MEET THE TEAM
Our multi-disciplinary team of ambulatory and hospital vets includes American and European board-certified specialists and several RCVS certificate holders and advanced practitioners. Many of our vets joined us as ‘house vets’ at the start of their careers and subsequently returned having gained further experience elsewhere. The vets are skilfully supported by our dedicated nursing, laboratory, administrative and laboratory staff.
David completed his veterinary training in 1986 at the R(D)SVS, Edinburgh, and has been with Donnington Grove Veterinary Group since 1992, becoming a partner in 1994.
David has experience in all aspects of equine practice, though his work now largely entails sports medicine, encompassing the investigation of poor performance, lameness and respiratory disease.
David’s experience and expertise is widely recognised having been invited to lecture on musculoskeletal and respiratory disorders of the racehorse on a number of occasions. David is currently the senior veterinary surgeon at Newbury racecourse and a member of the veterinary panel for Goffs (UK) sales company.
BVM&S, Cert EP, DESTS, Dipl ECVS, FRCVS, RCVS & European Specialist in Equine Surgery
Bruce graduated from Edinburgh University in 1988. He joined O’Gorman Slater and Main (as it was then) in 1992. From 1995 to 1998 he undertook a Residency in Equine Surgery at Bristol University and then re-joined Donnington Grove Veterinary Group as principle equine surgeon. Bruce’s interest is equine surgery, including arthroscopy, fracture repair, colic and airway surgery. He was equine surgeon for the Rio Olympic Games. He was awarded a fellowship of the RCVS in 2016 for meritous contributions to clinical practice. He also involves himself in imaging including MRI, scintigraphy and radiology. He enjoys skiing and, similar to his skiing ability, is a low level rugby referee. He's also been able to run the odd marathon. His wife and daughter have innumerable horses, while his son is an aspiring athlete.
Graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1988 and after a year in mixed practice, followed by 4 years in first opinion horse practice in Hertfordshire, he joined the practice in 1993. Since then he has worked as an ambulatory vet, focussing on race and competition work. From 2008 to 2014, he served on BEVA council as representative for the racing industry, and also held a position on the BHA veterinary committee. He has a special interest in cardiac ultrasonography and for many years has taught on the BEVA specialist course on this subject.
He became a partner at Donnington Grove Veterinary Group in1999, and continues to work as a full time ambulatory vet. He regularly attends thoroughbred auction sales on behalf of clients. Outside of work, he keeps himself reasonably fit by playing a bit of tennis, golf, skiing and sailing, as well as regular dog walks.
BVM&S, CertVA, MRCVS
Following graduation from Edinburgh University in 1999 and 2 years in mixed practice Alastair undertook an internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital. After a brief spell in equine practice in Sussex Alastair joined the practice in 2004, becoming an associate partner in 2011 and an equity partner in 2014. Alastair has a certificate in veterinary anaesthesia
He spends most of his time doing ambulatory racing practice, alongside providing investigation of poor performance using overground endoscopy and telemetric ECG. Alastair also has an interest in the care and preparation of young stock for bloodstock sales.
When not working he is kept busy looking after his two sons and enjoys cooking.
Filipe De Oliveira
BVSc, CertAVP, MRCVS
Filipe qualified from Bristol University in 1997. He started his career in mixed practice in Suffolk, before spending 5 years at Rossdales, Newmarket under the guidance of Peter Rossdale and Sidney Ricketts. Following time working in Dubai and then Surrey, he joined the practice as a locum in 2006, before taking on a full-time role with primary responsibility for developing the stud side of the practice. Fil has special interests in foal medicine and (developmental) orthopaedics, foetal sex determination and care of the high-risk pregnant mare. He offers second opinion referral services to vets in the area, including advice of foetal sex testing, mare problems, and foal/yearling orthopaedic issues and has lectured at several CPD meetings in the UK.
BVetMed, CertEM (Int.Med), MS, DACVIM, DipECEIM, MRCVS.
American, European and RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
Kate graduated from the Royal Vet College, London in 2005, before joining Donnington Grove in 2006 as a hospital intern, staying for 2 1/2 years. Kate then completed a 3 year residency training program in Illinois, USA in equine internal medicine achieving American board certification as a specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine, as well as a Masters degree. She has publications in multiple peer reviewed journals and has presented at several international conferences. In 2013 she became a European Specialist in equine internal medicine and an RCVS specialist in 2014. Kate rejoined the practice in February 2013 and leads the internal medicine service. Her professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, critical care and neonatology. She also has a major interest in colic surgery and post-operative colic care. Her interests outside of work include dog walking, skiing and cooking.
MVB, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVS, MRCVS, American Specialist in Equine Surgery
Henry O’Neill grew up on a farm in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and attributes his father for his passion and curiosity in the horse. He went onto graduate as a veterinarian in 2005 from the University College Dublin, followed by a number of years in farm animal practice in Northern Ireland. Henry first came to Donnington Grove as an intern during 2008-2009 and inspired by this experience, got placed in an equine surgical training program at Michigan State University under the tutelage of Dr John Stick. Henry qualified as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013, and gained a Masters of Science at the same time in equine upper airway research. Henry holds memberships to both the British and American Veterinary Medical Associations. Although Henry conducts all forms of surgery and lameness within the hospital, his particular interests are in equine respiratory, orthopaedic and minimally invasive surgery.
DVM, CertAVP, MRCVS
Elisabetta qualified in 2006 at the University of Padova (Italy). After completing a stud season in Ireland she served her internship with us from 2008 to 2010, before returning to Ireland as a racing vet. Elisabetta re-joined Donnington Grove in April 2011 as a fully fledged Equine Assistant and completed her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice from the University of Liverpool in 2015. Elisabetta's main interest lies in MRI and for the last 8 years she has been interpreting our MRI and, more recently, CT images.
Outside of work Elisabetta enjoys crossfit, hiking and spending time with her whippets and her horses.
BVetMed, BSc, Cert AVP, MRCVS
Alix works in the Sports and Leisure Team. She first joined the practice in 2006 as a house vet before returning in 2009 in an ambulatory capacity. Alix enjoys all aspects of ambulatory work and has a particular interest in equine medicine and ophthalmology. Alix also remains closely involved in anaesthesia training at the clinic.
BSc MA Vet MB Cert VA Cert EM(Int Med) MRCVS
Nicole graduated from University of Cambridge in 1992. She spent a year in mixed practice and then completed an Internship at the Royal Veterinary College in Anaesthesia and Orthopaedics. She joined the practice in 1994. Post graduate qualifications include a Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and a Certificate in Equine Medicine (Internal Medicine). She qualified in Germany as an Equine Chiropractor with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic and uses these techniques as well as acupuncture in treatments.
Nicole’s main interests are in sports horse lameness, injury prevention and poor performance. She has a strong interest in dressage being an advanced dressage rider and producer of sports horses. She has one daughter who competes Internationally in dressage.
DrMedVet(Cum laude), CertISELP, MRCVS
Giorgio qualified from the University of Turin, Italy, in 1989. After an Internship in Equine Surgery at the Animal Health Trust in 1991/92, he settled in Pisa, Tuscany where he spent over twenty years in private practice, further developing his interests in equine surgery and lameness. This included assignments as a contract Professor at the University of Pisa.
More recently Giorgio started travelling in the Middle East for work and after an 18 months spell in the UAE working for a large private stable involved in flat and endurance racing, he made his way back to Europe, joining Donnington Grove in 2016.
Giorgio is past president of SIVE, the Italian Association of Equine Practitioners and of FEEVA, the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations; he is past Board member of the ESVOT (European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology). He is a certified member of ISELP (International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology.
BVM&S, MSc, Cert AVP (ESO, ESST), DipECVS, MRCVS
Judith qualified from Edinburgh in 2008. She joined Donnington Grove in 2010 on an equine internship before undertaking a surgical residency at the University of Liverpool where she completed RCVS certificates in Equine Orthopaedics and Soft Tissue Surgery, as well as a masters degree. In 2015 she became a recognised European Specialist in Equine Surgery. She worked as an equine surgeon both in Australia and the UK before returning to Donnington Grove in 2018. Judith has published several papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. In her spare time Judith is kept busy squeezing in eventing alongside a young family.
DVM, CertAVP(ESST,ESO), MRCVS
Giulia qualified from the University of Parma, Italy, in 2009. After working for two years in a stud farm in Saudi Arabia, she completed an internship at the Fethard Equine Hospital in Ireland and a surgical internship at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY, USA. Her surgical interest brought her to the University of Liverpool in 2015, where completed a residency in Equine Surgery. Giulia joined the DGVG team in July 2019.
Giulia enjoys all aspects of equine surgery and lameness investigation. Giulia is currently working towards an MPhil Degree and towards becoming a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her primary research interest is musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses.
When not working, she enjoys riding her horse, swimming and reading.
Lek. Wet MRCVS
Bart was born and brought up in Poland where he grew up at the National Stallion Stud.
After his graduation in 2011 he started his internship at Bourton Vale Equine Clinic in the Cotswolds. He worked there for another 7 years with a wide spectrum of horses from pleasure to top level competition horses, racing and Polo ponies. In 2017 he started working at Donnington Grove Veterinary group in Newbury
In his work his main interest is orthopaedic issues, poor performance and dentistry, but he enjoys all aspects of ambulatory work. Throughout his career Bart has worked with Teams from Poland, Ireland and Denmark as a team vet for numerous international Driving Competition and World Championships. Bart is an attending vet for Newbury Racecourse, and he is also a FEI Permitted Treating Vet. Always looking to widen his skills and knowledge, Bart is currently finishing a Veterinary Chiropractic degree in Germany.
Daniele qualified in 2013 at the University of Perugia. After completing an internship at the equine hospital of the University of Perugia, he worked as stud vet during four overall stud seasons in Italy, France and UK, and also as ambulatory vet during the months out of the season. Daniele joined Donnington Grove in March 2019 as Equine Assistant. Daniele is keen on all aspects of equine veterinary, with a focus on reproduction and orthopaedics and he is currently studying to complete a Certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice. Outside of work Daniele enjoys travelling, skiing, climbing and riding his own horse.
BSc (Hons), BVSc, MRCVS
Chris graduated in 2012 from Bristol University and joined the team in June 2019 after spending time in busy equine practices across the country and abroad.
Being a successful sportsman growing up, coupled with extensive experience in the sports horse sector, Chris's major interests lie in the management and rehabilitation of the athletic horse. Specific areas are the exercise testing of poor performance cases, as well as cardiorespiratory and gastrointestinal disease, in which he is close to completing a certificate in advanced veterinary practice. He is also an FEI vet, a trained government official veterinarian and a member of the international society of lameness practitioners, where he has gained experience in using the objective lameness locator system.
Outside of work, Chris is a low single figure handicapper at golf and enjoys training for various endurance events when his time allows.
BvetMed(Hons), CertAVP(ESM), MRCVS
BSc (hons) BVM&S MSc MRCVS
Julie completed her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and then worked for two breeding seasons at Waikato Stud, New Zealand. She then came to Donnington Grove for the 2017 breeding season before going to Colorado State University for a two year residency and masters in animal reproduction (Theriogenology). This included perfecting her skills in artificial insemination, embryo transfer, problems mares/ stallions and semen processing/ freezing. She then returned to Donnington Grove for the 2020 breeding season before taking the American College of Theriogenologists board exams in July 2020, which she was delighted to pass. Julie has returned to DGVG for the 2021 season as part of the stud team.
Camilla graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013. Having grown up on a small Thoroughbred stud, she subsequently pursued her interest in reproductive medicine, undertaking stud seasons in Australia and the UK. In 2017 she moved to Kentucky to spend a year at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, rotating through their medical, surgical, and reproductive services. She is also a FEI permitted treating vet and has published on equine biomechanics. Outside the stud season Camilla enjoys all aspect of general practice.
When not at work, Camila likes running, baking, and riding whenever she can.
Thady graduated from the RVC in June 2018, following a career change after working in finance for 8 years in the City of London. He completed the hospital internship at DGVG before joining the ambulatory team in 2019. His main interests lie in orthopaedics and lameness and he hopes to become a racecourse vet when he has been qualified for the permitted time.
He is an avid horse racing fan and is attempting to attend every racecourse in the country over the next few years, taking his young son along when he can.
BSc(Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS
Alex part of our ambulatory team. Alex studied Bioveterinary Sciences prior to Veterinary studies at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Initially, Alex joined Donnington Grove as a House Vet within the hospital team. After completion of this 18 month position, she transitioned to the ambulatory team.
Alex enjoys all aspects of being an equine vet, but has particular interest in lameness and sports horse medicine. She is currently working towards a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and is also an FEI treating vet.
In her spare time, Alex enjoys exploring the countryside with her dog, Bert.
MA (Oxon) MA (Cantab) VetMB MRCVS
Rachel is a resident in equine internal medicine, working towards a European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) diploma.
Rachel studied physiological sciences at Oxford University prior to veterinary at Cambridge. She initially joined Donnington Grove as a house vet and on completion of this 18-month position, stayed on as part of the stud team for a breeding season. A stint in ambulatory sports’ horse practice preceded her return to Donnington Grove in January 2020. Her main interests are foal medicine and critical care. Rachel is also an FEI treating vet being passionate about three-day eventing. Rachel previously competed at Badminton and Burghley 5*s.
Monica Bas Planas DVM MRCVS
Charlotte Couth BVetMed MRCVS
Anna Drahanovska MVDr MRCVS
Zoe Jameson BVetMed MRCVS
Hugo Rondan DVM MRCVS
JUNIOR HOUSE VETS
Mateus Forni BVMSci MRCVS
Natalia Watrobska BVScMRCVS
Chrysanthi Pitaouli DVM MRCVS
Simon Haugaard MRCVS
Lucy Sheard BVSc MRCVS
REGISTERED VETERINARY NURSES (RVN)
Mary Simcock RVN SQP-J - Head Equine Nurse
Emma Saunders RVN SQP-J - Senior Yard Nurse
Sheena O'Neill RVN SQP-J - Senior Theatre Nurse
Nikki Broocks RVN SQP-J - Deputy Theatre Nurse
Zoe Gear RVN - Acting Deputy Theatre Nurse
Emma Carter RVN
Lisa Spencer IAAT - Physiotherapist
TRAINEE EQUINE NURSES
Beatrriz Zalbidea - Final year
Olivia Down - 1st year
PRE-TRAINEE EQUINE NURSES