Born in Scotland, he attended Edinburgh University and graduated in 1989. He is married to Trish and they have two daughters; Georgia and Olivia. They have two cats – Tigi and Twinkle and two horses – Ferris and Rita.
However, he joined the practice in 2012 – fifteen years after first seeing practice at Estcourt Vets as a vet student. In some circles it is claimed that this is where he was taught everything there is to know about being a vet! In actual fact, James qualified from Bristol University in 2000 and after working in several practices in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, he was finally tempted back to Devizes. James is married to Penny and they have two twin daughters Sylvie and Nieve, a Border Terrier called Arthur, a Cocker Spaniel called Twiggy and 2 cats called Billy and Flora.
Emma graduated from Liverpool University in 2014 and lives in Calne with her boyfriend Jon and her two Border Terriers Rosie & Lily! On her ‘relaxing’ breaks away from the practice Emma likes endurance holidays with minimal creature comforts so that when she returns she can really appreciate how much she loves being at work. Emma is currently on maternity leave and we look forward to her return in August 2020!
Jodie moved to Devizes from Cornwall. She lives in Devizes with her husband Rich, and her pets Archie the Husky, Roo the Labrapig (!!) and 3 cats Milo, Max & Mouse. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, drinking lots of tea, kayaking and cycling when the weather permits! Jodie is currently on maternity leave and we look forward to her return in October 2020!
Manon grew up in Cardiff and is Welsh speaking. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2015 and has worked in both farm and companion animal practice before joining us in September 2019. Manon now lives in Devizes with her partner Tim and their black labrador Monty. In her spare time Manon likes running and looking after her plants!
Nicola previously qualified and worked in London but gave it all up in order to move to the bright lights of Devizes with her two rabbits, Whitney and Lionel and her roborovski hamster Biggie Smalls, who were all rescued from her previous job. She enjoys cooking, cycling and taking trips back to N. Ireland to see her family.
Ryan is currently covering maternity leave at the practice. Ryan graduated from Dublin in 2014 and has worked all over the UK before joining Estcourt Vets. He lives in Bath with his wife (who is also a vet) and their cat Lumi who plays with a fancy laser toy. Ryan thoroughly enjoys kicking back with a cuppa and the odd trip back home to work on his eloquent accent.
Ed qualified from Cambridge University in 1977 and is the son of a Cheshire farmer. He lives with his wife Gill, a primary school teacher. He has a daughter, Anna and a son, Henry. Pets include Tattie the Norfolk Terrier and Ruby the cat. He is a sports fanatic and is Chairman and Wicket Keeper for Bishops Cannings Cricket Club – being becoming increasingly difficult! He is also a Cliff Richard fan and quite open about it!
She qualified in 1997 and has worked in a small, mixed, rehabilitation and orthopaedic referral practices. In her spare time she enjoys walking, open water swimming and running. Oh.. and eating cake!
Laura lives with her husband Alex, her dog Riley and her 5 cats Marmite, Hugo, Peach, Shelby and Pippy. Outside of work Laura enjoys going on holidays abroad although the flights are normally cancelled on the day she’s meant to fly so normally she goes to Weymouth instead. Laura also says she’s great at baking cakes (she makes the best Oreo truffles!)
Lucy moved to the UK from Queensland, Australia in March 2019. She grew up on a small Austrailan farm the size of Wiltshire in South-West Queensland and has always been interested in caring for animals. She began her nursing studies in 2015, having previously worked on cattle farms. Lucy enjoys travelling, the rain and cuddles with any animal that will bear it! Lucy has a cat called Luna that still lives with her sister in Australia.
Cara lives in Devizes with her boyfriend Andy with her three cats Morie, Miro and Merlin and her new puppy Bee! Although Cara loves all creatures great and small she is completely nuts about maine coone cats and her totally non biased opinion is that her cat Miro is the most handsome maine coone in the world!
Georgia started nursing by mistake after her Mum decided she needed to sort her life out and sent in her C.V to the practice without her knowing. When the practice rang to arrange an interview the following morning and woke Georgia up she was understandably confused! Georgia has since risen brilliantly to the challenge of nursing and is a hugely valued member of the team. She has a gorgeous cocker spaniel called Bumble, a cat that thinks it’s a dog called Bandit, and a cat that knows better called Oleg!
Alex loves rabbits. In her spare time Alex likes grooming rabbits and mucking out rabbits. She is becoming an expert on rabbit husbandry. Alex’s favourite book is ‘Watership Down’, her favourite film is ‘Peter Rabbit’ and her favourite song is ‘Rabbit’ by Chaz and Dave.
She has a keen interest in anything technical and is the practice’s IT manager. She lives in Melksham with her fiancé Sam and cats Harry and Ollie. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, shopping and socialising. Like Jackie, Emma also is a huge Emma Bridgewater pottery collector!
She has been working here since 1989. She is a Devizes girl who now lives with her partner Darren, dogs Seth and Ivy, cat Bradley and 2 tortoises! Jackie is unable to stop buying Emma Bridgewater pottery and has stacks of the stuff hidden at home from her partner Darren, he has no idea, unless he’s read this!
After spending the first 3 years on Reception, she is now mainly to be found in the office where she co-ordinates our fantastic Healthy Pet Club and deals with all things Health & Safety related!
She lives locally with her husband Kevin. They have 2 grown up children and they share their home with their 5 cats – Milly, Misty, Mango, Martha and Marble.
In her spare time she enjoys baking and shopping for antiques.
Julie lives in Devizes with her daughters who have a tortoise and a cornsnake. She also has a dog called Millie.
She lives in Calne with her husband Martin and her 2 cats Charlie and Leo. She also has a tortoise called Derek. In her spare time Di enjoys looking after her allotment, cooking and drinking gin!