Our Equine Team

Dr Stephen Brooks BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon


Steve qualified at the University of Bristol, he initially spent time working in mixed practice in Wales – he has many stories to share of surgeries involving sheep and cows! Steve went on to work in several large animal and equine practices, managing to squeeze in some time travelling prior to setting up Stephen Brooks Equine in Surrey in 1999. Stephen Brooks Equine and Gayton Veterinary Group Equine (GVG) merged in January 2015.

With a daughter who events full-time, who recently completed her first CIC**, plenty of friends involved in eventing as well as several homebred horses alongside his wife Sara; Steve is fully aware of the pressures horse owners face! An avid rugby fan and ex-Sunday league player, Steve is now an occasional jogger and enjoys fly fishing when he gets some rare down-time.

Steve’s main clinical interests revolve around lameness and poor performance, with much of his caseload involving lameness and poor performance investigation, physiotherapy, mobilisation and manipulation. These compliment Steve’s passion for a holistic approach to equine performance. Steve is an FEI Treating Vet and has previously attended the Paralympic Games as a treating veterinarian.

Dr Meagan Burbury BVSc (Hons) MRCVS MANZCVS CertAVP(ESM)

Veterinary Surgeon

Meagan qualified at the University of Melbourne, Australia and worked in racehorse practice just outside Melbourne before moving onto complete an internship in Equine Medicine and Critical Care at Ohio State University, USA and Scone Equine Hospital, Australia. Meagan stayed at Scone Equine Hospital, working in the world class intensive care unit. Here she provided in-patient treatment for critically ill foals, adults and post-operative cases. During her time at Scone, Meagan successfully sat examinations to gain membership within the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Equine Internal Medicine. In 2008, Meagan came to the UK on a working holiday, working in equine practices in Berks, Hants, Sussex, Surrey; before joining Stephen Brooks Equine permanently in 2009, later gaining the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a specialisation in Equine Stud Medicine.

Outside of work, Meagan enjoys travelling, seeing as many English country pubs as possible, and the occasional flutter at the races.

Meagan’s main clinical interests are internal medicine and stud medicine, and is highly skilled in ultrasonography. Meagan leads our stud medicine service.

Dr Ryan McCarthy BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ryan qualified at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London having spent time in Kentucky, USA and Singapore as well as externships in UK hospitals in Newbury, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Newmarket, working with a variety of horses from racing thoroughbreds to miniature ponies.

Originally from Hertfordshire, Ryan grew up around horses and has ridden and competed since a young age. Whilst at university he was part of the equestrian team, he’s looking to get back into the saddle on a more permanent basis soon! He’s a keen runner and likes to get out exploring the Surrey routes as often as he can.

Ryan enjoys all aspects of equine practice, although his main clinical interests are in lameness, poor performance and dentistry. Ryan has recently taken on a voluntary regional veterinary advisor role with the RDA (Riding for Disabled Association), and is looking forward to getting involved with the charity.

Dr Jess Campbell BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Jess qualified at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London and has always known she wanted to be an equine vet! She spent time in Newmarket, Hertfordshire and Surrey and has worked at a variety of racecourses and events, with her highlight being working at the prestigious Blenheim Horse Trials.

Jess’ passion for optimising performance of sports horses and ponies of all level from Pony Club to International level is evident to clients, focussing on a thorough, holistic approach to all areas of management.

She is a part time event rider who currently has several horses from youngsters to CIC** level, both her own and rides for others. This gives her a very good understanding of the levels of management required to keep horses fit, happy and competing! In addition, she holds the BHSII and is very involved with coaching both privately and in The Pony Club running the Area 13 AH test training.

Dr Sally McCartney BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sally qualified at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London and has been an equine vet since then. Sally initially worked in an equine hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire where she worked with mainly sport horses and racehorses, with the majority of her caseload focussing on lameness and poor performance. Sally later moved to Surrey to take a role within a first opinion ambulatory equine practice. She went on to work for a global pharmaceutical company, developing knowledge and expertise in equine medicine before joining GVG Brooks Equine. Sally is currently working to further her knowledge in this area, undertaking a Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with specialisation in Equine Medicine.

Outside of work, Sally’s time is taken up by her three-year-old daughter and her pony Bubbles, two dogs, two chickens and has recently taken on her own horse, Tim. She is a keen hockey player and occasional runner.

Sally’s main clinical interests lie in investigation, treatment and management of medicine cases, in particular endocrine disorders.

Denise Robbins

Denise has worked in veterinary practice forever! After a short stint in a cabin crew role (air sickness led to a prompt resignation!), Denise returned to Gayton Veterinary Group in the large animal department. Denise has owned and ridden horses for years, now looking after two horses Jo Jo and Monty alongside her daughter, hacking and the odd competition. Denise now has two rabbits and two dogs – Tula and Dexter, who can often be heard over the phone in the practice office!

Denise is part of our administrative team looking after our vets’ scheduling, accounts and generally supporting the day-to-day running of the practice.

Vanessa Keys

Vanessa worked with Gayton Veterinary Group since 1989, joining GVG Brooks Equine during the merger.

Vanessa is part of our administrative team, mainly focussing on accounts, insurance claims and payments.

Jen Wilson

Prior to joining the GVG Brooks Equine team, Jen worked as a yard nurse at the Liphook Equine Hospital. Jen has been involved in horses since the age of fifteen, currently part-time as a work rider for a local racehorse trainer. Her “down-time” is taken up by her horse Jocoso, an Andulusian stallion riding horse and Chase, a lively collie who many clients have met when visiting the practice office.

Jen is part of our administrative team, looking after vets’ scheduling, client payments and stock control.

Jo Emmerton

Jo joined GVG Brooks Equine following a career break to raise her two daughters. The role at GVG Brooks Equine is somewhat different to the career before. Jo enjoys schooling and hacking her horse Freddie, and joining her daughter eventing her Irish Draught cross gelding, Casper.

Jo is part of our administrative team, looking after vets’ scheduling, client payments and stock control.

Sara Brooks

Sara works part-time in accounts, otherwise spending her time busy looking after the many horses and other animals in the Brooks household. Sara enjoys eventing, accompanying their daughter to many events, as well as producing horses alongside Steve.