Meet our dedicated, Equine only clinical and office team. Abbey Equine Clinic prides itself in the collective level of experience that our team represents. Our aim is to provide a consistent team of accomplished vets that you can rely on.

Veterinary Surgeons

Equine Veterinary Surgeon (Retired)
Rod Fisher
You may well see Rod at the races (Chepstow or Bath) but since his retirement in October 2016 Rod has taken a step back from clinical work to enjoy other pursuits and is no longer taking routine appointments. We are very privileged to have worked with Rod over the years and he has had an excellent career. Rod qualified from the University of Bristol and started mixed veterinary practice in Abergavenny. After a period of general practice in Australia, he returned to Abergavenny to develop the equine department. Veterinary surgeon to the British Endurance Team between 1998 and 2001, Rod has since then looked after the extremely successful British Paralympic dressage team. He is on the FEI’s recognised list of Veterinary Surgeons in the disciplines of Endurance and Eventing and enjoys an active role in officiating in both spheres. He has a particular interest in sports medicine and has a number of publications covering a range of subjects. Outside of work, Rod is a keen supporter of the Monmouthshire hunt and enjoys travelling and walking his lurchers.
Equine Veterinary Surgeon
Georgina Vaughan (Hirst)
Georgina graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007. After which she spent some time working for S.P.A.N.A., a horse charity in Morocco, before undertaking an internship at the Dubai Equine Hospital in the UAE. Georgina has spent 3 years working in an Equine Practice in Leicestershire before joining us in 2011. Her main interests are performance horses, neonatal medicine and anaesthesia. Georgina grew up in mid-Wales through the pony club and hunted regularly. Her main interest is endurance riding, whether it's bringing on young horses, competing in 160km rides or crewing internationally. She also enjoys running and trying to keep track of her naughty Cocker Spaniel, Lily!
Equine Veterinary Surgeon
David Thompson
David qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990 and after 2 years in mixed practice in mid-Wales moved to Chepstow where he continued in mixed practice and became a partner in 1999. In recent years David has concentrated on the equine side of the practice and continues to be involved in all aspects of equine work and joined Abbey in 2014. He has been a regular member of the veterinary team at Chepstow and Bath racecourses for the last 20 years. David spends time outside work on the family farm, looking after his wife’s horses and trying to keep up with his 2 teenage sons on their mountain bikes.
Equine Veterinary Surgeon
David Holman
David qualified from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1990. After working in both Australia and the UK, he joined Abbey Veterinary Centre in 2004 and has become a very popular member of the team. He particularly enjoys all aspects of stud medicine and also has an interest in equine acupuncture. David is a keen horse racing fan and makes it to meets whenever he can. Dave and his partner, Alison, have two young children and a small collection of Arab horses at home.
Equine Veterinary Surgeon and Equine Director
Emma Jones
Emma qualified from Cambridge University in 1996. After completing an internship at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket and spending time in equine practice in Gloucestershire, Emma completed a surgical residency and was appointed Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics at the University of Edinburgh. Her particular interests include lameness diagnosis and arthroscopic surgery. In her spare time Emma has more luck controlling her spaniel, Freddie than her two children and bizarrely enjoys running.
Equine Veterinary Surgeon
Carys Reynolds
Carys' family live in Abergavenny and she graduated from the University of Liverpool Vet School in 2010, having carried out all of her equine University placements here at Abbey! Carys went on to complete an 18month specialist Equine Internship at the B&W Equine Vets Hospital near Bristol, and subsequently joined their ambulatory team, spending 6.5 years out on the road for them, enjoying all aspects of equine veterinary work and gaining extensive experience across the board; from pleasure horses to international competition horses and not forgetting donkeys and even zebra! For the past 3 years Carys has also been the Head Vet for the Horseworld Rescue and Rehab Charity in Bristol who have over 100 horses and ponies on site. This has seen her complete an Expert Witness Legal Course and work alongside the RSPCA and Emergency Services dealing with extreme rescues and medical emergencies. She also has a keen interest in Internal Medicine particularly wounds and poor performance. Carys has completed the ARVS course and enjoys being on duty at Point to Points and Eventing competitions. She is very excited to be returning to her roots here at Abbey! Outside of work she loves socialising with friends and Eventing her Dutch Warmblood horse Tommy. Carys will never be alone on her calls, her young black Labrador Tally has the job of chief vet's assistant! 
Equine Veterinary Surgeon
Anna Wilkinson
Anna qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018, after completing a previous degree in Bioveterinary Science in Gloucestershire. Anna enjoys all aspects of equine work, however has a particular interest in anaesthesia and all things medical. Originally from London, Anna grew up near Ystradgynlais and spent most of her time hunting and riding with the Sennybridge Pony Club. Outside of work Anna enjoys keeping fit by walking her crazy springer spaniel Mickey.
Business Manager
Malcolm Kingswell
Malcolm joined us from the Retail industry where he ran department stores. Malcolm is a passionate photographer and also loves to grow everything he can on his allotment. His Patterdale terrier "scamp" also makes sure he has plenty of opportunities to go for walks.
Ellie Morgan
Ellie joined Abbey Equinb Clinic in October 2019 having spent the previous four years working in the insurance industry. On weekends Ellie enjoys competing on her horses and exploring there countryside.
Equine Veterinary Surgeon
Helen Vaughan
Helen graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 and after 2 years in mixed practice became a locum, dealing mainly in small animals. This was only a short term plan until an equine position came up close to home. In November 2016 Helen jumped at the chance to join Abbey Equine Clinic, initially as maternity cover. She enjoys all aspects of the equine work at Abbey, but has just started an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy to compliment Emma's orthopaedic work. Helen also has her OV licence, which allows her to perform export certification. Having grown up competing in multiple disciplines she is currently enjoying getting her young WB x TB out competing in dressage, showjumping and XC with plans to event in the future. Helen will be seen out on her calls with her Collie cross dog, who is becoming famous for her enthusiasm in protecting the car! She also enjoys keeping fit, with a particular passion for pole fitness.

Nursing Team and Technicians

Equine Technician
Sian Warman


Sian Warman joined our team 2010 having been in her previous veterinary practice for 16 years. She has also worked at hunt kennels. Sian has also recently qualified as a 'Suitably Qualified Person' (E-SQP) for both Equine and Companion animals. Sian has her own horse which she enjoys showing and hacking, she also breeds working labs and spaniels.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Emily Dibble


Emily joined Abbey Vets as a weekend groom in 2011. She then started full time as a student veterinary nurse in 2013 going on to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse in 2015. Emily left Abbey Equine in 2017 to work as a clinic nurse, specialising in theatre nursing and radiography at Liphook Equine Hospital. At Liphhok Emily completed her equine nursing top-up diploma and her clinical coach training. In 2019 Emily and her other half Rhys decided to return to Wales to settle down and rejoin Abbey Equine!Emily has a keen interest in wound management, neonatal care and radiography. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring. Outside of work Emily enjoys spending time with her two mares, Stella and Bonnie and also exploring the mountains with them Rhys and their Belgian Malinois dog Shelby.
Head Nurse
Karen Williams


Karen qualified as a registered veterinary nurse from Pencoed College in 2000 and joined Abbey Vets in 2002 and gaining her second Diploma in Equine Nursing in 2013 after studying at the Open College of Equine Studies in Suffolk. Karen qualified as an Antra Trained Suitably qualified person (E-SQP) for both equine and companion animals in 2016. She can also be found working in all weathers as part of the on course veterinary team at Chepstow Horse Races covering events such as the prestigious Welsh National. Karen enjoys both National Hunt and Point-To-Point racing which she has participated in as an owner, trainer and jockey. Since 2014, she has taught the Equine Syllabus to students at Abbeydale Vetlink Nursing College in Monmouth. Karen has a keen interest in welfare, first aid and all preventative health care issues. Other interests include foreign travel, Scuba diving , good food and driving her Fresian Mare "Matty" around the country lanes. If you would like any advice or information on equine nursing issues please give her a ring at the clinic.
Equine Veterinary Nurse
Catrin Griffiths


Catrin joined Abbey Equine in December 2016 and then qualified as an Equine Veterinary Nurse from Hartpury College in 2017. Catrin spent a year of training at Newmarket Equine Hospital where she gained a keen interest in medical nursing including intensive care and neonatal care. Catrin is regularly seen riding lameness work ups for Emma. This sparked an interest in back pain investigation and treatment. Catrin assists in post operative rehabilitation of 'kissing spine' with a tailored nursing residential rehabilitation. Outside work Catrin enjoys spending time with her two Thoroughbreds and donkey, renovating her house and walking the welsh countryside with her other half Rhydian. 

Office Team

Part-time Receptionist
Mandy Bartlett
Mandy emigrated to the UK from South Africa in 1991 and has worked and participated in Eventing and in The Point to Point and National Hunt industries as both groom and amateur jockey. Her interests are skiing, running, cycling and she also has a competition Drivers license and competes in motor sports events such as Hillclimbs and Sprints as well as being a member of the 'All Wheel Drive Club' where she competes in off-road racing with her partner. Mandy joined Abbey in February 2014. They have a young daughter, two cats and a lurcher cross sheepdog.
Equine Office Manager
Maria Watts
BSc (Hons)
Maria joined us as Equine Office Manager in May 2017. Maria graduated in 2005 from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester with BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture with Animal Management. She has previously worked in the hunt service, at both the Brecon & Talybont and Curre & Llangibby hunt kennels, and has recently joined us from the insurance industry. Maria grew up on her familys' livestock farm in Brecon and has always enjoyed working with animals. All Marias' spare time is devoted to looking after her tribe of horses, dogs and chickens. She also enjoys cooking, baking and looking after her two young nieces.

Let’s Talk

If you have any veterinary or administrative enquiries you can phone on 01873 840069 during business hours (Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.00pm) or alternatively complete the form below and submit your enquiry.
One of our veterinary, nursing or administrative staff will be pleased to respond to you by phone or email as soon as possible during office hours.

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