Equine Nursing Team
The equine nursing team contains six members, all with a wealth of equine nursing experience. They all have their own horses or ride regularly.
The equine nursing team are involved in a wide range of veterinary procedures at the practice, with their main role providing TLC and intensive nursing to your horse, which is our top priority. The nurses monitor all patients closely, carrying out daily checks on their temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate.
They are also involved in the clinical procedures undertaken at the practice. Their role in lameness investigation includes trotting the horse up, lunging, preparation for nerve and joint blocks, preparation for ultrasound investigation and assisting with radiography. They are also involved in wound management and bandaging, endoscopy, gastroscopy, shockwave treatments and stem cell therapy.
The equine nursing team maintains the theatre and assists with surgical procedures such as castrations, joint flushes and arthroscopy. They nurse our surgical patients from their arrival, through their operation to their discharge.
They also assist with artificial insemination, helping with scans and related procedures, and assist with the intensive care of sick foals.
The nurses sometimes accompany vets out on visits to assist with radiography, ultrasound scans and endoscopy.
Senior Equine Nurse
Kate started working for Scarsdale Vets in July 2009, after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a 2:1 Degree in Equine Sports Science. Kate completed a year out in 2007 at the University of Edinburgh Large animal hospital where she worked as an orthopaedic technician for a year.
Kate is now a qualified and registered Equine Veterinary Nurse (REVN). Kate enjoys lameness investigations and farm work. Kate owns two horses called Houston and Vadar and enjoys competing in eventing competitions in her spare time. Kate and Marie are hoping to compete in pairs cross country on Houston and Chaplin this coming Sunday!. Kate lives on a farm and also enjoys looking after Benjamin her pet sheep.
Senior Equine Nurse
Marie graduated from The Nottingham Trent University in 2005 with a First Class Honours Degree in Equine Sports Science; during her year out in this degree Marie worked on the nursing team at the practice. On graduation Marie returned to the practice and went on to qualify as an Equine Veterinary Nurse (EVN – with Merit) in 2007, the same year she became Head Equine Nurse. She is a Qualified Clinical Coach and qualified as a G-SQP in 2009.
Marie has gained the Diploma in Higher Education Clinical Nursing Veterinary Nursing with Distinction (Dip HE CVN) and the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Distinction (Dip AVN). She and two other students are the first equine students to undertake this course.
Marie teaches nursing students on the equine part of their course for Bottle Green Training and the final veterinary students that attend the practice. Marie also gives equine nursing presentations at the XLVets CPD events.
Marie’s special interests include foal nursing, radiography and anaesthesia. Out of work Marie enjoys riding and looking after her horse Chaplin.
Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse
Siobhan joined the Scarsdale equine team in the summer of 2014. She had previously worked as an Event Groom for an international event rider and at The Blue Cross Rehoming Centre. She achieved a National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Equine Studies at Rodbaston College, part of Wolverhampton University.
Siobhan completed her Equine Nursing qualification in 2017. She enjoys all aspects of nursing and is looking forward to learning all the theory behind the day-to-day practices.
In her spare time, Siobhan enjoys working on her house and garden, and taking her scruffy little terrier Jasper for long walks.
Equine Nursing Assistant
Emma has been working for the practice for the past 16 years. Her favourite parts of the job include lameness investigations and foal nursing. Growing up on her parent’s farm has given her plenty of experience of looking after many different types of animals, such as sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs and horses.
Emma owns five horses, three of which are homebred. Emma is currently training her ex-racehorse Topper, and is hoping to compete in showing and showjumping this season.
Equine Nursing Assistant
Lucy first started working for Scarsdale Vets in 2006. Lucy interests include assisting in wound management and intensive care cases. Lucy is a qualified NAF advisor in the Scarsdale Horse Healthcare shop. Lucy has two horses called Dougie and Pippin. Lucy rescued Dougie six years ago when he sustained a fracture during racing. Dougie is now fully rehabilitated and enjoys regular hacking.
Lucy recently re-homed a Shetland pony called Argo from The Blue Cross for her daughters Maisie and Freya.
Student Equine Veterinary Nurse
Caitlin graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2011 with a BSc Equine Sports Science and Equestrian Psychology . She has previously groomed for Oliver Townend and worked as an animal rescue officer in the SSPCA. Caitlin moved back to the area in 2015. She is particularly interested in teeth, breeding and lameness.
Caitlin starts college this September to become a qualified Equine Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her border collie Cruise and taking him to fun shows, and is hoping to start agility soon.