Equine Vets

ben-gibsonBen Gibson – Partner – Ben moved up from Hampshire joining the practice in 2000 as an assistant. He progressed to the partnership with Robert in 2004.  Ben has a particular interest in lameness, stud medicine, surgery and dentistry.

A keen member of the pony club in his younger years set him on course to compete at the national tetrathlon championships and up to BE intermediate eventing. Skiing and scuba diving have since replaced eventing in providing the adrenalin rush required.  Ben and his partner Gail have two children, Harry and Poppy.


craig-rutlandCraig Rutland – Partner – Craig qualified from Bristol Vet School in 1999 with degrees in Veterinary Science and Zoology.  Following stints in the Welsh mountains and East Sussex Craig then worked in Newmarket for five years. In 2005 he went to New Zealand for two seasons focussing on stud medicine.  Craig arrived at Catley in 2007 for a month’s locum and has never left!  Craig has RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Equine Internal Medicine and is an RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Equine Medicine.  He particularly enjoys internal and stud medicine along with lameness and poor performance cases and is also involved in laminitis research.

He has since married local girl and small animal vet Jodie and they have three children.  Max the rescue dog, Peter the stray cat and 9 chickens complete the family.  Outside of work Craig likes to try and keep fit and dreams of getting his University band back together! Craig is also a trustee of the Worldwide Veterinary Service.


carolyn-wyseCarolyn Wyse – Assistant – Having grown up in France, Carolyn studied Equine Science at Bristol University before fulfilling her lifelong ambition to go to vet school. After five years completing her veterinary degree in chilly Edinburgh, she moved to sunny California to work for the largest equine hospital on the West Coast. Sadly there was not much time for soaking up the sun as Carolyn spent most of her days and nights either in colic surgery or nursing sick foals! She returned to the UK to join Catley Cross in October 2010. Carolyn’s particular interests are internal medicine, ultrasonography and foal care.

Carolyn and husband Simon have just added a new member to their family-  Elizabeth. Life will be very busy keeping up with toddler Annabelle and a baby and so Carolyn is on maternity leave for a while but will be back towards the end of 2019. Outside of work Carolyn enjoys walking her dog Edward, looking after ponies Cachou and Gizmo and socialising with friends.


karen-churchKaren Church – Assistant – Karen qualified from Liverpool in 1998 and has been working in predominantly equine practice since. She joined Catley Cross in January 2014 after a brief spell at Cambridge vet school. She has a particular interest in stud medicine and is very involved in artificial insemination undertaken at the clinic.

Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with her scruffy lurcher Reggie and rescue jack Stanley. She enjoys running and cycling followed up with meals out with friends!


ben-payneBen Payne – Assistant – Ben graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in 2013. Ben first worked in equine practice in Manchester before joining Catley Cross as a vet in January 2015. Some of you may recognise Ben as he has actually worked at the clinic from the tender age of 13! Ben has a particular interest in dentistry and dental and head surgery.

Outside of work, Ben shows at county and HOYS level and enjoys walking his dogs Esme and Ginny.


Helene Matthys –  Assistant – Helene graduated from the University of Lyon in France in 2016 after a fifth year specialising in equine veterinary medicine.  She carried out a first equine rotating internship in Lyon followed by a second internship in equine internal medicine at Ghent University in Belgium. Helene has particular  interests in neonatology, cardiology, ophthalmology and anaesthesia and loves all type of emergencies and critical care. She is looking forward to increasing her knowledge and experience in internal medicine and plans on starting the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Internal Medicine very shortly.

Outside of work she enjoys riding her two horses Lena and Valdes, spending time with cat Gingko and playing the violin. She also loves to travel.


Grace Starling Smith – Assistant – Grace studied at the Royal Veterinary college, qualifying in 2015. She joined a small equine practice in Suffolk where she worked until she joined the Catley team in January 2019.  She has a keen interest in all aspects of first opinion practice but is particularly interested in lameness and poor performance.

Grace is also a committee member of the BEVA trust (the charitable arm of the British Equine Veterinary Association) and is responsible for finding vet volunteers for equine welfare projects.

In her spare time Grace can be found either walking springer spaniel Tess, eventing horse Molly or generally adding to her ever expanding herd of animals!