The Equine Therapy Centre Team
Kathryn Nankervis, Centre Manager
The Centre is run by Kathryn Nankervis B.Sc. M.Sc. CVPM Centre Manager, assisted by Felicity Marshall, Assistant Manager. Kathryn studied Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University and Equine Science at Aberystwyth University. Her MSc research work was carried out at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket and she has been involved in exercise physiology, exercise testing and equine therapy ever since. She worked for Olympic Silver Medallist Karen Dixon throughout University, trained as a working pupil for her BHSAI (a long time ago!), rode out racehorses in Newmarket, and ran an Equine Research Facility in Lincoln before arriving at Hartpury in 1999. Since joining Hartpury, Kathryn has been instrumental in the daily running of the centre and she has been responsible for increasing the range of expert services the centre now provides. She is now mainly based in the office but likes to keep a close eye on each horse’s progress and observes as many of the horse’s ‘reviews’ as possible. In 2005 she received the Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management awarded by the Veterinary Practice Managers Association. She is co-author of ‘Equine Exercise Physiology’ (Blackwell Publishing) along with Dr. David Marlin. Kathryn’s current research projects are with European Technology for Business Ltd, Zamar, the Animal Health Trust and she is also writing a PhD thesis in equine physiotherapy. She lectures on equine therapy and exercise physiology at Post Graduate level, including contributing to the M.Sc Veterinary Physiotherapy programme based at Hartpury College. She enjoys competing, mainly in dressage and tries to practice what she preaches by staying fit enough to run the odd half marathon.
Felicity "Fizz" Marshall, Assistant Manager
Fizz is responsible for running the yard and is in charge of all our in-patients on a daily basis. She has worked for us in various guises since 2003. Prior to taking up her current role at Hartpury, Fizz worked as Head Girl for a number of competition yards including Woodlander Stud. She also has a great deal of experience working with racing thoroughbreds and young horses. She gained her BSc (Hons) in Equine Science from Hartpury in 2006, and followed this up with an MA in Equine Business Management in 2008.
Outside work she is a keen follower of National Hunt racing, whilst also enjoying producing young horses for Eventing and shooting the odd clay pigeon!
Victoria Painter, Centre Assistant
Victoria joined us in 2011 as a Therapy Centre Assistant. She is full time on the yard; assisting Fizz with the day to day care and exercise of the horses. Victoria is a former student from Hartpury where she completed her National Diploma with Distinction, and is with us to gain experience in Equine Therapy and equine rehabilitation. Prior to joining us she worked at the Broomes Equestrian Centre with their driving and showjumping horses. She enjoys competing in huntertrials and showing when she can.
Stef Eardley, Centre Assistant
Stef has spent the last 15 years working with elite competition horses during which she has been a working pupil for Charlotte Bathe and head girl for Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks. She has also worked with hunters, race horses, dressage horses and run her own yard. She holds the BHSAI, IntSM and MSc in Equine Science. She has competed at Novice Eventing, BSJA and currently competes her own horse at Grand Prix dressage. Stef trains all levels of riders in dressage and is also a British Dressage judge when she is not at the centre. She also trained the Hong Kong team at the 2008 Paralympics.
Liz Launder B.Sc.(Hons) (Osteopath) M.Sc.
Liz studied for a degree in Biomedical sciences and a Masters Degree in Equine science before obtaining her degree in osteopathy. She has been involved in the recognition and treatment of injury, rehabilitation both post injury and post operative for horses for approaching 30 years. Liz is particularly interested in postural rebalancing in both the human and the equine athlete. In addition to running a busy equine and human practice, she breeds and produces top class mountain and moorland working hunter ponies and also Grade A show jumpers. Liz's website is Osteopathy 4 horses.
Polly Hutson MSc, BSc(hons)Physiotherapy, MSCP, HPC, ACPAT CAT A
Polly qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 form the University of the West of England. Polly’s original plan was to go into animal physiotherapy but she worked with the human variety for a number of years, even completing an MSc in sports physiotherapy. In 2004 Polly went as a volunteer physiotherapist to the Athens Olympics at the equestrian venue which inspired her to pursue her ambition to treating animals. She completed ACPAT’s conversion course and worked for a year with Amanda Sutton before setting up her own practice. Polly works with a variety of animals from cows, cats, dogs and horses. Outside of work Polly enjoys riding and competing in dressage and is planning to do some eventing. Polly's website is PollyHutson.co.uk.
Kelvin Lymer DipWCF
Kelvin has been shoeing horses for almost 30 years. He runs Sandpitt Forge in Grimley, Worcestershire, a busy forge with 9 farriers. Kelvin shoes many of the Peasebrook Equine Clinic cases which require farriery whilst resident with us. He has tremendous experience working with all sorts of competition horses, and works alongside the vets and therapists in achieving the best possible foot balance to support the horse at each stage of its treatment and rehabilitation. Kelvin has been a farrier for the British Endurance team at the World Games, World and European Championships, and was one of only three official farriers at the Beijing Olympics.
The Veterinary Team
John Campbell, BVM&S MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
John is originally from Northern Ireland and qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1999. Following 3 years in large animal practice in the UK, he travelled to the Southern Hemisphere completing one stud season in New Zealand and two in Australia. On his return, he joined Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP in 2005. John has a special interest in all aspects of equine surgery, especially soft tissue surgery and hopes to complete a RCVS Certificate in this subject. He has further interests in stud medicine and equine dentistry. Outside work. John enjoys the odd run across the Malvern Hills and tries to get to the races as much as possible, especially the local Point to Points.
Claire Gilbert, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Claire originates from Worcestershire and was a keen member of Clifton-on-Teme Pony Club as a youngster. She saw practice as a student at Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP before graduating from Cambridge University in 2004. After qualifying as a vet she worked in first opinion equine practice in Dorset and Norfolk, returning to TCEH in 2007. She enjoys all aspects of equine work, both ambulatory and clinic based, but has a special interest in medicine cases and is currently studying for a certificate. In her spare time Claire enjoys walking, running, skiing and watching point to pointing and jump racing. She has tried out most equestrian sports including hunting, riding out in racing yards and playing polo, and hopes to have a horse again in the future when time allows!