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Nursing Team

Kathy Downs RVN

Kathy joined the practice team in April 2013. Kathy qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in July 2002 and has over 20 years nursing experience. Kathy runs the practice’s Nursing Clinics. Kathy also trains student Veterinary Nurses. In her spare time she keeps a small holding breeding and rearing free range sheep, pigs, poultry and growing vegetables. Kathy is currently training towards an Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) qualification.

Tracy Laban ANA

Senior Animal Nursing Assistant

Tracy came into nursing having studied for a HND in Animal Management at Sparsholt Agricultural College. Tracy joined us in 2005, following 15 years of nursing experience. Tracy has a special interest in clinical nursing. She has two cats “Halle & Smiffy” and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier “Ruby” who she rehomed from Foredowne Kennels.

Rebecca Reynolds ANA

Becky came to us in 2005 as a work experience student and since joined us as a permanent member of the practice team. Becky works at both the Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead branches.
Becky gained her ANA qualification in 2008 and is a commited member of the Moorgate team.

Emma Hensley ANA

Emma joined us orginally as a student in 2000 and studied to gain her ANA qualification through Bicton College. In 2007 Emma took a sabitcal in Scotland for 6 months working for the SSPCA and in 2014/2015 took a short break from the practice to care for her baby boy Daniel. Emma grew up in Reading and moved down to Devon in 1996. She enjoys attending pheasant shoots and working her spaniels.

Debbie Gifford ANA

Debbie joined us in 2007 and gained her ANA Qualification in 2010. Debbie works at the Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey branch. Debbie is from a farming family, so has many pets including “Twiz” her Jack Russell Terrier. Debbie is currently training towards an Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) qualification. Debbie is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her little girl Alison in May.


Katie Burrell VCA

Katie joined us in November 2016 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. Katie has previously undertaken her first year of training towards her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Katie has moved to Devon from Somerset for her role at Moorgate, after working for Cave Veterinary Specialists. Katie spent most of her youth in Ireland where she trained and worked as a greyhound trainer.