We have invested considerably in our team and kit to make a number of advanced services available to our clients. We also accept referrals from other practices.
Orthopaedics and fracture repair
Our veterinary team have undertaken advanced training to allow us to perform orthopaedic surgery in our practice. If your pet develops an abnormality involving their skeleton or joints, such as elbow dysplasia, a patella (kneecap) that gets stuck, or a torn cruciate ligament, an orthopaedic procedure may help them.
Meet the team
Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc BSc (Hons) MRCVS VNPA, GPCert SAS, MVetSci
Jo is a joint venture partner and veterinary surgeon at Vets4Pets Woolwell. She lives in Ivybridge with her partner Roger and two sons; William and Edward.
She has a menagerie of animals; Ellie a beautiful Cockapoo, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Betsy, an excitable Working Cocker Spaniel called Indie, a tabby and white cat called Tommy, Ginger cat called Simon, black cat called Loki (AKA Asbo) and a horsefield Tortoise called Squirtle!
In her spare time Jo enjoys exploring the Devon countryside with her family but also likes to keep active by jogging and going to the gym.
At work she has a special interest in rabbits and small furries and enjoy the challenges of different surgical procedures.
Jo has has a post graduate certificate in Small Animal Surgery, a masters in Advanced Clinical practice and is just finishing her certificate in Exotics. She is also up to date with the Official Veterinarian training for pet travel.
BVSc CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery
Clare grew up in Tauranga, New Zealand, and graduated from Massey University in 1999.
After working a ski season in California and travelling for a period of time, she moved to the UK and worked in mixed general practice in Devon and Cornwall. Clare developed a keen interest in small animal surgery and gained her RCVS Cert SAS in 2009.
In her spare time, Clare enjoys walking her dogs, travelling and making pets out of her husband’s many dairy cows.
Jo Harris is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology. She joined HeartVets in 2009 and is based in Exeter, where she offers regular clinics, as well as a number of visiting referral clinics throughout the south west.
Jo has been working in purely cardiology referral practice for several years and is regularly involved in CPD provision to vets and and cardiologists at both local and national level. Jo has a particular interest in arrhythmias and her research includes novel uses of Holter monitoring in canine preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy.
Jo has developed the Holter monitoring department at HeartVets, which is now the largest veterinary Holter service of its kind, offering Holter monitor rental and analysis to cardiologists and general practitioners all over the country.
Jo is one of our interventional cardiac surgeons, and is also on the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society panels for auscultation and Doppler echocardiography.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
RVN, CFVHNUT, NCert/VPPCert in Surgical Nursing
Leanne qualified from Royal Veterinary College in 2008 and has been at the practice since we opened in 2014. Leanne is keen to progress her self in her career and has done further qualifications and has a Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition and Surgical Nursing.
In her spare time Leanne enjoys baking and keeping fit. Leanne has completed a few outdoor events including Tough Mudder and Bear Grylls challenge.
Leanne is also doing up her house with her husband. Leanne has 3 cats to snuggle up to and relax with. Collin is DSH who has kidney disease and Elmo is British Blue and loves to bring presents home to Leanne and the new addition Fabio who is a Scottish Fold Cross.
Su joined the practice in September 2019 after working at a pet shop for 12 years, and has just qualified as a registered nurse, after training for 3 years whilst working full time.
Su is enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly enjoys assisting with surgical operations. She also loves meeting all the clients and pets during nurse clinics.
Su enjoys walking her Scottish Terrier, Hamish on the Moors and paddle boarding. Su also has a BA (Hons) degree in Ceramics from Plymouth College of Art and in her spare time creates hand made products for the home in her home studio.
Pippa joined our team in January 2021 as a Veterinary Care Assistant and started her qualifications to become a veterinary nurse in September 2021. She has an interest in behaviour, nutrition and wound management and hopes to further her knowledge in these areas in the future.
Pippa has two border collies at home and in her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music and travelling.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Registered Veterinary Nurse
RVN, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Health
Jenna qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2021 after training at Duchy College in Cornwall. After completing her foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing, Jenna went on to complete a BSc Honours Degree in applied animal health.
Jenna has a keen interest surgical nursing and inpatient care.
Jenna lives at home with her border collie called Lucy and a Westie named Jasper.
Verity qualified in 2017 and started with us last year. She has worked in general practice, busy hospitals and was at Dick White Referrals in Cambridge for 3 years before starting a family and settling down in Devon.
Verity has completed her feline certificate and has a special interest in canine arthritis after her springer spaniel was diagnosed with OA. She has just started a veterinary practitioner course specialising in canine arthritis.
In her spare time, she spends her days exploring the moors with her Spaniels and her toddler.
I joined the Vets4Pets company as a Student Veterinary Nurse in 2020 and moved to Woolwell branch as a qualified RVN in 2023.
I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing but I am particularly passionate about canine behaviour, nutrition and surgical anaesthesia. I also really enjoy advocating for cat friendly handling and providing confidence building clinics for dogs and their owners.
I live in Plymouth with my fiancé and my two cats rescue cats Simba and Nala. Outside of work i like to go to concerts, get tattoos and be outdoors.
I'm Rachel, I started as receptionist with Vets4Pets in April 2014 - basically I moved in with the furniture when we opened. I do reception, the administration and insurances.
My background was Education Welfare, then Student Liaison Officer at Hele's School.
They say never work with children or animals! OOOPS!!
I live with my husband Ian and two black cats Baggins and Pedalo. I have a huge soft spot for black cats and would have a lot more.
We have two grown up children and four grandchildren.
My two grand daughters, who live in the Plymouth area, keep me on my toes when I look after them on my days off.
I'm Nicola, I've been a veterinary receptionist for 2 years. I have a background in animal welfare and have previously worked for the RSPCA and Cats Protection in their adoption centres.
When I'm not working I like to relax at home with my elderly foster cat and dabble with crafts, anything from card making to crocheting (not easy with a cat on your lap!).
I also sing with a local choir, something else that my cat isn't impressed with when I rehearse at home.
Rachel started at Woolwell in 2015 where she qualified as Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA). This course was with Animal College of Welfare.
Rachel favourite part of the job is working in the hospital recovering patients after procedures and looking after in-patients.
Rachel has a black Labrador called Jake
Vets4Pets Woolwell (Plymouth) is an RCVS accredited practice and is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!
We are a Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic, accredited by International Society of Feline Medicine. So we understand cats and are very passionate about Cat Friendly handling and feline health and welfare here at Vets4Pets Woolwell.
We are also a Silver Standard Rabbit Friendly Practice, accredited by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. We have a real interest in rabbits and small furries at our practice and love meeting all of our small furry patients!
The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their new clients!
Airway SurgeryAirway Surgery
AnaesthesiaGeneral anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
BiochemistryAllows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
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Chemotherapy & Cancer TreatmentDogs and cats that receive chemotherapy feel normal the day they are given the drug.
Cruciate SurgerySurgery to repair damaged stifle ligaments.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
Digital X-RayDigital X ray equipment is available.
Ear SurgeryEar Surgery service is available to keep your pet free from any infections.
ElectrolyteEnables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
Exotic PetCan see a range of patients, from small animals through to reptiles.
Fracture RepairOrthopaedic surgery to correct broken bones.
Haematology – Blood testingAllows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
Health PlansDesigned to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
Home VisitsIf you can’t make it us, we will come to you. We offer routine home visit for pets who don’t like to leave the house or clients who are unable to visit us. (Additional costs may occur)
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
Locally OwnedThis practice is locally owned.
Nurse ClinicAppointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
Nutritional AdviceAdvice and support for your pet's diet.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
Pet Passport / Animal Health CertificateTrained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
PrescriptionsWe can provide written prescriptions upon request.
Separate Cat & Dog WardsSeparate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
Soft TissueSurgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
Weight ClinicMonitoring clinic to help dogs and cats achieve optimal weights – both if they have been under or overweight
X-Ray & UltrasoundX-Ray & Ultrasound