Equine Staff

Equine Staff

Equine Vets

Offering the very best professional advice and care for your horses and ponies, our 10 equine vets have built up considerable experience across the full range of equine veterinary medicine.  Our vets undertake at least 35 hours Continued Professional Development per year.

4 of our vets have completed their post graduate Certificate in Advance Veterinary Medicine, which takes around 3 years to complete, leading to recognition also by the RCVS as being Advanced Practitioners.

Our vets have been with us for a considerable length of time, meaning we are able to build long term relationships with all of our clients.

Dr. Katie Robinson

RCVS Advanced Practitioner
Clinical Director
Southern Area
Qualified 2000
Joined 2000

Katie has worked at our Practice since graduating from Bristol University in 2000. She works in the southern area of the Practice with a specific interest in both dedicated service  competition and leisure horses. Katie completed her post graduate Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP (EP)) in July 2012 and is recoginised by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner.  Having grown up with horses, Katie is no stranger to equine competition herself competing in dressage events and obstacle races.  In her spare time she also likes to run.

Dr. Peter Fennelly
Senior Vet
Southern Area
Qualified 1982
Joined 1987

Peter has been an equine vet for over 30 years since qualifying from Dublin in 1982. He joined the practice in 1987 and became a Partner in 1990. Peter comes from a long line of equine vets, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. Since joining the Practice he has been the appointed vet for the thoroughbred stud for Juddmonte near Henley and has therefore built up a wealth of experience in stud medicine, Peter covers the southern part of our Practice, providing a fully equipped mobile clinic facility for clients.

Dr. Ed Brett
Senior Vet
Equine Clinic Resident Vet
Qualified 1997
Joined 1999

Ed graduated from University College Dublin in 1997. He spent 2 years in a mixed practice in Devon before joining our Practice 1999. As well as supporting Tim and Terry in the northern area of the practice, he is our resident 24hr veterinary surgeon at our Barrettstown Equine Clinic, where he is responsible for the care of inpatients and for much of the diagnostic work - including x-ray and ultrasound scanning, and for treatments such as shockwave therapy, and anaesthetics during surgical procedures. Ed is also the primary vet for the Pat Eddery Racing yard near Aylesbury.

Dr. Laura McGillycuddy
Northern Area
Qualified 2005
Joined 2014

Laura graduated in 2005 and then worked in mixed and equine practice in Essex for 7 years before moving to Buckinghamshire and joining the practice in 2014. Her main interests are equine anaesthesia, equine dentistry and care of elderly horses. Laura completed her post graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP) in 2015. Outside of work she is busy with her 2 young boys and also enjoys riding, skiing and walking her dog.

Dr. Joanne Brant
Southern Area
Qualified 2014
Joined 2017

Jo graduated in 2014 from Cambridge University and went on to work in mixed small and equine practice in Bedfordshire. After 2 years Jo decided that she wanted to specialise in equine veterinary practice and joined us in March 2017. She is very passionate about horse welfare, and after graduating in 2014  Jo volunteered for the charity SPANA, helping provide veterinary care in Morocco for the working horses and donkeys.  Outside of working hours, Jo is studying hard as she has recently begun a post graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP).  Hobbies include snowboarding, badminton, and dog walks with her Cockapoo ‘Hugo’ who some of you may have seen travelling around with Jo on visits.

Dr. Abbie Norman
Northern Area
Qualified 2016
Joined 2020

Abbie studied and qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2016. She then went to volunteer as a vet for 3 months in Sri Lanka before coming back to join the team at Donnington Grove to complete an 18 month internship. Prior to joining us Abbie worked at a practice in Cambridge, she has now moved to Buckinghamshire to join our team. Abbie’s interests are mainly ophthalmology and equine medicine. In her spare time Abbie enjoys playing polo and going on holiday.

Dr. Jess Watson
Northern Area
Qualified 2016
Joined 2021

Jess qualified from Edinburgh University. She then went on to complete a year's internship at the Royal Veterinary College before going on to do equine ambulatory work in Somerset. Jess then took a job at Sparsholt College lecturing in Equine Veterinary Nursing and Equine Science. After a couple of years lecturing, Jess has decided she would much rather be out on the road doing what she loves best - being a vet! In her free time Jess enjoys various country pursuits including dog walking and clay pigeon shooting.

Dr. Jack Hawkins
Southern Area
Qualified 2021
Joined 2021

Jack qualified from Nottingham University. His main interests in the veterinary world are general ambulatory work and lameness. Outside of work Jack is a keen follower of horseracing and bloodstock, enjoys walking, camping, and spending his time in the countryside on weekends.


Equine - Nurses

Our Nursing Assistants provide invaluable support to our vets at our Barrettstown Equine Clinic.

Caz Langman
Equine Clinic Manager

Nursing Assistants

Equine - Support Staff

Our Equine Support Staff provide a caring and flexible service with the aim of ensuring the vet is able to visit you at the time you want and any of your enquiries are answered to your satisfaction.  Our support staff are the first point of contact for our equine clients.

Laboratory Staff

Our Practice is different to most veterinary practices in having its own fully equipped diagnostic laboratory, which is staffed by professionally qualified laboratory technicians and biochemists.  The laboratory supports our small animal, equine and farm departments.

Visiting Professionals

For specialist veterinary investigations and treatments we use the services of some of the best veterinary and farriers in the country.

Dr. Geoff Lane
RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
ENT Surgical Consultant

Geoff graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 1969 and after post-graduate training at the University of Bristol and the RVC he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1974. Geoffrey joined the staff at the University of Bristol in 1974 and taught soft tissue surgery there until 2007. Since then Geoff has developed a private referral practice in equine ENT surgery. Today this generates over 500 surgeries annually. A past-President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (1989) he has been a Director of the Equine Veterinary Journal as well as being on its Executive Committee and Editorial Advisory Board. He is particularly interested in comparative aspects of oto-rhino-laryngology. Geoff is recognised by the RCVS as a Specialist in Equine Surgery and is a holder of its Diploma in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery. He has published over 100 articles on comparative ENT disorders but in recent years his research interests have concentrated on the diagnosis and surgical management of respiratory impediments in athletic horses.

Dr. Bruce Bladen
RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery

In addition to his 3 year Equine Surgery residency at  the University of Bristol, which Bruce completed in 1998, he has several post graduate qualifications; a Certificate of Equine Practice in 1992, Certificate of Equine Surgery in 1996,Diploma of Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 1999 and finally Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001.  He has been a RCVS registered specialist in Equine Surgery since 2000.

Bruce is a Partner at the Donnington Grove Equine Referral Practice, and his passion is equine surgery and surgical disease of the horse.

Sam Head
Remedial Farrier

During the last twenty years Sam has worked on many Olympic horses and shod for the best in the equestrian world, being flown abroad by clients at times.  He has built on experience gained and works with the vets towards improving and maintaining soundness in all horses for all disciplines.