We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083 Felixstowe: 01394 284554 Rendlesham: 01394 420964 Ipswich: 01473 274040
We operate a 24 hour emergency service
Woodbridge: 01394 380083
Felixstowe: 01394 284554
Rendlesham: 01394 420964
Ipswich: 01473 274040

Meet the Team

Dr Ben Ryder-Davies BSc BVM&S MRCVS

Partner and Equine Veterinary Surgeon

Ben qualified from Edinburgh University in 2000 and following a spell in mixed practice in Shropshire returned home to Suffolk in 2002 and became a partner in the Practice in 2005. He enjoys all aspects and challenges of working in equine general practice but has a special interest in breeding and stud work including artificial insemination with chilled and frozen semen. He is a member of the British Equine Veterinary Association as well as a member of the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons enabling him to provide veterinary cover on racecourses. He is Official Veterinary Surgeon to the Shire Horse Society and a Veterinary Examiner for the Worshipful Company of Farriers as well as a member of their Executive Examination Group. His partner, Abi owns and runs a Saddlery and they have a son with a passion for sailing and a daughter who has shown ponies since an early age and now enjoys showjumping and is worryingly developing an interest in eventing.

Dr Alex Harrison BVSc MRCVS

Equine Veterinary Surgeon

Alex qualified from Liverpool in 2007 and worked in Manchester for a year before moving to sunny Suffolk where she has lived and worked since. She enjoys all aspects of first opinion equine practice but particularly medicine cases; in fact, she is known as the worm lady in our practice due to her constant encouragement of responsible parasite control! Outside of work Alex enjoys riding (especially a bit of a play around the cross country course), walking her 3 border collies Jack, Dizzy and Tess, skiing (as much skiing as she can fit in a year!) and running.


Dr Katie Kershaw BVSc MRCVS

Equine & Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Katie joined Ryder-Davies in 2012 after qualifying from Bristol Vet School. Most of her work is with horses, although she has a keen interest in small holdings, especially sheep and goats. She is currently working towards a certificate in Equine Medicine, so you might find her reeling off random facts, or asking to use your horse as a case study.

Many of you will have met her cocker spaniel ‘Dixon’ who spends a lot of time walking in the countryside. She doesn’t currently have her own horse, instead exercises friends horses in her spare time.


Dr Edward Richards BVSc MRCVS

Equine Veterinary Surgeon

For those that don’t already know him; Ed has recently returned to the practice after 2 years away, where he was working as a race horse and sports horse vet in Durban, South Africa.

Growing up with horses, Ed competed at a high level both in eventing and tetrathlon, and now has a keen interest in performance horses and sports medicine. He enjoys working with farriers, physios and other professionals to get partnerships to perform at their very best.

In his spare time, Ed enjoys all kinds of sports, both with and without a horse, and would eventually like to enter an ironman triathlon.

Dr Sophie Benton BVSc MRCVS

Mixed Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Sophie joined the practice in 2017 after qualifying from the University of Liverpool Vet School.  She enjoys all aspects of first opinion practice and loves the variety that being a mixed animal vet brings.  In her spare time Sophie enjoys riding her horse Billy, and walking her dogs Crumble and Scrumpy. She also enjoys running but tends to do more of this when the weather is better and the days are longer!

Dr Jo Travers BSc BVSc MRCVS

Mixed Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Jo joined the practice in 2015 after an 18-month stint in east Yorkshire. Having graduated from Liverpool in 2013 she enjoys all aspects of veterinary work. Jo has a previous degree in Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management and is the only member of the team who is truly mixed and treats everything from alpacas to donkeys and any creature in-between. Since 2016 Jo has been studying towards her Postgraduate certificate in Ophthalmology and hopes to become an advanced veterinary practitioner by the summer of 2018.


Dr Joe Steventon BVSc MRCVS

Partner and Veterinary Surgeon at Woodbridge Surgery

Joe qualified from Liverpool in 1997. He started as a mixed practice vet on the Welsh borders, however his love for small animal work soon took over and after a brief stint teaching vet students at the RVC, he spent a few years running a practice in London. He then returned to his home town of Woodbridge and joined our practice in 2007. Joe is now our small animal partner and has a love for all aspects of small animal work. He has a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery and small animal medicine. Away from work he and his wife Kelly are kept busy by their two lively children, Harper & Noah, Cookie the cat, Tallulah Wilson the tortoise, a brood of chickens and tropical fish!

Dr Sue Manning BVMS MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Rendlesham Surgery

Sue qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1985, started with us in 1986 and apart from a brief spell in Framlingham she’s been with us ever since. She does mainly small animal work and enjoys seeing small furries, especially rabbits. She and her husband are restoring a large crumbling farmhouse and keep very busy with 25 ewes, 27 cows, 2 pigs, 13 geese, 20 chickens, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 mouse, 2 teenage children and a husband! In her spare (?!) time she used to enjoy sailing, but had to sell the boat to buy the house (!), so now she enjoys spinning wool, making felt and is currently trying to knit up the wool mountain in her loft!


Dr Chris Wilkins BVSc PGCSE MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Woodbridge Surgery

Chris graduated from the University of Liverpool and has worked in mixed practice in East Anglia for 30 years, dealing with a variety of patients from dairy cows and pigs to poultry and mink. He took a couple of years off to teach biology to reluctant teenagers, but found a four footed audience better behaved. He joined the practice in 2005 and works part time in the small animal department at our Woodbridge surgery. Off duty Chris enjoys real ale, motorbikes and rock and roll.



Veterinary Surgeon at Woodbridge and Rendlesham Surgery

Rose qualified sometime in the last millennium. She joined Ryder-Davies & Partners in 2009 as a small animal vet.

She lives with her husband on a smallholding with 6 dogs, 2 cats and numerous sheep and chickens. She has a keen interest in behaviour and dog training and competes in dog obedience, having worked in Championship C with a previous dog. Rose is also training her youngest Collie to herd the sheep!

Dr Emma Bevan MA VetMB MCRVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Woodbridge Surgery

Emma joined our Woodbridge surgery in 2016 as a small animal vet, after graduating from Cambridge University. She has a keen interest in surgery and loves the variety that consults bring. Emma has a bouncy kitten called Kiera and harry the Cocker Spaniel. In her spare time, she enjoys playing netball, going to the gym and oil painting.

Dr Lucy Burnell MA VetMB MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Ipswich Surgery

Lucy has worked in companion animal practice since graduating and has worked for Ryder-Davies and Partners since April 2006 at our Ipswich surgery. Her areas of interest are feline medicine, geriatric care and eye disease and injury. She currently has 3 rescue cats one of whom was saved by the local CPL when she was found with her mum and litter and had to have a leg amputated when she was just a few weeks old. She also has a rescue Greyhound called Minnie who has adapted well to her retirement (and sofa).


Dr Heather Collinson BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Ipswich Surgery

Heather has been working as a vet in Suffolk for some years now, although she is originally from Norwich. She is married with 2 young girls, a black Lab called Teasel, 3 cats and 2 bunnies! The animals all get on well together as long as the bunnies stay in charge – they regularly laugh as the bunnies chase Teasel and the cats into the house from the garden! The cats are second in command and the poor old Lab is at the bottom of the pile, although she loves the children and follows them around all day if she can. When she has spare time, she enjoys physical activities such as kickboxing, body combat, cycling and whenever possible family walks by the river and in the forest. She loves the variety of her work and meeting lots of people and their pets always means that two days are ever the same!


Dr Kelly Rouse BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Ipswich Surgery

Kelly joined us in October 2013 after graduating from Bristol University and works mainly at our Ipswich surgery. She has a naughty (but loveable!) Jack Russell Terrier called Poppy and a Labrador called Fynn, who she enjoys taking on walks in her spare time.


Dr Holly Game MA VetMB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Ipswich Surgery

Holly grew up in Woodbridge and after graduating from Cambridge University moved back to her home town. Holly joined our Ipswich surgery as a small animal vet in September 2016, and very much enjoys working alongside Lucy our Head Vet, Heather and Kelly.

She has two very pampered guinea pigs called Hazel and Edith. Outside of work, Holly enjoys keeping fit. She runs, cycles and rows, and has recently started cross-fit. Holly also likes to make the most of her holidays by travelling as much as possible.


Dr Mike Dale MA VetMB MRCVS

Head Veterinary Surgeon at Felixstowe Surgery

Mike Dale qualified from Cambridge in 1975. He has worked in a variety of small animal practices in Nottingham, Cornwall and the South East and managed a referral centre. He has experience of practice partnership and ownership and has designed and built a veterinary hospital in Kent. Not yet ready to retire he brings considerable veterinary experience to the consulting room and enjoys keeping up to date, challenging medical cases and supporting younger colleagues. In 1999 he passed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society certificate in acupuncture and has a particular interest in the management of pain in dogs and cats. Mike and his wife, Mercia, share their home with a kind and clever Rhodesian Ridgeback, Zula.

Dr Tricia Goulden BVetMed, CertVD, MRCVS, (RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology)

Veterinary Surgeon at Felixstowe Surgery

Tricia moved to the Felixstowe area from West Suffolk in 2014. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary work, with a particular interest in skin problems. At home she lives with her partner Jim, Wilbur the labrador, Rupert the Collie and rescue cats Aggie and Cleo. Outside of work Tricia enjoys cycling, running, walking, gardening, listening to music & planning adventures with Jim.