Meet the Team

The Team

Dr. Chris Tufnell - Director

Having been brought up on a busy yard and smallholding, Chris had always wanted to be a vet.

After a lengthy route that found him running a dairy farm and a safari camp in Zambia, Chris finally became a vet aged 30! He joined Coach House in 2000 and has developed particular interests in the areas of dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology, lameness investigation and stud work.

Away from the practice Chris is senior veterinary surgeon at local Point-to-Points, has been a member of the Council of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and is currently President.

Chris is married to Nicky and when not working life is more than fully occupied by his two sons, Harry and Hector.

Mobile: 07879 474948


Dr. Keely Metcalf - Equine Veterinary Surgeon

Keely joins us from beautiful South West Wales but is originally from Hampshire.

Keely qualified at The Royal Veterinary College, London, and headed down to South West Wales to work in equine practice. She spent several years looking after a wide variety of horses and ponies before joining Coach House Vets in January 2015. Her main interests are internal medicine, stud work and anaesthesia.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and walking her two dogs, Jack and Archie. She is a keen rider having had horses all her life!
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Jenny Routh - Equine Veterinary Surgeon

Jenny graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in 2015 with the Equine Clinical Prize and having already received an intercalated degree in Anatomy from the same university.

After graduating (and a few months’ holiday!) she travelled to Egypt for two months, where she volunteered for the charity Animal Care Egypt (ACE) at their veterinary hospital for the working donkeys and ponies of Luxor.

On her return to the cooler climate of the UK, Jenny began her internship at the Animal Health Trust’s Centre for Equine Studies. The work undertaken in the clinic is primarily orthopaedic/ poor performance related and this sparked a real interest for Jenny, particularly in lameness and diagnostic imaging.

Jenny moved to Coach House Vets in January 2017 and is looking forward to getting her teeth stuck into general practice including spending some time in the small animal clinic as well.

Over Christmas, Jenny had found herself falling in love with a Dog’s Trust dog which she has now re-homed. Bear is a great character to have a round the practice and is currently learning some tricks.

Mobile: 07977297909


Dr. Jen Jaques - Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS

Jen graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011.

Since graduating Jen has spent four and a half years at Foxcotte in Andover before joining Coach House in May 2016.

Jen is one of our small animal vet who consults at both our branches, Burlyns and Foxhold. Jen visits the Dogs Trust kennels in Newbury twice a week to ensure the health of the dogs before re-homing.

In her spare time she tends to her horse, as well taking her two Border terriers, Ralph and Rupert, on long walks. Or sometimes, to Ruperts disgust, Jen may take them for a canter round the fields with the horse. (Rupert tends to sit out and watch!) Ralph and Rupert are often seen causing mayhem in the office!

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Dr. Phill Robinson - Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Phill graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007.

Phill has worked in small animal practice since 2007. He spent four years at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London before moving to Hampshire with his fiance, making Whitchurch his home.

Phill has joined Coach House Vets to expand our small animal team. His particular interests are all aspects of small animal surgery, exotics and preventative medicine.

Outside of work Phill’s hobby is fishing and renovating his campervan.

Bridget Orange - Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Bridget was born and brought up in the beautiful county of Northumberland.

She qualified in 2001 from The Royal Dick Veterinary College, Edinburgh. After four years working in private small animal practice she enjoyed five years working at the very busy RSPCA hospital in Putney, SW London, where she gained considerable experience, especially of surgery.  She has since had three lovely children and works with us part time.

Bridget balances family life with her work and still finds the time to help the team with busier times.

Her specific areas of interest include anaesthesia, surgery and the latest developments in small animal medicine.

Outside work she enjoys keeping fit, outdoor sports, travel, food, and sleep.

Beth Frankum
FdSc RVN VNA CertDang CC

Beth is our Registered Veterinary Nurse, who studied at the University of Portsmouth with Sparsholt College to gain her degree.

Beth graduated in July 2016, and has also completed certificates in dangerous animal handling. As well as picking up a qualification in veterinary nutritional advocate and becoming a diabetic adviser.

Beth joined full time in May 2016 but has been completing work placements here for the last 3 years. Beth also locumed for first opinion and referral practices whilst she was training.

Beth is also the mentor to both our student veterinary nurses, Tara and Amber. Beth’s main interests lie in anaesthesia and surgery as well as medical cases. Beth is looking forward to spending a couple of weeks, nearer the end of the year, at a neutering clinic, as well as game capture with treatment and release in South Africa.

Tara Spillman
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Tara joined our team in March 2016 and is currently training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Tara has worked in the equine world for the last 8 years, working on competition and rehabilitation yards. To which she still loves riding and competing now. Tara and her husband traveled the World in 2015 before joining Coach House Vets in 2016.

Tara has completed her Veterinary Care Assistant diploma and is looking forward to getting stuck in to her Veterinary Nurse diploma at the end of the summer. In the meantime you may sometimes see her out and about with the equine vets.

Amber Evans
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Amber is a trainee veterinary nurse who started her course last year to achieve her veterinary nursing diploma.

Amber is studing one day a week at MYFTraining whilst working at Coach House.

Amber lives on a farm so has always had a passion for animals and has lots of experiences with different animals including; helping TB test on cattle to helping at reptiles shows, as well as having a fair share of animals herself!

Mary Bell

Mary returned to the practice after ten years away.

She left the practice to help her husband get his contracting business established and spent many hours driving a tractor during busy spells. During this time she worked several years on a Thoroughbred stud, during foaling and yearling prep seasons. This gave her the summers free to bring on and event her horse, Bertie, and indulge in her other passion, gardening. When the stud changed hands she had a complete change and worked for a local estate agency, updating their website and maintaining client contact. As Mary has worked as a veterinary nurse (albeit a few years ago!) she is able to understand your concerns and help as necessary when answering calls.

In her spare time Mary loves walking with her lurcher, Billy, and keeping Bertie and herself fit around the hills of Inkpen. To relax she enjoys cooking and eating especially with friends alfresco in the garden.

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