Donal Ryan MVB MRCVS

Donal first joined the practice in 1979, but then left to work in Ireland and Devon for a few years. However, he couldn’t resist returning in 1988 and is now an integral part of the Hale Family. He is particularly interested in Bovine Tuberculosis and promoting animal welfare, both of which he is extremely passionate about.  When not tending to sick cows, Donal is a keen follower of rugby and golf.



Steve Shiles BVSc MRCVS

Steve joined the practice in 2010, after working in a large farm animal practice in Salisbury for 5 years, and is now our clinical director. He comes from a local farming family, which runs a beef and arable unit. Steve is particularly interested in beef cattle and bull fertility and is keen to develop these areas at the practice.  He is as kept just as busy when not working, looking after his 3 gorgeous girls with his lovely wife, Jenny, who is a small animal vet.



Vicki Shepherd BVM&S MRCVS

Vicki joined the team in 2018, after working as a farm animal vet in Cornwall for 3 years.  Always keen to be out on farm, she particularly enjoys fertility work and surgery.  Vicki is currently studying hard towards her Certificate in Bovine Production, which will gain her the status of Advanced Practitioner in all things cow-related!  Out of wellies, Vicki can often be found at her local Crossfit gym, or baking a cake for our fantastic office staff.



Amelia Briggs BVSc MRCVS

Amelia joined us fresh from Liverpool University in 2018.  Having hit the ground running, Amelia has developed a keen interest in small ruminants and camelids.  She is also involved in youngstock management on our dairy and beef herds.  Amelia has recently joined the local rowing club and is enjoying training out on the water!



Marion Maggs BVSc MRCVS

Marion joined the practice in 1979 and is the longest serving member of the farm animal team. Marion works part time for us as a TB tester.