About Us

Meet Our Team

A happy pet starts with a happy home which is what we aim to provide, a happy, professional service so that our clients can be assured that their pets will receive the highest standard of veterinary healthcare.

At the last count, our team of animal lovers had a combination of 16 dogs, 17 cats, 2 horses, a few sheep, goats and 5 chickens between us! We feel we fully understand not only how wonderfully rewarding owning a pet can be, but also some of the challenges pet owners can face.

joManaging Director, Joanne Mason qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1981 and started the practice with her late husband Mike Stoneman in 1985. Despite the sad death of Mike in 2001, Joanne has continued to run the practice and now does so with Andrew who she married in 2006. Joanne is a keen Exeter Chiefs fan and horse rider.


Andrew Mason, our Practice Manager has over 20 years of managerial experience.

Apart from being a mad Exeter Chiefs supporter and a keen cook, he is also husband to Joanne and a big fan of Border Terriers of which they have three – Betty, Daisy and Alfie.

Reception team

kate-lsOur very experienced Reception Team is lead by Kate Lee-Smith, who joined us in 2002.
Kate has four cats called Marmalade, Gisbourne, Grissom and Charlie Rascal.

kateb2Kate Baker joined us in 2014, she has two children and in her spare time can be found chasing haphazardly around Woodbury Common after her springer spaniel Betty, or being bossed about by her cats Nancy and Howard.

marionMarian Merson joined us in September 2012 having spent most of her career working within the NHS

Marian is a keen keep fit fanatic and enjoys walking her two dogs.


Annie Sterry, joined us in 2014 and is married with 3 children.

Annie has two cats called Leo and Fudge, a German Shepherd called Benji and a Golden Retriever puppy called Zeke.

Regardless of whether it is an emergency or a routine check up; they pride themselves on being both professional and welcoming to existing or new customers.

Veterinary Surgeons

Our Veterinary Surgeons pride themselves on the care and attention they provide to our clients pets, with their main focus being on clear communication, honesty, integrity and compassion.

We believe they are the best, not only in terms of their skills but also their compassion for the animals entrusted into their care.

johnJohn Sherry graduated in 1979 and joined us in February 2012 having worked in Exeter & East Devon for over 20 years. John is married with three children.

John is another member of the Border Terrier fan club at the Surgery and has two called Nancy and Fraser, he also enjoys a spot of Fly Fishing in his spare time.

rosanne-2RosanneĀ Glasper joined us in February 2013 having previously worked for the PDSA in Plymouth and then Teignview Vets in Torbay.

Rosanne lives with her husband, baby son Oliver and their two Cocker Spaniels Megan and Bella.

Becky Whitell

Becky Whitell joined us in June 2015, she lives with her partner John and they have two dogs called Roo and Poppy. Becky has lots of experience in both large and small animal practice. In 2013 she ran the London Marathon for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust.

Veterinary Nurses

Our Veterinary Nurses are all fully qualified and pride themselves on ensuring that all pets that visit the Surgery receive the best care and attention.

vicky-2 Vicky Jeffrey joined the Practice in 1997 as a trainee and became our Head Nurse. Vicky now works for Corner House part-time following the birth of her two children.

april-2April Johnston joined in January 2013 and spent some time with us undertaking work experience before commencing her training which she completed at a Veterinary Practice in Exeter. April has a yorkshire terrier called Eddie.


Sophie Saunders qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2013. She has worked at a large vet hospital in Plymouth & a small practice in Tiverton before coming to Corner House.

Sophie has two terriers called Lenny and Luna who keep her busy. In her spare time Sophie likes to go for long walks with the two dogs and her husband Tim.


Our manager and veterinary nurse in the Budleigh Salterton branch is Norma Conway, who, along with our other nurses, run our puppy socialisation parties and dog training sessions.

Norma joined us in 2006 after qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 1979.

Norma has a keen interest in animal behaviour with her main case being her completely mad Border Collie called Nico.

hellyHelen Stoneman, daughter of the Managing Director. Helen recently graduated from Bristol University and is now a qualified Vet at a mixed practice in Powys, Wales.

Helen has a dog called Peggy and loves riding her horse, Eddie.