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 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 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 –

Ed Cook BVSc MRCVS | Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

Edward graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014 and has spent most of his career in the North East in busy equine ambulatory practices. He has recently moved back to his home county of Lancashire and joined Thompson House in September. He is currently studying towards a certificate in equine dentistry. Outside of work Edward enjoys scuba diving and fell walking when his two young daughters give him the chance!

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

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