Meet the Team

    Charles Roberts
    BVetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Charles qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1965. Despite retirement, Charles continues to provide daily contributions and advice for all aspects of Practice life.

    Dominika Skawinska

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Dominika joined our team in 2016. You may have already seen her out and about on her rounds. Dominika qualified in 2007 from the University of Life Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. She then moved to the UK and worked in a mixed practice before joining us. Her main interests are horses and she is studying now towards the Certificate in Equine Internal Medicine.

    In Sept 2019 Dominika was awarded a RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice; Foundations of Advanced Veterinary Practice, Equine Practice, Equine Gastrointestinal Disease &Intensive care, Equine General Medicine, Equine Neuromuscular, Behaviour & Special senses and Veterinary Dermatology- Equine.

    Outside of work Dominika loves travelling and enjoys spending time with her pets – she owns a very energetic small Portuguese podengo, a Siamese cat and a Silesian mare.

    Gemma Rouse
    BVetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Gemma joined Riverside Vets as a new graduate in 2008. She started leading the equine clinical team 5 years later and went on to become a director of the practice in 2014.

    Gemma is passionate about all aspects of caring for you and your horse with a particular interest in orthopaedics, pain management and poor performance issues.

    She loves practice life and becoming part of your horses team and aims to find the very best treatment solutions tailored to individual circumstances.

    Jenny O’Connell

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Jenny qualified from Surrey University and joined Riverside Vets in October 2021. Jenny has always had a love of horses and enjoys all aspects of equine general practice.

    A former RAF intelligence analyst, Jenny lives in Hampshire with her husband and three children and shares her life with Guinea Pigs, George the dog, Pepper Potts the cat and Fifi, a sassy Welsh Section D.

    "I have always admired Riverside Vets and am delighted to now be part of the team!”

    Charlotte Aley

    Equine Receptionist

    Charlotte started with us July 2008. She runs the show; phones, diary, equine accounts and computer administration.

    Charlotte also assists vets with diagnostic workups due to her experience with equines!

    She has been horse riding since 6 years old and now competes in BSJA. Charlotte has BHS stage 1, 2 and 3 and a National Diploma in horsemanship.

    Other hobbies include scuba diving and skiing.

    Jess Shaw

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Jess qualified at Edinburgh University and joined us in 2019. Her interests are in small animals/exotics and equine.

    Jess has been horse riding and involved in general horse care since 2001 and has her BHS level 1 horse management qualification.

    Jess enjoys spending time with her dog, chickens and chinchillas.

    Rachel Burgess BVMS Cert AVP (ESO) Cert AVP (ESST) MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Rachel graduated from Glasgow in 2010, after a couple of years working in mixed practice she went on to undertake an equine specific internship at Phillip Leverhulme Equine Hospital in Liverpool. After this she spent a few years in equine practice in Shropshire, before moving to an equine hospital in the Hunter Valley, Australia. Rachel has certificates in equine surgery and lameness, she really enjoys the investigation of poor performance in sports horses. Rachel has her childhood pony Jake who is still very naughty and Rico the Lusitano who live happily retired now!

    In her spare time Rachel enjoys hiking, cycling and sailing, she will often be found out and about on the water on her weekends off.

    Gloria Apati

    Veterinary Surgeon

    I am excited to have joined the Riverside team. Originally I am from Hungary. I qualified in 2016 from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest.
    I have always wanted to be an equine vet and decided to move to the UK after graduation, to gain experience in the country where horseracing originates. I competed in show jumping for over 14 years at national level, so have a very deep and familiar understanding about horse owner needs. To be fair the reason why I wanted to be a horse vet is to be able to fix my own horses!
    After moving to the UK, I started to work at Pool House Equine Clinic as a stud vet assistant, gaining hands on experience in equine reproduction. After that season I moved to Newmarket and spent a year at Rossdales Equine Hospital. I was a diagnostic imaging intern, taking x-rays, bone cans, MRIs and CT scans from thousands of horses from all disciplines. When my internship ended, I had a bit of time off for travelling, then moved back to Hungary. Here I worked for one of the biggest private equine clinics of the country with special focus on equine dentistry.
    As I missed the UK too much, I moved back in 2017 and started to work at Scott Dunn's Equine Clinic as a hospital-based clinician and ambulatory equine vet.
    I love every aspect of equine general practice but have a special interest in dentistry, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine and orthopedics.
    In my free time I love travelling, playing violin in pubs and dancing salsa or bachata.
    I am very much looking forward to meeting all of our lovely clients and being of service with all of your equine enquiries.

    Samantha Le-Vallee

    Business manager

    Sam qualified as a Registered Veterinary nurse in 1998 and has worked in both small animal and farm practice.

    She then moved in the veterinary industry focusing on pet nutrition, pharmaceuticals & Business support

    Sam joined Riverside Vets in Jan 2021

    Outside of work Sam has horses & Dachshunds