We are a small animal practice in Devon, first established in 1988. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Kirstin graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001. She has been practicing at Okeford since August 2001 and is now the clinical director. She completed her RCVS certificate in veterinary dermatology in 2017 and enjoys complex medical cases. Over the years she has helped train several veterinary nurses and acts a mentor to new staff. She participates in the marketing aspect of the business which includes organising an annual charity dog show and attendance at local agricultural shows. Outside work she is a dedicated mother of two, a school governor and an avid runner with her beloved dog, Lola.
Philip Davies BVSc MRCVS
Philip graduated from University of Liverpool 1983. He won prizes in pathology and clinical studies, and also gained a distinction in veterinary anatomy. He is a past president of the Western Counties Veterinary Association and Okehampton Agricultural Show. Philip is interested in all aspects of companion animal veterinary care and has a very wide surgical repertoire that includes laparoscopic ovariectomies, orthopaedic cases including cruciate surgery and a variety of endoscopic examinations. He shares his life with two Jack Russells named Lottie and Tilly, a wilful one-eyed Tonkinese named Mizzle and a French ex-racehorse, Specky.
Alex Just BVSc MRCVS
Alex graduated from Bristol University in 2003 and moved to Okehampton in 2008 with her husband, who is also a vet. She joined Okeford in April 2013 and works both in the main Okehampton practice and the Chagford surgery. Alex enjoys all aspects of first opinion work and has a strong interest in medical cases. She is developing a particular interest in cardiology and enjoys using the ultrasound machine to help diagnose medical and cardiac conditions. Alex has two daughters at primary school who keep her and her husband busy.
Sarah Knight BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS
Sarah joined Okeford in August 2016, having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July that year. She has enjoyed getting to grips with life as a veterinary surgeon and has developed a particular interest in internal medicine and emergency and critical care. Outside of work she likes to spend time with friends and family.
Suzie McGeorge BVMS MRCVS
Suzie graduated from the University of Glasgow in June 2013. Since then she has been working as a small animal vet and is returning to Okeford after two years away which was spent enhancing her surgical and medical skills at St David's Veterinary Hospital in Exeter. Suzie enjoys all aspects of general practice and is currently working towards an advanced qualification in small animal medicine. In her free time she enjoys eventing her horses in British Eventing competitions and walking her chocolate Labrador, Polly.
Rebecca Meese BVSc MRCVS
Rebecca graduated from Bristol University in 2007 and joined Okeford in May 2017 after moving back to Devon. She enjoys consulting and surgery, and has a keen interest in feline medicine. Rebecca also offers an acupuncture clinic at the Okehampton surgery. She has two energetic young children that keep her and her husband very busy.
Jon Smallwood BVMS CertAVP (GSAS) MRCVS
Jon qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2002 and spent the first seven years of his career at Okeford before moving to a small animal hospital in Bideford. He obtained the Royal College certificate in advanced veterinary practice in surgery in 2015. In March 2018, having missed the sunny weather in Okehampton, he returned to Okeford Veterinary Centre. He has a special interest in orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work Jon enjoys sailing, cycling and building things. He owns a poodle.