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01752 700600

A friendly, family practice providing the highest standards of professional veterinary care


To make an appointment, or if you have any queries, please telephone


01752 700600


01752 690999

Consultations are always by appointment to minimise waiting times (except at The Cabin, our Surgery in Yealmpton, which opens Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10.30-11am).

Jeremy Kneen B.Vet. Med MRCVS


Jeremy and Gisella met while studying Veterinary Science at the Royal Veterinary College in London and were married in the summer of their final year in 1981. After two years working in a mixed practice in Harlow in Essex they moved to Horley in Surrey to work in a Veterinary Hospital.


Jeremy's family had long associations with the South Hams and so in 1985 Jeremy, Gisella and baby Tom moved to Ivybridge to work with George Austin. The practice was based in a small shop in Ivybridge High Street and it soon became clear that new premises were needed to provide the up to date service that Jeremy and Gisella wanted to practice. After a few planning issues had been resolved, Woodlands Veterinary Centre was born.



Gisella Kneen B.Vet. Med MRCVSJeremy's father Robert Kneen and Terry Biddlecombe built the practice which was officially opened in 1988. Since then the practice has expanded rapidly and in 1999 the state of the art Woodlands Veterinary Hospital was opened in Plymouth, providing 24 hour care for sick and injured animals.


The practice ethos of providing the best first opinion veterinary practice possible to our clients has proved successful with six full time and three part-time vets now working between the two surgeries. The practice prides itself on its ability to provide top quality professional services within a caring and friendly environment.

Steve Grills MRCVS - Practice Clinical Director

justine irwin MRCVSI qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Bristol Veterinary School in 1995, and joined a mixed practice in Newquay and spent three and a half years there. I did a mixture of small animal and farm work. I was also involved with the animals at nearby Newquay Zoo and dealt with various cases ranging from darting Monkeys to suture their wounds to treating anorexic Pumas.

I joined Woodlands in 1998 as a full time vet but am now carrying out part time work due to taking time out to have my three children.

My particular interests are anaesthesia and small furries, who I feel often get a raw deal, especially children’s pets like rabbits, who are often kept in hutches so small they can barely turn around in them.  My hobbies are spending time with family, especially walks on Dartmoor and swimming in the sea.

Dr Jane Hitchings BVSc MRCVS of Woodlands Vets Plymouth

I qualified, with Honours, from the University of Bristol in 1983. I have been passionate about animals since I was old enough to catch them and cuddle them. I have also had an early fascination with all things medical and surgical. So it was natural, if not inevitable, that I became a vet.

I have always been in general practice, as I love the people contact as well as the pets. I am known for my approachable, friendly and caring nature and commitment to seeking the correct diagnosis and treatment options for individual pets and clients. I spent 12 years in my early career in mixed practice in Worcestershire and the Isle of Wight, enjoying the farm and equine visits. For the last 13 years I have worked solely in small animal practice. This fitted in well with married life, bringing up two children as well as horses, birds, dogs, cats and guinea pigs.

I am experienced in all aspects of first opinion practice and have a special interest in rabbit medicine and surgery. Much of my continuing professional development is targeted to courses on advanced rabbit medicine and surgery. I enjoy surgery especially soft tissue surgery but most of all, I enjoy seeing a case through from beginning to end, from the moment a worried client and sick pet walks into my consulting room, listening to the owner, looking at the animal, examining it, doing lab tests or diagnostic imaging, then making a diagnosis, planning treatment and hopefully returning a happier, healthier animal to their relieved owners.

Over the 11 years I have been working at Ivybridge I have enjoyed building relationships with clients and their pets. Recently, I have been off work for nearly 18 months with double vision due to an aneurysm and then breast cancer. During that time, I have been overwhelmed by the number of cards, gifts, flowers, enquiries and well wishes that I have received from clients. Being a small animal vet lets me serve the local community and feel that I belong.

I live in Ivybridge with my amazingly tolerant husband, daughter and rescued rabbits, cat and dog, Benji, who is a rescue dog that no one else wanted, has definite delinquent tendencies and has educated me in problem canine behaviour. My son lives in East Sussex and is a student veterinary nurse.

Anna LeGallez MRCVS

Kerry Marsh MRCVS



Kerry Marsh MRCVS

naomi waltersI graduated from Bristol University in 2010 and then spent two enjoyable years in West Wales, working in small animal practice. My husband and I moved to Devon in October 2012, when I started working for Woodlands. I enjoy the variety of work and am lucky to have such a rewarding job. At home I have a naughty cat called Bertie, and a escapologist rabbit named Cinders. We have just bought our first house in Ivybridge, and are enjoying turning it into a home. In my spare time I enjoy walking around the coast and on the moors.

sarah normanI graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 and started work at Woodlands just 5 days later! After wanting to be a vet for as long as I can remember, I can’t believe I’m finally here, but I think it’s safe to say I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve always enjoyed travelling and after my first year at university was lucky enough to travel to South Africa. As well as exploring all the local sights, I spent three weeks working on a cheetah reserve. One day our job was to apply spot on flea treatment to all 70 big cats. Not quite as easy as it seems! Luckily they took their worming tablets in their food. I’m originally from Plymouth and was delighted to be able to return to such a beautiful corner of the world. In my free time I can be found walking my border collie Cassie on Dartmoor, horse riding, cycling and enjoying a piece of cake or two with friends.

Luke Bam MRCVS

Aoife Cannon MRCVS

Danai Alti MRCVS

Cherish Bird MRCVS

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