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-  Annabelle. There fore Carolyn is on maternity leave for a while but will be returning summer 2017. 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 and rescue jack. 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 dog Esme.



Lottie Balcombe –  graduated from Bristol University in 2011 and spent 4 and a half years at an equine practice in Norfolk. She joined the team at Catley in 2016 although some of you will recognise her from seeing practice as a vet student. She enjoys all aspects of equine practice although her particular interests are internal medicine, eye problems, wounds and donkeys!  She is currently working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

When she’s not working Lottie enjoys walking her dog Oats, riding and playing tennis.