Dr. John M Brook BVM&S MRCVS
John qualified from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh University in 1969 and returned to Warwickshire in late 1970 having worked in mixed/equine practice in Gloucestershire and North Yorkshire. He took over his father’s long established mixed practice in Leamington Spa in 1971 and built this up to a 3 person practice, increasingly devoting his time to the equestrian side. In 1990 he established the solely equine clinic at Spring Paddocks.
John has ridden all his life, in all disciplines. He evented and rode for the Warwickshire Hunt Pony Club, as well as the University team, when he was silver medallist at the British Universities Championships. He also competed internationally for Scottish Universities.
From the age of 16 he has ridden ‘under rules’ as an amateur rider, latterly in point to points, but now hacks out, hunts when time and opportunity permit and can be found on racedays at Towcester racecourse as part of the veterinary team.
Dr. Gemma Carman BVetMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS MRCVS
Gemma grew up in Warwickshire and was a member of the Grafton Hunt Pony Club from a young age. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 and joined the Spring Paddocks team soon after. She had already spent time with us ‘seeing practice’ during her time at University and quickly became part of the team.
At work, Gemma has developed a particular interest in the investigation of Poor Performance, especially lameness of the competition horse and gastroscopy. She is also a government-recognised Equine Official Veterinarian. She enjoys giving talks and lectures on various topics surrounding Equine Health and is involved with several schemes run by the British Horse Society, including contributing Veterinary Advice to their published books.
In her spare time, she regularly competes her horses in a range of disciplines, particularly dressage. Her 8 year old Warmblood gelding who is competing successfully at Medium level dressage was conceived at Spring Paddocks via our AI Scheme!
Dr. Katrina Jackson BVetMed., MRCVS
Katrina joined the team at Spring Paddocks in 2017. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London and went straight into working at a mainly equine practice in rural Suffolk. Born in Leamington Spa and having grown up in Warwickshire, she was very glad to return back home. She enjoys all aspects of Equine practice but a particular interest in Equine Dentistry and preventative health care.
Before university she was part of the North Warwickshire Pony Club and has ridden for as long as she can remember. In 2016 she rescued a cheeky Lipizzaner mare called Remy. Having spent many hours rehabilitating Remy and working on some behavioural issues, she hopes to start competing in dressage with her.
Dr. Stef Barnett BVetMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS MRCVS
Originally from Hertfordshire, Stef graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2015 before moving to the USA to undertake an internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in California where she gained experience in anaesthesia, post-operative care, diagnostic imaging and intensive care medicine. After moving back to the UK in 2016 she spent 18 months working for an ambulatory equine practice in the West Midlands before joining Spring Paddocks at the start of 2018.
At work Stef is interested in anaesthesia and internal medicine, particularly colic cases and foal medicine but enjoys all aspects of the job. Outside of work Stef enjoys lots of long walks with her very lively Tibetan Terriers Tobi and Coda, as well as watching live music. She was President of the Riding Club at Nottingham Vet School, and still rides when she gets the chance.