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About Us

We are the largest private equine veterinary practice in Scotland, and our team of 12 highly-trained vets, all of whom either have or are taking postgraduate training, are here to help horse owners 24/7.

 

Since opening in 2005, our custom-built, fully-equipped equine hospital, located on the south side of Lanark, has treated more than 2000 referral cases. We also offer an experienced ambulatory service, caring for all types of horses, ponies and donkeys in most of central Scotland.

We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional service.
 

Our Team

Jamie Christie BVMS CertAVP(ESO) CertVBM MRCVS

Jamie Christie BVMS CertAVP(ESO) CertVBM MRCVS

Clinical Director

Jamie graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2003, and has a wealth of experience since, working in Wales, Yorkshire, Australia and New Zealand. He completed his Royal College certificate in Equine Orthopaedics in 2012, then joined the equine division of Clydein 2015 in a both ambulatory and hospital based role. He became a clinical director in 2018.

Clare Borthwick BVMS MRCVS

Clare Borthwick BVMS MRCVS

Vet

Clare qualified from Edinburgh in 2013, and joined our team in 2017 after spending time in equine practice in England, including an internship programme at Leahurst Equine Hospital, part of Liverpool Vet School. She enjoys chatting to all the clients out on the road doing both routine and emergency calls. Outside work she likes running and walking their wire-haired dachshund, Walter, as well as riding when she gets the chance!

Alice Campbell BVMS MRCVS

Alice Campbell BVMS MRCVS

Vet

Alice has a degree at Hartpury college in Equine Sports Science, as well as Glasgow Vet School, and spent time working in equine and small animal practice before moving to Clyde to focus on equine work. She enjoys all aspects of equine work, especially being out on the road meeting clients. In her free time, she trains for long distance triathlons and enjoys walking her dogs, Tattie and Motsi.

Suzanne Duncan BVMS CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

Suzanne Duncan BVMS CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

Vet

Suzanne joined the practice in July 2017 and is a local lass, completing work experience with us while at school. She graduated from Glasgow Vet school in 2006, and spent time at Sussex Equine Hospital, as well as volunteering with The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. Her interests include internal medicine and race work. Outside of work she is a keen traveller and enjoys clay pigeon shooting, dining out and walking her black lab Wallace.

Shirley Seed BVMS CertAVP (PGCert) MRCVS

Shirley Seed BVMS CertAVP (PGCert) MRCVS

Vet

After 10 years in a mixed practice in Aberdeenshire, Shirley moved to a first opinion and referral practice in North Yorkshire. She obtained an Advanced Veterinary Practice certificate in Equine Lameness and became a member of the Association of Racetrack Veterinary Surgeons. She joined Clyde Vets in 2021 and has a keen interest in lameness, poor performance investigations, anaesthesia and surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her 2 children, riding her horse Flo, surfing, climbing and oil painting.

Mercedes Perez DVM MRCVS

Mercedes Perez DVM MRCVS

Vet

Mercedes graduated in 2015 and continued her education with postgraduate studies in Advanced Equine Practice. She has been an intern at Barcelona University where she developed high interest in surgery, anaesthesia and imaging. She joined the team in 2019 and has recently enrolled a certificate in Orthopaedic Surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys kitesurfing, playing padel tennis and running with her dog Sherry.

Sophie Anderson

Sophie Anderson

Nursing Assistant

Sophie joined our equine nursing team in January 2022. Previously, she worked in a busy riding school doing riding, teaching and yard duties for 6 years as part of a development helper programme. Sophie then progressed onto a full-time role at the riding school. In her spare time, she enjoys grooming for shows, teaching, schooling her own horse Freddie and competing in some local dressage competitions.

Jade McAra

Jade McAra

Nursing Assistant

Jade joined Clyde Vets at the beginning of 2022 after working in the equine field since 2014. She has completed SVQ’s in Horse Care and enjoys every part of looking after our hospital's inpatients. At home, she has two horses: Clio who is now retired and Picasso whom she enjoys competing at British Eventing.

Stewart Armstrong FWCF

Stewart Armstrong FWCF

Consultant Farrier

Stewart has practiced farriery since 2004 and gained the Fellowship of the Worship Company of Farriers in 2005, making him the youngest person to gain this exam. He has recently been invited by the Worshipful Company to be an examiner and has competed with success at both local and international level.

Geoff Lane BVetMed DESTS FRCVS

Geoff Lane BVetMed DESTS FRCVS

Associated Consultant

Geoff graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1969, before moving to Bristol University to undergo training as an ENT Surgeon. He gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1974, is a recognised RCVS specialist in soft tissue surgery and was a BEVA President in 1989. He consults for private referral practices and performs several hundred upper respiratory tract procedures each year.

Fiona Main REVN

Fiona Main REVN

Equine Nurse

Fiona Qualified as a Small Animal Nurse in 1998, working in Inverness before embarking on a career as an Equine nurse in Newmarket. Fiona returned to Scotland to be founder Equine nurse at Clyde in 2005 qualifying as an Equine nurse while training and establishing the equine nursing team. Fiona shares her time between her role as a small animal nurse and on call equine nurse duties. When not in work Fiona enjoys spending time outdoors walking her dogs and during the winter months, she can often be found snowboarding or on the ice rink as she is a keen curler with Lanark Curling club.

Lindsey Maguire

Lindsey Maguire

Receptionist

Lindsey joined the team in 2020, after moving up from England. She has worked in customer liaison and support roles throughout her career, including the taking of emergency 999 calls. She is loving life in Scotland, especially as she gets to help out with her best friend’s horses, who live just next door, and also likes to ride in her spare time.

Kay Hughes

Kay Hughes

Equine Accounts Manager

Kay started working for Acorn Vet Centre in June 1998 having previously worked for the Glasgow University Vet Practice for seven years, and stayed with the team since our merger. She deals with the equine invoicing and admin.

Andrew McDiarmid BVM&S CertES(orth) FRCVS

Andrew McDiarmid BVM&S CertES(orth) FRCVS

Clinical Director

Andrew joined the team in 2002 and has been responsible for our equine operation since 2003. He qualified from Edinburgh in 1988 and saw practice in England before heading the large animal orthopaedics department at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School. His area of expertise is equine lameness, on which he has published scientific papers and lectured at conferences around the world. Outside work he enjoys cycling, curling and skiing.

Neaera Fletcher BSc(Hons) BVMS CertAVP(EM)(ED) MRCVS

Neaera Fletcher BSc(Hons) BVMS CertAVP(EM)(ED) MRCVS

Vet

Neaera is an Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in Equine Medicine and Dentistry, one of few vets with this qualification.

Alison Howie BVMS Cert AVP (ESO) MRCVS

Alison Howie BVMS Cert AVP (ESO) MRCVS

Vet

Alison graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2008, before working as an intern in the equine hospital at the Royal Veterinary College. She joined Clyde in 2010 and has since achieved her Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Equine Orthopaedics, as well as becoming our lead anaesthetist. Outside of work she is kept busy with her two young children and her smallholding.

Rachel Pretswell BVMS MRCVS

Rachel Pretswell BVMS MRCVS

Vet

Rachel graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2015. She spent 4 years in a busy mixed practice in Orkney. Rachel then did an 18 month House Vet position at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire where her main responsibilities were emergency and inpatient care, anaesthesia and assisting with lameness investigations. She is currently studying towards a CertAVP in Equine Lameness Diagnostics and Therapeutics. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking and travelling.

Alison Howie BVMS Cert AVP (ESO) MRCVS

Alison Howie BVMS Cert AVP (ESO) MRCVS

Vet

Alison graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2008, before working as an intern in the equine hospital at the Royal Veterinary College. She joined Clyde in 2010 and has since achieved her Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Equine Orthopaedics, as well as becoming our lead anaesthetist. Outside of work she is kept busy with her two young children and her smallholding.

Emma Bone REVN

Emma Bone REVN

Head Equine Nurse

After studying equine management at Oatridge College, Emma worked in a variety of roles in Scotland and France before joining the Clyde team in 2015. She is now our senior head nurse, and has a particular interest in surgical, medical and orthopaedic cases. Outside work she competes across the world with the Scotland tug of war team, picking up multiple medals in countries as far afield as China and South Africa.

James McStay

James McStay

Nursing Assistant

James joined us in 2015, initially as a groom before moving to his current role. He loves to meet all of the horses that visit the hospital, and has his own horse at home, which he enjoys show jumping with competitively at an amateur level.

Hazel Steen

Hazel Steen

Nursing Assistant

After completing an HNC in equine studies at Oatridge, Hazel has worked as a groom since 2010, before recently taking on her new role. In her spare time, she enjoys doing CanniCross and hill walking with her two dalmatians, Comet and Piper. She also has a pony, Mia, whom she hopefully gets out to some unaffiliated competitions.

Eugenio Cillan Garcia LV, MSc, FHEA, Dip ECVS MRCVS

Eugenio Cillan Garcia LV, MSc, FHEA, Dip ECVS MRCVS

Associated Consultant

Eugenio graduated from University Cáceres in Spain in 2004, before taking an internship in an equine referral hospital, moving to the UK to continue his work in 2005. Following a move to the Royal Dick in 2009 he has worked extensively in universities, and became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020. He assists with our surgical caseload, particularly with standing fracture repair and laser procedures.

Lindsay MacDonald

Lindsay MacDonald

Equine Manager

Lindsay started work with Acorn Vet Centre in 1992, initially as a small animal nursing assistant, and afterwards in admin and dealing with equine and farm clients. After the merger of Acorn Vet Centre and Clyde Valley Vets in 2002 to form Clyde Vet Group, she concentrated on the equine side of the practice and became equine manager in 2005.

Darcie Peoples

Darcie Peoples

Stirling Manager

Darcie joined the team in 2017 with a background in operations, having worked in leisure and financial services, and obtaining a business management degree from Stirling University. Outside work she is interested in jewellery, Scottish rugby, gardening and photography, and enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, Gloria.

Kathryn Muir

Kathryn Muir

Receptionist

Kathryn joined the team in 2008. She has been a horse owner for over 40 years, and came 5th at Blair International Horse Trials 1* on her home-bred mare, Ruadh, in 2005. When not working she helps run a livery yard, and enjoys walking her dog Lacey and watching the wild birds in her garden.

Gillian Mitchell

Gillian Mitchell

Accounts Assistant

Gillian joined Clyde in 2007 as part time office assistant for all three divisions undertaking general administration duties. She has completed an NC in Office Administration and an HNC in Administration and Information Management prior to joining Clyde Vet Group.

Will Marshall BVMS MRCVS

Will Marshall BVMS MRCVS

Clinical Director

Will graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2005, and has spent time in mixed practice in Ayrshire, as well as a large equine hospital in Sussex. He returned to Scotland and joined Clyde in 2012, and oversees the running of our equine division at Stirling. He is a regular treating vet at Ayr and Perth Racecourses and anexaminer for the Worshipful Company of Farriers.

Eilish Busby BVMS MRCVS

Eilish Busby BVMS MRCVS

Vet

Eilish grew up on a small farm in Fife, surrounded by animals – her father was a vet and often brought stray animals home that never left! She graduated from Glasgow University in 2013, and spent three years working in mixed practice in Newcastle and Fife, before joining Clyde in 2016. She can often be found running or adventuring with her dog Tilly, a border terrier with selective hearing!

Mercedes Perez DVM MRCVS

Mercedes Perez DVM MRCVS

Vet

Mercedes graduated in 2015 and continued her education with postgraduate studies in Advanced Equine Practice. She has been an intern at Barcelona University where she developed high interest in surgery, anaesthesia and imaging. She joined the team in 2019 and has recently enrolled a certificate in Orthopaedic Surgery. In her spare time she enjoys kitesurfing, playing padel tennis and running with her dog Sherry.

Neaera Fletcher BSc (Hons) BVMS CertAVP(EM)(ED) MRCVS

Neaera Fletcher BSc (Hons) BVMS CertAVP(EM)(ED) MRCVS

Vet

Neaera is an Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in Equine Medicine and Dentistry, one of few vets with this qualification.

Katy Thomson BVM&S MRCVS

Katy Thomson BVM&S MRCVS

Vet

Katy grew up on the Isle of Arran where she discovered her love of horses. She completed a Zoology degree at the University of Sheffield before going on to study Veterinary Medicine in Edinburgh. Katy moved to Newmarket to complete an equine internship at the Animal Health Trust which focused on lameness and research into pain behaviour in horses. She then began working as an equine vet in the Scottish Borders. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her horse Frodo, hiking, running, yoga, and walking her Jack Russel Freddie.

Rachel Pretswell BVMS MRCVS

Rachel Pretswell BVMS MRCVS

Vet

Rachel graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2015. She spent 4 years in a busy mixed practice in Orkney. Rachel then did an 18-month House Vet position at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire where her main responsibilities were emergency and inpatient care, anaesthesia and assisting with lameness investigations. She is currently studying towards a CertAVP in Equine Lameness Diagnostics and Therapeutics. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking and travelling.

Lyndsay Maxwell

Lyndsay Maxwell

Nursing Assistant

Lyndsay has worked with us since 2019, although we have known her since her school days when she did work experience with us. She loves every part of the job from handling horses daily to being involved around the hospital, and learning something new every day! At home, she owns her horse who's currently in rehab for an injury! She is also a former Motherwell FC footballer. In her spare time, she also works at her Nana's café, the Cargill House Club, on Lanark high street.

James McStay

James McStay

Nursing Assistant

James joined us in 2015, initially as a groom before moving to his current role. He loves to meet all of the horses that visit the hospital, and has his own horse at home, which he enjoys show jumping with competitively at an amateur level.

Sandy Beveridge FWCF

Sandy Beveridge FWCF

Consultant Farrier

Sandy has had a full and distinguished career in farriery for four decades. He achieved the Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 1989, and has demonstrated, examined and lectured all over the world. He had great success competing, including winning the four man Team World Championship in Calgary in 1988 and Individual International Champion in 1992. He was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in America in 2011.

Jennifer Peacock

Jennifer Peacock

Equine Reception Manager

Jennifer joined the team in 2013 coming from a farming and equine background, as well as being a keen equestrian vaulter for 10 years. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two sons, watching her husband playing rugby for a local team and walking with her dog and family.

Louise Hogg

Louise Hogg

Receptionist

Lousie joined the team in 2019. Having always worked in customer service, this role let her combine this with her passion for horses. She is also a fully trained equine massage therapist, which ignited her interest in horse anatomy and biomechanics. When she's not at work, she spends time with her three horses, Basil, Abbie and Diamond.

Claire Morrison

Claire Morrison

Receptionist

Claire joined our reception team in 2021. She comes from a farming background, having been part of the Lanark Young Farmers and studying agriculture at Edinburgh SRUC. She has also been around horses from a young age! Claire is a new mum and is loving it!

Jenna Stewart

Jenna Stewart

Accounts Assistant

Jenna joined Clyde Vet Group in 2021 as an Accounts Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys going on adventures, walking and camping, especially somewhere with a good view or sunset! Also, I love to spend time with friends and going to agricultural shows.