• Vets at Ashbrook Equine Hospital

  • Roger Dixon BVM&S CertAVP(ESM) MRCVS

    Roger qualified from the Royal Dick Veterinary School in 1999. He spent 4 years working in a busy mixed practice in Lancashire, before migrating to the Southern Hemisphere to spend a stud season working with one of Western Australia's leading stud vets. 

    Roger joined Ashbrook upon his return to the UK in 2004. He enjoys all aspects of equine work and has developed a high-quality artificial insemination service over recent years. During the breeding season he is very busy with reproductive work and is usually found at the back of the mare examination stocks! In 2015 Roger passed further examinations to obtain the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Stud Medicine). Roger became a Partner in 2009 and enjoys mountain walking, sailing and spending time with his young and growing family.

  • Kerry Comb BVMS CertEP MRCVS 

    Kerry graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1998 and worked in mixed practice before following her true interest - equine work. Kerry obtained her RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2005. 

    Kerry’s main veterinary interests are surgery and lameness and her work is predominantly based in the hospital. Outside work, she enjoys riding, which has been a passion since childhood. She was a keen eventer but motherhood now leaves her short of time! Kerry became a Partner in 2011.  Her daughters Zara and Isobel are growing up fast and seem to be a full time hobby but when time allows Kerry enjoys cycling.

  • Julia Shrubb MA VetMB CertAVP(EM) MRCVS 

    Julia qualified from Cambridge University in 2007 and worked in the University first opinion practice and equine referral hospital before joining Ashbrook in 2009. Julia enjoys all aspects of equine practice but has a particular interest in internal medicine and anaesthesia. In 2013 she passed the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Medicine. She enjoys the challenges of diagnosing and treating liver disease, respiratory conditions and intestinal/gastric problems. She also has a particular interest in the management of Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Cushings disease.

    Julia has had many horses and grew up in the Pony Club, getting her first pony when she was 5 years old. Before training to be a vet, Julia took a year out and worked with international showjumpers in Canada. Out of work, Julia is a keen mountain biker and long-distance runner and is usually in training for some event on the horizon!

  • Vicky Rowlands BVM&S CertEP MRCVS

    Vicky qualified from the Royal Dick Veterinary School in 2003 and gained her RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2009. After working as a mixed practice vet in Fife, Scotland, Vicky moved to Northumberland where she worked as an equine vet for 3 years. Vicky joined the Ashbrook team in December 2009 and has special interests in lameness, performance problems and equine dentistry. 

    Vicky was an active member of Strathearn Pony Club and enjoyed riding and teaching. She competed in tetrathlon at an international level and also enjoyed eventing. Vicky now combines working with motherhood, and still finds time to enter the odd triathlon!

  • Nikki Brown BVetMed MRCVS


    Nikki qualified in 2002 and after a few months in mixed practice she secured an internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital. This was a steep, but highly enjoyable learning curve in all things equine and where she developed her passion for anaesthesia.


    She has been a 100% equine vet since then and enjoys all aspects of equine work. Before joining Ashbrook she spent 5 years working with Hartpury Equine Veterinary and Therapy Centre, diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating back pain, poor performance and lameness cases. Her other interests include critical care medicine, neonatal medicine and care of geriatric horses.

    Outside of work she enjoys a busy social with friends around the country. She also loves horse riding, snowboarding and walking her Labrador, Bodhi, who goes with her on all her calls.

  • Emily Read BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

    Emily qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2011. After starting her career in a busy mixed practice in North Yorkshire, she followed her true passion of equine work and moved to Lincolnshire to work at a first opinion veterinary practice in Louth.

    Emily joined Ashbrook in May 2015. She enjoys all aspects of equine work with particular interests in investigating poor performance in the sports horse, soft tissue surgery and wound care and is currently working towards her RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

    Outside work Emily loves the outdoors and enjoys walking. She is a keen runner and a (mostly!) regular gym go-er. Emily hopes this will keep her fit, if only to help keep up with her overly energetic terrier, Scruff, who you are all sure to meet as he keeps her company on her daily rounds.

     

  • Millie (Camilla) Lumsden BVM&S MRCVS

    Millie graduated from the Royal Dick Veterinary School in 2010. After 3 years of mixed practice in Scotland she started the hemisphere hopping of a repro vet! She has worked in Hunter Valley with thoroughbreds and Victoria, Australia for a season of all but TB horses, gaining a lot of experience with both frozen and chilled AI plus was responsible for a recipient herd for one of the busiest embryo transfer units in the state. As of march 2016, Millie has returned to Ashbrook full time - for all her sins! As well as enjoying developing the stud medicine aspect of the practice with Roger, she has a strong interest in foal medicine, wound management and lameness assessment.
     
    She is currently studying for a certificate in Equine Stud medicine.
     
    Outside work, Millie is experiencing the challenge of trying to train her mini schnauzer puppy Isca - proving to be a slow process!
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  • Geoff Lane BVetMed DESTS FRCVS

    RCVS Specialist in Soft Tissue Surgery

    Geoff graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1969. After a period in mixed practice in Berkshire, he moved to Bristol University to specialize in Upper Respiratory Surgery and gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1974.

    He is a recognised RCVS Specialist in Soft Tissue Surgery and was a BEVA President in 1989. Since 1998 he has carried out consulting work for private referral practices and performs several hundred upper respiratory tract procedures each year. 

    Geoff operates at Ashbrook on an ad hoc basis, most commonly performing 'tie-backs' following referral from our vets. He will also accept referrals from external veterinary surgeons and the surgery may subsequently be performed at Ashbrook where appropriate.

  • Sue Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD MRCVS

    RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

    Sue qualified from Cambridge University in 1984 and gained her Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1990. She gained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 1994 and European Diploma in 1996. She is a RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology and has now written and edited four textbooks as well as numerous article and book chapters.

    Sue has a keen interest in Equine Dermatology and runs monthly dermatology clinics at Ashbrook, accepting referrals from vets across the North West  She examines and treats all types of skin disease, including cases of allergic skin disease, immune mediated skin disease and chronic or recurrent infections. Intradermal allergy testing followed by immunisation vaccine are commonly performed and can prove extremely beneficial for horses suffering from allergic dermatitis.

  • Matthew O'Donnell MRCVS

    Matthew qualified from Liverpool University in 1998. He worked for six years in Newmarket at Rossdales Equine Hospital and completed a surgical residency. In 2007 he was recruited by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and worked as a racing vet and equine surgeon. Whilst in this role he was instrumental in organising and providing veterinary care for the duration of the Beijing Olympic Games 2008. He has extensive experience in equine lameness and surgery and performs complex procedures such as fracture repairs and arthroscopy on selected cases at Ashbrook.