Veterinary surgeons

Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Equine Surgery (Soft Tissue)

Head of Hospital

Tim graduated from the University of Bristol in 1980. He then worked for two years in a mixed practice in Kent before returning to the University of Bristol as a Horserace Betting Levy Board scholar to undertake research in equine immunology and respiratory disease. He obtained a PhD in 1986, and then stayed at Bristol as a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Equine Medicine. He returned to mixed practice in 1990, and joined Bell Equine in 1992, becoming a partner in 1995. He has obtained diplomas and is a recognised specialist of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in both Equine Internal Medicine and Equine Soft Tissue Surgery, and is a founding diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. He became an Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2011.

He has been editor of Equine Veterinary Education, the official journal of the British Equine Veterinary Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, since 1996. He has an interest in clinical research (currently concentrating on MRI, colic, neoplasia and clinical audit), and has published widely in the professional veterinary literature (with over 150 peer reviewed veterinary articles). He has also written and edited several books on equine veterinary medicine and surgery. He has acted as external examiner for veterinary undergraduates at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and University of Bristol, and in 2007 he became a Visiting Professor at the RVC. He is on the council of the British Equine Veterinary Association, and serves on several RCVS committees/sub-committees. Tim leads the hospital services at Bell Equine, and has special interests in equine medicine, colic, soft tissue surgery and MRI. He also supervises our residency, intern and extern programmes.

Tim is married with four children. In the little free time that he has, Tim enjoys time with his family, walking, gardening and getting away from the telephone.

Emma Cooper BVetMed CertAVP(EM) MRCVS
Head of Ambulatory
Emma graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006. After qualifying, she completed an internship here at Bell before spending time at a stud practice in Australia. After returning to the UK, Emma spent the next eight years at a busy equine hospital in Wiltshire where she obtained her certificate in Internal Medicine. She also had a high reproductive caseload, working with both thoroughbred studs and competition horses.

Emma enjoys all aspects of ambulatory work, especially internal medicine. She will also be organising our equine breeding program here at Bell having had a lot of experience over the last 10 years in this field. She is now studying for her certificate in Stud Medicine as well.

Emma grew up in the area in North Kent and was an active member of the West Kent Meopham Pony Club when she was younger. Out of work Emma enjoys competing in triathlons and the occasional marathon. Her beloved dog Flee is often seen accompanying her along country lanes as a support runner.
Albert Mestres Aldavó DVM PGCertVPS CertAVP MRCVS
Albert graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where he went on to undertake an internship in farm an equine medicine, before working in mixed practice and with the Spanish Army equine stud herd. Albert subsequently moved to Dubai to specialise solely in equine medicine and orthopaedics. During his time in the UAE, he worked with high performance and competition endurance racehorses.

Albert came to the UK in 2014 to work in a purely equine practice in Leicestershire, followed by a rotating internship at the University of Liverpool Equine Hospital, an equine assistant position at the Royal Veterinary College and a two-year period in Essex, before joining Bell Equine in September 2022. Albert has recently completed the Advanced Certificate in General Equine Practice and the more specific Certificate in Equine Lameness Diagnosis and Therapeutics, which is his main area of interest.

Outside of work, Albert enjoys running, walks in the countryside and road trips with his campervan.
Specialist in Equine Surgery & Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Evita graduated from Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2002. After graduation she completed an internship in private practice and worked for a year as an equine ambulatory vet in the Netherlands. In 2004 she moved to the USA and completed an internship, residency and one year lecturer position at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, working with a wide variety of horses and training as a general equine surgeon.

She became a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009, after which she returned to Europe and worked as an equine surgeon in a referral practice in the Netherlands for a year and a half years. From 2011 she worked at the University of Bristol as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Equine Surgery, performing clinical work, research and teaching students and residents. She has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Evita has a specific interest in orthopaedics, minimally invasive surgery, sports medicine and rehabilitation. She enjoys the challenge of investigating and treating horses with poor performance as well as horses with back and riding problems. She also has a special interest in the field of preventing injuries. Evita became a Diplomat of the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Equine) in 2014 and a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015. She joined Bell Equine in 2018.

Outside work Evita enjoys spending time with her two young daughters and spending time outdoors walking her flat-coated Retriever Daico or going out for a run.
Karen Coumbe MA VetMB CertEP CertVA MRCVS
Karen Coumbe studied at Girton College, Cambridge and qualified as a vet in 1984. She worked in mixed practice for five years and then moved with Richard Jones who set up Bell Equine in 1989, the same year that she passed her Certificate in Equine Practice. She subsequently obtained her Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and is now a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner in both equine practice and veterinary anaesthesia. She was one of the original partners at Bell from 1995 onwards. She is responsible for anaesthesia at Bell Equine, which has always been her special interest, alongside ophthalmology, dermatology, ultrasonography and the challenges of equine pre-purchase exams. She is also an official measurer for the JMB.

Karen has been the veterinary correspondent for Horse & Hound for more than 25 years and has also published and edited several books and articles both for the general public, vets and equine nurses. Karen has been involved with the equine veterinary nursing qualification since it started and edited two editions of the standard textbook on Equine Veterinary Nursing. Karen was appointed as an official FEI veterinarian in 2005 and has since worked at many equine competitions, including the last four Olympic Games.

Any spare time is easily filled with her two daughters, as well as trying to improve her photography or gardening skills and enjoying horses at leisure. Many of the images on this website are thanks to Karen’s camera being pointed in vaguely the right direction.
Michael De Cozar BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS
Michael graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2011, and since then has taken sole charge of a equestrian centre; managing, teaching and providing veterinary care. Michael has a keen interest in equine welfare, having worked alongside World Horse Welfare on a project in Guatemala. He has also undertaken hospital externships in Kentucky and Texas. Michael enjoys all aspects of the equine veterinary profession and in 2019 completed a three year Residency in Equine Surgery.

Michael's outside interests include riding and schooling performance horses, swimming, urban dancing and scuba diving.
Helen Dagg BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS
Helen graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and joined our ambulatory team in January 2020, after spending three and a half years in mixed practice.

Her particular interests are medicine, reproduction and equine welfare, taking part in BEVA Trust Clinics when she has time. She is currently studying towards an Advanced Practitioner Certificate at the University of Liverpool.

In her spare time Helen enjoys exploring the Kent countryside and going to the gym.
Sarah Emptage B.Vet.Med MRCVS
Sarah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and from here went to work for a large animal practice in Kent for the following 10 years. She subsequently moved to an Equine Clinc in East Kent, where she went on to became clinical director. Sarah joined the ambulatory team at Bell Equine in September 2022 and enjoys all aspects of equine work, with a special interest in geriatric patients.

Outside of work she enjoys family time with her husband and three boys, walking her dog Digby, gardening, singing and helping to run a local Scout group.
Alison Fairburn BVSc DipECVDI-LA MRCVS
Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging

After graduating from Liverpool University in 2008, Alison completed an internship in equine diagnostic imaging and orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. She then moved to Lancashire and spent three years at a large equine practice where she continued to pursue her interest in lameness and imaging.

Alison then undertook a four year large animal diagnostic imaging residency at Bristol University, where she obtained her European Diploma in Diagnostic imaging (large animal) in 2017, before joining Bell Equine. She enjoys all aspects of equine diagnostic imaging and lameness diagnosis.

Outside work she enjoys being outdoors, riding her young horse Maybe, running with Labrador Custard, cycling and has recently started competing in triathlons.
Harriet Fairhurst Bsc BVetMed PgCertVPS CertAVP(EM) MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Harriet graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016. After qualifying, she returned to Kent and has worked in ambulatory practice in Kent/East Sussex since. Harriet has a keen interest in internal medicine, donkey medicine and equine reproduction. Most recently, Harriet has completed her exam to become an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Internal Medicine.

Harriet grew up in Kent and was an active member of the East Kent Pony Club. Out of work Harriet enjoys eventing her horse Hazel, as well as retraining ‘Dave’ her ex-racehorse for team chasing. In the little time not spent with horses, Harriet can often be found in a pub garden with her loyal dog, Ginny!
Specialist in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Laura is currently on sabbatical

Laura graduated from the University of Bristol in 2012 and undertook two equine internships; firstly at the University of Bristol and subsequently at Donnington Grove Equine Vets in Newbury. Laura subsequently returned to Bristol where she became the first person to undertake a residency in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in the UK, funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board.

Laura is an RCVS, American and European Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also holds a certificate in Equine Sports Medicine and is a certified member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP). She has also just finished a PhD investigating the response of the equine respiratory muscles to training, undertaken in Thoroughbred racehorses.

Laura has a strong interest in the management of equine athletes and the investigation of poor performance. Her broad knowledge and experience allows her to look at the horse as a whole, investigating respiratory, cardiac, gastric and orthopaedic disease. In addition, she enjoys the rehabilitation of injuries and the use of complementary therapies such as acupuncture and electrotherapy.

Outside of work Laura is an athlete herself! – playing international water polo and is an ironman triathlete.
Pippa Hawkes MRCVS BVetMed
Pippa graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2009 and after starting her career in mixed practice in West Kent, she moved to an equine clinic in mid Kent, where she became head of ambulatory and anaesthesia. Pippa has a keen interest in ophthalmology, dermatology, and poor performance investigations. During her previous role Pippa was a clinical instructor mentor for final year vet students and was actively involved in mentoring graduate vets. Pippa is also studying for her certificate in Equine Practice.

Being Kent born and bred, with roots from her East Kent Pony Club days, Pippa is heading the recent expansion of Bell in the East Kent area and now manages our Canterbury area days.

Pippa keeps busy with her young family and border collie Snoopy, but in the little spare time left enjoys SUP and fresh water swimming on the Kent coast.
Antonio Hinojosa LV MSc CertAVM(ED) MRCVS
Antonio graduated from Córdoba University (Spain) in 1994. After graduating, he headed to the USA where he undertook an externship program at Louisiana State University. He obtained further clinical training at Edinburgh University, from where he completed a specialised Master degree in Equine Reproduction. He then returned to the USA to undertake a clinical residency at Oklahoma State University. After completion of his residency he returned to work in Equine Practice in Ireland, the UK and Spain, before settling in the UK in 2009.

Antonio’s main focus nowadays is Equine Dentistry, setting up and developing an Advanced Dentistry Service in his last post in an equine hospital in Wiltshire. He has obtained his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Medicine (Equine Dentistry) and Advanced Practitioner Status in Equine Dentistry from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Antonio joined Bell Equine in 2018 and is interested on all aspects of Equine Dentistry, from routine to advance level. He aims to work towards the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation in Equine Dentistry.

Outside of work he enjoys family time with his wife and three children, and any spare time is dedicated to coaching basketball and outside activities like cycling, canoeing, sailing, and photography.
Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Rachel graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, in 2006. She worked in a busy equine and large animal ambulatory practice for four years, prior to a two year internship at Newmarket Equine Hospital. She then completed a four-year residency in equine medicine and a MSc by research in equine grass sickness at the University of Edinburgh.

She returned to Newmarket Equine Hospital to work as a locum equine medicine consultant and then back to Edinburgh again for a Horserace Betting Levy Board PhD in the equine athletic heart. She is a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine.

Rachel joined the team at Bell Equine in November 2021. Whilst enjoying all aspects of equine internal medicine, she particularly enjoys cardiology, ophthalmology and abdominal disease cases, together with the work up of emergencies and management of critical care patients.
Edd Knowles MA VetMB MVetMed PhD DipECEIM MRCVS
Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Edd graduated from Cambridge University in 2005. He worked in small animal practice at the PDSA for 18 months before joining BEVC as an intern in January 2007. After completing his internship he stayed at Bell Equine as an ambulatory vet for a further two to three years. In 2010 Edd undertook a three year specialist training program in Equine Internal Medicine in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College and became a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine.

Edd has broad interests in all aspects of equine medicine with a particular interest in laminitis and hormonal disease. Edd also has a strong interest in clinical research. In 2021 he also graduated from the RVC with a PhD in equine laminitis.

Outside work, Edd enjoys many outdoor pursuits including sailing, skiing, walking and climbing.
Emily Lunn MA VetMB MRCVS
Graduating from Cambridge in 2011, Emily spent two years in equine practice in Lincolnshire, before moving to Surrey to continue working with sports horses, pleasure horses, racehorses and of course ponies and donkeys. Having grown up in Kent Emily was pleased to have returned to her home county and joined us at Bell Equine in 2014.

She enjoys every aspect of being an equine GP and has a particular interest in lameness and ophthalmology. She also carries out a large number of pre-purchase examinations for potential owners.
Jane Morgan
Jane graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2001 and then spent a year at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Virginia, USA completing an internship in equine medicine and surgery.

She returned to the UK to work in a large animal practice in the North Yorkshire Moors before coming to Bell Equine in 2003. Jane has been one of the ambulatory vet team since then, with particular interest in medicine, especially colics, ophthalmology and geriatrics. Jane is currently working part-time based in the clinic working with Axiom Veterinary Laboratories.

Outside of work, Jane is often spotted walking her 2 cocker spaniels, running or cycling.
Ceri Sherlock BVetMed (Hons) MS MVetMed DipACVS-LA DipECVDI-LA DECVS MRVCS
Specialist in Equine Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging

Ceri graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 before joining Bell Equine as an intern. She spent 2 years with us predominantly in the hospital prior to embarking on a specialised surgical residency and Masters program in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Georgia in America. She became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. After completion of the residency and Masters programs, Ceri remained at the University of Georgia as a Clinical Instructor in Large Animal Surgery until 2011. She then returned to the U.K and took up an equine surgical position at The University of Nottingham.

In 2012, Ceri returned to Bell and has since completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging in conjunction with the Royal Veterinary College. Ceri became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2015 and is currently the only RCVS recognised specialist in both equine surgery and large animal imaging. Ceri enjoys using her imaging expertise to decipher the problem and treat her surgical cases. She enjoys all types of surgery and plays an active role in the emergency service.

When not looking at horses, Ceri is normally found looking at MRI or CT images in a dark room but occasionally enjoys walking her dog, running, scuba diving cooking and skiing.
Sarah Smith BVM&S MRCVS
Sarah graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2016 and promptly moved to Sydney, Australia to complete a 12-month internship at Randwick Equine Centre. She stayed in Australia for another 12 months as an associate and gained experience in anaesthesia, racetrack work and over-ground endoscopy.

Sarah moved back to the UK in September 2018 and spent the best part of two years working as an ambulatory vet at Rossdales Hertfordshire, before joining the ambulatory team at Bell in August 2020. Sarah has a particular interest in internal medicine and anaesthesia, and is currently working towards the CertAVP in Equine Medicine. Sarah also has a role recording podcasts for the Equine Veterinary Journal.

Outside of work, she enjoys keeping fit and catching up with family and friends.
Janine Astrid Terschuur DVM MRCVS
Janine graduated from the University of Madrid in 2016, and then went on to complete internships at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky and the University of Cambridge, before undertaking a 3-year European College of Veterinary Surgeons residency in Equine Surgery at Cotts Equine Hospital in Wales. After completing her residency, she stayed on as a consultant in lameness and surgery at the Cotts Equine Cowbridge branch, whilst also covering the out of hours service at their hospital in Pembrokeshire.

Her main area of interest lies in emergency and general / soft tissue surgery, but she also has a keen interest in lameness diagnosis and treatment, and working to getting horses back to peak performance alongside physiotherapists and farriers.

Outside work she enjoys travelling, discovering new restaurants and wine, going for endless walks with her cocker spaniel Grace and bringing her homebred mare Delilah on to be a future show jumping star.
Ami Wright BVSc MRCVS
Ami graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 and has been working in equine practice ever since. After starting out working in the South West she moved eastwards, working in equine practices in both the New Forest and West Sussex, before joining us in Kent in August 2020.

Ami has a particular interest in equine internal medicine and is studying towards a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with the University of Liverpool. Her other interests include animal welfare and donkey medicine. In 2019 Ami spent two weeks volunteering for a charity in Morocco helping working animals and is hoping to continue doing charitable work when she can.

Outside of work she enjoys taking time to travel, read and spending time with friends and family when she isn’t at home having a cup of tea and playing with her little tabby cat!
Hannah Brown MRCVS
Hospital Intern
Hannah graduated in 2022 from the University of Nottingham before joining us at Bell as one of our hospital interns. She has a particular interest in equine surgery, anaesthesia and orthopaedics.

Outside of work she enjoys show jumping, playing netball and skiing.
Quentin Wedmore MRCVS
Hospital Intern
Quentin graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2022 after working with horses in a multitude of disciplines. His main veterinary interests lie in epidemiology, horse welfare, and lameness. Quentin joined us in 2022 as one of our hospital interns as part of our busy hospital team.

Outside of work he enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and the occasional glass of wine!
Ellie Smith MRCVS
Hospital Intern
Ellie graduated from University of Nottingham in 2022. She spent some time in small animal practice straight after graduating before joining us at Bell Equine as one of our hospital interns. She has particular interest in equine internal medicine and anaesthesia.

Outside of work she enjoys travelling, keeping active and spending time with friends.
Alex Baldwin MRCVS
Ambulatory out of Hours team
Alex graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2016 and worked as an ambulatory equine vet before joining us as a hospital intern in 2019. On completion of her internship Alex joined our ambulatory team with a focus on dentistry which makes up the bulk of her working day. She also has interests in lameness, surgery and anaesthesia is currently undertaking an Advanced Practitioner Certificate.

In her spare time Alex enjoys travelling, keeping active and exploring the UK. She also fundraises for Animal Care in Egypt where she has volunteered previously and hopes to return to in the future.
Ian Bellis BVM&S Cert AVP(ESO) MRCVS
Ambulatory out of Hours team
Ian qualified from Edinburgh in June 2006 and has been working with horses ever since – first in the New Forest, then at a Hospital in Sussex and latterly in East Sussex.

He passed his orthopaedic surgery certificate in 2015 and worked at the London Olympics in 2012 as part of the Vet Team.

In 2018 he shifted exclusively to work out of hours to help develop the area of equine emergencies.
Kristina 'Chappy' Chapman DVM MRCVS
Ambulatory out of Hours team
Kristina (known to most as “Chappy”) qualified from the University of Florida in 2016. She subsequently undertook an internship in equine diagnostic imaging at a private practice in Florida before moving to the UK in 2017 to join the team at Bell Equine, where she completed our hospital internship before joining our ambulatory team. In January 2020, she moved to our out of hours team.

She is currently studying toward a Certificate in Advanced Equine Practice at the University of Liverpool. Her main interests include imaging, clinical research, and emergency work. Chappy joined the out of hours team in January 2020.
James Hopkins BVSc Cert AVP(ESO) MRCVS
Ambulatory out of Hours team
James qualified in Sydney, Australia in January 2007 and subsequently worked in ambulatory practice in Australia.

On returning to the UK he completed an internship at House and Jackson in Essex and worked as an ambulatory vet in East Sussex since then. He passed his orthopaedic surgery certificate in 2015.

He enjoys all aspects of Equine work and has a keen interest in providing a high quality out of hours service, since shifting to help run the dedicated out of hours team in 2018.
Richard Jones MA VetMB CertEP MRCVS
Richard founded the practice in 1989 after spending twenty years in mixed practice based in Maidstone. At that time it was clear to him that there was a need for a practice specialising in equine work to develop in west Kent. The practice grew rapidly thanks to the dedication of the team that he built up, and he continued to steer and develop it in order to maintain our position as a 'centre of excellence' dedicated to serve the horses and their owners in the community.

Richard retired from the Partnership at the end of 2005, but continues to be involved in the practice.
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