We are a small animal, equine and farm practice in Northumberland, first established in 1897. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Stephen qualified from Glasgow University in 1999. He worked for four years in mixed practice in Durham before moving to Alnorthumbria to concentrate on equine work in the Ponteland and Morpeth area. Stephen obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Equine Practice in 2010 and became an Advanced Practitioner in 2012. He is particularly interested in breeding including AI, also dentistry, lameness and equine emergency management. He has completed the racecourse casualty management course and the Safer Horse Rescue course in conjunction with the emergency services. He enjoys providing veterinary cover at Newcastle racecourse, point to points and other local events. He is a Riding Establishments Inspector for the local authorities. Outside work Stephen’s hobbies include cycling, running, swimming and triathlons.
Edward Chinn BVetMed CertEP MRCVS
Equine Clinical Director
Edward qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2001 and worked in mixed practice with an equine bias in East Sussex for five years. After a year working and travelling in Australia and South America he joined Alnorthumbria Vets in 2007. Edward attained the certificate in Equine Practice in 2009, he became a partner in 2012 and Equine Clinical director in 2015. He is especially interested in equine dentistry, lameness investigations, wound management and surgery. He is on the veterinary panel for both Newcastle and Kelso Racecourses and also works at local point-to-points and events. Edward grew up on a Herefordshire farm where he enjoyed hunting and working with home-bred point-to-pointers.
Lesley Barwise-Munro BSc BVM&S CertEP MRCVS
Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Lesley graduated from The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in 1986 and has worked at Alnorthumbria ever since. In 1992 she completed her RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice. Lesley joined BEVA Council in 1998 and was elected as President in 2005. Her work during her time on BEVA council was recognised by presentation of The BEVA Equine Welfare Award by HRH the Princess Royal in 2006. Lesley is currently Honorary Vice President of The National Equine Welfare. Lesley is senior veterinary surgeon for Newcastle Racecourse and also carries out local point-to-point duties. Lesley was an equine vet at the Olympics at Greenwich Park in 2012 and at Rio in 2016. In 2014 Lesley became an official veterinarian for FEI competitions. Outside of work Lesley enjoys hunting and skiing when time allows.
Gonçalo Silva DVM Dip. ACVIM MRCVS
Internal Medicine Specialist
Gonçalo graduated from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal in 2008. With a degree in veterinary medicine, in 2012, he started a large animal internship at the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada and later began his residency training in large animal internal medicine. Having completed the residency program in 2016, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine large animal internal medicine in early 2017. Gonçalo will be receiving his Doctor in Veterinary Medicine degree this October. Gonçalo’s interests include equine cardiovascular, respiratory, gastro-intestinal diseases, as well as investigating cases of weight loss or fever of unknown origin. In his free time, Gonçalo enjoys running, photography and travelling.
Euan Hammersley BVMS MRCVS
Euan grew up in Ayrshire surrounded by horses. He qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2017 and joined the equine team in July of the same year. He is a qualified FEI treating veterinary surgeon and has a particular interest in lameness and surgery. Euan has continued to event and show jump since being at school and is looking forward to having his horse Donnie with him in Northumberland. Alongside ridding Euan enjoys cycling, walking and skiing.
Max Ling BVMS MRCVS
Max joined Alnorthumbria in September 2016 after spending a year in Tipperary, Ireland working as an intern in a large equine referral hospital which specialised in racehorses and performance horses. Max graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2015 and now works as a mixed vet concentrating on farm and equine work. His main interests include lameness, surgery and anaesthesia. Max is also an FEI treating veterinarian and enjoys working at local FEI events throughout the summer. Originally from the area he spends the majority of his time on the Northumberland coast or away in his campervan where tries to kitesurf, surf and ski whenever he can.
Kate Logan BVMS Cert EP MRCVS
Kate joined Alnorthumbria in 2014. She grew up around horses and evented whilst at school. Kate graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 2004 and completed an equine internship in an equine hospital in West Sussex where she was responsible for care of the inpatients, scintigraphy and performed most of the in-house frozen AI. Kate also developed a keen interest in equine anaesthesia during this time. Kate then moved home to Scotland where she worked in equine practice for the following nine years caring for a varied case load from eventers and race horses to hairy ponies. Kate completed the RCVS certificate in Equine Practice and has also spent some holiday time working with equines abroad. Kate has broad experience in equine practice but has particular interests in dentistry, equine anaesthesia and equine reproduction. Kate is looking forward to getting out and about and making the most of the beautiful Northumberland scenery with her bouncy Hungarian Vizsla, Inca who keeps her very busy during her free time.
Ewan Macaulay BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS
Ewan has lived in Northumberland all his life, growing up competing and hunting horses. He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2018 and started work at Alnorthumbria in July 2018, doing solely equine work. Ewan enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, with interests in lameness, pain management, emergencies and wounds. He is also an FEI treating veterinarian. Outside of work Ewan spends most of his time outdoors on his horse, or trying to tire out his young Spaniel, Nyla.
Seamus O’Shea BVSc BSc MRCVS
Seamus joined the team originally as a locum at the end of May 2018, then decided to take on a permanent position with us in October. Seamus hails from the beautiful lakes of Killarney in the “Kingdom of Kerry”, in southwest Ireland. After qualifying in 2003 from Liverpool Seamus worked in a predominately equine practice in the greater Manchester area. After several years in this area, Seamus’s wild rover tendencies got the better of him and he spend several years as a locum covering the highways and byways of the land. Seamus enjoys all aspects of equine work but has a developing interest in equine medicine. Outside of work most of his time is taken up with a young family of two boys and two girls.
Gail Cockburn RVN Cert ECC
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Gail qualified in August 2008 and moved to an out of hours clinic in July 2009, spending five years working solely in emergency and critical care, gaining her VN Cert ECC in 2013. She then spent almost two years in a referral practice in their out of hours/ ICU unit before moving to Alnorthumbria in October 2016. Gail also works as a locum phlebotomist for the Pet Blood Bank. This and ECC is where her passion for nursing lies. Gail has two dogs; Maximus, a Jack Russel Terrier and Bonnie a Springer. She also is the proud owner of an old, grumpy thoroughbred cross Roland who likes to act like a three year old every now and then when he’s ridden.
Sarah Holmes RVN REVN E.SQP
Equine Veterinary Nurse
In 1996 Sarah gained her Small Animal Veterinary Nurse qualification. In 2010 Sarah went back to college to work towards the Equine Nurse qualification at Myerscough College, qualifying in 2012. Since then she has studied to qualify as an AMTRA SQP. Sarah is a car follower of the Percy hounds and is frequently seen at local point to point and race meetings. She also assists the Equine Vets at Newcastle Races on race days. Sarah also volunteers at local BE Events helping either with the dressage stewarding or jump judge.
Meagan Harmison REVN
Equine Veterinary Nurse
Joined the team in August 2015 as an animal care assistant and was a groom in a hunt/event yard for six years after studying an HND in Equine Performance. Meagan qualified from Myerscough Colleg as an equine veterinary nurse in 2018. Her special areas of interest in practice are emergency and intensive care. In her spare time she goes hunting with the Percy Hunt with her horse, Ferris. She also has two bouncy Jack Russell Terriers that like to keep her on her toes, Junior and Nelly.
Animal Care Assistant
Dawn joined the practice in 2014 after being a groom all her life working in hunting, eventing and point to point yards. Dawn especially loved her time working and hunting with the Percy Hunt. In her spare time Dawn enjoys walking her Labradors Nala and Phoebe going to the gym and a visit or two to the pub with her friends.
Animal Care Assistant
Josie joined the practice in 2016 and is hoping to start her equine veterinary nurse training in 2018. She previously studied a national diploma in Equine Management at Bishop Burton College and then went onto working in the equine industry on various yards such as polo and racing. Outside of work Josie enjoys competing her own horse and taking her two dogs for walks in the Cheviot Hills.
Animal Care Assistant
Libby joined the team in December 2018, following completion of her level 2 and 3 apprenticeship in equine at a local competition yard. She plans to start her nurse training in 2019. In her spare time she enjoys competing and hunting her horse and walking her dog in the countryside.