Karen Eggleton – Veterinary Surgeon Having grown up in Torbay, Karen graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 1995 and started her veterinary career in East Devon before moving to the East Midlands for 7 years where she worked in mixed practice in Derby and Nottingham. The pull of South Devon (and especially the sea) drew her back in 2003 when she settled in Abbotskerswell, establishing The House Vet in May 2008. Karen appreciates the privilege of owning pets but is also aware of the anxiety faced when they are unwell and aims to treat all with the care she would give her own. When not in work Karen enjoys exploring the South West with her 7 year old son George and collies Bob and Zak in Hosanna the trusty works van, sporadic running and occasional bouts of Pinterest inspired craftiness.
Sian Brown – Registered Veterinary Nurse Sian has been a registered veterinary nurse for 29 years and has worked in both general practice and out of hours emergency work, covering small animal, farm and equine nursing. Sian moved to Devon and began working at The House Vet 6 years ago. When Sian isn’t nursing she is a riding instructor, runs a livery yard and is normally found on the competition circuit with her self produced horses. She shares her home with a menagerie of a family that includes various cats, dogs, chickens, horses and ponies and her pharmacist husband and animal mad 4 year old daughter.
Irene Major – Animal Nursing Assistant Irene has returned to veterinary practice having worked also as a police officer, prisoner custody officer and, more recently, as a peddler of fine chocolates. Other than her dogs (Tess, Jenny, Barny and grand-dog Austin) her chief passion is books with 2476 at the last count, 1044 of which being food or cookery related. Irene’s oldest book is from 1804. She is not to be let loose in the vicinity of a second hand book shop but has promised herself not to go over 2500 and is currently operating a strict one in, one out system. ‘Luckily’, she says, ‘my husband is a saint!’ Irene also loves gardening, owns 9 chickens, has 2 grown up children and 4 grandchildren.
George Chief provider of Hulk Smash pictures for the office and stapler of random things.
Hosanna Karen’s pride and joy. Hosanna can get anywhere. Except round that corner behind Barclays Bank in Totnes which is totally beyond her.