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.

Emma Stevenson MRCVS


Emma graduated from Glasgow university in 2013 and has a particular interest in farm animals! In Emma's spare time she enjoys walking the Devon-shire countryside with her Cocker spaniel Merlin and sailing the coast.


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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