Welcome to St Davids Veterinary Group. Established in 1941 we are a trio of modern, well-equipped veterinary practices in and around the city of Exeter. We are passionate about animal care, and our team of highly skilled vets and nurses are dedicated to providing the best treatment for your pets. We are open for appointments six days a week and offer a 24-hour emergency service within our hospital at St David’s Station. Free parking is available for clients at our Exeter and Exminster branches, local paid parking is available at the Topsham clinic.
April qualified from Bicton College in 2007 and has a keen interest in teaching the student veterinary nurses and anaesthetics. She joined the St Davids nursing team in 2014 and is our head nurse. April has a very cute but very naughty Border Terrier called Ted and is currently taking on the challenge of becoming a surfer. She has recently returned from maternity leave on a part-time basis.
Lisa May RVN
Lisa qualified from the University of West of England in 2014. She started working for St Davids in August 2016 and has a keen interest in nurse clinics and in-patient care. Lisa also runs the puppy classes that we provide on a Monday evening. In her spare time she enjoys playing hockey, running and socialising with friends and family. She has a grey and white rescue cat called Theo and two other cats which she hand-reared from only a few weeks old.
Vicky Malins RVN FdSc
Deputy Head Nurse and Referral Nurse
Vicky completed her degree at Hartpury University in 2015 and joined the St Davids nursing team In August 2016. She is one of the referral nurses alongside her role of deputy head nurse. She has a keen interest in rabbit medicine and nursing care, feline friendly handling and clinical coach training. Vicky has an advanced qualification in rabbit medicine. She owns a rescue cat called Hugo, a couple of rabbits Twiglet and Quaver, and spends her spare time at the yard riding her horse, Oscar. She has recently added ‘Spot the Dog’ a Dalmatian to her growing family.
Jenny Batt RVN
Jenny is one of our senior RVNs who has work here since 2000. There isn't anything she doesn't know about the practice and she helps out with both the referral and first opinion teams. As a former head nurse she now works part-time after having her daughters. She lives on a busy sheep farm where she can be found lambing in the spring.
Shannon Brown RVN
Shannon joined us in April 2014 and promptly began her training in the following September. She has taken a keen interest in exotic nursing, particularly rabbits - unsurprising as she cares for three of her own along with two cats. In her spare time she likes to read a book or two and enjoys being artistic. Shannon qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2017.
Natalie Forrester RVN
Orthopaedic Referral Nurse
Natalie has worked at St Davids since 2015. She took a keen interest in orthopaedics as a second year nursing student, working with the referral team on odd days here and there. Natalie qualified in 2005 and started working with the orthopaedic referral team full-time in 2007, now working on a part time basis. Her interests are mostly fitness related which she juggles between looking after her young family, two daughters and twin sons.
Hollie Godfrey RVN
Hollie started nursing in 2012 and qualified in 2016, working in a few practices around Devon, mixed and small animal. She currently works at our Exminster branch. At home she has a naughty Border Terrier named Rodney and three rescue cats, Rory, Moose and Poppy. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends, horse riding and dog walking. (Hollie is currently on maternity leave).
Kirsty Hunt RVN
Kirsty joined the practice in July 2015 and has started her Level 3 diploma of veterinary nursing at Bicton College. Kirsty is enjoying learning about all aspects of nursing. In her spare time Kirsty enjoys running with her husband, reading, spending time with her family and friends and walking her family's black Labrador, Lucy. (Kirsty is currently on maternity leave)
Olivia Myers RVN BSc (Hons)
Olivia joined us again in November 2017 having previously been one of our hard working animal nursing assistants back in 2014. She has a degree in Animal Science and studied towards her diploma in Veterinary Nursing with us gaining her qualification in 2019 . At home she enjoys looking after her very naughty deaf cat called Luna.
Tanya Watton RVN
Orthopaedic Referral Nurse
Tanya is one of our referral nurses; she has worked with us since November 2016. She moved to Exeter at the beginning of 2017, and is originally from Launceston, Cornwall. Tanya completed her nursing training in July 2015 and has a keen interest in orthopaedics, surgical nursing and anaesthetics. Tanya has a Border Collie, Bella, at home and in her free time she likes to take Bella for nice walks, bake, cook and go running. (Tanya is currently on maternity leave).
Student Veterinary Nurse
Laura joined the practice in December 2017 as a patient care assistant and started her training to become a veterinary nurse in September 2018. In her spare time Laura enjoys spending time with her two cats, as well as keeping tropical fish and walking her boyfriend’s mischievous miniature Schnauzer. Her other hobbies include attending fitness classes, coastal walking and dance.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Emily joined the practice in November 2016 as an animal care assistant. She started college in September 2017 and is now working towards her veterinary nurse qualification. At home she enjoys spending time with her horse, Chino and her two Springer Spaniels.
Patient Care Assistant
Jessica is our patient care assistant, who has been dedicated to caring for our inpatients since 2004. She enjoys all aspects of her job and loves nursing complicated medical cases back to health, as well as working with rescue animals and wildlife. At home she is just as busy caring for her four children, but luckily for us she returned to looking after our patients part-time!