Dr John Taylor MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon and Director

Mansion Hill is run by John Taylor MA VetMB MRCVS, an experienced veterinary surgeon with the desire to offer something special in terms of veterinary care. “The main factor that sets the practice at Middleton Cheney apart is the level of personalised service. The highest standards of client service and animal care are the practice’s top priorities,” says John.

After qualifying from Cambridge University in 2000, John joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, where he was on the front-line of the battle against Foot and Mouth Disease. After his time in the Army, John specialised in equine veterinary medicine for two years, then went on to work in a variety of large and small animal practices amassing considerable experience and a flair for orthopaedics.

Outside work, John is a regular action-man! A keen runner, cyclist, surfer and snowboarder, he enjoys nothing more than to feel the wind in his face and get outside in the elements! These interests, plus his dog Sunny, ensure he stays trim and healthy which is handy as he loves his food and can eat the equivalent of half a mini every day.

Dr Ewan Richards MRCVS – Vet

Ewan graduated from Bristol vet school in 2012 and has been working locally in mixed practice for the last three years.

Ewan enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery but particularly likes soft tissue surgery. He is co-owner of two rough coated lurchers (Ginny and Pan) who keep him busy at home and he enjoys exploring the local countryside with them. Ewan is an avid rock climber and is happiest when outdoors – scrambling or climbing up a mountain or sea cliff. He plays the violin (infrequently!) and can sometimes be found playing socially at folk clubs and open mic nights. Ewan is a keen cook and enjoys trying out new recipes and flavours.

Dr David Moore MRCVS – Vet

David qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004. After qualifying he volunteered for the SPCA in Fiji- helping with neutering campaigns and educating people about animal welfare.

He moved back to slightly less sunny Shropshire where he worked in a mixed practice dealing with everything from one tonne bulls to tiny hamsters! He decided to focus on small animal work and has developed interests in a broad range of areas including soft tissue surgery, heart scans and medical cases.

In his spare time he likes playing piano, dabbling in woodwork, exploring the countryside and spending time with family.

Dr Katy Julien MRCVS – Vet

Katy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2000. After a brief period at the PDSA she worked in mixed practise for 3 years before deciding to focus on small animals. She spent the next 15 years working in a large small animal hospital based in the Midlands and was involved in all aspects of small animal care. She is particularly interested in medicine and soft tissue surgery.

Outside of work Katy is kept busy by her young family and enjoys long walks with her spaniel cross Hattie and road cycling.

Dr Diarmuid O’Riada MRCVS – Vet

Diarmuid graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2019. He started working in small animal veterinary in Llandudno and moved to Oxfordshire in the summer of 2020.

He enjoys all aspect of small animal medicine and surgery, and has an interest in ultrasonography.

In his spare time Diarmuid enjoys long distance running, hiking, and playing the piano and guitar.

Lin Bowen – Veterinary Nurse

Lin is a long-standing nurse here at Mansion Hill, and qualified as a registered Vet Nurse in 1998

Lin is a dedicated nurse who loves consulting and doing theatre work. She loves talking to clients and helping them to help their pet.

In her spare time Lin loves long walks with her two dogs Tanwen and Bella, playing the piano and reading


Sophia Marshall – Veterinary Nurse

Has been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2015 and started work at Mansion Hill October 2016. Her love for animals started when she was 10 where she spent her time being a stable hand in the village. Sophia loves spending time with the family, a good family camping weekend is her idea of heaven. She’s also worked at Tiggywinkles for a year and then went to South Africa for a month for voluntary work where she walked with lions, cheetah and baboons

At home Sophia has a little Jack Russel called Benji


Rachel Webber – Veterinary Nurse

Rachel qualified from Myerscough College in 2013. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but especially inpatient care and nurse clinics.

Much of her spare time is spent riding her horse whilst being accompanied by her cocker spaniel, Bertie. She also enjoys training Bertie for dog agility competitions.


Danielle English – Veterinary Nurse

Danielle is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and qualified in January 2013. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but especially inpatient care and nurse clinics.

In her free time she walks her flat coat Retriever Finn, and has a cat called Dobby who she hand reared. 

Danielle also loves spending time with her family and friends when not working.

Emma Fisher – Receptionist

Emma joined us in July 2015 and now runs the reception desk. You’ll often see Emma around Middleton as she walks her cockerpoo Honey. Along with a cat and two sons she’s a busy lady!

Kayliegh Baker – Receptionist

Kayliegh is a full-time receptionist and mother to her Dobermanns Fern, Eby and Izzy and her two children. She loves horse riding and walking her dogs.

Lorna Spenceley – Practice Manager

Lorna joined us in 2015 and handles much of our back office administration and day to day running of the practice – when you get a letter or join our Discount Loyalty Club, Lorna is the team member who’s responsible. She is a keen runner who competed in the London Marathon in 2018 and is now looking for her next challenge. At home as well as 2 small school children she has 2 cats, 4 Guinea Pigs a black lab called Sadie and English Springer Benji.

Charlotte Watts – Receptionist

Charlotte joined the receptionist team in April 2019.

She is a part – time receptionist and mother to two grown up children and her Cocker Spaniel Ralph.

Annette Taylor – Receptionist

Annette also known as ‘Nettie’ joined the reception team in March 2019. She is Mum to many animals including 3 sheep called Cheeky, Tilly and Daisy, Polly the horse and puppy called Jack!

Astrid Hernandez – Nursing Assistant

Astrid joined our nursing team in November 2019. Astrid has spent most of her working life with horses and still gets her horsey fix whilst helping her husband with the horses he looks after. When not working in the practice and helping her husband Astrid is busy looking after their young son and walking her lively Labrador Indie.