Meet Our Vets
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 and see clients.
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 to set up Bell Equine with Richard Jones in 1989, the same year that she passed her Certificate in Equine Practice. She became a partner here in 1995. She is responsible for anaesthesia, which has always been her special interest, along with ophthalmology, dermatology and ultrasonography and the challenges of equine pre-purchase exams.
Karen is the veterinary correspondent for Horse & Hound and has also published and edited several books and articles both for the general public, veterinary surgeons and equine nurses.
Karen has been involved with the equine veterinary nursing qualification since it started and was a nursing examiner. She has edited two editions of the textbook Equine Veterinary Nursing. She is also a director of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund.
Karen was appointed as an official veterinarian for the FEI in 2005 and is an official measurer for both the JMB and FEI. She spent the summer of 2008 working at the Equestrian Beijing Olympic Games & Paralympics in Hong Kong, where she was delighted to have achieved her dream of sending all the horses home safely! She was equally pleased to pass her Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia that same year and still continues to enjoy the challenge of anaesthetising horses. After Hong Kong, she planned to relax with her family, yet still ended up having an excellent time working at the equestrian events of the LONDON 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Her other highlight last year was working as a treating vet for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor.
When she is not enjoying time with her family or equine activities, Karen has a side line rearing Sussex beef cows and keeping bees. Any spare time is easily filled trying to improve her photography or skiing skills. Most of the images on this website are thanks to Karen’s camera being pointed in vaguely the right direction!
Tim Mair BVSc PhD DEIM DESTS DipECEIM MRVCS
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!
Julian Samuelson MA VetMB MBA MRCVS
Julian graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 and joined the practice in 1989 after working for two years in mixed practice at Crowhurst & Partners in Maidstone. He became a Partner in 1995. As well as spending a good proportion of his time in the ambulatory side of the practice looking after clients in the middle of Kent, Julian is the Managing Director of the practice with specific responsibility for the day to day management of the business as well as coordinating the development and implementation of the business strategy. He successfully completed an Executive MBA degree (Masters in Business Administration) at Cambridge University's Judge Business School in 2012.
Julian was a member of the Organising Committee for the London Olympic Games (LOCOG) Veterinary Services Team, and oversaw the preparations for Bell Equine's role as a referral facility and trauma centre for the Equestrian Games. In addition, he was a member of the Field Vet Team providing on-site veterinary support at the Greenwich Park venue for all the Olympic equestrian competitions.
Outside of the practice Julian is a member of the Board of Trustees for The Horse Trust, the world’s oldest horse charity whose strategic goal is to develop, demonstrate and disseminate best practice in equine care. He is also a member of the Hadlow College Business Advisory Council.
His wife Carol and two children, Oliver and Jessie, all ride and are active with the Romney Marsh Pony Club. Having spent his own childhood riding and driving pairs of ponies, competing at a national level, he now enjoys being a spectator although he is occasionally seen in a saddle, much to his children's amusement! If he ever has any time off, he likes to go skiing.
David Sinclair BVetMed CertES(Orth) MRCVS
As David was raised on a riding school, in a family of doctors, he was destined to combine working with horses with medicine. He initially pursued a nursing career, however, specialising in Orthopedic and Accident and Emergency nursing. He served as a paramedic on the Canary Wharf project and then the Channel Tunnel construction for three years prior to entering the Royal Veterinary College.
David joined the practice immediately on graduating in 1996, and became a partner in 2002. Apart from his ambulatory practice, and racing practice, David continues his orthopaedic interest, specialising in lameness diagnosis. His other main interests include emergency surgery and sports-horse practice.
David obtained his Royal College Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery in 2009.
With his other keen life interests, his wife Lizzie and three children Conor, Naomi and Fenton, there is little time for hobbies …he hopes that maybe one day he’ll return to some wild-water canoeing, squash and engineering interests.
Jane Morgan BVM&S CertEP MRCVS
Jane Morgan (nee Lindop) qualified from Edinburgh University in 2001 and spent a year at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Centre in Virginia, USA completing an internship in equine medicine and surgery. She worked in large animal and equine practice on the North Yorkshire Moors for a year before joining Bell Equine in June 2003. In 2005 she obtained the RCVS certificate in Equine Practice. Jane is one of the Ambulatory team and her special interests include colic and geriatric medicine. She enjoys running, skiing, walking with her springer spaniel, Stella, and music.
Rob Pascoe BVSc BAEDT MRCVS
BEVA/BVDA Approved Equine Dentistry
Rob Pascoe qualified from the University of Bristol in 1999 and started in mixed practice in North Devon immediately afterwards. During the next two years he became very interested in equine dentistry and moved back to the University of Bristol to join their equine practice to further hone his skills. There he worked with recognised experts in equine dental disease. He also attended courses run by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and has since become a tutor on all the BEVA dentistry courses. Rob has also traveled widely to lecture on equine dentistry, with regular visits to the USA. In October 2003, he sat the British Equine Veterinary and British Veterinary Dental Associations’ exam in equine dentistry and became only the second veterinary surgeon in the UK to successfully pass and achieve BEVA/BVDA approved status. In 2004, he became an examiner for the BEVA/BVDA equine dentistry exam and was appointed as the chairman of the examination committee from 2005 to 2008. Rob joined Bell Equine Clinic in 2006, bringing both first opinion and referral dentistry services to the practice. Outside of work, Rob enjoys many outdoor pursuits including walking, mountain biking and sea kayaking.
Elizabeth Barr BVMS PhD CertES(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS
Liz qualified from Glasgow University in 2000, before undertaking further surgical training at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket and an equine hospital in Alberta, Canada. She then undertook a three year residency in equine orthopaedics at the University of Liverpool. She also spent some time as a clinician in equine surgery and orthopaedics at Edinburgh University and in a private practice in Lambourn before returning to Liverpool University to undertake research and a PhD on osteoarthritis. Liz holds the European Diploma in Large Animal Surgery and the Royal College Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics). She has an interest in all aspects of equine orthopaedics including surgery, lameness diagnosis, imaging and sports horse injuries and an interest in emergency surgery.
Edd Knowles MA VetMB MRCVS
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 primarily covering the North West area of the practice for a further 2-3 years. Edd has now moved back into the hospital to specialise in internal medicine.
He is currently undertaking a residency program shared between Bell Equine and the Royal Veterinary College, leading to the European Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine. This involves working-up and treating more complicated medical cases as well as further study and clinical research. Edd has broad clinical interests with specific research interests in laminitis.
Edd enjoys many outdoor pursuits including sailing, skiing, walking and climbing.
Ceri Sherlock BVetMed (Hons) MS DipACVS MRVCS
Ceri graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 before joining BEVC 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 us to do a 3 year residency in Diagnostic Imaging in conjunction with the Royal Veterinary College. The residency will include small animal imaging at the Royal Veterinary College and equine imaging at Bell Equine, dealing with ultrasound, X-rays, nuclear scintigraphy, MRI and CT. Ceri has published a number of scientific articles on aspects of equine surgery and diagnostic imaging, and although she will now be spending a lot of her time looking at images in dark rooms, she will also continue pursuing her surgical interests and will join the hospital team on the emergency rota.
Mette B Christensen DVM MRCVS
Mette trained in Copenhagen and qualified in 2007. Following graduation she was an Intern at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia. She then worked in an equine practice in Denmark for 18 months before returning to Goulburn Valley as a reproduction vet. She has just finished her second season there having also worked a season at Santa Lucia Farm, California in between. Mette has a broad interests in equine medicine and surgery, particularly reproduction and neonatal medicine.
Outside work Mette enjoys outdoor pursuits and sport activities, in particular surfing, swimming, hiking and running.
Alice Bird MA VetMB MRCVS
Alice graduated from Cambridge University in 2009 and joined Bell Equine as one of our hospital interns shortly after. Since her internship Alice spent a short time working as an equine ambulatory vet in East Kent before re-joining us as part of our ambulatory team in 2011.A little known fact about Alice is that she successfully competed in the Shetland Pony Grand National at Olympia! That was some time ago - now Alice has settled down and enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work with particular interests in medicine,anaesthesia and infectious diseases. She is still very fond of Shetland ponies!
JP King BVSc MRCVS
JP is from Co.Down, Northern Ireland. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2010 and since graduating has worked as a locuum in mixed practice doing predominately equine work. JP also spent a month with the Horse and Donkey trust in The Gambia doing voluntary work before coming to Bell Equine. Outside of work his main interests include horse racing and keeping fit. He has been breeding racehorses at home since the age of 16 and closely follows National Hunt Racing. He enjoys all aspects of equine medicine but particularly stud medicine and also has a keen interest in orthopaedics. After JP finished his internship here in November 2011 he travelled the world before returning refreshed as an ambulatory vet in May 2012.
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, especially reproduction, neonatal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Michael's outside interests include riding and schooling performance horses, swimming, urban dancing and scuba diving. Recently, his time has been more focused on his new whippet puppy, Nemo. He hopes that this internship at Bell Equine, will further and improve his skills in the equine veterinary field.
Nathalie van Heesewijk BVSc MRCVS
Nathalie van Heesewijk has recently graduated from the University of Bristol Vet School, where she was awarded the Rossdales Equine Studies Prize. Nathalie has already undertaken externships at several dedicated equine hospitals including BELL EQUINE and we are delighted she is returning to us to commence a one-year internship after working for SPANA in Morocco, treating the local working donkeys and mules.
She enjoys all aspects of the equine veterinary profession but has a special interest in internal medicine, neonatal medicine and the welfare of working equids. In her spare time she enjoys riding, hill walking, scuba diving and exploring new countries.
Jessica May BSc (Hons) BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS
Jessica graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2012. Since then, she has been working in mixed practice near to home on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire borders providing a broad range of veterinary care from dogs and cats, to horses and farm animals alike. She visited a range of equine hospitals and practices during training, including Northern and Southern Ireland and after two externships at Bell decided she wanted to return here and we all agreed. Jess enjoys all aspects of practice, in particular ophthalmology, surgery, foals and the business of veterinary practice management. Outside work, she enjoys eventing and hunting, walking, cooking, cider making on the family farm and zumba!