Dr. Chris Vogt – Practice Principal and Veterinarian
Chris qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1981 following on from having completed a BSc in Zoology and Botany. In 1985 he went into partnership in Johannesburg and owned and ran three veterinary hospitals. In 1993 having decided to leave private practice before the age of 40, he became Chief Veterinarian at Johannesburg Zoo. This proved to be his dream job and he was instrumental in undertaking some world firsts in the veterinary world including diagnosing and treating an aortic aneurism in a 44 year old female chimpanzee called Josephine. He also acted as veterinary advisor when the zoo rescued all the animals from Luanda Zoo in Angola that were dying from neglect and starvation. In 1997 Chris, Diana and their three children made the move to the UK and in June 1999 moved to Exeter, Devon and bought Polsloe Veterinary Clinic. Always looking for new challenges Chris looked to expand and in September 2007 they opened a brand new practice in Rockbeare on the outskirts of Exeter, Cranbrook Veterinary Centre. Chris is very happy that he gets to spend each working day in his family business with his wife and two of his daughters, Ingrid and Kelli. Bruce, their son, is a Doctor in Taunton.
Mrs. Diana Vogt – Director and Practice Manager
Diana has been working in the veterinary industry for 24 years. She worked alongside Chris, her husband, for many years in his practice before he took on the role of Chief Veterinarian at Johannesburg Zoo. During his time there, Diana decided to use her knowledge and experience gained within the veterinary industry to reestablish the administration and customer service side of a small veterinary practice in Johannesburg. A role she relished, until the Vogt’s move to the UK in December 1997. Many of you may have heard Diana’s now famous statement to Chris that she would work at Polsloe Veterinary Clinic for 6 months and then handed the reigns over to someone else. Well, over a decade later and with another practice under her wing she is still the lady that keeps us all afloat and in check! Dealing with wages, accounts and complaints, she is Polsloe and Cranbrook’s mother hen – who we just could not quite do without! She is married to Chris, mother to Ingrid and Kelli who also form part of the Polsloe and Cranbrook team. A cat lover and tea addict, she loves nothing better than relaxing in bed with a good book after a day at the beach (now, if she could only get time off work!)
Mrs. Ingrid Hunt – Qualified Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Training Manager
Ingrid is a qualified veterinary nurse and the clinical training manager at Polsloe and Cranbrook. She has a passion for nursing and giving back to the veterinary industry by providing trainee nurses with information and training to help nurture and strengthen their own passion for providing sterling care and treatment to animals in the south west and indeed wherever their career shall take them. Ingrid has a BSc in Zoology and Botany and an MSc in Wildlife Management Conservation and Control. Growing up in South Africa, she has had a love affair with wildlife all her life. She and her family have had the privilege of interacting with creatures great and small, from elephants to bush babies, and she has learnt to care for and respect them all no matter what their size. She enjoys teaching her young son all she learnt about animals when she was a child, instilling in him the beauty they can bring to peoples’ lives. Of course this is all with the help of their Domestic Shorthair Nymphadora.
Miss Kelli Vogt – Deputy Practice Manager
Kelli has worked in the family business for 7 years, but you could say she and her siblings have been involved in their fathers work since they could walk and talk! Growing up on the grounds of Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa, some of her fondest memories are of disappearing into the zoo, barefoot and ready for adventure. Memories ranging from throwing fresh fish to eagerly awaiting seals, wiping the after birth off a newly born Eland with only the keepers’ headlights for light to being woken up by Chris at 5am to stand on top of the crates of newly rescued wildlife to watch them being released into their new enclosures in the zoo. She has a passion for caring for animals and providing people with the best information so that they too can care for their beloved pets. In her spare time she is an avid movie, music and literature fan, enjoys gardening, cooking and being taken care of by her Domestic Shorthair Amy Cat. (If you have met Kelli, you have most likely heard all about Amy!!!) Kelli is the Pet Plan Insurance Advisor of the Year 2010!
Dr. Thomas Mitchell – Veterinary Surgeon
Tom is a veterinarian, behaviourist and professional dog trainer. As well as his veterinary degree (Bristol), he also holds a first class honours in Animal Behaviour & Welfare (Bristol). With the aim of reaching more people and dogs, Tom divides his time between his veterinary work, international behaviour consultancy (BEHAVET) and teaching other vets, trainers and behaviourists, owners and sports competitors through his company absoluteDOGS. Tom does behaviour consults within the practice as well as receiving referrals from far and wide. Aside from this, Tom has keen interests in internal medicine, pain management, rehabilitation and sports medicine.
Dr. Onneile Reid – Veterinary Surgeon
I was born and raised in a small town called Mahalapye, Botswana.
Outside work I enjoy sewing, spending time with my husband and travelling back home to see my loved ones and have a good time.
Miss Caitlin Drew – Animal Care Assistant
My name is Caitlin. I’m from England and the Philippines. I live in Paignton with my partner Sian and our cat Casper.
I started work at Cranbrook and Polsloe Vets in August 2018. Before this I studied Animal Management Level 3 and Extended Diploma at South Devon College.
I’ve been lucky enough to live in several different countries due to my Dad’s work, so I’ve had amazing opportunities to meet incredible animals around the world.
I’m loving my job at the moment as I’ve had a passion for animals from a young age.
I’m most looking forward to working along side the vets and vet nurses more, meeting new people and anything new is exciting really!
Miss Emily Owen-Evans – Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined Cranbrook and Polsloe in 2020. I had previously trained and worked as a solicitor in London, therefore, this career change was one that was incredibly scary and shocking for both myself and those around me. I took time off from work and travelled to South Africa to volunteer at ‘Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary’ and ‘Phinda Game Reserve’. The days were incredibly tough – early starts, working in all sorts of weather – but, I fell in love with the animals and I knew in my heart that I couldn’t go back to my old life. I came home just before the pandemic started and applied to training practices. It is incredibly difficult to secure a training placement and the pandemic made it even more difficult. I was over-joyed when Cranbrook and Polsloe offered me a position as an Animal Care Assistant and I have taken advantage of every single learning opportunity that has come my way. I am constantly picking Chris’s brain to gain more knowledge and experience. I have recently begun my Veterinary Nursing Qualification at Bicton College and it is so exciting to be studying again. Apart from meeting the amazing array of patients we get to care for at Cranbrook and Polsloe, I have mostly enjoyed nursing hospital patients and taking the time and care to ensure their recovery.
Mrs Karen Beeson – Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined the team at Cranbrook and Polsloe in 2020. Before I made the big move into the Veterinary industry I worked as a travel consultant. While I loved my job and cherished building a relationship with our loyal customers, it wasn’t my deep passion. Like a lot of people, the Coronavirus pandemic made me stop and reconsider what was important to me and where my true calling lay, the answer was in animal care and nursing. I have my own rescue dog Peppa, Cockatiel Ollie, Guinea Pigs Dynamo and Houdini and of course Squeak the tortoise; animals have always been a great love of mine. I have recently started my Nursing qualification at Bicton College after successfully completing my Animal Care Assistant course earlier this year. While this is a huge challenge – working long hours, studying and taking care of my two beautiful exuberant sons – I feel very blessed that my true passion is now my career. I have loved getting to know clients and patients and have relished being around the Exotic animals! I can’t wait to see what comes next on this truly fulfilling path I have taken.
Miss Emily Bate – Student Veterinary Nurse
Miss Hannah Newman – Student Veterinary Nurse
My name is Hannah, I’m currently in my third year at Harper Adams university studying Veterinary Nursing with Small Animal Rehabilitation. I started my placement at Polsloe and Cranbrook in September and I’m loving every second. Im enjoying learning about the wide range of animals and cases that walk through the doors at both branches. I love the fact that no two days are the same. Outside of work you will find me surrounded by horses and dogs or exploring the beautiful Devon countryside.
Miss Tegan McPhail – Student Veterinary Nurse
My name is Tegan, I started my placement at Cranbrook and Polsloe in July. I enjoy working with the Veterinary team. I am a student Veterinary Nurse studying my second year at Hartpury University. I am passionate about learning all about different animals and the profession & have been so excited to meet new people and animals. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with loved ones and adventuring to new places. I love cat sitting for my colleague Caitlin’s kitties – Casper and Jinx and have I have four lovely rats called Peanuts, Luna, Oerom, Skylar and a sweet Labrador called Charlie.
Miss Sophie Stollery – Student Veterinary Nurse
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