Meet the team

Our team of dedicated equine veterinary surgeons and friendly support staff.

Rossdales Hertfordshire is a first opinion veterinary practice with four experienced veterinary surgeons dedicated to providing a professional, caring service to our clients and their horses and ponies.

VETERINARY SURGEONS

Oliver Pynn

BVSc CertEP MRCVS

Partner

ollie-pynn

Ollie is the partner responsible for leading our team of vets at Rossdales Hertfordshire. He qualified from the University of Bristol in 2001 and subsequently worked in mixed practice for 2 years before joining Rossdales in 2003. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2008 and joined the partnership in 2009.

Ollie currently works as a stud vet, looking after the bloodstock of a number of our Thoroughbred clients. He also has a variety of sport horse clients and was the Team vet for the New Zealand 3-day Eventing Team between 2008 and 2014, including during the London 2012 Olympics when the team took the bronze medal.

Sarah Moore

BVetMed CertAVP (ESM) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah Moore

Sarah qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. She joined Rossdales Hertfordshire in 2013  after periods working in a mixed practice in Norfolk and in the equine department at Swanspool Veterinary Clinic. In January 2016, she was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Stud Medicine).

Sarah is a key member of our stud farm services team but enjoys a busy and varied caseload, seeing all types of horses and ponies. Her particular interests are in stud farm medicine and diagnosing poor performance and respiratory conditions. She is a keen follower of all equestrian disciplines, especially hunting and point-to-pointing.

Kate Hannigan

DVM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Kate Hannigan MRCVS

Kate qualified from Szent István University, Budapest in 2014. She subsequently completed a 12-month internship at Fethard Equine Hospital in Co. Tipperary, Ireland before joining Rossdales Hertfordshire in August 2014.

She is particularly interested in lameness cases and she enjoys all aspects of ambulatory equine work. In her free time, Kate is a keen follower of all equine disciplines, especially eventing and showjumping.

Ria Chalder

BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ria Chalder

Ria joined the Rossdales Hertfordshire veterinary team in March 2017. She qualified with the University of Liverpool in 2015 and has returned to the UK after some 20 months working as an equine vet in New South Wales, Australia.

Ria’s veterinary interests encompass all aspects of general equine veterinary care, and particularly opthalmology and wounds. In her spare time, Ria enjoys reading, keeping fit and socialising with friends – and her cat, Gypsy.

James Evans

BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

james-evans

James joined the practice in September 2017.  He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011, where he then became part of the Equine Referral Hospital team as one of the Junior Clinical Training Scholars. He has subsequently worked in a number of equine and mixed practices in the Home Counties, working with a wide variety of horses and ponies across all disciplines, from the much-loved family pony to some of the top polo teams, event and competition horses.

James is an accomplished rider and has worked as a riding extra with the stunt team in various feature films. He is a keen cricketer and when time permits, he also enjoys playing golf, football and rugby.

OFFICE & VETERINARY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Tara Morris

Office Manager

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Tara joined our office team in September 2017.  She graduated from Harper Adams University in 2012 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. She subsequently spent two years in a mixed practice before taking on a non-veterinary sales role covering the southern half of the UK. In 2015, she took on the role of technical advisor with a veterinary pharmaceutical company before joining Rossdales in September 2017.

In her spare time Tara enjoys riding and netball and she loves to bake. She also has what she describes as “an unruly pack of rescue dogs”, with a new dog arriving very soon.

Elaine Crockett

Office Administration and
Veterinary Technical Assistance

Elaine Crockett

Elaine joined the team in 2012 and is based in the office undertaking a variety of roles. Her previous roles in equine practice include a spell at Bushey Equine Hospital and 4 years at C P Harris & Associates, where she worked as a veterinary nurse and later an administrator.

Outside of work, Elaine enjoys competing her horses in affiliated showjumping competitions.

Sharon Machin

Office Administration and Accounts

Sharon Machin

Sharon joined the team in early 2013 having previously worked in finance and accounts. She is very much enjoying her current and varied role in equine practice.

Sharon enjoys spending time walking with her border terrier and is a member of the St Albans Dog Training Club.