Vets

Richard Stephenson 

is responsible for the day to day management of the Equine Practice where he has worked for 30 years. He is a RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in equine practice. He holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Radiology, and is particularly interested in ultrasound and diagnostic imaging. He is qualified to operate the practice’s Hallmarq MRI system. He has also been awarded the R.C.V.S. Certificate in Equine Practice, the fourth veterinary surgeon to obtain this award whilst working at Pool House. Richard is a veterinary examiner for the Worshipful Company of Farriers, chairman of the WCF examinations Board and a Liveryman of the Farriers Company. He has served as RCVS chief examiner for the certificate in Equine Practice. Richard has recently completed an eight year term of office on the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He has published extensively on equine matters both in the veterinary press and in popular magazines such as the ‘Horse and Hound’. In addition to these duties he is veterinary surgeon to two of the Midland’s leading racecourses – Uttoxeter and Wolverhampton.


Gil Riley

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Gil joined Pool house Equine Clinic to expand his equine skills after working in a mainly agricultural practice in Wales. Gil has obtained the Royal College Certificate in Equine Practice whilst working at Pool House and although enjoying all aspects of his work, he is particularly interested in lameness and laminitis. Gil writes regularly for various national equestrian magazines, either with featured articles or by answering readers’ questions! Gil has acted as team vet for the British Driving team at the World Driving Championships on two occasions and had the great honour in 2009 of being named Petplan Equine Vet of the Year. Gil spends any time away from work with his wife Emma and their two young children, Olivia and Wilson, often assisting them with their ponies, Bronze and Peter! Gil’s other interests include jogging, reading and his electric guitar!


Jonathan Withers

is our surgical consultant and clinical director. Jonathan is the clinic’s chief surgeon having completed a four year residency in Equine Surgery at both Glasgow University and the Bell Equine Clinic and heads our highly successful emergency colic surgery team. He holds the European Diploma in Equine Surgery – being the highest qualification in equine surgery available. Jonathan became a partner in the practice in 2015.  He is qualified to operate the practice’s Hallmarq MRI system.Jonathon has previously spent a four year term at Pool House when he obtained his RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice and has also travelled to Australia every year to gain further experience of equine AI, natural covering and ET techniques with Eric Klaui of the Flying Dutchman Practice.


Patrick Macandrew

graduated from the Dick Vet in his native city of Edinburgh in 2000. After working in mixed practice in both the UK and Australia Patrick joined the practice in 2003. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Equine practice in 2008 and became an associate partner in 2011 and a partner in 2015. As well as all of the routine calls Patrick is  particularly interested in Thoroughbred Racing. As well as regularly attending Uttoxeter and Wolverhampton Races he is the Senior Veterinary Surgeon at both Aintree (home of the Grand National) and Haydock Park Racecourses.  In addition Patrick also inspects the local riding schools on behalf of the local authority. Away from work Patrick owns a variety of animals including two dogs and two horses. He also enjoys rugby, skiing and cricket.


staffs_vets_renske1Renske van der Rijt graduated from Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2007 and soon after joined Pool House Equine Clinic. In 2011 she was made associate partner in the practice. Renske has experience working with horses in a multitude of ways; she used to breed miniature Shetland ponies on a small scale, has worked for a professional dressage stable in the Netherlands and has a special affinity for Icelandic horses which she used to own and ride. Her main interest is in equine internal medicine (for example lung, heart, intestinal and metabolic issues) for which she was awarded a BEVA certificate in 2013. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and hill walking with her dog Eli, a Lagotto Romagnolo (aka Italian water dog) who loves visiting yards and getting lots of cuddles.


Sam Luis Hole 

joined the practice in June 2009 and became a partner in April 2017.  Sam holds the European Diploma in Equine Dentistry – the highest possible level f qualification in the subject. Sam is one of a very small number of equine vets who have also taken the joint BEVA / BAEDT equine dental technicians exam. Indeed uniquely Sam obtained his BAEDT qualification after studying in both the UK and the USA before he started at Vet school. Sam is an RCVS recognised advanced practitioner in both equine dentistry and equine practice. Sam has lectured on equine dentistry and acted as an examiner for the BEVA/BAEDT examinations. He has been co author of a number of published papers in various journals on equine dentistry. He qualified as a vet in 2007 and has gained experience in a mixed practice in Fife Scotland.Outside of work Sam is an enthusiastic rugby player and competes at show jumping. Sam was also the first Vet to obtain the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice – Equine Dentistry.


alesiaAlessia Sorrentino

Alessia joined the practice in 2017 as our stud vet. She is in charge of our frozen and chilled semen fertility service.  Alessia is a very experience equine fertility vet.
She has worked as an equine stud vet for eight years and has an impressive CV which includes:-
Vet at the Al Khalediah Stud Farm, owned by HRH Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, Saudi Arabia, Assistant at the Beaufort Embryo Transfer Ltd, Eimleaze, Tetbury, Vet in charge of the Royal Jaafar Stud, Amman, Jordan owned by HRH Princess Zein Bint Al Hussein, and Vet in charge of Tenuta Della Calandrina Stud.


ronRonald Bodnar

Ron is from Slovakia and joined our intern team in 2015. He is responsible for inpatient care. Amongst other jobs Ron is qualified to operate the Hallmarq MRI system. He is ever busy checking inpatients, assisting with surgery, writing reports and performing general anaesthesias. Always cheerful Ron makes sure owners are kept up to date with their horse’s progress.


Claire Black

graduated from University of Glasgow in 2012, since then she has been working as an equine vet in Yorkshire before joining Pool House in 2014. Claire also hails from Northern Ireland and has a knowledgeable background in racing, hunting and show jumping.


 Aurelie Mathieu

graduated as an Equine vet in 2013 from Ghent University, Belgium. After spending some time working in a small animal practice in Belgium she decided to persue working as an equine vet. She moved to Deauville, France, where she completed an equine internship before coming over to the UK and joining the team at Pool House.In her spare time she likes to play some music and go for long walks with Inka, her foxhound.


Oliver King

joined the practice in June 2015. Oliver graduated from Glasgow University in 2008. After two years mixed practice in Nottinghamshire Oliver pursued his passion for equine work by completing an internship at Rainbow Equine Hospital in Yorkshire. From Yorkshire Oliver travelled to Australia and spent time working at equine hospitals on the Gold Coast and in Adelaide where he gained experience in Thoroughbred race work. In 2012 Oliver passed by examination the RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice – equine practice, and moved to Singapore to work at the Singapore Turf Club for eighteen months. Since returning to the UK Oliver has been providing equine services to clients whilst working in Northamptonshire and the home counties. Oliver’s main interest is in poor performance and diagnostic imaging but enjoys all aspects of horse health care. Oliver is studying towards further accreditation in equine dentistry and towards a second RCVS certificate in advanced veterinary practice in diagnostic imaging. Outside of work Oliver is an enthusiastic hockey player, enjoys running, hacking round a golf course, scuba diving and photography.


Marco Marcatili

is our resident in equine surgery a position shared 50% with the University of Glasgow. He is in charge of inpatient care and MRI. He graduated from the University of Milan in 2011 and has concentrated on Anaesthesia and surgery since. He obtained a Ph.D. in anaesthesia / surgery with the University of Milan in 2016. Marco is an enthusiastic sportsman enjoying running and swimming. Always cheerful Marco ensures that all the inpatients are comfortable and well cared for. He is an experienced colic surgeon.


Federica Cantatore

graduated in July 2014 in Turin Veterinary Medicine University in Italy, with a thesis about pelvic fracture diagnosis in horses by ultrasound. She is currently the Chief Intern and PA to the Clinical Director.  Federica started her internship with Pool House in January 2015. As a student she always participated in the clinical activity within the equine hospital at her university. During her studies she did two externship in big reproduction centres in Belgium and at another large centre in the South of the UK.Federica’s main interests are anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, but does also enjoy all aspects of horse medicine. She has always worked with horses and at home lives her aging horse Vadoc. She is qualified to operate the practice’s Hallmarq MRI system.


Andrea Giacchi

graduated from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2014.  As a new graduate he spent 4 months at the Clinique Veterinaire de l’Etrier in France gaining experience in equine medicine and surgery. Andrea joined us as in Intern in May 2015 and has a special interest in internal medicine, intensive care, surgery, anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging.

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