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.
Chris Lehrbach(BVMS MVM Cert ES(Orth) MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership, Brooke Equine Clinic
Qualified from University of Glasgow Veterinary School 1994. Undertook three-year equine orthopaedics residency program at Glasgow, during which completed a Masters degree in foal developmental orthopaedic disease, racing fracture epidemiology and tendon injuries. Awarded Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 2000. Since then worked in private first opinion and referral equine practice in Essex and then Norfolk. Clinical interests primarily poor performance investigations, orthopaedic surgery, including arthroscopy, dental and colic surgery. Also developed the stud medicine services to include chilled and frozen semen artificial insemination .
Out of work interests: iron man triathlon and marathon running.