Farm Animal

Equine Team

Chris Neal


Giulia Lipperi


Anne-Sophie Meesters


Hugo Rondon


Hannah Cusack


Roisin Wardle


Ria Harteveld


Thady Voorspuy


Maria Pearce


Zoe Gear


Bruce Bladon BVM&S Cert EP DESTS Dipl ECVS MRCVS


Bruce Bladon qualified as a vet from Edinburgh University in 1988.  He spent one year in mixed practice in Hertfordshire and three years in equine practice with Endell Veterinary Group in Salisbury, before joining Blackman & O'Gorman (as it was then) in 1992.  In 1995 he left to undertake a residency training in equine surgery at the University of Bristol, and he rejoined O'Gorman Slater and Main after the three year position.  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's passion has been equine surgery and surgical disease of the horse.  He has presented the results of this work extensively, at scientific meetings throughout the UK and the world.  He was a keynote speaker at the South African Equine Veterinary Association conference in 2008 and has presented at the British Equine Veterinary Association conference and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons congress on many occasions.  He has published widely as well, including in the respected peer reviewed journals Equine Veterinary Journal and Veterinary Surgery.

He is usually to be found in his office at the practice, and does not go outside, except in the summer.  He is one of three surgeons who provide the 24 hour surgical expertise to the practice, ensuring that there is always a Board Certified surgeon on hand to operate, should a horse require it, any time, day or night.

Filipe De Oliveira BVSc MRCVS


Fil graduated from Bristol University in 1997. He joined the practice in 2005 and became a partner in 2011.

His work has revolved around Stud Medicine and Reproduction since graduation.He has worked in world renowned studs in Newmarket and Australia and included a stint working with top class thoroughbreds and endurance horses in Dubai.  His career has afforded him the luxury of working with the thoroughbred from before conception to success on the racing track. 

He has a special interest in stud medicine, artificial insemination and foal medicine.  This involves working with many different breeds from warmbloods and Thoroughbreds to Shetlands.

David Mathieson BVM&S MRCVS


David qualified from Edinburgh in 1986. He spent 2 years in mixed practice in Wellingborough, Northants. Following this he spent a year in Wetherby and then two and a half years in equine practice in Essex. He joined Donnington Grove in 1992 and became a partner in 1994.

His main interests are racehorse practice and sports medicine encompassing respiratory disease and lameness.  He has lectured at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress on respiratory disease in the racehorse.

Charlie Schreiber BVetMed MRCVS


Charlie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1988 and after brief periods in mixed and 1st opinion horse practice, joined O'Gorman, Slater and Main in 1993. Since then, he has worked as an ambulatory vet in the racing, sports and leisure areas of the practice, with Widget, his faithful terrier never far behind.

He has recently become a member of British Equine Veterinary Association council, and represents them on the BHA vet committee, giving him an ear and voice in these influential bodies.

He is responsible for assessing of nurses studying for the REVN qualification.

He also demonstrates at the Equine Cardiology course annually, and has an interest in cardiorespiratory medicine and thoroughbred yearling saleswork.

Alastair Welch BVM&S CertVA MRCVS


Alastair graduated from Edinburgh University in 1999. Following a spell in mixed practice he then completed an internship at The Liphook Equine Hospital. He then worked for 2 years in equine practice in Surrey. He joined the practice in 2004 and became a partner in 2011. He splits his time between racing work and internal medicine.

He is also heavily involved in sales radiography and was awarded the certificate of veterinary anaesthesia in 2004.

Elisabetta Giorio DVM MRCVS


Elisabetta qualified in 2006 at the University of Padova. After completing a stud season in Ireland she served her internship with us from 2008 to 2010, before returning to Ireland as a racing vet. Elisabetta re-joined Donnington Grove in April 2011 as a fully fledged Equine Assistant and completed her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice from the University of Liverpool in 2015. Elisabetta's main interest lies in MRI and for the last five years she has been interpreting our MRI images alongside Bruce Bladon.

Outside of work Elisabetta enjoys crossfit and spending time with her two whippets, Romeo & Matilda.

Alix Jackson BVetMed MRCVS


Alix qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006. She returned to the practice to join the ambulatory team in 2009 having previously completed a hospital internship with us. She has an interest in anaesthesia and internal medicine and has recently completed a certificate in advanced veterinary practice. Alix is also involved in nurse training and has hosted client education evenings with other vets at the practice. She has also undertaken fundraising for the practice's favourite charities.

Nicole Jones MA VetMB CertVA CertEM(IntMed) MRCVS


Nicole graduated from Cambridge University in 1992, before working in mixed practice for a year and subsequently completing an internship at the Royal Veterinary College in Anaesthesia and Orthopaedics.  She joined the practice in 1994. Post graduate qualifications includes a certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Certificate in Equine Medicine (Internal Medicine).

She qualified in Germany as a Equine Chiropractor, with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic aiming to explore a more holistic approach to diagnosis and management of back and neck issues.

Nicole is particularly interested in sports horse lameness and poor performance, with a strong interest in dressage born out of being an advanced dressage rider and producer of sports horses.

Her other professional interests are preventative health in competition yards, encompassing respiratory medicine and orthopaedic investigations.

Kate McGovern BVetMed CertEM(Int.Med) MS DACVIM DipECEIM MRCVS


Kate graduated from the Royal Vet College, London in 2005 and spent a year working in mixed practice in Somerset. She then completed the internship at Donnington Grove and stayed at the practice following this for a total of 2 1/2 years. After spending some time locuming for several ambulatory practices, she completed a 3 year residency training program in Illinois, USA in equine internal medicine. This allowed her to achieve American board certification as a specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine as well as a Masters degree. She has publications in several peer reviewed journals and has presented data at several international conferences. In 2013 she became a European Specialist in equine internal medicine.

Kate rejoined the practice in February 2013 as an internal medicine clinician and is based in the clinic. She has specific interests in gastrointestinal disease, critical care and neonatology. 


Robyn Miles BVetMed(Hons) CertAVP(ESM) MRCVS


Robyn qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. Following this she went to Morocco to work with equids for a charity. Following her stint abroad, she went to work for an equine practice in Kent for five years before heading to Scone, Australia for a stud season. Robyn's main interests are stud work and medicine and she has completed an certificate in advanced veterinary practice in equine stud medicine.

Henry O'Neill MVB DVM MS Dipl ACVS MRCVS (American Specialist in Equine Surgery)


After graduating in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin in 2005, Henry went into mixed animal practice for a number of years in Northern Ireland. An opportunity then arose to travel to England and complete an 18-month equine internship at Donnington Grove during 2008-2009. Inspired by this experience, he then got placed in an equine surgical training program at Michigan State University, under the tutelage or Dr John Stick. Upon successfully completing the surgery board exams, Henry qualified as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Masters of science (Michigan 2012) and a Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Although Henry conducts all forms of surgery and lameness within the hospital, his particular interests are in equine respiratory, orthopaedic and colic surgery.

Bart Peczynski Lek Vet MRCVS


Bart was born and raised on a National Stallion Stud in Poland. He qualified from The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn in 2011. Bart finished his Equine Veterinary Internship ar Bourton Vale Equine Clinic where he practiced as an Assistant for a further six years, working with a variety of sport horses, polo ponies, hunters and leisure horses. He joined Donnington Grove in June 2017. 

Bart likes all aspects of equine veterinary, especially sport medicine and orthopaedics. He is an FEI treating vet and enjoys working as a team vet at international events and competitions.

Giorgio Ricardi DVM MRCVS


Giorgio qualified in Veterinary Medicine from the university of Turin in 1989. After an internship in Equine Surgery at the Animal Health Trust in 1991-1992 he settled in Pisa, Tuscany where he spent many more years in private practice further developing his interests in equine lameness and surgery.

More recently Giorgio started traveling to the Middle East for work and after an 18 month spell in the Emirates working for a large stable that was involved in flat and endurance racing, he made his way back to Europe and joined Donnington Grove in January 2016.

Giorgio is the past President of FEEVA, The Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations and sits on the board of ESVOT, the European Society of Veterinary Orthopedics and Traumatology.

Rachel Gough, BA MA(Oxon) VetMB MRCVS


Rachel started as a House Vet in July 2017 having graduated from Cambridge Vet School that year. Prior to this she read Physiological Sciences at Oxford University.

Outside of work Rachel has evented to top level, competing at both Badminton and Burghley 4 stars.

Karen Brewer (Office Manager)

Equine Office

Karen joined the practice in 2001, initially on a one year work placement as part of her degree in Equine Studies at Warwickshire College/Coventry University.   On completion of her degree in 2003 she returned to the practice where she now holds the role of Senior Equine Administrator.  

Karen overseas the running of the whole equine office and its numerous and varied tasks.  A keen rider, (although this has taken a back seat since the arrival of her two children), and horse racing fan.  Karen has two horses, Quiz a 32 yr old very hairy pony and Bert a 17.2hh Irish hunter.

Rosie Scott

Equine Office

Rosie joined the equine office in September 2009 after having worked in the veterinary industry in Lambourn for just under two years.

Rosie does a variety of different duties in the office including passport applications, markings and vetting forms.

Before returning to education in the UK, Rosie worked as head groom for an international show jumper based in Germany and competed successfully in dressage.

Sophie Whittle

Equine Office

Sophie joined the practice in 2009 after finishing college and is the youngest member of the Equine Office Team. Sophie has a varied role including accounts, processing images and paperwork for Thoroughbred Sales as well as handling exports. She is also a point of contact for insurance claim queries. 

In her spare time Sophie enjoys visiting friends and looking after her dog Scrappy. 

Kerry Cox

Equine Office

Kerry joined the practice in 2003 after leaving school. She successfully completed her nursing qualifications and worked as a qualified small animal nurse for nine years. Kerry returned to the practice as a secretary in the equine office on her return from maternity leave.

When Kerry is not busy looking after her three children, she is usually down the stables with Samba the Thoroughbred, Nettie the pony and Penny the Shetland.

Alex Dance

Equine Office

Alex joined the Practice in April 2017. Alex enjoys competing regularly throughout the eventing season on her horse Arty; she also has a 5 year old ex-race horse called Harry and two little ponies Turbo and Jack. Alex lives at home with her boyfriend and Jack Russell puppy called Yogi Bear and a Springer Spaniel called Georgie. 

Sheena Eames REVN


Sheena joined the practice in June 2011. Sheena has worked with horses for many years and has already completed several equine course studies, including an NVQ level 3 in equine management. Sheena qualified as an equine nurse in 2015 and has since been promoted to head theatre nurse. She has a keen interest in equine theatre and diagnostic imaging as well as caring for our critical care patients.

Outside work Sheena enjoys running, making soft furnishings, going to the gym and looking after her 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier Tia.

Mary Simcock REVN


Mary joined the practice in November 2011 ready to take on a new challenge. Mary is now a fully qualified Equine Nurse.

After traveling around the world she settled for 2 1/2 years in Canada where she started working with horses. Back in the UK she cared for horses in a show jumping yard. Currently she is training her horse for show jumping and lives in Lambourn. 

Lisa Spencer


Lisa joined the practice in 2002 as a part time nurse.  She is qualified as Small Animal Nurse however she works in the Equine Department.  She is a calming influence on all the staff when things are busy, she looks out for the younger members of staff and always has a kind word for everyone.

Lisa lives with her husband Adrian and children.  Thankfully Lisa manages to combine her hectic home life with work at the practice.  

Laura Arlott REVN


Laura joined the practice in 2012. She qualified as an equine nurse in 2016.

Laura is particularly interested in critical care cases and foal nursing.

In her spare time, Laura is walking her dogs Molly and Lottie or looking after her pet pony Harry. She is happily married to Ed, they often go fishing together.

Emma Saunders REVN


Emma joined the practice in June 2013 and is studying to be a qualified Equine Nurse. Emma likes to help with lameness examinations at the practice.

Outside of work Emma enjoys hunting her horse Catalina, swimming and walking Woody the Border Terrier.

Nikki Broocks


Nikki joined the practice in July 2013 as part of the equine team. She is currently studying at Hartpury College to become a fully qualified equine nurse. Nikki really enjoys going out in the x-ray van as she gets to meet with the clients face to face.

Outside of work Nikki enjoys caring for her horse Bertie and walking her dog Annie through the Berkshire countryside.

Dee Hayes


Dee joined the practice in March 2014. She had previously completed her BHS exams 1-3 in her native Ireland. Dee enjoys looking after the inpatients here at the surgery especially nursing the foals.

Before joining the practice Dee worked in racing in Australia before coming back to the UK to work at a large showjumping stud in Newbury. Outside of work Dee enjoys competing her horse Coco in dressage and looking after her Miniature Schnazer Jake.

Flo Widdowson-Jones


Flo joined the practice in September 2014 where she originally worked in the yard. She moved over to the equine nursing team in November 2014. She is now studying for her Equine Nurse qualification at Hartpury college. Flo loves taking care of our patients here at the hospital, she loves all horses of every shape and size.

When not in work Flo is found at the stables looking after her pony Sandy. She also enjoys live music and walking her three dogs.

Leah James


Leah joined the practice in January 2015. Before joining the equine nursing team Leah worked as a mental health care assistant in her native Wales. She is currently studying to be an Equine Nurse at Hartpury College and really enjoys nursing foals.

Leah has two dogs called Steven and Mimi and a horse called Leo. 

Holly Brown


Holly joined the practice in June 2015. Holly previously studied equine at Hartpury College and completed her BHS exams before working as a groom in eventing and racing. She is now in her first year of training as an equine veterinary nurse.

Holly enjoys emergencies out of hours, bone scanning and surgery. 

Holly has an ex-racehorse of her own that she is currently retraining. She also enjoys beating and netball. 

Nathalie Luckhurst


Nathalie joined the practice in 2015. Nathalie had previously gained a degree in Equine Studies and achieved her Masters in Equine Behaviour, performance and training. Her interests and in medical nursing and imaging.

Out of work Nathalie is a gym enthusiast. She also loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her horse.

Laura Wilkie


Laura joined Donnington Grove in 2016 after graduating with a degree in equine science and thoroughbred management. Before joining the practice Laura completed the National Stud diploma programme and worked at several thoroughbred studs and racing yards.

Anna Fitchett


Anna joined Donnington Grove in January 2017 as a trainee equine veterinary nurse after graduating with a degree in Zoology. She enjoys looking after critical care patients in the practice and out of hours emergencies.

Outside of work Anna has just got her first horse who, once backed, she hopes to compete in dressage. 

Emma Carter


Emma joined the practice in June 2016. Emma has previously worked in a racehorse rehabilitation centre and found this rewarding and challenging, she especially enjoyed seeing the horses learn new skills and progressing well in their new careers.

Emma has a coloured cob called Molly, they enjoy going on sponsored rides together. 

Anne Marie Slade REVN (Yard Manager)

Yard Staff

Anne-Marie joined the practice in October 2004 as a trainee equine nurse, she has since qualified and moved across to the yard to fill the yard manager position which she started in June 2013.

She has previously worked in Italy as a competition groom to an Olympic rider as well as looking after event horses and traveling the Italian dressage circuit. Anne-Marie enjoys the challenge of her new role and in her spare time she enjoys gardening and a glass or two of red wine. 

Heidi Appleby

Yard Staff

Heidi joined the practice in November 2011 as part of the yard team.

Heidi worked on a stud yard previously and enjoys working with foals and youngstock. Heidi has an active social life and has obvious vocal talents, you can often hear her singing on the yard.

Ellen Ayres

Yard Staff

Ellen joined the practice in December last year.
 She has previously completed an apprenticeship on a breaking/Dressage yard and is currently looking for a horse to bring on and compete.

Sara Coakley

Yard Staff

Sara joined the practice in Aug 2017, she has previously worked in a livery yard/Riding school.
In her spare time Sara enjoys riding when she can and walking her dogs.

Lisa Pounds

Yard Staff

Lisa joined the practice in 2007 as part of the yard team.

Lisa has worked in livery yards and enjoys hacking her horse and doing some unaffiliated competitions. Lisa has an keen interest in dog agility and attends many local shows with her five dogs, she enjoys camping and the lifestyle the showing circuit can provide.

Kirsty Mitchell

Yard Staff

Kirsty joined the practice in July 2017, She has previously worked in a Dressage yard and enjoys jumping her own horses Missy & Romeo. 
In her spare time she enjoys retail therapy and is a qualified beauty Therapist.