Meet our Team

Dave Coombes
Dave CoombesBSc, BVSc MRCVS DBR, Clinical Leader
Mobile: 07771 746734

Dave was born and brought up in Ringwood, and graduated from Bristol University in 1987 with degrees in Pharmacology and Veterinary Science. He spent 2 years in mixed and equine practice, before moving to Ringwood and joining partners Ian Newton-Young and Chris Trickey to develop the practice into a 15+ vet hospital with branches and a referral base.

He took a central role in small animal surgery, including orthopaedics, as well as developing the farm department. However the need to specialise in one area resulted in Dave undertaking the two year study for his Diploma of Bovine Reproduction and also developing (along with Pam) the embryo transfer expertise of the practice.

In 2006, the farm department split away from Cedar Veterinary Group and became a separate business. The new specialist farm animal practice covers a large geographical area and only employs specialist farm animal veterinary surgeons. As well as being well known locally for his veterinary skills, Dave has also worked with the media for product launches, radio interviews and expert opinion. The 2014 year culminated in being runner up in the Farmers Weekly Livestock Adviser of the Year Award.

Pam CoombesBSc, Receptionist
Mobile: 07789 820410

Raised in Cornwall as a farmer’s daughter, and graduating from Bristol with a degree in pharmacology, Pam has had many years of experience in the agriculture and industry. Her hands on experience of farming, gained whilst working with her parents, has given her a good understanding of the agricultural sector and also the work that our vets do. This has allowed Cedar Farm Practice to be developed into a unique veterinary practice that understands farmers’ specific needs and views, whilst also providing an expert clinical service. Pam has spent nearly 20 years specialising in embryo transfer, working on a national level with Dave for numerous cattle breeders.

Outside of work she is a keen artist, having done solo exhibitions for Marwell, Whipsnade and Chester Zoo, and pieces for numerous pet owners and art collectors. Having an interest in horses from her childhood, Pam has recently begun riding again and enjoys taking a pony across the forest with her daughter-in-law.

Mihai Ungurean
Mihai Ungurean BVSc, MRCVS, Locum Veterinary Surgeon
Mobile: 07870 700609

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Alexander Crook
Alexander CrookBVet Med, MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Alex has lived in Hordle all of his life, and says he will never move away. His Grandad is one of his biggest inspirations, working on a beef and arable farm in Hordle for 43 years. He can still be seen chasing Simmentals for the annual TB test or driving the New Hollands at 82 years old and with two artificial knees! Alex was there helping (or at least trying to help), whenever he had a chance, and still works there if a hand is ever needed.

Alex has always loved animals and the outdoors. He began breeding chickens at 10 and is very proud of his flock of Black Leghorns which all descend from his first and favourite hen Bridget. Over the years he has also reared sheep, goats, geese, turkeys, ducks, guinea fowl, and ferrets (but not always with his parent’s approval) and has a much-loved Jack Russell called Timmy.

His interests meant he never wanted to be anything other than a vet, and went to the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2010. With a distaste for the smog, he returned to the forest every weekend for 5 years and worked on an outdoor pig farm supplying breeding sows to farms all over the country.

Alex joined Cedar Farm Vets immediately after graduating in the summer of 2015 after seeing practice regularly with us over the final few years of his course. He has enjoyed every minute of it, and has already developed a particular interest in cattle foot health. In November he completed a poultry vet course in Devon, and is now officially a “chicken friendly vet”.

Matt Dolbear
Matt Dolbear BVetMed, MRCVS BSc (Hons), Veterinary Surgeon
Matt grew up on a mixed arable and livestock farm on the Beaulieu Estate, which is run by his Father, Uncle and Grandad. Being exposed to working with farm animals from a young age led to aspirations of becoming a Vet developing early in life. The family are kept busy by arable work, both contracting on other farms and at home in Beaulieu; furthermore, they have a Hereford beef suckler herd and a small flock of sheep that Matt is always involved with.

His studies initially took him to the University of Liverpool Veterinary School where he gained a 1st class Bsc (Hons) in Bioveterinary Science. He then moved to the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 to gain his BVetMed degree.

Matt joined Cedar Farm Vets immediately after graduating in the summer of 2017 after seeing practice regularly with us over the final few years of his course. He has a particular interest in fertility, reproduction and herd/flock health which he is keen to develop in the future.

He now lives in Romsey with his girlfriend Sophi, who is a mixed vet at Seadown Veterinary Group, and their old Springer Spaniel Tango. Any spare time they have is spent at their local Crossfit gym, exploring the New Forest or the Highlands of Scotland and helping on the farm in Beaulieu!