All of our vets are passionate about horses. They won’t be able to give you the winner of the 3.30 at Haydock Park nor can they ride like Charlotte Dujardin (although Simon thinks he does!) but they are experts on the best way to keep your horses healthy and treat any problems they may have .
Each of the vets have specific interests within the equine world, from orthopaedics to dentistry, medicine to breeding and surgery to poor performance issues. They cover the lot!
All our vets are dedicated, 100% equine vets with a passion for their job. They are caring, considerate and compassionate about our patients and understanding about their owners’ needs and requirements.
Simon has been riding since a teenager and has competed locally at riding-club level. In any precious spare time, Simon even finds time to spend with his four horses and a pony. His main horse is the home-bred Hannovarian x Dutch mare, Bodi, which he exercises several times a week. However, Simon is pinning his hopes on a chestnut purebred Arab gelding called Miles (MG Vaquero) ridden by his wife, Emily. They qualified for HOYS in 2015
Simon gained his Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Equine Orthopaedic Surgery Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP ESO) in January 2012.
Simon has close links with the Myerscough School of Farriery at Preston where he frequently lectures on orthopaedics (including navicular, laminitis and other orthopaedic conditions). At these lectures he receives valuable input from the lecturers there, Mark Caldwell FWCF, Paul Conroy FdSc AWCF and Jon Mather FdSc AWCF. It is this close contact with these and other farriers in the area that helps to improve the treatment and outcomes for horses.
Many of you will be aware that Simon is quite interested in running and has completed the London Marathon on 3 occasiosn. As well as this, Simon is a keen football, rugby and cricket fan. He regularly goes to “gigs” and enjoys live music.
For relaxation, Simon enjoys spending time at home with his black Labradors.
Mike joined us in 2012 after qualifying from Edinburgh University. He is interested in all aspects of the job but particularly anaesthesia and lameness. He does the anaesthetics for the practice and is a laid-back type of chap (ideal for anaesthesia!).
Although Mike has a “baby-face” he is very experienced in all aspects of the job. He is particularly interested in dentistry having been “bitten” by the dentistry bug when studying with Professor Paddy Dixon at Edinburgh University (one of the world’s leading veterinary dental specialists).
He is also quite sporty, enjoying football and he is a keen cricketer. He now has the obligatory dog with him in the car- a lovely (but mad) Pointer called Ludo!
Ashley joined the practice in summer 2016 after studying at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice, Slovakia. From the beginning of the course he was keen to become a pure equine vet, having interests in clinical parasitology, lameness and internal medicine.
Ashley performs all the worm egg counts, and contacts you directly with your result and is happy to discuss any worming queries. He is also responsible for the laser procedures at Heap’s cottage, one of the top treatments for equine sarcoids. His rescue dog Foxi always accompanies him on his visits after being fostered by Ashely whilst studying. Foxi can be especially clever sometimes, especially during Ashley’s first week when he locked him out of his van!
Steph joined us in spring 2016 from a busy mixed practice to follow her desire to become an equine vet, having graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014.
She has owned horses since she was a young child, now having 2 horses that she enjoys riding club and show jumping with. Ronnie, who she has owned for some time, and her new horse Echo, who she plans to do BSJA with in the future. She also has a mad Patterdale terrier that you will see going about with her, although the little rascal has to stay in a cage due to chewing her handbrake one late night on call.
She has a particular interest in internal medicine and poor performance investigations, although she enjoys all aspects of the job, living and breathing horses.
Emily joined us at the beginning of 2017 having qualified from the University of Liverpool (Leahurst) in 2015. She spent 18 months working in equine and large animal mixed practice in North Wales and then moved from Chester to Manchester to work with our team. Emily has a keen interest in equine medicine and soft tissue surgery and hopes to specialise further in these areas in the future. In her spare time, Emily enjoys riding and has recently started to ride some of Simon and Emily’s horses here at Heaps Cottage. She also plays the piano and enjoys a bit of baking in what free time there is left.