Jo Fielder BVM&S MRCVS
Jo qualified from Edinburgh in 1997 and spent her first few years as a vet at a mixed practice in Oxfordshire. This was followed by a year working for the Orangutan Foundation International in Borneo and a further three years working for an international animal welfare charity as project manager for their rehabilitation projects. The dizzy heights of ‘wildlife vet extraordinaire’ were brought to a halt in 2003 with the arrival of her first of three children, and she is now happily ensconced in family life (with her nutty ginger hound, Mara) and working three days a week at The Pines. Her particular interests lie with chronic pain management, acupuncture and improving animal welfare. Outside work Jo likes to think she’s still fit but the reality is very occasional running with her dog and an awful lot of running around after her kids.
Tom Bellamy BVMS BSc MRCVS
From a young age, Tom has had an interest in exotic pets and wildlife. He completed an MSc in wildlife biology at the Royal Veterinary College before moving to Australia to study veterinary medicine. Tom graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 then moved back home to Windsor with Lolly, his Aussie dog. Since graduating he’s been working primarily in small animal practice, developing his interest in exotic animal medicine and surgery. In his spare time Tom keeps and breeds a variety of pythons and boas. He is also involved with exhibiting these animals in shows across Europe and providing veterinary support. Outside of work Tom enjoys travelling, sailing and scuba diving.
Louise Best BVetMed MRCVS
At the tender age of seven Louise decided to become a swim coach for horses (being her top two favourite things at that age) and failing this she would become a vet (in order to persuade her parents to let her have a pet). Louise qualified from Royal Veterinary College and joined a traditional ‘James Herriot’ style practice to do equine work but quickly grew to love small animal surgery. She moved to Berkshire in 1992 to work in companion animal practice, devoting a lot of her time to surgery. After a number of years Louise had a break from work to have a family but also worked as a vet in the film industry and as a locum in general practice – and bred Labradors. She joined The Pines in 2012 and enjoys all elements of veterinary work; she’s currently developing an interest in dental surgery and has a soft spot for feline patients. Louise lives with her husband, two children and large menagerie of pets. Her interests outside work include very sporadic visits to the gym, DIY, gardening, reading, crafts and cooking – not all simultaneously though!
Alison Gaskell BVetMed MRCVS
Alison qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2007 and has been working in small animal practice since then, including working as a locum in various parts of the country. She then joined The Pines and settled down to start a family. Alison enjoys all aspects of small animal general practice and now works part time – she has a toddler to keep her busy for the rest of the week! In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places.
Callum Patterson BVM&S MRCVS
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Callum graduated from the university there in 2013. He spent half of his first qualified year in rural Thailand, working part time as a vet (mostly with cats and dogs but several pigs, buffalo, chickens and exotic birds were also seen for treatment) whilst serving with the Christian organisation, OMF International. Callum is particularly interested in infectious diseases and the new field of One Health – which looks at how scientists from different fields can work together to improve human and animal health. He has a passion for working with wildlife and wants to develop his ability to treat the smaller furry animals that come through our doors. When he’s not working, Callum loves rock climbing, hillwalking and exploring the Thames valley.