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Meet The Newton Abbot Vet Team | Vets4Pets

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Meet the Newton Abbot vet team

Newton Abbot Vets4Pets Chris Hawkins

Chris Hawkins BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Joint Venture Partner

From a very young age I pursued my childhood ambition of becoming a vet. I grew up on a smallholding in Kent and later attended the Royal Veterinary College in London where I graduated in 2008. Following graduation I moved back to my ancestral roots in Devon where I worked in mixed practice for two years before focusing on small animals in a veterinary hospital for four years. I am interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery. I am passionate for a high standard of care and am proud to have been nominated twice for ‘Vet of the Year’ in the ‘PetPlan National Veterinary Awards’.

I got married to Natasha in September 2012 and am very proud to have her working with us in our nursing team. In my spare time I run a small farm and enjoy showing my pedigree cattle. At weekends I like walking my dogs, cycling and golf. At home I have a flat-coated retriever, a working collie, two cats, two rabbits and three guinea pigs.

Newton Abbot Vets4Pets Andrea Durham

Andrea Durham

Practice Manager

I have worked as a Veterinary Receptionist for over six years and love the interaction with owners and pets. I joined Chris and the team as I wanted a new challenge and opening a brand new vets with such lovely people ticked all the right boxes for me.

I’m married to John and have a grown up son Luke and a recent addition to the family ‘Freddie’ a blue Staffy that I rescued. We love nothing more than walking him on the beach or by the river and giving him the loving home he so clearly deserves.

Newton Abbot Vets4Pets Natasha Hawkins

Natasha Hawkins

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have always loved animals and at 17 was lucky enough to get a work experience placement at Rosemullion vets in Falmouth and 2 years later offered a veterinary nurse training placement. In 2010 I made the hard decision to leave Cornwall and move to Devon and further my career in mixed practice where I met my husband Chris. We got married in September 2012 and I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2013.

I love all aspects of my job but my keen interest is feline care and welfare. I also love getting to know pets and their owners.

We have nine very spoilt pets and one of which is our practice mascot Bailey, our loveable flat coated retriever. He loves coming to work with his mum and dad and especially loves all the attention from clients.

Newton Abbot Vets4Pets Kirstin Christmas

Kirstin Christmas

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have worked as a Veterinary Nurse for the past 11 years and feel very lucky to do a job that I absolutely love.

I particularly enjoy nurse clinics where I get to meet owners and their animals and give advice on all aspects of pet care. I also have great fun running the puppy parties!

I love spending time with my family (my husband and my very active 2 year old!) and walking my Labrador Murphy. I also have a cat, rabbit, fish and a 99 year old tortoise!

Newton Abbot Vets4Pets Karen Towill

Karen Towill


I grew up in rural South Wales and I have always loved the countryside and animals. I have very fond memories of a childhood spent outdoors riding ponies and playing with my dog.

I started my working life in banking and enjoyed customer contact positions the most, as I have a keen interest in people. I have had a variety of jobs since but when I started work as a veterinary receptionist in 2008 I described it as my perfect job. Combining my interest in people with my love of animals. I am excited by the challenge of being in at the start of a new practice and hope that my skills and experience will contribute to its success and growth.

I am married with two grown up children, I have a Jack Russell terrier called Poppy with a cheeky sense of fun and an equally cheeky Dartmoor hill pony called Fern. What is it they say about pets being like their owners! In my free time I do some voluntary work helping to train working ponies, using natural horsemanship methods. I also enjoy cooking, needlecraft and I am a keen reader.