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Bruce Middleton MA VetMB MRCVS (Equine Partner)
After graduating from the University of Cambridge Bruce started work in Wendover before moving to Haslemere to work for an equine practice in Sussex. Setting up his own equine practice in 2003 near the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex, Bruce was joined by John Hennessy the following year and has grown the practice from humble beginnings to a highly successful but still very personalised equine veterinary clinic. Leading the sport horse side of the practice Bruce has worked with many high-class showjumpers, eventers and dressage horses as well as being intimately involved with the success of many high-goal polo teams over the years, yet still enjoys general equine practice. Bruce is married with 3 children and away from work he enjoys skiing and travelling with his family, mountain biking and is the chairman of the Haslemere RUFC Juniors as well as a coach.


John Hennessy MVB MRCVS (Equine Partner)

Born in Tipperary Ireland, John graduated from Dublin Vet School in 1986. John is a dedicated equine vet and was one of the first veterinary surgeons to embrace the use of techniques such as artificial insemination using chilled and frozen semen. He is now one of the most experienced vets in the UK in the field of equine reproduction. Between the seemingly endless amounts of mares to get in foal each summer around Surrey, Hampshire, East Sussex and West Sussex, John has a special interest in eventing and showjumping providing veterinary care from for many world class equestrian athletes. Away from the practice John takes a keen interest in equine matters, with a special interest in the pedigree and performance of both thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred horses.



Alexander Mitchell MA VetMB MRCVS (Equine Partner)

Also a Cambridge graduate, Alex joined the practice in 2006 after working for several years in and around Cambridge and Newmarket, along with spending a season in New Zealand. Alex is a dedicated equine vet and became a partner in 2010 and enjoys all aspects of sport horse veterinary medicine. During the summer Alex is extremely busy leading the clinic's embryo transfer programme but somehow still manages to play some polo. Alex is another rugby fan within the practice and also enjoys a variety of field sports.



 Jane Willan BSc MA VetMB MRCVS

Another Cambridge graduate, Jane joined Bruce and John in 2005 and has been an integral part of the practice ever since. Jane is a dedicated equine vet and has wide ranging interests within the practice and offers extremely personal veterinary care to all our clients. Away from work Jane is a keen and talented sailor having won two national titles in the RS200 Dinghy class. Her husband Roger is also a talented sailor who competes in the International 14S class. Jane is currently working part-time, alongside being mum to her twin boys.



Olivia Ommanney BVetMed MRCVS

oliviaOlivia is a Royal Vet College graduate who grew up in the Hampshire / Surrey area. After graduating she spent her first 10 months teaching anatomy at the Royal Vet College before joining an equine vet practice in Bookham. Olivia subsequently joined another equine practice in the area where she developed an interest in sports horse medicine and dentistry. Away from work Olivia has a passion for motorbikes and competes in the adventure sport of Canicross trail running with her lovely dog Ruben.





 Richard Knight BVetMed MRCVS


The most recent addition to Blackdown Equine Clinic, Richard is another 'equine only' graduate of the Royal Vet College. On qualifying from Vet School Richard spent 2 years in equine practice in the North West before joining us in Spring 2014. Since then he has enthusiastically embraced all aspects of sports horse work. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and shooting.





Our equine vets work across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, East Sussex and West Sussex, from our facilities near the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex.


Office Staff


Vicki Lee

Working for Bruce since 2004, Vicki is the longest-serving member of office staff. She has two lovely horses of her own, Chloe and Oliver and makes the most of her free time riding them as much as possible.


Penny Richmond

Joining in 2005, Penny splits her time between working part-time in the office and making curtains and soft furnishings. Away from work she has a collection of coloured ponies that she shows, rides and drives. She is currently competing an Exmoor pony in private driving classes on behalf of his owner and has been very successful.


Jane Kaye

Jane is the most recent addition to the office having joined the practice at the start of 2010. She is a keen rider and enjoys spoiling her beautiful bay mare Swansong (Swannie) when not at work.


Lisa Middleton MRCVS

A small animal vet, the clinic's Practice Manager and a mother of three - Lisa is a very busy lady. Married to Bruce she works as a part-time vet at Crofts Veterinary Clinic in Haslemere. Away from work she is a keen and accomplished runner.