Meet the team
Here at Park Hill Vets, we’re very proud to have so many enthusiastic and dedicated individuals working in our friendly practice. We are all passionate about animals and their well-being, from our veterinary surgeons and qualified nurses to our essential support staff. Highly trained and caring, each of us has a role to play in making this a special practice for you to visit with your pet.
Catherine Tapp MA VetMB MRCVS - Director & Veterinary Surgeon
Catherine is the director of Park Hill. She lives locally with her husband, five children and three cats. She has been at the helm since April 2014 and in this time as overseen the growth and development of the practice, including arranging for a Portakabin to be lifted in over the building to act as a brand new operating theatre and prep room. Her special interests include feline internal medicine and minimally invasive surgery.
Stephen Powles BVetmed MRCVS - Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Stephen has worked on the Park Hill site for many years, from when it was a branch of West Ridge Vets. He is well known amongst long-standing clients and is an excellent first opinion “all rounder” with an eye for detail when pursuing a diagnosis in a tricky case. Outside of work, he is passionate about wildlife and photography and has featured several times on The One Show with his fascinating footage of local otters and hornets.
Susan Parnall MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Susan has been at Park Hill since late 2016 and is an invaluable part of the veterinary team. Her calm and reflective manner is appreciated by clients and animals alike, and her clinical interests include reptile and avian medicine – she is the lady to see if you have snake, tortoise, parrot, budgie or chicken issues. Outside of work she enjoys walking and agility classes with her Springer Spaniels Cassie and Rory.
Mark Radford B Vet Med MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Mark enjoys all aspects of small animal, and has seven years of experience, both locally in an independent practice, and abroad in New Zealand. He too enjoys working on complex medical cases but can turn his hand to a wide range of surgeries too! Mark lives close to Tiverton with his wife, Becca (who is also a vet) and young daughters Rose and Evelyn, and also Flo (his terrier), In his spare time he enjoys riding his motor bike.
Andrew Butler MRCVS - Locum Veterinary Surgeon
Andrew is a regular locum at Park Hill, where he usually consults in the morning. He represents the mature and experienced face of the practice, sometimes reaching a diagnosis quickly using the most basic skills of clinical examination whilst the rest of us take twice as long using expensive diagnostic equipment! When he is not at Park Hill he spends his time walking his two Labradors and driving his teenage sons from one cricket fixture to the next.
Jack Street RVN – Head Nurse
Jack has worked in veterinary practice since he was 16, either as nursing assistant, student nurse, or latterly as Registered Veterinary Nurse He can turn his hand to all sorts of nursing but is especially appreciated by all of us for his computer skills and his ability to tame our complex lab machines. Jack recently accepted appointment as the Head Nurse, giving him responsibility for managing the nursing team and organising their day-to-day work. He lives with his partner Jake, his dog Harley and cat Dobby and enjoys a game of bingo when he can persuade anyone to join him.
Katie Thomson RVN - Veterinary Nurse
Katie joined Park Hill in 2015, having gained her qualification and considerable experience in a practice in Exeter. Whilst her efficiency and organisation ensure that she excels at all aspects of nursing, she particularly enjoys consulting in our daily nurse clinics, and is clinical coach to our student nurses. She lives locally with her husband Finn, a Collie, a Labrador and two ginger cat, and when they are not renovating their house she may be found on her jetski!
Claudia McCarthy RVN - Veterinary Nurse
Claudia joined us at the start of 2016 when she returned to Veterinary Nursing after taking 17 years off to bring up her three children. This was a courageous move and a considerable achievement as few nurses who leave the profession have the confidence to return, and things have changed considerably over the last decade or so. Nobody would know now that she had had a career break and her particular interest in feline nursing is helping Park Hill move towards “Cat Friendly” status. At home she hosts two Labradors, five ginger cats, three rabbits, a corn snake and a leopard gecko.
Naomi Tucker RVN
Naomi joined us in late 2018, and recently completely her qualification and registration as a Veterinary Nurse. As well as undertaking all the “normal” nursing work, Naomi has a special interest in rabbits and wildlife. Having previously worked at the RSPCA West Hatch shelter, her contacts and experience mean that we can be sure we have done the best we can for wildlife which comes into our care
Sophie Street SVN
Sophie is in her first year of nurse training at Bridgwater and Taunton College, which she attends one day a week alongside her “on the job” training. She is a quick learner and is already starting to undertake nurse consults, monitor anaesthetics, and care for in-patients under the watchful eye of her Clinical Coach. She lives in Tiverton with her family and their two dogs, Lexi and Ted
Codie Norwell – Veterinary Care Assistant
Codie is an essential member of the Park Hill team, assisting the nurses and receptionists in their day-to-day tasks. Her particular strength is the nursing of inpatients – she seems to be able to persuade the sickest of animals to eat when the rest of us have tried and failed, and picks up on so much just by her quiet observation and time spent with them. Codie is Tiverton born and bred and lives with her family and Beagle (Fletcher), who can be very naughty if he finds a full dustbin!
Animal Nursing Assistants
Jo indeed assists with nursing but seems to get volunteered for everything from babysitting to unblocking drains, having come from a previous role in Early Years Childcare. It is her energetic cleaning which keeps the practice squeaky clean and tidy and she still never complains when a vet tramps straight across her newly washed floor! She has three grown-up children and lives with her three dogs Murphy, Milly and Roo – we never let her forget when Roo ate a pair of pants and had to be operated on!
Lucy is a part-time receptionist currently but she is also a registered equine Veterinary Nurse and completes continuing professional development each year to ensure she maintains her qualification. When she’s not working at Park Hill her time is taken up looking after her two young sons and walking her Lurcher, Izzy Woo, who is famous for throwing herself out of a first floor window and surviving pretty much unscathed!
Liz cut her teeth as a veterinary receptionist in a practice in Exeter, having moved from an entirely different management role at Devon County Council. She is also a qualified dog groomer, although she likes to keep that quiet! Liz has two dogs (Honey and Cherry) and a large handsome ginger cat, Marmaduke. She makes a fantastic cup of tea!
Veterinary reception work was new to Alice when she joined Park Hill, as she came from a catering background. As very much an animal person, she slotted straight into the team and has taken on additional responsibility assisting with the completion of insurance claims and administering health and loyalty schemes. Her family includes her partner Ben, two sons, two cats, a horse and a gecko.
As with several of the team members, we knew Lizzie as a client before she became a colleague. She describes herself as a “cat-person” and lives in Tiverton with her two cats, Figgy and Coco. She is known in Park Hill for her delicious cakes, and her wicked sense of humour brings a smile on the most difficult of days. She keeps promising to organise gin-tasting for us…watch this space