Our Staff

Stable Close Equine Practice is a 100% equine practice lead by two experienced equine vets, Malcolm Morley and Alex Sergeant. They are assisted by Ellie Zajicek, Rebecca Fellows, Lauren Savage and part time experienced vets Vicky Jux and Louise Withers.  Kirsty Barnard, also an experienced clinician, joined us recently to help cover emergency calls.

In the office we are assisted by Jayne Bonner (office manager), Sue Grace, Tanya Lane and Izzy Parker. Between them they all have a great deal of experience in keeping an equine practice running smoothly and are an essential part of our team.

Stable Close Equine Practice was originally part of Stable Close Veterinary Clinic in Winchester until November 2003 when we became a separate practice carrying out only equine work based at Bridgets Farm in Martyr Worthy.

  • Malcolm Morley
    Malcolm Morley BVSc MRCVS
    Clinical Director & Veterinary Surgeon

    Malcolm Morley qualified from the University of Bristol in 1993. He started his career at the Liphook Equine Hospital and has also worked in Lambourn and Australia. He was a joint founder of Stable Close Equine Practice in 2003 and his main interest is pre-purchase examination. Malcolm is married to Poppy, a hospital doctor, and they have three children. He has been a council member of the British Equine Veterinary Association, chairing their Pre-Purchase Examination Committee. 

  • alex sergeant, vet, stable close
    Alex Sergeant BVSc MRCVS
    Clinical Director & Veterinary Surgeon

    Alex qualified from the University of Bristol in 1996. Her first job was at Stable Close Veterinary Clinic and, following a period working at an equine hospital in Berkshire, she returned to Winchester in 2003 to found Stable Close Equine Practice. Her main interest is in sports medicine and poor performance. She is also a qualified BHS assistant instructor and has competed at British Eventing one-day and three-day events up to intermediate level. Alex is married to Rob and they have three children.

  • Ellie Zajicek BVetMed MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon

    Ellie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 and since then has worked in equine practices in Devon, Cambridge, New Zealand, Glasgow and more recently Jersey. Her interests include pain management and complementary therapy, dentistry and all aspects of emergency medicine. She has a springer spaniel called Hamble and in their free time they enjoy exploring the Hampshire countryside and the local wild swimming spots.  

  • Vicky Jux
    Vicky Jux BVetMed MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon

    Vicky joined Stable Close Equine Practice in 2014.  After completing an internship at the Royal Veterinary College Equine Referral Hospital, Vicky worked on projects with the RSPCA and BHS before returning to the RVC’s Diagnostic Imaging Department.  Vicky has also enjoyed being part of the Veterinary Teams at The Olympia London International Horse Show and Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. 

  • Rebecca Fellows BVMS MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Rebecca worked in two Equine hospitals in Australia where she completed an internship in medicine, surgery and reproduction before returning to work at the Liphook Equine Hospital in August 2018. She has a strong interest in foal medicine. When she is not at work she enjoys helping with the sheep and cattle on the farm where she lives. She is also a committed Long Course Triathlete and enjoys participating in Ironman Triathlon events in her free time.
  • Lauren Savage
    Veterinary Surgeon

    Lauren joined our vet team earlier in 2022. After first graduating in Bioveterinary Science she then enrolled as a post graduate at the Royal Veterinary College graduating with distinction this year. She has a dedicated interest in equine practice and when she is not treating horses she is often seen out walking with her labrador puppy Rook.

  • Dani Georges
    Veterinary Surgeon

    Dani Georges graduated from the University of Bristol in 2022.  She started her career working in an equine hospital in Northamptonshire then joined Stable Close Equine practice in September 2023.  Dani enjoys all equine ambulatory work but has a particular interest in internal medicine.  Outside work Dani enjoys spending time by the sea with her Golden Retrievers Amber and Holly and she enjoys the challenge and adrenaline of going bouldering.

  • Louise Withers BVSc MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon
    Louise Withers joined us part time several years ago as the practice expanded.  She is an experienced clinician who has worked in all aspects of equine practice.  In the past Louise has owned her own horses and competed in various disciplines before hanging up her boots to concentrate on her veterinary career and subsequently raising her young family. Louise joined us part time several years ago as the practice expanded. 


  • Kirsty Barnard BSc BVSc MRCVS
    Veterinary Surgeon

    After graduating from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 she completed her internship at Onderstepoort Equine Hospital.   She then spent four years in equine practice in Johannesburg before moving to the UK in 2015. She has worked in equine ambulatory and hospital based practice in Surrey and West Sussex and is also an experienced racecourse vet. Kirsty enjoys being outdoors, she loves walking her dog and trail running. 

  • Jayne Bonner
    Office Manager

    Jayne Bonner leads the office team as our Office Manager. She has experience in financial administration, medical insurance and has a special interest in equine facilitated interaction and cognitative therapy. She lives locally with her family alongside which she has 3 horses: Barnaby whom she rides, Dinky a mini shetland whom she drives and a homebred Caspian foal.  Jayne also has two rescue dogs called Lola and Willow.

  • Sue Grace
    Sue Grace
    Office Team

    Sue has been with Stable Close Equine since 2008 and is responsible for drug ordering. She has worked with horses and ponies for many years as well as in a local doctors' surgery. Sue has a small flock of Jacob ewes and is often in the office with Ruby, her labrador x spaniel.

  • Tanya Lane
    Tanya Lane
    Office Team

    Tanya joined Stable Close Equine in April 2018 and has taken over the main responsibilty of insurance claims. Tanya owns one horse, Cruz who she regularly takes out to competitions and fun rides. She also owns a German Shepherd, Nico. 

  • Izzy Parker
    Office Team
    Izzy is an experienced medical receptionist and has decided to combine her experience in this field with her love for horses to work to work in our equine office.  Izzy owns her own horse and works part time at the Candover Stud handling their broodmares and foals.


  • Jo Hopwood
    Office Team

    Jo has a diploma in horse management and has trained in equine and business studies aswell as attaining her BHS stage I and II levels. Jo was a long standing client of the practice for many years before sadly losing her retired pony William