Bruce Middleton MA VetMB MRCVS (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 (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.
John is married with two children, and when the breeding season calms down he enjoys spending time at home in the garden.
Alexander Mitchell MA VetMB MRCVS (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.
Rochelle Lewis BVSc MSc Dip ABVP (Equine) MRCVS (Partner)
After graduating from Bristol, Rochelle has worked her way around the world, gaining experience and passport stamps! An internship in Canada was followed by a residency and Masters degree in Virginia, USA, both whilst working as a full time equine vet. After three years she returned to Canada, where she worked as clinical faculty at the Western College of Vet Medicine, and combined clinical teaching with a busy sporthorse and racetrack practice.
The next stop was New Zealand where she spent five years working for a general equine practice in the beautiful South Island, servicing racing, sporthorse and polo horses (and encountering many familiar faces from the UK polo scene!).
Rochelle is an FEI Veterinary Delegate and Permitted Treating Vet, and has been lucky enough to work at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, World Cup Series Showjumping in Beijing as well as Dressage at Hickstead and a number of New Zealand National Eventing championships.
Rochelle joined the practice in 2017, working the busy summers both here and in New Zealand. In 2021 she moved to the UK permanently with her husband and two young children, and became a partner in 2022.
Kirsty Walker BVM BVS MRCVS
Kirsty grew up in rural south west Scotland and spent much of her childhood riding horses. Upon leaving school she travelled to Australia and had her first experience of polo- working on a stud farm in New South Wales. She gained a great deal of experience working with youngstock, assisting with breeding programmes, training young horses and managing strings of horses. From then on polo became the driving force behind her travels and over the next 5 years she worked in Australia, New Zealand and England.
Having worked with horses for years she then embarked upon a Veterinary Degree and graduated from Nottingham University with First Class Honours. Kirsty was known to the practice and local polo community and joined Blackdown almost immediately. She has a keen interest in sports horse medicine with a passion for polo ponies.
In her spare time she enjoys riding her own horses, running and travelling to sunnier climes whenever possible!
Angus Yeomans BVSc MRCVS
Angus qualified from Bristol University in 2016 and after gaining a wide range of experience at various practices joined us in 2022. He also set up and runs his own equine charity in Milawi.
Polly Rathbone BVetMed MRCVS
Polly qualified from the Royal Vet College in London in 2021 then completed a hospital internship at the RVC Equine Referral Hospital. Growing up in rural Devon brought Polly to seek the countryside again after 6 years in north greater London and after her internship she immediately jumped into the 2022 season at Blackdown. During her final years of vet school, she gained experience in Newmarket with Thoroughbreds, however fell in love with polo ponies after working on polo breeding programs with Equibreed UK and hasn’t looked back since. Polly’s main veterinary interests lie in reproductive, sports, and emergency medicine, with a special interest in foal care.
In an effort to keep foals in her life all year round, Polly works in Australia for the UK winter, which definitely has nothing to do with the sunshine!
In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, surfing, and running, with a healthy balance of pub visits in between.
Our equine vets work across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, East Sussex and West Sussex, from our facilities near the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex.
Vicki joined the practice in 2004. She has two lovely horses of her own, Scoops and Oliver and makes the most of her free time riding them as much as possible.
Jane joined the practice at the start of 2010. She enjoys competing her beloved mare Swansong (Swannie) in all the local hunter trials and taking her to the beach in the summer.
Emma joined the practice in 2018, having been known by Bruce and lots of our polo clients for many years. Outside of work she enjoys cycling, watching polo and walking her two dogs.
Amber joined the practice in summer 2019 after completing a diploma in Horse Management at Merrist Wood College. She splits her time between working part time in the office and her other passion as a dressage trainer and confidence coach. In her spare time Amber loves to ride her young dressage cob, Bob.
Lucy joined the practice in 2021. Having worked in Equine Veterinary practices before she quickly settled in. Outside of work she runs a sign-writing company with her husband and owns a special smiling rescue dog called Lucky!