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About us

How we started

In 1953 Mr Roy Wood Veterinary Surgeon set up practice in Western Road Crediton. In true James Herriot style he used his desk for the bill writing in the morning, it was then cleared of paper and used as an operating table later in the day! The daily round used to be up 40 farm visits a day covering a large area of Mid Devon.

The practice moved in 1955 to the current out of town site at Barnstaple Cross (pictured). In the early 1970's, with Jonathan about to join his father from college, a specialized Veterinary Surgery was built. The surgery facilities have been upgraded and expanded on a regular basis, with the next stage the addition of a new reception and consulting suite. We have plans for future expansion, to increase the small animal working areas and rehabilitation facilities. There is good parking for both cars, lorries and horse boxes.

Main surgery at Barnstaple Cross, Crediton

Recent history

In 2015 we welcomed a new partner to the practice. Lizzy Edwards joined us as a veterinary surgeon in 2013, and really embraced life in Mid Devon as a mixed animal vet; she has a love for all things feline and enjoyed life here so much she bought into the practice alongside Jonathan and Caroline Wood. 2015 was a busy year, with the clinic also gaining it’s Cat Friendly Clinic Accreditation, one of only a handful of accredited clinics in Devon. The award is given by the ISFM who set a strict set of guidelines for the provision of feline care and medicine.

In 2016 it was all change at Jonathan Wood, seeing the unfortunate closure of our branch in Crediton town centre. However, we opened a new branch surgery at Bernaville Nurseries (pictured) in Cowley, Exeter, providing much easier access for our Exeter based clients.

Branch surgery at Bernaville Nurseries, Cowley