MA VetMB CertEP MRCVSRichard 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.
MA VetMB CertEP CertVA MRCVSKaren 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.
BVSc PhD DEIM DESTS DipECEIM AssocECVDI MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine & Equine Surgery (Soft Tissue)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.
MA VetMB MBA MRCVSJulian 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 and Managing Partner in 2000. 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.
BVetMed CertES(Orth) MRCVSAs 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.
BVM&S CertEP MRCVSJane Morgan 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.
BVSc BAEDT DipAVDCEq MRCVS Specialist in Equine DentistryBEVA/BVDA Approved Equine Dentist
BVMS PhD CertES(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS Specialist in Equine SurgeryLiz graduated 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.
MA VetMB MVetMed DipECEIM MRCVS Specialist in Equine Internal MedicineEdd 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. In 2010 Edd undertook a 3 year specialist training program in Equine Internal Medicine in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College and became a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine.
BVetMed (Hons) MS MVetMed DipACVS-LA DipECVDI-LA DECVS MRVCS Specialist in Equine Surgery and Diagnostic ImagingCeri 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.
BSc(Hons) BVetMed MRCVSMichael 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 he is currently pursuing a 3 year Residency in Equine Surgery.
MA VetMB MRCVSGraduating 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 she is pleased to be home.
BVetMed BAEDT MRCVSFleur graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and spent her first year abroad as an intern at the Dubai Equine Hospital, where she treated a range of patients from miniature shetlands to elite race horses. She then moved to the Cotswolds, joining a two vet practice where she experienced a very busy and diverse caseload.
BVetMed CertAVP(EM) MRCVSEmma 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.
BVSc(hons) MRCVSCharlotte graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014. After graduation, she left the sunshine behind in Australia and moved to the U.K. to work in a busy mixed animal practice in Kent.
MRCVSSam Corrie graduated from Liverpool University in 2015. Sam is not a new face to Bell Equine however, he first joined us as part of our nursing team in 2008 and since then has spent a fair amount of time with us over the years.
BVSc DipECVDI-LA MRCVS Specialist in Diagnostic ImagingAfter 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.
BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVSSam joined us having graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016. His main veterinary interests are all aspects of equine work especially inpatient care, colic, anaesthesia and equine welfare. He has also completed the Worshipful Company of Farriers Equine Veterinary Studies Award, where he spent time with a farrier in the Hampshire/Wiltshire area.
DVM MRCVSChappy joins us as part of our hospital team having graduated from the University of Florida in 2016. After qualifying, she spent several months travelling through North, Central, and South America before completing an internship in equine diagnostic imaging at a private practice in Florida.