The Team

Meet the Chine House team of veterinary experts — Delivering quality care for small animals, exotics and equines.

The Directors

David Blow

David graduated from Bristol University Veterinary School in 2002. Following 2 1/2 years working as a mixed practitioner, he decided to concentrate on small animal work and joined Chine House Veterinary Hospital in 2005. He enjoys all aspects of small animal work and has a particular interest in surgery – he gained an ESVPS general practitioner certificate in small animal surgery in 2008.

John Dickerson

MA VetMB Cert EP Cert EM (Stud Med) MRCVS
John graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1996. He joined Chine House in 1997 after a period doing research supervised by Professor Twink Allen at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket. He gained his certificates in Equine Practice in 2003 and in Equine Medicine (Stud Medicine) in 2009. His main interest continues to be studwork, particularly artificial insemination, and he is also in overall charge of equine anaesthesia at the practice.

Jonathan Garratt

BVetMed CertEP MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practitioner
Jonathan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2004. He joined Chine House shortly afterwards and enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work. Jonathan gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2012 and was added to The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons register of Advanced Veterinary Practitioners in 2015.

Craig Hunt

BVetMed CertSAM, DzooMED, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife
Craig qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997 and proceeded to work in mixed-species practices before settling at Chine House Veterinary Hospital in November 2005. He obtained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2000 and the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2002. In 2013 he was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Zoo Medicine, one of only a small number of veterinary surgeons to achieve it in this country. In 2014 he was recognised as a specialist by the RCVS.

Tom Leaman

Tom graduated from Bristol University School of Veterinary Science in 1998. He joined Chine House in the August of that year and gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2005. In 2015 The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons added Tom to their register of Advanced Veterinary Practitioners. Tom has a particular interest in Thoroughbred stud practice but enjoys most aspects of practice work.

Martin Rudkin

Martin graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1996 and joined Chine House in the August of that year. Martin has particular interests in small animal medicine and cardiology.

Simon Turner

Simon graduated from the University of Bristol in 1989. After qualifying he worked in the army for 6 years. He served at The King’s Troop RHA,St John’s Wood, Northern Ireland and at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray. In 1995 he joined Chine House and developed the equine surgical facilities at the new hospital site in Sileby. His main work interests are equine surgery and dentistry.

Lewis C. R. Smith

BVetMed, CertES(Orth), DESTS, DipECVS, FRCVS
Lewis qualified from the Royal Veterinary college in 2006. He has a particular skill set in surgery for young stock and has also spent 10+ years performing overground endoscopy and airway surgery. RCVS certificate in equine orthopaedics, a European College of Veterinary Surgeons diploma in large animal surgery. He is one of 6 holders in the UK of the RCVS diploma of equine soft tissue surgery.

Senior Clinical Associates

Lucile Creis

BVSc MRCVS M Vet Clin. Stud.
Lucile graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990. She first worked at a racetrack practice in Randwick for 3 1/2 years before completing a residency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Sydney. The title of her Masters Thesis was “Wound Healing in Horses”. A couple of years in the Republic of Ireland followed before she joined Chine House in 2000.

Kyle Black

Kyle qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and spent two and a half years in a mixed practice and then two years in an equine practice in Lancashire. New Zealand was his next stop before moving to Australia in early 2012 where he specialised in equine practice. Kyle has a particular interest in lameness diagnostics, imaging and poor performance in relation to the equine athlete. Kyle has been regularly working with the thoroughbred trainers in and around Melbourne.

Rosie Thorpe

Rosie qualified from Bristol University in 2007. She spent two years working in mixed practice in Lancashire before backpacking down the east coast of Australia. Rosie spent a really enjoyable year working and travelling in New Zealand before returning home to concentrate on small animal work.

Tamsin Thomas

Tamsin qualified from Edinburgh University in 2002, Tamsin comes to us after working in busy small animal hospitals throughout her career. After spending 9 years in Hong Kong, she moved back to the UK and started studying for her surgery certificate. Whilst enjoying all aspects of general practice, Tamsin has a love of all things surgical – particularly fracture management and stifle surgery. She achieved her Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery status in 2017 after passing her surgery examinations with distinction.


Millie Crane

Millie graduated from the University of Edinburgh and joined Chine House in 2018. She enjoys many aspects of equine work, with a particular interest in medicine cases, currently working towards a certificate with an internal medicine focus. Outside of work Millie enjoys triathlons and running with her dog Spud!

Nicky Mansell

Nicky graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2012 and spent two years working in mixed practice in the Peak District, before returning to Leicestershire and joining Chine House in 2014. Nicky enjoys all aspects of small animal work.

Alison Pagett

Alison graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1984. She joined Chine House in 1994 after 10 years working in small animal practice in Kent.

Lucy Chapman

Lucy graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2019 and immediately joined Chine House for a 12 month internship. On completing the internship in 2021 she moved to Staffordshire before returning to Chine House in 2022. Lucy enjoys many aspects of equine medicine with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance. Outside of work Lucy enjoys riding and competing her horse Barney.

Christopher Christie

Chris graduated from Liverpool University in 2020, soon after joining Chine House as intern, and since then he has continued on as an ambulatory vet. He is currently enjoying all aspects of general practice, with a particular interest in orthopaedics. Outside of work he is usually found in and around Leicestershire, exploring the outdoors.

Lucy Joyce

Lucy graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2022 and initially joined Chine House for a year long internship. Following this, Lucy stayed on as part of the equine veterinary team. Lucy enjoys all aspects of equine practice and is loving getting to know our clients and practice area. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys exploring the countryside with her horses and on foot.

Ryan Harley

Ryan graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2023 and has been working here since. Ryan previously worked as a teacher before studying to be a vet, living in Thailand, Canada, and Australia. He has a particular interest in exotic medicine, but loves all aspects of Veterinary work. When he is not at work, Ryan can be found exploring the countryside with friends and his border collie Lexi or playing football.

Sam Wilcox

Sam graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2022 and initially worked at a small animal hospital in Bedford before joining Chine House in January 2024. Sam has a keen interest in small animal surgery and critical care. Outside of work Sam enjoys all things sports related – from playing golf to going bouldering

Julia Dubuc - Specialist Equine Surgeon

Julia is originally from Quebec in Canada. She did her equine surgery training at the University of Montreal in Canada and moved to the UK at the end of her residency, in 2017. She has since worked in academia at the University of Nottingham and in private practice. Julia joined the team at Chine House at the end of 2023. Her areas of interests evolve around stifle pathologies and meniscus disease, which was her original Masters subject. She also really enjoys colic surgery and the post-op care of those critical patients. Julia is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Additional Important Information

Here we have included important information concerning various aspects of customer and account management. Please take the time to review the following content and, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch.


Chine House Veterinary Hospital is a private veterinary hospital. The fees charged pay towards the building, the running costs of the practice, staff salaries and the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment, staff training and continuing professional development.


We will happily provide a written estimate (not a quotation) as to the probable cost of a procedure or course of treatment. Please bear in mind that any estimate given can only be approximate: often an animal’s illness will not follow a predictable or standard course due to the nature of their illness or condition.

How to Pay

We do request that payment is made at the time of treatment. If your pet/animal is insured, we do ask you to pay at the time of treatment and subsequently claim the money back from your insurers. We accept cash and most credits cards.


We accept payment through internet banking, our details are shown on your invoice/statement: You will receive a detailed invoice from us for every consultation, surgical treatment, vaccination etc. Should you have any concerns with regard to payment, please advise our staff prior to consenting to the treatment for your animal.

Prescriptions & Supply of Drugs

The policy of this practice and of the RCVS is to reassess animals requiring repeat prescriptions at least every 6 months. This may vary depending on individual circumstances.


If you wish, you may request a written prescription for your animal’s medications to be dispensed by a third party. This is not the case with drugs supplied in an emergency or under anaesthesia. We do make a charge for preparing a prescription.


We strongly recommend that all our clients consider taking out animal health insurance including third party, accident and illness cover.


We do not sell insurance and cannot advise on the merits of any particular policy. Please be advised that it is your responsibility to settle your account and reclaim the fees from your insurers.


We will complete the claim form and provide copy invoices for you.

Complaints Procedure

We hope that you will never have cause to complain about any of our staff or the standard of care that we provide for your pets. However, should you have concerns, please speak initially to the senior member of our nursing team or the veterinary surgeon involved. Most problems should be able to be sorted out at this level.


More serious complaints should be addressed, in writing, to the Practice Manager. We will then investigate the complaint and respond in writing. Please email:

Client Behaviour

Chine House Veterinary Hospital will not tolerate any aggressive or abusive behaviour towards any staff member at any time.


Any client behaving in such a way will be asked to leave the premises immediately and will then be notified in writing that they must find alternative veterinary cover.

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