We are a mixed animal practice in Cornwall, first established in 1976. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Duncan is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College. After completing an internship at Dick White referrals and subsequently gaining his certificate in advanced veterinary practice in small animal surgery, Duncan joined Animed as clinical director in 2017. He is an advanced practitioner in small animal surgery and is particularly interested in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. He shares his home with two energetic Springer Spaniels, a noisy cat and several ducks!
Emily Auger BVetMed MRCVS
Emily qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and joined Animed in March 2018. Emily enjoys working as a general practitioner and also has completed an additional certificate in ophthalmology. As an Official Veterinarian, Emily is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. She owns three cats called Bitsy, Barnaby and (naughty) Nigella, as well as two cheeky terriers called Penny and Esme. Away from work, Emily enjoys horse riding and yoga.
Mattia Basili MRCVS
Mattia is an Italian vet that graduated in 2015. He came to work in England a couple of years ago and after some time spent at the University of Liverpool he completed a rotating internship at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists. Mattia started to work with Animed team in June 2017. His main interest is veterinary cardiology and he is working hard to achieve more knowledge in this field. He started a certificate in cardiology in 2018 that hopefully will be completed in a couple of years. In his spare time Mattia likes to play tennis and the saxophone. He has got a dwarf rabbit named Spike that currently lives in Italy, he is very old but still runs and jumps like a crazy.
Caroline Coombs BVetMed MRCVS
Caroline qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1982, and was employed as a small animal vet at the Wickham hospital just after qualifying. She is founder member of Animed Veterinary Group, becoming a junior partner before the practice was sold to CVS in 2008. Caroline has remained a small animal GP based at the hospital at Shedfield.
John Ellis BVSc(Hons) CertAVP(SAM) CertAVP(ECC) PGCert(VPS) MRCVS
John qualified, with honours, from the University of Bristol in 2010, and has worked in small animal practice ever since. He worked at Animed Vets for seven years, and after a brief year away, he rejoined the team in 2018 because he missed it so much! John enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, but has a particular interest in internal medicine and critical care cases. This led him to complete the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) in Small Animal Medicine, followed by the CertAVP in Emergency & Critical Care. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his two dogs, a Whippet called William and a Patterdale Terrier called Martha, looking after his rare breed tortoises, going to the theatre, and also teaching gym classes as a qualified Les Mills Bodypump instructor.
Stephanie Ellis BVSc MRCVS
Steph graduated with honours from Bristol University in 2009 and joined us in March 2010; having observed practice with us as a vet student she knew Animed was a place she would enjoy working and allow her to work to her high clinical standards. Steph is mainly based at our Cowplain branch clinic, where she truly enjoys being an ‘all rounder’, though her area of particular interest is complex medical cases. Steph has two geriatric house rabbits, both of whom were rescues and is passionate about rabbit health and welfare. Outside of work you’ll find Steph playing basketball, listening to live music or enjoying the great outdoors.
Poppy Makhzangi BVM BVS MRCVS
Poppy graduated from the University of Nottingham with honours in 2014, and has since worked in mixed and small animal practice. She has a particular interest in medical cases but enjoy all aspects of the job. In her spare time, Poppy enjoys swimming - she loves to scuba dive but the UK seas aren’t appealing! She is owned by three Staffies who take up all of her time and keep her very busy.
Kirsty Maskell BVetMed MRCVS
Kirsty qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017 and joined Animed shortly after. She enjoys all aspects of the job and has a particular interest in surgery and emergency care; in the future Kirsty is interested in working towards advanced qualifications in these areas. Kirsty owns a cat called Tigger whom she rescued, as well as a rabbit called Letty and a much loved tortoise called Harry. Away from work she enjoys netball, reading and going to the cinema.
Max Tuck BVetMed MRCVS
Max qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in April 1985 and joined Animed in February 1987. After running the Portsmouth branch for 24 years, she now works exclusively at the hospital. She has a surgical bias and is particularly interested in dentistry and orofacial surgery, taking on many of the more complex dental procedures in the practice. Max keeps very busy in her time away from work. She is a long distance runner and fitness fanatic, has run three marathons and in February 2012 climbed Kilimanjaro for charity. She’s a black belt in karate and is also the author of three published books on human health and nutrition.
Claire Wood BVM&S MRCVS
Claire graduated with distinction from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in July 2017, and joined the Animed team shortly after, where she is based mainly at the hospital. She enjoys all aspects of the job but has a particular interest in rabbit medicine and emergency critical care; she is interested in working towards advanced qualifications in these areas in the future. Outside of work Claire likes to keep active and spends the weekends competing in local triathlons, road cycling and kayaking around the South Downs and New Forest.
Marc Worley BVSc CertAVP(GSAS) MRCVS
Marc qualified from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and immediately started working in welfare in a large township outside Johannesburg before coming over to the UK. He initially worked as a locum before working at Animed 2008 - 2013, after which he went to work at a small practice near Petersfield. Marc completed an advanced practitioner certificate in small animal surgery and went on to work at a referral centre near Alton as an emergency and critical clinician; returning to Animed in 2017. Marc is currently working towards a further advanced qualification in emergency, critical care and anaesthesia. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, particularly soft tissue surgery and critical care work. His spare time is spent pandering to his cat Ryan and pottering around in the garden.