David Rowlands BVSc Cert EM(Stud Med) MRCVS

David Rowlands BVSc Cert EM(Stud Med) MRCVS
David Rowlands BVSc Cert EM(Stud Med) MRCVS

David comes from a competitive riding and horse breeding background in Cornwall. He graduated from Liverpool University in 1997 and has worked at equine referral hospitals in Ireland, New Zealand and Rossdales in Newmarket, UK. In 2005 he returned to the West Country to establish Penbode Equine as a specialised department within Penbode Vets. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine and is part of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) veterinary support team. He has officiated at many international events including Burghley Horse Trials and the London 2012 Olympics. He is an FEI Veterinary Delegate for eventing. His areas of specialisation include stud and sport horse medicine, dentistry and pre-purchase examinations. When work permits he enjoys exercising point-to-pointers and training for triathlons.

Hermione Jane (nee Finch) BSc (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS

Hermione Jane (nee Finch) BSc (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS
Hermione Finch BSc (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS

Hermione graduated from Edinburgh University in 2012, having included a research scholarship in equine stud medicine at Colarado State University, USA, and joined Penbode Equine during the same year. Hermione has represented East Cornwall Pony Club at area competitions and the National Show-jumping finals at Hickstead, and more recently concentrated on show-jumping and unaffiliated dressage.

Jeremy Hyde BVetMed MRCVS

Jeremy Hyde BVetMed MRCVS
Jeremy Hyde  BVetMed MRCVS

Jeremy started the Eqwest Veterinary Clinic back in 1997, when he and Jane saw there was a lack of equine specific veterinary services for horses in the West Country. Along with the team at Eqwest, he has built EqWest into one of the leading equine practices in the West of England. His special clinical interests lie in the investigation and treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders. This includes lameness, back problems and veterinary physiotherapy. When not working or playing with horses, Jeremy enjoys keeping fit by Sea Kayaking, playing tennis or cycling and walking the moors.

Gemma Stokes BVSc GPCert(EqP) MRCVS

Gemma Stokes BVSc GPCert(EqP) MRCVS
Gemma Stokes BVSc GPCert(EqP) MRCVS

Gemma graduated from Liverpool University in 2004 and after a year in mixed practice in Devon joined Penbode Equine in August 2005. She has a keen interest in lameness investigation, medicine and surgery. She has also received further training in saddle fitting. Gemma completed a certificate in general equine practice in 2010. She is a keen rider and committee member of the Holsworthy and District Riding Club. Gemma competes locally on her horse Shelly.

Dr. Kieran O'Brien MA MVB(Hons) PhD MRCVS

Dr. Kieran O'Brien MA MVB(Hons) PhD MRCVS
Dr. Kieran O

After a long stint as a lecturer and clinician at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol, Kieran joined Penbode Equine Vets in Tavistock, Devon in 1998. A very experienced horse vet, his special interests are respiratory and skin disorders, and pre-purchase examinations. He has been Team Vet for the British and Irish endurance teams and has officiated at many international endurance competitions as an FEI Official Veterinarian. He is the author of Essential Horse Health (David & Charles). Outside of work he enjoys breeding sport horses and Connemara ponies.

Gemma Tyner, DipACVIM, MRCVS

Gemma Tyner, DipACVIM, MRCVS
Gemma Tyner, DipCVIM, MRCVS

Gemma grew up on a dairy farm in South Africa where she broke in and produced young horses. She has worked at some of the leading equine hospitals in USA, Australia and the UK. She is an American specialist in equine internal medicine, and a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Dip ACVIM). Her areas of particular interest include equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, critical care and foal medicine. Although she's just as happy caring for hairy ponies with laminitis! In her free time Gemma enjoys riding, sailing and walking in the local countryside.

Dr Zoe Turner BSc(Hons) BVSc CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

Dr Zoe Turner BSc(Hons) BVSc CertAVP(EM) MRCVS
Dr Zoe Turner BSc(Hons) BVSc CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

Following graduation from The University of Liverpool with an honours degree in Zoology, Zoe stayed on at Liverpool and completed a second degree in Veterinary Science graduating in 2006. While gaining experience in a number of specialist equine practices, she studied for a masters level certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with an internal medicine bias from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which was awarded in 2012. As part of enjoying the challenge of diagnosing medical conditions, her interests also include investigating problems of poor performance. Zoe has also completed further training in equine sports massage (with ICAT) and equine acupuncture with the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA). Outside of work she can be found competing on her Irish sports horse Lilly or walking her two dogs, Annie and Jasper across the moors. Other interests include cooking for friends and surfing or skiing depending on the weather!

Justine Ashton BVSc MRCVS

Justine Ashton BVSc MRCVS
Justine Ashton BVSc MRCVS

Justine graduated from Liverpool University in 2017, 10 years after she began seeing practice with Penbode. Having grown up locally, she has a good knowledge of the area. She has competed at national level in BHS Trec with her own horses and particularly enjoys dressage. As well as her strong interest in endocrine conditions such as PPID (cushing's syndrome) and EMS (equine metabolic syndrome), she is very interested in lameness investigations and has completed an elective in Equine Orthopaedics at the Phillip Leverhulme Equine Hospital (University of Liverpool). In her spare time she enjoys sunny days hacking, walking her collie Tess and exploring the countryside.

Nicola Morrison BVetMed MRCVS

Nicola Morrison BVetMed MRCVS
Nicola Morrison

Nicola started working for Penbode this summer after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary work. Originally from Essex, Nicola enjoys being outdoors and exploring the area!

Karen Easterbrook - Receptionist

Karen Easterbrook - Receptionist
Karen Easterbrook

Karen has many years of horse experience. Her breadth of knowledge extends across all disciplines and she has evented at pre-novice level.

Tasha Parkes - Receptionist

Tasha Parkes - Receptionist
Tasha Parkes

Tasha is interested in all things equine, especially breaking and schooling her own young horses. Tasha is keen to help keep your horse healthy and active.

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