Equine Hospital Team

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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.

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

Vet

Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in equine medicine and dentistry. Anaesthesia, medicine and reproduction. Obtained RCVS certificate in equine dentistry, one of very few vets with this qualification

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sacha McGivern

Nursing Assistant

Sacha joined Clyde in 2020, after spending several years studying, volunteering and working within the equine field. She has studied biology, chemistry, micro-biology, animal biology and lab science. Outside work, she is busy with her four horses and loves a Sunday hack, as well as camping, and climbing hills and mountains – whenever she finds the motivation!

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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.

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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.

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Anne Herdman

Insurance Administrator

Anne joined Clyde in March 2020, coming from a very strong administration background with qualifications in admin and information technology. Although no longer owning horses, she has always maintained my interest in their welfare. Outside of work, Anne enjoys working in her garden, and fosters cats for a local charity.

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Lynn Forest

Accounts Department

Lynn has worked with us since 2018, and is a horse lover who lives on a sheep and beef farm. She has two ponies at home, Roxie and Tommy, and enjoys riding around the beautiful Lanarkshire countryside, teaching her youngest girls to ride. Her son has his highland cow, Katie, to keep him busy and her eldest daughter loves chickens & geese!

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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.

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Alison Howie BVMS CertAVP(ESO)

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.

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Shirley Seed BVMS 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.

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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.

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Emma Bone EVN

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jamie Christie BVMS CertAVP(ESO)

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.

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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!

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Rachel Pretswell BVMS MRCVS

Vet

Rachel graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2015. She spent her first 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 (when COVID permits!).

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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.

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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.

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Lyndsay Maxwell

Equine Groom

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.

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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.

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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.

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Gillian Mitchell

Accounts Department

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.