The Team

At Thompson House Equine Vets our veterinary team have many years of experience working in the North West and have a wide range of knowledge including, orthopaedics, dentistry, medicine, breeding, surgery and poor performance issues.

We are also very lucky to have a nursing and reception team that have years of experience in equestrianism including showing, dressage and eventing.

Rob Michael BVSc BSc (Hons) CertAVP (EM) PgCert VPS MRCVS | Veterinary Surgeon (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 have 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.


Jo Michael BVSc MRCVS | Practice Manager

Thomas Heath BVM&S MRCVS | Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

Tommy graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2021. He worked in a busy referral hospital in Leicestershire for 18 months before moving up to Thompson House. He has a particular interest in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery and hopes to complete further training in these areas in the future.

Outside of work Tommy is a keen sportsman, playing for a local 5-a-side football team, and an avid Aston Villa fan.

Gen Barron BVSci MRCVS | Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

We are pleased to welcome a new member to our team of vets….. Gen!!

Gen has been working with us now for a few weeks, and has been out and about on visits meeting some of our valued clients.

Gen has spent the past 5 years studying at the University of Surrey. With a keen interest in horses throughout university she focused her spare time gaining some great experience at different equine hospitals including Rainbow Equine Hospital and Hambleton Equine Hospital.

Outside of her veterinary career, she enjoys keeping fit, taking part in lots of team sports, spending time with family and friends over a cup of tea, and travelling the world.

Padraig Kelly MVB DipECVS MRCVS | Consultant Surgeon

Padraig is a European specialist in Equine Surgery from the Vet School in Edinburgh.

Padraig is a European specialist in Equine Surgery from the Vet School in Edinburgh. Padraig research and clinical interests include diagnostic imaging of the head and upper portion of the respiratory tract with a primary focus on dynamic endoscopic and ultrasonographic examination of the URT in the Juvenile Thoroughbred racehorse.

Hannah Walkden RVN | Equine Veterinary Nurse

Hannah holds the RCVS level 3 diploma in equine veterinary nursing.

Since a young age Hannah has had a passion for horses and pursued a career in the veterinary industry. Hannah qualified as an equine veterinary nurse in 2010. Outside of work Hannah enjoys riding and competing her two homebred mares when ever she has any spare time alongside caring for her two wonderful sons.

Laura Walkden | Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Laura left school and spent 5 years at Myerscough college where she did BHS stages 1-3, National Diploma in equine studies and then BSc (Hons) equine science. Since leaving Myerscough Laura has worked on various yards, schooling and producing horse’s for competition or selling. Laura has enjoyed competing in British Dressage, Eventing and representing Longton riding club. Laura is a BHS accredited coach and enjoys teaching all disciplines.

Bradley | Receptionist

Bradley joined us in July 2021, having already been a familiar face running shows at the equestrian center. Outside of his role at Thompson House Equine Vets he is a Inhand show producer and specialises’ in youngstock.

Bradley enjoys all aspects of his reception role at THEV’s including helping the vets on the yard when required. He is your main contact when dealing with direct insurance claims and credit control.

Tracy | Receptionist

Tracy joined us in August 2021. From a young age she has always had a passion for horses. Following many years in retail management & product development, which took her around the UK, Europe, and The Far East. she decided to change direction whilst still utilising her customer services skills.

Outside of work Tracy enjoys riding and bringing on her young horse “Beatrice” who is a familiar face at THEV. She hopes to get her out competing in the near future so watch this space!….