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Meet our Vets

Robert Hill MRCVSRobert Hill MRCVS
Position: Principal Veterinary Surgeon
 Jeremy Holland-Howes MRCVS
Position: Veterinary Surgeon
Graduated from RVC London in 1990, and has worked at the Ashcroft Road Surgery since 1994, treating mainly cats, dogs and rabbits.
When not working likes to travel abroad, play squash, cycle and kayak.
Has an assortment of pets including his border terrier Judy.
Jenny Fitch-Holland MRCVSJenny Fitch-Holland MRCVS
Position: Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated from Bristol in 1978 and have been in practice since then. After several years in mixed practice the toll on my body meant I decided to downsize to small animal practice. I have 2 grown up daughters and 2 gorgeous chocolate labradors - I even breed the odd litter and so am always happy to advise on any breeding issues. In my spare time I take ’Dora,’ the youngest Labrador, to gundog training classes and also used to ride regularly until the bones became too fragile!
 Kathryn Jones MRCVS
Position: Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 and worked in mixed practice in Lincolnshire for a year before joining the Barn Veterinary Practice in 2005. I am interested in all aspect of small animal medicine and surgery. Outside of work I am a school governor and enjoy dress making and outdoor persuits. I have a rescue cat called Sweetcorn and a Jack Russell called Henry.
Claire McConnell MRCVSClaire McConnell MRCVS
Position: Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and joined the Barn Veterinary Practice team in 2012. My main interests are in small animal medicine and surgery and within this I particularly enjoy feline medicine. In my free time, I enjoy caring for my pets which include cats, guinea-pigs, snakes, a dove, a rabbit and a hamster. I also regularly care for my parents dog when they go on holiday. I enjoy countryside dog walks, and attending Speedway races.
Mark Jeffrey MRCVSMark Jeffrey MRCVS
Position: Veterinary Surgeon
After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College, London I came to work at the Barn Veterinary practice straight away and have been here ever since. I have had a close connection with the Barn for a number of years, working here on a Saturday before training to be a vet. I enjoy working with all species but spend a lot of time increasing our equine case-load. Whilst at the practice I enjoy soft tissue surgery. At home I enjoy most countryside activities, walking, clay shooting etc. I currently have two dogs, ’Reading’ a Bloodhound cross and ’Yola’, a Pointer cross. Both are quite a handful!
 Lauren Hamstead MRCVS
Position: Veterinary Surgeon
I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2015 and moved to Suffolk straight away to start work at the Barn.

Born and bred Yorkshire, I’ve been a keen rider from the age of 3. I have always enjoyed looking after my own and my family’s horses, especially my first pony Merlin, who was a lovable rogue!

I honed my clinical training to equine practice, spending time studying equine
medicine, surgery, diagnostic imaging and stud medicine.
Opening Hours & Contacts
Copdock Ashcroft
01473 730213
Barn Veterinary Practice, The Barns, Wenham Rd, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3EY
Monday - Friday: 08:30-19:00
Saturday: 09:00-12:00
Sunday: No Surgery, but appointments available at Ashcroft Road Surgery 10.00 to 12 noon.

24 hr Emergency Service. Telephone 01473 730213
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