Meet the vets
Director Arnie Agnew founded the practice in 2001. He has been an equine veterinary surgeon in the area since 1990 and is very experienced in all aspects of equine veterinary medicine with a particular interest in lameness investigations. Arnie combines work with family life and the breeding of competition horses. Arnie is married to Gayle and they have two children Alice and Dan who are both active pony clubbers.
Director Robin Densem joined Agnew Equine in 2005 has been a horse vet since 1997. He joined the practice from a large equine hospital in Gloucestershire where he worked for five years. Robin has a lifelong association with horses and is particularly interested in equine medicine. Robin was awarded the Royal College Certificate in Equine Medicine in 2011 the only vet in the area to have achieved this qualification. Robin is married to Abby and they have two young boys Arthur and Stanley.
Stuart Pearson joins Agnew Equine in 2017. A large part of his 20 year’s experience in equine practice was spent in a large equine hospital in Newmarket. He has gained recognition as an advanced practitioner in equine orthopaedics and lameness investigations, an area that he specialises in. In addition to first opinion work he gives second opinion advice and examination of challenging lameness cases. Stuart is married to Jenny and has three “pony loving” daughters
Shelley Cook joined Agnew Equine in 2014, having spent the previous 3 years working in a practice in Anglesey, North Wales. She enjoys all aspects of Equine Practice, especially Performance issues and Equine medicine. Shelley has a solid grounding in horses as she grew up riding her family’s horses and ponies with the local pony club and hunt. She also worked in the breeding side of the racing industry in Ireland, before becoming a vet. Shelley lives with her husband Mark and their spaniels Eithin ad Riley, who are often seen navigating her to calls. Currently Shelley is on maternity leave but regularly keeps in contact with the practice and all the team.
Sarah Willson joined Agnew Equine in December 2017. Sarah studied at the Royal Veterinary College in London and when qualified began locuming at the University of Liverpool Leahurst Equine Hospital. She also worked with small animals in a busy practice in Liverpool. She returned to Leahurst to complete an internship developing skills in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery. Sarah is now studying for her certificate to become an advanced practitioner but also finds time to squeeze in some activities such as riding, snowboarding and football.
Joanna Steele joined our team in March 2018. Jo qualified from the University of Liverpool in July 2015. After which, she spent just over a year in a busy Equine practice in Kent before returning to the University of Liverpool Leahurst Equine Hospital to complete an internship in equine medicine and surgery. Joanna is currently studying towards her certificate to become an advanced practitioner and is interested in aspects of Equine practice. Joanna grew up in West Somerset and was an active member of the pony club and riding club as well as competing at British Eventing and BSJA. Nowadays, Joanna and her semi-retired Irish sports horse Dilly enjoy long relaxing hacks. Joanna also has a border terrier Macey, who you might see accompanying her to her visits.