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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 family, Shetland Pony, Border Terrier and three cats.

Susan Pengelly (née Parnell)

BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Susan has been at Park Hill since late 2015 and is an invaluable part of the veterinary team. She is currently on maternity leave.

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Victoria Poore

BVM&S BSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Victoria joined us in 2020, having gained extensive experience in small animal practice in the southwest and further afield. 

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Will Slade

BA VetMB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Will has been working as part of the team as a locum since 2020 and will be joining us permanently from the end of 2022.

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Katie Thomson RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Katie joined Park Hill in 2015, having gained her qualification and considerable experience in a practice in Exeter.

Rachael Salisbury RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Rachael came to Park Hill from a corporate Veterinary Practice - in fact the same practice which previously inhabited our current premises!

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Olivia Myers RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Olivia will be joining our team in mid-October.

Janine Morris RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Janine worked as a registered veterinary nurse for many years before taking a career break to raise her family.

Hannah Robson SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hannah is a relatively recent recruit to Park Hill. She is currently in the third year of the Veterinary Nursing course

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Aysha Vincent SVN 

Student Veterinary Nurse

Aysha started her level 3 Veterinary Nursing diploma through Bicton College in September 2022, for a duration of 2.5 years. 

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Kimberley Malson VN

Veterinary Nurse

Kim has been with us since 2019 and is an integral part of the team. 

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Codie Norwell 

Inpatient Coordinator

This role was recently created specially for Codie! She is an essential member of the Park Hill team...

Josh Elliott

Animal Nursing Assistant

You may not see Josh but we always notice if he's not there!

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Jo Elsworthy

Practice Manager

Jo joined Park Hill in July 2021, bringing with her a multitude of skills and experiences from her previous managerial role in the NHS. 

Jo Butt

Head Receptionist

Jo oversees and manages reception, having been with us for 6 years working both on reception and as an animal care assistant previously.

Andrew Rendell

Insurance Administrator

Andrew is in charge of processing all insurance claims and is available Monday to Friday for any insurance/ account queries that you may have. 

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Lizzie Wright

Receptionist

As with several of the team members, we knew Lizzie as a client before she became a colleague.

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Chloe

Receptionist

Chloe works part-time on reception, and contributes a wealth of experience from her previous post in a corporate practice in Exeter

Bio's

Catherine is the director of Park Hill. She lives locally with her family, Shetland Pony, Border Terrier 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 moving the entire practice from its original home at 31 Park Hill to our larger modern premises at Harris Court. Her special interests include feline internal medicine and minimally invasive surgery.

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Susan has been at Park Hill since late 2015 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 vet to see if you have snake, tortoise, parrot, budgie or chicken issues. She is also a part-time IT consultant and web designer for Park Hill.

Outside of work she enjoys walking and a number of dog sports including Agility, Flyball and Hoopers with her spaniels- Cassie, Rory and Hiccup.

She is currently on maternity leave with her new baby girl. 

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Victoria joined us in 2020, having gained extensive experience in small animal practice in the southwest and further afield. Her preferred discipline is internal medicine, and in particular all things feline. She is leading the Park Hill campaign to attain Gold level Cat Friendly status from the International Society of Feline Medicine.

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Katie joined Park Hill in 2015, having gained her qualification and considerable experience in a practice in Exeter. Katie's energy and efficiency are a great asset to the Park Hill team, ensuring that we have a logical plan for the day's work, and that we stick to it!

Katie lives in the countryside near Tiverton with her young family and menagerie of animals. 

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Rachael came to Park Hill from a corporate Veterinary Practice - in fact the same practice which previously inhabited our current premises! She was instrumental in securing our move, and has brought many years of experience to our relatively young team. She works with Victoria on the feline side, and is our Nurse Cat Advocate.

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Janine worked as a registered veterinary nurse for many years before taking a career break to raise her family. She then worked outside the sector before returning to practice at Park Hill, recently completing her Period of Supervised Practice to be re-admitted to the register.  She is our wildlife advocate (with a fantastic success rate nursing ill and injured hedgehogs back to health) and our "Queen of Green", promoting eco-friendly processes at Park Hill.

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Kim has been with us since 2019 and is an integral part of the team. She became fully qualified in July 2022 passing her exams with flying colours. Her favourite part of the job is getting involved with diagnostic work, including cytology and other lab work as well as x-rays. Kim loves music and festivals and other outdoor passions including surfing and wild swimming. 

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​Hannah is a relatively recent recruit to Park Hill. She is currently in the third year of the Veterinary Nursing course and as she progresses through it she will be given further responsibilities such as assisting with anaesthesia and running nurse consults. She has a passion for oriental cats.

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Aysha started her level 3 Veterinary Nursing diploma through Bicton College in September 2022, for a duration of 2.5 years. She is at Park Hill three days a week and is our resident "Saturday girl" week in, week out! Outside of work, Aysha has two cats, Ellie and Milo and enjoys walking and meeting up with friends. She also enjoys listening to a good cross-section of music. 

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This role was recently created specially for Codie! She is an essential member of the Park Hill team, assisting the nurses and receptionists in their day-to-day tasks but 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. As a result she is responsible for overseeing the daily care of all the inpatients, and ensuring that all monitoring and medication is carried out as requested by the vets.

Josh

You may not see Josh but we always notice if he's not there! Josh joined us in Autumn 2021, initially through his animal studies at Bicton College. He is now with us four day a week, usually beavering away cleaning and tidying. He is responsible for keeping the surgery clean and hygienic, as well as helping hands-on with holding animals, washing bedding, and preparing surgical instruments. During 2022, Josh acquired Arya, his beloved Bulldog who he takes walking in his spare time. He also has many artistic talents such as pyrography and needlecraft. 

Jo oversees and manages reception, having been with us since late 2015, working both on reception and as an animal care assistant previously.  She still seems to get volunteered for everything from babysitting to unblocking drains but never complains and her input helps shape many of our reception procedures. Outside of work she enjoys walking with her dogs.

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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.

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Chloe joined us in October 2021 having previously worked as a Veterinary Receptionist at a busy Exeter practice. Chloe works Mondays to Wednesday and is also on the rota for Saturday reception. She lives with her partner in Tiverton. 

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Jo joined Park Hill in July 2021, bringing with her a multitude of skills and experiences from her previous managerial role in the NHS. Her knowledge and expertise with personal issues, productivity and in improving efficiency have proved invaluable to the practice, with Jo overseeing a period of many positive changes since her appointment. Jo is responsible for the smooth running of the practice and there is little else she has not put a hand to: from appointing new staff, covering reception, making the team tea, to opening the practice each day and helping with cleaning at end of day as and when required. Jo lives in Tiverton with her husband and two sons and in her "spare" time enjoys gardening and picking up the mic at karaoke.

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Andrew is in charge of processing all insurance claims and is available Monday to Friday for any insurance/ account queries that you may have. Together with Jo Elsworthy he has new procedures for monitoring claims and their results, as well as keeping track of individual accounts. He is a cat lover (pictured with little Lily) and has been known to dress up as "Top Cat" and Rupert Bear for Children in Need. You may recognise him from his colourful ties, waistcoats or indeed, his bald head!

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