Benno Veenstra – Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon
During my studies in Holland I made several trips to Shropshire as a lambing assistant. This is such a nice part of the world that we decided to settle here.
I was born in Holland but was raised all over the world. I returned to Holland for secondary education and university.
After graduating I married Emmy, my aussie wife and we now also have Sophie our daughter who thoroughly enjoys living in Shropshire and ride her pony!
Being a grandson of a dairy farmer gave me the love and passion for agriculture and livestock. Still wishing to be a farmer, I now farm around 30 acres of hilly ground where we now run a commercial Zwartbles sheep flock and also have a few Longhorns. I won’t mention the horse..
As a dedicated farm vet I am on the road a lot so I get plenty of opportunity to enjoy the countryside and see what our farmers are up to!
I really thrive on hard work resulting in happy clients, happy staff and a happy family!
Building up Stapeley Vets has really enriched my life and I wouldn’t change my work with the local farmers for anything!
Being part of and contributing to the local community is really nice (most English people think I’m Welsh because of my name and the border accent I somehow picked up). I have no time for hobbies because of vetting, farming, horse riding, parish councillor and bit of forestry.
Let’s work together for healthy and profitable British Farming!!
Dominique Moelands – Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon
In April 2006 I came to Shropshire after I graduated from vet school in Utrecht. During my studies I was especially interested in large animals and art and this is still the case.
That’s why I’m still very happy at Stapeley where we mainly focus on farm animal health with a proactive approach.
In 2011 I became a Partner in the practice.
On the art side; I’ve only been able to help one person out with information about a painting. I do realise it’s probably better to stick to vet work!
Outside of work I live together with my partner Neal and our sons Seth and Hugh, and Fly our dog who maybe one day calms down a bit.
I enjoy cycling and tennis, which I should do a lot more of, growing vegetables, however I don’t really enjoy that yet, not much success so far and cooking (maybe one day with our own vegetables).
Gareth Parry – Veterinary Surgeon
More information coming soon...
Alison Harvey – Receptionist/Administrator
Joined Stapeley Vets in February 2020 after being at a small animal practice for 3 years.
Served 12 years in the RAF & settled on Long Mountain in 2014 after following husband Ian's career in the RAF.
Mum to two sons, two dogs, a 3 legged cat, two sheep & two miniature goats.
I don't get much chance for hobbies, apart from following Shrewsbury Town FC!
Currently studying for AMTRA SQP & awaiting to volunteer for Shropshire Rural Support.
Danielle Alderson - Receptionist/Administrator
Previously worked on farm, calf rearing, shepherding and general labour for the last 10 years after finishing agricultural college.
Agriculture is my passion and I love working within the sector. I completed my Veterinary support assistant level 3 course in July 2020 when I was eager to enter the world of veterinary, and started my journey here at Stapeley in September 2020 which I was over the moon about.
I have three collies which keep me busy on my days away from Stapeley, along with helping partner Sam on his cattle farm.
I also do have a fairly good social life which I do enjoy also!
Jane Griffin - Receptionist/Administrator
I have been a Receptionist/Administrator at Stapeley Veterinary Practice since 2016. I love that no two days are the same.
I am a farmer's daughter who had a lovely childhood on our dairy farm at Longville, near Church Stretton. We had dairy cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks and I was lucky enough to have had ponies. It was here I learned to drive as we had an old van we drove around the fields!
I now live in Worthen with my border collie Ollie and two naughty cats.
I love country life and enjoy walking and cycling with Ollie at every available moment. I also enjoy cooking (and eating!) and reading.
Daisy – The Practice Cow
Daisy is probably the best behaved dairy cow in the county. We acquired her to steal the limelight at our local agricultural Minsterley show and with success as we won the best trade stand two years running (2009 and 2010!)
Daisy does a lot of charity work and has supported many educational visits to schools. She travels to many shows because of her crowd pulling potential.
The future of British farming lies in educating the general public to appreciate our top quality produce and Daisy does her fair share for this purpose. With an udder that produces 50 litres she is a top quality cow that doesn't need feeding and never needs a vet!
During the year she lives in the practice garden (although she won't graze..) and is well known to all passers by. It makes the practice very easy to find despite being out in the sticks.
Please let us know if you think she can contribute to any of your causes or interests as she travels well and only charges a small fee.
Carmen – The Practice Sheep