HEREFORD
01432 351471
BROMYARD
01885 488440
LEDBURY
01531 806129

Meet The Team

BVetMed MRCVS Director

Matthew Pugh

BVMS MRCVS Director

Andrew Cooke

BVSc DBR MRCVS Director

Nick Gibbon

BVMedSci BVM BVS Cert AVP(EP) MRCVS Director

Mike Bellamy

BVM&S MRCVS Associate Director

William Allman

BVM BVS MRCVS Senior Clinician

Charlotte Watkins

BVetMed MRCVS Senior Clinician

Hannah Mitchell

BVetMed MRCVS Clinical Vet

Joel Galloway

BVSc MSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Sarah Watson

BVetMed MRCVS Clinical Vet

Hazel Birch-Ellis

BVetMed MRCVS Clinical Vet

Ellie Collins

BVM&S PGDip(VCP) MRCVS Clinical Vet

Lisa Phipps

BVM BVS MRCVS Clinical Vet

Dominic Ward (DW)

BVSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Sara Wright

BVSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Eden Baim

BVSc BSc(Hons) MRCVS Clinical Vet

Charlie Stephens

BVSc BSc(Hons) CertAVP MRCVS - Clinical Vet

Katie Kipling

BVSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Kaitlyn Bongers

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Ovidiu Mercia Oltean

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Petre Balanescu

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Diego Sainz Garcia

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Tudor Patcas

BSc (Hons) Mem R.E.S Approved Tuberculin Tester

Mark Wrathall

Approved Tuberculin Tester & Vet Tech

Lin Irving

Approved Tuberculin Tester

Jen Grosvenor Smith

Approved Tuberculin Tester

Amanda Lambert

BVetMed MRCVS Director

Matthew Pugh

Matt is a very experienced farm animal vet, highly motivated by herd and flock health. He likes to work in partnership with clients, aiming to help find them solutions to enable them to make improvements in their farm’s efficiency and production and hence the welfare of the animals under their care. He has an unhealthy interest in all things that ruminate and everything that makes them tick.

Outside of work he has three children and a menagerie of animals to keep him entertained and has been known to attempt to run & bike. He is trying to rekindle his cricket career but the social side is going better than the cricket! Matt has been a Director in the practice since 2004.

BVMS MRCVS Director

Andrew Cooke

Andrew, one of our five Directors at Belmont, joined as an assistant in 2013. He previously worked for nearly seven years in mixed practice in Leicestershire and Rutland. He graduated from Glasgow university in 2006 and has slowly been working his way southwards ever since!

He enjoys all aspects of large animal veterinary work, particularly disease control and fertility work, with cows, bulls and sheep! When he manages to find 5 minutes to take off his wellies and waterproofs Andrew spends his free time with his young family and rescue Pointer ‘Murphy’. He is also a keen cyclist, so you might spot him on his bike exploring the hills and lanes of Herefordshire.

BVSc DBR MRCVS Director

Nick Gibbon

Before joining Belmont Farm and Equine in 2013 Nick worked in West Wales and Cheshire in large animal practice. He enjoys all aspects of large animal work and has particular interests in ruminant systems, helping clients build sustainable businesses through excellent animal health and performance. He completed the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2018 and is a dairyCo mobility mentor. He is also very interested in genetics and delivers Clarifide genomic testing for the practice. Nick joined the business as a Director in 2017 and in his free time he juggles a young baby with as much fly fishing and shooting as possible.

BVMedSci BVM BVS Cert AVP(EP) MRCVS Director

Mike Bellamy

Having grown up in Suckley, Mike returned to the local area having graduating from Nottingham Vet School in 2011. After 3 years working in true mixed practice in Ledbury he undertook an internship at Three Counties Equine Hospital, gaining his Certificate in Equine Practice, before taking time to locum in Droitwich, New Zealand and the Shetland Isles. Now settled in Ledbury, with his wife Beth and their Labrador Pepper, he considers himself a practical allrounder, with an enthusiasm for most outdoor pursuits and a work hard play hard attitude. Mike became a Director of the company in January 2022.

BVM&S MRCVS Associate Director

William Allman

Will joined us from the cold wastelands of the North in autumn 2017. He qualified from Edinburgh in 2011 and went straight to a busy mixed practice in Yorkshire. He is a local farmer’s son and has been involved with cattle from a young age and returns to Herefordshire to develop further as a large animal vet. His interests lie in flock and herd health and he loves getting stuck in with all things large animal. When not on farm you will find him at home with his young family or on the Rugby field.

BVM BVS MRCVS Senior Clinician

Charlotte Watkins

Charlotte Watkins joined Belmont Farm and Equine Vets in 2017 after qualifying from Nottingham University and completing an agricultural study tour of New Zealand. The majority of Charlotte’s time is spent working with the practice’s wealth of dairy units. She relishes the chance to work along her clients to improve animal health, welfare and long term business profitability. Her interests specifically lie in udder health, young-stock management and fertility.

Alongside her day-to-day work, she is currently undertaking a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction at the University of Liverpool and is a qualified mastitis control plan deliverer.

BVetMed MRCVS Senior Clinician

Hannah Mitchell

Hannah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016. She initially spent several years in mixed practice in Tewkesbury before returning to her homelands of Herefordshire and joining Belmont in January 2019.
Hannah now spends most of her time on the equine side of the practice but still thoroughly enjoys treating farm animals, especially during lambing, kidding and calving season!
She enjoys all aspects of equine practice and is currently studying towards a certificate in Advanced Equine Practice.
Outside of work Hannah can be found having fun and competing in Working Equitation with her cheeky Welsh Cob, Piglet, or helping with the various animals on the family farm in South Herefordshire. If time allows she also likes to steal her Dad’s Off Road racing car for the occasional weekend of Rallying fun!

BVetMed MRCVS Clinical Vet

Joel Galloway

Joel joined Belmont in November 2020, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, graduated from RVC in 2016. He worked in a farm animal practice in North Devon for 3 years. After this he travelled to New Zealand with his wife, working for 3 months during calving season in Waikato, North Island. He spent 6 months working in Pembrokeshire, Wales before joining Belmont in November 2020. Outside of work he keeps fit trail running and going on long walks with his spaniel.”

BVSc MSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Sarah Watson

Sarah graduated from Bristol University in June 2020. She spent 6 months completing an internship for the Food and Agricultural Organisation supporting countries with the control of Foot and Mouth disease before starting at Belmont in January 2021. She is interested in all aspects of farm animal medicine, particular infectious disease control, and is in charge of all things data management for the practice. Out of work Sarah is renovating her house with her fiancé Grant and looking after her two geriatric Labradors.

BVetMed MRCVS Clinical Vet

Hazel Birch-Ellis

Hazel joined Belmont in June 2021, having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020. Before graduating Hazel undertook Externships at some of the large equine hospitals in the area, such as Three Counties Equine, Bell Equine and Newmarket Equine Hospital, including a stint in the intensive care foal unit. From there Hazel spent a year in a small animal practice in Cleobury Mortimer before moving into her preferred field of equine veterinary work. Hazels particular interests are respiratory and geriatric patients as well as all aspects of equine internal medicine.

Outside of work Hazel enjoys riding and competing her horse Bella. When she is not at work Hazel likes to help with the pedigree Limousin herd on her partners family farm.

BVetMed MRCVS Clinical Vet

Ellie Collins

Ellie joined Belmont in September 2021 having graduated from the Royal Veterinary College. Before this she previously studied Biological Sciences. Ellies particular interests are equine internal medicine and all aspects of ambulatory farm work. Ellie grew up in London but prefers the great outdoors so when she is not at work she loves being out in the fresh air taking on new challenges.

BVM&S PGDip(VCP) MRCVS Clinical Vet

Lisa Phipps

Lisa studied at Edinburgh University, graduating in July 2022 and diving straight into the RVC Production Animal Internship as Belmont’s first intern. Lisa is looking forward to exploring all aspects of farm clinical work over the year-long internship program but is particularly interested in developing her skills in youngstock improvement and dairy goat work. Outside of work Lisa enjoys anything that gets her outdoors which would explain why she loves being a Scout Leader!

BVM BVS MRCVS Clinical Vet

Dominic Ward (DW)

Dom joined Belmont in August 2022 having recently graduated from The University of Nottingham. Two Dominic’s at Belmont is a bit much so Dom is known as DW. He enjoys all things equine but has a particular interest in internal medicine. In his spare time he is a keen musician and also enjoys riding his ex-racehorse, Rambo.

BVSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Sara Wright

Sara joined Belmont in August 2022 after graduating from the University of Bristol. Originally from Devon, she enjoys all aspects of farm and equine veterinary medicine, with a particular interest in fertility work. Outside of work Sara enjoys riding her Irish sports horse Mango, exploring the countryside and playing hockey.

BVSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Eden Baim

Eden joined the practice in July 2023 after studying at the University of Liverpool. Eden completed an exchange program at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She gained experience of different farming production systems and livestock management as well as travelling and experiencing living abroad, she is keen to develop her current interests in bovine fertility and herd health. 

Despite growing up in central Birmingham, Eden is excited to be living and working in the countryside, exploring with her dog, Eli and continue horse-riding when time will allow.

BVSc BSc(Hons) MRCVS Clinical Vet

Charlie Stephens

Charlie joined the practice in August 2023 having graduated from Bristol University, straight away joining the RVC Production Animal Internship with Belmont. Before this, she studied Biology at Cardiff University and travelled around Africa.

Charlie grew up in Malvern, with the hills on her doorstep and has always loved challenging herself up and down the climbs mountain biking and trail running. Since day 1 of joining us at Belmont, Charlie’s puppy Fig has been alongside her, and is growing to be the best farm-vet-dog anyone could ask for!

BVSc BSc(Hons) CertAVP MRCVS - Clinical Vet

Katie Kipling

Originally from Gloucestershire, Katie joined the practice in January 2024. She graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 2012, having previously studied Bioveterinary Science at Harper Adams, she also holds a certificate in advanced veterinary practice, which she focused on cattle health and production.

Katie has worked all over the UK including North Wales in mixed practice, then on to central Scotland to a practice that predominantly focused on beef and sheep, she also spent some time in New Zealand at a dairy practice. In 2020 she headed back south and joined a mainly dairy focused practice before coming to Belmont. Her main area of interest is dairy cattle, including mastitis, youngstock and infectious diseases but loves to get stuck in with all things beef and sheep too, especially a sheep caesar in the spring!

When Katie is not at work she has three young boys that keep her VERY busy! She also enjoys going to the gym and enjoys a spot of gardening and wine tasting.

BVSc MRCVS Clinical Vet

Kaitlyn Bongers

Kaitlyn joined the practice in April 2024 all the way from Waikato, New Zealand! She graduated from Massey University followed by three years working in a mixed practice in rural Waikato. Kaitlyn’s main interests lie in dairy medicine and herd health. Kaitlyn plans to combine vet life with exploring the UK and Europe.

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Ovidiu Mercia Oltean

Ovi graduated in 2004 in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania. After graduating he had his own companion animal practice before coming to the UK with his family. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his son. You can always rely on Ovi being at our socials, especially if we go paint balling. He is fuelled by strong black coffee and Red Bull. One of Ovi’s favourite hobbies is ballet and he is also partial to a bit of Leona Lewis, voice of an angel.

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Petre Balanescu

Petre was born and raised between the Vineyards Hills in South East Romania. He graduated in 2007 from Bucharest University of Veterinary Medicine. He loves the process of making wine … and the tasting! When he is not testing cattle you will find him on the open roads on one of his motor cycles. Be careful, blink and you will miss him! When he is on farm he is pretty speedy, if the cattle behave.

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Diego Sainz Garcia

Diego is a TB Tester from La Rioja, Spain. He graduated from the University of Zaragoza in 2005. Working in Spain as a Vet in an abattoir and also with large animals close to the small mountain village where he lives, last year he decided to say goodbye to his life in Spain and to join the Belmont Vets team in January 2019. He loves to visit the farms because this reminds him of his family farm back home. He also enjoys being able to drive through woodland to work and being outside in the countryside. He has a passion for all the creative arts, for literature, poetry, design and music. He is also a multi-discipline artist. Above all, he cherishes the time he spends with his wife and two children.

MRCVS TB Testing Vet

Tudor Patcas

Tudor comes from Ordea in Romania. He qualified from the University of Cluj-Npoca in 2009 and went straight into clinical Veterinary practice. He was the sole vet on a dairy farm of 400 cows and then came to work in the UK for Eville and Jones doing meat inspection and abattoir work. He trained as a TB tester through XL Farmcare and joined the team at Belmont in February 2018. He lives in the Forest of Dean and in his spare time enjoys exploring the UK and further afield.

BSc (Hons) Mem R.E.S Approved Tuberculin Tester

Mark Wrathall

Mark joined Belmont in January 2021. He graduated from Lancaster University after studying Biological Sciences and took part in an expedition to Chile with Raleigh International followed by working in the veterinary laboratory at Sun Valley (Cargill meats). Mark is currently studying entomology at Harper Adams university, so will happily extol the virtue of Vespula vulgaris or germanica. He enjoys touring the county visiting different farms and farmers, being reminded how pretty the county is and a younger life of holidays on his grandparents North Yorkshire hill farm. Mark has an interest in photography, food and rugby, and thoroughly enjoys dragging his children out for a walk or up a hill.

Approved Tuberculin Tester & Vet Tech

Lin Irving

Lin joined the practice in April 2021 and grew up in Hallow, Worcester, you will find Lin out on farms either delivering her work as a ATT or putting her Vet Tech skills to good use.

Having initially worked with horses at a young age she then moved into the world of farming and took up milking at a local dairy. Lin has also worked with suckler herds, pigs, sheep and chickens!

In her spare time Lin likes to go walking and spend time gardening. She also keeps a small flock of pedigree Zwarbles and commercial ewes that keep her and her two working collies Moss and Eddie busy.

Approved Tuberculin Tester

Jen Grosvenor Smith

Jen joined the Belmont team in December 2021 and has been learning the ropes of TB testing from Petre. Jen was born in Oxfordshire and grew up on an arable farm. In July 2017 she moved with her family to a beef and sheep farm in Woofferton, Shropshire. She has always been involved in agriculture and learnt a lot from working at Hereford Livestock Market. You will often find her working her three spaniels during the shooting season and socialising at her local Young Farmers Club. 

Approved Tuberculin Tester

Amanda Lambert

Amanda joined our TB testing team in October 2023, she grew up in Solihull and moved to the area 14 years ago. Known as Mand, she has worked with cattle previously including a stint relief milking before taking a break to start a family.

When not at work you will find her at home with her sheep or either working or walking her four spaniels, Fudge, Wizz, Jet and Roo or riding with her daugther on Bringsty Common.

Hereford Manager

Michelle Harris

Bromyard Manager

Sybil Legge

Assistant Manager - People Practice

Alice Mainwaring

Assistant Manager - Reception, Operations and Marketing - R-SQP

Millie Whitlock

Assistant Manager - TB and Pharmacy, R-SQP

Laura Langford

Senior Receptionist - Lab, Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Lucy Hughes

Senior Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Jodie Evans

Invoice Administrator - TB Assistant

Emma Cooke

Accounts Administrator, IT Support, AMTRA R-SQP

Sophie Powell

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Chloe Linton

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Amber Smyth

Receptionist - Health Plan Administrative Assistant

Leah Serle-Sandy

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Sarah-Jane Nicholls

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Hattie Nions

Receptionist - Lab, Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Evelyn Williams

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Caroline Amies Gardner

Receptionist - Health Plan Administrative Assistant

Emma Davies

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Ronie Thomas

Hereford Manager

Michelle Harris

Michelle joined us as a Receptionist in May 1998 when the practice was mixed. She was promoted to Head Receptionist within a few years of starting and stayed under that heading with many other responsibilities added until the businesses split. She now heads up the Hereford branch as office manager. Along with cooking and socialising she loves a long walk to the pub with her lurcher Ede and a large glass of wine as a reward!

Bromyard Manager

Sybil Legge

Sybil has been with the practice since 2005. She is the manager of the Bromyard office, all would fall apart without her. If you need to know anything you can just ask Sybs, she is the oracle. When Sybil is not at her desk you can find her relaxing at Butterley, red wine or Prosecco in hand enjoying her beautiful gardens. She also enjoys spending time with her Daughter Lisa, son Robert and new puppy, the adorable Betty. She is the glue of the Bromyard office and we would be lost without her.

Assistant Manager - People Practice

Alice Mainwaring

Alice grew up in North Herefordshire and joined the practice in September 2016, coming from a sport horse breeding background, and has previously represented the BHHS studbook in the International Young Breeders Championships. Alice looks after the HR side of things for the practice and dabbles a little in the marketing when time allows, but most importantly she is Belmont’s in-house cake maker! In her spare time she loves to bake and walking her dogs. She has her hands full at home with her son Harry, Sven the Cocker Spaniel, Luna the Labrador and a house renovation, so she comes to work for a break!

Assistant Manager - Reception, Operations and Marketing - R-SQP

Millie Whitlock

Millie joined the Belmont team in July 2019, you will find her behind our reception desk in the Hereford office. Millie heads up our social media pages and carries out many of our admin tasks. Coming from a farming background and previously working at a local livestock market she knew many clients already. Away from work she spends a lot of time on her family farm. In her spare time Millie enjoys catching up with friends and going to social events.

Assistant Manager - TB and Pharmacy, R-SQP

Laura Langford

Laura joined the practice in 2017 and is a valuable member of the team. She has a level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture. You will find her in our Bromyard office supporting the vets and organising all aspects of TB testing. As well as this Laura assists with stock control and purchasing for all offices. Laura is also Bromyard offices AMTRA R-SQP. Away from work you will find her down on he farm or walking her dogs, Misty, Ruby & Pepper!

Senior Receptionist - Lab, Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Lucy Hughes

Lucy joined the support staff in July 2020 and is based in our Ledbury Office. Lucy grew up in Ludlow, and went to school and college in Hereford. Lucy is a keen equestrian and has two horses, Alfie and Peggy-Sue and Whisper the Beagle. Outside of work you will find Lucy either out walking or on the Netball pitch.

Senior Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Jodie Evans

Jodie joined the Bromyard team in October 2022, you will find her behind our reception desk. Jodie grew up with a passion for horses and owns her own ex racehorse Archie. Outside of work Jodie loves to go shooting and works her Cocker Spaniel Ted as well as meeting up with friends at the pub and going for long dog walks.

Invoice Administrator - TB Assistant

Emma Cooke

Emma joined Belmont in June 2022 and is based in our Bromyard office. Emma grew up in North Herefordshire and is an active member of the Herefordshire Young Farmers being Competitions and Club Chairman. In her spare time Emma likes to get stuck in with all the sheep jobs on the farm where she lives, and likes to help out in spring lambing as well as wool wrapping for the shearers. She has 3 dogs which are a mixture of Kelpies and Collies, one of which is a puppy, so she has her hands full.

Accounts Administrator, IT Support, AMTRA R-SQP

Sophie Powell

Sophie joined the practice in July 2019, and is mainly based in our Hereford office. She is very involved in producing the Herd Health Plans, as well as keeping an eye on the TB diary and is a qualified SQP. Sophie comes from a farming background and can be regularly found in the lambing shed in springtime. In her spare time Sophie likes to socialise with her friends and travel the world.

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Chloe Linton

Chloe joined the Bromyard team in June 2023, she will be a familiar voice on the phone and can be found behind the reception desk! Chloe grew up on her family farm in North Herefordshire. Chloe has a passion for all things sheep and loves helping out her grandparents at lambing time, she is also exploring the idea of starting her own flock.

Outside of work Chloe has her Cocker Spaniel pup Winnie to keep her busy and likes to spend time with her family and friends.

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Amber Smyth

Amber joined the team in September 2023 and you will find her in our Bromyard office. Amber attended Holme Lacy College and has an extended diploma in Equine Management.

When not at work Amber has a keen interest in showing Arabian horses and has Mhoon, Breeze, Spirit and Laylani to keep her busy. When not with the horses Amber enjoys socialising with friends.

Receptionist - Health Plan Administrative Assistant

Leah Serle-Sandy

Leah joined the Practice in September 2022 and will be a familiar voice on the end of the phone in our Ledbury office. She currently works part time along with studying at Hartpury for her Bsc Hons Agriculture with livestock production. Outside of work and studying Leah is secretary for her local young farmers club, which keeps her busy organising events and arranging meetings. In her spare time Leah enjoys spending time with her animals.

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Sarah-Jane Nicholls

Sarah-Jane joined Team BFE in December 2023. She grew up on a smallholding in North Herefordshire, and attended Hartpury College to study equine. Sarah-Jane is a keen equestrian and has three of them to keep her busy! Ruby, Robbie and Susie are all getting a bit older now so require more care and attention.

When not with the horses Sarah-Jane likes walking her spaniel Bryn and British Bulldog Simba, she also has lots of rare breed chickens and ducks which she breeds and enjoys taking them to shows such as the Royal Welsh and the Three Counties!

In her spare time you will find Sarah-Jane at the races or helping her boyfriend on his farm, with either the livestock or mucking in with the spud harvest!

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Hattie Nions

Hattie joined Belmont in January 2024 after studying Equine Science at Hartpury College. She grew up in the Worcestershire countryside and has always had horses. Her current horse is 6 year old Finley that she is producing. When not at work Hattie loves to compete Finley and hack out on the Castlemorton common, going out walking and watching the horse racing, especially at Cheltenham.

Receptionist - Lab, Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Evelyn Williams

Evelyn joined Belmont in August 2021 and is based in our Hereford office, having come to us from a science background after working in the NHS as a laboratory assistant in Microbiology. Evelyn has been involved in horses from a young age. She gained her UK level 2 in coaching riding in 2018 and she is now studying for a Foundation Degree in Equine science in her spare time. Evelyn owns six horses who keep her busy outside of work along with her other interests of walking, military aviation and photography. 

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Caroline Amies Gardner

Caroline joined the Belmont team in June 2022 and is part of the Hereford team, mostly looking after all things stock, equipment and meeting the vets every need as well as putting a shift in on the reception desk when required! Caroline was brought up in Herefordshire and has been around horses from a young age, she now owns two of her own. Outside of work her family keep her busy, she has two daughters and two dogs Molly and Eevee who love nothing more than beach walks.

Receptionist - Health Plan Administrative Assistant

Emma Davies

Emma joined the Belmont team in September 2022 and can be found behind our reception desk in our Hereford office. Emma grew up on her family farm near the Welsh Border and on weekends can be found helping out. She has been a keen horse women show jumping all around the country with her beloved horse Paddy who’s now retired. In her spare time Emma loves to socialise with friends.

Receptionist - Dispensary and Equipment Co-ordinator

Ronie Thomas


Ronie joined the Belmont team in August 2023, she is based in our Hereford Office. Ronie is a keen equine enthusiast who started riding when she was 4 years old. She enjoys competing on her 8 year old youngster Alfie around the country mainly show jumping.

Away from work and horses Ronie likes to go out walking or running with her dogs.