Equine Team

Paul May - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a large animal practitioner, with a particular interest in equine.  I am based at our Newbiggin centre, and have responsibility for the purpose built equine centre. I have a keen interest in Fell ponies and the Fell Pony Syndrome and have been involved in several research projects on the subject. I also particularly enjoy lameness and racing work.

In my spare time I am a keen artist and sculptor.

Robert Peckham - BVMedSci (hons) BVM BVS (hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined Paragon on the 1st November to work as a full time equine vet.  

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 and went on to work at The University College Dublin as an equine intern for a year.  Following my internship I worked at Archway Veterinary Practice,  primarily as a equine assistant but also covering large and small animal treatments.

I have a particular veterinary interest in equine medicine, laminitis and imaging and am fully trained in large animal rescue training with the fire brigade.

Duirng free time, I enjoy exploring the countryside on horse-back or with my dog Boris, I also play hockey for Windermere HC.

I will be primarily based at Newbiggin but will be working from Dalston most Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Kristen Holland - BVMed (hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and have spent time working at an equine hospital in Staffordshire. My main interests include lameness, stud medicine and colic. I have grown up with horses and have had a go at everything from pony club through to polocrosse.  
When I'm not at work I enjoy exploring the Lake District with my dog Quest, baking and rowing.

Kelly Smith - BSc (hons)

Equine Technician

I have worked at Paragon since October 2008, currently only working part time due to family commitments.  Prior to working here I had just completed an Equine Sports Science degree at Nottingham Trent University.  I work within the equine department at Newbiggin, both on and off site and occasionally assist with other large animal work.  I am responsible for looking after the equine in-patients at Newbiggin and assisting the vets with clincal work.  I also help to organise the equine diary, liase with clients and complete office paperwork.

Outside of work I have two small boys; James and Charlie.  I also have a few horses at home; ranging from a youngster to a kids pony. I compete at BS shows where possible..

Sian Edwards

Equine Technician

I joined Paragon in November 2017 to work within the equine department.  I am responsible for the day to day care of any inpatients at Newbiggin and assist the vets with any clinical work. I also help to organise the equine diary, liase with clients and complete paperwork. 

I have had horses for many years and have previously worked on an Eventing yard.  I currently own Lili and Flea whom I plan to compete on locally both at dressage and eventing.