Meet Our Team


  • Dr.
    Linda Salmon
    BVetMed, MRCVS

    Linda Graduated from the RVC, London, after which she worked as a House Surgeon in the Department of Small Animal Surgery for 2 years. Surgery remains her particular interest. She has had a varied and interesting career, working in New Zealand in a large mixed practice for 5 years. She returned to Devon to set up a mixed practice in a rural area. This grew to 5 vets with specialist equine facilities. In 2007 she moved to Exmouth to take over a Small Animal Practice at Howard House. The premises were soon outgrown, and we were fortunate to be able to renovate and move to White Lodge. In her spare time Linda walks the dog, plays tennis and enjoys her garden. She loves the sunshine!

  • Helen Hughes

    Helen qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse at Warwickshire College,Moreton Morrell before moving back home to Devon to work in both Small Animal and Mixed Practice. She has a specific interest in wound management.Helen joined the team here in 2011 as a nurse and has now moved across to the role of Practice Manager. When not at work Helen loves walking with her dogs or can be found playing golf- whatever the weather!


  • Dr.
    Jack Pearse

    Jack graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2013 and worked in a small animal practice in Somerset for two years before taking a job as an emergency night vet in Exeter. He has a general interest in small animal surgery and enjoys emergency work. At home he has a French cat called Sebastian and two freshwater turtles. In his spare time he enjoys paragliding, kayaking and fishing.

  • Dr.
    Jenny Turner
    BVetMed MRCVS

    Jenny qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2002 and has worked in Devon ever since. She originally started in mixed practise and became a purely small animal vet in 2004. She enjoys all aspects of first opinion small animal work with a particular interest in dentistry. Out of work she enjoys fish keeping and has three cats. She is also very busy with two small boys and last year climbed Ben Nevis!

  • Dr.
    Paul Stanley

    Paul grew up in Devon but graduated “up north” from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh. He has a keen interest in small animal medicine and ultrasound scanning. When Paul is not working he plays a lot of sport and enjoys walking in the beautiful Devon countryside. He also has a cat called Steve who was a stray handed into us here at White Lodge.

  • Dr.
    Victoria Altoft
    BVetMed MRCVS

    Victoria qualified from The Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2002. After a period working in Nottinghamshire and then travelling in South America she moved to Devon in 2005 and has worked in small animal practice since. She enjoys all aspects of first opinion small animal practice and when not at work loves spending time playing folk music with her daughter and running around after her very active small son!


  • Gillian Bright

    Gillian joined us at White Lodge Veterinary Surgery in 2014. She qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2006. She has worked in both general practice and referral practice in Devon. Outside of work Gillian enjoys cycling and keeping up with two young children to stay fit.

  • Layla Harris

    Layla qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in august 2014 after training at Bicton College. She previously worked in a mixed practice for Six and a half years, before starting at White Lodge in October 2016.In practice Layla enjoys nurse clinics and looking after hospitalised patients. She has a year old silver-spotted tabby called Pebbles who is full of mischief. In Layla's spare time she enjoys playing tennis for her local club and kayaking.

  • Vanessa Gaskell

    Ness qualified in 1999 and has since worked in various practices in East Devon and at the RSPCA Centre in Taunton. She has a particular interest in physiotherapy and behaviour. Ness runs our successful Puppy socialisation group. Her spare time is spent caring for her many pets which include four dogs, two ponies, a cat and a tortoise.

  • Claire Lovell

    Claire qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2012. She worked at a mixed practice in Bedfordshire for four and a half years before moving to Devon in February 2017. In her spare time Claire enjoys going for long walks in the countryside. In 2016 Claire spent three months in Vietnam volunteering with the charity Animals Asia, looking after moon bears.

  • Chloe Squibb

    Chloe Squibb is one of our Student Veterinary Nurses. In 2016, she qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant and has now progressed onto her Veterinary Nurse training. She has two terriers which she enjoys going on long country walks with and two cats one of which is a handsome blue-


  • Bianca Gibbons

    Bianca has lived in Budleigh Salterton all of her life. She enjoys walks with her Cocker Spaniel Poppy, who is usually glued to her hip! She is a keen horse rider and has taken part in numerous competitions over many many years, horses are her passion. Bianca also loves travelling and exploring and enjoyed her 6 months adventure around Australia.

  • Jane Stevens

    Jane moved to Devon in 2010 and is loving her new life here. She has a young sprocker called Archie for the lovely walks in Devon. Jane enjoys going out and about cycling with her husband and may even get a doggie basket for Archie!

  • Mandy Goczkowski

    Mandy has been fortunate to live in Exmouth all her life. She is pleased to have joined White Lodge's friendly team 2 years ago and enjoys helping clients with their animals. In her spare time she enjoys most outdoor pursuits. She loves going to Musicals with her friends. Her favourite being Miss Saigon. She is also interested in Astronomy.

  • Sonja Heigl

    Sonja joined the Reception Team at White Lodge Veterinary Practice in Spring 2018 after 3 years of commuting to a vet practise in Exeter became too much! She has always taken a keen interest in all animals & their welfare, & currently has 2 dogs, 5 axolotls & ex-battery hens. Sonja juggles her time at White Lodge with her other passion – Salsa dancing, which she teaches locally, & dances socially all over the world.

Together we make White Lodge the independent, caring and professional veterinary surgery that it is.

Our staff are able to advise on all aspects of your pet’s healthcare from diet, to behaviour, dental hygiene to parasite control.