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.

Charlotte Ball BVM BVS MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2021 and moved back to my roots in Devon shortly after.  I enjoy all aspects of mixed practice but have particular interests in emergency and feline medicine. Outside of work I enjoy riding my horse, walking and travelling to new places.  I look forward to meeting you and your pets very soon.

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.

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.

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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