Gemma Newbold BVetMed MRCVS



Gemma qualified in 2004 from the Royal Veterinary College and initially worked in mixed practice in Grantham for 2 years before working in Equine practice in Yorkshire and then mixed practice in Derbyshire. In 2013 Gemma moved into 100% Small animal practice at Buttercross Vets in Bingham where she was Clinical Director from 2016 until August 2021.


Gemma has a keen interest in Cardiology, performing regular heart scans, Opthalmology and Soft tissue surgery. Gemma is passionate about creating a great client bond between the pet and the vet and has completed her Fear Free accreditation. Gemma is proficient in Laparoscopic surgery and hopes to bring this to Belvoir vets in the near future.


Gemma lives locally in the vale with her husband Nick, son Thomas and Border terrier Tilly, and they will often be seen on the local walks. Gemma also enjoy competing her horse woody and gardening.

Cees Bennett BVetMed MRCVS



Cees qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2004 and went straight into the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He spent 6 years in the RAVC and spent time in not just in England but Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya and Northern Ireland, mostly working with Military Working Dogs. He left in 2010 to setup his own practices in Peterborough and after successfully growing them over 6 years he sold them in 2017 to move into a business development and management role with a large corporate veterinary company, leaving in July 2021.


Cees is interested clinically in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedic, and has a real focus on looking after clients and building a shared plan to look after patients. Cees has previously driven work to understand the changing veterinary market and is keen to take the best of the technological advances available and bring them to Belvoir Vets. Cees is also a RCVS Practice Standards Scheme Assessor and has spent 6 years in this role ensuring practices meet the PSS standards and sharing best practice across the industry.


Cees lives in Rutland with his sons, Freddie and Harry, and his 2 cats Alfie and Roxy. He enjoys getting out on his mountain bike, working on his house and gardening.

Karen Tholen

Practice Manager and RVN


Karen started working in veterinary practice in 1998 and gained her RVN status in 2005. Over the years she has worked in equine, large animal and small animal practices. She enjoy all aspects of nursing and absolutely loved working with cattle in the large animal practice. Since moving into full time small animal practice preventative health care and nutrition has been her passion.


Karen has 2 children at home, Rebecca and Robert, and a very excitable spaniel called Rosie. As a family when we there is time, they love visiting new places with Rosie and going for long walks. Karen feels very fortunate to live in the countryside and have the ability to walk across the road into fields for miles.


Karen is very much looking forward to the next chapter in her career as Practice Manager for Belvoir Vets. She is excited to have the opportunity to shape the practice as it grows and can’t wait to meet all our new clients and their pets.

Lucy Briggs



Lucy has always had a great interest in animals and wanted to be a veterinary nurse since she was a little girl. Lucy has worked both in NHS hospitals and local veterinary practices as a patient care assistant and more recently as a qualified veterinary nurse. Lucy’s bubbly personality will be regularly seen in her nurse consults which she enjoys, but Lucy also has a special interest in Emergency and Critical Care cases and feline medicine.


In-fact Lucy describes herself as slightly ‘cat mad’ and has assisted Lincoln Cat care in fostering 19 kittens so far, while fully adopting ‘Bonnie’ who was a tiny kitten found in a cardboard box, and ‘Mimi’ who was unwanted due to her medical issues. These girls live happily alongside ‘Gordon’ a big ginger boy with a huge personality!


Lucy also enjoys riding her 17’3” Suffolk Punch (an endangered breed) called ‘Short’, drawing and jigsaw puzzles in her spare time, although with all those animals there isn’t much of that!

Laura Vockins

Client Care Advisor


Laura has worked within pet retail for 11 years across multiple sites and worked her way up to management level. While working in pet retail she developed her skills in basic reptile husbandry, dental care and pet food nutrition as well as becoming a Suitably Qualified Person, able to sell more restricted flea and worm treatments.


Laura lives locally with her husband Adam and 2 children Oscar and Evelyn. Laura loves reading all genre of books and having fun days out with her family.


Laura has always liked making sure clients get the information they need and giving advice and so is looking forward to the next chapter in her career as Client Care Advisor at Belvoir Vets. Laura is excited to meet all the clients and their pets and will often be the first person you see!