MR HOWARD LOCKE BVSc MRCVS

MR HOWARD LOCKE BVSc MRCVS

Director and Veterinary Surgeon

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Howard graduated from Bristol University in 1982. Following a variety of different jobs in the veterinary world he then set up Locke and Preston with Mr Richard Preston in 1987. Howard enjoys all aspects of veterinary work particularly surgery. When not at work Howard can often be found walking, cycling or trying to start one of his classic cars.
MR RICHARD GALE MA VetMB CertVC MRCVS

MR RICHARD GALE MA VetMB CertVC MRCVS

Director & Veterinary Surgeon

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Richard qualified from Cambridge University in 1995 and started his veterinary career at Locke and Preston. He then travelled to Somerset to pursue an interest in Veterinary Cardiology. Having gained a Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2003, he has continued to build on an interest in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging whilst continuing to enjoy all aspects of mixed practice. Richard has now rejoined Locke and Preston as a Director. Outside of the Practice, Richard spends most of his time being bossed about by his two young daughters. He likes to play golf and listen to music. Richard has a black Labrador called Elvis and two cats called George and Henry.
John Highet BVetMed MRCVS

John Highet BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Jon qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and after working in mixed, farm animal and small animal practices in Dorset and Somerset, has moved with his family to Bude to join Tamar Vets in December 2016. Jon has dedicated further study over the last 4 years towards a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery which has been a very enjoyable process. He particularly enjoy orthopaedics and wound care.

When not at work Jon can be found running around after his two young daughters, walking his dogs Dylan and Maggie and he tries to go rowing when he can!

Diana Cubillos Correa BVSc MRCVS

Diana Cubillos Correa BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Diana has been working for Tamar since February 2019. She graduated from the University of Liverpool and after working in Yorkshire and Durham she decided to try sunny Cornwall. She enjoys all aspects of mixed practice but particularly enjoys rabbit medicine (she’s known as the Crazy Rabbit Lady!) and the wildlife casualties from the Born to be Wild charity run by Sue Gear. In her spare time, Diana enjoys horse riding and relaxing with her bunnies Lola and Noah.
Alan Sweeney MVB MRCVS

Alan Sweeney MVB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Alan is our newest member of staff who was born and grew up on a small beef suckler farm on the west coast of Ireland.  He attended University College Dublin where he studied Veterinary Medicine, after which he moved to Scotland where he worked in mixed practice.  Despite enjoying his time in Scotland, he decided to move to the south west in the pursuit of a warmer climate and a landscape that reminded him more of home.  He has thoroughly enjoyed working at Tamar Vets so far, and has a particular interest in farm animal medicine and surgery, as well as herd health.  He has a cat called Marvin whom he rescued and rehomed whilst working in Scotland and Marvin is enjoying his time in Cornwall also.

Alessio Pierattini MRCVS

Alessio Pierattini MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Alessio graduated in Pisa University on May 2018. He has a keen interest in large animal work and enjoys small animals. In his spare time he usually cooks good Italian food or plays the piano.
MISS STACEY CROWELL RVN

MISS STACEY CROWELL RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

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Stacey started work for Locke and Preston in May 2004, she carried out her veterinary nurse training from September 2004 to June 2006 and now works as a qualified VN full time from our Bude practice. Stacey also is a clinical coach for trainee nurses. Outside work she is kept busy with her own cats.

 

 

 

MISS KATHRYN DAWE RVN

MISS KATHRYN DAWE RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Kathryn started work at Locke and Preston as a trainee nurse, she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in June 2014.  She enjoys all parts of veterinary nursing, particularly the surgical side.  In her spare time she is kept busy looking after her French bulldog named Ernie and cat Sooty.
Jess Pollard RVN

Jess Pollard RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Jess started working for the practice in July 2018. She has worked in multiple vets in the south west since starting her career into veterinary nursing in 2008. Gaining experience across all aspects of the job with small, large and exotic animals. Jess has settled in well as part of the team here at Tamar. She particularly enjoys nurse clinics and can be found found running puppy parties weekly. When Jess isn’t at work she loves spending time with her two boys and husband. She doesn’t like a quiet life though and is kept busy with a multitude of pets. She has dogs, rabbits, ferrets, sheep, a hamster and a cat and will probably add to this!

 

 

 

MRS STEPHANIE GREGORY RVN

MRS STEPHANIE GREGORY RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Steph has been working as a veterinary nurse for over 10 years. Steph did her training at St Davids Veterinary Hospital in Exeter, where she worked as a qualified nurse until 2007, when she moved to Bude with her boyfriend and started working at Locke and Preston. She is now married, with two children and a dog! Her interests are travelling, surfing, zumba and not surprisingly cats and dogs. She admits to being a dog breed geek and loves guessing breeds of dogs as they come in through the door. Steph loves the thrill of not knowing what to expect in the day ahead, and says you never know what’s going to happen!
MISS LAURA SWEET RVN

MISS LAURA SWEET RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Laura started working for Locke & Preston in 2009.  Her training commenced in 2013, she qualified in January 2016, and was entered on the RCVS register in June the same year.  She loves all animals and has owned a wide variety from a young age.  Since leaving school she has worked on farms milking cows and farrowing pigs and also has a diploma in agriculture.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her horse or on the beach with her staffie.  Her interests are geriatrics, epilepsy and animal care.
Shannon Ley

Shannon Ley

Trainee Vet nurse

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Shannon started working in the practice after leaving school in 2017 when she started at Bicton college studying as a level 2 Animal Nursing Assistant and has now gone on to training as a level 3 Veterinary Nurse. Shannon’s always been interested in all animals as she grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Sutcombe. Every year Shannon shows her own Brown Swiss cows at Royal Cornwall, Devon county, Holsworthy and Stratton and Okehampton show along side her family’s herd of Holsteins. In her spare time Shannon enjoys going out with her friends or staying at home with her two cats called Sox and Sooty.

MRS JOANNE POLHILL MAAT

MRS JOANNE POLHILL MAAT

Practice Manager

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Jo grew up on a dairy farm in Hartland.  She started working for Locke and Preston in 1988 and is our longest serving member of staff. She started here straight from school and worked initally as a veterinary nurse. She qualified as an accounting technician in 2006 and now works part time from our Bradworthy office undertaking all the practices paperwork! She is married to Mark with two small children. She has two cats, both of which have been re-homed from the surgery. Outside of work Jo is a keen runner.
MRS JULIE HONEY

MRS JULIE HONEY

Receptionist

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Julie started working for Locke and Preston in May 1999 and enjoys working full time from our Holsworthy office, where she says over the years she has made many friends.
Mrs Demelza Snell

Mrs Demelza Snell

ADMIN

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Demelza says she loves her job at the Vets because everyday is so different.  Her main job role is office and reception work but she also gets to help out and give a hand with the animals when needed.  In her spare time she loves live gigs and festivals, long walks or chilling out on the beach with her friends and family.
 MRS DIANE MORRISON

MRS DIANE MORRISON

Receptionist

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Diane has worked for Locke and Preston since 1997 part time and is the oldest member of staff!! She works in Bradworthy and Holsworthy and undertakes many aspects of work at the veterinary practice. At home her horses and animals take up a lot of her time. In the summer body boarding with her colleagues is a favourite.
 MRS SUE GEAR

MRS SUE GEAR

Receptionist

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Sue is married to Barry and they have two grown up boys. Sue has worked at Locke and Preston since 2000 and loves her job, as the main receptionist at our Bude branch. She shares her home with a wide variety of animals and runs a small wildlife rescue centre. She takes in any orphaned or injured wildlife which come into the surgery where she gets a great deal of support from our vets and nurses. Sue is also a keen photographer. In her spare time …what spare time!

Mrs Tina Morey

Mrs Tina Morey

Admin

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Tina joined the practice in February 2016, working out of the Bude, Bradworthy and Holsworthy branches. Her main job role is on reception and in the office but loves to help out with our four-legged and feathered patients if required. Outside of work Tina enjoys spending time with her family, walking in the countryside with their terrier, Benjie, and is a keen singer and member of her local choir.

Ms Rachel Sinden

Ms Rachel Sinden

Admin

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Rachel joined Tamar Vets in September 2016, doing office administration and reception.

Rachel studied Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire with the intention of becoming a teacher, but put her career on hold to start a family.

Rachel says everyone is extremely friendly, colleagues and clients, and is enjoying learning new and different things each day.

In her spare time Rachel enjoys spending time with her two young children and looking after her cat Murphy, who she adopted from the practise within two weeks of joining!

Ellie Hunt

Receptioist

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I joined the vets in November last year working in reception. I’ve always loved animals and even did my work experience with the vets. When at home I mostly write or paint, and I save my money to do volunteer work abroad whenever I can