Richard Stephenson 

is responsible for the day to day management of the Equine Practice where he has worked for 31 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. In July 2018 he hosted the visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to our new Equine Clinic.IMG_5800













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! He will be a guest speaker at this year’s World Equine Veterinary Congress in China. Gil’s other interests include jogging, reading and his electric guitar! In July 2018 Gil had the great honour of being able to demonstrate the practice’s electronic lameness locator to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales during the Prince’s visit to our new facility.



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.













Renske 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 RCVS 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.

IMG_5671Sam 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 of 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. Sam loves teaching people about equine dentistry – so when His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the clinic he took the opportunity to demonstrate how to perform a thorough dental examination.

Marco Marcatili

is our resident in equine surgery a position shared 50% with the University of Glasgow. He is in charge of inpatient care, supervising the veterinary intern team 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. In July 2018 Marco demonstrated ultrasound scanning to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales who thoroughly enjoyed the experience!











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 Sammy her Jack Russell who she rehomed.







ronRonald Bodnar

Ron is from Slovakia and joined our intern team in 2015. In July 2017 Ron became part of our team of vets on the road. Amongst other jobs Ron is qualified to operate the Hallmarq MRI system. As an intern Ron was busy checking inpatients, assisting with surgery, writing reports and performing general anaesthesias. Always cheerful Ron now enjoys being based out on the road providing an exceptional level of veterinary care and compassion.



37279484_1139315266209721_2774019621575983104_oRegina Pereira

We are delighted that Regina Pereira has joined the vet team at Pool House! Originally from Portugal, Regina is very experienced and has come to us after working for 2 years at the purpose built Sussex Equine Hospital. She will be involved mainly on the ambulatory (visiting) side of the practice so you can expect to see her out and about! And while Regina has only been with us a short while, she is already very busy!



Federica Cantatore

Federica 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 a joint Resident in Equine Sports Medicine 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

Andrea is our second joint Resident in Equine Surgery (shared 50% with the University of Glasgow), he 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.




giuliaGiulia Rapezzano 

Giulia joined our intern team in March 2017, she graduated in October 2015 from the University of Turin. Since graduating Giulia has completed two externships, one at Keros in Belgium an insemination and embryo transfer centre, and on in Canada at the University of Montreal. Her special interests include anaesthesia, reproduction and internal medicine. Giulia joined our ambulatory vet team at the beginning of September 2018, she is a valid member of our very hard working team and is always happy to help with a smile on her face. Giulia has special responsibility for care of mares in the clinic for chilled and frozen AI




nicholasNicholas Bellitto

Nicholas Joined our intern team in September 2017, he graduated in October 2016 from Milan University. He then went on to work at Oklahoma State University as a researcher, and also completed an externship also at Oklahoma State University Equine Department. He has also spent time in Vienna doing an Erasmus scholarship in equine clinical care. Nicholas has ridden and competed in show jumping, and spent time on a professional show jumping yard in Italy. He has a special interest in lameness and works tirelessly in our outstanding intern team, that are always on hand with expertise and compassion.









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