Colin founded Equitait Veterinary practice in October 2009. He 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 before taking a year out to travel the world including working a calving season in Te Awamutu in New Zealand and an equine stud season in Victoria, Australia.Read more..
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 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, he had a large workload of horses and donkeys, including livery yards with more than 170 horses, riding schools in excess of 50 horses and large racing yards. He was fortunate to work for a diverse range of clients from pleasure through to international performance horse riders and racehorse trainers.
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.
When deciding to set up Equitait, Colin was keen to return to his roots and has settled with his wife in the Borders. They had their daughter Isabella in September 2016 and also share their home with their Cocker spaniels Millie and Buttons.
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.
Equitait welcomed Mary to the veterinary team in May 2015. She has been heavily involved with horses from a young age having evented her own horses 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 carried out both ambulatory and hospital work, seeing all types of horses from pony club ponies to broodmares.
She is assisted by her border terrier Pippit and in her spare time enjoys training and competing her young horse.Read more..
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.
Kirsty was born in the UK but grew up in America. She has always had a passion for all things equine and briefly took part in western riding before getting hooked on eventing at a young age.
Kirsty moved back to Scotland for vet school and qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2013. After working as the equine vet in a mixed practice in Lincolnshire for 3 years she undertook an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University of Liverpool. She then worked as a locum equine vet in Edinburgh before joining us here at Equitait. She has recently completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Practice) and is planning to continue her studies by completing a Certificate in Equine Medicine in the near future.
When not at work Kirsty enjoys exploring the Borders on foot or with her horse Forfar.
Katy grew up on the Isle of Arran where she discovered her love for horses at a young age. She has owned her Appaloosa, Mancha since he was a yearling and brought him on and evented him until recently.
Katy completed a Zoology degree in Sheffield before she attended the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies. She graduated in 2017 and then spent some time volunteering in Morocco helping working horses and donkeys. She then returned to the UK to embark on an internship at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket which centred largely around Equine Orthopaedics. She saw a huge variety of horses, from pleasure horses to professional Dressage and Event horses. She was also part of a research project into pain behaviour in lame horses.
Katy moved back home to Scotland to join the Equitait team in December 2018. She is passionate about orthopaedics but enjoys the variety of general practice. Katy lives in Edinburgh with her partner and when she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time out hacking on her horse Mancha, running or doing yoga.
Fern joined Equitait in March 2014 as an Equine Technician and Admin Assistant. She took some time off in 2016/17 to have her little boy and then returned to work part time as our Office Supervisor.
Fern comes to us with a wealth of experience in the equine sector having gained a 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 horses, walking the dogs and generally enjoying the countryside with her partner and their son.
Megan has been part of the Equitait team since October 2015 providing both admin and practical assistance. She has a wide variety of equine and farm experience and Studied Animal Science at Nottingham University and gained a Masters degree in Organic Farming at SRUC.
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 working her pony and sheepdogs and looking after the ever expanding flock of sheep with her partner Alistair.
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 first little boy.
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 her 2 young sons, her dog Inca and house renovations don’t leave much in the way of spare time. However, she enjoys riding her mum’s horse as often as possible.
Sian joined Equitait in August 2018 as a Personal Assistant to Senior Vet and Practice Owner Colin Tait.
Sian was born and brought up on a beef farm in South Wales and horses formed a large part of her childhood and teenage years. Following a family move to Cheeklaw Farm in Duns in 1991 Sian turned her attention to breeding, showing and selling pedigree Aberdeen Angus Cattle alongside her father with their most coveted achievement, winning the Overall Championship at the Bull Sales in Stirling in 2017 with Cheeklaw Jake Eric.
The family enterprise was never large enough to support two families, so Sian has always worked as well as being involved in the farm. Her career has predominantly been focused in HR within manufacturing facilities where Sian specialised in the training function. However, she also held the position of Breed Secretary of the Highland Cattle Society based in Stirling.
Sian lives in Duns with her dog Rolo.
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.
Natalie joined the Equitait administration team in August 2019. Prior to that she was a primary school teacher in East Lothian for nearly 10 years.
She took a career break from teaching in 2014 to look after her two sons, during which she moved to The Borders from East Lothian. She and her husband took on a house renovation project and a bit of a smallholding. They have a menagerie of animals including sheep, ponies, hens, dog, cat and rabbits.
Natalie owns two ponies, one for the children and one for herself and is enjoying getting back into riding after a break for children. When not at work she and her horse Ted enjoy exploring the Borders – hacking, and a bit of showing and dressage.
She is now looking forward to working in a new sector with Equitait.
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