Meet The Team

Caroline Blakiston BSc BVM&S MRCVS

Caroline is a founding Partner of Hambleton Equine Clinic. After qualifying from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2005 she moved up to North Yorkshire to take up a position as an Equine Vet. In 2012 she set up Hambleton Equine Clinic with the two other Partners. Caroline has a particular interest in racing having trained and ridden her own point to pointers and is Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Catterick and Sedgefield Racecourses.

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Phil Cramp BSc BVM&S MS Dip ACVS & ECVS MRCVS American and European Specialist in Equine Surgery

Phil is one of the founding Partners of Hambleton Equine Clinic. Having qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2005 he completed an Internship at The Equine Medical Centre of Ocala in Florida followed by a Surgical Residency at Michigan State University. As a result of these advanced qualifications he is one of very few veterinary surgeons in the country to hold dual US and European Diplomas in Equine Surgery. His particular areas of interest are lameness and surgery and he has a high racehorse and sports horse caseload. Philip has overseen the design and development of the clinic from the start and as a result has developed a hospital from which he can provide a referral service for vets across the North of England.

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Alison Walters BVSc MRCVS

Alison is a founding Partner of Hambleton Equine Clinic. She qualified from The University of Liverpool in 1997 and worked as an assistant vet at a practice in North Yorkshire for 15 years before setting up Hambleton Equine Clinic. Alison has a particular interest in Equine Reproduction and has helped develop the reproductive caseload to include Embryo Transfer and advanced fertility investigations.

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Lucy Malby BSc AKC

Lucy arrived at Hambleton Equine from the role of Business Manager for a large equine veterinary practice in Newmarket. She describes herself as a lapsed Biochemist who has spent many years in medical device design and development before finding her true calling in Equine Practice management. Lucy has a strong track record in all aspects of business having worked in systems engineering, customer acceptance management, production line management, R&D project management and business development. She still lectures at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University on their entrepreneurship programme. She can be found getting her horse fix by talking with our patients whenever her busy schedule allows.

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Marta Chapman MRCVS

Marta is an experienced equine veterinary surgeon who studied at Lisbon before moving to the UK and undertaking her certificate in exotic animals. More recently she worked in an extensive equine and large animal practice in Yorkshire and therefore has considerable experience with equids. She is a FEI 3* Endurance Veterinarian.

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Victoria Charlesworth BVetMed MRCVS

Victoria qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and went to work for SPANA in Morocco for 4 months. On her return she undertook an Equine Internship at Rainbow Equine Hospital in Malton. She then worked in the Cotswolds for 18 months before joining Hambleton Equine Clinic in October 2016. She is interested in lameness, reproduction and anaesthesia. She is currently studying for an Advanced Veterinary Practitioners Certificate in Equine Medicine

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Charlotte Greensit BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS

Charlotte qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in London in 2002 and has worked for Hambleton Equine Clinic since 2014. She joined when we were an ambulatory practice initially working one day a week but has helped the practice to grow and now works 3 days a week. Charlotte has a particular interest in equine internal medicine and stud medicine and holds an Advanced Practitioners Certificate as a post graduate qualification. Charlotte attends Chatsworth and Bramham Horse Trials as an official treating vet.

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James Marshall MA VETMB MRCVS

James graduated from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School and then spent 2 and a half years working in a busy equine and farm animal practice around Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, before joining Hambleton Equine Clinic in December 2017. During his time in practice James has developed a special interest in equine dentistry and is studying for his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Dentistry). He also is very keen on lameness and orthopaedics.

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Louise Millar BVMS Cert AVP (ESO) MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery

Louise joined Hambleton Equine Clinic in September 2017 having graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 2001. For the next 15 years she worked in a busy equine practice in West Yorkshire during which time she developed a keen interest in orthopaedics and achieved a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Orthopaedics). Louise is on the panel of the Riding Establishment Inspectorate and a member of the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and enjoys racecourse duty. She has provided Veterinary cover at various events such as Bramham Horse Trials. Louise is passionate about supporting younger members of the profession and has a keen interest in coaching and mentoring. She also volunteers for a Veterinary Wellbeing charity.

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Evie Mountain BVSc MRCVS

Evie graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017, having undertaken externships at Rossdales (Newmarket) and Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital (Ireland) where she worked with a team specialising in neonatal foal intensive care. Evie joined Hambleton Equine Clinic in September 2017 and spent 12 months working in the hospital as an intern before joining our ambulatory team. Her particular areas of interest are lameness, anaesthesia and critical care.

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Marine Metz MRCVS

Marine Metz is an Intern at Hambleton Equine Clinic having qualified from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at University CEU Cardenal Herrera in Valencia, Spain. She had completed a number of Externships in Spain, Belgium, France and the UK. Her skills include competing on horseback in her native France and playing both the piano and the viola.

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Demi Pantazatou MRCVS

Demi is an intern at Hambleton Equine and comes to us from a previous internship with Weipers Centre Equine Hospital in Glasgow. Demi qualified in Greece and has worked as an ambulatory veterinary surgeon in Scotland prior to her internships. She is a registered athlete of the Hellenic Equestrian Federation and already an experienced speaker at veterinary conferences.

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Mark Thorne (BAEDT)

Mark Thorne is recognised as one the most experienced and professional equine dental technicians in the UK. He has a wealth of knowledge and 30 years of experience in equine dentistry. Mark is a founding member and past Chairman and council member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT). He is also an examiner in equine dentistry for the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

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Jude Smith RVN

Jude joined HEC in January 2019. She studied Equine Science and Management at Bishop Burton College and after graduating she began work at a North East equine veterinary centre. In 2012 she gained her REVN nursing qualification and took on the role of Head Nurse at her previous practice. Jude particularly enjoys surgery and nursing intensive care cases. When she’s not at work Jude helps on the family farm, assisting with running a large livery yard, whilst juggling 2 children under the age of 5 and attempting to keep herself fit

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Hannah Barrett RVN

Hannah joined Hambleton Equine Clinic in November 2017 and qualified as an Equine Veterinary Nurse in 2011. Hannah worked at an equine practice in Wales for six years prior to joining our team. Hannah deals with all aspects of nursing and her main areas of interest are stud, reproduction and neonatal foal care. She has recently achieved her AI certificate.

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Fran Ware RVN

Fran has been at Hambleton Equine Clinic since December 2015 where she started as a nursing assistant. She has helped to put in place the procedures we use for inpatient care and become an invaluable asset to the team. She has just successfully completed her training as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in association with Myerscough College.

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Tori Wright RVN

Tori has been with us since October 2016 where she started as a nursing assistant. She is particularly interested in critical care and has helped set up our laboratory facilities. She has just successfully completed her training as a Registered Veterinary Nurse qualification in association with Myerscough College.

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Hayley Jones

Haley came to Hambleton Equine Clinic in May 2017 to work on the yard looking after inpatients. She in now training to become a RVN registered veterinary nurse, following in Francesca and Tori's footsteps

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Nicola Naughton

Nicola has been on reception at Hambleton Equine Clinic since March 2016. She has previous experience of working on racing yards and in a veterinary practice. She has helped set up the zone visit scheme and ensures that it runs smoothly.

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Gillian Hugil

Gillian is in charge of our accounts. She has worked for Hambleton Equine Clinic since December 2016 and is familiar with all financial aspects of the business.

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Sarah Pearson

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Rebecca Shine

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Sam Bainbridge

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Bekkah Havelock

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Lucy Rowney

Lucy has worked on reception since December 2016. She is currently on Maternity leave and we look forward to her return at the end of 2020.

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Zoe Dawson

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Catherine Harston

Catherine has worked as yard staff at Hambleton Equine Clinic since May 2017. She comes from a background in eventing and hopes to progress to train in veterinary nursing

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Fliss Stephenson

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Sarah Finney

Sarah has worked for Hambleton Equine Clinic as an administrative assistant since April 2016. She works on marketing and development and helps with recruitment. She is also a qualified equine chiropractor and physical therapist

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Safia Barakzai BVSc MSc DESTS Dipl. ECVS FRCVS

Safia is a specialist (ECVS and RCVS) equine surgeon with a particular interest in upper respiratory tract, dental and sinus surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques. She has published over 90 research and review papers on these subjects and is regularly invited to speak at national and international veterinary conferences. She worked for 12 years as an equine surgeon at the University of Edinburgh and then for a further 5 years in private practice before setting up her own surgical consultancy, Equine Surgical Referrals in 2017. Safia provides emergency surgery cover, runs our overground endoscopy services and is available for surgery consults at HEC.

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Chris Pearce CertEM(IntMed) CertES (SoftTissue) BAEDT MRCVS

Chris is at the forefront of equine dentistry worldwide, he was the first vet in the UK to qualify as an equine dental technician (EDT) in 2001. Since then Chris has developed a wide referral client base for advanced and surgical equine dental conditions and established the Equine Dental Clinic. Chris is past chairman of the BEVA/BVDA examining committee for EDT exams, past BEVA Council representative for equine dentistry, chairman of the BEVA Dental Working Party for political aspects relating to dentistry. He is also winner of the coveted Pet Plan Vet of the Year Award for 2011, awarded in recognition of Chris’s work in equine dentistry and the beneficial effect on equine welfare. Chris and the Equine Dental Clinic has a regular presence at Hambleton Equine Clinic offering advanced dental procedures.

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Chris Dixon ​BVSC CertVOphthal MRCVS RCVS Accredited Advanced Surgeon

Chris graduated from the University of Bristol and spent several years working in first opinion mixed practice in the North Yorkshire Moors and Cumbria. Early in his veterinary career, Chris decided to focus on ophthalmology due to the exciting mixture of microsurgery and medicine, and attained the RCVS postgraduate certificate. In 2010 Chris joined fellow ophthalmologist Gary Lewin, and in 2012 they formed Veterinary Vision, a dedicated ophthalmology referral practice based in Penrith, Cumbria. Chris has a particular interest in equine ophthalmology, topographical analysis of the cornea, minimally invasive cataract extraction and vitreo-retinal surgery. Chris runs a monthly ophthalmology clinic at HEC and accepts referrals from other practices at our premises.

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Nicole Du Toit BVSc Cert EP MSc PhD DipEVDC DipAVDC MRCVS

Nicole Du Toit works along with Chris Pearce as part of the Equine Dental Clinic. Nicole obtained her veterinary degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2000 and a PhD in equine dentistry at the University of Edinburgh. In 2011 Nicole returned to South Africa and started up her own equine dental referral clinic. In 2013 she was part of the first group of vets to become a diplomat in the European Veterinary Dental College Equine sub-specialty. Nicole has numerous publications on equine dentistry and has lectured and tutored at many international veterinary congresses. Nicole has a regular presence at Hambleton Equine Clinic as part of the Equine Dental Clinic

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