The Team

At Thompson House Equine Vets we have a fantastic family team, with a vast array of knowledge in, orthopaedics, dentistry, medicine, breeding, surgery to poor performance issues and other health areas of equine.

Meet some of our key people below who would be delighted to hear from you soon.

Rob Michael | Director

I graduated from The University of Liverpool in 2010 and my first job was as an equine assistant on the north Cornwall and Devon Coast. I moved back to the North West about a year later where I have worked ever since. My main interests are internal medicine and particularly gastroenterology, respiratory disease and ophthalmology. I also has a keen interest in modern equine dentistry.

I gained RCVS advanced practitioner status in equine internal medicine in 2015 and at the same time graduated with a certificate in veterinary professional studies.

I pride myself on always being approachable and believe in an evidence based approach to veterinary medicine, and that an accurate diagnosis is key to effective treatment.

I am devoted to my wife Jo (who is also a vet) and my two beautiful sons Oliver and John. In my spare time I like to take the family away on fun trips away to North Wales and Cornwall and I am a keen astronomer and bell ringer at my local church.

BVSc BSc (Hons) CertAVP (EM) PgCert VPS MRCVS | RCVS Advanced Practitioner Equine Medicine


Chris Ainscough | Practice Manager

I’ve been involved in carriage driving all my life due to my Grandparents keeping their driving horse at my parents house.

I’ve been involved in carriage driving all my life due to my Grandparents keeping their driving horse at my parents house.

As a child I traveled to lots of competitions with my Grandparents whilst my Granddad was competing and from an early age I was absolutely hooked.

I started competing aged 12 and was successful at club level. At 14 I competed my Granddad’s horse ‘Bramble’ at a Novice National event and finished 6th at the National Championships.

I am sponsored by ‘Baileys Horse Feeds‘ and have been using their feeds for 4 seasons now. I  would totally recommend ‘Baileys Horse feeds’ , any horse will benefit from being correctly fed on Baileys products . Please ask for further information or to be put in touch with our local ‘Baileys Horse Feeds’ Nutritionalist –

Jen Palfreyman | Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

Jen is a graduate from the University of Liverpool and joined the team at Thompson House Equine Vets in August 2020. Although originally from the South West, Jen has lived and worked in and around Manchester for over ten years and had a previous career as a professional saxophonist. She was fortunate enough to retrain and pursue her childhood dream of becoming an equine vet.

In her spare time Jen enjoys riding her horse Carrick and hopes to start eventing with him next season. When not busy horse riding, Jen can be found cooking or rock climbing with her partner Fraser.

Tim Froydenlund | Consultant Surgeon

Tim qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2007, after which he spent 3 years in mixed practice in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

He subsequently completed an internship at the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, before joining their first-opinion team. During his time in Liphook, he developed a keen interest in equine surgery and subsequently undertook a Residency in Equine Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. Here he undertook specialist training in all aspects of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, with extensive experience of advanced dental procedures, and lameness/poor performance investigation.

In 2017, he was awarded the Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Orthopaedics). He has a particular interest in standing and minimally-invasive surgical techniques.

Wendy | Receptionist

I left school at 16 and went straight to Dean Dane riding school to work as a groom initially, but then quickly became involved with the teaching side of things so I enrolled at Northfield Equestrian Centre to study.

Years later I then went to work at a private hunting yard and became involved with the Holcombe Hunt which I loved. I also have a love of NH horse racing and more recently flat racing, I’ve been lucky to spend some time at two trainers yards in Epsom Surrey where I rode out lots of youngsters in their early days before they went to the racecourse.

In 2014 I met Chris and Caz Ainscough after hearing about their brand new equestrian centre opening. I quickly became a volunteer and soon became a part time member of staff which I loved.

More recently I have been forced to have a year off with health problems and was unable to continue as a groom as it is too physically demanding. I was absolutely delighted when Chris told me about the new venture with the vets and even happier when I was offered a position as their receptionist.

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