Meet the Team

The Team

Dr. Chris Tufnell - Director
BSc (Hons) BVMS MRCVS

Chris was brought up on a small training yard and wanted to be a vet from the first moment that he peered over a straw bale and watched the visiting vet castrate a colt!

His journey to realising his dream found him running a dairy farm and a safari camp in Zambia before finally qualifying from Glasgow aged 30.

He joined Coach House in 2000 and has developed particular interests in performance and lameness (particularly the importance of great feet) eyes, skin, teeth and the care of older horses and ponies.

Chris’s work with horses in Africa cemented in him the huge value of the bond between horses and people and he is passionate about leading a great team delivering friendly, un-rushed, care of the highest quality.
Away from the practice Chris is a trustee of World Horse Welfare and has been a member of the Council of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons since 2009. He led the profession as RCVS President in 2016/17.
Chris is married to Nicky and they live on Crookham Common with their two sons, Harry and Hector. He enjoys wild gardening (an excuse for weeds!) and running.

Mobile: 07879 474948

Email: chris@coachhousevets.com

Dr. Lorna Tracey
MRCVS

Lorna grew up in Leeds and has always been animal obsessed so being a vet is the only thing she’s ever wanted to do.

Lorna very wisely went north of the border to Glasgow Uni to study where she discovered a love of rugby union, fancy dress and Irn Bru!

After graduating Lorna worked in a busy mixed practice in south west Scotland for eight years, where she continued to play rugby and was lucky enough to play (and win!) at Murrayfield. During this time she nurtured a real interest in equine work and she treated everything from carriage horses and racing thoroughbreds to rescue donkeys.

She headed south in 2017 to start at the Liphook Equine Hospital where she’s worked in all the hospital departments and especially enjoys lameness work-ups, dentistry, particularly the difference it can make to older horses, wound repair and anaesthesia.

Outside work she enjoys anything outdoors including hill walking, running, climbing, sport of any description, and having adventures in her self-converted camper van called Fifi!

Dr Sara Rogers
MRCVS

Sara Rogers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London (currently the best veterinary school in the world!) having experienced practice in UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and Australia.

Sara started off working in mixed practice in Norfolk, she then completed an equine ambulatory internship in West Berkshire before relocating to Bristol to work as an equine vet.

Sara has spent time assisting the veterinary team at Redwings Horse Sanctuary and she enjoys working with a range of pleasure and performance horses and ponies and is interested in many areas of horse care. She’s passionate about the importance of developing a good rapport with horses and their owners.

Away from practice, Sara is a member of the Council of the British Equine Veterinary Association and is a member of their Ethics & Welfare and Education Committees.

Sara enjoys keeping fit through team sport and you may spot her running or cycling around the beautiful West Berkshire countryside.

Mobile: 07977 297909

Email: sara@coachhousevets.com

Dr. Phill Robinson - Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed MRCV

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.

phill@coachhousevets.com

Bridget Orange - Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
BVM&S MRCVS

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
Receptionist

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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