Small Animal/Exotics Nurse Required

Due to continued expansion, we are looking for an experienced RVN to join our ever-growing small animal and exotic team. You  must be enthusiastic and show initiative within the role. An interest in exotics is essential, but experience is not necessary as full training will be provided. We provide our own OOH service, with night and weekend shifts shared between the team of 17 nurses. This position will be busy but fulfilling, with the opportunity to develop your nursing skills. CPD encouraged with a yearly allowance. Competitive salary depending on experience.
To apply, please complete an application form and return it to the Practice Manager at Chine House or sent by email to

Vacancy- Practice Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Practice Manager in our newly expanded small animal and equine hospital in Sileby, Loughborough. We provide veterinary care for all animals from horses to lizards and dogs to cows. Our ambulatory equine and farm vets cover a large part of Leicestershire and beyond. We take pride in providing our own out of hours emergency service staffed by our own vets and nurses. We have grown considerably and now have 23 vets, 24 nurses and our own dedicated reception, accounts and dispensing staff.

The role of the Practice Manager is pivotal in the smooth running of the hospital. The Partners are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced manager with excellent people management, communication and organisational skills and a strong customer focus. Candidates must have a proven track record in human resources, business management, marketing and health and safety. Veterinary experience would be beneficial but is not essential.

Salary commensurate with experience. This post is full time.

Please complete an application form and return by e-mail to or post to Cathy Winward at  Chine House Veterinary Hospital, Sileby Hall, Sileby, Loughborough LE12 7RS by 25th October 2017.

Application form


New Equine Vet Joins Team


We are happy to welcome Bradley Hill to our equine team.

Bradley graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2008. He began working in Equine Practice in Doncaster, followed by Solihull and finally Market Harborough. He has gained a wide range of experience and joined Chine House in July 2017, having been a student at the practice whilst at university. He has a keen interest in poor performance and stud work.
Outside of job his interest with horses continues; he has been involved with horses competing at the highest levels in both showjumping and eventing. In addition to this he enjoys squash, tennis and running.
Out and about his loyals dogs Stanley and Reginald accompany him on most visits.

Bradley replaces Olivia Brunt who has left to pursue exciting opportunities working in Australia. Olivia has been a fantastic member of the Chine House equine team and we wish her all the best for the future.

EquiPENS Headsaking Treatment

EquiPENS(TM) Neuromodulation for Trigeminal Mediated Headshaking

Chine House Veterinary Hospital is delighted to now offer EquiPENS (per-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) neuromodulation therapy for equine trigeminal mediated headshaking. Clinical trials undertaken by the University of Bristol has shown EquiPENS to be a safe, well tolerated, repeatable management option for trigeminal-mediated headshaking, with encouraging efficacy for improvement of clinical signs.

For further details, please call Dr Kirstie Pickles on 01509 812445

EquiPENS Neuromodulation for Trigeminal Mediated Headshaking



We are very excited to announce that the building of our new extension is due to be completed in May 2017. The extension will provide a new, larger main reception with species specific waiting areas (to make your pets visit is as pleasant and stress free as possible), 3 extra operating theatres, 6 new consulting rooms and a separate large animal and equine reception. We hope to keep the disruption to a minimum but please bear with us!


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Equine Specialist Surgeon

Congratulations to Judith Findley on becoming an RCVS recognised specialist in Equine Surgery. This is a fantastic achievement and the culmination of many years of hard work an exams.

Chine House are lucky to have RCVS specialists in both equine surgery and internal medicine (Dr Kirstie Pickles) to offer a complete service to our clients as well as referrals.



New equine surgeon joins the equine team

We are delighted that Knut (German spelling of Canute, the English king) Nottrott will be joining us for two short spells of time this Spring to help us with hospital cases while Judith Findley is finishing her maternity leave.

Knut qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the Free University of Berlin in 2004. After working in several equine hospitals in Germany he completed a surgical residency at Lyon Veterinary Teaching Hospital, France in June 2015. He has recently been a locum equine surgeon at the University of Glasgow and Dubai Equine Hospital and continues to be a consultant veterinary surgeon for dentistry and dental and sinus surgery at Lyon.

Outside of work Knut enjoys cycling and running. We hope that Knut enjoys his time in Leicestershire.fullsizeoutput_23ed

Petplan Veterinary Awards 2017

We were delighted to have been nominated as Practice of the Year in 2016. Seven of our vets were also nominated as Vet of the Year. Voting for 2017 does not close until the end of January so there is still time to nominate at

Vet of year


We are pleased to announce that Kirstie Pickles started work at Chine House today. Kirstie qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1996. Following a short time in practice she undertook a three year residency at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh during which she completed an MSc in equine respiratory cytology and gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Internal Medicine. Not ready to leave Edinburgh, she followed this with a PhD investigating immunology of equine asthma syndrome (previously recurrent airway obstruction). Kirstie has been a senior lecturer in equine medicine in New Zealand and worked at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Games before returning to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies as a senior lecturer in equine practice. She gained her European Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine in 2009 and, as such, is a recognised European and RCVS specialist in equine internal medicine.

Kirstie has joined Chine House to provide a specialist internal medicine service, making the most of the fantastic equipment that the practice has invested in.

Outside of work Kirstie enjoys running, horse riding and trying to keep up with her two children Lauren and Felix with her partner, Tim.

In the nicest way possible, we hope your horse’s don’t have to use Kirstie’s expertise too often, however, it is great for the practice to be able to offer such a specialist service.