Richard Frost BSc BVetMed MRCVS

Richard graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2002, having previously attained a BSc in Animal Science at the University of Leeds and has been in equine practice ever since. He started his veterinary career in Shropshire before moving to Devon to join St David’s Equine Practice in 2007. In 2016 he decided to set up Tor Equine Veterinary Practice with his friend Ben Trimmer (business partner).

Richard covers all aspects of equine work but has particular interests in medicine cases, wound management, equine dentistry and anaesthesia. Richard has lived in Devon since 2007 and very much considers it ‘home’, he is married to Katharine, a small animal vet, and has three gorgeous children and the World’s Worst Dog – Mr Smith, who regularly joins him on visits. Richard spends all his spare time with his family and is a keen runner.


After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, Beth went on to work at a small animal and equine practice in beautiful Dorset for multiple years, followed by an intense year of equine orthopaedics, diagnostic imaging and emergencies at a busy referral centre in the South West. Beth is particularly interested in lameness and imaging but enjoys all aspects of clinical work!

Beth likes to explore Devon’s countryside and coast with Jasper (her lovely rescue lurcher). She can also be found out running, on her bike, or playing hockey.

Claire Hopkins BVM&S MRCVS

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a physiology degree, Claire then studied veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Claire started her veterinary career in a large ambulatory equine practice in Buckinghamshire, before moving to Rainbow Equine Hospital in Yorkshire where she completed an internship; a busy year ensued, enabling Claire to develop her interests in anaesthesia and critical care medicine. Claire then moved to South Africa to pursue her other passion, wildlife conservation! A few hair-raising animal encounters later, Claire returned to Devon where she grew up, and joined St David’s Equine. Claire is pleased to continue her post with Tor Equine and get to know some new faces as well as being able to see all the ‘old’ faces too! In her spare time, you’ll find Claire enjoying the best of Devon with her fox red lab Savanna, who you will undoubtedly meet as she takes her role of trusty vet companion seriously!

Sophie Eaden BVSc MRCVS

Sophie graduated from Bristol in 2013 and started her career in a mixed practice in Mid Devon. Quickly realising she wanted to specialise in horses she moved to an equine practice in Derbyshire, however, she soon found her way back to wonderful Devon and joined Stringer Equine in 2015. Here she was able to see a large and varied caseload treating anything from Shetland ponies to International event horses and doing some busy stud seasons.

Sophie then spent a year as one of The Donkey Sanctuary vets looking after the many donkeys, mules, and ponies there as well as being involved with the welfare work.

Having missed working with horses and their owners Sophie is really happy to join the team at Tor Equine. She enjoys all aspects of equine practice but her main interests are reproduction, medicine, lameness and donkeys!

In her spare time, Sophie likes to enjoy the best of the Devon countryside with her husband and their dog, Badger. You can normally find her hiking across Dartmoor or wild swimming (even in the middle of winter).