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 BSc(Hons), BVet Med, 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!

Cordelia Francis BVSc, MRCVS

Cordelia graduated from The University of Liverpool in 2016 with distinction.

Since graduation Cordelia has been working in equine practice in New Zealand, gaining particular experience with thoroughbred race horses and sport horses.

Cordelia completed an internship at Matamata Equine Veterinary Services on the North Island before staying at the clinic as an ambulatory vet.

As a vet student Cordelia was a volunteer at the London 2012 equestrian Paralympics and enjoyed meeting competitors from all around the world.  She also had the opportunity to visit equine referral hospitals in America and spend time at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  

Cordelia grew up in Somerset and was a keen member of the South and West Wilts Pony Club while growing up spending most weekends out eventing.

Cordelia has a particular interest in performance horse medicine and foals. In her free time she enjoys reading, horse riding and wild swimming.

“It’s brilliant to be coming home and working with my Dad. I’m really excited about the future of the practice and working on cases together”.

Dr Jessica Kidd BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), Dipl ECVS, MRCVS

Jessica is at the practice every two weeks. She was born in Bristol but raised in the States. She attended veterinary school at Purdue University in the States followed by two years in mixed practice in New England. After this she completed an internship at a referral racehorse hospital in Ocala, Florida and then returned to the UK to complete an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. This was followed by time as a surgery lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s veterinary school followed by holding the position of the University Equine Surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She then spent seven years in private practice as the surgeon at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire which had a hospital population of racehorses, performance horses and pleasure horses and is currently an external surgical consultant to multiple practices. Her areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and investigation of lameness cases as well as neonatology and care of the pregnant mare.

Not only that - this year Jessica will be riding her motorbike all the way to the Arctic Circle with 'Vets with Horsepower' and raising money for charity. For more on their epic ride and the charities they support see www.vetswithhorsepower.com.

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.

Leanne Tilling - Equine Nurse

What is your role at Bellevue?

I am the Equine veterinary nursing assistant.

What is your favourite - and least favourite - part of working at Bellevue?

My favourite is assisting in theatre and cuddling puppies, and my least favourite is shovelling the muck heap!

Do you have any animals at home?

I have a rescue cat called Mo and a horse called Littleman.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

I enjoy looking after my 3 year old son Rupert. I love riding my horse and spinning at the gym.

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

I would be my cat! He is very happy and has a lovely life with me and Rupert.