Dr Tom Witte BVetMed MRCVS FHEA PhD DipACVS/ECVS MRCVS
Consultant Surgeon and Clinical Director
Tom is the consultant surgeon and clinical director of Oaklands Veterinary Centre. He is an internationally accredited specialist in equine surgery, specialising in soft tissue surgery and disorders and surgery of the upper airway. He has worked in some of the leading hospitals in the world, in Kentucky, New York and London, as well as in the world-leading airway surgery department at Cornell University. Tom leads the team providing cutting edge airway diagnostic and surgical expertise to racehorses, sports horses, and pleasure horses alike. He is the lead examiner for the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Council.
Ben Jacklin MA VetMB MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS
Ben is an RCVS recognised specialist equine surgeon and has spent most of his career working with the world’s top thoroughbreds in Newmarket, and Melbourne (Australia). He also spent three years as resident in equine surgery at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College in London, before taking up a position as consultant surgeon at Europe’s largest equine hospital, in Newmarket. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS), and a European Specialist in equine surgery. Ben is provides a surgery consultancy service to clinics across the country, but is based at Oaklands and has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery. He has published research and presented nationally and internationally on topics including fracture repair and spinal surgery.
Rachel Tucker BVetMed MVetMed CertAVP(ESO) BSc DipECVS MRCVS
Rachel is one of our consultants in equine surgery, having joined Oaklands from her position as senior clinical training scholar in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She has published research in international journals, and presented at several international conferences on equine surgery. Rachel specialises in all areas of equine surgery and in advanced lameness investigation.
Nicole Kreutzfield VetMed
Nicole graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Hanover, Germany, before joining Oaklands in June 2017. During her studies she took every opportunity to experience equine medicine at various clinics and hospitals throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. As one of the housevets her primary responsibilities include the care of inpatients, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging and assisting the team of specialists with advanced investigations.
Shirley Seed BVMS MRCVS
Shirley graduated from Glasgow in 2007 and has worked in mixed practice in Aberdeenshire until starting at Oaklands in April 2017, where she loves all aspects of hospital work. She is currently doing a certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and has a particular interest in lameness and poor performance investigation. Her career goal is to become a specialist in equine surgery. Shirley is married with two children, Iona and Daniel and when she is not working at Oaklands she loves riding her horse Flo, sport climbing, surfing and doing the occasional oil painting.