Our Team


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!

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.

Anna Gorman joined the practice in 2017 having worked in a busy equine referral hospital, which gave her fantastic experience of first and second opinion cases. Anna loves all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, but what drives her most is getting to know the individual horse/pony and owner and working with them to do the best thing for the horse. She is a wizard with the gastroscope, which adds to her tool kit for investigating horses which are under performing or demonstrating any odd behaviour. In her spare time she is a whirl wind of horses and dogs and loves spending time with her boyfriend and family.

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.

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.

Support Staff

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.

Patsy Holdsworth joined our busy office team in 2016. Patsy always knows how to handle the chaos the vets throw at her on a daily basis, and along with Ali and “Dave” the crazy cockerpoo keeps the office running smoothly. She is the queen of remembering the small details when we have team nights out or client events: the bag of sweets for the cinema trip or the bottle of Prosecco for the skittles winner! Patsy also runs a bespoke interior design business, so all in all she’s a busy girl!

Julie Barnfield 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.

Shannon Griffiths joined the team as our accounts manager in 2017. She is a wonder with all things computers, which some of us struggle with. Also fantastic at organising our Christmas parties and other socials which we the team love …and she does our nails (well not Mike’s) too!

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