Our Team

Veterinary Surgeons

PJ McMahon

PJ McMahon

PJ qualified in Dublin in 1971. He moved to England and worked with the late Richard Hartley from 1973 to 1976. Richard was a leading show jumping vet who pioneered the treatment and maintenance of competition horses.

PJ set up in practice in 1977. He has always had an interest in competition horses. In the early days used to travel to America for the polo season to rasp teeth, becoming widely known as the tooth doctor. To this day he makes sure that all vets within the practice are trained to his exacting standards when it comes to teeth rasping, an imperative part of the welfare horses. In recent years PJ has concentrated on  eventers, show jumpers, dressage and polo ponies with special attention to keeping the horse maintained to do the job it was designed for. He was the Irish Show Jumping team vet for 3 years. He spent 15 years as the United States Equestrian Team vet when the horses were based in Europe. The pinnacle of this part of his career was to travel with the team to the Sydney Olympic Games. He is also on the welfare committee for the Hurlingham Polo Association, is the Veterinary Officer for Cowdray Park Polo Club, a member of the American Veterinary Acupuncture Association and is a FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian. He now specialises mainly in lameness in competition horses with special attention to diagnostic work ups under saddle.

Radek Kawa

Radek Kawa

Radek qualified in Poland in 2010. Before qualification he saw practice at Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Kentucky then spent 8 weeks at Merritt and Associates Equine Clinic in Illinois. After qualification he took an internship at Equivet Service. He then travelled to Germany to work in a clinic with an 80 – 90% equine base along with small animals and the odd tiger! He joined the practice in July 2013. Radek carries out the majority of the reproductive work within the practice. He is also licensed to carry out export certification

Marco Magdalena

Marco Magdalena

Marco qualified in Spain in 2008. During his degree he spent one year learning and working at one of the biggest equine practices of the northwest Spain. After qualifying he completed a one year internship at the HCV UAX in Madrid, where he remained for 3 more years working with equine surgery team while completing a master on equine surgery, meanwhile Marco completed externships in different hospitals in France, Belgium and Germany where he could see first hand how vets on the rest of Europe work.
From 2015 to 2016 worked at Mole Care Veterinary Services in Frome a mixed practice where he was in charge of the equine patients before finally joining our practice in February 2017. He qualified as an equine chiropractor in 2019.


Rachel Nicholson

Practice Manager

Rachel joined the practice as an assistant to the practice manager Chris Dumbell in 1984. When Chris sadly passed away in March 2014 Rachel took over the management of the practice. She has the unenviable task of managing PJ’s extremely busy diary whilst putting her 30 plus years of experience of working for PJ in to the management of the practice.

Lesley Sowten

Lesley joined the practice team in April 2016. She has a varied background with key strengths in our insurance claims department having worked for Petplan for many years. It is her you have to thank for nailing the vets to the desk until they complete the necessary paperwork for claims! She is also responsible for credit control

Jo Cooper RVN BSc

Jo joined the practice on the 16th September 2019 as an extra pair of hands in the office. She is  a veterinary nurse who has been qualified for 3 years and has been nursing for 8, so will be an invaluable link between the veterinary and office teams. She is an experienced horsewoman and when  not working she enjoys showing her horses and is interested in breeding