We have been providing professional and compassionate veterinary care in Devon for over 50 years. We are a small animal practice covering companion animals like cats, dogs, rabbits and exotic pets. Our six vet surgeries in Totnes, Paignton, Ashburton, Brixham, Buckfastleigh and Dartmouth cover Dartmoor, Torbay and the South Hams.
Kevin qualified from London in 1989. He initially spent eight years in the North East and Midlands working in mixed practice. He moved back to Devon, where he was born, in 1997 to work for Dart Vale concentrating almost exclusively on small animals. In 1998 he took over the running of the Paignton branch from Mr Goodwin and it has since more than doubled in size. His particular interests are diagnostic imaging, general surgery and minor orthopaedics.
Victoria Goss MA VetMB MRCVS
Having been inspired by Jim Goodwin MRCVS when seeing practice at 15 years old in Paignton (in the days of Hair and Beaumont), Victoria went on to gain a place at Cambridge University (St Johns College) then spent her first five years in Exeter doing mainly equine work. She joined Dart Vale Vets as an equine and small animal vet and became a partner in 2005. Victoria likes to keep fit and enjoys any sport that involves chasing a ball around a court, as well as having a keen interest in music and wishes she had enough time to play her violin. Victoria loves walking on the Moors and in Scotland. She is a big fan of Springer Spaniels.
Karen Airey BVM&S MRCVS
Karen joined Dart Vale in 2006 having graduated from Edinburgh University. Based at our Paignton and Brixham surgeries she enjoys all aspects of small animal practice.
Catherine Bashford BVSc MRCVS
Catherine qualified from Liverpool University in 1984. She is a small animal vet and worked in practice in London after qualifying, before moving to Devon in 1999. Catherine enjoys most aspects of small animal work but is particularly interested in feline medicine. When she is not at work, Catherine spends her time dog walking and kayaking.
Vicky Fairs MA VetMB MRCVS
Currently on maternity leave
Vicky has worked for Dart Vale since qualifying from Cambridge in 2006 and enjoys all aspects of mixed practice work. She is also qualified in acupuncture. Outside of work, Vicky has many hobbies including long distance walking, camping, spinning and sailing. She has several pets of her own including her two Persians Archie and Pickle.
Claire Harrigan BVMS BSc MRCVS
Claire has been with Dart Vale since 1999 and has worked with all creatures great and small in her time here. She is now based in our Totnes branch where she is one of our most experienced surgeons.
Lauren Jennings BVSc MRCVS
Lauren qualified from Liverpool University in 2014. She has spent most of her career working in small animal and equine practice, and has a keen interest in internal medicine. She rows for ‘Dart Totnes’, and loves nothing more than a boat session in the sunshine (and the rain!) down the River Dart. She also loves to get up and sing at local open mic nights.
Jess Myers-Allen BVSc BSc MRCVS
Jess joined Dart Vale in 2005 having graduated from Liverpool University. Based at our Brixham surgery she enjoys all aspects of small animal practice with a particular interest in dermatology.
Yi Xian Ng BVetMed MRCVS
Xian (pronounced Sea-Ann) joined Dart Vale in October 2017 as a new graduate vet after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She enjoys all aspect of veterinary medicine particularly soft tissue surgery. In her spare time, Xian enjoys cooking, travelling and exploring the English countryside.
Ross Porter BVM BVS MRCVS
Ross graduated from University of Nottingham in 2013. He is a small animal vet with particular interests in surgery and diagnostics. Ross has a number of extra-curricular hobbies include surfing and trail running.
Melanie Shilston BA VetMB CertAVP MRCVS
Mel joined Dart Vale in 2015 having qualified at Cambridge University. She has a particular interest in small animal medicine and works out of our Totnes surgery.
Gillian Webster BVMS MRCVS
Gill graduated from the University of Glasgow from the Class of 2001. She joined Dart Vale in 2008 and since returning from maternity leave has been based in our Paignton and Brixham surgeries where she works three days a week.