Nicholas Snookes

BVetmed MRCVS Director

    Nick has been on the veterinary scene for over 27 years after qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College. Nick has been a Partner at WHVC for over 22 years with most of that time spent concentrating on the equine side of the practice.  He is also involved in veterinary provision for the film and TV industry, with projects including many TV commercials and feature films such as  Warhorse, Harry Potter, Batman, Robin Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, Exodus, Into the Woods, Cinderella  and many more! Nick has a loyal band of clients that keep him busy when he is not on set. It was also due to Nick’s contacts that led us to be the vets at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. That was a once in a lifetime experience for the team and one that we as a practice are very proud to have been involved with.

    Ben Wakeling

    BSc BVMS MRCVS Equine Clinical Director

    Ben qualified in 1996 from Glasgow university and then worked at Liphook Equine Hospital for several years, initially as a House Officer for eighteen months specialising in equine anaesthesia and intensive care therapy, and then for three years as a First Opinion Assistant. He joined Wendover Heights Equine in October 2003 after travelling for a year, including some time spent in working in Zambia. Ben was a keen rider throughout his teens and early 20s. In 2000 he took part in a ride across the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana in aid of the Injured Riders and Jockeys Fund. Ben is particularly interested in orthopaedic and poor performance cases, reproduction and equine nutrition. Ben is now firmly back on the horse scene with his daughter who is a dedicated Pony Club member!

    Kathryn Tuckett

    BVetMed Cert AVP (EP) MRCVS – Veterinary Assistant

      Kathryn qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2009 and joined the equine team at Wendover Heights in August 2014 following five years at an equine practice in Kent. Kathryn was keen to return to her home county of Bucks where she spent her youth as a member of the Whaddon Chase Pony Club. Kathryn’s grandfather was also a local vet so she has a long, established link to the area. Kathryn completed her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice specialising in Equine Practice in 2015 and is particularly interested in internal medicine cases and ophthalmology. Kathryn is also on the treating vet team at The Horse of the Year Show and is a trained race course vet. She can be seen on duty at local point to point meetings and events throughout the year representing Wendover Heights Equine.

      Thomas McParland

      BVetMed MRCVS

        Thomas McParland BVetMed MRCVS has joined the Wendover Heights Equine vet team. Tom as he is known graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 and has been an intern at Mississippi State University for the last two years. During that time, he has gained experience in all aspects of equine veterinary care but has spent the last year focusing on sports medicine, lameness and surgery.
        In his spare time, Tom is a keen footballer. He’s from a horse-loving family and worked on a racing yard in his teenage years.

        Rachel Harrison-Osborne

        BVM&S MRCVS – Veterinary Assistant

          Rachel Harrison-Osborne recently joined the equine team following a move from Essex, she qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She enjoys all aspects of first opinion equine practice but is particularly interested in medicine cases and equine dental work. She also completed an externship at Newmarket Equine Hospital in 2015. Rachel grew up owning, competing and working with horses so she has first-hand experience of many of the veterinary problems faced by horse owners and is looking forward to getting to know our clients and their horses – she rides her own horses as often as possible and is looking forward to finding the time to compete again in the near future. Rachel is also a keen netball player and plays for a local team. Her personal ambition is to win the Great British Bake off!

          Jane Holman

          RVN – Registered Veterinary Nurse

            Jane has been a qualified nurse for twenty years and joined the nursing team at Wendover Heights in 1996. Jane initially worked on the small and large animal sides of the practice but now works with the equine team. She is an experienced horse woman having had her own horses for years and competing in a variety of disciplines. Jane is about to take on a new youngster who she hopes will develop into a fun all round riding horse, Jane’s daughter is also a keen rider with her own pony.  They also have four dogs at home, two of which are fully trained working dogs.

            Jane is also a qualified Equine Behaviour Consultant, her nurse training and knowledge combined with her Behaviour qualifications make Jane the perfect person to be on hand when your horse needs veterinary treatment.

            Georgina Nixon

            RVN – Registered Veterinary Nurse

              George Nixon joined the practice in 2002 and qualified as a nurse in 2004. George is a familiar face to most of our equine clients and is an accomplished horse woman. Having previously held the head nurse position at Wendover Heights George is an experienced and very skilled equine nurse who is at ease with all types of horses, she is passionate about gold standard horse care and management and her main interests include working along-side owners and their competition horses enabling them to reach their full potential. George has her own Spanish stallion that she competes regularly and is also an established instructor locally, she rides and competes on behalf of her clients.

              Rachel Jones

              Cert PM&A – Equine Coordinator

              Rachel joined the practice in 2009 as Equine Coordinator and now manages the day to day running of the department. She is responsible for ensuring the vets and nurses are able to deliver first class veterinary care and services to the clients of the practice. She is also responsible for organising all the equine events and keeping clients up to date with all the practice news through the Facebook page. Rachel completed a certificate in Practice Management in 2013 and enjoys all aspects of her role. Before joining the practice Rachel managed a large yard of mixed discipline horses and has previously worked with pleasure and competition horses. She also enjoys teaching kids and adults on their own horses. Rachel is having a break from horse ownership and is enjoying riding other people’s instead for a while!