Meet Our Vets
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!
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.
Jade Higby BVSc GPCertSAS PGCertSAS MRCVS
Jade graduated from the university of Liverpool veterinary school in July 2006, and she has worked for Ashfield house since 2011.
Jade has a particular interest in small animal soft tissue surgery and has gained the European Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her two lurchers Waffle and Rocket, going to classes at the gym and trips to the cinema and theatre.
She enjoys playing the piano and is also an advanced PADI certified scuba diver!
Claudine Losowski BVSc (Hons) PGCertSAM MRCVS
Claudine graduated with distinction from the University of Bristol and has been working at Ashfield House ever since.
She is mainly based at the Bramcote branch, but also works at the Long Eaton hospital and the Byron branch practice throughout the week. She has a keen interest in medicine, and in December 2018 gained the BSAVA Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine with Distinction. She has a soft spot for older animals, especially senior cats!
She owns two mischievous Devon Rex cats called Roo & Sprout who constantly cause chaos! Claudine regularly keeps our Facebook pages up to date.
Katy Dodson BVSc BSc PGCertSAM MRCVS
Katy joined Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital in 2013 and spends her time working at both the main Long Eaton Hospital and our Byron clinic.
She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and enjoys complex medical cases.
She is owned by a lovely dog called Polly, who you may see around the practice, two cats, a rabbit and an axolotl!
Maria Rzepisko MRCVS
Hi! My name is Maria, I graduated in 2012. I was born in Cracow, Poland and grew up in a house full of animals. From a very young age I had a gift for spotting animals in need of help.
I was constantly rescuing dogs, cats and all kind of creatures (from an iguana to a baby lamb).
My family and friends never had to look too far to find a friendly pet. I have 2 leopard tortoises: Nocciola & Leo. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, horse riding and travelling to sunny places.
Charlotte Harris BVM&S MRCVS
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, and having spent some time studying at Colorado State University, Charlotte moved to Ashfield House to join our team. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and hopes to pursue further qualifications in the future (when she has finally made her mind on a particular area)!
Charlotte runs our acupuncture clinics both at our Long Eaton Hospital and our Spondon clinic.
When she is not running around the hospital Charlotte likes to stay active. She plays the clarinet and saxophone and very rarely stops singing. She also loves to travel, play netball, scuba dive and has recently started climbing again.
When not doing these she can be found running around with her black Labrador Archie, desperately trying to tire him out before bedtime!
Bartosz Ropelewski GPCert(SAS) PGC(SAS) DVM MRCVS RCVS
Advanced Veterinary Practioner in Small Animal Surgery
Bart graduated from The University of Warmia and Mazury in Poland in 2006. After qualifying, Bart moved to the UK and worked in Manchester for 12 years where he developed an interest in orthopaedics.
In 2016, he achieved his certificate in small animal surgery and in 2017 he gained advanced practioner status.
He moved to Ashfield House with his partner and baby in 2018 and is enjoying discovering new places to run, cycle and walk his dog.
Paulina Koryczan MRCVS
Gabriela Irina Popa MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon on OOH team
Raquel Martinez Vega MRCVS
Raquel joined us in 2018. She is one of our out of hours vets.
Arielle Griffiths BVSc MRCVS
Arielle worked at Ashfield House on a Saturday morning from 2003 – 2008. Her duties as an army wife meant that she was posted to different countries and could no longer work as a vet. Ashfield House is too lovely a place to stop working for, so when her family was posted back to the UK in 2017; she resumed her weekend vet work.
She set up the main Ashfield House Vets website in 2007 and has maintained it ever since. The website underwent a full revamp in 2015 to coincide with the completion of the new hospital building.