Meet the Team

Directors

Catherine Speakman

Catherine Speakman

Director
BVetMed MRCVS BAEDT

Catherine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004, gaining the surgery, large animal and pathology prizes for her year. She worked in equine practice in Suffolk before moving to Dalehead in 2008. Catherine has particular interests in lameness diagnosis and dentistry, holding the BEVA/BVDA Equine Dental Technician qualification. Having ridden and shown Suffolk Punch horses since early childhood, she can now more often be found running up a fell or on her bike in her spare time.

Jane King

Jane King

Director
BVetMed MRCVS

Jane qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1987 and since then has worked in Worcestershire and Dorset but most of her professional career has been spent in the Lake District. Jane enjoys caring for all our patients from childrens' ponies to racehorses. She is also a RCVS Panel Inspector of Riding Establishments and provides veterinary cover at Cartmel Racecourse and other local equestrian events. Jane has ridden all her life but nowadays is more likely to be seen fence judging or acting as a groom for her daughter. Jane is usually seen with her trusty terrier Pip.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Director
BVM&S CertEP MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner

Following graduation from The University of Edinburgh in 2005 Paul completed an 18 month internship at The Liphook Equine Hospital, one of the countries largest dedicated equine practices. Paul then spent a further 18 months at the Cliffe Equine Clinic in East Sussex before returning to the Northwest. In 2012 Paul completed his Certificate in Equine Practice and in 2015 was awarded Advanced Practitioner status by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Paul is a regular veterinary contributor to a number of equine publications including 'Your Horse' and 'Horse & Rider' and has vetted at Goodwood Racecourse, the Isle of Wight Grand National and Cowdray Park Polo Club. Paul?s particular areas of interest are in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Vets

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley

Consultant
BVSc MRCVS

Michael qualified from Liverpool in 1990 and worked in Halifax and Skipton before moving to Dalehead Veterinary Group in 1993,continuing his equine work and later becoming a partner. Michael's particular areas of interest are Stud Medicine and infectious diseases. He equally enjoys all aspects of equine work, particularly being out on the road visiting clients . Outside of work hillwalking, swimming and snowboarding are his interests.

Clare Penter

Clare Penter

Veterinary Surgeon
BVetMed MRCVS

Clare qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2000 and has worked in mixed practice with an equine bias in both Cornwall and Australia. Clare is experienced in all aspects of routine veterinary work including field surgery, anaesthesia, lameness work-ups, radiography and dentistry. Clare is married to a sheep and beef farmer and has two children. She enjoys hunting and low level competing with her two horses.

Jenny Eden

Jenny Eden

Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc GP Cert EqP MRCVS

Jenny started her career in South West Wales in mixed practice but then moved to South Yorkshire and specialised in equine work. She holds the General Practitioner Certificate in Equine Practice and is currently working towards the Royal College Certificate in Equine Practice. Jenny has spent time in Egypt and Morocco volunteering for the equine charity SPANA helping working horses and donkeys. She enjoys the challenge and variety of all aspects of equine practice but particularly medicine, reproduction and anaesthesia. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys horse riding, snowboarding and walking with her Border Collie Gwen who she also trains in obedience, agility and sheep dog work.

Emily Willoughby

Emily Willoughby

Veterinary Surgeon
BSc (Hons) MVDr MRCVS

After growing up in Yorkshire, Emily lived near Windermere for several years, competing for the local riding club and eventing throughout the UK. With a growing passion for veterinary medicine, Emily ventured abroad to go to vet school. She gained experience with a wide range of horses in different countries, from racehorses in Kentucky, to donkeys in Africa. On returning to the UK she worked at an equine only practice in Norfolk, where, amongst others, her clients included The Queen! She soon found out that she missed the hills too much and joined Westmorland Veterinary Group in January 2012. When not at work Emily can be found doing anything that involves being outside, including bringing on her warmblood, mountain biking or just being on the fells.

Lorna Buckley

Lorna Buckley

Veterinary Surgeon
BVMS MRCVS

After completing a degree in Equine Science at Hartpury College, Lorna worked in business for a number of years before studying for her veterinary degree at Glasgow. She spent quite a lot of time seeing practice at Westmorland as a student and joined the team in July 2015. Lorna's horse 'Bruno' has moved to Cumbria with her and keeps her busy outside of work. She also enjoys hillwalking, skiing and spending time with her family.

Graham Munroe

Graham Munroe

Consultant Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc PhD DESM CertEO DipECVS FRCVS

Graham qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 1979 before gaining his RCVS certificates in Equine Orthopaedics and Equine Stud Medicine in practice. He began lecturing in equine surgery and reproduction at Glasgow Vet School in 1988 and subsequently gained his RCVS Diploma in Equine Stud Medicine. For the next six years, he ran the equine surgical and reproduction referral service at Glasgow, gaining his PhD in 1994 for research into equine neonatal ophthalmology. He was also awarded the Fellowship of the RCVS in equine ophthalmology. He subsequently became director of the undergraduate course in Orthopaedics and Anaesthesia at the Edinburgh Veterinary School and became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1997

Support Staff

Nicola Wainwright

Nicola Wainwright

Practice Manager
BSc (Hons)

Nicola is our Practice Manager. She has previous experience in a large animal referral centre and also in the insurance industry, specialising in equine insurance, arranging policies and handling claims. Keeping her horses at the family farm, Nicola competed for many years in affiliated showjumping around the UK. Nowadays she competes on her show cob. Nicola also enjoys walking in the hills and dales with her pug, Maisie.

Janet Spence

Janet Spence

Equine Nurse

Janet has been involved with horses her whole life through hunting, eventing and running the family livery yard. She joined Dalehead in June 2011 where she quickly took over the role of managing the equine clinic. She particularly enjoys theatre nursing and assisting with diagnostic work. Outside of work when not competing her own horses, Janet will almost certainly be found clay pigeon shooting.

India Richardson

India Richardson

Assistant Equine Nurse

India joined NWEV in January 2016. India has been around horses since the age of 4 and has a thorough knowledge of all things equine. India has schooled, trained and competed a number of her own horses at various levels. To further her education India attended Craven College where she gained a National Diploma In Horse Management, and also her British Horse Society Stage 3. She has also worked within the equine industry on Competition yards and was Head Girl at the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre. She enjoys the clinical and rehabilitation side of the industry and is looking forward to assisting our vets. In her free time she enjoys riding and competing her own horse.

Careth De Gruyther

Careth De Gruyther

Receptionist

After 20 years setting up and running a busy riding school in the South Lakes, breeding Irish Draught horses, dabbling and enjoying riding side saddle and a brief sojourn in Hampshire helping to manage a large Equestrian Centre, Careth returned to the Lake District in April 2016. Presently at the Calvert Trust, Keswick working with disabled riders 3 days a week, also teaching Pony Club and RDA, she is delighted to become part of the team at NWEV and hopes to use her equine experience to benefit the business. Mink is her Irish Draught homebred baby – although 10yrs old now! Mink worked at Myerscough College for a time and is now back with Careth enjoying pub rides and the Lake District countryside.

Carole Harrison

Carole Harrison

Receptionist

Carole joined the NWEV team in May 2016 as a part time member of the reception team. Carole is also part of the Westmorland Veterinary Group team in Kendal, providing a familiar face in both practices. Carole was born and brought up on a local dairy farm, beef and sheep farm. Where she keeps her horses and has a small livery yard. When not at the practice Carole is an animal portrait artist and previously worked as a Design director for a number of International clothing brands and subsequently her own business.

Amanda Bridges

Amanda Bridges

Receptionist

Amanda has recently joined the team as a full time receptionist, she brings a wealth of secretarial experience and equine knowledge to the business. Amanda has grown up around horses on a family farm in Lancashire where she keeps her Fell pony. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys competing with her pony as well as volunteering for the Fell Pony Society, she is currently the Secretary for the North West area support group and helps arrange and participate in events to promote the rare breed. If not with horses Amanda will be in the company of her Bichons!