The diversity of practices gives us an extensive knowledge base within the group, enabling a culture of sharing ideas, information and resources to best serve equine clients and practices.
All equine practices are invited to attend quarterly Farm & Equine Clinical Director Meetings. These meetings are a forum for general equine and farm business updates at a group level, as well as practice participation to feedback on concepts, discussing local business challenges and best practice.
This ethos is a key aspect of what the IVC equine clinical advisory board does, alongside advising on clinical suitability of products, creation of suggested protocols, development of equine marketing and business strategies.
- Equine Advisory Board
Graham Hunter(BVM&S, GPCert(EqP), CertEP, CertAVP(ESO), MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Ardene House Veterinary Practice
Head of Equine Board
Graham joined Ardene House Veterinary Practice in 1990 following graduation from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. Originally working in all three departments of this large practice, he rapidly dropped small and farm species to work solely in the equine department. Keen on personal development he has undertaken extra equine qualifications, most recently attaining a certificate in equine surgery and orthopaedics. In 2009 Graham was appointed as an RCVS examiner for the Certificate in Equine Practice and continued in this position for 5 years. Although interested in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery, his focus and passion over recent years has very much been on lameness, gait analysis and surgery cases.
In his spare time, of which there doesn’t appear to be much, he tends to shoot up to the Moray coast where the lure of his fishing rods and lobster creels fills the day and the family stomachs, generally washed down with a wee dram.
Sally Booth(BSc BVSc MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Robson & Prescott
Daughter of a dairy/mixed farmer from Yorkshire, Sally qualified from Liverpool University and worked in mixed practices before doing locum work when she came to work at Robson & Prescott during the summer months. She started full time work before taking a partnership on Bruce Robson's retirement in August 2001. Sally is our senior equine director with a particular interest in lameness evaluations and medicine but particularly wounds and their management.
Outside of work she has a wide range of interests but is a keen racing enthusiast with shares in two dual purpose racehorses. She also has two terriers, a cat rehomed from the surgery and a collection of hens and two other horses. Sally is on the board of Riding school inspectors.
Peter Underwood(BVSc MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Kingswood vets
Pete is one of the clinical directors at the Practice. He graduated from Bristol University in 2009 and began working at the practice soon after.
He really enjoys his work and can normally be found at either Woking or Chertsey branches, except on Wednesday afternoons when he is at the Lightwater Surgery. His veterinary interests include equine medicine and imaging but he is also equally interested in exotics.
When he is not travelling round with his stethoscope, he enjoys watching his local football team: Farnborough FC, going to the theatre, watching films, going to concerts, cooking and having a quiet drink in the pub!
Joseph Sharps(BVetMed MRCVS)
Joe wants to make sure that Kessock Equine Vets remains a truly exemplary clinic of equine excellence, at the forefront of Equine Veterinary Medicine, whilst also maintaining the local, kind, caring, old fashioned touch.
He has spent his entire career as an 'equine only vet' in the South East of England, treating all horses from Olympic Dressage and Eventers, Showjumpers and Grand National winners to beloved age old family pets and donkeys. As such, not only does he have great experience in poor performance and respiratory disease but he has been heavily involved with horse rescue charities such as RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and The Donkey Sanctuary, acting as senior treating vet and expert witness in court cases.
Proving that you never stop learning, he is currently undertaking advanced training in Equine Dentistry, is a Riding School Inspector and is licensed to help you export your horses abroad.
Joe is willing to accept referrals from your usual vet - working together in a professional manner to help both you and your horse, pony or donkey.
John Morris(BVM&S MRCVS)
Equine Director, MBM Vets
John graduated from The Royal (Dick ) School of Veterinary Studies in 1984. There followed periods working in Lancashire, southern Africa and Somerset before returning to the surgery department at the Dick for a 3 further years. He has worked in Ayrshire at what is now MBM Veterinary Group since early 1991 during which time the equine department has increased from 2 to currently 6 vets.
The equine caseload of the practice is very mixed with sports horses, racehorses, leisure horses and studs all being represented. The focus of the practice is on maintaining the highest standard of horse welfare and client satisfaction. John likes to keep his clinical interests varied but focuses mostly on lameness and surgical cases. He enjoys racing and has been senior vet at Ayr racecourse for many years.
Away from work John labours as general handyman and under gardener at home, but goes missing to ride his bike or climb a mountain at the least email@example.com
Kathy Gardiner(Bsc(Hons) BVM&S MRCVS)
Clinical Director / Veterinary Surgeon
Kathy grew up in Norfolk with a farming background. Along with a passion for riding, horses have always been in her life. After graduating from University of Edinburgh Veterinary School she was keen to settle back in Norfolk. Kathy also has a degree in Bioveterinary Science from Liverpool vet school. In 2019 Kathy was promoted to Clinical Director.