Emma Prouse - Registered Veterinary Nurse - (RVN) Head Nurse

Emma qualified in 1992, and joined Market Vets in November 2010. Coming from a mixed practice background, she now mainly concentrates on small animal nursing. She heads up our team of nurses across both branches.

Emma moved back to her home town of Barnstaple 13 years ago. In her spare time, she is kept busy with her two children, although she trys to get out running at least three times a week to stay fit and be able to keep up with them!

Alice Allbrook - Bsc(hons) Registered Veterinary Nurse, ISFM Cert FN - Deputy Head Nurse

Alice graduated from Hartpury College in 2010 with a Bsc (hons) in Veterinary nursing science. She spent her initial years in Bristol working in referrals as a feline dedicated nurse. During this time she gained her "advanced certificate in feline friendly nursing" achieving a distinction.

Following a career break to travel, she has since moved back to her home village of Umberleigh and joined the team here at Market Vets in April 2015. Recently engaged, her hard work and dedication has paid off, with a promotion to Deputy Head Nurse across both branches whilst heading up the nursing team on a day-to-day basis in Barnstaple.

Heather Kingdon - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Heather qualified in 1994 after training at Bicton College of Agriculture. Born into a farming family, she has spent her life working with animals. She also has a keen interest in wildlife and the countryside.

Heather works part time, so she can give time to bringing up her children Carly and George.

Ruth Lovell - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Ruth joined us in September 2011 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. She attended Bridgwater College one day a week to be become a Registered Veterinary Nurse, and is now a key member of the Nursing team.

In her spare time Ruth is very active, coaching and playing volleyball for the Academy of Beach Sports but she also enjoys cosy winter evenings in front of the fire with her hubby and her two cats Diggory and Millie.

Lauren Butler - Registered Veterinary Nurse, (RVN) DipVN

Lauren moved from Surrey to Devon in 2011 and joined the practice as a Veterinary Care Assistant in 2012. She began her Veterinary Nurse training in 2013 and qualified in December 2015.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her fiancée, Bella their dog and Willow their cat!

Michelle Taylor - Student Veterinary Nurse

Michelle, known as Shelley in the practice joined us in August 2016, although she had been with us for many months prior to this on work experience while studying her diploma in animal management.

She is now training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse having followed her passion for a career in veterinary nursing.

In her free time Shelley loves spending time surrounded by her family and friends as well as all her furry pets! 

Amy Larking - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Amy joined us end of November 2017. Originally from Sussex, she qualified in 2006 and was working as a night RVN, before she decided to relocate to North Devon, for the lifestyle and beaches, in 2013.

Working part-time, outside of work, she has three dogs, four sheep and Fred 16 months (seen sitting here with Lily) keeping her busy.

Nicola Cullen - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Nicola qualified in 2017 from Bicton College, and joined Market Vets in February 2018. She is mainly based in our Barnstaple branch, where she has a keen interest in small animals especially cats.

Nicola moved down to Devon in 1998 with her family from the West Midlands. She now lives on a farm with her horses, alpacas, ducks, chickens and of course her cats.

In her spare time she loves riding around the countryside on her horses and spending lots of time with her feline friends.


Amy Bolton - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Amy joined us in February 2018, having qualified in December 2017 at Bridgewater College. She has a keen interest in laboratory diagnostics at work.

Amy lives in a zoo at home with two collies, two cats, four rats and two tropical fish tanks! Out of work she enjoys being outside - camping and walking the dogs! 


Rachel Moore - Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) - South Molton & Barnstaple

Rachel joined us in March 2018 after studying her diploma in animal management.

She is now training to become a Veterinary Care Assistant following her passion for a career in veterinary nursing. Rachel covers our Lynton Surgery alongside Anna every Tuesday morning.

In her free time, she rides one of her six horses and although has only been with us a short time, has already adopted a cute stray kitten called 'Fish' to live with her other animals including sheep, dogs and cats.

Lucy Tucker - Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA) - South Molton & Barnstaple

Lucy joined us in December 2018 having worked at a kennels for three years previously, where she also helped groom the dogs.

Following her passion for a career ultimately in veterinary nursing, as well as being a huge dog lover, Lucy has  joined us as an Animal Nursing Assistant where she will learn the ropes before beginning her training to become a Veterinary Care Assistant.

In her free time, she helps on her family's farm in High Bickington and has a pug call Ernie Fredrick!