We are a small animal practice in Exeter, first established in 1976. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Chris grew up in Devon and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1983, where he had the good fortune to be mentored by some of the finest surgeons of their day. He has had a career long passion for the practice of surgery in both soft tissue and orthopaedic disciplines. He regularly attends advanced surgery courses to enhance his knowledge and practical skills and now has an advanced practitioner qualification in small animal surgery. Chris’ first contact with Raddenstiles was as a 15-year-old schoolboy, so it was a source of great satisfaction to return as an experienced veterinary surgeon in 2000 to be the senior surgeon and clinical director.
Out of work Chris can normally be found up a mountain, on or under the sea, or relaxing with his three grown up sons.
Dr Gabi Habacher DrMedVet CertSAM MANZCVS(Medicine of Cats) MRCVS
Gabi graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. She moved to Exeter to pursue her doctorate studies investigating acupuncture in small animal medicine. After two years in small animal practice, she was selected as Fort Dodge Feline Scholar at the University of Bristol where she saw clinical cases and participated in research projects involving cats, and made friends with the resident cat blood donors.
Driven by her interest in small animal medicine, in particular feline medicine, she knuckled down to complete further qualifications in this area, and was awarded the Royal College Certificate in small animal medicine in 2011. As Gabi loves all things feline and clearly likes to study, she also sat her exams in feline medicine to become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Sciences (MANZCVS) in 2013.
She is an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in feline medicine and small animal medicine.
Her main interests lie in investigating illnesses hidden away inside the body and solving these mysterious puzzles. She is keen to use her ultrasound skills to do so. Gabi has a particular passion for our elderly population. However, nothing is more joyful than seeing healthy cats year after year.
Outside work, you may find her at the beach enjoying the sea as she comes from cold Austrian mountain lakes. At home, her two cats and boys rule the house. Very appropriately, one of both her boys’ first words was ‘cat’.
Eva Kokkaliari DVM Msc MRCVS
Eva graduated in 2015 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Following graduation she took residency in the diagnostic imaging department in the small animal clinic of the university. Subsequently, she had the opportunity to work as a small animal vet in one of the clinics in her hometown in Greece for a year.
Driven by her interest in animal behaviour and welfare, Eva came to the UK in September 2016 to do her masters in clinical animal behaviour at the University of Lincoln. Eva started work at Raddenstiles in September 2017, joining the team under the CVS new graduate scheme. She is eager to improve in all aspects of the profession, but what she enjoys the most is to investigate the behavioural reasons underlying each medical condition, as she believes that the psychological health is equally important with the physical condition of an animal.
Dr Emily Parr BVSc CertAVP MRCVS
Emily started work at Raddenstiles in January 2015. After graduating in 2010, she completed a year-long internship in emergency and critical care at the Royal Veterinary College. Emily now has a certificate in advanced veterinary practice (CertAVP) and is continuing her studies.
Emily has an interest in acupuncture, has completed the foundation acupuncture course and is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA). She also leads the nursing team with the class four laser machine.
Emily and her husband love living in Devon with their daughter and dog called Dave. They enjoy anything to do with the outdoors, especially if it involves the sea.
Christine Saunders BVSc MRCVS
After graduating from Bristol University in 2008, Christine spent five years working in Oxfordshire then Exeter before returning to Exmouth. She has spent a lot of time at Raddenstiles over the years, as it was the practice that she originally trained at under the guidance of Chris Ridge. It has given her great satisfaction and pride to be able to return as a permanent member of the team. Christine enjoys all aspects of first opinion work and intends to expand her knowledge and skills in both medicine and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys spending time in Devon with her friends and family.