Opening Times:

Mon-Thu: 8:30am - 6:30pm

Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Sat: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Meet the Equine Team

When David Francis set up the clinic it was important for him to be able to build a team of Veterinary Surgeons who would provide the widest range of treatment. In addition to our two full-time Equine Veterinary Surgeons, we also have a group of specialists who run regular clinics at the practice or are available when the need arises. 

David Francis BScHhons), BVetMed, MRCVS

I have been a resident and Veterinary Surgeon in the Frome area for over 30 years.

After first graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in Agriculture, I then went on to the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College to study Veterinary Science in 1974, during the course of which I ‘saw practice’ in Frome and promptly moved here once qualified.

I have worked with farm animals and horses throughout my career and have now created a Practice with my colleagues based on the old-fashioned values of a friendly rural Veterinary Surgery with a modern, well-equipped facility. Our intention is to establish an RCVS-recognised Small and Large Animal Hospital.

With my family I keep sheep and horses and, over the years, I have watched my daughter successfully compete in BE Eventing, my interest in which has extended to supporting British Eventing and British Endurance in my role of FEI Vet at International Events.

When time allows, my love for the outdoors leads me to gardening, sailing, skiing and walking, and when further time allows I always enjoy a good project!

Alasdair Graham BVMS Cert AVP(EM) MRCVS

I grew up on a working croft in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where my interest in horses developed from an early age. Following graduation from Glasgow Vet School in 2006 I began my veterinary career working at a busy, rural mixed practice in North Yorkshire.

Following on from that I then moved into specialist equine practice in Kent and East Sussex where I obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Equine Medicine. This was followed by a spell working in The Equine Vet Clinic in Glasgow where I continued to develop my special interests in performance medicine, gastroenterology and dentistry. I was awarded Advanced Practitioner in Equine Medicine status by the RCVS in 2014.

Outside work, I enjoy spending time exploring the Somerset countryside with my young family and walking our border collie ‘Seonaidh’.

Chris Barnett- Equine Groom

I have been involved with horses for all my life and on a professional basis since leaving school. At Bellevue I provide critical support to the Equine practice on a daily basis, most notably when horses are undertaking surgery or during post-operative care.

What does your role involve at Bellevue?

I work on the equine side of things, looking after inpatients and helping with clinical work.

What are you clinical interests?

Lameness and surgery really fascinate me.

What pets do you own?

I have 2 horses, one is 21 years old and the other just 2.

What do you like about working at Bellevue?

Its always fun and usually a challenge!

Donna Singer - Equine Administrator 

What does your role involve at Bellevue?

I am David’s PA, managing his day-to-day administration and taking care of all of the insurance work for the equine clinic.

What pets do you own?

So many! Horses, miniature horses, a dog, chickens, sheep, ducks and 1 husband!

What do you like about working at Bellevue?

The challenge! Working with animals on a day-to-day basis and working with a great team of people.

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

A bird of prey such as a peregrine falcon because I’m high up in the food chain, have the freedom to fly and move locations when I want.