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Meet the most caring equine vets in Scotland

Teamwork is everything and our people are the driving force behind Loch Leven Equine Practice. We understand how important they are and therefore select people who only work with horses, are passionate about providing exceptional client care and have a love for all things equine. None of our vets treat farm animals or small animals, they are 100% dedicated to looking after horses.

Our philosophy is to invest in the whole team’s personal development and build a culture and an environment, where their wellbeing is prioritised and learning and development becomes part of the norm.

We were delighted to be highly commended in the SPVS Wellbeing Awards 2017, these awards were created to recognise practices who understand the importance of motivating and engaging their teams and who can demonstrate a commitment to making a better place to work.

Hugh Somerville BVSc Cert AVP (ESO) (VDI) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Surgery – Orthopaedics
Hugh Somerville

Hugh 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. As if doing one certificate is not enough Hugh has recently completed a second certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

Away from work Hugh enjoys driving his toy car very fast round Knockhill and lots of outdoors activities including climbing munros, kayaking, fishing and skiing. He particularly enjoys escaping to his parents' home in Heriot with Liz, Archie and Euan as well their dogs Beanie, Boris, Pip and Crumble. 

James Risk BVM&S MRCVS
James Risk BVM&S MRCVS

Having graduated in 2014 from Edinburgh, James worked in a couple of local equine practices, before moving to Glasgow University to set up and run their new equine practice. We are delighted that James wanted to move closer to home and joined our team in early 2022.

With a passion for dentistry and expanding his skills, James has almost completed his post graduate Equine Dental Certificate with Liverpool.

James strengthens our already amazing dentistry team by being able to offer a number of additional treatments, including fillings for caries, which means that we don’t have to arrange for visiting specialists to come in.

In addition James is the BEVA rep for the Scottish BVA division and regularly volunteers his time for BHS Scotland and as a BEVA trust volunteer. James lives in Perth with his wife Lauren and his spaniel Maude.

Anne Logan

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 her care.

Wife of a dairy farmer, one time groom to competitive daughter in eventing and show jumping, working in the practice often seems like home from home. Outside work Anne is actively involved in organising many regional shows including the Royal Highland and is a British Showjumping Area Representative.

Harriet Graham BVMS MRCVS
Harriet Graham

Harriet grew up in Scotland before graduating from Glasgow University in 2019.

After qualifying she secured an internship position at Glasgow working in the hospital looking after their in-patients.

Following this she moved to opposite ends of the country to Devon to take up a position at The Donkey Sanctuary looking after over 600 donkeys, mules and ponies. She also took on their welfare work, managing relinquished donkeys in the north of England.

Harriet loves all aspects of equine practice but has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery. Outside of work she is a serious climber and is really excited to have some great climbing facilities nearby.


Karen Wilson BVMS Cert AVP (EM) MRCVS
Karen Wilson

Karen graduated from The University of Edinburgh in July 2014. She subsequently worked in North Yorkshire, before returning to Scotland to work in Aberdeen at Ardene House and then joining the team at Loch Leven.

Karen enjoys all aspects of equine practice however has a particular interest in equine medicine and anaesthesia. 
In her spare time Karen enjoys spending time outside in the countryside walking her border collie Archie and bedlington whippet Bella and riding her horse Oscar. 

Mary Drysdale BVM&S MRCVS
Mary Drysdale

Mary and her family grew up in Kinross-shire before heading to the Royal Dick Veterinary Collage, where she qualified as a vet in 2010..

She has a particular interest in performance horses and keeping them fit and well. As well as her skills as a vet, Mary has evented up to a novice level and spent many mornings riding out the racehorses for Lucinda Russell.

Mary started out in a mixed practice in 2010 but has spent the last seven year concentrating on the horse work which she loves. She really enjoys seeing clients out and about competing with their horses. 

In her spare time you will find Mary out with her own horses or walking her dog Pipit.

Jenny Croft BVMS Cert EP MRCVS - Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice - Clinical Services Director
Jenny Croft

Jenny 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 at Rainbow Equine Hospital for two years. She then joined Loch Leven in 2011. Jenny enjoys all routine work, medicine investigations and advanced dentistry, has her Certificate in Equine Practice and is an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice 

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. 

After taking some time out to have her gorgeous little boy Jason, Jenny is also working part-time for Professor Derek Knottenbelt at Equine Medical Solutions and is part of the Vets with Horsepower team. 

Outside of work and when times allows Jenny enjoys helping her mum with her horses, riding her BMWF650GS Motorbike with her Dad, keeping fit, riding, baking bread and skiing.

Liz Somerville BSc (Hons) PgCert VBM
Liz Somerville

Alongside Hugh, Liz is one of the founding Directors at the practice and her role as Practice Manager and Managing Director is to oversee the running of the business and focus on the long-term strategy of the practice.

Liz is passionate about practice management in the veterinary industry and has a particular interest in the wellbeing of all of the practice team and creating a culture where the team can thrive in their individual roles. She is currently studying for a Certificate in Business Veterinary Management with the University of Liverpool.

All of Liz's previous jobs have involved horses whether in racing, eventing, rehabilitation or working as a nutritionist for Feedmark.

Away from the office Liz keeps busy with her passion for eventing on her horse Splash. Liz and Hugh have two boys Archie and Euan who can often be found helping in the office.

Lindsay Steven - Practice Manager
Lindsay Steven

Lindsay is our Practice Manager. Lindsay grew up in Ayrshire and relocated to Clackmannanshire 2016. 

Having studied for her HNC/HND at Oatridge from 2008-2010 Lindsay then changed career paths and studied human dental nursing, working as a dental nurse until early 2017. This was a great stepping stone into the veterinary industry and in 2017 Lindsay went back to her true passion of working with horses once again when she joined the team at Loch Leven Equine Practice.

Outside work Lindsay loves spending time with her friends and family, including her two nieces and nephew, as well as having fun walking and training her Border Collie, Poppy!

Patty Fraser - Office Manager
Patty Fraser

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. Patty manages the office and deals with the many insurance claims that we process each week. 

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 30 years so knows her way around the area. In 2011 Patty was recognised for all of her hard work by winning the prestigious Petplan 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! Patty is particularly well known for her amazing baking for our client evenings as well as keeping the team fed and watered at work every day.

Emily Povey
Emily Povey

Emily joined our customer care team to work alongside Patty and Cara 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. However, she doesn't get much time to do this anymore as she and Andrew welcomed baby Morven this year which is keeping them both busy.

Outside work Emily loves spending time with her own horse Mr Finnegan, a 16.2hh, Warmblood and her rescue shetland Buzz, any other free time is spent with friends and family.

Cara Baillie SQP
Cara Baillie

Cara splits her time between our customer care team (Wednesday - Friday) and our nursing team (Monday - Tuesday) After completing high school in Dunfermline, Cara moved to Edinburgh in 2013 to work for another Equine Practice before moving to Edinburgh Vet School. In 2017 she returned home to take up a position at Loch Leven Equine Practice.

Cara enjoys working alongside the team, and meeting clients and their horses. She is responsible for our Healthy Horse Club and has recently passed her AMTRA SQP examination which means she is able to advise and legally prescribe POM-VPS (Prescription Only Medicines - Vets, Pharmacists, SQPs). 

During the weekends and evenings Cara enjoys long walks with her dog Poppy and heading out riding with friends. 

Gemma Patterson - Equine Groom
Gemma Patterson

Gemma studied at Bishop Burton College, after graduating in 2000 she gained experience in several roles in and out of the equine industry with a focus on working with thoroughbreds.

Gemma spent several years as a coach and groom for Kinfauns RDA which she looks back on as an incredibly rewarding role. Her passion has always been horses and their care and welfare.

Outside of work, Gemma enjoys hacking her horse Sasha, and spending time with her family and friends; especially her two boys and their dog Alfie.

Lyn McFadzean
Lyn McFazdean

Lyn has joined the office team bringing with her a huge range of organisational skills. She worked at Gordonstoun School for the last 17 years and was responsible for the student and staff domestic and international travel, which involved organising travel for up to 400 students at the end and start of term and leave-out weekends.

She was also local Guardian to 3 international students who went to stay on leave-out weekends or holidays when they are unable to travel home.

When she got married and moved to Perthshire she worked from home and enjoyed the flexibility in working hours and was also entries secretary for a number of Scottish Events, including Brechin Castle, Scotsburn, Forgandenny and Burgie International Horse Trial.

Outside of work Lyn is a keen amateur rider and competes in local and regional competitions with her horse. she also enjoys bringing on a few youngsters every year and watching them all progress and doing well with their new owners. Besides her horses she also has a small flock of Hampshire Down Pedigree sheep which she and her husband Robert breed and show at local agricultural shows.

Lynsey Bett RVN
Lynsey Bett

Some of you may remember Lynsey when she worked for us for several years, before and during our move into the clinic in 2013. After some time working at the Weipers Centre in Glasgow and the birth of her daughter Darcy last year, Lynsey has returned to work with our team of nurses. 

Originally from Ayrshire on the south west coast Lynsey grew up on a farm and managed to persuade her parents to get her a pony at the age of seven. Lynsey rode at HOYS as a member of the winning Prince Philip Cup games team in 1992. Following school Lynsey studied at SAC Auchincruive where she gained her BSc Applied Plant and Animal Science. In February 2000 Lynsey started employment at the Weipers Centre at Glasgow Vet School as a groom, later studying and qualifying as a vet nurse in 2003.

Since then Lynsey spent some time in South Wales gaining lots of experience at Cotts Farm Equine Clinic, before returning to Scotland. With our team of nurses Lynsey looks after all our patients, assists the vets when they need help and keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes in the clinic.

In her spare time Lynsey enjoys helping her husband Stewart on the farm with the cattle preparing them for agricultural shows and sales as well as spending time with Darcy.


Beth Sheehan
Beth Sheehan

Beth has joined the office team covering Emily’s maternity leave and brings with her a huge range of experiences. 

Beth originates from Australia but has spent some time living in Scotland, previously Malawi and now lives back in Scotland with her partner and daughter.  

Beth’s experience is in project management in the disability and rehabilitation sectors. With the current global situation, Beth still maintains her work within the international development space, working with a wide range of stakeholders.

In her "spare time” between Loch Leven Equine and her international work, you’ll see her playing netball, walking through the Scottish scenery and hopefully snuggled down with a good book and a good cup of coffee!