Our Team


Michael Daly qualified from the University of Bristol in 1981. During his career he has gained invaluable experience in all aspects of veterinary medicine. He founded Woodlands Veterinary Clinic on 3rd August 1992. He currently works in both the equine and small animal departments. His interests include running, bee keeping and hacking back the jungle (gardening!!) amoungst others. He completed the 2012 London Marathon in just under 4 hours and regularly runs the Man V. Horse Mountain Marathon.



Following graduation from Bristol University in 2003 Emma Travis worked in a specialist equine hospital in Essex before bringing her skills back to the Cheltenham area to work at Dragon Vets in 2007. In her spare time she hunts and team chases her horse Diz and enjoys running off road with her two dogs. Emma is married to small animal vet Toby Travis, has 3 children and is a keen pony club mum!




Jess Rees qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2003. She spent time working at Three Counties Equine Hospital, and The Equine Vet Centre, before joining Woodlands in 2008. Jess enjoys all aspects of equine work, particularly anaesthesia, dentistry, medicine cases, and geriatric care. Jess owns her own horse ‘Charlie’ and enjoys riding and competing him in her spare time, and walking her delinquent Jack Russell Lola. She also owns a typically naughty shetland ‘Star’.





David Chalkley qualified as a Vet from Bristol University during 1988. Following a period of time working in Yorkshire and then in Australia, David settled down in Cheltenham and soon became a partner at Dragon Vets where he works in all departments with a focus on large animal work and equine emergencies. David has pet cats and children to keep him occupied.




Ali Lloyd has worked first for Woodlands and now Cheltenham Equine Vets since 2000. Along with Julie she keeps the vets in order and has a vital role in managing the office and assisting with procedures in the clinic and out on the road. When she’s not providing the vital support to vets and clients, she is looking after her menagerie of …2 dogs, a cat, the fabulous Harry the horse, pictured here and her 2 grown up sons. She has had Harry since he was 4 and has competed him in all disciplines, but now enjoys hacking and fun rides as he enters his dotage.




Julie Barnfiled has worked on the farm and equine side of Dragon mixed practice for many years. As a member of the Cheltenham Racecourse Veterinary team she is involved in the care and welfare of horses at Cheltenham races. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, hunting and skiing and is kept busy outside of work with her 2 horses and 2 border terriers, Rosie and Tilly.



Lindsay Brazil graduated from Edinburgh in 1998 and has mainly spent her career as an equine vet working in first and second opinion equine practices. In the last 10 years she has become increasingly interested in subtle poor performance in the athletic horse. “I consider every ridden or driven horse to be an athlete on some level, even the happy hacker needs to be thought of as having an important job to do” Lindsay regularly incorporates acupuncture into her treatment regime and enjoys working along side experienced physiotherapists to get the best treatment for the horse. In her spare time Lindsay juggles a menagerie of animals and children.



John Codner graduated from Liverpool University in 1971 and has a wealth of experience in large animal and equine practice. He has worked at Dragon Vets for over 30 years and is a familiar figure at Cheltenham race meetings. John retired from his partenership at Dragon in 2013, but remains an active member of the practice focusing on his equine patients and racecourse work.



Jonathan Cranston BVetMed BSc MRCVS works on our out of hours rota, so in many ways we hope you don’t get to see him!! However if you do you won’t be disappointed as he has a wealth of large animal and equine experience. He won’t be phased by even the wildest of ponies or donkeys, as every year he spends a sabbatical in Africa working with wild animals.

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