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Ipswich Vet James
James Bagnall
Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Director
BVet Med MRCVS
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Ipswich Vet Practice James
James Bagnall
Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Director
BVet Med MRCVS

I have been working at Orwell Veterinary Group as a Director since 1996 when I joined my brother Charles. I graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1994 and spent 18 months working for a mixed practice in West Sussex. Since I have been at Orwell Veterinary Group I have developed a very keen interest in surgery. I carry out most of the more complicated or orthopaedic surgery and I have undertaken much ongoing training and am able to carry out surgery for many of the commonly seen problems in small animal practice. I have a particular interest in cranial cruciate ligament disease surgery using the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement procedure. As well as surgery I also enjoy consulting. I spend most of my time consulting at our Berners Street surgery and enjoy meeting lots of lovely pet owners and their pets – many of whom have been coming to Berners Street with their pets for longer than I can remember. I get most job satisfaction out of developing long term relationships with pet owners and their pets in order to understand them and provide the care they want for their pet.

In addition to clinical work I spend far too much time in an office managing the practice and the staff. I am also responsible for our website and have learnt how to build websites over the last few years

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife and our children. I am a keen cyclist and try to get out every weekend for a spin. I also love skiing but I think this is more to get a chance to spend time with family, sampling good food up a mountain, whilst the children have fun skiing. If I get any other spare time I am trying to restore a very tatty classic car.

We have a wonderful dog at home called Rocky. He is a rescue staffie of unknown origin, who I estimate is now about 10 years old. Given his bad start in life he is a superb dog with a lovely temperament and a great character.
Ipswich Vet Charles
Charles Bagnall
Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Director
BVSc MRCVS

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Ipswich Vet practice Charles
Charles Bagnall
Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Director
BVSc MRCVS


Having been part of OVG from the start in 1994 involved in both consulting, surgery and management, I now spend most of my time consulting and sharing the management responsibilities with my brother and partner in the practice. I get a great deal of satisfaction getting to know my patients and their owners. Developing a good relationship with pets and people alike is so important to ensure I can offer a professional yet personal service.

A good work life balance is important and I now try to balance work with time with my wife and three boys. This was brought into harsh focus following my wife’s diagnosis of a brain tumour in 2014. Life was put on hold while she endured brain surgery and the slow physical and emotional recovery from such a devastating situation. She is doing well and life is slowly returning to some sort of normality. However after such a heart wrenching scare it does make you look at life differently and remind you that life is precious and should not be taken for granted. Time spent with those you love is the most precious thing we have.

If time and wife allow I am a keen biker and due to chronic back problems have had to put my sports bike days behind me and move to a ‘sit up’ touring bike.
I still enjoy off roading and am a hopeless Land Rover Defender addict. I have taken my Land Rover Defender and my family to Morocco, Sardinia, Portugal and the French and Italian Alps.
I have also recently taken up clay pigeon shooting, a skill that still needs lots of practice!

Our two Labradors, Mr Spud and Tilly are a large and greedy part of the family but we all love them to bits. I know only too well how important a part pets play in family life.

Recently the agony of pet ownership was brought painfully to the fore when Spud developed a lameness that proved to be due to a bone tumour. He recovered well from surgery to amputate his right hind leg. Having to go through that emotional journey, agonising over the decision and watching him go through his painful and initially bewildering recovery was hard and upsetting. However to see him now back to his silly old self was worth it. As a pet owner I know what it is like to have to make difficult decisions and I hope this helps to make me a better vet, able to help and advise my clients to make similar difficult and emotional choices.

See Spuds story on our
vet blog.
Ipswich Vet Zoe
Zoe Armes
Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Manager
BVet Med MRCVS

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Ipswich Veterinary Surgeon Zoe
Zoe Armes
Senior Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Manager
BVet Med MRCVS


About Me: I live in Ipswich with my fiance and our two gorgeous rescued stray cats called Sox and Pants. Spare time is precious as a vet and I enjoy travelling when I can, especially to places where I can ski or dive! Closer to home I enjoy reading, cycling and have recently started running. I'm a bit of a foodie and we spend a lot of time cooking, watching programmes about cooking and of course, eating! I'm a big fan of the Archers and anything murder mystery based on TV. I've worked at Orwell Vet Group as a Veterinary Surgeon since 2006. My main clinical interests are on the medicine side of things, especially hormone imbalances and blood disorders but I also still relish the challenge of soft tissue surgery. I have recently taken on a more managerial role as well and I'm enjoying training staff and making sure that we are doing the best we can for our patients.
Ipswich Vet Niamh
Niamh Lingley
Veterinary Surgeon
MVB MRCVS
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Ipswich Veterinary Surgeon Niamh
Niamh Lingley
Veterinary Surgeon
MVB MRCVS
I am from Tipperary, in Ireland originally and qualified as a vet from Dublin vet school in 2010 but have been living and working in Suffolk ever since. I have a particular interest in small animal medicine and am currently studying for a post graduate certificate in this area, although I do enjoy spending mornings in the operating theatre too! I live with my husband Matt, our very handsome black cat, Eddie and a very energetic boxer called Aoife who certainly keeps us on our toes! In my spare time (when I am not studying hard for my certificate) I enjoy dog walking, sailing, horse riding and exploring the Suffolk countryside with Matt on our tandem bicycle!
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Katherine Ashton
Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc(Hons), BSc(Vet)(Hons), MRCVS, GPCert(SAM)
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Katherine Ashton
Veterinary Surgeon
BVSc(Hons), BSc(Vet)(Hons), MRCVS, GPCert(SAM)

Katherine joined OVG back in 2007 after graduating from the University of Sydney. She has an interest in small animal medicine and completed a post-graduate certificate from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (GPCertSAM) in 2012. Katherine currently works part time as she enjoys the challenge of being a new mum. She has a beautiful black cat called Spike (who is still considered her first baby!) and a small flock of completely mad hens. She has no spare time but daydreams about gardening and riding horses.
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56 Berners Street
Ipswich IP1 3LU
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2 Manningtree Road
Stutton IP9 2SW
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