Home       About us         Services         News         Contact

24 hours a day, 365 days a year

logo_twitter facebook RCVS logo white-arrow-large



About Us



Park Hill Vets - Our Philosophy ...


We aim to provide a highly professional yet personal and friendly service, in recognition of the importance of pets to their owners' physical, mental and emotional well-being. Pets are often regarded as part of the family, and our philosophy is that our patients should be treated as we would want a member of our own family treated, with respect, kindness and compassion. We appreciate that a visit to the surgery can be nerve-wracking for pet and owner alike, and if there is anything we can do to make things easier for you, please let us know

Meet the team

Catherine qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in July 2000. Since then she has worked in general practice in Exeter and Mid Devon, and also ran the successful home-visiting service "Flying Vets" in 2007-2008. She enjoys all aspects of medicine and surgery but has a special interest in feline medicine. She achieved the GP Certificate in Feline practice in 2012, and enjoys vetting-in at local cat shows. Outside of work, she is kept busy by her 4 children, her cat Inca, her Kindle and her vegetable garden

Stephen has worked in mid Devon since 1984. He originally did both companion animal and farm work but has done almost exclusively companion animal work for the last 10 years, and has a particular interest in and talent for ultrasonography. Stephen has always had Labrador retrievers, the present one being "Caspar", a rather ancient "old boy" who originally came from Labrador Rescue six years ago. Out of work he spends much of his time indulging in his passion for wildlife and wildlife photography (especially otters, tawny owls and hornets!)


Susan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 and completed a year’s internship with a large veterinary group before joining Park Hill in September 2015. She enjoys all aspects of general small animal practice but has a particular interest in exotic species and avian medicine, especially chickens. She lives in Tiverton with Cassie, her Springer Spaniel and Pumpkin, her cat

Amy joined the practice in 2013 and is working towards qualifying as a veterinary nurse, having chosen that path somewhat later in life than most. We are glad she decided to, however – she has a remarkable natural ability and instinct in her work, and can calm even the most fractious cat with her gentle manner. Amy lives with her partner, Sam and their “children”, collies Jack and Jessie.

Leanne will be a familiar face to anyone who has been a client of the practice over the last few years, and possesses a remarkable memory for faces and names of pets and their owners alike. Leanne ensures the smooth operation of Park Hill through her seemingly effortless energy and efficiency – it is her we turn to whether it is a blown light-bulb, jammed lock, or an obscure drug we wish to source. She lives locally with her fiancé and a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits  and chickens – waiting for her mare to foal earlier this year became an obsession for us all.

Liz joined us early in 2014, and brought with her valuable experience as a veterinary receptionist in Exeter. She is a quietly efficient member of our team, and as a dog owner herself (Honey the Labrador) she empathises with clients going through worrying times and somehow always knows exactly what to say to put them at their ease. When we let her she will also gladly turn her hand to veterinary nursing assistant, and is a qualified dog groomer (although that is supposed to be a secret!)

Alice joined the team November 2014 as a receptionist. When Alice is not at work she is kept busy by her son, horse, dog and cats. Alice regularly attends local horse shows and enjoys taking her German Shepard for a long walk on exmoor


Catherine Tapp MA VetMB MRCVS - Director & Veterinary Surgeon

Stephen Powles BVetMed MRCVS - Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Codie Norwell

Susan Parnell MRCVS

Amy Bolton

Leanne Hart - Practice Manager

Alice Reed

Liz Hobbs

mouse web SPVET WEB leanne web amy web photo 3 photo 2 photo 1

Codie joined the team in September 2014, she has had a big interest in animals and a passion for the nursing side since a young age.


Outside of work she loves to spend time with her beagle Fletcher taking him for long walks, she also enjoys horse riding.


Katie Drew RVN

Katie qualified in 2013 and is a true animal lover but particularly enjoys canine care. She has 4 animals of her own, a border collie called Finley, a Labrador called Scrumpy and 2 cats called Oakley and Kevin.


Katie's favorite pastimes outside of work are jet skiing and walking.

Claudia has many years’ experience in veterinary practice and has recently returned to nursing after a career break to bring up her three children. She successfully completed the RCVS “period of supervised practice” earlier this year, and now we would never know she had been away! She has a particular interest in nursing our feline patients and is always keen to be involved with the few rabbit patients we see. Outside of work she seems to spend most of her time driving her children between various sporting fixtures!

Claudia McCarthy RVN