"Our mission is to provide high quality care for our patients and their owners at all times"
The vets like to get to know both you and your pet, so it is good to see the same person if at all possible. You may have a preference for male or female, young or not so young - we can usually oblige! All consultations are by appointment so do ask to see your usual vet, although they may not always be available at short notice.
Reception can even identify vets from your description if the name is forgotten!
Adam Coulson was born and educated in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow University with a Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with honours in 1982. A job in South Derbyshire with farm animals, pets and horses, resulted in a decision to specialise in small companion animals only. Adam moved to The Veterinary Hospital, Plymouth in 1986, opening the Plymstock surgery in September of the same year. The Veterinary Centre, Plymstock soon became at that time the busiest of our veterinary centres. With an interest in x-rays, Adam obtained the Certificate in Veterinary Radiology, following 2 years of study, in 1993. This interest, now encompassing ultrasound also, has continued to this day. Adam has also developed the laboratory work in the practice, with an enormous increase in the amount of clinical pathology done. Both of these areas overlap in the field of medical diagnosis, which now includes a bit of time on the blunt end of an endoscope also.
Having become a partner in the practice in 1994, Adam became involved in practice management, looking to the future development of The Veterinary Hospital Group. He is a past President of The British Veterinary Hospitals Association (BVHA), and also sat on a central British Veterinary Association (BVA) committee. Adam is now one of two Clinical Directors who head up the practice team. Adam lives on the edge of Plymouth with partner Karen and two cats. Outside interests include music, movies, DIY, travel and motor sport. Exercise (and fun) is had in the form of paddling (kayak), cycling and middle distance running (when not injured).
Amanda joined the Veterinary Hospital in 2002 and has worked full time as an emergency and critical care vet exclusively for most of that time. She has written articles, book chapters and a textbook for Veterinary nurses on pharmacology and has been involved with teaching at the local college for many years. Amanda is currently studying for her certificate in emergency and critical care and has a menagerie of waifs and strays including cats, dogs, tortoises, parrots, mice, chickens and fish.
Caroline Bower was born and spent her school days in Newcastle on Tyne, and then went to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. She graduated in 1981 and then spent several months on an veterinary field research project in Belize, Central America, before settling down to general practice in the UK. After seven years in mixed practice she and her husband John started their family, which amounts to a girl and twin boys. Since May 1992 she has worked for the Veterinary Hospital Group, within which she was a veterinary director until January 2014. She is now a senior vet working part time, and is based at the Plympton Veterinary Centre.
Over the years she has followed and developed her interest in Companion Animal Behaviour and after achieving a post graduate diploma in this subject. She now treats pet behaviour problems both within the practice and on referral from other vets in the South West, she has a particular interest in helping owners to prevent behaviour problems in their pets. In 2015 the RCVS granted Advanced Practitioner status for her qualification and experience in companion animal behaviour.
When not working in the practice Caroline is busy with her dog, cat, hens and a small flock of sheep. She enjoys swimming, riding, music, bird watching and long hikes on Dartmoor or the coast.
Jasmine Malm was educated in Winchester and grew up in the Hampshire countryside with dogs, horses and chickens. Since graduating from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2002, she has been working at The Veterinary Hospital Group in Plymouth. Jasmine has a special interest in internal medicine.
Jasmine lives with her family in a small village on the edge of Dartmoor. She enjoys swimming, yoga and walks with her yellow Labrador, Mango.
Katie was born and grew up in Sheffield, until she went to Bristol University for her veterinary training. She graduated in 2001 and, after a brief spell working for DEFRA on the Foot and Mouth crisis, joined a mixed practice in Cornwall. Here she stayed for 3 years until she decided to focus on companion animals and joined The Veterinary Hospital Group in 2004.
Since joining the practice, Katie has developed her interest in small animal surgery, gaining a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. She currently deals with our more complicated surgical procedures.
When she is not working, Katie enjoys the beautiful scenery that Devon has to offer and spends a lot of time walking her dog, riding her horse or mountain biking on the moors. She also enjoys water sports when the weather allows and is a keen wind surfer and surfer.
Katie grew up Plymouth and attended Bristol University to complete her veterinary training. After graduating in 2013 she locumed and volunteered for the PDSA across the country whilst waiting for a job opportunity close to home.
Katie joined the practice in December 2013. She has a keen interest in dentistry and hopes to further her skills in this area focusing on endodontics.
In her spare time Katie is a keen downhill mountain biker, and also enjoys walking on the moors, baking cakes and anything crafty. She also loves spending time with her deaf rescue cat called Stevie.
Sanjaya was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in New Zealand. After graduating from Massey University, Palmerston North, in 1987 he worked in small animal practice near the capital, Wellington. He then embarked on a two year working holiday to the UK in 1991 but has ended up staying. He obtained his RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology in 1996 while working near London. After getting married in 1997, he and Helen moved to Plymouth to settle and start a family. Their son Rohan was born in 2005.
Sanjaya started at The Veterinary Hospital Group in 1998. His main area of responsibility is dealing with small animal dermatology. Skin problems can account for up to 30% of the caseload for companion animal vets because, as with humans, allergy is common.
Sanjaya's interests include playing badminton, cookery (his curry nights are a fixture of the practice social calendar)and a commitment to lifelong learning (he has gained two first class honours degrees from the Open University - in International Studies and Modern Language Studies). He has a cat called Tiri and keeps tropical and pond fish.
Richard was born and raised in Stevenage before studying at Cambridge University and graduating in 2009 with degrees in veterinary medicine and Zoology. Apart from general pet animal medicine and surgery, Richard has always had an interest in exotic animal medicine spending part of his final year at university focusing on this field as well as acquiring a menagerie of exotic animals including a Californian King Snake, an African Grey Parrot and a Hermann's tortoise.
After university, Richard took the opportunity to raise and train a mad golden Working Cocker Spaniel called Rémy before moving to the South West and joining The Veterinary Hospital Group in early 2010 and becoming a Senior Veterinary Surgeon within the practice in 2016. In 2016 Richard also gained his RCVS Certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine with distinctions in all modules including Avian, Reptile and Small Mammal. Certification demonstrates that the individual holds an appropriate qualification and that they have stayed up to date in their field of practice.
Away from work, Richard enjoys taking his dog for walks on the moors, playing squash, cooking and playing around with electronic gadgets and gizmos.
Pru was born in Oxford, England before emigrating to Sydney, Australia at a young age. Heavily involved in wildlife rescue, Pru completed a Science Degree and is a qualified Zookeeper. Having studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, qualifying in 2008, Pru was involved in the Equine Flu outbreak in Australia before returning to the UK to pursue her passion for exotic animal medicine and surgery. For the first two years of her career, Pru worked in a mixed practice in Dover with responsibilities including a small zoo. She then completed an internship in Swindon with an Exotics’ Specialist. Completing her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological Medicine) in 2013, Pru became an Advanced Practitioner in Exotics in early 2015 and an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery in early 2017.
At home Pru has two rescue Ragdoll cats (Raph and Kasha), a bearded dragon (Pip) and a Mexican Red Knee Tarantula (Sydney). Interests outside work include reading, cycling, sailing, squash and fast cars.
Matt Thomas graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 2007 having taken a year out to study Marine Biology in the Isle of Man. He quickly focused on domestic pets and enjoys being a General Practitioner in this area. He has a keen interst in the behavioural aspect of veterinary care and always has time and understanding for difficult patients. In his spare time he enjoys climbing and kitesurfing around the Cornish coastline