Veterinary Surgeons

Chris Lehrbach  

Dr Chris Lehrbach BVMS MVM Cert ES (Orth) MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Director, Equine Veterinary Surgeon

Chris qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1994. After a year in mixed practice he returned to Glasgow to complete a 3 year residency in equine orthopaedic surgery, where he completed equine surgery exams and a Masters degree. Chris then worked in a TB racehorse/stud practice, followed by 3 years as an equine surgeon in Essex, before joining the practice in 2002. Chris is responsible for the running and development of the equine services offered by the practice. Chris's main interests include surgery, complex lameness/back pain investigations, foal developmental disorders and fertility work. When not working Chris spends his time kitesurfing at Hunstanton and competing in triathlons.

 David Stockton  

 David Stockton BVMS MRCVS

Director, Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeon

David qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1988 and moved to Norfolk where he started as an assistant with Mike Holmes at the Long Stratton clinic. Initially he worked from a portacabin in Mike’s front garden, but in 1990 moved to a larger building in the centre of the village and then again in 2000, to our present site.

His responsibilities include the overall business management of Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership Ltd and David’s main areas of clinical interest involve cattle and pig herd health advisory visits and preventative medicine, along with general equine practice. In particular, David has a keen interest in all fertility aspects of cattle and equine practice and he is a registered veterinary surgeon with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) for both chilled and frozen equine artificial insemination.

David was born in Rollesby, Norfolk and is married to Julie, another native of Norfolk. He has two daughters, Alice and Nicola, who along with Julie are keen horse riders. Time off is split between accompanying the family with their four horses to local and national competitions, poo-picking, mucking out stables and supporting Norwich City FC.

Leslie Lehrbach  

Dr Leslie Lehrbach BSc BVMS GPCert(SAS) MRCVS
Director, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Leslie moved from Oregon in the USA to Glasgow Veterinary School in 1994 following completion of a 4 year BSc degree at Oregon State University. After qualifying as a vet in 1999 she worked for 6 months in an equine practice in Essex before starting work as a mixed vet at Long Stratton, shortly after the practice had moved to its new facility on Wellesley Road. In 2004 Leslie became a director of the company and now divides her time between running the small animal clinic and carrying out routine and emergency equine calls. Leslie is also one of the trained equine anaesthetists. Leslie spends her few moments of freedom each week with her dogs.

Kathy Love  

Dr Kathy Gardiner Bsc(Hons) BVM&S MRCVS
Mixed Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Kathy grew up in Norfolk with a farming background and has had horses all her life. After graduating from University of Edinburgh Veterinary School she was keen to settle back in Norfolk. Kathy also has a degree in Bioveterinary science from Liverpool vet school. Kathy is embracing all aspects of life as a vet. In her spare time she horse rides and hunts with the North Norfolk Harriers. She has recently taken on a homelss stray cat called Snushy, who is recovering from having a broken jaw in a road traffic accident.

Peter Bakonyi  

Dr Peter Bakonyi DrMedVet MRCVS
Assistant, Equine and Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Peter graduated from Budapest Veterinary School in 2007. With the aim of specializing in equine medicine he completed an internship at the Curragh based Anglesey Lodge Equine Hosital in Ireland. While there Peter developed a strong interest in equine anaesthesia, foal medicine and lameness investigations. Following a few months of large animal and first opinion equine work he joined the Chapelfield team in February 2010.




Dr Aoife Byrne DrMedVet MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Aoife qualified from Szent István University Faculty of Veterinary Science in Budapest in 2007. She took an equine internship on the Curragh in Ireland for 12 months before working for an equine ambulatory practice, she followed this with a stud season at the Beaufort Embryo Transfer Centre. Aoife has also worked at the Equine Eye Clinic. Having come from a horsey family over the water in Ireland she is a gutsy horsewoman who isn't shy of riding side-saddle at high speed!

Kat Smyth  

Dr Rachael King BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon

Rachael grew up on a farm in Norfolk and has had horses all her life. She qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2015. Out of work, Rachael enjoys showjumping her horses, skiing, socialising with friends and walking the dogs.