Meet the Vets

Arnie AgnewDirector Arnie Agnew founded the practice in 2001. After getting his degree from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Arnie 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 an active 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


Robin DensemDirector Robin Densem joined Agnew Equine in 2005 has been a horse vet since 1997, after graduating from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. 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 PearsonDirector Stuart Pearson joined Agnew Equine in 2017. Also graduating from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, a large part of his 20-year 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 3 pony-loving daughters.


Betty SharplesNiamh Duquemin (pronounced Neeve) grew up in Guernsey and lived there until moving to the UK for vet school at 18, and graduated from the University of Surrey. She's excited to get stuck into all aspects of ambulatory equine work, with a particular interest in medicine - and she especially enjoys meeting and communicating with clients. Having ridden from a young age, her family now has a collection of retired ponies in Guernsey who she enjoys caring for when she goes home. She also loves hacking out on her sister’s 16.3hh warmblood mare called Rubsie, based in Nottingham, whenever she can. Being from an island, she loves wild water swimming, as well as walking and hiking, and she's looking forward to exploring the Peak District. She currently has a cheeky rescue kitten called Pudding and hopes to be adding a dog into the mix to join her on her walks. When not outdoors, she loves reading and is also a keen knitter; she's rarely without multiple projects on the go and loves making handmade gifts for friends and family!


Cora DooleyCora Dooley (Vet) has joined to cover much of our out of hours work at Agnew Equine. Cora graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2022 after which she went to work in a busy equine ambulatory practice in Manchester. She then went back to Leahurst to complete a 13 month rotating internship to further build her clinical skills. Her biggest love has always been horses from having her own as young as she can remember and riding from the age of 4. She loves cross country! In her spare time she loves to travel and spend time with her 2 very lively dogs. She is super excited to be joining the team and looks forward to getting out and meeting some of you and your horses - and helping you through any emergencies should they arise.

Ambulatory
We always come to you! We have hospital-grade veterinary and diagnostic tools which are entirely mobile, which means you have the convenience of keeping your horse right where they are.
Independent
We are proud to be a local, family-run practice, and if your horse needs specialist treatment, we are free to refer them to the top experts in the country for their specific needs, not where a corporate dictates.
Experience
Over 20 years as a practice we have built an outstanding reputation for trustworthy care, treatment and professionalism - and our team of vets have devoted their careers exclusively to equine medicine.
Emergencies
We offer an out-of-hours service for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year so you always have our support and your peace of mind.

Our Services

Castrations

Castrations

Routine castration of colts can be performed at your home stables, ideally during the spring or autumn.
Dental Care

Dental Care

We provide expert routine dental care and examinations - as the condition of your horse’s mouth plays such an important role in their overall health and welfare.
Emergencies

Emergencies

We know that emergencies can happen any time of the day or night - and we offer the assurance that you always have the veterinary support you need standing by. We offer our own in-house emergency cover, meaning you will always see one of our vets in your time of need.
Equipment and Diagnostics

Equipment and Diagnostics

We are proud to be a fully ambulatory practice and welcome the fact that modern mobile technology allows us to effectively deliver treatment and diagnoses at the convenience of your stable.
Euthanasia and Equine Bereavement

Euthanasia and Equine Bereavement

We are privileged in veterinary medicine to have the ability to end suffering, and have a responsibility to work with you to do so in a way that is painless and minimises stress for all involved.
Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy continues to be the only reliable method for the diagnosis of gastric ulcers in horses. At Agnew, we offer this service using our mobile equipment at your home stables to avoid any additional stress caused by transporting your horse or pony.
Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

We examine horses for a wide range of medical problems including weight loss, diarrhoea, respiratory disease, urinary disorders and skin disease right at your stables.
Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services

We have close links with a number of outstanding veterinary clinical laboratories in Newmarket and around the country - and we are able to choose the most appropriate and experienced lab depending on what we are testing for.
Lameness Investigations

Lameness Investigations

Our vets have a great reputation for their lameness investigations at the convenience of your own stables. Stuart is one of only 21 vets in the country who is an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Orthopaedics.
Pre-Purchase Exams (Vettings)

Pre-Purchase Exams (Vettings)

Vettings are very important and are one of the most consequential things you’ll ask your vet to do – because purchasing a horse is a big decision! On that basis, Robin, Arnie & Stuart carry out the majority of our vettings as we feel experience is key to delivering the best outcome for you and the horse.
Reproductive Services

Reproductive Services

We offer a variety of reproductive services for your mare including artificial insemination, ultrasound scanning and pregnancy diagnosis, twin pregnancy management, foal management and vaccinations to prevent abortion.
Routine Health Care

Routine Health Care

At Agnew Equine, we believe that keeping your horse happy and healthy starts with Routine Preventative Care; vaccinations, regular dentistry, parasite control are fundamental to the well-being of your horse and doing all you can to ensure they live long and healthy lives.
Surgery/Referral

Surgery/Referral

As an independent practice, our vets at Agnew Equine are able to review each case and, where necessary, recommend referral to the most appropriate hospital in the circumstances to help with the specialised care of your horse or pony.
“My best advice is register with Agnew Equine - they are the best!” Louisa Kelly
“Love these vets - wouldn’t go anywhere else! Fantastic.” Paulina Nicholls
“A great team of vets! Calm, caring, experts with a professional manner” Kelly Pope
“Best vets anyone could have. Fantastic in all ways.” Angela Frost
“By far the most attentive and polite practice I’ve come across”
Agnew EquineHot Lane Farm, Hot LaneBiddulph MoorStoke-on-TrentStaffordshireST8 7HP01782 510502find us
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