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 Constable BVSc CertAVP(Equine Orthopaedic Surgery) MRCVS 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!
Muhammed Siddiq Patel – Mo came to the practice initially as a keen student and is now our newest addition to the team having recently graduated from studying abroad in Europe.
He is a local lad and also spent a year as a working pupil/rider on an event yard in Lincolnshire, as well as breaking and producing his own young horses for BYEH classes and pure dressage. As a result he knows all too well about the trials and tribulations involved with keeping these animals we hold so dear to us!
Mo miraculously hasn’t been put off from the job of an Equine Vet – even though Simon tries his best with a solid mixture of poor jokes and intense anatomy based questions on a daily basis – if anything his experience is beginning to fuel a budding passion for orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging! Mo’s interests outside of the horse world include cooking – but mostly eating, hiking, drawing and anything Harry Potter!
Iona qualified from the university of Liverpool in 2016 and spent a year working in mixed practice in West Yorkshire before moving to Manchester to join the team. She has a keen interest in all aspects of equine practice – but particularly enjoys orthopaedics and sports medicine. Originally from the Lake District she enjoys exploring with her dog Inca. Having had horses before university she is a keen rider and enjoys riding whenever she can! When not working Iona enjoys running, playing hockey and occasionally sailing!
Frederica qualified from Naples University in 2015 with a keen interest in internal medicine and surgery. Animals are an important part of her life, having ridden for more than 15 years, and still owns a horse in Italy. She is also a dog owner and is passionate about her dog. When free time allows Frederica loves to go to a disco.
Photo taken in Italy. We do not advocate riding without suitable headgear