The Wessex Equine Team

  • Julian Wain
    Julian Wain
    BVSc CertAVP (Equine Orthopaedic Surgery) MRCVS - Director
  • Oscar Wain
    Oscar Wain
    BVSc MRCVS - Director
  • Andy Richardson
    Andy Richardson
    BVSc CertAVP (Equine Stud Medicine) MRCVS - Director
  • Tom Newton
    Tom Newton
    BVSc MRCVS - Director
  • Amy Hawthorn
    Amy Hawthorn
    Amy Hawthorn BVetMed MRCVS – Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
  • Manuela Diaz
    Manuela Diaz
    DVM MRCVS – Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
  • Jess Marshall
    Jess Marshall
    Office Administrator
  • Sue Corrigan
    Sue Corrigan
    Accounts administrator
  • Henrietta Gossage
    Henrietta Gossage
    Office Administrator
  • Sarah Ferris
    Sarah Ferris
    Office Administrator
Julian Wain
BVSc CertAVP (Equine Orthopaedic Surgery) MRCVS - Director

Julian graduated from Liverpool University in 2002 with a commendation and was immediately offered a surgical internship at O’Gorman, Slater and Main in Newbury. It was here that his expertise in the veterinary care of performance horses was developed, in particular the surgical and orthopaedic treatment of competition horses. On completing the internship he stayed on as an ambulatory vet, giving the opportunity to perfect and practice those orthopaedic skills in an ambulatory first opinion setting.

In 2004 he moved to the Stables Equine Practice in Shepton Mallet building up a bank of experience in first opinion equine work. From 2008 he spent 2 years locuming and travelling the world before returning home to his roots in Wiltshire. Having worked in Wiltshire since 2010 he has combined his extensive equine experience with local knowledge to build an ever expanding client base.

His main interest continues to be lameness in performance horses. In 2014 Julian passed his RCVS certificate examination in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery. The successful examination followed 2 years of studying and is recognition of Julian’s expertise in the field of equine lameness diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions. He regularly visits other veterinary practices across the South West to assist with complex orthopaedic cases/procedures. He has also been invited to speak to other vets at CPD courses on the subject of lameness.

He is a member of the Doncaster Bloodstock veterinary team, providing on site veterinary care during their sales

Oscar Wain
BVSc MRCVS - Director

Early family involvement in thoroughbred breeding and racing was Oscar’s initiation for a career in equine veterinary practice and he graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2006. At the beginning of his career he spent six months working at the world renowned Coolmore Stud in Ireland which provided a varied wealth of experience in both the veterinary treatment and management of young and breeding stock.

Oscar then worked in a specialist equine practice in the North West, Agnew Equine. This highly progressive practice, one of the fastest growing in the UK, provided an excellent experience in all aspects of first opinion work. Modern, mobile equipment and high clinical standards were combined with excellent client care – a mantra that has helped found the principles of Wessex Equine. Professional and leisure clients were equally treated and valued.

The ability to use all modern mobile diagnostic equipment has been gained. Being able to choose and use state of the art equipment has led to a rapid expansion of the practice in the first 12 months. Oscar has begun his certificate in equine orthopaedics as a commitment to furthering his already extensive knowledge in this area.

Oscar also is a keen flat racing and breeding enthusiast, and regularly attends thoroughbred sales in the UK.  He has himself an ownership interest in several broodmares. He is also a member of the Doncaster Bloodstock veterinary team, providing on site veterinary care during their sales.

Andy Richardson
BVSc CertAVP (Equine Stud Medicine) MRCVS - Director

Andy graduated from Bristol University in 2006. He completed his internship at the world renowned Dubai Equine Hospital in the UAE, working with high performance thoroughbreds and arab endurance horses, alongside specialists from across the world in orthopaedics, surgery, medicine and foal care. Returning to the UK, Andy worked at a large hospital in Gloucestershire, dealing with a mixture of first opinion cases and referral clients.  In 2011/2012 Andy moved to work as a resident vet at Cambridge Stud, the largest thoroughbred stud farm in New Zealand.  In 2012 Andy joined Wessex Equine as director.

In 2013 he passed his RCVS examination in Equine Stud Medicine – recognition of his expertise in this field. He spends his time looking after several professional stud farms, small breeders, as well as general equine work. His main interest is in thoroughbred breeding. As an owner of several broodmares himself, he understands the highs and lows of breeding work. He regularly attends the major TB sales in the UK and Ireland, working on behalf of his clients. He regularly contributes articles on breeding related topics to the Equine Health publication. He is a member of the Doncaster Bloodstock veterinary team, providing on site veterinary care during their sales.

Tom Newton
BVSc MRCVS - Director

Tom is another Bristol University graduate from 2006. After graduating he moved to the North West initially working in first opinion equine practice before moving to Bearl Equine – a large referral hospital in Northumberland. Tom was responsible for running the stud side of the practice, and spent a large proportion of the season dealing with artificial insemination.  He spent the rest of his time dealing with general first opinion work and cases referred to the hospital by other veterinary practices, as well as anaesthesia of surgical cases.

He is currently studying for his RCVS certificate in Stud Medicine.  Tom is highly experienced across all aspect of equine practice and has quickly become an invaluable member of the team.  Tom became a director of Wessex Equine in 2015.  He is also a member of the Doncaster Bloodstock veterinary team, providing on site veterinary care during their sales.

Amy Hawthorn
Amy Hawthorn BVetMed MRCVS – Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

Amy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2011.  After finishing at vet school she spent some time working for a charity providing veterinary care for working horses in Luxor, Egypt.  After returning to the UK, Amy completed a 20-month internship at Donnington Grove equine hospital (O’Gorman, Slater and Main), one of the leading referral hospitals in the UK. Her time spent at Donnington Grove allowed Amy to gain a huge amount of experience in all aspects of equine care, as well as the opportunity to work alongside specialists in orthopaedics and surgery.

Amy particularly enjoys investigating lameness cases and has just started her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Amy joined Wessex Equine in 2013 and very quickly built up her own client base, and she is a hugely valued member of the team.  She provides on call veterinary cover for several events and endurance races in the UK.

Manuela Diaz
DVM MRCVS – Assistant Veterinary Surgeon

Manuela graduated from the University of Madrid in 2008 and has since gained a wealth of experience and skills working in equine specific practice in Spain, Germany, Canada and the UK.

She completed her internship at the Hospital of Universidad de León in Spain and subsequently worked as an ambulatory vet at a private equine clinic in Coruna. In 2012 she worked at the University of Ontario in Canada where she was responsible for referral patients admitted to the equine hospital. Her duties included care of in patients, assisting surgical procedures, anaesthesia, neonatal intensive care and supervision/training of vet students. She subsequently moved back to Europe working as an anaesthetist at a private practice in Germany.

Since 2015 Manuela has been working as an ambulatory vet at Tower Equine in Lincolnshire where her role covered all aspects of equine practice.

She has published work on the subject of joint sepsis in horses and is currently enrolled on her Certificate of Advanced Equine Practice.

Manuela joined Wessex Equine in July 2017 and has quickly proved an invaluable member of the team.

Jess Marshall
Office Administrator

Jess began riding at an early age and maintained this interest through to university where she recently graduated with a degree in equine science. Throughout her course she studied a range of modules which widened and enhanced her knowledge of the equestrian industry. These included equine sports medicine, behaviour, biomechanics, both equine and animal nutrition and business studies.

Jess joined Wessex Equine in 2012 where her training in equine science makes her an invaluable asset across all aspects of the practice.  She combines her time in the office organising vets, ordering equipment/drugs, answering the phone as well as also helping the vets on the road with xraying, lameness work ups and pre-purchase examinations.

Sue Corrigan
Accounts administrator

After leaving school, and taking her BHS stages, she progressed through professional showing and eventing yards before becoming head travelling groom for one of the UK’s top showjumpers. After meeting her husband Hugh and having her son Jack she moved to office based roles. Before joining Wessex Equine, Sue had worked for 7 years in the equine veterinary insurance industry.

Sue has an excellent combination of horse knowledge and experience in the administrative side of the equine industry. Sue joined Wessex Equine in 2012 where her primary role is to manage client accounts, process insurance claims and generally organise all things financial.

Now completely domesticated, she loves baking, swimming and going on long walks with her husband Hugh, son Jack and two terriers, Pepsi and Cola. She would love to think that one day she will have her own horse again, but until then she’s here to help us look after yours.

Henrietta Gossage
Office Administrator

Hen grew up within a horsey family and began riding competitively and caring for horses from a young age. Having finished school she worked on professional event yards as a working pupil and then Head Girl. She then went on to gain experience in an office environment working as a Personal Assistant for the CEO of a small tech company.

Hen joined Wessex Equine at the start of 2017 where, both the years on the yards working with horses and the time she has spent as a PA means she fits the role as a member of our office team well.

Sarah Ferris
Office Administrator

Sarah joined Wessex Equine in 2015 after several years’ experience as a veterinary receptionist. Sarah is a keen horsewoman herself and understands the needs of horse owners – a key ingredient of being a good equine receptionist.  She is married to local farrier Kristian, and their children are members of the local pony club.

Emergency cover 24/7

We guarantee that if you call Wessex Equine, you will see a Wessex Equine vet, 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. We do not share our out of hours work with any other practices.

Experienced vets

Our vets are all experienced equine practitioners, who deal only with horses. They are used to treating top class race and competition horses, yet happy dealing with children’s ponies.

Advanced Technology

Wessex Equine has the latest in portable x-ray and musculoskeletal ultrasound, enabling high quality images to be obtained without the need to travel your horse to a hospital or clinic.

Clear Communication

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly and professional service throughout Wessex Equine. All of the team are happy to discuss any case in a clear and understanding manner for you, the horse owner

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