Meet the Team

Dr Rachel Simmons


Rachel is our lead vet at the practice and after studying for seven years for her qualification is super well-qualified to treat your pets.
Rachel has worked around the world on various veterinary projects, including rabies vaccination and neuter clinics for street dogs in Sri Lanka, wildlife translocation on game reserves in South Africa; and neutering programmes in Malaysia and Cyprus. She has a particular interest in reproduction and arthritis.
Rachel moved to Cornwall in 2014 and has worked around the county. Her German Shorthaired Pointer Bird goes everywhere with her: walking the SW Coast Path, sailing and on the SUP board. She even finds time to grow flowers and bake cakes!

Emily Ramsden

RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse)

Emily studied locally at Duchy College Rosewarne, achieving her qualification in 2015. Since then she has gained experience in all areas of veterinary services with a particular interest in canine and feline reproduction and behaviour.
Emily is definitely a sandwich short of a crib box. She is the proud owner of four cocker spaniels, which she trains and works when they haven’t run off. She also has a Lakeland x Parsons terrier called Betty who is very much a “typical terrier” or as Ems would say “a bloody nuisance”. Her biggest love is her tabby cat Bob: he’s fat, Ems is in trouble, and Bob is now on a diet.
When she is not covered in fur, Ems enjoys anything outdoors in the Cornish weather, especially watersports.


Henry is starting his Veterinary Nurse Training at Duchy College Rosewarne, hoping to qualify dreckly. He is particularly interested in Radiology and Orthopaedics (bones) and is an area he would like to specialise in in the future. He’s also interested by fish, currently at 9 tanks but “there is always room to expand” - Henry also owns a little Bichon Frise Milo, who loves walking, eating and sleeping on the sofa!
Thank goodness for Henry’s ability to fix all things technical, we quite literally would be lost without him. He is always a friendly voice on the phone and can solve any customer query!


Georgie qualified in 2017 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse after studying at Duchy College Rosewarne. Since then, she has worked in many fields of veterinary such as a referral hospital and first opinion practice, Georgie has also volunteered over the world and helped animals all kinds of animals big and small in Sri Lanka and South Africa. Georgie has a particular interest in Emergency and Critical Care and is currently studying for her certificate in this.
Georgie is always ready to greet clients and their pets with a big smile and would love to have a snuggle your pets too! Georgie’s beloved doggo is called Stanley, he is an older chap but still full of life and cheekiness. Outside of work Georgie loves to spend time with Stanley in beautiful Cornwall, horse riding and paddle boarding.


Felix began his career as a race horse vet but eventually ended up with small animal practice. Before qualifying as a vet, Felix worked as a receptionist and an emergency vet nurse during his student years.
He had an upside down career running one of the first franchise practices in the early 2000s in London. After a decade of general practice and practice management, he had a 2 year hiatus before returning to locum work.
Felix's clinical focus is on client education and motivation. Patient care through empowering pet owners with knowledge. General everyday vet work and communications with owners remain the most important part of Felix 's work.


Lois spent her childhood doing everything she could to be a vet, inspired by James Herriot which her grandmother used to read to her. She graduated in 2009 from Glasgow University and moved to Pembrokeshire. It was here she met her husband (farmer) and stayed in mixed practice for 9 years, also dabbling in zoo medicine. Lois moved onto more small animal work as she struggled to reach the cows over pregnancy bumps, but discovered that she really did love small animal medicine. In 2018 Lois and her family moved to Cornwall to take on a Duchy farm (organic beef and sheep) 2018.
Lois loves being a vet who is part of the community, educates clients and students, and looks for the best approach for treatment of the whole animal and it’s family. Her favoured area is medicine and she will relish a flashy red light emergency to get her teeth stuck into.
Outside of work she loves just being out with the kids, at the beach, a bit of running(snails pace!), growing her own veg, foraging, and ordering her husband about!


Michelle grew up in Kent where she lived for most of her life, where she had horses and her inherent love for animals really shone through. Moving to Cornwall in 2014, which she has always thought of as her true home. Michelle spent many years working with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and her passion for animals and animal welfare comes across in everything she does.
Michelle and her husband live with their dogs Darcy and Sasha and Gatsby Catsby. She loves all things crafting and can paint animal portraits! She is about to take up a new hobby of sewing and is going to make an accessory for dog walkers.... watch this space!