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Optivet Devon - Ophthalmology

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Location Arrow    Optivet Referrals 
      Beacon Park, Dartington,
      Totnes TQ9 6DX


Phone    01803 467 333

 Clock   Monday - Friday
      8.30am - 5.30pm

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About Us

Optivet South West is an independent specialist Veterinary Ophthalmology service that provides outstanding ophthalmic care to all animal species. 

We provide a personal, friendly, high quality service to pet owners and referring vets. Our veterinary nurses and animal care assistants are specially trained to care for your pet and treat every patient as if they were their very own. We understand that referral is not always an option in some cases, and we are always happy to provide advice to veterinary surgeons in practice.

Our ophthalmology team is very experienced and has remote specialist-led anaesthesia support from our Hampshire hospital.

We share a building with South Moor Vets but occupy different sections of it - we are a separate business but collaborate closely together.

Meet the Team

Robert Lowe

Robert graduated from Bristol University in 1998 having already developed an interest in ophthalmology. After a 2-year position in mixed practice, he undertook a 3-year residency at Bristol in equine ophthalmology gaining his Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2002. He then spent the next 3 years working in a private small animal ophthalmology referral practice in Hampshire, before founding Optivet Referrals in 2006. He passed his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011. Robert is one of very few specialists in Europe performing retinal re-attachment surgery. Alongside this, Robert provides expertise for complex surgical cases, as well as surgical glaucoma treatment.

Claire Bradley

After a few years spent in general practice, Claire undertook a rotating internship at the Animal Health Trust. Shortly after, she moved to Devon, where she has been practicing ever since. Claire passed the BSAVA Postgraduate Small Animal Ophthalmology Certificate with Distinction in 2019, and has since completed a specialised 3-year ECVO Residency training program. Claire is currently undertaking her Specialist Diploma examinations. Claire enjoys creating strong client relationships and is passionate about caring for each and every patient as if they were her own. Outside of work, Claire can be found roaming the countryside with her English Springer Spaniel, Isla.

Kate Salmon

After qualifying from Cambridge in 2000, I spent 15 years in mixed and then small-animal only general practice. During that time, I developed a keen interest in ophthalmology. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to work with a mentor in a practice taking eye referrals, and undertake further study. I gained the BSAVA certificate in small animal ophthalmology three years later and my passion for the subject has continued ever since. I am excited about being part of this highly qualified team and being able to provide consistent top quality and compassionate ophthalmic care. Outside of work I am a busy mum of two active children. Whenever I can, I love to get out running or walking on Dartmoor with our lovely Labrador, Rosco. 

Optivet Devon - Ophthalmology