Staff

You can trust the veterinary professionals at Castle Vets to treat you and your animals with respect and compassion. Our professionalism in veterinary care guarantees the best choice for your animals. Experts in both pet and farm vets, our established practice has served the local community for over 100 years.

Meet Rachel,

our Castle Care Club Administrator.

When your pet joins the Castle Care Club they are enrolled in a lifetime of care and support. Joining our pet healthcare plan means your pet benefits in so many rewarding ways.

Included in your membership:

Health Checks Vaccinations Flea & Worm Treatment Plus great discounts on routine services and products.

Find out more

Veterinary Surgeons

Mark Tucker

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Director)
BVet Med, MRCVS

Bio

Mark has been in practice nearly 30 years, all of it in the South West. He has lived in Tavistock since 1994 and joined Castle Veterinary Group as a mixed vet in 2004, becoming a partner in the business in 2006. Mark’s work is now solely as a small animal vet.

Claire Waters

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Director)
BVet Med, CertMA, MRCVS

Bio

Claire initially joined Castle Veterinary Group Ltd. in January 2011 for a year and then returned again in September 2012 after moving her entire family across the south of Britain from Essex to Cornwall. Claire had spent many holidays down here and is familiar with the area, so took the opportunity to join our practice when it arose. Claire has a certificate in Veterinary Anaethesia and over 10 years experience working with small animals.
This marks another milestone in the development of Castle Veterinary Group Ltd. because Claire is the first vet to solely work with small animals. This provides continuity for our clients as both Claire and Mark are available most days.

Tabi Boughtflower

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Director)
VetMB, MRCVS

Bio

Tabi joined the practice in April 2018 from a predominantly small animal practice in Exeter. Prior to this she spent several years working as a locum in a large variety of practices across the south west. She enjoys all aspects of first opinion practice and has a particular interest in veterinary acupuncture.

Outside of work, Tabi enjoys sea swimming, yoga, attempting to grow vegetables and getting out and about with her two dogs.

Tim Bebbington

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Director)
BVet Med, MRCVS

Bio

Qualified from London in 1989 and has worked in Cornwall and Devon ever since. Tim is a farm vet with particular interests in health planning, dairy nutrition and fertility. He is a director of the Moredun Foundation.

In his spare time his 3 boys and wife, Jane, run him ragged.

Helen Howgill

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Director)
BVet Med, MRCVS

Bio

Helen qualified in 1994 and joined Castle Veterinary Group later that year. Helen now works on the farm animal side of the practice.

Bekky Hobbs

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon (Director)
RVN, BVSc, MRCVS

Bio

Bekky joined our farm veterinary team in September 2016 after graduating from Bristol University in June 2016 and spending 5 weeks in New Zealand before starting work.
Prior to going to vet school Bekky worked for many years as a registered veterinary nurse in a mixed practice in Nottinghamshire and decided during vet school that farm was her main area of interest.
In her spare time Bekky enjoys walking her Cocker Spaniel Conker, spending time with family, swimming and competing at motocross. She is also the creator of the most amazing cupcakes!

Loretta Francia

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
BVet Med, MRCVS

Bio

Loretta qualified in 1995 from London University and worked up north. She soon saw sense, headed south west and has worked for Castle Vets since 1996, interspersed with periods of travelling and working abroad. At the end of 2011 Loretta went out to Malaysia, to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, spending 6 weeks helping to treat the orphan orangutans.

Outside of work she enjoys walking, camping, cycling, cooking and going to the pub.

Rosina Traverso

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
MRCVS

Bio

Rosina joined the small animal team on a part time basis in July 2020. 

Katie Knowles

Mixed Veterinary Surgeon
BA VetMB MRCVS

Bio

Katie joined Castle Vets as a mixed vet in August 2018 having graduated from Cambridge in June. She is particularly interested in farm animal medicine but enjoys a wide variety of veterinary work.

Outside of work, Katie’s hobbies include walking, kayaking and cooking. She is new to Cornwall and is enjoying spending the weekends exploring the area with her husband and friends.

Laura Champ

Mixed Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc MRCVS

Bio

Laura qualified from Bristol Veterinary University in July 2019 and joined the Castle Vets team as a mixed practice vet in September 2019. 

Katherine Daniel

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon
BVet Med MRCVS

Bio

Katherine joined us in October 2012.
Katherine works within our Farm Animal team of Vets and runs our popular monthly grass meetings for Dairy Clients.
Outside work she will be found walking her young Lab, Ozzy.

Richard Hillman

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon
MA VetMB MRCVS

Bio

Richard graduated from Cambridge in 1984. After a year in Wales he joined Luxstowe vets in Liskeard and became a director.
When Luxstowe gave up their farm work in May 2017, Richard joined the Castle Vets farm veterinary team.
Outside of work he enjoys golf, walking the dogs and is an avid football fan, especially Chelsea!

Roger Serres

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon
MRCVS

Bio

 Roger qualified in Barcelona in 2001 and came to the UK later that year. He has worked as a farm vet in Herefordshire and Devon before joining our team in January 2020. His main interests are anything and everything to do with cattle but he does not shy away from sheep, goats, pigs or alpacas/lamas. Outside of work he likes to tinker with electronic boards and old computers.

Sarah Caldwell

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon
BSc (hon) BVSc MRCVS

Bio

Sarah joined Castle Vets in April 2020. She returned to her roots in Cornwall in 2012 to work as a farm vet having completed a degree in Animal Science, at Nottingham University, and subsequently a Veterinary degree at The University of Liverpool.

Her interests are infectious disease, fertility and youngstock health and development. Sarah enjoys conducting hands-on workshops for farmers to share knowledge. In the past 8 years she has developed a niche for Camelid medicine, which is internationally recognised.

In her spare time, she supports her partner with his farm and Lleyn flock. Otherwise she can be found in, on or under the sea!

Lucy Giles

Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon
BVMS (hon) MRCVS PGCert VetEd

Bio

Lucy graduated from Glasgow University as a vet in 2017. Following an internship working with wildlife in South Africa she worked for a mixed practice in Staffordshire for two years. Before starting with us in August 2020, she also completed her Postgrad Certificate in Veterinary Education. Having helped set up and run the flock club at her previous practice, Lucy has a keen interest in group meetings and all aspects of on farm training and development. Outisde of work, she is most likely to be found rambling around the coast, kayaking or trying to surf (with a varied degree of success!) 

George Henry

TB Tester
BVSc, MRCVS

Bio

George has worked for Castle Veterinary Group since he qualified from the University of Bristol in 2004. George works as a part time TB tester.

George has many interests outside of his veterinary work, which include walking, fishing & brewing. But most of his spare time is spent on his  produce growing business that he runs with partner Loretta.

Vlad Ionescu

TB Tester
MRCVS

Bio

Vlad joined us as a full-time TB tester in December 2017.
Vlad graduated in 2015. He comes from a farming background taking care of 250 sheep and 2 horses.
His hobbies are watching sports, farm machinery and he also enjoys cooking.

Veterinary Nurses

Megan Woodgate

Head Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Megan joined our nursing team in 2017. She qualified as a RVN in 2007. Since then she has worked around the UK and spent three and a half years working at a veterinary hospital in Sydney, which is where she met her partner Declan. They then moved to Ireland in 2015. Her keen interests are weight clinics, dentistry and surgical nursing. She has now settled back in Cornwall and is enjoying life with her new husband.

Gemma Sawyer

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Gemma joined our veterinary nursing team in January 2012. She became our acting head nurse when Loren Jackson went onto maternity leave in January 2018.
She has an interest in behaviour, running many of our anxious dog clinics and is a qualified Clinical Coach assisting in the training of our student Veterinary Nurses.
Gemma’s interest include surfing, making cakes and walking her Labrador Lottie.

Loren Jackson

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Loren joined Castle Veterinary Group in 2004 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2009. She was promoted to the role of Head Nurse at the end of 2015.
Loren completed her Clinical Coach qualification in March 2014 and now assists our student Veterinary Nurses with their training.
Loren has also completed a bereavement course and is a registered Ally Supporter. She is here to help our clients before, during and after the loss of their pet.
In her spare time Loren enjoys walking her dogs Bessie the Collie Cross and Peggy the Jack Russell.

Loren is currently on maternity leave.

Emma Pridham

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Emma joined our nursing team in September 2005 and having completed her Animal Nursing Assistant course went on the train as a Veterinary Nurse. Emma passed all her exams early in 2012 and is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse.
Emma enjoys helping out with our puppy preschool and has a keen interest in animal behaviour running many of our anxious dog clinics.
Emma has a cat called Hamish who she hand reared from one day old after he was attacked by a dog and brought into the surgery.
Emma’s main interests include spending time with her daughter Georgia and husband Steve on the farm.

Claire Robson

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Claire re-joined the practice in February 2011. Using all of her experience and knowledge she soon became an invaluable member of staff and was made Deputy Head Nurse in September 2011 and was promoted to Head Nurse in 2013.  After taking time off with the birth of her baby James at the end of 2015 she has returned to work with us part-time.
Claire married a local farmer in 2014 and they were given a Charolais cow and calf as a wedding present! Claire and her husband also breed pedigree Blue Faced Leicester sheep. Her other interests include baking and decorating cakes and we enjoy sampling her creations!

Sue Mann

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Sue qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1979 and has since worked in practices in Hythe (Hants), Barnstaple and Lifton prior to starting at Castle Veterinary Group in 2003.
Sue is a registered Ally Supporter. An Ally Supporter offers support before, during and after the loss of a pet.
Sue’s main nursing interests are in the areas of surgical nursing and animal behaviour.
Sue has a lot of animals – a dog called Perrier, 5 cats all rescued via Cats Protection and various chickens, geese and rabbits!
In addition to her Veterinary Nursing work, Sue is also involved with the Launceston branch of Cats Protection and enjoys walking Perrier in her free time.

Rachael Woodley

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Rachael joined Castle Vets in August 2016 having already been a qualified veterinary nurse since 1999. Having had a break to raise her twin girls she has returned to work part time here at Castle Vets.
Rachael lives with her partner on their dairy farm. The twins take up most of Rachael’s spare time but she also has some chickens and 3 cats that she has rescued over the years!

Emma Hoskings

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Emma joined our nursing team in August 2015. She completed her studies with us and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in January 2018.
Outside work she enjoys swimming, walking her Staffie Millie, and a spot of baking when she has time!

Charlotte Hopkins

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Charlotte qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2015 after training at Luxstowe Vets in Liskeard. In 2017 she decided to go travelling with her partner and they set off around Europe in their camper van. Charlotte joined us here in March 2018 and enjoys every aspect of nursing. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Cornwall and various sporting activities.

Charlotte Fox

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Charlotte qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in January 2017 and joined the castle nursing team in January 2018. In her free time Charlotte enjoys gig rowing and horse riding.

Naomi Willcocks

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Jenny Houghton

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Jenny joined our nursing team in July 2019. She started her Veterinary Nurse career in 2004 in Weymouth, Dorset. She then moved to cornwall in 2006 where she worked at a large practice and trained. Upon qualifying she moved to Devon and worked in a busy Veterinary hospital, after maternity leave she decided to have a career change and for the last two years she has been lecturing Animal management/nursing alongside a foundation degree in teaching at a FE college in Barnstaple.

Her keen interests in Vet Nursing are; Feline behaviour, radiography and Nurse clinics.
In her spare time she enjoy spending time with her Husband and 2 young children, along with all their pets which include 2 whippets, 3 cats and a cornsnake. 

Tanya Watton

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Bio

Tanya is a registered veterinary nurse. Tanya started her training here in 2012, qualified in 2015 and moved on in 2016 to work and live with her partner Glenn,  in Exeter. Tanya worked as lead orthopaedic nurse at St Davids Veterinary Hospital, up until the birth of her first Daughter, Rosalie in April 2019. Tanya and her family have since moved back down to Cornwall to be with family and came back to join us part time in January 2020. Tanya has Bella, the border collie and her two cats, Riley and Milo at home and has a keen interest in walking, running and cooking yummy food! 

Kerensa Dinnis

Student Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Kerensa joined the team in March 2016 as a ward assistant. After enjoying the role for two years, she has now started her training to become a veterinary nurse. In her spare time, Kerensa enjoys walking and working her collie, Ollie.

Karen Delacoe

Student Veterinary Nurse

Bio

Karen joined us in July 2018. She has always had a passion for animals and now after eight years of being a carer for her daughter, has begun her dream of becoming a veterinary nurse. She is starting with becoming a ward assistant to help her complete her ANA course before commencing her studies as a veterinary nurse.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys family time with her husband, two daughters and her two dogs, Faith and Des.

Jess Hill

Ward Assistant

Bio

Jess joined the team in August 2016 helping on the small animal ward. 

Support Staff

Tammy Inkpen

Practice Manager

Bio

Tammy moved to Devon in June 2007 with her son, Oliver and 2 dogs, Annie and Henry. Tammy soon acquired a cat named Gismo to add to her family.
Tammy’s interests outside of work are looking after her horses. She is also a keen walker and enjoys competing with her 2 dogs, Annie and Henry at agility and competitive obedience.

Sarah Morlock

Accounts Supervisor

Bio

Sarah joined the Accounts team in September 2020 as the Accounts Supervisor to oversee the running of the accounts department.

Sarah moved from Kent in 2018 and has been working in similar roles since moving here.

In her spare time she has been renovating her property, finding a love of gardening and enjoying time with her pets.

Alison Davey

Accounts

Bio

Ali joined the Castle Veterinary Group in September 2003 working part-time in the Accounts Department.
Alison’s interests include gardening and cooking (which is much appreciated by the rest of the staff!).

Denise Frain

Accounts

Bio

Denise has been part of the accounts team at Castle Veterinary Group since 2001. She now works part time to help with invoicing and statements.
Outside of work Denise is kept busy looking after her family, horses, dogs and Charolais cattle.

Jacqui Bond

Accounts

Bio

Jacqui has recently joined our accounting team as a finance assistant, working with our Accounts Manager on a Wednesday and Thursday each week. Jacqui has been working for a company in Okehampton for eight years but was made redundant in February. She enjoyed some time off but was kept busy as Grannie and Mother of the Bride. Jacqui does not currently have any pets but walks Cookie (her neighbour’s dog) and dog sits her son and daughter’s dogs Bam (a Jack Russell) and Loka (Lab x Malamute). Her son Joe had a rat, snakes and Gekos, which Jacqui has looked after whilst he was travelling. A real animal lover!

Steve Cox

Health & Safety and Marketing

Bio

Steve looks after the health & safety  and marketing side of the business.
Outside of work when he is not kept busy by his two young children, Border Collie Ben and rescue cats Taw and Bo, Steve is an enthusiastic runner and member of Launceston Road Runners.

Sarah Farrer

Administrator

Bio

Sarah joined the Castle Vets small animal reception team in May 2018. Sarah was a student veterinary nurse with us before she left to start a family and now her son has grown up she has returned to Castle Vets and is enjoying a different side of working within the veterinary world.

Outside of work Sarah is kept busy looking after her family, helping her partner on the farm, managing their holiday cottages and making handcrafted jewellery. In her free time she
enjoys caring for all her animals, riding her horses and watching her son play football.

Jackie Hogarth

Customer Service Administrator

Bio

Jackie joined us in September 2016 as a small animal receptionist but will also be found helping out on our farm reception too. Jackie is experienced at working within veterinary practice as she has been a small animal receptionist for many years. She tells us she is loving being part of the Castle Vets family and enjoying the challenge of learning farm reception duties!
Jackie moved to the Launceston area from Surrey earlier this year with her husband and three dogs, a 9 year old Great Dane and two young Lurchers. She loves participating in all canine sports, particularly flyball, heel work to music and general obedience.
Jackie is currently trying out a new hobby – hoping to become and adequate gardener! She also loves spending lots of time at local beaches and beauty spots, and is wondering why she didn’t move “down west” years ago!

Rachel Burrill

Small Animal Team Leader

Bio

Julia Devitt

Small Animal Receptionist

Bio

Julia originally joined Castlebridge Vets Ltd (Lifton Branch) in March 2004 and transferred to Castle Veterinary Group in September 2005.
Julia enjoys live music, festivals, camping in her Eriba caravan and generally getting out and about in our beautiful countryside. She has two cats rehomed via the vets (something that is hard to avoid when you work here!) and Billy, a rescued dog who is thoroughly enjoying his new lifestyle exploring Dartmoor and the North Cornwall beaches!

Holley Lann

Small Animal Receptionist

Bio

Holley joined us full-time as a member of our small animal reception and customer support team in October 2018.

In her spare time she loves to take her puppy Trixie to the beach for a walk and helping her partner out on his family dairy farm.

Hannah Coppen

Small Animal Receptionist

Bio

Hannah joined our small animal reception team in December 2016.
Hannah has two dogs, two cats and a selection of other small animals!
In her spare time she enjoys long walks with the dogs and her non-animal hobbies include yoga and crafts.

Maya Duncan

Small Animal Receptionist

Bio

Maya has worked part time on the small animal reception since 2014, taking time away to travel in New Zealand. She is now studying biological science at university whilst living at home in the cornish countryside.

 

Ellis Mabbley

Small Animal Receptionist 

Bio

Ellis joined the small animal reception team in July 2019.  She is an experienced veterinary receptionist who lives locally with her family, two horses, a goat, a cat and a dog called Lollie.

 

Deena Elliott

Small Animal Receptionist

Bio

Deena Elliott joined our team in February 2017 as a part-time receptionist.
Deena owns Dougal, a Border Collie who along with her three horses, keeps her busy in her spare time.

Jo Luxton

Head Farm Animal Receptionist

Bio

Jo joined the practice in October 2009 and has since qualified as a farm SQP, enabling her to dispense wormers and vaccines.
She has two horses and a Staffie to keep her busy at the weekends.
In her spare time Jo enjoys the outdoors and travelling abroad.

Sami Duke

Farm Animal Receptionist /
Lab Technician

Bio

Sami joined Castle Veterinary Group in June 2008 and has since qualified as a farm SQP, enabling her to prescribe wormers and vaccines.
As well as working on large animal reception, Sami is also our Lab Technician. Her time is split between processing TB tests and dealing with large animal samples in our in-house laboratory.

Amy Retallick

Farm Animal Technician & Receptionist

Bio

Amy joined Castle Vets in October 2012 and works as both a farm technician and farm animal receptionist.
She has a very handsome Labrador x Springer called Bailey.

Nikki Hicks

Farm Animal Receptionist

Bio

Nikki joined our farm reception team in June 2017.
Outside of work, Nikki is kept busy with her 2 children, Charlie & Heidi and her 2 Jack Russells, Flicka & Basil
Nikki loves being outside, particularly walking and horse riding. In her spare time she also helps out on her parents beef & sheep farm.

Lauren Symons

Farm Animal Technician & Receptionist

Bio

Lauren joined our farm reception team in September 2018. Being a farmer’s daughter she has grown up around farm animals and is a member of the Young Farmers Club.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys taking her “sausage dog” for walks especially on the beach, and horse-riding.

Laura Millington

Cleaner

Bio

Laura joined our farm team as a part-time receptionist in August 2017. She has since then taken on the role as practice cleaner in April 2020.

She previously studied at Sparsholt Agricultural College and has lots of receptionist experience, so she is a great addition to our existing team.
Outside of work, Laura is kept very busy looking after her two children, Border Collie, rabbit and guinea pig!

Jeff Sawyer

Handy Man

Bio

Jeff joined us in April 2018 and has been keeping himself very busy sprucing up the car park and fixing things around the building! You may also see him out on farm from time to time as he is called upon to deliver medicines and equipment to our vets on farm visits.

Billy Martin

Farm Animal Support

Bio

Pets

01566 772211

Pennygillam Way
Launceston
Cornwall
PL15 7ED

info@castleveterinarygroup.co.uk

Today we're open 8.30am – 6.30pm

Farm

01566 772371

Pennygillam Way
Launceston
Cornwall
PL15 7ED

farm@castleveterinarygroup.co.uk

Today we're open 8.30am – 5.30pm

Liskeard

Farm Office

01579 208072

  1 Miller Court
Miller Business Park
Liskeard
PL14 4DA

 farm@castleveterinarygroup.co.uk

Today we're open 9.00am – 1.00pm