Equitait Veterinary Practice was founded in October 2009 by Colin Tait, BVMS MRCVS. Colin spent much of his time whilst growing up in the Borders on horse back competing in a number of disciplines. His passion for riding was a large influence on his decision to study veterinary science at the University of Glasgow.
For two years following graduation, Colin worked in mixed practice in the Midlands increasing his knowledge of all aspects of veterinary care, following which Colin spent a year travelling the world. To compliment his travels, Colin worked a calving season in Te Awamutu on the North Island of New Zealand and also an equine stud season in Victoria, Australia.
On his return to the UK, he worked at Cambridge University teaching theoretical and clinical skills to veterinary students, whilst being responsible for the clinical cases which were referred to the University.
Prior to setting up Equitait, Colin was a senior assistant at the Arundel Equine Veterinary Hospital, a 15 vet equine practice in West Sussex. Here, Colin, along with a busy ambulatory role, had managerial responsibilities within the hospital including a mentoring role for the intern, nursing staff and more junior veterinary surgeons.
In addition, Colin had a large workload of horses and donkeys, including large livery yards with some in excess of 170 horses, riding schools in excess of 50 horses and large racing yards. Colin was fortunate to work for a large range of clients from the pleasure horse rider through to international performance horse riders and racehorse trainers, giving Colin veterinary experience in all equine disciplines.
During his time at Arundel, Colin gained extensive experience working within the competitive sporting sector of the equine field and was a senior veterinary surgeon at a number of race courses, including Goodwood and also at the British Jumping Derby Meetings and the Longines Royal International Horse Shows at Hickstead.
In each of his equine roles, Colin developed strong relationships with other equine professionals such as farriers and physiotherapists and continues to promote the importance of such relationships in maintaining and improving the overall health and wellbeing of horses.
Colin has undertaken three trips to the Gambia, providing assistance to the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. In the most recent two trips Colin organised and delivered an educational program designed to give Gambian students knowledge and experience of equine husbandry and treatment. Each trip involved the establishment of a number of local, mobile clinics, to ensure that the vets and para-vets available were able to provide the highest quality of provision possible in the circumstances to clients. To find out more about the superb work done by the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust for the people and animals of the Gambia, please visit their website, www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk.
Colin is committed to continuing his equine veterinary education and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the British Equine Veterinary Association, the British Veterinary Association and the British Horse Society.
When deciding to set up Equitait, Colin was keen to return to his roots and has settled with his wife in the Borders.
In 2012 Colin was selected to attend the London Olympics as a FEI treating veterinary surgeon where he was privileged to be able to spend 10 days on site at Greenwich Park.
Mary has been heavily involved with horses from a young age having evented her own horse as well as working in a racing yard throughout school and university; it is this love of equestrian that pushed her into equine practice.
After graduating from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2010, Mary first worked in a mixed practice in Cumbria before moving to a busy equine practice in Lancashire where she was kept busy with both ambulatory and hospital work seeing all types of horses from pony club ponies to broodmares.
Mary is returning to her Scottish homeland and will be assisted by her border terrier, Pippit as they travel around the Borders and Lothians.
Amy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and joined us from Buckinghamshire in July 2017. She has been involved in horses from a young age and currently events her horse Pepper. During her time at university she also competed both on horseback and in the rowing team.
She had aspirations of becoming an equine vet from a very young age and prior to moving here, enjoyed visiting the Borders for several years. Amy enjoys all aspects of equine practice, especially diagnostic imaging and emergency medicine.
She lives near Swinton with her partner and two Netherland Dwarf rabbits.
Fern joined Equitait in March 2014 and has quickly established herself as an invaluable member of the team. Her role as Equine Technician and Admin assistant is wide and varied and finds her both out on the road assisting the vets and in the office dealing with admin and clients.
Fern comes to us with a wealth of experience in the equine sector having gained a First in her Masters in Equine Science, worked for the Royal Veterinary College, been an equine sales representative for an equine retailer and managed a busy yard. In her spare time Fern enjoys riding, grooming for her Mum’s Endurance Horse, walking the dogs and generally enjoying the countryside.
Megan has a wide variety of farm and horse experience and Studied Animal Science at Nottingham.
She spent three years working & training heavy horses on the Duchy Home farm in Gloucestershire and now has a ride and drive cob which she has also trained for horse logging.
She enjoys spending time with her sheepdogs and pony.
Emma returned to the Duns area in 2012 after working in and around Cambridge in Biological research for 8 years.
She then worked at The Moredun Research Institute on the outskirts of Edinburgh for 3 years before having her little boy – Henry.
Emma grew up near Duns on the family farm and has been involved with horses since an early age. She doesn’t currently have her own horse as Henry, her dog Inca and house renovations don’t leave much in the way of spare time. However, she enjoys riding her mums horse as often as possible.
Helen completed her BHS exams and NVQ level 3 and since then has worked within the equine industry. She has gained a wealth of experience, working in all disciplines from riding schools to dressage yards, hunting and eventing.
She later went on to work for an equine retailer becoming store manager in 2012, before joining the Equitait team in spring 2016.
Helen enjoys spending her spare time with her horse Jasper who is now 25 years old and enjoying a quieter life.
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