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The Practice Team

There are ten full time and 2-3 part time veterinary surgeons at the practice at present.
Five of those are partners in the practice and eight are assistants.

Partners

Jon Herrod-Taylor
qualified from London in 1980. He is a 2nd generation vet and was brought up on a dairy farm in Wiltshire. He has spent 3 decades working at North Tawton, with over 25 years as a partner and 20 as the principal Equine vet and became managing partner in Feb 2009.
Paul Martin
Paul qualified from Bristol in 1980 and joined the practice in 1982. He joined the partnership in 1984. He is interested in cows, sheep and pigs but has a soft spot for pussycats. He is a keen walker, as well as a big rugby fan and enjoys travelling.
Bryony Herrod-Taylor
Bryony qualified in 1991 from London and came straight down to Devon. She became a partner in 1996. Bryony has passed her post graduate Small Animal Medicine Certificate in September 2011. She plays netball, does yoga, gardens and does mad things for charity. Bryony is also President of the Okehampton & District Canine Society.
Roger Cunningham
Roger qualified in 1987 from London and has worked in the Westcountry since then. He joined North Park in 2004. He has interests in farm work and holds a Certificate in Beef Production. He enjoys skiing, walking on Dartmoor and spending time with his family.
Martin Friggens
Martin qualified from Liverpool in 1992. Martin is interested in the Small Animal and Farm work. He is a very dextrous vet and a dab hand at carpentry and woodwork, so the orthopaedic work is no problem. Martin became a partner in February 2009. 

Assistants

David Wilford
David qualified from Liverpool in 1969. He grew up on a farm and has always worked with farm animals. As well as being an ambassador for the charity "Send-a-Cow", he is involved with the local church and has been a campanologist for over 40 years. David now almost exclusively does TB testing.
Deborah Cunningham
Deborah joined us as an experienced small animal vet, in a part time capacity. She consults and operates at our Okehampton branch on a Monday and Thursday morning. When not busy with her three young children, Deborah can often be found running across Dartmoor.
Hayden Webb
Hayden started in August 2010 and he is a great asset to the practice. He originates from Somerset and is a farmer's son and has a degree in Equine Science as well as his veterinary degree from Bristol.He is interested in all aspects of veterinary works, with a strong interest in horse work.
Clare Akers
Clare joined us in November 2011, since qualifying in 2010 Clare has worked as an Intern at Dublin University. Her main interest is in farm work. She has thrown herself into the variety of work we have and is a great asset to North Park; she enjoys a wide variety of outdoor sports from hockey to sea swimming.
Sarah Madden
Sarah is working on a part time basis doing companion animal work and is currently on maternity leave following the birth of their second child. Her experience and pleasant manner is valued by both the practice and clients.
Keeley McHugh
Keeley qualified in 2009 and spent her first 2 years as an Equine intern in Newmarket. She joined the team in 2012 to work with all the species from cattle to hamsters. She is an invaluable member of our team and very good at all aspects of her work.
Jonathan Hobbs
Jonathan has settled in well, his main interest is cattle work, though does quite a lot companion animal consultations as well. He qualified from London with honours. He enjoys a variety of sports from hockey to mountaineering (though where he finds these in Devon we don't know).
 
Chris watson
Chris has joined us for the six month to cover for Amy's sabbatical. He qualified two years ago and has plenty of experience with companion animal,farm and equine work. He has fitted in very well and is getting to know all our back roads in the practice.
Amy Houldcroft
Amy has joined us in November 2011 and has proved herself an invaluable member of the team, dealing with the day to day farm and companion animal problems and all their emergencies as well. Amy is taking a six month sabbatical and traveling as well helping at some charity veterinary clinic on her way. .

Support Staff
Nurses

Margaret Goaman
is our Practice Manager and has a myriad of duties to ensure the practice runs smoothly and efficiently on a daily basis. If you have any queries or problems, about North Park Vets please speak to Margaret.
Sophie
is responsible for the organisation of tuberculosis testing in cattle. Sophie is invaluable in other practice organisation as well.
Susan
is in charge of client accounts and billings, at our North Tawton branch. Susan makes sure that North Park keeps running smoothly. If you have any queries about the bills please speak to Susan or Karen, who will be happy to sort these out.
Helen
is our invaluable head receptionist and responsible for the management of calls & vets. If you have any queries or problems relating to visits or consultation arrangements please speak to Helen.
Rachel
is the head receptionist in Hatherleigh and is responsible for the day to day running of the branch. She is also a Suitably Qualified Person(SQP) for dispensing drugs to farm animal, equine and small animal clients, so can advise on worming your animals.
Karen
Karen is at the North Tawton practice and is a Suitably Qualifed Person (SQP) for dispensing drugs to farm animal, equine and companion animal clients, so can advise on worming your animals.
Maggie
acts as part time receptionist and nursing assistant. She passed her Animal Nursing Assistant exam with flying colours and enjoys her laboratory work.
Kathy
is on the receptionist team at North Tawton and deals with arranging appointments, dispensing drugs and various other duties. Kathy is on sick leave at the moment due to a severe case of pneumonia. She is recovering well and we hope to see her back at work soon.
Sue
is our longest standing receptionist and covers part time reception in both North Tawton and Hatherleigh. Sue is an active member in the world of horse competition and enjoys both her judging and riding.
Lucie
works in reception at North Tawton, Okehampton or Hatherleigh, having previously worked for vets in Codford and Camberley.
Tara
Tara has joined us in October 2013 to cover maternity leave and is based at North Tawton.
Wendy
is our bookkeeper making sure the staff and all our suppliers get paid.
Carol
is our head nurse and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1994. She worked in a busy small animal practice in Berkshire before joining the practice in 2004. She enjoys nurse clinics and client relations. She runs puppy parties with the other nurses on Wednesday evenings. Carol is a SQP in small animals.
Lisa
qualified in 1990 and then joined the practice in 1991. Since having a family Lisa works part time at our Okehampton branch.
Stef
Stef is a qualified veterinary nurse who trained at North Park. Stef is a great asset to the nursing team and is also starting to help the vets out when doing cattle caesarians. Stef enjoys horse riding when she gets any spare time.
Kirsty
Kirsty has joined the team as a part time qualified nurse. Kirsty has had a short break from nursing to have children. She has worked in Tavistock and Plymouth previously and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Danielle
has trained at North Park and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2009. She has a menagerie of animals from tortoises to goats. Since becoming a Mother, Danielle now works part time and is expecting her second child in early 2014.
 

 
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