Always there when you need us

Personal contact is always important.  Here we list the names and qualifications of our team.

Veterinary Surgeons:



  • Dr Chris Bourne  M.A., Vet.M.B., M.R.C.V.S.

          Veterinary Surgeon and Director

  • Dr Victoria Organ  B. Vet. Med., M.R.C.V.S.

          Assistant Veterinary Surgeon (part-time)

  • Dr Stephanie Hughes  B. Vet. Med., M.R.C.V.S.

         Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

  • Dr Emily Emerson  B.VSc., M.R.C.V.S.

         Assistant Veterinary Surgeon (part-time)

  • Dr Sarah Ives BVMedSci, BVS, BVM, M.R.C.V.S.

         Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

  • Mr Alex Pounder  D.V.M., M.R.C.V.S.

         Assistant Veterinary Surgeon



Nurses and Reception Staff:

  • Jill Snape Office Manager
  • Anna Balchin  VN (Insurance)
  • Susan Rooney (Behaviour and Puppy Pre-School)
  • Amanda Havard
  • Emma Beauchamp (Insurance)
  • Abi Hancox
  • Liz Tennent
  • Louise Ellis
  • Ellie Mackay
  • Natalie Hampson




Chris Bourne qualified from Cambridge University in 1990 having gained an Open Entrance Scholarship.  He immediately joined Shipston Veterinary Centre and has worked in the Practice ever since, becoming a partner in 1995 and a Director in 2003. 

Victoria Organ has worked part-time at Shipston Veterinary Centre for more than 10 years.

Steph Hughes qualified from Royal Veterinary College in 2014.  She worked in mixed practice in Cornwall before deciding to specialise in Small Animal veterinary medicine with us in March 2016.  She enjoys agility with her crazy spaniel, Dolly and has recently acquired Moose, a Lab pup.

Emily Emerson qualified from Liverpool University and started working part-time at Shipston Veterinary Centre in Spring 2017.  She is kept busy by her two young boys.

Sarah Ives graduated from Nottingham University in Summer 2017 having "seen practice" at Shipston Veterinary Centre as a student.  Sarah enjoys kayaking and plays the viola!


Alex Pounder graduated from Kosice University in Slovakia.  He is a native Briton and enjoys learning new languages, playing several musical instruments, sketching and cooking.

How to contact us

Shipston Veterinary Centre Ltd

24 West Street
Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HD



01608 661232


Our consultation times:


8.40 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday



Hospital Road,

GL56 0BQ

4.30 p.m. - 5.45 p.m. Monday to Friday

Times are variable. 


All consultations at both surgeries are by appointment only


Please note that in emergency out of hours, the same number should be dialled.  Listen to the message, then dial 7 to be put through to the Emergency Vet.


News August 2018


Martin Foster


Martin decided in 2017 that he wanted to reduce to working a two day week as a prelude to leaving SVC after more than three decades.  As of August 2018 he has now left the practice to pursue his other interests of music-making, canoeing and music festival attendance!  We wish him very well for the future.


Alex Pounder


We are delighted to welcome Alex to SVC.  Alex qualified in 2017 and has been working in Devon. 



Alabama Rot


Please don't panic about this!  Social media has gone a bit wild about it.  If you have genuine concerns and would like reassurance, do contact the surgery!




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