Chris Johannson - Director

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice

Chris Johannson

Chris qualified from Glasgow University in 1992 and worked in several predominantly equine practices before joining Western Counties when it was formed in 2000. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice, was one of the first vets to pass he BEVA/BVDA equine dentistry examination. Other areas of interest include racing and competition horses, surgery and diagnostics. Chris is also a member of the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and is an FEI permitted treating Veterinary Surgeon. He has been elected to the Council of the British Equestrian Veterinary Association and sits on the Equestrian Sport Committee and Allied Professional Committee. When time permits he is keen to support his daughters at BE and BD competitions.

m: 07801 643010
e: chris.johannson@

Tom Chatfeild-Roberts - Associate

BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS

Tom Chatfeild-Roberts

Tom qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017. He has seen practice as a student here at Western Counties on numerous occasions as well as completing externships at equine referral hospitals in Newmarket, Leicestershire, Kent and Yorkshire. He has particular interests in equine anaesthesia and surgery, working as part of the hospital and ambulatory vet teams

Tom has been involved with horses from an early age coming from a Leicestershire hunting family. He has developed a keen interest in racing, having worked in both flat and jump racing yards. He has point to pointed for the last six seasons riding over 20 winners and he hopes to continue point to pointing both in Devon and Leicestershire over the coming seasons

m: 07725 001850

Simon Joyner - Director

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Surgery Orthopaedics

Simon Joyner

Simon qualified from Cambridge University in 1999 and worked in a mixed practice in Northamptonshire where he was involved in setting up an equine unit before moving to Devon and joining Western Counties in March 2003. Simon became a partner in 2004 following the retirement of Brian Crawford. He is largely based in North Devon and Exmoor. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery. His particular areas of interest include lameness diagnosis, orthopaedic surgery, stud work and AI.

Outside work Simon enjoys sailing and surfing. The family's first pony has arrived which will involve an increasing amount of Pony Club activities.

m: 07973 846653
e: simon.joyner@equinehospital.co.uk

David Seymour - Associate


David Seymour

David joined the vet team in June. He graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in 2014. Having spent time seeing practice during his degree in Newmarket he went on to complete a six monthambulatory internship. From there he worked at an equine practice in Cornwall before joining us this summer.

David's main interests are lameness, advanced dentistry and surgery.

Outside of work David enjoys shooting, sailing and surfing. Although no longer playing rugby he remains an avid spectator.

m: 07715 657093


Hayley Parker - Associate


Hayley Parker

Hayley qualified from Cambridge University in 2013 and subsequently spent the Summer working at a racehorse hospital in South Africa and then as a volunteer vet at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. Before joining Western Counties at the end of 2014, she completed a 12 month equine internship at a referral hospital in Leicestershire. Hayley enjoys all areas of equine work, particularly anaesthesia and medicine cases

Hayley works as part of the ambulatory vet team covering the North Devon and Exmoor areas as well as being part of the Hospital team.

Outside of work she enjoys skiing, running and watersports. She also has experience in eventing and used to play polo at university

m: 07738 687472

Elisabeth Hagsteiner - Intern


Elisabeth Hagsteiner


Elisabeth is our latest recruit to the team here at Western Counties and will be taking over the intern post from Adam in early November.  She trained at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich qualifiying in mid 2018.  She has seen practice in Germany, Austria and the USA

When not at work Elisabeth enjoys riding and competing her event horse who has now arrived from Elisabeth's home in Austria to join her here in the UK

m: 07590 228398

e: intern@equinehospital.co.uk



Eefje von Berg - Associate


Eefje von Berg

Eefje joined the practice in mid February 2017 having qualified at the University of Ghent in Belgium. She has worked in equine practice in Holland and more recently East Yorkshire. She has particular interests in equine medicine and anaesthesia.

Outside of work Eefje enjoys outdoor sports including riding, surfing, tennis and skiing as well as cooking - when time allows

m: 07872 317135

Nicolas Moulin - Veterinary Surgeon


Nicolas Moulin

Nicolas has joined the Hospital veterinary team here at Western Counties having finished a resident post at the Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Lyon in France. He has particular interests in equine surgery and lameness diagnosis.

He has recently settled in Wellington and is getting to know the local area



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