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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Graham S Fowke – Director

Graham S Fowke – Director

MA VetMB CertEM(Stud Medicine) MRCVS

Professional biography

Graham was born in Birmingham in 1973, attending West Heath Primary School and then King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School for boys. He went up to Cambridge University to read veterinary medicine at St Catharine’s College in 1991. Initially working in a mixed practice in West Wales, he gradually developed a special interest in equine veterinary work.

Graham has now worked as an exclusively equine vet for over 10 years, starting to build Cotts Equine Hospital with his college friend and business partner, John Edwards, in 2005. He married a local girl from Tenby in 2007 and has 3 children. Apart from horseracing, his interests include mountaineering, rock climbing, Scouts (world jamboree and now group scout leader in Narberth), boats and fishing.

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John G T Edwards – Director

John G T Edwards – Director
MA Vet MB Cert EP MRCVS

Professional biography

Born in Essex in 1973 and of Welsh parentage, taurean John was educated at Branfil Primary School and the Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in Upminster. After winning the Old Boys’ Essay prize and completing an apprenticeship to the Master of the Coopers’ Company he became a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of Coopers.

He studied Veterinary Medicine at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge from 1991-1997 gaining a merit in Animal Husbandry, Reproduction and Animal Health. A keen rugby player he represented the University rugby club for all 6 years, playing for the under-21s, LX Club and was a member of three victorious Cambridge Varsity match Blues squads from 1994-1996. John also gained honours with the Welsh Students squad in 1995 and represented the Welsh Exiles several times. In addition to his studies and rugby John also became a member of the Kitten and Hawks Clubs and was invited to join the Ferretz dining society.

After graduating John worked at Fenton Vets – a mixed practice in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He played rugby for Narberth RFC and developed an interest in equine practice.

From 2001-2003 John worked for Rossdale and Partners in Newmarket, developing his experience especially in equine anaesthesia, imaging and lameness investigation. He also earned a DeNiro’s Nitespot loyalty card whilst in Newmarket.

In September 2003 he returned to Pembrokeshire to work for Fenton Vets again, with a view to developing the equine side of the business alongside his erstwhile colleague and college friend Graham Fowke. Together they started Cotts Farm Equine Clinic in October 2005, which became an RCVS-accredited tier 3 Equine hospital in early 2010.

Professional interests include the treatment of performance horses, especially showjumpers, and lameness investigation.

Hobbies and interests include watching rugby (he has now gracefully retired from playing), running, hillwalking and rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving and fishing, especially for the elusive Bass. John enjoys occasional horse riding and social (very social) golf and cricket. He has a love of the countryside especially the sea, and finds the poetry and prose of Dylan Thomas inspiring. He plays the piano in the style of Les Dawson.

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