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

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, a member of the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons enabling him to provide veterinary cover on racecourses and an FEI Permitted Treating Vet. 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 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 Lucy Burnell MA VetMB MRCVS

Head 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 Holly Game MA VetMB MRCVS

Head Veterinary Surgeon at Felixstowe 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 was promoted to Head Vet at our Felixstowe surgery in 2020.

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 Aleksandra Petryka DVM MRCVS

Head Veterinary Surgeon of Emergency OOH team

Aleks joined Ryder-Davies & Partners in 2018 after working for different emergency veterinary services across the UK and Ireland, including training in university referral hospital of University College of Dublin. She enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care and never panics. In 2020 she took the position of the Head Vet of Emergency OOH service, which strives to provide the best care for your pets when they need it the most. Aleks also runs ultrasound clinics in the Woodbridge branch as ultrasonography is her special interest which she is constantly advancing.

In free time she enjoys travelling and working as a veterinary volunteer to help less fortunate animals in developing countries.

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 Border Collie Tess, skiing (as much skiing as she can fit in a year!) and running.

 

Dr Katie Kershaw BVSc CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Internal Medicine

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 has recently completed a certificate in Equine Medicine.

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 Harriet Easton BVSc MRCVS

Equine Veterinary Surgeon

Hari started at Ryder-Davies and Partners in Autumn 2018. Hari graduated from The University of Liverpool and has joined us from another practice in Suffolk. Originally from Norfolk, she has grown up in the South Norfolk Pony Club and still has horses at home with her parents. Outside of work Hari enjoys spending time in Norfolk dog walking on various beaches, riding her horses or on the ski slopes.
Hari enjoys all aspects of equine practice and has a particular interest in Equine Medicine.

Dr Nicola Fosker BVSc MRCVS

Equine and Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Nicola grew up in Suffolk and moved back after graduating from Bristol Vet School (during the pandemic!) to join the practice, after spending a lot of time here as a student. She enjoy all aspects of veterinary and the variety that comes with working with all species.

Outside of work Nicola enjoys running and CrossFit.

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 joined the practice in 2005 and currently works backstage in the small animal department where he enjoys all aspects of surgery. He qualified in the olden days and is privileged to be able to share his experience when mentoring younger colleagues. At home he strives to maintain an half decent garden in the face of depredation by grandchildren and dogs, and he likes to explore new recipes and old churches.

Dr Jazzmin Arundell BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Woodbridge surgery and Emergency OOH team

Jazzmin has been working for Ryder-Davies and Partners since she moved to Suffolk in 2018, and in 2020 became a hybrid vet, working half of her time on day shifts, and half of her time on the nighttime emergency service. Never happy sitting still, Jazzmin loves a busy day. She is currently studying for her post graduate certificate in small animal surgery. Her pride and joys are her two rescue dogs, Jesse, a retired racing greyhound, and Milton, a goodness knows what crossbreed, who, after many hours of training, can just about walk on a lead (as long as there are no cats or squirrels in eyeshot). She hates all exercise, but tries to go to the gym several times a week. Jazzmin is a happy and busy person, who can usually be spotted zooming around the practice or heard singing loudly and out of tune as she goes about her day.

Dr Sam Fowler MA VetMB MCRVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Woodbridge Surgery

After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Sam moved home to Felixstowe and joined our Woodbridge team in August 2019.

He particularly enjoys the challenges of internal medicine and neurology, as well as inpatient care.

Outside of work Sam enjoys playing tennis, swimming and playing the viola in a local string orchestra. He currently cares for a crazy, but cute, Brussels Griffon called, Bug.

Dr Kathryn Jones BVetMed BSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Woodbridge Surgery

Kathryn qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2004. She worked in mixed practice in Lincolnshire for a year before moving to Suffolk. She worked as a small animal vet for 13 years before joining the Ryder-Davies team. Outside of work Kathryn has a Jack Russell called Henry and a cat called Peas. She loves yoga and the great outdoors.

Dr Iona Hill BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Ipswich Surgery

Iona joined us in 2020 after graduating from the University of Liverpool. She is based at our Ipswich branch and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, with a special interest in diagnostic imaging.

In her spare time Iona enjoys horse riding, spending time with her friends and sketching in the great outdoors.

During lockdown she made the ill fated decision to take up playing tennis against her mum and has lost every match since.

Iona enjoys walking her cockapoo Teddy and hopes to get back into sailing in the spring.

Dr Stephen Penny

Veterinary Surgeon at Felixstowe Surgery

Originally from Surrey, Stephen started working at our Felixstowe branch in 2019. Following graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018, he moved, with his two dogs, to Suffolk to spend more time in the countryside.  At work, he enjoys dentistry, surgery and all aspects of veterinary medicine. Since a young age, Stephen has always been interested in animals, especially in birds and exotics.  His spare time is spent looking after an aquarium, a pond full of turtles and fish, woodwork, diy, and weather permitting, swimming.

Dr Kelly Rouse BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon at Felixstowe 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 Lucy Dobree

Veterinary Surgeon of Emergency OOH team

Lucy graduated from University of Nottingham in 2014. She worked in a small animal practice in Oxfordshire for 5 years before moving back to Woodbridge and starting work as a night vet at Ryder Davies.

Lucy’s clinical interests include canine reproduction and diagnostic imaging, but she enjoys all aspects of first opinion veterinary work.

In her free time, Lucy enjoys walking her two black Labradors, seeing her friends and writing.