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 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 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 graduated from Liverpool University in 2004 and joined Penbode Equine in August 2005. She has a keen interest in sports horse poor performance including lameness investigation, medicine and surgery. She has received further training in saddle fitting and acupuncture. Gemma also enjoys working with retired horses and ponies and the challenge of managing Laminitis. 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 is currently competing her horse Elita and finding time to enjoy riding her older mare, Shellie, whilst having fun times with her young family.
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.
Justine graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017, 10 years after she started seeing practice at Penbode. Having grown up locally, she has a thorough knowledge of the area. She is very interested in lameness investigations and completed an elective in Equine Orthopaedics at the Phillip Leverhulme Equine Hospital. She also has a strong interest in reproduction, as well as metabolic conditions such as PPID (Cushings disease) and EMS (Equine Metabolic Syndrome). She has competed at national level in BHS Trec with her own horses and particularly enjoys dressage. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse Mac, walking her collie Tess & exploring the countryside.
Emily graduated from Bristol University in July 2018. Prior to working at Penbode she completed an externship at Newmarket Equine Hospital. She has a strong interest in medicine, dentistry and metabolic conditions. She grew up in Bedfordshire and was heavily involved in pony club particularly the Prince Phillip Cup. She now enjoys horse riding and gliding and spends time off work travelling around the UK and overseas with the gliding community.
Meg graduated from Liverpool University in July 2019 and joined Penbode Equine in August. Meg grew up in rural West Wales doing all things Pony Club and riding on the beach. Before university, Meg spent a year working with polo horses in Australia and her interests include reproduction as well as dentistry, which she completed an elective in at the Phillip Leverhulme Equine Hospital (University of Liverpool). In her spare time, Meg enjoys trail running and surfing.