The team you would want for your family.

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Thought leaders. Pioneers. Animal lovers. The small animal Vets at The Vale provide an unmatched level of patient care. Because your pet is family to you. They are to us too.

Small Animal Vets

Donald Ellicott

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner - Uffculme

Donald is the founding father of our present practice, having the vision to embrace both progressive small and large animal work since way back in 1965 when he graduated. His absolute commitment to the practice, and quality veterinary care, is largely responsible for the excellent standards found at “The Vale” today. His immense kindness, patience and boyish sense of humour have been appreciated by clients, staff and business contacts for many years now.

Donald would spends his spare time walking his dogs, gardening and watching/supporting Somerset County Cricket.

Jonathan Dainton

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner - Tiverton

Jonathan has been part of The Vale Team since qualifying from The Royal Veterinary College a good few years ago becoming a partner in 1990. During this time he has built up a wealth of experience in both the farm and companion animal side of the practice. He now spends his time in the companion animal department and loves all aspects of surgery, in particular orthopaedics.

Alan Benson

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner - Cullompton

Alan joined the practice in 1987 after graduating from Edinburgh University and quickly developed a passion for companion animal medicine and surgery. He became the first full time companion animal partner in 1991. He has a dog, two cats, several guinea pigs and fish, as well as a family.

Fran Newman

Veterinary Surgeon - Cullompton

Fran graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2007. She worked in various mixed and small animal practices before joining The Vale small animal team in September 2015. She is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, but has a special interest in dog training and behaviour. She also recently completed her training in veterinary acupuncture. Out of work she enjoys walking on the moor and coast with her two dogs, and has recently started training her young dog in agility.

Ally Hooke

Veterinary Surgeon - Cullompton

Originally from Exeter, Ally trained at the Royal Veterinary College in London before returning to Devon to join the team at the Vale. Ally splits her time between our Cullompton and Honiton branches, and has a particular interest in clinical neurology. In her spare time Ally can be found dancing, running or with her head in a book!

Val Allsup

Veterinary Surgeon - Cullompton

Val joined the Vale team as a companion animal locum in 2014 and never left! She comes from South Wales originally but has lost the accent over the years having worked in Derbyshire, Cumbria and now Devon. Having spent 7 years as a mixed vet whilst ‘up north’ she now enjoys a much warmer life focussing on companion animal work with her main interest being medical cases. She lives near Exmoor with her husband, son, and their dog Tegan and naughty Talisker – adopted as an orphaned kitten.

Kathy Clist

Veterinary Surgeon - Cullompton

Qualified in 1995 from The Royal Veterinary College Kathy Spent 8 years in mixed practice mostly in Somerset and Devon before concentrating on companion animals where her main interests are medicine and small furries. Kathy now works part time to make room for her chaotic life of small children, dogs, cats and a horse.

Molly Scott

Molly came to the Vale having previously worked in Kent, and has been truly converted to Devon life. A keen cyclist, she spent a month touring across Europe before joining us, and is looking forward to exploring more of the local area on two wheels. Molly has a Springador called Ludo, and a very naughty cat called Oscar, who she brought home from work as a malnourished stray in 2014, and who now rules the roost! At work she enjoys surgery, with a particular interest in dentistry, and loves getting to know clients and their pets.

Jenny Metcalfe

Jenny graduated in 2001 and worked in mixed practice and then was a locum before going backpacking around Australia for 6 months. She joined the Vale in 2006 and worked here until she had her first Son in 2014. She returned to the Vale in 2016 and after having her daughter, she came back to us as a permanent member of staff in 2018.
Jenny enjoys all aspects of animal medicine, and she currently runs our evening clinics which is a service she and the Vale are very happy to offer.

When not at work Jenny lives at home with her family, and pets- Alfie the Cat, Poppy the Border Collie and Pickle the Jack Russel Terrier who she adopted after fixing her broken leg in 2011. As a family they enjoy family days out at the beach and walking the dogs, and when she has the time, Jenny can be found windsurfing, surfing or mountain biking.

Clare (Deeks) Povah

Veterinary Surgeon - Tiverton

Deeks is part of our companion animal team and has been with the Tiverton practice since 2014, having returned from her travels to her native county of Devon. She graduated from Bristol University in 2005 and has a special interest in surgery, behaviour and keeping the office full of baked goods! In her spare time she can be found out walking on the hills with her two crazy terriers Figgy and Holly, and also enjoys running, cycling, fitness and generally being outside.

Louise Turley

Veterinary Surgeon - Tiverton

Louise graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and joined the Tiverton surgery working with both companion and farm animals for four years. She then took a break from The Vale to complete a companion animal internship which helped her to develop skills in medicine and cardiology. She returned to The Vale in 2012 and now works solely with companion animals at the Tiverton centre; she has a special interest in ultrasonography and endoscopy.

Nikki-Whelan

Veterinary Surgeon - Honiton

Nikki graduated with an honours degree from Glasgow University in 2008. She spent the first 5 years in a mixed practice in Scotland before moving solely into a small animal practice.

Her main interests are soft tissue surgery and interesting medical cases. She moved to Somerset one year ago to be with her fiancé and is settling in well. Out of work she spends her time trying to keep her rehomed pug ‘Maggie’ as active as possible whether it be walking or running.