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.

      Marie Claire Bal

      DVM Cert ESM MRCVS

        Marie Claire Bal graduated from the University of Turin in Italy in 2010. After a couple of years spent in mixed practice in her home town of Aosta, in the Italian Alps, she moved to Ireland to gain more experience in equine medicine. She worked three years in a busy equine hospital in Kildare, the heart of the Irish Thoroughbred industry, where she developed a keen interest in Equine sports medicine, lameness and poor performance investigations. In 2015 she completed a Graduate Certificate in Equine Sports medicine, held by University College Dublin. In order to become a well-rounded equine vet, Marie Claire spent this past year in a big reproduction facility in the Netherlands, where she gained experience in the routine stud work and also in more advanced techniques, such as embryo transfer and ovum pick-up.

        In her free time, Marie Claire enjoys every kind of outdoor activities: she loves running and hiking and she’s a passionate skier. In the past she also competed in some local endurance competitions and she is a qualified equestrian tourism guide.

        Lara Gosling

        BVM BVS (Hons) BVMedSci MRCVS

          Lara graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 and worked in small animal practice before completing an internship at Endell Equine Hospital in Salisbury. After spending time working at a charity hospital in Egypt she moved up to Yorkshire, spending two years working in first opinion practice where she really developed her interest in internal medicine and began working towards her certificate of advanced veterinary practice. She spent a further six months in a big equine referral hospital and lab specialising in internal medicine before making the move further south. She is especially interested in geriatric medicine, emergency and critical care and ophthalmology with a real soft spot for donkeys and Shetlands! In her spare time Lara is a keen cake baker and knitter and also enjoys walking, ballet and yoga.

          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.

                Lucy Searle

                RVN – Registered Veterinary Nurse

                  Lucy joined the practice in October 2017 having previously worked as a small animal veterinary nurse. She has always had a love of horses and came to Wendover for the opportunity to work with both small animal and equine patients. Lucy has worked with horses since she was 16 and has worked at riding schools and livery yards. She does not currently own her own horse but hopes to in the future. Her hobbies include horse riding, cake baking, country walks, going to the gym and spending time with friends and family. Lucy particularly enjoys inpatient care and finds it very rewarding to see her patients improve under her care.

                  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!