Meet The Team 

Everyone at our Equine Clinic is committed to providing you with the very best in equine healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.

Tom Gliddon BVSc CertEP MRCVS.

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1992 and joined White Lodge in 1996, after stints in Shropshire, North Wales and North Devon. I then became a partner here in 1999 and have since passed the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice, which has progressed onto being an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice. I have been on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons panel of examiners for the postgraduate certificate in Equine Practice and have recently been appointed to the prestigious role of RVS for the farriers registration council disciplinary committee.

My major interests are general equine practice, particularly stud work and lameness investigation, as well as farm animal practice. Outside of work, my interests include horse riding, cricket including Somerset over 50s!, rugby and enjoying family life with my wife Kate and our three children.. The family doesn't stop there though, we also have 3 horses, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 50 ewes & 6 chickens.


Philip Browne BVSc MRCVS.

Since graduating from Bristol vet school in 1970, I have accumulated over 45 years of experience. I headed to Penzance for three years working in a mixed practice, and after 6 months in Lambourn I returned to Minehead to work for Bill West and my cousin, George Carter, both of whom are the founders of White Lodge.                           

Over the years I have developed a keen interest in point-to-point and national hunt racing, and now carry out the work of two large national hunt yards. I am the chairman of local hunt, The Minehead Harriers, West Somerset point-to-point committee, and the Brendon Hill horse trials. As you can see, my life is very equine focused. In my spare time, I enjoy rugby, shooting, cricket, skittles, and watching my grandchildren grow. I have 3 working dogs – 2 labs and one spaniel puppy.


Paul Gannon BVetMed MRCVS.

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2003, and after 18 months working in West Wales I returned home to Somerset and have been at White Lodge ever since! I became a partner in 2014, alongside Philip, Tom and Simon. I embrace all aspects of traditional general practice, but would have to say my main interests lay within small animal surgery and preventative medicine, as well as obstetrics on the farm side. I have become particularly proficient at TB testing, and widely studied all aspects on intra-handling system behaviour of the bovine!  

Old machinery has become a real interest to me in recent years, the long spoken of tractor restoration has taken periodic breaks in favour of an emergency lawnmower rescue! More conventionally, I am a keen cyclist on and off the road, so watch out for me on the strava leader board!


Carly Martin Pope BVM&S MRCVS

I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2010. After five fabulous years in Scotland I moved home to Somerset and worked for a year in a busy mixed practice.  I then ventured away to Dorset for three years to gain more experience of equine and farm work.

In my student days I spent a great deal of time 'seeing practice' at White Lodge, and I am very happy to be back at such an exciting time for the practice with the new equine clinic opening. I love the variety of mixed practice, although my favourite days are spent out and about in the countryside visiting yards and farms.

Outside of work I spend much of my time farming or sat on a horse. This year I am planning to have some fun competing in some British Eventing BE100 classes on my little Irish horse 'Jake', whilst having my ex-eventer Wings in foal. Over the Summer I am regularly involved with course building and judging at local horse shows.  For relaxation I enjoy walking my Border Terrier 'Waggers' on the Quantocks, cooking and playing village rounders.


Hannah Martin BVM BVS MRCVS

Hannah May Martin BVM BVS MRCVS started with us in March. Hannah qualified from Nottingham University in 2019, and has been in mixed practice (with a focus on farm animals) in Oxfordshire since qualifying. Hannah will be working mainly within our Farm and Equine practice, and we’re really excited to have welcomed her to the team. Hannah has moved down with her horse, and is a keen eventer in her spare time, as well as enjoying netball and rugby.


Elsa Bromhall. Vet

Elsa Bromhall. BVSc MRCVS

I qualified from Liverpool University in 2016, and worked in Herefordshire for two years before moving down to Minehead. Having spent a lot of time at White Lodge as a student I was really excited to be given the opportunity to join the practice! I split my time between the large and small animal clinics, and really enjoy the variety of mixed practice and the challenges it presents.

Out of work I keep myself busy with three dogs (two small lurchers and a terrier), two horses (one rideable, one very small youngster), a cat and a royal python. I am a keen triathlete, and compete up to Ironman distance. Luckily the lurchers particularly enjoy long distance runs across Exmoor, although neither are quite so keen on the sea swimming!

 


Catharine Binding, Practice Manager.

I first started work at White Lodge in 1984. The practice was attached to George Carters home at Whitegate Road. We had an office upstairs and a small waiting room and operating theatre downstairs, the dispensary was in the cupboard under the stairs! We used a garage for lambing and dehorning, and across the yard there were a couple of stables which on occasion were used for cow caesareans.

My role involved assisting the vet with x-raying, operations, making lunches, sending invoices, TB testing, and more! During this time I trained in laboratory techniques and radiology. I am now solely based at Ellicombe, where I manage the financial aspects of all three practices. 

When I do manage to sneak away, in my spare time I enjoy photography. I feel very lucky to live within a National park where I enjoy birdwatching


Claire Godfrey RVN, R-SQP. Farm and Equine Manager.

I have worked at White Lodge since 1994. Originally, I was in a nursing role and gained my Veterinary Nursing qualification in 2000. My nursing work was mainly involved on the equine side of the practice. In 2015 I moved across to the Ellicombe Clinic to be the manager on the Farm & Equine side. It's certainly a challenging and busy role trying to keep the vet’s day running as smoothly as possible and keeping the clients happy. This is made so much easier as I have a great team to assist me.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friend and watching Horse Racing and Rugby. You really can’t beat a good day out at a local Point to Point or at Twickenham.


Lucy Kidner VCA, J-SQP. Equine and Farm Administration.

I have worked at White Lodge since January 2010, before joining the team I worked at the local racing yard. I help out in all manner of ways in the clinic, but I am particularly keen on the equine work.

I now work full time at the new Equine and Farm Clinic in Ellicombe, where I assist with the daily running of the practice and Feed Store as well as my usual Nursing Assistant duties for our Equine and Farm patients. I have taken a hands-on role in the Feed Store, where I take care of stock, ensuring we provide a variety of feed and bedding for all our clients, from dogs, to horses and even alpacas. I have also recently gained my Fork Life Drivers Licence.

In my spare time I am usually found stomping over Exmoor with my 2 dogs and horse, Ryan.


Marie McLean-Foreman. Receptionist and Administration.

I joined White Lodge in April 2010, my main roles include managing the equine accounts, and working on reception at our Farm & Equine Clinic. Before White Lodge, I worked as a farm secretary, also looking after point-to-point horses, and then spent many years working within the medical profession before returning to animals.

My spare time is mainly spent out and about in our fantastic countryside either walking my terrier, a real live wire who is full of fun, or on my recently acquired ex-racehorse with whom I hope to be doing some low level competing once again.


Lesley Jones. Receptionist and Administration.

I started working for White Lodge in 2019. Prior to this I worked as a Qualified Dental Nurse and as a Theatre assistant at Musgrove Park Hospital.

Dealing with Farmers and selling horse feeds are a far cry from assisting with root canal surgeries but I am enjoying the new challenges that vet life is throwing at me.

Outside of work I have two crazy spaniels which keep me fit trudging over the hills of Exmoor. (who said animals are like their owners?!)


Laura Dobson RVN. Head Equine Nurse

I first joined White Lodge in 2009, and have since become a qualified Vet Nurse. I now spend most of my time seeing to our equine and farm patients at the Ellicombe Clinic.

I am always busy outside of work looking after my menagerie which includes 2 horses, 3 dogs and a cat. I am often found out on one of my horses and am an avid follower of the local hunts. I am usually deeply involved in organising hunt social events.


Mr Geoff Lane BVetMed DESTS FRCVS.

Mr Geoff Lane BVetMed DESTS FRCVS. Visiting Surgeon

Geoff is a regular visiting surgeon at White Lodge. He is a world-renowned leader in the field of head and neck surgery and in particular upper respiratory tract surgery.

Having previously been a senior clinician at Bristol Veterinary School for many years he currently works with a number of clinics in the UK and further afield. He is widely published in the field and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

 


 

Pet Services
Situated in the Exmoor National Park we provide highly recommended veterinary services for a wide variety of companion animals. We know as well as anyone that you consider your pet to be a member of your family, so whether it's your dog, cat, small furry or reptile, we're proud to have a versatile team with a genuine passion for your animal’s health, providing the best possible veterinary care.
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Based in the Exmoor National Park our farm animal practice covers a large area of West Somerset and North Devon. Whilst most farm animals are examined on location, we do have the facilities at our purpose-built Farm Practice for performing surgery, lambing, ram fertility testing and more. We aim to offer prompt and professional veterinary care at competitive prices, and a full 24hour emergency cover.
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Offering you top class veterinary care, with full hospital standard surgical and inpatient facilities at our purpose-built clinic. Treating all equines from race and performance horses, to happy hackers and donkeys. We are proud to have an excellent team of 6 experienced equine vets, working both at the clinic and on the road. Join the practice today to experience our excellent equine services.
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