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Introducing Our Practice Team 

Gavin Dalton-Morgan has worked extensively with small animals and equines since graduating from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

After working for a number of years in mixed practice in Australia, Gavin began practising in the UK in 1984, eventually establishing an extremely busy small animal practice in Bristol before moving to Devon to become a partner of a mixed practice. Working at Hatchmoor Veterinary Practice gives Gavin the opportunity to focus his interests fully on companion animals and equines.

A keen horse rider, Gavin hunts with the Torrington Farmers Hunt. He is the Polo Welfare Officer for Taunton Vale Polo Club. He also officiates at several Point-to-Point races in the area. After encouraging his children to develop their horse riding skills, Tom, John and Bella are becoming well known for their hunting, pony racing, polo, team chasing and cross country participation.

Fran Adams covers Gavin's small animal and equine work when he has to be away from practice. Fran graduated in 2015, since graduating she has worked in small animal and equine practices in Devon and has also completed an equine internship in the Cotswolds. When not working she enjoys socialising with friends, walking her dog and doing house renovations. 

Pablo Palmeiro graduated in the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain in 2015. After that he moved to the UK and started working for Medivet under their residence program where he developed most of his surgical and medical skills. Since 2016 Pablo is a locum vet and covers Gavin every Wednesday. When not working he enjoys walking with his rescue dog Meu and off roading with his waste vegetable oil powered land rover.

Jo Dyer sometimes covers Gavin's small animal work if he has to be away from the practice. Jo graduated from Bristol in 1986 and has lived in north Devon for most of her life, including 25 years on a mixed farm. When not working, she enjoys cycling, walking and spending time with her four children and two dogs.

Kathy Ward is a an experienced veterinary surgeon who has worked exclusively in opththalmology (eyes) for many years. She is a highly skilled ophthalmologist and deals with our eye referral cases. 


Nursing and Administration

Heather Branch has been with us since October 2009. Heather is a registered veterinary nurse and has administrative duties as well. Heather is a very caring nurse who can deal with any situation. She works with small animals and horses. At home she has two lively cats and an army of guinea pigs.

Harriet May has a great deal of experience with both large and small animals. Harriet is a registered veterinary nurse. She is a farmers daughter and actively helps out on her fathers farm. Harriet is a keen rider and has spent all her life on horseback. She has worked within a national hunt yard for many years and still has a keen interest in horse racing. Harriet has a Bassett Hound called Boobie who is the source of many entertaining conversations. 

Emily Sanders has completed her Animal Management Level 3 Diploma at Duchy college. Whilst studying at college she helped out at Hatchmoor Veterinary Practice on a voluntary basis before coming to work here. Living on a farm and having many pets of her own she is used to dealing with animals of all shapes and sizes.

Molly Jeffery achieved her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification, through Bicton College, while originally volunteering here on a regular basis. Molly has a keen interest in backing horses and enjoys regularly competing with her own horse Jack.