Meet our Team

Dave Coombes
Dave CoombesBSc, BVSc MRCVS DBR, Practice Principal

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.

Mihai Ungurean
Mihai UngureanBVSc, MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Mihai was born in Covasna, a small town in Transylvania in Romania. Covasna is a place with a tradition in livestock breeding, especially sheep.

Mihai graduated from The University of Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, in 2002 with a particular interest in ruminants. Mihai worked in his hometown until 2010 when he moved to the UK and worked as a Locum for several practices in Yorkshire and Wales.

Mihai joined the team at Cedar Farm Vets in 2011.

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 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. Alex has also completed a poultry vet course in Devon, and is now officially a “chicken friendly vet”.

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 85 years old and with two artificial knees! Alex still works there if a hand is ever needed.

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 wife Sophi, who is a mixed vet at Seadown Veterinary Group. 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!

Rosie Collins
Rosie Collins BVetMed, MRCVS BSc (Hons), Veterinary Surgeon

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Pam Coombes
Pam Coombes Embryologist

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 has given her a good understanding of the agricultural sector and also the work that our vets do. Pam specialises in embryo transfer for the practice. Outside of work she is a keen artist, having done solo exhibitions for Marwell, Whipsnade and Chester Zoo. 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.

Emma York
Emma YorkPractice Administrator - Full Time

Emma grew up in Sway and has lived in the New Forest all her life.

She joined Cedar Farm Vets in 2017, having completed 3 A-Levels (Business, ICT & English Literature) and an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. Emma is a committed member of the Cedar Team, implementing new systems and steering the daily management of the office.

Emma enjoys exploring new places and cultures and has particularly enjoyed visiting Italy, Poland and Greece. When at home, she enjoys walking her dog on the beach, playing the guitar and singing. Emma has appeared as a solo artist at a number of local music concerts.

Vikki Barnes
Vikki BarnesPractice Administrator - Part Time

Originally from a smallholding family, Vikki grew up in Bournemouth and now lives in the north of the New Forest with her young son.

She has over 15 years experience working in a wide range of industries offering business administration, marketing and support and has worked with large teams such as the Animal Management Department at Sparsholt College in Winchester. Vikki joined Cedar Farm Vets in 2019 assisting with the administration and office management on a part-time basis.

She loves the local landscape and feels most at home exploring new routes in the remote reaches of the moors on her Forester.