Filham Park Veterinary Clinic 01752892700

The caring compassionate Veterinary practice serving the South Hams

The staff

David Gabriel - MRCVS

I qualified from Bristol in 1973 and worked in general practice in Guernsey and Leicestershire, interspersed with a period of zoo work. In 1990 I moved to Ivybridge, and took the practice over some 10 years later. I now head the expanding equine department with a particular interest in lameness investigation and treating competition horses. Outside of the practice, as well as doing duty at Point to Points, horse trials and shows: my wife Liz and I successfully show our lightweight hunter Acorn and compete at dressage. Much of the rest of our time is spent looking after our expanding collection of horses, sheep, poultry, cats and tortoises.

Steve Grills - MRCVS

I qualified in 1989 from Cambridge University and then worked in a mixed practice in Banbury for 2 years, here I was mainly doing small animal work. I then moved to a 5-person practice in Abingdon for a further 10 years. My main caseload here was small animal surgery and cattle fertility work.  After being away from Devon for so long, and having a young family who weren't seeing Grandparents as often as they should, we decided to return to Devon in 2001 and managed to move back whilst all the chaos of the foot and mouth outbreaks was occurring. I am now responsible for overseeing the small animal side of the practice, particularly interested in soft tissue surgery, oncology and treating exotic species, particularly reptiles. I have also maintained my interest in farm animal medicine and perform most of the farm animal work within the practice. Leisure time is primarily spent with my family on the beach or in the countryside with occasional forays onto the golf course.

Clare Bosselmann - Bachelor of Veterinary Science

I grew up in Tavanga, New Zealand and attended Massey University from where I graduated with a Bachelor of veterinary Science in 1999. Clare has a certificate in small animal surgery. After working a ski season in California I decided to keep travelling and came to Europe.
While being adept at most of the aspects of mixed practice I am mostly interested in small animal work. I have come to Filham Park to concentrate on small animal surgery. I am currently completing the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery. I live on a dairy farm and have 2 cats, Molly the collie and a lot of pet cows. In my spare time I enjoy walking the coastal paths and moorland, reading a good book and travelling the world.'

Zoe Rickard B.V.Sc MRCVS

I Qualified in 2008 from Liverpool University and started my career in small animal practice in Cheshire, followed by a post as a mixed practitioner in Suffolk. I Joined Gabriel, Grills and Associates in September 2009, where I hope to develop my interests in small animal and equine medicine. I have recently married and my husband and I have moved back to Ivybridge where we both grew up! We are now very happily settled with our border collie Gem and Irish Sports horse Mini. We are looking forward to making the most of living back in the Southwest

Hilary O'Dair BVetMed CertSAD CertSAM MRCVS

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1982. I worked in small animal practice for 6 years before returning to academia on the staff side at Bristol Veterinary School for a further 7 years to concentrate on canine and feline medicine and dermatology and gain further qualifications in both areas. I have worked in first opinion and referral practice in the SW for most of the last 15 years and have settled in Ivybridge in 2010. I currently run my own dermatology referral service “SkinvetSW” and will run regular clinics at the practice. Specific interests include feline dermatology and general endocrinology. In my spare time I enjoy walking, tennis, riding, and reading. Current pets include a well-trained husband, badly trained teenage daughter, and a slightly dysfunctional Border Terrier.

Annie Lee - Practice Manager

I am Annie Lee, the Practice Manager. As many of you will know I have been with the Practice for what seems like forever but is in fact since the early seventies. I can turn my hand to most things but now deal mainly with all aspects of paperwork and accounts. I seem to have been nominated the practice’s own “Mrs Fixit or Find It”

I am married to Keith and have two children who are now twenty and seventeen. We are all animal lovers and have a variety of pets accumulated over the years.

Ray Male - VN

I have worked in the practice since 1997. My training was completed at Bicton College where I gained the qualification of Veterinary
Nurse. My specialist area in practice is running Obesity and Mobility Clinics where I have a few special patients (they know who they are!!).I enjoy a range of outdoor pursuits, which include fishing, walking my two dogs on the moors and can often be found on the golf course working to reduce my handicap.

David Cruz - VN

I started at the practice in July 1999, when I was 16 years old. I completed my training at Bicton College of Agriculture, where I passed both the 'Pre' & 'Student Veterinary Nursing' Courses. I enjoy all aspects of my job, especially the equine nursing. I would like to continue my training into the Equine Veterinary Nursing (EVN) qualification. 2004 saw the arrival of Filham Park Puppy Socialisation Parties, which I thoroughly enjoy, as it's a great way to interact with patients and clients. Last year I attended two voluntary neutering trips abroad, which were based in 'Ibiza' & 'Samos' a Greek Island. I plan to take part in similar projects in the future.

In my spare time I enjoy attending Point to Point meets, spending time with my family & friends and when I get the chance horse riding.

Louise Higgins - VN

It all began in September 2004 when I enrolled as a Student Veterinary Nurse at Bicton College of Agriculture on the Level 2 course. As Louise Higgins VN, I am entitled to carry out schedule 3 procedures; dental scale and polishing, taking blood samples, administering intravenous fluids and performing minor surgical procedures, such as simple wound suturing.

In my free time I enjoy horse riding; going to the cinema; photography and visiting my family’s chalet at Bovisand.

Rachel Grose - VN

My name is Rachel and I joined the team at Gabriel, Grills and Associates in September 2010. I moved here from another local practice with the hope of expanding my experience and understanding of veterinary nursing. I worked and trained at my previous practice for over three years whilst attending the NVQ Student Veterinary Nursing course at Duchy College in Cornwall.

Merryl Docker - Receptionist

I came from a medical secretarial background in a variety hospital specialties.

Animals are my passion. I own a New Forrest pony, dog cat and six rescued tortoises. What I may lack in veterinary expertise, I hope to make up for in my understanding of the role our much-loved animals play in our lives. Other than riding, my time is spent with my family, as Chair of the Ugborough Local History Group and am a voluntary officer/coordinator for the Devon County Council Rights of Way team, both running the Ugborough Walking Group and maintaining the bridleways, footpaths and green lanes in the Parish.

Emily Milner - Admin assistant

I have a food degree in food and nutrition from Seale Hayne, University of Plymouth in 2004. Nothing to do with animals! I work part time hours due to having a young family. My role is Annie's, the practice manager, assistant. I sort out the banking and assist with sending out invoices, insurance claims and other general paperwork.
Animals and family are my life; my animals include a cat, dog and 5 chickens. I have two young boys Elliot and Luke. In my spare time, I enjoy time with my family, taking Baileys my dog for walks, horse riding, spending time with friends , cooking and I am also the secretary to the Dartmoor Motorcross Club.


Amy Reeves - Afternoon Receptionist

I enjoy working and caring for all types of animals. Having 5 dogs |I also enjoy going for long walks in the countryside or Moorland whatever the weather.
My other interests include being outside in my garden with my green fingers.
I also go running a couple of times a week to keep myself fit, along with a few other members of staff!'

Where - MRCVS is a vet, VN is a Veterinary Nurse, TVN is a Trainee


Filham Park Veterinary Clinic is part of CVS (UK) Limited, a company which owns over 200 veterinary practices in th UK. Company Registration Number 03777473. Registered Office CVS House, Owen Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4ER

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