Loch Leven Equine Practice
Hugh Somerville BVSc Cert AVP (ESO) MRCVS
qualified from Bristol University in 1997 and before moving up to Scotland
spent eight years working in dedicated equine practices down south. These
ranged from smaller horse practices with basic operating facilities to
bigger practices with purpose built operating facilities with a large
throughput of equine surgeries. A nagging feeling to return to Scotland
and join his parents resulted in the start of Loch Leven Equine Practice.
In 2010 Hugh was amongst the first group of Equine vets in the country to pass the new Certificate in Equine Surgery - Orthopaedics
His main passion lies with the orthopaedic work and whilst he initially missed the surgical aspects of the job whilst setting up the new practice, the recent building of our new purpose built surgical facility has been incredibly rewarding. He now heads the surgical service at the clinic.
Away from work Hugh enjoys driving his toy car very fast round Knockhill
and lots of outdoors activities including some not very high powered
Golf sessions! Long walks at his parents' home in Heriot and training
sessions with his working Golden Retrievers take up the majority of his
married Hugh in May 2005 in Gloucestershire before moving
up to Scotland to start the practice. Liz runs the office with the help
of Patty dealing with client care, patient care and all aspects of managing
a business. All of Liz's previous jobs have involved horses whether
in racing, eventing, rehabilitation or working as a nutritionist for
Away from the office Liz keeps busy with her passion for eventing. Liz and Hugh have two young boys Achie and Euan who can often be found helping in the office.
Burton BVM&S Cert AVP (ED) MRCVS
Originating from Hawick, Pete is an experienced equine vet, who graduated from
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1998 and since has been building
his equine skills in England, Scotland and even New Zealand.
Pete joined the practice in April 2008 and is now a Director alongside Hugh, Liz and Pete's wife Liz. Pete has worked in a mixture of equine practices ranging from small
first opinion practices to large referral centres with operating facilities,
his last job being at Rainbow Equine Clinic, a purpose built referral
centre in North Yorkshire.
Pete's main interests are advanced dentistry and in 2015 Pete passed his Certificate in Equine Dentistry. Pete is one of the few people in Scotland to be able to perfrom MTE dental extractions and this is an area he is looking to expand upon.
Out of hours Pete enjoys most outside activities, which include walking
the family dogs, and exploring. Pete is also a self confessed
music and film fanatic!
Patty will probably be your first point of contact when you
phone the vet. She is from a farming background and has spent 12 years
amongst horses before coming to work at the practice. Having brought up
three children she is well practiced at multitasking- a skill needed to
keep the vets on top of their work.
She hails from the north of Scotland
but has been living in Cleish for the past 21 years so knows her way around
the area. In 2011 Patty was recognised for all of her hard work by winning the prestigous Petpln Equine Support Staff of the Year award!!
When not answering phones she enjoys walking dogs, her own or
other peoples and cooking for herself or other people!
Jenny Croft BVMS Cert EP MRCVS
grew up in and around Kinross before graduating from the University of
Glasgow in 2005. After a short spell in a mixed practice Jenny quickly
turned her attention to equine work, a move which took her to an Equine
Hospital in Lambourn, for three years, before moving to work in the same
Equine Clinic as Pete, in North Yorkshire, for two years. Jenny enjoys
all routine work, medicine investigations and advanced dentistry. Jenny
has her Certificate in Equine Practice and leads our gastroscope clinics.
Prior to becoming a vet Jenny competed at Equestrian Vaulting since the
age of eight and was member of Team GB from 1997 until 2000, competing
at WEG 1998 in Rome as an individual. Talented Jenny was ranked No. 1 female
individual in GB in 2000.
Outside work Jenny enjoys helping her mum with her horses, riding her BMWF650GS
Motorbike with her Dad, keeping fit, riding, cooking and skiing.
Hannah Duncan BVMS MRCVS
Since graduating from the university of Glasgow in 2008 Hannah has been working in an equine practice in Chorley, Lancashire. During her time in Lancashire Hannah developed interests in dentistry and geriatric care.
Hannah has had a keen interest in horses all her life, she was an active member of Linlithgow and Stirlingshire Pony Club and the University of Glasgow riding club.
In her spare time she likes to walk her little dog, Ralph, who can often be seen out and about with her keeping Hannah company in her car.
Anne Logan BVMS MRCVS
Anne graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1976 and has
built up an excellent reputation for both her farm and equine skills. Anne is interested in all things bovine and equine, their production, performance and welfare whilst under our care.
Wife of a dairy farmer, one time groom to competitive
daughter in eventing and showjumping, working in the
practice often seems like home from home. Anne is actively
involved in organising many regional shows.
Jane Haden BVM&S MRCVS
Jane is an experienced equine vet who graduated from Edinburgh in 2006. Since graduating Jane has worked in a variety of equine practices, including spending six years at a large veterinary hospital facility.
Jane enjoys the challenges of equine anaesthesia, dentistry and equine medicine and would like to start working towards her Equine Dentistry Certificate in the near future.
Outside of work Jane enjoys cycling and hill walking.
Emily has joined our team to work alongside Patty in the office. Originating from Edinburgh Emily moved to Fife in 2008 to be with her partner, Andrew.
After completing her HND in Equine Management at Oatridge College Emily went travelling to New Zealand in 2005 which she rates as one of the most amazing experiences and one she would love to repeat in the future. During her time in New Zealand Emily worked with TB yearlings preparing them for the prestigious yearling sales.
With a background in horses and customer service related roles Emily is also a qualified Bench Saddler, having spent two years in London to complete her training.
Outside work Emily loves spending time with her own horse Mr Finnegan, a 16.2hh, 15 year old Warmblood and in her free time enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Siobhan joined the Loch Leven team in December 2013 as a Groom and a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. Originating from Dalgety Bay Siobhan has always had a love of horses having worked with them for the last eight years.
Siobhan joined Lucinda Russell’s team in 2005 and worked her way up to Travelling Head Lass. This position saw her undertake a wide range of duties including the day to day care of a large number of horses, transporting horses to the races, the careful presentation of them prior to racing, and working alongside the veterinary team to deal with any post racing injuries.
Siobhan is studying to be an Equine Veterinary Nurse through the practice.
Outside work Siobhan loves walking her dog Tink, seeing friends, reading books, baking cakes and going to watch the rugby.
Morna joined the team in May 2016 on a part time basis and can be found either in the office, or helping in the stables when she can.
Originating from Perth, Morna grew up with an inherent love of horses and finally got her own pony when she was 14.
Following school Morna worked at Gleneagles for a year before going to Oatridge College to complete an HND at Oatridge in Horse Management. Morna graduated in 2002, following which she gained vast experience working with a variety of different horses over the past 18 years.
Morna is really looking forward to gaining more veterinary experience and making the horses feel at home while they are at the clinic.
Outside work Morna likes to borrow friend’s dogs for walks, eat ice cream and socialise with her friends.
Liz and Pete married in 2007 in North Yorkshire, before their move to
Scotland to join the practice. Originating from Staffordshire,
Liz spent the early years of her life pestering her parents for a pony,
before following her childhood ambition to work with horses. This
led her to work on a variety of different yards, including show jumping,
hunting, classical dressage, rehabilitation and at an equine hospital. On
completing her journalism degree Liz is a freelance equestrian
journalist and enjoys writing for a variety of publications, including
the practice newsletter!
Liz has her own horses, Randi and Fliss, and out of work also enjoys
most outdoor activities, including walking the two family dogs, Custard and Weasel. Liz and Pete are kept busy with their two children, Eloise and William.
The next generation!
Meet Eloise Burton and Archie Somerville, two of our office helpers!!