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.
Anna Jesse MA VetMB MRCVS
Anna graduated from Cambridge in 2009, and since then has always worked in Devon. She enjoys all areas of small animal practice, especially caring for the population of older patients.
Anna has 2 small children, 1 border terrier called Bertie, 5 chickens and 1 husband to contend with out of work.
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.
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.
Adelina Melinte MRCVS
Ade graduated in Romania in 2018 and moved to UK to join her husband. She joined Okeford Veterinary Centre in 2020 and enjoys every aspect of first opinion practice. She loves The South West and the beaches.
Claudia Morton-Quai BSc BVSc MRCVS
Claudia graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008. She worked as a mixed practice veterinarian in rural Australia and then spent some time working as a government field veterinarian before perusing her love for working as a small animal veterinarian. Claudia is passionate about her work and enjoys all facets of small animal practice. Claudia moved to the UK at the end of 2018 with her husband and dog, Nero and cat, Baci and has been with CVS since. Claudia enjoys exploring the stunning walks we have here in Devon with her dog and loves baking cakes.
Alice Rook BVM&S MRCVS
Alice graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and spent several years working in mixed practice. Alice completed a small animal internship in 2019 and has since focussed on companion animals and has a particular interest in surgery. She joined Okeford Veterinary Centre in 2020 and outside of work enjoys growing vegetables and running on Dartmoor.
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.
Suzie Taylor 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.