In case of Emergency please phone: Pets: 01422 354999       Equine/Farm: 01422 354106

Partner Veterinary Surgeons

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Sally Strachan

Sally Strachan -
BVSc. Cert. VA., MRCVS (Partner)

Sally joined Hird and Partners in June 1991, after spending two years working in mixed practice in Staffordshire. In 1993, Sally attained her certificate in veterinary anaesthesia, and contributes to the anaesthesia service at our Shelf Equine Clinic. Her main clinical interests include stud medicine; equine ophthalmology, equine dentistry and cattle herd health planning. Sally has attended many recent CPD courses, including the launch of the Emergency Services Protocol at Buckingham Palace. Sally’s hobbies include horse riding, swimming and reading.

Chris Lockett

Chris Lockett -
BVM&S MRCVS (Partner)

Chris graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1991. After spending time working in mixed practice in the Lake District, Chris joined Hird and Partners in July 1993 and subsequently joined the partnership. Whilst having a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all areas of equine and farm animal medicine and surgery, Chris’s particular interests in equine dentistry, camelid medicine and bovine medicine and surgery. In his spare time, Chris’s hobbies include mountain biking, skiing and gardening.

Tim Booth

Tim Booth BVSc Cert AVP
(ES-Orth) MRCVS (Partner)

After qualifying from Bristol University, Tim spent the first few months of his career with working donkeys and horses at the SPANA clinic in Morocco. After working for an equine practice in Devon and as a Houseman at the Liphook Equine Hospital Tim joined the team of clinic vets at the Shelf Equine Clinic in 2008 and enjoys the varied surgical caseload and lameness investigations, especially the maintenance of performance horses. Tim is also interested in equine surgery, colics, laparoscopy and has recently attended a seminar in advanced orthopaedics. In his spare time Tim enjoys Skiing, tennis, squash and breeding warmbloods.

Associate Veterinary Surgeons

John Hird


John graduated from Liverpool in 1970 and spent several years working as a veterinary anaesthetist at both the Liverpool and Cambridge Veterinary Schools. He attained the Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in 1974. He eventually took over the practice based at Blackwall from John Abbott MRCVS in 1977. After three years working on his own he was joined by Julia Price as his first assistant, and later Mrs Sue Roberts, with Eddie Burt and Peter Schofield becoming his partners as the practice grew.

Despite working as a general practitioner John continued his interest in anaesthesia, and in 1992 he received the Melton Award from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) for his contributions to the improvement of anaesthesia in small animal practice. His contribution to the speciality was further recognised by the RCVS, who awarded him the Francis Hogg Medal in 1999. Apart from working in the practice John is a Past President of the BSAVA, and the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists, and he is also a Foundation Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. John's interests away from the operating theatre include motor rallying, supporting AFC Halifax Town, and working in his shed.

Ian Macpherson

Ian Macpherson -

Ian Graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2007 and joined Hird and Partners in January 2013 after spending five years in mixed practice. In 2018 he passed the Advanced Veterinary Practice soft tissue surgery examination and has recently satisfied the requirements for addition to the RCVS list of recognised advanced practitioners in equine soft tissue surgery.

His main areas of interest are upper airway surgery and treatment, sinus and colic surgery and arthroscopy.  As well as performing surgery at the clinic Ian can also be found on the road performing gastroscopy and endoscopy as well as routine work on yards. He is also regularly on duty at Wetherby racecourse.  Away from work Ian can be found walking his dogs and has two young children who keep him very busy and entertained.

Alexis Kent

Alexis Kent -
BSC (Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS

Alexis joined Hird and Partners in February 2012. Alexis moved to the Halifax area from Blackpool.  Alexis enjoys all aspects of equine medicine especially lameness investigations and treatment. Alexis has attended a pre purchase examination course and a course on equine muscoskeletal ultrasound techniques. In her spare time she enjoys walking her two dogs, Lotty and Betty, eating chocolate! and socialising with friends and horse riding when time allows.

Amy Booth

Amy Booth -
BVM&S. BSc (Hons). MRCVS

Amy graduated from Edinburgh University and joined us in August 2009. Amy also holds a first Class BSc (Hons) in equine Science and assists us on the Equine/Farm ambulatory side of the Practice. Interests within the practice include anaesthesia and outside work, enjoys spending time with her two daughters, competing on her own horses, walking the dogs, skiing and travelling.

Becci Yates

Becci Yates -

Becci joined Hird and Partners in September 2012, after graduating from Liverpool University the same year. She enjoys equine medicine, anaesthesia and all aspects of sheep work and is currently enrolled in the RCVS cert AVP for Advanced Practitioner. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog Biscuit, cooking nice meals and she regularly rides and competes her own horses at dressage.

Equine and Farm Ambulatory Team

Gillian Crossley

Gillian Crossley -

Gillian has been a constant contact for many of our longstanding clients at the clinic for over 20 years and is responsible for the accounts at Shelf Equine Clinic. In addition to this, Gillian is a qualified AI technician and assists with Arificial Insemination. Outside of work, Gillian breeds horses many of which you will see in the paddocks around the clinic, she also breeds aberdeen angus cows.


Beth  -
Accounts Administrator

Beth joined Hird and Partners in June 2014 having previously worked at Design & Display Ltd, managing personnel and accounts. Beth enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, long walks and touring in camper van with husband and 2 dogs, Badger and Doug.



Nula joined Hird and Partners in October 2010 after working as a dental receptionist for many years at a practice in Hebden Bridge. She likes the day to day interaction with clients that her position requires. Nula lives on a farm and enjoys walking, cricket and gardening.

Victoria Beck

Victoria Beck -

Vicki joined Hird and Partners in July 2014 and having lived in the Huddersfield area is fairly familiar with the area that the practice covers. Vicki enjoys all of her equine and large animal clinical work, especially equine lameness and general equine medicine. In her spare time Vicki is kept busy chasing after her dogs, clay pigeon shooting and running.


Jane - Admin / Farm

Jane joined Hird and Partners Large Animal Reception team in 2008, after working for the Halifax RSPCA. Jane assists with the running of Large Animal Reception and carries out the booking and administration of Ministry (DEFRA) cattle testing schemes. Jane enjoys spending time with her family away from work.


Christine - Receptionist

Christine joined the practice in 2006, originally working at our Ripponden branch surgery and currently working in the large animal office at King Street. Christine is responsible for the smooth running of the yard visit scheme and is one of the main points of contact for our farm and equine clients and ensures the running of the large animal diary. When not at work, Christine enjoys travelling and often visits the Yorkshire Dales and further flung destinations within Europe.


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Contact Us

Small Animals King Street Practice

2 King Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1SR

Small animal: 01422 354999

Farm/Equine: 01422 354106


Shelf Equine Hospital

Lower Giles Hill Farm, Giles Hill Lane, Shelf, Halifax,
West Yorkshire, HX3 7TW

Tel: 01274 601534



Small Animals

52 Oldham Road, Ripponden, West Yorkshire, HX6 4DP

Tel: 01422 823312     Fax: 01422 822732


Unit 2D, Walsden Industrial Estate, Rochdale Road, Walsden, West Yorkshire, OL14 6UD

Tel: 01706 810271     Fax: 01706 818841


Sheffield Equine Clinic

Howarth Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 4NB

Tel: 01709 911900


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