Introducing Our Practice Team
Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet and horse healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.
Diane worked in Newbury and Lambourn for several years before taking over the practice from Mick Ponting in 1995. She has a particular interest in sports horse injuries and regularly attends polo matches, horse trials, driving trials and endurance competitions as the official vet. She is also a listed Inspector of Riding Establishments. Diane has a Labrador called Roger and several horses. “Outside work I have practiced Iyengar yoga for almost 20 years, and find it a great way to maintain flexibility and for relaxation. I´m an avid fan of show-jumping and regularly compete at BS competitions up to Foxhunter and 1.25m classes. I have had the wonderful opportunity to compete at such prestigious venues as Royal Windsor and Hickstead. I have also bred several sports horses, and have a very promising youngster jumping successfully in 1.30m classes. This has been made possible since Patrick became a partner in the business in 2001 and the responsibility of running the practice has been shared. I have plenty of personal experience of keeping a string of ponies on the road and appreciate the need to return horses to work as quickly as possible post-injury. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of pre-purchase examinations, and have a keen interest in dermatology. I think itchy skin conditions are often under-estimated as a cause of distress in small animals and horses”.
Patrick is the partner who runs the small animal (i.e. cat, dog, etc) side of the practice. He has a great deal of experience with cats and dogs, having worked now for more years than he cares to remember. Patrick studied hard to get extra qualifications in the field of small animal orthopaedics, i.e. bone, joint and spinal diseases and injuries in cats and dogs. He was awarded his Certificate in 1996, and, around this time, spent several years in a referral practice, seeing a wide variety of complicated and uncommon cases.
Patrick is married to Artaine, who works in the NHS, and they have one son, Ryan. The family keeps three dogs – Ash, a Jack Russell Terrier from the Blue Cross, Dermot an Irish Wolfhound and a Border Terrier, Spark. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys canoeing and railways. He and Ryan have their own model railway layout.
“Do I still enjoy my work after these years? The answer is an emphatic ´YES´. I love the satisfaction of seeing a sick pet, who is, after all, a member of someone’s family, returning, a few days later, bright and alert. My experience of treating numerous dogs and cats with painful joints has stimulated my interest in the management of arthritis in our companions, a condition which occurs all too frequently, and not just in older animals. Vast improvements have been made in the treatments available now, and I see the alleviation of pain as one of the most important goals in arthritis.
Having kept dogs for most of my life, I have also experienced, on several occasions, the emotional trauma of losing a pet. As a practice, we always strive to handle this difficult time with as much compassion as we can, towards both the owner and the pet. I have also had the stress of experiencing illness and accidents to my own dogs, and can sympathise with my clients, some of whom I have known for many years, when they are naturally worried sick about their cat or dog. And, yes, I have operated on my own dogs!
Should you choose to bring your cat or dog to The Sidings Veterinary Surgery, I hope that you will find the service and care up to your expectations. If not, then please feel free to speak to me about your concerns. Our aim, first and foremost, is to care for your much-loved companions.”
Anna assists Di and Patrick in the treatment of both our small animal and equine patients. Anna grew up locally and after spending some time down in Devon she returned to the area in 2006 and joined the Sidings. Anna is married to Stuart who is an equine dental technician and has a son called Henry.
“Horses are a huge part of both our professional and personal lives, we both like to compete our horses when we can. I mainly stick to unaffiliated eventing, hunter trials and team chasing on my horse Thomas. One day, when I find the time, I would like to affiliate, but at present I am happy helping Stuart at BE and BS events. I feel having my own horses allows me to understand the needs of our equine clients. As much as I love horses, its nice to have a variety of animals to deal with at work. I particularly enjoy feline medicine and have a rather aged cat Jessie, who currently prefers to reside with my mother!” Anna also rehomed a puppy who came to the practice having been involved in a serious road traffic accident. One of his legs was so badly damaged that unfortunately it had to be amputated, but ‘Joey’ is coping very well on three legs and showing no ill effects.
Marieke joined The Sidings in April 2013 after working in mixed practices in Devon and Somerset for the past two years. She qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in London in 2011, having previously also done a degree in Animal Science at Aberystwyth, which is a total of 7 years at University! “Having spent time in mixed practice I decided that my real interests lay in equine and small animal work, especially surgery and The Sidings seemed the perfect place to pursue these. I also grew up in the area and decided that it was high time I moved home, got married and generally settled down!”
Lily joined the practice in December 2015, having previously worked in a busy equine hospital in the home counties. Lily graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2013, and also holds a first class degree in Zoology. She has travelled the world with her veterinary skills; neutering stray dogs in India, caring for wounded donkeys in Eqypt and working in leading embryo transfer studs in Argentina amongst other things. Lily grew up in rural Dorset and has been mad about horses for as long as she can remember, but she enjoys all aspects of general practice with interests in dermatology and soft tissue surgery. Lily particularly enjoys geriatric medicine; helping to keep our golden oldies well in their twilight years. When not at work, Lily enjoys spending time outside with her naughty portugese podengo Teddy, and her husband Gonzalo who works with polo ponies.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Jo studied Zoology at Cardiff University before pursuing a practical career with animals in veterinary nursing. She qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2009 and has worked in two other practices in the area, before coming to the Sidings in April 2013. She is particularly interested in anaesthesia and has worked as a Clinical Coach, training student nurses in practice. Jo lives in Cirencester with her partner Chris and their young son Wynn and Jack Russell Albie, who keeps them on their toes! Jo has just returned from maternity leave and outside of work she enjoys looking after Wynn and walking Albie along with cooking and gardening.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Katherine is a qualified veterinary nurse who studied at Harper Adams University and has over 10 years experience of working in large veterinary hospitals and referral centres with a particular interest in medical nursing and hydrotherapy. “After having my son last year, I decided that I would prefer to work in a small first opinion practice, where I can get to know the clients and their pets and really feel like I can make a difference.” Katherine lives in Cirencester with her husband and son and two cats called Sylvester and Schmidt.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Meg recently joined us as a 2nd year Student Veterinary Nurse from a busy first opinion practice in Swindon. Meg particularly enjoys nursing clinics such as weight management, geriatric care and puppy / kitten checks. She also has an interest in wound management which she is keen to learn more about during her final year at college. Prior to working in the veterinary industry, Meg worked on farms and also worked in London for a while, running a council pound and assisting in the seizure of dogs under the dangerous dogs act. Meg lives above the practice here in Cirencester with her partner Pim and puppy Luther and spends most of her spare time outside!
Jackie is our efficient Practice Administrator, who has also gained the National Diploma in Animal Care. She lives with her husband, Ben, children Louis and Cora, dog Snoop and cat Fred. Jackie has been an invaluable member of the team since 1995, and knows all our regular patients, and their owners, very well. In addition to her vital role as our organiser, she also takes her turn at the reception desk, and in the nursing care of our patients.
In her spare time, weather permitting, Jackie enjoys cycling with her family, camping and dog walking.
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 7.00pm
8.30am – 1.00pm
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 11.30am
2.30pm - 3.15pm
4.00pm - 6.30pm
9.00am – 11.30am
Routine horse visits are undertaken between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. Please telephone the surgery and we will always endeavour to arrange a time that will suit you.