Dr Tim Watson BVM&S PhD MRCVS
Tim set up Waterlane Equine Vets in 2013 after leaving his previous practice in Scotland to move back south of the border closer to Northamptonshire where he grew up. He has over 20 years experience in equine practice and is an accredited FEI vet, and has previously held the post of Chairman of British Showjumping’s International Committee and was the Non-Executive Director for International Affairs at the British Equestrian Federation. Tim has a special interest in lameness, poor performance and back problems and is also pioneering the new autologous adipose stem cell treatment – Lipogems – which has revolutionised the way tendon and ligament injuries are treated.
Laura Swinnerton BSc(Hons)
Laura joined the practice in February 2015 and manages the office on a daily basis. She relocated back to the Cotswolds from her native Scotland, having previously studied in Gloucestershire graduating from Hartpury College in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science. Laura previously worked as an Underwriter for an equine insurance broker so has plenty of experience in dealing with claims! Her free time is spent competing – her event horse, Molly, competed up to BE Advanced level and was long-listed for the 2* European Championships (Rural Riders). Molly was retired at the end of 2017 so Laura is hoping to find a youngster to produce up the levels again.
Office & Accounts Administrator
Debbie joined the team in August 2018 to assist Laura in the office and deal with invoicing and accounts queries. Being a horse owner herself and also from the local area, Debbie has excellent equestrian knowledge and a good understanding of the needs of our clients. Debbie works 2 days a week at present and has been a real asset to the practice as it is growing.
She is pictured on the lovely ‘Alfie’ who has enjoyed many days hunting around the local countryside with the Cotswold Hunt. She also owns 1 other horse and 2 dogs including ‘Boodles’, a miniature Dachshund who occasionally accompanies Debbie to the office!
Holly Williams BVSc GPCert (EqP) MRCVS
Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
Holly joined the practice in April 2015 bringing with her a wealth of experience in equine practice, from treating pet Shetlands to being one of the duty vets at Newbury Racecourse. Holly graduated from Liverpool University in 2002 and did a year of mixed practice before concentrating solely on horses and gaining her Certificate in General Equine Practice. Her main interests are surgery, anaesthesia and stud work.
Holly works part-time at the practice and on her days off can usually be found chasing after her 2 young children or walking her 3 Labradors, who often accompany Holly on her visits.
Violaine Dauvergne DVM MRCVS
Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
Violaine joined the practice at very short notice in September 2018 following Tim’s accident which left him without the use of one hand! Under Tim’s watchful eye, Violaine handled many of his existing cases and learnt how to manage new cases in the way Tim would have dealt with them himself. Violaine previously worked at a referral hospital for racehorses in France so brings with her a number of valuable skills including diagnostic experience (e.g. radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy) as well as experience dealing with emergency cases and surgical procedures.
Initially only supposed to be with us for a few months, we decided to offer Violaine a permanent position after receiving such positive feedback from our clients!
Hetty Hill BVM&S MRCVS
Senior Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
Hetty is our latest addition to the team, joining us in March 2019. A native of Minchinhampton, Hetty gained her veterinary degree from Edinburgh University and spent the first part of her career at Newnham Court Equine Clinic in Kent. She was then based with Team GB vet Andre Buthe in Marlborough where she looked after top level competition horses belonging to a number of international eventing and dressage riders. Hetty enjoys all aspects of equine practice and has a particular interest in sports medicine, lameness, back problems and poor performance. As Tim says “Hetty is a fantastic addition to Waterlane Equine Vets, bringing great enthusiasm, passion and expertise. She was a brilliant student and has developed into an outstanding vet. Don’t feel fooled by her youthful appearance – she is extremely experienced, determined and skilled!”
Hetty has already demonstrated her commitment to developing her skills and expertise by starting work towards gaining her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice as well as her Certification in Equine Acupuncture.