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.
Joe graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2002 and worked in a variety of very different jobs building up a great wealth of experience. He spent almost the last 10 years as a surgeon in a busy referral and first opinion hospital in Bristol where he was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. He joined St Davids Referrals in 2017 full-time to take over the reins from Peter and carry on developing the busy referral service. He has lots of experience in fracture and trauma cases and a keen interest in minimally invasive procedures and Regenerative Medicine for joint problems. Outside of work, Joe enjoys cooking, DIY and spending time with his expanding family; Louie the Goldendoodle pup being the most recent addition.
Peter Attenburrow BVSc CertSAO MRCVS
Peter has a national reputation in orthopaedics due to his wide surgical expertise and huge range of experience and although he has stepped down from full-time clinical work after many years, he is a regular visitor at St Davids to continue with the hip replacement programme. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Orthopaedics and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Orthopaedics.
Dan Skeldon BA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS
Dan qualified from Cambridge University in 2002, has held the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (CertSAS) since 2011 and is an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. He is part of the first opinion and referral team here and takes referrals in orthopaedics, such as fracture repair and TTA for cruciate ligament rupture, and some soft tissue surgery procedures, such as Total ear canal ablation (TECA) and airway surgery procedures on Bracheocephalic dogs (BOAS). Dan has had several articles published in the Vet Times and the Vet Nurse Times. He has worked at St. David’s since 2007 and lives locally with his young family, scruffy but adored cat and rusty campervan, and when not working spends as much time in the great outdoors as he can.
Tanya Watton RVN
We are lucky to have experienced, dedicated nurses as part of the organisation, who have in depth knowledge of the needs of the patients and the surgical procedures carried out. Tanya Watton, an experienced and qualified RVN who originally hails from Cornwall, leads the referral nursing team. Tanya has recently qualified as a clinical coach. She has moved from Cornwall to Exeter and lives with her boyfriend and Bella, the Border Collie. (Tanya is currently on maternity leave).
Rachel, whose role is to coordinate the referral appointments and communicate with practices, has worked at St Davids since 2001 and is adept at keeping everything running smoothly. She is usually the first point of contact for referral cases. She is the administrator and events co-ordinator for the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA) and can be found at 7am on weekday mornings teaching indoor cycling or Pilates at her local leisure centre.