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Meet Our Vets

Below are profiles of all the vets working at BELL EQUINE


Richard Jones

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

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.

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

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!

Julian Samuelson

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 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.

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 the Chairman of the British Equine Veterinary Association Trust, the philanthropic arm of BEVA focused on coordinating the provision of volunteer veterinary services. He is also 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. In addition, he is a member of the Liverpool Veterinary School Advisory Council and the Hadlow College Business Advisory Council.

His wife Carol and two children, Oliver and Jessie, all ride and were 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! Outside of veterinary practice and horses, he enjoys skiing and getting busy with a chainsaw, although not at the same time as that would be silly!


David Sinclair

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

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.

Rob Pascoe

Rob Pascoe

BVSc BAEDT 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.

Outside of work, Rob enjoys many outdoor pursuits including walking, mountain biking and sea kayaking.

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 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 a keen interest in emergency surgery.

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 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.

Edd has strong interests in clinical research. He is currently undertaking a part time PhD in equine laminitis whilst continuing to work both in the hospital and as an ambulatory vet at Bell Equine.

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

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 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 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 dogs, running, scuba diving and skiing.

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. Recently, his time has been more focused on his young whippet, Nemo.

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.

Fleur Varley

Fleur Varley

BVetMed BAEDT MRCVS

Fleur 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.

Fleur really enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work but her particular interests are in medicine and dentistry, and she hopes to work towards further qualifications in dentistry in the future.

Out of work, Fleur enjoys long country walks with her spirited golden retriever Bertie.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Sam Morley - Hospital Intern

Sam Morley - Hospital Intern

BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS

Sam 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.

When he is not at the clinic his interests include walking in the Peak District National Park when at home, surfing and skiing. Sam also has a passion for music having recently attended the predictably muddy Glastonbury Festival.


Kristina (Chappy) Chapman - Hospital Intern

Kristina (Chappy) Chapman - Hospital Intern

DVM MRCVS

Chappy 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.

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!