About us


Alan Hough GPCertEq MVB MRCVS

The son of a vet and originally from Galway in the West of Ireland, Alan graduated from University College Dublin. Since graduating Alan has worked exclusively in the UK, initially in mixed practice and then solely equine practices. Alan obtained a post graduate certificate in Equine Practice in 2009. Alan enjoys all aspects of first opinion equine veterinary medicine with a special interest in equine dentistry and reproductive medicine. In 2009 he was selected as a finalist for the Petplan Equine Vet of the Year award after being nominated by his former clients. Alan opened Celtic Equine Vets in October 2010 as he felt there was a real need in the area for an exclusively equine ambulatory practice with an experienced vet who is committed to providing a highly professional and cost effective service.

Alan is married to Georgie and outside work they spend time with their children Tom, Gaby, Hettie and Alexander, plus Millie and Marta the dogs. They all help tend to the growing menagerie of animals at their home. Alan also coaches underage rugby with Romsey Rugby Club.

Chloe Casalis de Pury MA(Cantab) VetMB MRCVS

Chloe graduated from Cambridge University in 2011 and went straight into equine ambulatory practice in Nottinghamshire. After developing an interest in equine performance and clinical nutrition she spent three years as Nutritional Manager at Dodson & Horrell, working with Team GB as well as numerous performance horses and studs across Europe and the Middle East.

Having decided that she missed life as a practicing vet, Chloe then spent five years back in equine practice in Buckinghamshire before joining Celtic. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, emergency medicine and of course nutrition!

Chloe is kept busy outside of work by her four horses, two dogs and two young children. She is currently rehabilitating her young rescue gelding Indigo while finding time to hack out on her retired eventer Stella whenever possible.

Emma Hill BVSc MRCVS

“Emma (Also answers to ‘Eva’ or ‘Eema’… accent issues) comes from New Zealand, where she graduated from Massey University in 2010. After several years spent in mixed practice she came to the UK in 2017 to do an equine hospital internship, and hasn’t left. Emma enjoys all aspects of first opinion equine practice, and is working towards a post grad certificate with a focus on lameness. She particularly enjoys the varied and interesting caseload we see in The New Forest. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, road cycling and finding warm places!

Georgie Hough

Georgie is the Practice Manager of Celtic Equine Vets and is also a Minstead Parish Councillor. Georgie combines being Alexander’s mum with looking after her two older daughters and son. As well as joining Alan on walks and tending their animals she enjoys playing tennis and being a long standing member of two local book clubs.

Laura Russell

Laura is our office manager and has worked for the practice from the first day Alan opened the business. As well as ensuring the smooth running of the office Laura also looks after the business’s bookkeeping. Laura has been involved with horses – in particular Welsh ponies – for most of her life. Along with her husband Matthew, Laura has been breeding and showing Welsh Cobs for 13 years. She was secretary for the Southern Counties Welsh Pony and Cob Association for 7 years. Laura’s free time now is predominately spent looking after her two daughters.

Jenny Woodhouse

Jenny’s role at Celtic Equine Vets is an office administrator with responsibility for processing insurance forms, stock control and debt control. She has been involved with horses in particular New Forest ponies for most of her life. Jenny is married to the Huntsman of The New Forest Fox Hounds and enjoys day to day life amongst the hounds at the Hunt kennels. As well as being a mum to two children, Jenny also rides and competes her horse in her spare time.

Sophie Budd

Sophie has a wealth of veterinary office administration experience having previously worked for a very busy veterinary referral centre prior to joining Celtic. Sophie lives locally and has a strong equestrian background. As well as having worked as an assistant manager at a local riding school Sophie also has 2 ponies of her own, a New Forest Pony Murphy and a Connemara pony Jasper. Sophie rides and has lessons on both ponies regularly. In addition to the ponies she also has 2 spaniels who love going to the beach, and Luna the puppy who comes to the office.