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Silverton Vets Staff

Veterinary Surgeons

We have a team of four dedicated veterinary surgeons who cover our three surgeries around Torbay, with over 90 years of veterinary experience between them. The team is led by our Veterinary Director Cath Meakin. Working alongside her is Richard Maloney, Bernadette SmythBen Mason and Kate Rew who runs regular acupuncture clinics at Silverton and also has an interest in treating backyard chickens.

More information about Kate is available below.

All our vets attend CPD courses every year to ensure they are up to date with the latest developments in veterinary medicine and pet care in order that you and your pets can access the highest veterinary care.

Kate Rew BVSc.(Hons) MRCVS Cert.Vet.Ac(IVAS)

Kate graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and has worked in mixed practice and small animal practice in the UK since 1991.

She has been a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA) since 1997, and attained an International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) certificate in 2000. Kate runs referral clinics in acupuncture and pain management all over the South West, including weekly clinics for cats and dogs at Silverton Vets.

Kate also completed the certificate programme in canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee in June 2006, and works alongside Chartered ACPAT (Category A) veterinary physiotherapist Kate Davey, who owns and runs South West Animal Rehabilitation near Dawlish.

Manager and Receptionists

Our practice manager, Vanessa Easton, is based at Grosvenor Road and can be contacted by telephone, email or via this website.

At Paignton our reception team  we have John, who also looks after marketing and social media, Meg, Natasha, Izzy and Pam.

At Brixham in Summercourt Way, we have receptionists  Justine and Lucy.

At Cadewell Lane Torquay we have a receptionist, Sue.  

Medical enquiries will generally be passed on to one of the veterinary surgeons or nurses.


Our nursing team is led by our Head Nurse, Sarah, and she is supported by our qualified veterinary nurses: Deputy Head Nurse Kirsty. Nurses: Nicky, Bryony, Lucy, AnnaRebekah and Elaine.

We are an approved training centre for veterinary nurses and we are pleased to have Hannah who is a veterinary nurse assistant and Danika who is our Kennel maid.

Our nurses are available for advice on numerous topics including worming and vaccination of animals. Nurses also have a vital role in assisting at operations, supervising in-patients and running Nurse Clinics.