Gemma Dransfield MA VetMB CertEP MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Gemma graduated from Cambridge University in 2005. She worked in equine ambulatory practice in Sussex for 2 years before joining the team at Minster. Gemma’s main interests lie in equine and stud medicine and in 2009 she spent a 6-month stud sabbatical in Western Australia. On her return she gained an RCVS certificate in Equine Practice in 2011 and became Clinical Director in September 2015. Outside of work Gemma spends most of her time chasing around her young toddler or her greedy Labrador, Bruce.

Julian Rishworth BVetMed. MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Julian joined the practice in August 1993 and became a Practice partner in March 2000. Julian is one of the team of surgeons at the clinic, and also deals with the majority of the dental cases both in the clinic and on the road. Additionally he heads both the clinic’s Artificial Insemination Programme and the in house Laboratory.

Julian’s main areas of interest are Equine Dentistry, Stud work and conditions of the sports horse. In his own time, Julian breeds potential event horses and Flat-coated retrievers. Snowboarding and scuba diving are his favourite non-horsey activities.

Mark Collins BVSc. CertEP, CertESM, CertES (Soft Tiss) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Mark graduated with honours from the University of Liverpool in 1980 and joined the practice following graduation. He was made a partner in 1983 and was responsible for the development of the practice’s first equine operating theatre, completed in 1985. He was one of the first veterinary surgeons to obtain the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 1985. Over the next few years he developed the stud work side of the practice and obtained the Certificate in Equine Stud Medicine in 1989 and spent the winter of 1990-1991 with an equine practice in Hamilton, New Zealand. In 2007 he obtained a Certificate in Soft Tissue Surgery and is now also an advanced equine practitioner in Equine practice and Stud medicine. His main interests are conditions affecting the performance horse, soft tissue surgery, especially respiratory surgery including laser surgery and stud work.

Mark was Senior Veterinary Surgeon at York Racecourse from 1987-2016 and is a past Chairman of the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons. He served on the council of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and served as its president in 2001. He is a member of the veterinary panel at Goffs UK (previously Doncaster Bloodstock Sales) and is an assessor for Equine Advanced Practitioner Status.

Mark is married with two sons and two grandsons. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, and ran a small thoroughbred stud for twenty-two years which bred 15 winners of 52 races both here and abroad. He presently concentrates his efforts at home on breeding and showing pedigree Texel sheep.

Graham Munroe
Graham Munroe BVSc.(Hons), PhD, DESM, Cert EO, DECVS, FRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Graham has been a consultant to the clinic for many years and is usually at the clinic for 2 or 3 days every week. Graham is our principal orthopaedic surgeon, and is an RCVS specialist in Equine Surgery, he also sees many of the lameness cases referred in to the clinic. His skills cover a wide area and also include ophthalmology, stud work and dental surgery. Graham has been team vet to both the GB Driving Trials team and the Dressage team in the past.

Katie Brickman

Veterinary Surgeon

Katie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2013. She completed the internship programme here at The Minster Equine Clinic before accepting a permanent position. Katie has a keen interest in sport horse poor performance and orthopaedics and spends the majority of her time treating lame horses or those with gastric ulcers. She is hoping to complete her advanced equine practice certificate in equine orthopaedics in January 2018. Outside of work Katie enjoys eventing her two horses Mary and Flash and walking her crossbreed dog Sammy.

Pol Abril-Casellas

Veterinary Surgeon

After graduation from Barcelona University in 2009 Pol travelled to North America for a few months visiting renowned equine hospitals. He then undertook a one year internship at a surgical referral hospital in Canada. After this, he then moved to the Dubai for few months, focusing mainly on lameness of endurance horses. He moved to UK in 2014 and worked in Lambourn, Berkshire for a year focusing mainly on racehorses and sport horse work.

Pol joined Minster Equine Vets in May 2015. His main interests are racing and sports medicine including lameness and diagnostic imaging which led him to enrol in a Certificate in Equine Orthopaedics.

Outside work you can find Pol hiking, rock climbing or walking his new loved Border Collie puppy, Anek.

Katherine Jacklin (nee Wright)
Katherine Wright BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Katherine joined The Minster Equine Clinic in 2016 and is based at our Ripon practice. After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, Katherine worked at an equine practice in Berkshire. She then completed an 18-month internship at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire before moving to Yorkshire.

Katherine has a keen interest in lameness investigation and poor performance bs is currently studying for her certificate in Equine Orthopaedics.

Outside of work she can often be found in the Dales walking her two naughty Border Terriers!

Matthew Swarbrick BVSc(Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating with honours from Liverpool in 2010, Matthew undertook a two-year internship at Newmarket Equine Hospital where he developed an interest in Orthopaedics and Diagnostic Imaging. Following a brief spell locuming in Cheshire he returned to Newmarket as the Diagnostic Imaging Assistant at Rossdales where he focused his attention on advanced imaging modalities (MRI and CT) and furthered his knowledge of Equine Orthopaedics. He then worked for a year in Melbourne, Australia undertaking horses-in-training work and diagnostic lameness investigations. He moved to Minster in 2016 and is mainly involved in horses-in-training work, pre-purchase examinations, lameness investigations and diagnostic imaging. He is currently studying to become an Advanced Practitioner, specialising in Diagnostic Imaging, and has published peer-reviewed literature in a veterinary journal. When not working Matthew enjoys keeping fit, fishing, walking his lurcher and occasionally riding out for his trainers and hunting.

Katherine Hall MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Katherine graduated in 2015 from Liverpool University with Distinction. After graduating Katherine spent some time working as a volunteer vet in the Cook Islands. This involved treating a variety of animals, from dogs and cats through to goats and pigs, with a little time off to enjoy life on a tropical island!

Katherine started working at the Minster Equine Clinic in October 2015 as an intern. She is now working as an ambulatory vet, and particularly enjoys the medicine cases. Outside of work Katherine enjoys riding her horse Minstral, and walking.

Barbara Portal Intern at Minster Equine York
Barbara Portal MRCVS

Equine Intern

After graduating from Porto University in Portugal in 2016, Barbara worked in Netherlands for 6 months before joining Minster Equine Clinic. She is particularly interested in Sports Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Barbara has ridden since she was child and used to show jumped until University. In her spare time Barbara loves travelling and going back home in Portugal to spend time with family and friends.

For information about our internship opportunities see our intern section

Anna Szkutnik intern at Minster Equine York
Anna Szkutnik

Equine Intern

Anna graduated in 2010 from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland. Thereafter Anna worked in Poland for couple years doing mainly emergency and night shifts in busy equine hospital in Warsaw. In 2013 she visited many large equine hospitals in Belgium, Austria and the UK, gaining experience in many equine veterinary environments.

In 2015 Anna worked for a small but busy equine practice in Lambourn, Berkshire. Anna joined Minster Equine in 2016 as an interns and thus focuses on emergency medicine, surgery and anaesthesia though she has a keen interest in equine dentistry.

Anna is passionate about Yorkshire and any possible time off she explores the British countryside with beloved family.

For Information about our Internship opportunities see our Intern section.  

Emma Tolliday REVN

Head Nurse

Emma joined the practice in 2009 and qualified as an Equine Veterinary Nurse in 2013. On returning from maternity leave in 2017 she was made Head Nurse. Emma enjoys seeing everyone working well together in the clinic to give patients the care that they need. She has a particular fondness for racehorses and has an interest in all lameness and poor performance cases. Outside of work Emma enjoys taking advantage of parenthood and playing at trampoline parks or adventure play grounds with her family. She also likes to spend time with her horse, who she has owned for over 20 years and competed in endurance with.

Nicola Scott
Nicola Scott

Trainee Equine Veterinary Nurse

Nicola is one of our student veterinary nurses and prior to joining us in 2014, Nicola completed a degree in Equine Sports Science, and worked as a groom at a large livery yard and riding schools. She is due to graduate from Myerscough College in October 2017. Nicola is involved in the running of the Poppleton clinic, care of the inpatients there, and assisting the vets out on the road. She has a keen interest in surgical nursing.

Outside of work Nicola enjoys running, baking, and exploring the countryside with her rescue dog Evie.

Liz Jones Nursing Assistant at Minster Equine York
Liz Jones

Nursing Assistant

Liz joined us in 2017, she enjoys all the responsibilities that come with being a nurse and caring for in-patients. She is particularly interested in assisting with diagnostics involved in lameness and medicine cases including radiography and gastroscopy.

Liz has an American Quarter Horse and competes regularly in reining competitions at National level.

Mandy Deighton


Mandy has been our groom at the Poppleton clinic for almost two decades! She arrives at 7am everyday on her bike and is responsible for all of the yard and husbandry duties of the in-patients. This includes mucking out, grooming, yard maintenance and cleaning. Mandy is a crucial part of the team. If you're passing in the mornings, you may have heard her crazy laugh which is sure to get our interns out of bed!

Before coming to Minster, Mandy worked at a large thoroughbred stud as a groom and handler. Outside of work she has a large collection of pets and can usually be found looking after her 9 horses, 2 ferrets and a neurotic oriental cat. She used to compete successfully in endurance racing, but now enjoys a more relaxed pace hacking around Poppleton.

Helen Jackson

Clinic Manager

Helen joined the practice in June 1994 when it was still a mixed practice at Salisbury Road. As the decision was made to develop the Equine Department further, Helen moved to Poppleton and took up the position as Manager. She assumes responsibility for the day-to-day organisation and administration of the Equine Department, and works closely with her colleagues Maddie and Julia at Poppleton, Jen at Ripon and Abbie at Malton. She also works at the Ripon branch to offer cover as and when needed. Helen used to hunt regularly with the York and Ainsty South, and still regularly follows the Middleton hounds. She is a keen skier, has recently taken up cycling and also loves spending time in her garden.

Madeline King


Maddie joined the practice in 2006 having completed BHS Stages 1 and 2 and NVQ’s in Business Administration and Customer Service. Initially our main receptionist at the Poppleton facility, she gained her SQP qualification in 2010, allowing her to dispense various medicines. She now works closely with our Clients, Vets and Nurses, alongside Helen ensuring efficient and professional the day-to-day running of the site.

Outside of work Maddie is an experienced dressage competitor and instructor, having previously represented England as an under 21’s dressage rider in Ireland.

Julia Hardy
Julia Hardy


Julia works at the Ripon branch as a part time receptionist. Julia is a bubbly character and is often making everyone laugh in the office!

In her spare time Julia is kept busy with her dog Leonard and her horse Stanley, whom she successfully competes at show jumping events.

Jennifer Fawbert

Branch Manager - Ripon

Jenny worked in the fast paced motor industry for 11 years prior to joining the Minster team in 2015. Jenny works at the Ripon branch where she is Office Manager. Her main role includes organising the busy schedule of bookings at Ripon and helping clients with advice, especially with regards to worming - there is never a dull moment at Ripon in this busy equestrian environment!

Outside work Jenny lives on a busy working stock farm with her husband and several dogs and spends much of her spare time riding her horse, Ike.

Abbie Knowlson
Abbie Knowlson

Branch Manager - Malton

Abbie has been part of the team here at Minster for a few years. She is known to clients mainly in the Malton area as she runs our branch at Malton in the morning. Abbie also works at the main clinic at Poppleton in the afternoon doing reception and nursing duties, including the nursing out of hours rota. Abbie particularly enjoys dealing with clients at Malton as she has a keen interest in racing. Outside of work Abbie likes to ride her horse Yogi, whom she race rode in point to points for 3 seasons, winning one memorable race. Yogi has just come back into work after injury and hopefully will compete in ROR classes later in the year.

Abbie also spends time walking Teabag, her Cocker x Lab, who is full of energy. Abbie and her fiancé have a flock of pedigree Suffolk sheep of which they show in the summer at the country shows.

Trainee Nursing Consultant
Evie O’Brien

Trainee Nursing Assistant

Evie joined the practice in December 2016 and is currently studying for her Level 3 Diploma in Equine Veterinary Nursing. Her main interests are in surgical cases and she thoroughly enjoys the peri-operative care and sense of fulfillment she gets from working with those patients. In her spare time Evie has two of her own hoses that she competes with locally in ROR classes and dressage.

Intern Amber with Horse at Minster Equine
Amber Segre

Equine Intern

Amber graduated from St. George's University, Grenada in June 2017 though spent her final year of studies in Edinburgh, at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. She is particularly interested in diagnostic lameness investigations and diagnostic imaging. Amber also has a keen interest in reproduction and neonatal care having grown up breeding Arabians. In her spare time, Amber loves to ride and spend time at home in Berkshire with her friends, family and many, many pets!

Intern Rachel with Horse at Minster Equine
Rachel Schneiders BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

Equine Intern

Rachel graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015 with Honours and the Zoetis Prize for Excellence in Equine Studies. She went straight back to the University Equine Hospital to do an externship in equine orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery. After a brief stint of charity vet work with SPANA in Morocco she started working in a busy mixed practice on the edge of the Peak District and fell in love with Yorkshire, despite being from Somerset. Rachel enjoys equine orthopaedics especially, and decided to intern at Minster Equine Clinic to improve her diagnostic skills and management of surgical cases, but not before spending a few months travelling around Canada and New Zealand doing her favourite things – skiing, hiking, white water kayaking and mountain biking. Rachel rides her family’s horses when she can and can’t wait to get her first Labrador.