About us

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 by examination in 2009. Alan’s 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 equine vet of the year award after been 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 during their free time they with their children Tom, Gaby, Hettie and Alexander and “Millie” and “Marta” the dogs are tending to the growing menagerie of animals at their home. Alan also coaches underage rugby with Romsey Rugby Club.

Nicola Bell BVetMed MRCVS

Nicola graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. Early in her career she worked at a polo estancia in Argentina and did charity work in Fiji, before settling in Hampshire for the past 6 years.
Since then Nicola has worked predominantly in equine ambulatory practice and is looking forward to bringing her passion for client and patient care and expertise to the Celtic Equine Vet’s clients. Nicola has a particular interest in internal medicine cases and lameness cases but enjoys all aspects of first opinion practice and routine equine health care. You will find Nicola on the polo pitch in her spare time, or walking her dog Lilly on the forest.

Marta Ferrari DrMedVet, PhD MRCVS

Marta qualified from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2004 and moved to the UK straight away. She completed an Internship in Equine studies and a PhD in Equine Biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College, while locuming for a local equine ambulatory practice (the Park Veterinary Centre). Marta then worked for the Park Veterinary Centre for 9 years as a full time equine vet, before joining SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) as a Veterinary Advisor. SPANA is an international charity which goal is to improve the welfare of working animals in the worlds poorest communities and Marta spent 18 months travelling around the world coordinating projects and training local vets and students.
Marta enjoys all aspects of equine practice, but she has a special interest in farriery and foot pathologies. In her free time, Marta enjoys looking after her 2 donkeys, Shetland pony and retired mare, swimming, white water kayaking and travelling.

Caroline Gillespie MRCVS

Caroline grew up in Ringwood, and was a member of West Hants Pony Club branch for many years. She studied veterinary medicine at Cambridge University, qualifying in 2013 and since then she has worked in a variety of equine practices gaining experience varying from a year’s hospital internship at Cambridge to ambulatory practice in the peak district, including a short stint in Morocco doing voluntary work for the equine charity SPANA.
Caroline enjoys the variety of general practice but has particular interest in lameness cases and in ophthalmology.

Currently she has two horses and beside work she loves outdoor pursuits including running, climbing, swimming and of course riding, having successfully taught her partner Alex to ride. Many of our clients will have already met Caroline as she has been locuming for us on a part time basis for some months but we are delighted she has agreed to join the team on a full time basis.

Jan Puzio BVetMed MRCVS

Jan Puzio needs very little introduction to most local horse owners. A former senior partner at a local equine practice until 2016, Jan has a huge wealth of equine veterinary experience particularly in equine lameness and equine stud work. We are delighted that he will be joining us from January 2020.

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 MRussell

Laura is our office manager and has worked for the practice from the first day Alan opened the business. Aswell 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.

Kate Robb

Kate’s role in the practice is an office administrator with responsibility for ensuring all laboratory and referral reports are filed as well as attaching all x-ray, ultrasound and endoscope images to the clients account. Kate lives locally and keeps New Forest ponies. She is a keen New Forest pony breeder (Knavesash) and exhibitor where she competes at county level.

Sarah Bessant

Sarah role in the practice is an office administrator. Sarah lives locally and has been involved with horses all her life.

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 (pictured). 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.