Our Vets 

Paul Riley (Small animal Director)

Paul RileyPaul grew up in Derbyshire and qualified from Edinburgh University in 1983. After working in mixed practices in Wales, Derbyshire, Cambridgeshire and Dubai (where work included polo ponies, exotics and camels), he moved to Helston in 1993. Paul became a partner in the practice in 1998 and a director in 2013. He enjoys ophthalmic cases (he has the GP Certificate in Ophthalmology), soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, treating birds, reptiles and the seals at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. Paul spends much of his time with small animals and exotics nowadays, but still really enjoys large animal emergency work - especially calvings and lambings.  His management duties include organising the small animal and exotics side, the practice IT systems, the small animal pharmacy and is head of the nurse training centre.


Johnny Alston (Farm and equine Director)

Johnny grew up on a Wiltshire farm, qualifying from Liverpool University in 1981. After initially working for the PDSA, he worked in several mixed practices in Yorkshire and Wiltshire, moving to Cornwall in 1992. Johnny joined the then partnership in 2011, becoming a director in July 2013.ed. Although now spending much of his time doing farm and equine work (and in particular routine herd health farm visits), he still enjoys small animal consulting and surgery. On the farm side, he is particularly interested in fertility work and mastitis control, as well as large animal surgery. Johnny organises the practice farm/equine work and also has the unenviable job of arranging the TB tests - thankfully with the help of a good support team! Johnny is also in charge of the farm and equine  pharmacy.


Susanna Maidwell

Susanna qualified from London University in 1983. After qualifying, she worked in practices in Oxfordshire and the West Midlands, before coming to this practice in 1988. Susanna works part time in the practice and deals solely with small animals. She has a special interest in geriatrics, using therapeutic dietary manipulation (such as prescription diets),internal medicine and dermatology.


Simon Mitchell

Simon has been at Head and Head since March 2011. He grew up in Carbis Bay and saw practice with us as a vet student. After qualifying, he worked as a large animal vet at Kenwyn near Truro. Particularly interested in bovine herd health work, bovine and equine medicine and surgery, he enjoys all aspects of large animal practice. Simon uses the latest software analytical programmes including Interherd, Interherd plus and Myhealthyherd to get the best results for his herd health clients. In his spare time, Simon is chairman of Mullion Surf Lifesaving club and is a surf lifesaving coach



Zeinab WeyersZeinab Weyers

Zeinab Weyers is from Cumbria and qualified from the University of Liverpool. Zeinab is settling well into practice life in Cornwall and enjoying all aspects of mixed practice.


Melanie Bruce-MillerMelanie Bruce-Miller

Melanie Bruce-Miller is from Zambia and qualified from the University of Kosice in Slovakia. Melanie is enjoying all aspects of our mixed practice and is getting used to the slightly different weather here!  



Mairi Herdman

Mairi Herdman lives locally with her family. She works as a small animal locum vet and we are fortunate to be able to have her doing one Saturday morning surgery a month for us.