Lambourn Equine Vets: Veterinary Surgeons

Caroline George

Caroline qualified in 1999 from Glasgow University. She worked in mixed practice in Warwickshire before moving to Lambourn in 2001. She became a partner in 2005 and is now the Managing Director of the business.
Caroline enjoys all aspects of equine work and specializes in the management of thoroughbred racehorses and performance horse medicine. With her passion for racing she will often be found at the European bloodstock sales where she provides a pre-sales vetting service. She provides veterinary cover at many racecourses and eventing competitions. Caroline also provides in-flight veterinary cover ensuring the safe travel of horses as they fly around the world, although we don't let her clock up too many air miles.  In 2017 she became the vet for the World Class Podium Potential Dressage and Show Jumping squads and in 2019 has also commenced supporting the Podium Potential Pathway program riders for all disciplines. 

Mladen Penev

Introducing another new member of our team, Mladen Penev MRCVS completed his master’s degree majoring in Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Since his graduation he has worked in Bulgaria, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Mladen has spent his whole life around horses and developed a passion for showjumping. Over the years he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in both pleasure horses and sports horses and has a particular interest in poor performance and sports horse lameness.
In his free time, he is a keen mountaineer

Mafalda Aguair

Mafalda graduated from UTAD ( University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro ), Portugal. Post graduation, Mafalda shadowed an orthopedic veterinarian before starting her internship in a busy referral hospital in Belgium ( De Morette equine hospital ). After that , she worked closely for 18 months with the team vet of the jumping horses of Belgium and helped opening another busy referral hospital prior to starting at LEV. 
As a previous show jumper, her main interests are sports medicine and diagnostic imaging.

Kate Halliday

Kate joined LEV in 2022, having worked for an international event rider prior to studying veterinary medicine.

Sports medicine has always been a passion of hers and is her main area of focus. 

Jo Strong

Jo graduated from Cambridge Vet School near the end of the last millennium. She initially joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps for 7 years including a tour of Bosnia and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. On leaving the Army, she worked in equine practice covering Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire for over a decade, including racecourse and event cover, before reducing her working hours to fit around her two children and ongoing racecourse commitments. 

Jo co-ordinates the vet team at Larkhill point-to-point meetings, BE and PC events which has included LEV vets for several years.

Jenny Hall

Jenny qualified from Liverpool in 1985 and then went immediately to the United States to undertake an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and then a Surgical Residency at Ohio State University. Afterwards she stayed on at Ohio to undertake a clinical research post.
Jenny returned to the UK to work at a private equine hospital where she had primary responsibility for the surgical caseload in addition to doing first opinion work. During this time Jenny travelled extensively to three-day events including the Atlanta Olympics as a private veterinarian and was involved with racehorses transported worldwide.
In 1996 Jenny set up her own specialist equine practice, which grew into Hall and Lawrence and became Lambourn Equine Vets LLP in 2009.
Jenny was Team Veterinarian to the British Three Day Event Team from 1999 - 2009. She was the Veterinary Services manager for the 2012 Olympics and is now the Chief Veterinary Officer for the BHA. Subsequent to her appointment as chief veterinary officer she stepped down from her role within the partnership but still works in association with the practice and provides support where required.

Liz Brown

Liz qualified from Cambridge University in 1995 and subsequently worked in equine practice in Leicestershire and Sussex, before moving to Lambourn in 2002. Liz holds RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Equine Practice.
Liz was stables vet at Burghley Horse Trials for nine years and officiates at many BE events and is an FEI vet for Eventing. Liz was the assistant vet to the British eventing team from 2005 to 2008 and attended the 2005 European Championships, 2006 WEG and 2008 Olympics. She has travelled extensively with British competitors to events in Europe and the USA. In 2009 she was appointed the Team Veterinarian to the British Eventing Team and attended the European Championships in 2009 and 2011, WEG in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012. Liz stepped down from the partnership in 2014 and now works as a consultant for the business allowing her to focus on her Team Vet role.

Lambourn Equine Vets: support staff

Tanya Stanley

Tanya joined the practice in 2015 as our Veterinary Equipment Technician ‘Vet tech’.Tanya regularly accompanies the vets to assist them with the more complex tasks, primarily gastroscopy and radiography.
She also ensures the equipment is all ship-shape and continually reviews new mobile equipment to keep LEV focused on being at the forefront of veterinary medicine.

Sarah Ball

Sarah joined the administration team at LEV in April 2021 part-time. Sarah competes at British Dressage with 2 of her 3 horses and is also a part time riding coach.
Sarah’s role at LEV involves client billing and assisting with accounts payable as well as assisting the administration team when required.

Sam Wirdnam

Sam joined the LEV team in December 2019 as Client Services  Manager having previously worked for the practice from 2016-2018 as a receptionist. Sam has always been into horses having competed up to 3* in Eventing.  Sam’s current role is responsible for the vets diary planning and ensuring LEV excels in delivering the best client service, including client call backs, monitoring the vaccination compliance, pharmacy collections and client feedback.

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten joined the team LEV May 2021 as an administrator, roles including overseeing insurance, vets diaries, client care and to help enable smooth running of the practice. She graduated from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Equine Science and Thoroughbred management in 2019.
Kirsten has worked in the horseracing industry for over 10 years including riding as an apprentice, head groom and traveling.  She currently doesn’t have her own horse, however she is using her free time to train and compete in triathlons and open water swimming!

Nicola Morley

Nicola works as part of our administrative team both as part of the finance team to assist with clients payments and also assisting with reception and diary bookings.

Nicky Cook

Nicky joined the team in May 2023 as a vet tech. Nicky has always had a keen involvement in the racing industry, with experience from the yearlings right through to racing, including the international travel of thoroughbreds. 
In her spare time Nicky can be found at home producing Connemaras for sale. 

Devan Woodgate

Devan joined the team in July 2023 as our Pharmacy Tech. Her role supports the vet team keeping their cars stocked, fulfilling client orders and stock management within the pharmacy. 
Devan is a Dressage rider, trained by Charlotte Dujardin and Michael Eilberg and has competed to Prix St George at High profile competitions, premier leagues, and National Championships, having trained to Grand Prix. Devan was previously the Under 25 National Champion and was a semi-finalist for the Young Professional Award in British Dressage. 

Jordan Burcher

Jordan joined LEV in 2022 as a Vet tech to support the vets undertake tasks such as radiography and gastroscopes.  When not out on the road with the vets, Jordan assists Tanya maintaining the equipment and the admin team on reception.