Meet the Vets
Director 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
Director 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
Director 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.
Ella Aitkin (Vet) grew up in Cheshire, went to school in Holmes Chapel and graduated from vet school at the University of Liverpool, and she has joined us from a practice in Leicestershire partly in order to be back closer to ‘home’ and we’re delighted to have her! Ella has a keen interest in sports medicine but enjoys all aspects of life as an ambulatory equine vet. She has enjoyed being a vet at competitions and events including Point-to-Points, Team Chasing and Endurance rides – and it is a goal of hers to become an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian. She’s an experienced equestrian and has been a keen horse rider since childhood, currently riding her 16.2hh bay horse, Harry. Ella has also just returned from Africa volunteering for The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust providing veterinary care to local working animals. Ella loves travelling, visiting friends and family around the UK, and baking - which all of us on Team Agnew look forward to enjoying too!
Niamh 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!