Meet our Vets
Ruth Varcoe – BVetMed MRCVS
Ruth was born in Worcester and rode her first pony Patrick whilst in nappies. She had her own first pony when she was 10 and became a member of Croome pony club and hunted every Saturday with the Croome & West Warwickshire.
She went to University in London, had a great time and took up sailing . She first worked in a mixed practice in Leamington Spa which was mainly cattle , cats and dogs.
She came down to Cornwall in 1983 and became a partner in 1988. She had a few horses whilst down here , her Appaloosa cross mare Nutmeg was 8 when she bought her and continued riding her until she was 27. She now owns another Appaloosa cross called Evie.
She married Geoffrey in 1989 and had a girl, Tess in 1994 , and a boy, Geoffrey, in 1996. Geoff does Cornish wrestling and rugby & is studying agricultural mechanics. Tess loves riding – show jumping , dressage , cross country & endurance riding .
She has 3 riding horses on the go at present. Ruth enjoys taking her round to lessons and competitions at nights and weekends. Ruth also enjoys taking part in endurance rides – but only gets time for the pleasure ones.
She loves getting involved with the vetting side also . In work she likes anything to do with horses , especially trying to unravel the multifaceted “not going well” cases , but enjoys stud work , medical cases and surgery as well. She has 13 horses of her own -riders, broodmares and youngstock.
She says there are NEVER enough hours in the day!’
Hannes Tanzer – MagMedVet MRCVS
Areas of special interest- Equine Dentistry; Stud Medicine; Routine Soft and Orthopaedic Surgery; Upper Respiratory Tract and Thoracic Medicine; Dermatology.
Gina Togneri – BVSc MRCVS
Gina comes from Cornwall. She holds both a veterinary degree and a bachelor of science degree with honours in Bioveterinary Science. Her interests within the practice are in small animal surgery, equine colic and orthopaedics.
Outside of work Gina is interested in horse riding, walking, swimming, family life and teaching herself to play the flute.
She has an elderly 15 year old cat called Muffet as well as a 23 year old horse called Sky, who she has had since he was a three year old. She still hacks her out in her spare time.
Jenny Fanning – BVetMed, CertAVP (EM), MRCVS
Jenny qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2008. Her first job, once qualified, was to undertake a year long internship at a large equine hospital in York.
Since then she has worked in equine only practice in Cheshire, Essex and Wales before moving to Cornwall in 2012. She spent her first 3 1/2 years, in Cornwall, in mixed practice, mainly working with horses, in West Cornwall, before joining Penmellyn Veterinary Group as a dedicated equine vet in May 2016.
Her main interest is in equine internal medicine and she completed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons accredited Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Medicine in 2014. She has particular interests in laminitis, colic medicine, sick foals and anaesthetics.
Outside of work she can usually be found walking her 3 dogs on Perranporth beach, pretending to be a hobby farmer with the 13 rare breed sheep she keeps with my partner, and enjoying vintage steam fairs with her vintage tractor and lorry.
Julie Elkins – BVSc MRCVS
Originally hailing from Scotland, Julie gained her veterinary degree at Edinburgh University in 2005. Shortly after, she undertook an internship at a large equine hospital in Hampshire.
This left her with an enthusiasm for all things equine, in particular lameness and poor performance investigations. Julie then went on to work for practices throughout England and New Zealand before moving back to the UK in 2009 to start a family.
She has since worked for a couple of equine practices in Devon & Cornwall so knows the area well. Julie currently works part time whilst juggling family life with her 2 young boys & husband Phil who is a farm animal vet. Her sanctuary is Frog, an ex racehorse.
When not in the saddle herself Julie enjoys helping her sons develop their horsemanship skills.