Alan Hough MVB GPCertEq MRCVS

The son of a vet and originally from Galway in the West of Ireland, Alan graduated from University College Dublin. Since graduating Alan has worked exclusively in the UK, initially in mixed practice and then solely equine practices. Alan obtained a post graduate certificate in Equine Practice by examination in 2009. Alan’s enjoys all aspects of first opinion equine veterinary medicine with a special interest in equine dentistry and reproductive medicine. In 2009 he was selected as a finalist for the equine vet of the year award after been nominated by his former clients. Alan opened Celtic Equine Vets in October 2010 as he felt there was a real need in the area for an exclusively equine ambulatory practice with an experienced vet who is committed to providing a highly professional and cost effective service.

Alan is married to Georgie and during their free time they with their children Tom, Gaby, Hettie and Alexander and “Millie” the dog are tending to the growing menagerie of animals at their home. Alan also plays rugby with Romsey Rugby Club when work allows.

Nicola Bell BVetMed MRCVS

Nicola graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012. Early in her career she worked at a polo estancia in Argentina and did charity work in Fiji, before settling in Hampshire for the past 4 years.
Since then Nicola has worked predominantly in equine ambulatory practice and is looking forward to bringing her passion for client and patient care and expertise to the Celtic Equine Vet’s clients. Nicola has a particular interest in internal medicine cases and reproduction but enjoys all aspects of first opinion practice and routine equine health care. You will find Nicola on the polo pitch in her spare time, or walking her dog Lilly on the forest.

Alex Clarke BVSc CertAVP MRCVS

Alex, originally from Co. Durham, qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2006. He completed an elective in equine orthopaedics before spending two years in equine practice in Cheshire, undertaking both ambulatory and clinic roles. In 2008 he joined a large equine hospital in Sussex. Here he enjoyed a large proportion of racing and sports horse work, covering Brighton, Plumpton, Fontwell and Goodwood racecourses and being on duty at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead. He was responsible for much of the nuclear (‘bone scan’) imaging at the hospital at this time. In 2011, Alex and his wife Caroline, a fellow veterinary surgeon, set up a successful and busy ambulatory equine practice on the Isle of Wight working with the large pleasure horse population here. During this time he spent two years completing a masters level Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, with a particular focus on equine internal medicine.
Alex and his wife have two children, and in an effort to grasp some quality family time, took the decision to close their practice in 2015 and begin part time work.
They have horses of their own, and Alex particularly enjoys hunting and racing. He has hunted throughout the country and spent two seasons as joint master of the Isle of Wight Hunt. Alex is a keen marathon runner and mountaineer, more recently travelling further afield for his adventures.

Georgie Hough

Georgie is the Practice Manager of Celtic Equine Vets and is also a Minstead Parish Councillor. Georgie combines being Alexander’s mum with looking after her two older daughters and son. As well as joining Alan on walks and tending their animals she enjoys playing tennis and being a long standing member of two local book clubs.

Laura Moore

Laura is our office manager and has worked for the practice from the first day Alan opened the business. Aswell as ensuring the smooth running of the office Laura also looks after the business’s bookkeeping. Laura has been involved with horses in particular welsh ponies for most of her life. Along with her fiancée Matthew, Laura has been breeding and showing Welsh Cobs for 13 years. She was secretary for the Southern Counties Welsh Pony and Cob Association for 7 years. Laura’s free time now is predominately spent looking after her two daughters.

Jenny Woodhouse

Jenny’s role at Celtic Equine Vets is an office administrator with responsibility for processing insurance forms, stock control and debt control. She has been involved with horses in particular New Forest ponies for most of her life. Jenny is married to the Huntsman of The New Forest Fox Hounds and enjoys day to day life amongst the hounds at the Hunt kennels. As well as being a mum to two children, Jenny also rides and competes her horse in her spare time.

Kate Robb

Kate’s role in the practice is an office administrator with responsibility for ensuring all laboratory and referral reports are filed as well as attaching all x-ray, ultrasound and endoscope images to the clients account. Kate lives locally and keeps New Forest ponies. She is a keen New Forest pony breeder (Knavesash) and exhibitor where she competes at county level.

Sarah Bessant

Sarah role in the practice is an office administrator. Sarah lives locally and has been involved with horses all her life.