Adam Evans – Remedial Farrier

DWCF

Adam is Pembrokeshire born and bred.

After completing his full apprenticeship in cheltenham and attending Warwickshire college. Adam then worked as a full time farrier in Welshpool for 2005 farrier world champion, mr jim Blurton, and alongside Mr Ian Hughes at Leahurst university in Liverpool.

Adam travelled part of the world working alongside various farriers in different parts of the world and shows a very keen interest in theraputic and remiedial shoeing, often attending cpd clinics and organising cpd clinics here at cotts equine.

Outside of work Adam enjoys time with his family and the odd rugby match..

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Naomi Smith – Chartered Equine Physiotherapist

BSc (Hons) MCSP ACPAT Cat A

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Stacey Ward – Groom

Having moved from Cardiff, Stacey has spent the least 10 years working with horses in Pembrokeshire. At Cotts, Stacey helps to look after all the inpatients and helps with lameness investigations etc.  She also has a horse of her own that she rides in her spare time. Her interests outside of work include Photography; especially along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline and hiking the peaks of Wales all in aid of charity

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Sharon Weaver – Yard Manager

Sharon was snapped up by Cotts in 2014 after closing her riding school in Pembrokeshire following 25 years of teaching equitation and stable management to all ages and abilities

Sharon is very experienced with horses and holds BHS stages 1-3, BHS AI and is an NVQ assessor. Previous to this Sharon worked in the British Army in the Royal Corpse of Transport where she was involved in the transport of men and material for the Army and the wider defence community.

Sharon gets most enjoyment from nurturing the very sick horses to a full recovery.

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Becky Bockhart – Laboratory Technician

Becky is our Laboratory Technician and also helps out in reception. Competing at a steadier pace these days having worked in racing for 8 years before joining the Cotts team,  Becky now enjoys showing, eventing and the occasional team chase.

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Evie Fowke – Practice Manager

Professional Biography

Evie manages the day to day running of our busy Equine Hospital.

A local girl, she lives with her husband Graham, juggling care of him, three children and two dogs.

She has considerable business experience, having run her own business in Tenby for many years before marrying Graham and becoming a part of the Cotts Team.  She is an accomplished multi-tasker and works extremely hard keeping everyone up to the mark.

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Rachel Williams – Lab Technician

BSc

Professional Biography

Rachel grew up in the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales.

Rachel moved to Pembrokeshire in 2010 after completing a Masters in Equine Science at Aberystwyth University.

Rachel is in charge of the Cotts Laboratory and also helps out in reception and the yard.

She has 2 horses of her own that she uses for happy hacking.

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Becky Hitchcock – Equine Nurse

Rebecca was born and bred in Haverfordwest

Rebecca’s previous career was working in National Hunt Racing yards such as Alison Thorpe, Anthony Honeyball and Cleddau Racing.   She is now stuying at Myerscough college to become an Equine Veterinary nurse.

In her spare time she helps train and race her partners Standardbreds, competing her own horse in Le Trec and plays netball for Carmarthen.

Rebecca also enjoys a good sticky toffee pudding

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Dr Shaun A McKane – Director

BVSc BSc(vet) PhD Dip. ACVIM Dip. ECEIM MRCVS Registered RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Professional Biography

Shaun got his veterinary degree from the University of Sydney in 1993, where he also completed an intercalating degree in equine respiratory responses to exercise with Prof. Reuben Rose. After a time in equine practice he moved to take up a PhD at the University of Melbourne, centered on the affects of exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage on racehorse lungs.

Wanting to continue his development as an equine specialist, Shaun moved to Oregon State University in 1999, to undertake a residency position and become a Boarded Specialist with the American College of Equine Internal Medicine. In 2002 he moved to the University of Liverpool, Leahurst where he has worked as a senior lecturer in equine medicine, training veterinary students, and has become a Registered RCVS and European College Specialist in Equine Medicine.

Shaun has a wide range of clinical interests including respiratory disease, cardiology, ophthalmology and neurology. His clinical research at Liverpool has helped develop new methods for the treatment of headshakers, sarcoids and squamous cell carcinomas in horse eyes. Shaun now brings all of this training and experience with him as he moves to West Wales to take up a postion at Cotts Equine Hospital.

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Richard P Coomer – Director

MA Vet MB Cert ES (Soft Tissue) Dipl ECVS MRCVS European recognised specialist in Equine Surgery

Professional Biography

Richard grew up in James Herriot country in North Yorkshire, graduating from Cambridge University in 2001. He initially worked in Morocco and his native North Yorkshire before completing an internship in equine medicine and surgery in Belgium. He then spent a short time working in first line equine practice in Kent before moving to the University of Liverpool, where he completed a residency in gastroenterology and soft tissue surgery in 2006. Since then he has worked as surgeon in York and Shrewsbury before a stint as assistant professor of equine surgery at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany.

He started working at Cotts Farm in March 2008, where he now accounts for the majority of the surgical caseload of the practice. He passed his European Diploma in Equine Surgery in July 2008, gaining European specialist status in the process. He is currently enrolled for the RCVS diploma in equine soft tissue surgery. He is interested in all aspects of equine surgery, in particular minimally invasive surgery, gastroenterology and the management of wounds. In his spare time he enjoys cycling and mountain walking.

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