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Everyone at our Equine Clinic is committed to providing you with the very best in equine healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.

Philip Browne BVSc MRCVS.

Since graduating from Bristol vet school in 1970, I have accumulated over 45 years of experience. I headed to Penzance for three years working in a mixed practice, and after 6 months in Lambourn I returned to Minehead to work for Bill West and my cousin, George Carter, both of whom are the founders of White Lodge.                           

Over the years I have developed a keen interest in point-to-point and national hunt racing, and now carry out the work of two large national hunt yards. I am the chairman of local hunt, The Minehead Harriers, West Somerset point-to-point committee, and the Brendon Hill horse trials. As you can see, my life is very equine focused. In my spare time, I enjoy rugby, shooting, cricket, skittles, and watching my grandchildren grow. I have 3 working dogs – 2 labs and one spaniel puppy.

Simon White BVSc MRCVS.

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1986 and went on to work in Norfolk, Bedfordshire, London and New Zealand, before joining White Lodge in 1993, and became a partner in 1995. Within the practice I am involved in all daily duties, both small animal and large. My main passion lies within small animal and equine surgery, and keeping up to date with the recovery progress of all my patients.  

When I do manage to get some time alone, I enjoy skiing, paragliding, scuba diving, water sports, fishing, shooting, and of course horse riding. Alongside this, my family run a small-holding and racehorse recuperation and training facility. So it's safe to say, whether I am at work or home, there's always an animal within arms reach!

Tom Gliddon BVSc CertEP MRCVS.

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1992 and joined White Lodge in 1996, after stints in Shropshire, North Wales and North Devon. I then became a partner here in 1999 and have since passed the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice, which has progressed onto being an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice. I have been on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons panel of examiners for the postgraduate certificate in Equine Practice and have recently been appointed to the prestigious role of RVS for the farriers registration council.   

My major interests are general equine practice, particularly stud work and lameness investigation, as well as farm animal practice. Outside of work, my interests include horse riding, hunting, cricket, rugby and enjoying family life with my wife Kate and our three children.. The family doesn't stop there though, we also have 6 horses, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 25 ewes, 6 chickens, and 2 guinea pigs!

Paul Gannon BVetMed MRCVS.

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2003, and after 18 months working in West Wales I returned home to Somerset and have been at White Lodge ever since! I became a partner in 2014, alongside Philip, Tom and Simon. I embrace all aspects of traditional general practice, but would have to say my main interests lay within small animal surgery and preventative medicine, as well as obstetrics on the farm side. I have become particularly proficient at TB testing, and widely studied all aspects on intra-handling system behaviour of the bovine!  

Old machinery has become a real interest to me in recent years, the long spoken of tractor restoration has taken periodic breaks in favour of an emergency lawnmower rescue! More conventionally, I am a keen cyclist on and off the road, so watch out for me on the strava leader board!

Carly Martin Pope BVM&S MRCVS

I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2010. After five fabulous years in Scotland I moved home to Somerset and worked for a year in a busy mixed practice.  I then ventured away to Dorset for three years to gain more experience of equine and farm work.

In my student days I spent a great deal of time 'seeing practice' at White Lodge, and I am very happy to be back at such an exciting time for the practice with the new equine clinic opening. I love the variety of mixed practice, although my favourite days are spent out and about in the countryside visiting yards and farms.

Outside of work I spend much of my time farming or sat on a horse. This year I am planning to have some fun competing in some British Eventing BE100 classes on my little Irish horse 'Jake', whilst having my ex-eventer Wings in foal. Over the Summer I am regularly involved with course building and judging at local horse shows.  For relaxation I enjoy walking my Border Terrier 'Waggers' on the Quantocks, cooking and playing village rounders.


Matteo Tardella MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Pisa in 2017 and joined White lodge in January 2018. In Italty during my study I spent a lot of time in the university hospital helping with inpatient care and stud work including embryo transfer.

After an externship in the UK I decided to find a job in england so I joined the White Lodge team.

My major interests are in general equine practice, particularly dental work, stud work and equine medicine. I also enjoy the farm work.

Outside of work I like to go fishing, play football and volleyball, horse riding and I enjoy a nice walk in the countryside.



Laura Dobson RVN, Head Equine Nurse

I first joined White Lodge in 2010, and have since become a qualified Vet Nurse and now spend most of my time seeing to our equine and farm patients at the new Ellicombe Clinic. 

Outside of work, I'm always surrounded by animals! Whether I'm out exploring on my horse, stag hunting, or animal sitting - I also run a pet care service, and usually have an extra dog or two to stay! I'm also part of the young farmers, I enjoy the young farmer and local hunt events, such as the valentines/christmas balls, and help to organise some of them.

I have four horses, Lola my Suffolk Punch x TB, and Tory my TB x Cob who I regularly hunt. I also have Jess and Crispin, who are both on loan to lovely homes! Completing the family there is Sky and Maisie, my border collie and jack russell, who enjoy helping me at work, especially when they get to make new friends.


Emily Charlotte Elgar, Veterinary Nurse (Full time)

I joined White Lodge in 2014 to assist with social media, marketing and general office duties before qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2019. I love the emergency care, looking after inpatients and have an interest in rehabilitation. I regularly take part in volunteer work, and recently spent a month in The Gambia.    

In my spare time, I enjoy riding out on my horses Bodie and Millie, making the most of the beaches and countryside in the local area. I regularly ride bareback and bitless, which is a big change as I've always preferred dressage – as a junior, I represented the South East at national level dressage, and rode for both international dressage and event riders.

Since moving to Exmoor from Kent, I love exploring the coast by kayaking and paddleboarding with my border collie - Lottie, and scrambling rocks with my Romanian rescue dog - Lola, coming home to be greeted by five cats is always nice after a busy day at work. 

Catharine Binding, Practice Manager.

I first started work at White Lodge in 1984. The practice was attached to George Carters home at Whitegate Road. We had an office upstairs and a small waiting room and operating theatre downstairs, the dispensary was in the cupboard under the stairs! We used a garage for lambing and dehorning, and across the yard there were a couple of stables which on occasion were used for cow caesareans.

My role involved assisting the vet with x-raying, operations, making lunches, sending invoices, TB testing, and more! During this time I trained in laboratory techniques and radiology. I am now solely based at Ellicombe, where I manage the financial aspects of all three practices. 

When I do manage to sneak away, in my spare time I enjoy photography. I feel very lucky to live within a National park where I enjoy birdwatching

When I do manage to sneak away, in my spare time I enjoy photography. I feel very lucky to live within a National park where I enjoy birdwatching

Claire Godfrey, Farm and Equine Manager.

I have worked at White Lodge since 1994, and until recently I was in a nursing role; mainly involved in the equine side of the practice. Now I can be found in the office, over seeing the equine and farm side of the business.

In April 2015, I moved across to the Ellicombe Clinic, to be the manager of the brand new site! It's very exciting, and I am enjoying the challenges it brings me daily. With a specialised site, and brand new facilities, it has allowed us to offer a much better service for our Equine and Farm Clients.

At home, I enjoy trying to tame my three energetic sons, watching rugby, and horse riding, all washed down with a nice glass of wine!

Lucy Kidner, Equine and Farm Administration.

I have worked at White Lodge since January 2010, before joining the team I worked at the local racing yard. I help out in all manner of ways in the clinic, but I am particularly keen on the equine work.

I now work full time at the new Equine and Farm Clinic in Ellicombe, where I assist with the daily running of the practice as well as my usual Nursing Assistant duties for our Equine and Farm patients! I have also taken a hands on role in the Feed Store, where I take care of stock, ensuring we provide a variety of feed and bedding for all our clients, from dogs, to horses and even alpacas.

In my spare time, I am usually occupied with my family, and can often be found walking my two terriers around the Rugby field.

Marie McLean-Foreman, Receptionist and Administration.

I joined White Lodge in April 2010, my main roles include managing the equine accounts, and working on reception. Before White Lodge, I worked as a farm secretary, also looking after point-to-point horses, and then spent many years working within the medical profession before returning to animals.

Outside of work I regularly compete at various events on my ex racehorse, Charlie. At home, Charlie is kept company by Mischief the Dartmoor pony. When I'm not with the horses (which isn't very often) I can be found walking my Jack Russell terrier, Daisy, who most definitely rules the roost! I also enjoy cooking, and often have my friends over for supper.


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