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

Shelf Equine Hospital

Chris Lockett

BVM&S MRCVS

 

Peter Scholefield

MA VetMB, MRCVS

 

Sally Strachan
BVSc. Cert. VA., MRCVS

 

 

Partner

Partner

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.

Having graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1986, Peter spent time working in mixed practice in Suffolk and Colne before joining Hird and Partners.  An experienced equine orthopaedic clinician Peter has been fundamental in the inception and continued development to the Shelf Equine Clinic.

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.

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.

Amy Booth

BVM&S. BSc (Hons), MRCVS

 

Danielle Hughes
BVSc, MRCVS

 

 

Helen Jeffrey
BVM&S, MRCVS

 

 

Vet

Vet

Vet

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.

 

 

Ian Macpherson
BSc (Hons) BVM&S Cert AVP (Esst) MRCVS

 

Kara Johnston

BVSc, MRCVS

 

Vicki Beck
BVSc (Hons), MRCVS

 

Vet

Vet

Vet

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.

 

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.

Helen Harrison


 

Head Nurse

 

Alice Wright
BVetMed, MRCVS

 

Ed Simmons
BA, VetMB, MRCVS

 

 Evangelos Fousekis
DVM, MRCVS

 

Veterinary Intern

Veterinary Intern

Veterinary Intern

 

 

 

 Laura Hamilton
BVM&S, MRCVS

 

Veterinary Intern

 

Alison Yates


 

Amelia Dumbleton


 

Becky Wainwright


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

Vet Nurse Assistant

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

 

 

 Charlotte Nunn


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Chloe Clarke


Vet Nurse Assistant

 

 Georgina Whitaker


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

 Hannah Dowse


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Lisa Kitchin


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Lisa Stoyles


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Nicola Dobson


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Rebecca Cowley


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Rebecca Taylor


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Sarah Foster


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

 Sarah West


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

 

Becky Hedges


 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

 

 Holly Oldham


 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

 

 Izzy Skirrow


 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

 

Lucy Gatenby


 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

 

Penny Gray


 

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

 

Philippa Hadwen


 

Yard

 

 Laura Kitchen


 

 Joanna Soothill


 

Natalie Heaton


 

Clinic Manager

Receptionist

Receptionist/SQP

Laura started at Hird and Partners in 1999, having previously worked as a head girl in both showjumping and eventing yards.  Laura obtained her group instructor and BHS AI.  Laura is responsible for the nursing team at the clinic and is also in charge of the client bookings. In her spare time she rides her horse, Swannie and plans to start showing him this season.

 

 

Olivia Howson


 

Receptionist

 

Rachel Lund


 

Receptionist

 

 Gillian Crossley

 

 Liz Mitchell


 

Suzie York


 

Administrator

Administrator

MRI/Administrator

 

 

 

Beth Mallinson


 

Accounts Manager

 

Sheffield Equine Clinic

Peter Scholefield

MA VetMB, MRCVS

 

Partner

Having graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1986, Peter spent time working in mixed practice in Suffolk and Colne before joining Hird and Partners.  An experienced equine orthopaedic clinician Peter has been fundamental in the inception and continued development to the Shelf Equine Clinic.

Alexis Kent

BSC (Hons), BVetMed, MRCVS

 

Alicia Howell

BMV, BVS, MRCVS

 

Becci Yates
BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

 

Vet

Vet

Vet

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.

 

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.

Sophie Boyd
BVetMed, MRCVS

 

 

Vet

 Sophie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2017 and originally from Ilkley, Sophie visited the practice as a student on several occasions and made an immediate impression after fitting in well with the team so joined us soon after graduating. Sophie has an interest in all aspects of equine and farm work currently and enjoys simply getting stuck into the daily challenges that our varied caseload throws at her! We look forward to watching her interests develop.Outside of work Sophie has a Labrador, who she shares with her mum, so he occasionally comes to work with her to keep her company.

Ellie Harrison


 

 Heather Pike


 

Vet Nurse Assistant

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

 

 

Katie Scholefield


 

Abbie Smith


 

 Charlotte Cooper


 

Clinic Manager

Receptionist

Receptionist

 

 

 

Rachel Hardy


 

Receptionist

 

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Shelf Equine Hospital

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

Tel: 01274 601534       Email: shelfequineclinic@hirdandpartners.co.uk

 

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Tel: 01706 810271     Fax: 01706 818841

 

Sheffield Equine Clinic

Howarth Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 4NB

Tel: 01709 911900

Email: sheffieldequineclinic@hirdandpartners.co.uk