The Vets

Ben J.N. Chilvers

Ben J.N. Chilvers BVMS, CertEM(IntMed), MRCVS.

Ben qualified from Glasgow in 1997 and started working life at the Herriot practice in North Yorkshire working with a wide variety of animals. In 2000 he took up a two year clinical scholarship in the equine department at Glasgow University Vet School. After gaining the RCVS certificate in equine internal medicine in 2002 he went on to locum at a variety of specialised horse practices in the UK as well as spending time working in the USA. When not working he can usually be found kite surfing on the south coast and trying to persuade his family to join him. He joined Priors Farm in 2004.

Duncan D. Harrison

Duncan D. Harrison BVSc, CertEM(IntMed), MRCVS.

After qualifying from Bristol in 2000 he moved to Aberdeenshire joining a mixed practice but concentrating mainly on the equine side. In 2001 he joined a large specialised equine practice in Essex. This very busy practice enabled experience to be gained in all areas of equine veterinary medicine. He gained the certificate in Equine Internal Medicine in 2005. His interests lie firmly in the countryside where he enjoys flyfishing and shooting. He also likes to occasionally hack out when the weather is good! He joined Priors Farm in 2004.


Ian Bellis, BVM&S MRCVS

Ian graduated from Edinburgh University in 2006. He has worked primarily with horses since qualifying – initially at a mixed practice near the New Forest and latterly at an Equine Hospital in West Sussex. Ian is currently studying towards a certificate in equine orthopaedics, though has interests in equine medicine as well. He is married to Jo, who is also a vet, and they have a young son called Samuel. In his spare time, apart from enjoying family life, you are likely to find him participating in some form of sporting activity. Ian participated in the 2012 Olympics as an equine vet and found the whole experience extremely rewarding.

James A Hopkins

James A Hopkins BVSc MRCVS

James joined us as a locum at the end of 2009 and joined the permenant team shortly after that. James graduated from Sydney University and returned to the United Kingdom where he completed an internship at House and Jackson, a large equine hospital based in Essex, before being asked to stay on as an equine assistant. James’s particular areas of interest are equine anaesthesia and surgery. Outside of work James enjoys cooking and sailing. We are sure he will be a valuable addition to the team!