The CVS Equine strategy commits to delivering our vision: to deliver the highest clinical standards to our patients and clients, while providing the best facilities and working environment for our people.

The CVS Strategy team comprises of both Graham Dodds and Tim Mair along with several key equine division veterinary directors and clinicians from within CVS Equine. All members of the team play a fundamental role in shaping the strategic direction and long-term vision to create an outstanding future for the department, its people, clients and patients.

Central Clinical Governance and Advisory Committees are also led by the Equine Veterinary Director and have representation from every practice in the division. This allows us to provide governance support to all clinicians as part of a commitment to Quality Improvement in Practice and allows our clinicians to make the important clinical decisions for the Division.

Strategy Team

Hattie Lawrence.

Hattie Lawrence

BVSc MRCVS Senior Clinical Director

Hattie qualified from Bristol in 1997 and after spending a year in mixed practice in Hampshire she became an assistant in Lambourn. She became a partner in Hall and Lawrence Veterinary Surgeons in 2001 and ran her own ambulatory practice in Lambourn from 2009 before joining Valley Equine Hospital in 2012. Hattie has a particular interest in lameness and poor performance evaluation and elite horse management.

She is responsible for the overground endoscopy service and takes both internal and external referrals. Her caseload is equally divided between horses in training and elite event horses.  She became Clinical Director of Valley Equine Hospital in 2017, and a Senior Clinical Director in 2018 with regional and national management responsibilities in addition to her clinical caseload. Hattie is now instrumental in driving the strategic direction and further expansion of CVS Equine’s preventative healthcare plan, Horse Health Programme.

Julian Samuelson.

Julian Samuelson 

MA Vet MB MBA MRCVS and Acquisitions and Integration Director for the Equine Division

Julian oversees and coordinates the process of introduction, valuation, negotiation, due diligence, purchase completion and subsequent integration of new practices joining the group.

“Our ambition is to grow the business to a size where the already apparent economies of scale really start to multiply, providing better service to our clients and a better working environment for the teams behind the business.”

Ian Camm


Founder of Bushy Equine Vets one of the first vets to attain the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice.  Highly regarded and past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, Ian forms part of the Cheltenham racecourse veterinary team and was also part of the equine veterinary team at the 2012 Olympic Games.  Ian has a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of equine work and has particular interests in pre-purchase examinations, dentistry and colic surgery.

Duncan Ballard


Duncan qualified from Edinburgh University in 2000. After working in equine practice in Derbyshire and Yorkshire, he moved to the Royal Veterinary College to build their equine practice. Duncan moved to the B&W Equine Group in 2006 and became a director in 2009. Duncan is based at the Failand clinic and has helped to develop the practice alongside Scott Milne. Duncan is interested in poor performance cases, lameness and competition horse work.

Duncan has brought his dynamic vision of successful equine practice to the strategy group and is instrumental in developing the Mentoring programme across CVS Equine.