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Meet Our Vets

Below are profiles of all the vets working at BELL EQUINE


Elizabeth Barr

Elizabeth Barr

BVMS PhD CertES(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery

Liz 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. Liz joined Bell Equine in October 2009.

Liz obtained the European Diploma in Large Animal Surgery in 2007 and the Royal College Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 2004, and has been a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recognised specialist in Equine Surgery since 2012.

She has an interest in all aspects of equine orthopaedics including surgery, lameness diagnosis, imaging and sports horse injuries.

Charlotte Baynham

Charlotte Baynham

BVSc(hons) MRCVS

Charlotte 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.

Having grown up eventing in Australia, Charlotte's passion to work with horses has led her to become a dedicated equine vet. She enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work, but has a keen interest in surgery, lameness and poor performance investigations. She hopes to undertake further qualifications in these areas in the future.

Out of work Charlotte enjoys exploring the English countryside with her rescue puppy Lincoln and she hopes to eventually get back in the saddle to start eventing again here in the UK.

Charlotte is currently on maternity leave.

Olivia Bonner-Evans

Olivia Bonner-Evans

BvMedSci (Hons) BvM BvS (Hons) MRCVS

Olivia graduated in 2016 from the University of Nottingham with a first class honours degree in veterinary science. She joined our ambulatory team in February 2018 after working at an ambulatory practice in her home county of Warwickshire, following completion of an equine internship position at Troytown GreyAbbey Equine Hospital in the Republic of Ireland. While undertaking her internship she gained a breadth of experience in anaesthesia, neo-natal intensive care, reproductive work, racehorse medicine and post-operative management of surgical cases.

Olivia enjoys all aspects of equine clinical work, with a particular interest in internal medicine and poor performance cases, including lameness evaluations.

In her spare time she enjoys competing her event horse 'Coldplay', retraining her ex-racehorse 'Jennifer Chimes' , as well as endurance running. In 2017 Olivia completed the 62km ultra-marathon in Ireland in aid of Cancer Research UK and in 2018 her next challenge will be The Jurassic Quarter 74km ultra-marathon in aid of the mental health charity Mind.

Liv is currently spending six months in Australia at a veterinary clinic on the East coast where she is advancing her knowledge in reproduction work.

Evita Busschers

Evita Busschers

DVM MVR FHEA DACVS DECVS DACVSMR MRCVS

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 1.5 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.

Kristina (Chappy) Chapman

Kristina (Chappy) Chapman

DVM MRCVS

Chappy joined us as part of our hospital team in 2017 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. She returned in June 2018 as part of our ambulatory team.

Chappy enjoys all aspects of equine practice but is particularly interested in lameness and imaging.

Chappy grew up just outside of San Francisco, California and in her free time is an avid hiker, snowboarder, and clay pigeon enthusiast. However, most of her time is spent chasing after her two spaniels, Jagger and Farrah!

Sam Corrie

Sam Corrie

MRCVS

Sam 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.

Sam is interested in all aspects of equine veterinary care but has a special interest in surgery and imaging.

Karen Coumbe

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 subsequently obtained her Certificate in veterinary anaesthesia and is now a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advance 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 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 three Olympic Games.

Any spare time is easily filled with her two daughters, as well as trying to improve her photography or skiing 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

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 he is currently pursuing a 3 year Residency in Equine Surgery.

Michael's outside interests include riding and schooling performance horses, swimming, urban dancing and scuba diving.

Alison Fairburn

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.

Antonio Hinojosa

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) from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and he is currently awaiting for the Advanced Practitioner Status in Equine Dentistry to be granted by the 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.


Emma Houghton

Emma Houghton

BVetMed CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

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 8 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!

Emma is currently on maternity leave.

Edd Knowles

Edd Knowles

MA VetMB MVetMed 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 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.

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. He is currently undertaking a part time PhD in equine laminitis while continuing to work in both the hospital and as an ambulatory vet at Bell.

Outside work, Edd enjoys many outdoor pursuits including sailing, skiing, walking and climbing.

Karin Kruger

Karin Kruger

BVSc MSc DipACVIM MRCVS

Karin graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and stayed on to complete an equine internship at the veterinary teaching hospital. After spending 8 months in equine private practice, Karin returned to the university where she worked as an equine anaesthetist while doing a Master’s degree in anaesthesia.

In 2009 she moved to the USA, where she completed a 3 year residency in Equine Internal Medicine at the North Carolina State University and became an ACVIM board certified diplomat in 2012. After her residency, Karin returned to South Africa where she practiced specialist referral medicine at the Witbos Veterinary Clinic and consulted for various practices and drug companies.

In 2017, Karin and her family moved to Sweden where she practiced specialist medicine at the Specialist Equine Hospital in Stromsholm. Karin joined the Bell Equine medical team in September 2018.

Karin enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, but has a special interest in cardiology, critical care and optimising performance.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons, her dog and riding her horse.


Emily Lunn

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 she is pleased to be home.

She enjoys every aspect of being an equine GP and has a particular interest in lameness and ophthalmology.

Emily was an active member of the East Kent Pony Club growing up and has been playing polo for the last 9 years. She also enjoys netball, swimming and walking her friendly spaniel Ralph.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.

Tim Mair

Tim Mair

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.

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!

Jane Morgan

Jane Morgan

BVM&S CertEP MRCVS

Jane 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.

In 2005 she obtained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice (CertEP) and in 2014 was awarded the status of Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice. Jane is one of the ambulatory team and her special interests include colic, wound management, ophthalmology and geriatric medicine.

Outside of work, Jane can be found running/cycling around the Kent lanes or walking her cocker spaniel, Roxy. Jane has completed the London and Paris marathons, several triathlons and cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats in 2013 with her husband Ben to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis.

Sam Morley

Sam Morley

BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS

Sam joined us having graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016. On completion of his internship with us at BELL in 2017, he joined our ambulatory team, undertaking a wide variety of work. One of his main veterinary interests is equine dentistry, of which he undertakes a large proportion of our routine caseload. In addition to this, Sam is passionate about promoting equine welfare, having helped to provide veterinary assistance at Appleby Horse Fair and is regularly involved with the BEVA Trust's education and welfare events. He is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, having completed the Equine Veterinary Studies Award as a student.

Outside of work Sam is a keen triathlete, spending most of his time either swimming, cycling or running his way around Kent!

Ceri Sherlock

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.

Ceri is currently on maternity leave.

David Sinclair

David Sinclair

BVetMed CertES(Orth) MRCVS

Raised on a riding school, in a family of doctors, David 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.

Francesca Taylor - Clinical Director

Francesca Taylor - Clinical Director

BVet Med MRCVS

We are delighted that Francesca Taylor has returned to Bell Equine as our new Clinical Director. Fran qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 and completed a hospital internship with us in 2006. She then spent a further two years as part of our ambulatory team.

Fran left Bell in 2008 to complete a stud season in Australia before spending 2 years in equine practice near her family home in Rutland. Fran moved back to Kent in 2011 and has been Clinical Director of the thriving Goudhurst Vets and Equine Clinic for the last 7 years.

She is now very settled near Tonbridge with her husband Geoff, two children, Rosie and Henry and their unforgettable Welsh Terrier Maud!

Maciej Witold Bednarski

Maciej Witold Bednarski

PhD MRCVS

Maciej graduated from Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland in 2006. After graduating he spent some at the university as a doctoral student. He went on to complete an internship at an equine clinic and further practical studies at equine clinics linked to the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

After completing his doctoral thesis in 2011, Maciej and his wife moved to Wales. He worked at a couple of mix practice veterinary clinics before joining the ambulatory team at BELL EQUINE in 2018.

Maciej enjoys all aspects of equine general practice, but has a particular interest in equine dentistry.

In his spare time Maciej enjoys the outdoors, exploring the Kent countryside with his wife and dog Caribou, cycling and occasionally clay shooting.

Sophie Grant - Hospital Intern

Sophie Grant - Hospital Intern

BVSc MRCVS

Sophie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 and has joined our hospital team as one of our hospital interns.
Since leaving vet school, for the last 8 months Sophie has been enjoying the variety of mixed practice in Sussex.

Sophie enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work and hopes to develop her skills in all areas during the course of the year.

Outside of work Sophie enjoys exploring the south downs on her horse Poppie, walking, experimenting in the kitchen and she is starting to get the hang of skiing.


Michael Duggan - Hospital Intern

Michael Duggan - Hospital Intern

BVSc MRCVS

Michael graduated from the University of Bristol in June 2017 and has been working in a busy mixed practice in Ireland since, providing veterinary services at a number of Eventing Ireland international events and point-to-points.

Michael joined the Bell Equine team as hospital intern in July 2018 and enjoys all aspects of equine work; however, he has a particular interest in equine surgery, lameness and competition / race work.

In his spare time Michael likes to work his springer spaniel 'Bracken' and has a keen interest in fly fishing and country sports.

Rob Pascoe - consultant

Rob Pascoe - consultant

BVSc DipAVDCEq MRCVS Specialist in Equine Dentistry

BEVA/BVDA Approved Equine Dentist

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. In 2018 he left Bell Equine and now runs his own consultancy service.

Richard Jones - consultant

Richard Jones - consultant

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.