Veterinary Surgeons

Currently we have nine permanent Vets here at Westmoor. They all work in practice doing consultations, which in turn lead to both medical and surgical cases in equal measure. Between them, they have over 80 years of experience in practice and hold two speciality certificates. These are the people who are ultimately responsible for the care of your pet during their time with us and who perform the many procedures and operations we undertake during the year. They are also the vets who staff the out of hours service we provide 7 days a week, in order to offer continuity in the care of our patients. 


They are:



Mark Towl BVet Med MRCVS GPCert(SAM) (Clinical Director)  

Small Animal Medicine Certificate holder

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and after initially working in London, I moved to Tavistock and joined Westmoor in September 1998. With an interest in small animal medicine, I gained the ESPVS accredited General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) in 2007. Each year I attend a 5 day veterinary international conference to continually evolve the practice thus continuing to provide the best care possible for you pets. I also have an interest in ultrasonography and dentistry, completing courses in both of these disciplines. I have 1 cat and several horses to entertain me and outside of work I enjoy walking, DIY, motor racing and as everyone knows, my gadgets!



 Chris Warren BA Vet MB Cert VOphthal MRCVS   

Ophthalmology Certificate holder

I have been working in Tavistock for over 40 years, starting under Campbell MacKellar and Michael Vaughan in 1972 when the work was mainly with farm animals. In the last 30 years, I have specialised in Ophthalmology and I am on the BVA//ISDS/KC eye panel (only 30 members in the UK). This panel examines dogs for inherited eye diseases before breeding from them. I am also able to see second opinion ophthalmic referral cases, including cataract removal by phaco-emulsification. I spend my spare time being Church Warden at my local Church, exercising my two dogs on Dartmoor and looking after my wife's 7 Galloway cattle and 5 horses.




 Kristina Chourot BVSc MRCVS

I graduated from Bristol University in 2009 and after a short time working in Ivybridge I moved up to Gloucestershire to work in a mixed practice. The lure of home was too much, so I returned to Devon and started work at Westmoor in 2011. I love the variety of cases I see as a vet but I am particularly interested in cardiology and feline medicine. Outside of work I enjoy chatting to my two naughty Siamese cats and walking my parents Springer Spaniels. I am the ISFM Cat Advocate for the practice.


 Kathy Cutler BVetMed MRCVS

I graduated from RVC (London) in 2010 and have always worked in small animal practice. I joined the team here at Westmoor in 2012 and haven't looked back since. Although I enjoy many aspects of veterinary work, I'm most at home in the consulting room, especially when cats are involved. I'm the South West point of contact for the Veterinary Christian Fellowship and I also help my husband in providing music for church services and getting involved in youth work. We share our house with an elderly cat and share the garden with two rabbits, who earn their keep as lawnmowers. I have many hobbies but I most enjoy walking, music, reading and (when I get the chance) sailing with my dad.



Hannah Nevin BVet Med MRCVS

I am originally from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, but now live in Devon. I qualified from Royal Veterinary College in London 2014 and spent 8 months travelling around Asia & Australasia, volunteering at animal shelters in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji. I enjoy all aspects of Veterinary care, but particularly interested in surgery and cardiology. I recently adopted a very cute American Bulldog puppy from the local rescue centre called Tilly, who keeps me busy! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and their animals.



Kate Salmon MA VetMB MRCVS GPCert(SAM)

I graduated in 2000 and worked in the south-east and Wales until moving to Devon in 2006. I gained the ESVPS certificate in small animal medicine in 2006 and more recently have been developing an interest in ophthalmology. I joined Westmoor in January to work alongside Chris and to undertake further ophthalmology training. I live in Plymouth with my young family who keep me very busy outside of work! We have a black Labrador, Holly, who loves the beach; and an elderly white cat called Jasmine. I don't have a lot of spare time but I love running and enjoy music when I can.



Thomas Cary-Elwes BSc(Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

I have lived in Devon since 2001 having moved from the south east. I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 and after spending 8 months working in London I was drawn back to Devon and started working at Westmoor. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary work although I am particularly interested in medicine and soft tissue surgery. When I’m not working, I like spending time outdoors whether it’s cycling, running, sailing or just walking. I currently don’t live with any pets but I enjoy looking after my parent’s menagerie (dog, cat, chickens and sheep!) whenever I can.


MichaelMichael Sercombe – BSc(Hons) BVSc MBA CertVOphthal MRCVS

Ophthalmology Certificate holder

Michael is a 1995 graduate from the University of Bristol. His interest in ophthalmology developed throughout his early career, culminating in successfully passing the RCVS Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2011, and then being recognised by the RCVS as an ‘Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology’ in 2015. Along the route to focusing entirely on eyes, he spent 8 years as an owner and head vet of a small animal practice in Exeter, during which time he also gained an MBA qualification. He has most recently spent the last few years dedicated to referral-only ophthalmology veterinary work in Cheshire and Bristol, and is excited to be able to return to Devon to continue his work. He is a member of the RCVS British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (BrAVO) and the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium (IEOC). When not working, you can find him enjoying outdoor sports including running and mountain biking, hiking on Dartmoor, making prints or playing guitar.


Athanasios Mavridis – MRCVS

I graduated in 2014 from the Vet School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. After completing my 9 months conscription in the Greek army, I started post-graduate studies in public health, food and water safety and quality. In the meantime my voluntary work in neutering cats and dogs made me realise that I like working with small animals and I decided to move to the UK to work as a veterinary surgeon. I enjoy listening to music, walking and swimming. I currently live in Plymouth with my partner, we don’t live with any pets at the moment but we will be  adopting  a cat in the near future.