Chris grew up in Devon and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1983, where he had the good fortune to be mentored by some of the finest surgeons of their day. He has had a career long passion for the practice of surgery in both soft tissue and orthopaedic disciplines. He regularly attends advanced surgery courses to enhance his knowledge and practical skills and is presently in the final stages of gaining an Advanced Practitioner qualification in small animal surgery, involving over 600 hours of extra study.
Chris’ first contact with Raddenstiles was as a 15-year-old schoolboy, so it was a source of great satisfaction to return as an experienced veterinary surgeon in 2000 to be the senior surgeon and clinical director.
Out of work Chris can normally be found up a mountain, on or under the sea, or relaxing with his three grown up sons.
Having grown up in a house full of animals (cats, dogs chickens, pigeons, exotic birds, guinea pigs and rabbits) becoming a vet was always Jo’s childhood dream.
Jo qualified as a vet in 2000, graduating from Liverpool University. Before studying veterinary science she achieved a first class honours degree in zoology and a PhD in Cell Biology, both from the University of Dundee.
Jo has been at Raddenstiles Veterinary Surgery since 2011, having joined the practice when she returned to Exmouth, where she was born and grew up. Prior to this Jo worked as a small animal vet in Salisbury.
Jo loves the challenge of a complex medical condition and to that end has a General Practioners Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.
Jo has several pets of her own and is particularly fond of cats. She can’t resist giving a pet a chance in life so most of my animals have been rescue cases.
Gabi graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. She moved to Exeter to pursue her doctorate studies investigating acupuncture in small animal medicine. After two years in small animal practice, she was selected as Fort Dodge Feline Scholar at the University of Bristol where she saw clinical cases and participated in research projects involving cats, and made friends with the resident cat blood donors.
Driven by her interest in small animal medicine, in particular feline medicine, she knuckled down to complete further qualifications in this area, and was awarded the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. As Gabi loves all things feline and clearly likes to study, she also sat her exams in Feline Medicine to become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Sciences (MANZCVS) in 2013.
She is an RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine and Small Animal Medicine.
Her main interests lie in investigating illnesses hidden away inside the body and solving these mysterious puzzles. She is keen to use her ultrasound skills to do so. Gabi has a particular passion for our elderly population. However, nothing is more joyful than seeing healthy cats year after year.
Outside work, you may find her at the beach enjoying the sea as she comes from cold Austrian mountain lakes. At home, her two cats and boys rule the house. Very appropriately, one of both her boys’ first words was ‘cat’.
Emily started work at Raddenstiles in January 2015 covering maternity leave, and is now a permanent member of the team. Emily graduated from Bristol in 2010 and subsequently completed a year-long internship in emergency and critical care at The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College in London. Since then she has worked as a small animal vet.
Emily has an interest in acupuncture and has completed the foundation acupuncture course and is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA). Emily also leads the nursing team with the Class 4 laser machine that we acquired in 2015, which has proven to be very successful.
Emily and her husband have now settled back permanently in Devon. Emily is delighted to be back in the area in which she grew up and feels lucky to live so close to her friends and family. Emily has a poodle called Dave, who likes to think he is the practice mascot. She enjoys anything to do with the outdoors, especially if it involves the sea.
After graduating from Bristol University in 2008, Christine spent five years working in Oxfordshire, then Exeter before returning to Exmouth. Christine has spent a lot of time at Raddenstiles over the years, as it was the practice that she originally trained at under the guidance of Chris Ridge. It has given her great satisfaction and pride to be able to return as a permanent member of the team.
Christine enjoys all aspects of first opinion work and intends to expand her knowledge and skills in both medicine and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys spending time in Devon with her friends and family.