practical experience. She is registered with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP), and will soon be registered with the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) after completing a Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy.

Maria Morgan Veterinary VNA Farm Liaison

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 farm admin including farm accounts and the booking TB tests. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and walking my dogs.

Laura Rowden Receptionist

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