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