Our Directors

John Oleshko BVSc certSAD MRCVS
Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology

John has been at Ashfield House since 1987 and he is a Director of Ashfield House. His clinical interests include cats and skin problems.

He has a certificate in Veterinary Dermatology and accepts skin problem referrals from other practices.

Outside of work John’s main interest is photography (many of the pictures on this website are taken by John, especially those of his loyal companion Harvey and his travels to Botswana and Greece).

In between juggling work and a family of 3 children, John enjoys walking and gardening.

David Knowles BVMandS MRCVS

David joined Ashfield House in 1992 and together with John Oleshko, is one of Ashfield House’s Directors. David’s varied clinical interests include oncology, diabetes, dentistry and cats.

Outside of work, David enjoys tennis and most especially playing golf – at present he is trying to improve his 14 handicap!

Ashley Lovett

Ashley became our Practice Manager in September 2008. He had worked as an Accountant for 27 years.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys ski-ing with his wife and son Curtis and is one of our Nottingham Forest supporters. He has a tropical fishtank and a hamster at home.
In October 2009, he adopted Missie from Ashfield House. She was brought in as a tiny kitten having survived being hit by a car and then abandoned. She is very playful and has a permanent limp which gives her even more character.
When at work, he is happy to stay in the office upstairs as he hates the sight of blood!

Katherine Benstead BVSc(Hons) Cert AVP MRCVS

Katherine graduated with honours from Liverpool University in 2007 and has worked at Ashfield House ever since. She was made a clinical director in May 2018.

Katherine is currently studying to gain the Royal College of Veterinary surgeon’s certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP).

She is completing the small animal surgical modules and is hoping to gain a designated certificate in small animal surgery. She has two Lurchers called Mack and Wren and enjoys walking them with her husband Matt and their gorgeous little sons.

She also enjoys Pilates at the gym and spending time with family and friends and her eight wonderful nieces and nephews.
Kat is currently on maternity leave with her second child.

Ben Pugh Ben Pugh BVSc (Hons) PGCertSAOphthal MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Ophthalmology

Ben graduated with Distinction from Liverpool University in 2007 and has been with Byron Veterinary Clinic, and later Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital, since then. Ben became a Director of Ashfield House in December 2018.

He has developed a strong interest in small animal ophthalmology, which started whilst at university, and in 2017, he completed his 3 year post-graduate certificate in this field. He is currently one of two senior vets who oversee the Byron branch in Aspley, as well as being over at the main hospital in Long Eaton each week.

He is an avid traveller and over the years has visited many weird and wonderful places, including remote islands in Indonesia and the Philippines, where he undertakes his other passion, scuba diving, of which he holds a professional qualification in.

He shares his passion now with his wife Jade, who is also a vet within the company, and together they partake in underwater photography, particularly macro-photography.

They have two dogs, Rocket and Waffle, who may been seen occasionally at the clinics or on walks locally.

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