Our team

Veterinary surgeons


Jim is originally from Shropshire and lived near the Wrekin as a boy. He graduated from Bristol University in 1987 and then worked in large animal and equine practice in Cheshire before moving to Fyrnwy Equine Clinics in 1990. Jim is married with two daughters. who have both enjoyed time in the pony club. Jim really enjoyed show jumping in his youth.  He currently owns “Harley”, the practice’s Section A pony.  Jim’s hobbies include skiing and mountain biking – at which he has competed nationally. His best so far is a British Cycling 3rd place glass trophy!

Jim enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary care, but has a particular interest in surgery and in particular colic surgery.  He is a racecourse veterinary surgeon at Uttoxeter and Aintree.

Mark Baines BVSc MRCVS

Mark graduated from Liverpool University in 1992. He spent 4 years in mixed practice in south Wales before spending a year in equine practice in Sicily, Italy. He then joined Fyrnwy Equine Clinic in 1998 and became a partner in 2001.

Mark’s veterinary interests are in equine reproduction and equine dentistry.

John Spencer BVSc MRCVS

John started at Fyrnwy following graduation in 2007 and joined the partnership in 2011.

John is a member of the stud medicine team responsible for stud Shade Oak Stud and the veterinary management of the stallions at Stallion AI. He has extensive experience with fresh chilled and frozen semen together with embryo transfer. He is a member of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association regularly meeting in Newmarket to support the breeding of quality bloodstock and represent breeders’ interests both within Great Britain and the European Commission. John is also actively involved with the teaching of stud medicine through the British Equine Veterinary Association.

Alongside the stud medicine side of the practice John is involved with the management of several large sports horse yards with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance. He is also an FEI Permitted Treating Vet and is often on duty at Haydock and Uttoxeter races.

When he has the time, John enjoys country pursuits with his dog Uishinn.


Matthew Robin BVSc BSc CertAVP(EM) MPhil DipECEIM MRCVS (RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine)

Matthew graduated from the University of Bristol in 2007 and immediately returned home to the northwest, where he worked in a large mixed practice for four years. During this time he developed a keen interest in equine medicine and qualified for a four-year training scholarship in equine infectious diseases and internal medicine at The University of Liverpool Equine Hospital. The scholarship also included specialist training at equine hospitals in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Europe. He joined the practice in 2016 and is now a recognised European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine. His main interests include infectious diseases, cardiology, respiratory problems, poor performance, foal medicine, ophthalmology and dermatology.

Outside of work Matthew enjoys travelling the world and walking in the English and Welsh hills.

Tim Froydenlund MA VetMB CertAVP(ESO) DipECVS MRCVS (European Specialist in Equine Surgery)

Tim qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2007, after which he spent 3 years in mixed practice in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. He subsequently completed an internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, before joining their first-opinion team. During his time in Liphook, he developed a keen interest in equine surgery and subsequently undertook a Residency in Equine Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. Here he undertook specialist training in all aspects of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, with extensive experience of advanced dental procedures, and lameness/poor performance investigation. In 2017, he was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Orthopaedics). He has a particular interest in standing and minimally-invasive surgical techniques.

Nichola Steel BVM&S CertAVP (EM) MRCVS

Nichola qualified from Edinburgh in 1999. Having ridden and owned horses from a young age she was always keen to work with horses. After a year in mixed practice she moved to a equine practice in Newbury where she worked for two and a half years before leaving to travel around South America.

She moved to Shropshire in 2003 and joined Fyrnwy Equine Clinic that same year. She has a keen interest in internal medicine and gained a certificate in advanced veterinary practice in equine medicine in 2011.

Camilla Ibison BA VetMB MRCVS

Camilla qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2003. She spent 5 years in equine practice in Lancashire before returning home to lead the equine side of a mixed practice in Mid Wales. Camilla joined Fyrnwy Equine Clinic in 2014.

Camilla is married with three young sons. She is a keen rider and horsewoman and helps to run the family business of breeding and producing sporthorses.

Jennifer Marsh BVSc CertAVP(ESO) VPS MRCVS

Jenny qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2012. During her time at university she completed externships at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and at Donnington Grove Veterinary Group (formerly O’Gorman Slater Main) in Newbury where she went on to become a hospital intern after graduation.

Jenny joined the practice in April 2015 after a period as an ambulatory vet at Buckingham Equine Vets. Her main interests are in orthopedics, lameness investigations and diagnostic imaging, including radiography and ultrasonography. Jenny is also an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian.

Jenny is familiar with the area as she was brought up in Pontesbury riding her own horses as a member of the South Shropshire pony club and competing at British Eventing.

Rachel Warner BVMS MRCVS

Rachel qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1993. During her time at Glasgow, Rachel was involved with research work into Equine Herpesvirus, completed an orthopaedic project and did a term at Leahurst Equine Hospital. 

Rachel worked in mixed practice in Battle, East Sussex for three years and then the Old Pound Veterinary Centre, Much Wenlock for three years; specialising in Equine Practice. Rachel joined Fyrnwy Equine Clinics in 1999 and has worked at the practice ever since – whilst having 3 children. Rachel has her own horses and has competed at British Eventing and is now a Pony Club mother!

Francesca Rowland BVSc MRCVS

Francesca, ‘Chessie’, joined us at our Wrexham branch in September following graduation from the University of Liverpool. She has spent a lot of time seeing practice at our Baschurch branch and also at the prestigious Rood and Riddle equine hospital in Kentucky, US.

Chessie grew up in Shropshire riding her own horses. She is a member of British Eventing and likes to compete when she has the time. She lives with her husband Tom and dog Damson.

Chessie is our newest Intern and will be based mainly in the clinic but you may see her out and about doing routine calls.


Veterinary consultants

David Jagger BVSc MRCVS

David graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1971. He spent a post graduate year studying equine anaesthesia at the university. He then spent seven years working as an assistant in mixed practice in Shrewsbury.

In 1979 he joined Rhis Owen to form Fyrnwy Equine Clinic and has been part of the practice ever since.

Outside appointments include working on the doncaster sales veterinary panel, Chief Veterinary Officer for the Royal Agricultural Society, lecturer for the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) pre-purchase examination workshops, veterinary examiner for the Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF), veterinary surgeon for Uttoxeter racecourse and numerous point to point meetings.

Outside of work David enjoys riding and keeping poultry.

Veterinary nurses

Laura Wilson

Laura started with us in May 2017 and is one of our trainee veterinary nurses based mainly at the clinic. Along with Izzy she is responsible for care of our inpatients, running our laboratory and assisting vets with procedures.

Laura has done an apprenticeship in horse care and management and has been a groom for a local show jumping yard travelling to competitions with them.

Laura has two horses Harry and Reggie.


Rebecca Pritchard

Becky was born in Shrewsbury and has always had a passion for horses. When she was 12 Becky volunteered to work for the Lythill Apaloosa Stud in Bayston Hill where she spent every spare minute she had until she went to University at Harper Adams. Here she studied Animal Health and Welfare and for her year in industry she worked at Shade Oak Stud where her love for thoroughbreds began.

On graduation Becky went to work for Lisa Hales at Shaw Farm Stud and over the years has taken several excellent opportunities such as grooming for the GB pony event team in Poland and France and washing down the runners at Aintree during the Grand National Festivals.

In 2008 Becky started work at Walford College on the Equine Yard and worked her way up from assistant yard supervisor to instructor/lecturer.

In July 2017 Becky enrolled with Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a trainee equine veterinary nurse. She has two years of really hard work ahead of her but we are all very excited for her!

When she has a spare moment Becky loves riding her 11 year old TB gelding called Mr Diesel who she does a little bit of everything with.

Hayley Luxton

Hayley was born and raised in Shropshire and has always had a passion for horses from a young age. As soon as she was old enough she started working part time at a local riding school mucking out  in exchange for lessons. Hayley has BSc Honours in Equine Science from Aberystwyth and following graduation she started working at Fyrnwy.

Hayley is a key member of our office and yard team. One of her main responsibilities is running our laboratory facilities which includes running bloods, worm egg counts and regular maintainance of all in house laboratory equipment.  She is also integral in the smooth running of our yard including the admissions and care of our inpatients.

In her spare time Hayley enjoys walking and training Chester her Chesapeake bay retriever x springer spaniel.


Practice manager

Kevin Cody – Practice Manager

Originally from London, Kevin has a background in client facing work in the public and third sectors. Having been working as the office and facilities manager for The Prince’s Trust Cymru in Cardiff, he moved to Shrewsbury to join Fyrnwy as Practice Manager in September 2017.

Kevin brought with him his chihuahua, Parker and cat, Currant. He enjoys walking and is looking forward to exploring the Shropshire Hills.

Office staff

Lucy Williams – PA To The Partners

Originally from Hertfordshire, Lucy joined the practice in 1998 , she  has a good knowledge of the area and has close links to our Welsh clients having lived in Wales for several years.

Lucy used to compete her eventer “Ballykissangel” in BE events, Team Chasing and Hunting. She has a keen interest in National Hunt racing and Point-to-Pointing having previously ridden out point-to-pointers and owned an ex pointer herself. She now owns “Iconic ” who is a Dutch Warmblood  gelding and is planning to event him next year.



Shelly Wall – Pharmacy Manager

Vanessa Steventon – Insurance Claims

Vanessa joined the team in April 2013. She lives in Babbinswood, Nr. Whittington, with her husband, 3 children, parents, 1 horse, 1 pony, 1 black Labrador and a mad Maine Coon cat. Vanessa has been riding from the age of 10 and like many little girls always wanting a pony. At the ripe old age of 42 her dream came true and she bought her first horse, quickly followed by a pony for her younger daughter.


Susan Combes

Born in Southampton Sue achieved her dream to move to Wales in 2012 with her husband, two horses, two dogs and an adopted stray cat. Sue started working at Fyrnwy vets in December 2016.

Tarragon, Sue’s Comtois was sold last year and has since moved to Italy with her new owners to work on a smallholding and Milly who Sue has owned since 2000 and competed in various riding club activities with has now been retired. Sue is currently looking for a show horse to be produced.

Izzy Amery

Izzy is one of our trainee veterinary nurses based mainly at the clinic. Along with Laura she is responsible for care of our inpatients, running our laboratory and assisting vets with procedures.

Izzy started riding when she was 6 years old. She studied at Hartpury College achieving a level 3 diploma in horse management.  Since then she has worked at the Wyke Equestrian Centre and as a dressage groom at Kingswood Equestrian Centre.

In her spare time Izzy rides her Warmblood dressage horse Frankie and has just had a new puppy called Moose who keeps her very busy!!

Alison Burn

Alison joined Fyrnwy in April 2017. She has lived in Shropshire for 27 years with her husband, two children, two coloured cobs, two Labradors, one ginger cat and four pet hens! She is a happy hacker at weekends and enjoys exploring the countryside.

Alison is loving her job at Fyrnwy Equine Clinics being surrounded by horses all day and wants to take them all home.