Dr John McVeigh
Summerveld, Cape Town, Newmarket, Yorkshire, Lambourn, Chantilly
A renowned figure in international horse racing circles, John McVeigh leads the Baker McVeigh group. He has been an integral part of its growth and expansion for over three and half decades and has overseen the business expanding to six practices over three continents.
John is currently based at the Summerveld, Kwa-Zulu Natal practice, and he continues to travel monthly to the other five practices to offer his knowledge and expertise to all of the group's international clients.
John annually visits horse sales in England, Ireland, France, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and of course South Africa.
He reads voraciously (on airplanes). John also takes pleasure in rugby, cooking and cycling.
He endorses the group`s conviction that prevention of disease or unsoundness as well as service excellence are the Baker McVeigh creed and cornerstone.
Dr Antony Clements
Cape Town, Newmarket, Yorkshire, Lambourn, Chantilly
In 2001 Antony joined the Baker McVeigh group, having previously worked in mixed practices in Hampshire and a referral practice at the University of Glasgow. He has extensive experience as well as post graduate qualifications in equine orthopaedics.
After moving to Durban and then helping to establish the Cape Town branch, Antony is now the managing partner at the Newmarket practice. He sees to the needs of many of the larger clients around Newmarket as well as offering consulting services across the rest of the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Work commitments have prevented him from reaching the top level of ten goals in polo, but he remains a dedicated amateur player!
Dr Duncan Moir
Newmarket, Yorkshire, Lambourn
Following a number of years with Baker McVeigh in South Africa, Duncan returned to the UK to help establish the Newmarket practice. He has since developed an extensive client base in all areas of thoroughbred racing and sports horse fields. With a particular interest in sports medicine, Duncan looks after several racing yards in Newmarket in addition to vetting and consulting for a number of private clients both in the UK and internationally.
Dr Fernando Perez de Villar
Newmarket, Yorkshire, Lambourn
Hailing from Spain, Fernando joined Baker McVeigh, Newmarket soon after its inception in 2006. Following his graduation from Madrid, he worked for three years in Spain before moving to the UK where he has been for the last twenty years.
Fernando worked in a large animal practice in Surrey where he dealt mostly with horses. He then worked in a busy equine hospital for over five years. He has a wealth of experience in all aspects of equine practice and gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2006.
In 2011 Fernando became a partner and has been instrumental in the success of Baker McVeigh in Newmarket.
Outside of work he enjoys cycling and photography when time permits, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his two young daughters.
Dr Jonathan Cave (Irish)
Johnny graduated at the University of Glasgow in 1997 and was introduced to John McVeigh through Equine Head Professor Sandy Love. He came over to join Baker McVeigh Summerveld after graduating and has never escaped! Johnny is married and has three girls. He grew up in an equestrian environment, enjoying show jumping and eventing in his youth. Johnny now competes in Mountain Biking and Triathlons.
Johnny is our senior Equine Surgeon. He was fortunate enough to work with Dr Brian Baker when he first came to South Africa and learnt respiratory tract (tie back) surgery from him.
Dr Hélène Mennessier
Hélène completed her veterinary studies in Belgium and worked with small domestic animals and wild animals (Gabon), before starting her career in horses and moving on to racehorses in Chantilly.
She spent some time at both South African practices before arriving in Chantilly. Hélène Mennessier, John McVeigh and Antony Clements established the Chantilly practice in 2010.
Hélène is very involved with the main racing yards and sales in the area. She is the mother of two boys and in her spare time she enjoys riding her own two horses. She also has an amateur trainer license.
Dr Manfred Rohwer
Manfred matriculated from Hermannsburg School in Kwa-Zulu Natal and completed his veterinary degree at Onderstepoort in Pretoria. In 1984 he was based in De Aar for his National Service as an army equestrian breeding veterinarian.
After a two year stint with Cliffie Meyer at Honeydew Vet Clinic, he joined Baker & Du Preez in 1986, leaving them in 1989 when he became a partner at Summerveld Equine Hospital. In 2008 he joined John McVeigh in Summerveld as a partner, bringing his wealth and depth of experience.
Manfred served as the chairman of the SAEVA (South African Equine Veterinary Association) for 2016/2018 period. He has been chairman of the racing sub-committee of the SAEVA for the past ten years.
Manfred enjoys golf and is a keen mountain biker. Horse racing is his first passion and he owns a few racehorses and broodmares.
Dr Dave Timpson
David was born in Zimbabwe and is a 1981 South African veterinary graduate from Pretoria (Onderstepoort).
David spent two years in compulsory military training, working as the State Vet in both Lebowa and Cape Town. He then joined The Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital in Cape Town in 1985 as a GP and over time began to work exclusively with horses.
David joined the Baker McVeigh group in 2008, enjoying stints in Summerveld and Newmarket before returning to enhance his equine expertise in the Cape Hospital. He is now the Clinical Director and Managing Partner at the Baker McVeigh Cape practice.
Dave's equine interest lies in performance work of both racehorses and sport horses.
His hobbies include gym, walking and gardening.
Dr Sophie de la Farge
Sophie conducted her veterinary studies in Maisons-Alfort. Her first job was at "Clinique équine de Grosbois”. After some time spent in the South African and Newmarket practices, she joined the Baker McVeigh team in Chantilly in January 2011, and became a partner in 2014.
Sophie has contributed significantly to the growth of the practice. In addition to aiding a world championship level endurance team, Sophie looks after a number of top level racing and show jumping yards. She regularly flies overseas to service these clients.
Sophie is a dynamic member of the group, marathon runner andcontinually in pursuit of both her own personal growth as well as the welfare of her patients. Sophie has graduated from the internationally recognized ISELP certificate (International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology) in 2017. This highly specialized degree in lameness examination has been achieved by only 50 veterinarians around the world.
Dr Brian Abbott
Brian came to the Baker McVeigh group with a wealth of veterinary experience gained in the UK, Ireland, Australia and South Africa. He worked in the Baker McVeigh Summerveld and Cape Equine Hospitals and became a senior associate, responsible for the daily ambulatory work at some of the larger racing yards in the country.
In 2009 Brian returned to the UK and joined the Baker McVeigh group, forming Baker McVeigh & Abbott in Yorkshire in 2014.
Brian has a postgraduate certificate in Equine Practice and excels in all aspects of his profession.
Dr Paul Lentelink
Having worked at Glasgow University and equine practices in Scotland and on the Curragh in Ireland, Paul subsequently spent five years with Baker McVeigh in South Africa in Durban and Cape Town as a senior associate. He joined the Newmarket practice in 2010.
Paul moved up to Yorkshire to join Camilla and Brian and is now a Partner at Baker McVeigh & Abbott. Paul holds a Certificate in Equine Practice.
Dr Jess Dicks
Jess was raised in South Africa and studied her first year BSc at Rand Afrikaans University, she then went on to Onderstepoort in Pretoria. She worked in South Africa in a sports horse/repro practice for two years, after which she did a spell in the UK performing locums with similar practices.
Jess returned to South Africa to join Baker McVeigh Summerveld in 2009. She fulfilled the duties of senior racing and repro vet, servicing many of their top yards. In her own words she describes her passions; “I am an adventurer at heart and love to travel, I mostly love the mountains and rivers. The crazier the trip the better!"
Dr Ian Beamish
Ian qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and moved to Newmarket where he undertook a two year internship at Greenwood Ellis (now Newmarket Equine Hospital). On completing the internship Ian worked in New Zealand before joining Baker McVeigh at their Summerveld hospital. After two years in South Africa Ian and his wife Laura decided to bring their Landrover Defender home via the scenic route and drove from Durban back to the UK.
A spell in the Chantilly practice ensued before returning to Newmarket where he looked after one of our larger yards.
Ian joined Baker McVeigh Lambourn in 2016 and looks after several racing yards."
Dr Alasdair Graham Cameron
Alasdair Cameron qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1998. After serving his time in mixed practice in Yorkshire he progressed to 100% equine practice. He gained experience working in Cheshire, and on The Curragh, before moving out to South Africa in 2003. He worked at the Summerveld practice and then went on to become one of the founding members of Baker McVeigh Cape Town.
Alasdair oversaw the development of Baker McVeigh Cape Town from a one vet ambulatory practice to a full equine hospital with diagnostic, surgical, intensive care and ambulatory services. With a varied racing, sports horse and stud clientele, Alasdair enjoyed all aspects of equine practice in Cape Town, gaining a firm reputation as one of the leading performance horse vets in that part of the world. With a keen interest in poor performance investigation, orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery he has been fortunate to travel extensively with his work.
His annual trips to work at European Bloodstock Sales and close ties to all the Baker, Mcveigh Practices led to a sabbatical in the French practice for a year after which he joined the Newmarket practice in April 2018.
Alasdair was a successful equestrian in his youth but he hung up his riding boots many years ago. During his free time, he now enjoys travelling, all maritime sports and running.
Dr Mark Dittberner (South African)
Mark qualified from Onderstepoort in 2002 and went straight into an equine practice in Johannesburg. After working there for 4 years he went to the bush to start a wildlife masters in 2007.
He worked in various National Parks around SA including Kruger, Marakele, Goegap, Tankwe, and Addo and was responsible for TB testing in buffalo, and the relocation of various animals including giraffe, rhino, wildebeest, lions and hyenas. Mark also did capture and dehorning of rhinos and collaring of lions, elephants and baboons.
Mark was involved in 2 research projects - the first involved darting lions in Kruger and comparing the prevalence of TB in lions in the North and South of the Park. His second project was to determine if the addition of the enzyme hyalase to routine immobilising agents would reduce the knock down time in wildebeest.
With his Masters completed, Mark returned to equine work in JHB for a year before moving to KZN in 2011 and joining the Baker McVeigh team in Summerveld. Mark became a partner at the practice in March 2019.
Mark is also on the SAEVA Racing Subcommittee and enjoys playing squash and fishing with his kids in his spare time.
Dr Patrick Martin (South African)
Patrick graduated from Onderstepoort in 1999 and then moved to the UK where he headed up a successful Equine Sports Horse practice until 2014. He was the team vet for Team GB Carriage driving World Champs.
The lure of South Africa was too great and Patrick decided to return to his roots. He joined Baker McVeigh Summerveld in 2015. Patrick has brought his international experience to KZN. He still travels regularly treating horses from all equine disciplines both locally and internationally.
Patrick became a partner at Baker McVeigh Summerveld in March 2019.
In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and following his children’s sports.