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Our team of experienced equine vets offer all aspects of routine and emergency equine veterinary care and provide both ambulatory and in-patient services. The vets are supported by a hardworking team of nurses who look after all horses as if they were their own.

We regularly attend continuing professional development courses, discuss cases and exchange ideas, ensuring our clients receive the most up to date information and treatments.

We are also privileged to have access to specialised consultants in equine surgery and medicine.


Lesley Barwise-Munro BSc BVM&S CertEP MRCVS

Lesley graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS) 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. In 2014 Lesley became an official veterinarian for FEI competitions. Outside of work Lesley enjoys hunting and skiing when time allows. 


Stephen Bradley (BVMS, Cert EP, MRCVS) 

Stephen grew up on a farm in Northern Ireland and qualified from Glasgow University in 1999. He worked for 3 years in mixed practice in Durham before moving to Alnorthumbria in 2003 to concentrate on equine work where he is based at the Ponteland branch.

Stephen obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Equine Practice in 2010.

He is particularly interested in breeding including AI, dentistry, dermatology 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. Outside work Stephen spends time with his two young sons and his hobbies include cycling, running, swimming and triathlons.


Edward Chinn (BVetMed, CertEP, MRCVS)

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 is especially interested in equine dentistry, lameness investigations, wound management and surgery. Edward has been to Colorado State University to train in arthroscopy (key hole surgery of joints) and is working towards his certificate in Equine Surgery.

He is on the veterinary panel for both Newcastle and Kelso Racecourses. Edward grew up on a Herefordshire farm where he enjoyed hunting and working with home-bred point-to-pointers.


Amie Wilson BVMS MRCVS

 Amie joined the practice in July 2014  having graduated with commendation from the University of Glasgow. In 2013 she spent a month at an equine charity in Morocco caring for the working donkeys, mules and horses in Fez. She also undertook a hospital externship at Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket. Amie has a particular interest in equine medicine, laminitis, care of the older pony. As well as being an equine vet out on the road, Amie will also be responsible for inpatient care at Fairmoor Equine Clinic.

Outside of work Amie enjoys running and has completed two half marathons. She also loves walking her parents dogs Dora the Labrador and Maisie the naughty Jack Russell. She can't wait to get a dog of her own when she finds the time!




Kate Smith BVMS Cert EP MRCVS

Kate joined Alnorthumbria in early 2014. Having grown up around horses and evented whilst at school it seemed inevitable that she would end up in equine practice.

Kate graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 2004.  She completed an equine internship in a 13 vet equine hospital in West Sussex where she was responsible for care of the inpatients, scintigraphy and performed most of the in-house frozen AI. She 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 9 year,s caring for a varied case load from eventers and race horses to hairy ponies. Whist at MBM Equine Kate completed the RCVS certificate in Equine Practice and 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.


Sarah Holmes (VN) 

In 1996 Sarah gained her Veterinary Nurse qualification and now leads the equine nursing team. Sarah is a keen follower of the Percy hounds and is frequently seen at local point to point and race meetings. Sarah is currently studying for a specialised equine nursing qualification.

Kath Nixon

Kath joined Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group in 2007 as a receptionist for equine and farm clients at our Wagonway surgery Alnwick.

She transferred to our equine clinic in Morpeth when it opened in 2011. Kath is one of the Branch Administrators for the clinic. This involves day to day running of the clinic including: insurance claims, stock control, reception, training and clinic administration duties. In my spare time I look after my veteran horse Oakey and my energetic border collie Moss.