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  • Veterinary Surgeons

    Andy Hayes BVetMed MRCVS

    Partner

    Andy qualified from Royal Veterinary College in 1991 and joined Towcester Veterinary Centre in October of the same year. Apart from a year’s sabbatical in South Africa in 1997 he has worked there ever since and became a partner in 1999. Andy was instrumental in setting up the equine clinic at Plum Park and has seen it expand from humble beginnings to the twelve vet equine team we have today. He is particularly interested in lameness diagnosis and treatment. Andy is married, lives in Towcester and has three children. If he has any spare time he enjoys playing tennis.

    Mike Sheldon BVM&S MRCVS 

    Partner

    Mike has worked for Towcester Veterinary Centre since qualifying in 2003 from Edinburgh. He became a partner in 2011. Mike has a particular interest in equine medicine, dentistry and equine anaesthesia. He was responsible for the introduction of the centre’s dental & gastroscopy services. Mike is an active member of the wider equine community and regularly competes and hunts his own horses. He owns three horses/ponies with wife Alice and also enjoys tennis, snowboarding and going point to pointing. He has a two young daughters Matilda and Beatrix.

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    Mark Vale BVetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Mark qualified in 1994. He worked in Lichfield for four years in a mixed practice before moving to a purely equine clinic in the Cotswolds for seven years. Mark joined the equine team at Towcester Veterinary Centre Equine Clinic in 2005 and has continued to pursue his interest in sports and performance horses. He particularly enjoys diagnostic imaging and is also the acupuncturist at the practice.

    Tamarisk Leeming BSc (Hons) MVSc MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Our vet Tamarisk is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her 3rd child!

    Tamarisk studied Zoology at Newcastle University and worked in tourism for four years, before returning to university to study Veterinary Science at Bristol. Tam is a keen rider and had been a client for many years! She is a Joint Master of the Grafton Hunt, and has recently started hunting sidesaddle. She breeds her own horses and is currently competing one of them up to BE Intermediate level.

    Abi Jennings BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Abi joined us in November 2015. She graduated from Nottingham University in July 2014, and spent her first year as a hospital intern at Bell Equine in Kent.  During this time she saw a large variety of cases; including lots of emergency medicine. She also gained extensive experience in equine anaesthesia; which she has a keen interest in, alongside internal medicine. Having grown up in Silverstone, Abi is looking forward to working closer to home and spending time with family and friends. Outside of work she enjoys baking, walking her Smooth Fox Terrier, Elphi, and scuba diving (but only in warmer waters!).

    Gemma Kirk BVetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Gemma graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 and has been in equine practice ever since. As a new graduate she worked for a branch of The Minster Equine Clinic in Doncaster. She then undertook an internship at The Arundel Equine Hospital in West Sussex where she looked after inpatients, carried out anaesthesia and was involved in lameness work ups and diagnostic imaging. Upon completion of her internship, she stayed on at Arundel for a further few years; initially as a hospital/ lameness assistant and then as part of the ambulatory and stud team.

    Since 2013 Gemma has split time between Arundel and a role as a resident vet at Vinery Stud, Australia. Vinery is a large Thoroughbred farm that is home to around 500 horses and foals down 150-200 mares every year, so time spent here has served as good experience in all areas of equine reproduction and foal care, albeit rather busy at times!

    Gemma is currently studying for her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and is helping out at Towcester over the busy summer period, between southern hemisphere breeding seasons.

    Becky Price BVSc MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon 

    Becky joined the practice in July 2016, after graduating from Bristol University. She was our first intern, which allowed her to develop her skill set in all aspects of veterinary practice. Throughout her internship she developed a keen interest in poor performance and orthopaedics, working closely with Andy and the rest of the team. Becky is now a key member of the orthopaedic team working mainly from our Onley clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her naughty border terrier, Hattie, horse riding and travelling (whenever she gets the chance!).

    Ashley Schofield DVM BSc (Hons) MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon 

    Based mainly at our Onley practice, Ashley studied at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, Slovakia. He enjoys equine dentistry and lameness so often works alongside Mike and our orthopaedic vets on a variety of cases.

    He enjoys riding his horse Fawn and his dog Foxy can always be found with him whilst out on the road!

    Gwen Davies BVM BVS MRCVS

    Veterinary Intern

    Gwen joined us in July 2019 as our newest veterinary intern. She graduated from the University of Nottingham earlier this year and has developed a keen interest in lameness work during her studies. She has completed an externship at Donnington Grove Veterinary Group, gaining valuable experience in emergency work and inpatient care in particular.

    In her spare time she competes her own horse Campeon up to BE Novice level, and also tries to fit in a chukka here or there after getting into polo at university.

    Dr. Melanie Lean DrMedVet BSc MSc MRCVS

    Veterinary Intern