James Emson BVSc MRCVS grew up in Kirkby Stephen. After building his reputation at Castle Vets in Barnard Castle, he launched Emson Equine in 2012. In 2017 he chose to join forces with Durham Equine Practice and is now our clinical director. He remains a regular sight on yards across North Yorkshire and County Durham.
Some may also recognise him from his 2012 television appearance on Come Dine With Me, where he walked away with the £1,000 prize after wowing contestants with an array of offal, including eyeballs and tongues.
He lives close to Richmond with his wife Melissa, also a vet, and their two children, Rupert and Barnaby.
Lester Grant BVSc CertAVP(EM) MRCVS graduated from from The University of Liverpool in 2011, and in 2016 he completed an RCVS Certificate in Equine Medicine. Lester has a keen interest in equine gastric ulcer syndrome, respiratory disease and poor performance. Hes also has experience in working as an emergency vet at FEI eventing, point-to-point and on the racecourse. Formerly working for us in a locum capacity, Lester joined the practice in October 2020 as a permanent member of the team.
Kyle Tindall-Read BVSc MRCVS has been working for Durham Equine Practice since 2017, after qualifying from the University of Liverpool. While at university he demonstrated an enthusiasm for equine veterinary medicine, completing an externship at Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket, twice working as a steward for the British Equine Veterinary Association Conference and choosing an Equine Practice elective rotation during his final year. He is interested in all aspects of first opinion equine practice. Outside of work he spends his days attempting to tire out Zac, his yellow Labrador, and the pair are often seen out on the road together.
Ruben Morris-Brown BVM&S MRCVS is originally from Cheshire, but studied at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. At university she completed several electives in the equine first opinion and referral centres, including several weeks working as part of the out-of-hours team. She also won a placement to work alongside a Master Farrier, learning some useful skills. She's interested in all aspects of ambulatory practice, particularly dentistry and behaviour cases. Whilst at university she helped run an Exmoor Trekking herd, and is hoping to have some of the ponies retire with her in the future. Until then she's excited to explore the local areas and walks that the North East has to offer.
Kathryn Douglass BVM&S MRCVS graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016. She began her veterinary career in mixed practice in Stokesley, then moved to Northumberland where she worked in an equine-only role for several years. She is currently working towards her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and is very interested in lameness, hearts, and eyes!
Having grown up just outside of Sedgefield Kathryn is happy to be back on her home turf, and she is looking forward to spending more time with her horse Meg. Outside of work Kathryn enjoys clay pigeon shooting, cycling and walking.
Katrina Rawe REVN is from Weardale and lives with her partner and two children on their family farm.
Katrina began working at Castle Vets in Barnard Castle in 2005 and qualified as an Equine Veterinary Nurse in 2010 before leaving to work at Emson Equine, where she was involved in all aspects of running the practice. She has now joined Durham Equine as our Practice Manager/Head Nurse.
Katrina enjoys spending time at home with her family, especially teaching her children, Jessica and Max, to ride on their pony Doris the Shetland pony.
Gill Bradley has had a passion for horses (and most animals) from childhood. Working in corporate management roles for over twenty years she found her way into veterinary practice and is our practice manager. She ensures the practice runs smoothly and looks after our team and customers.
Gill doesn't have her own horses anymore but still loves being involved with anything to do with horses. In her spare time she enjoys photography and also gets out and about with her two German Shepherds.
Lynne Bradwell has worked in the equine industry all of her working life, starting with a period in a hunt kennels before moving on to work with show hunters in the Borders. On her return to County Durham she was manager of a riding centre for 17 years. Following this she moved into the veterinary profession, working for 3 years at an equine hospital in Northumberland, followed by an ambulatory practice in County Durham. That practice joined forces with Durham Equine and Lynne has been with us ever since. In addition to working on reception, Lynne frequently travels out with the vets to assist them with procedures. She has a 17.3hh Irish skewbald called Max, a Border Terrier called Lando, and a Border Terrier Cross called Kylo. Outside of the office she competes in British Dressage, currently working at elementary level, and both Lynne and Max especially enjoy dressage to music.
Lynne Franklin has more than 20 years experience in customer service, previously working both in motor retail and the newspaper industry.
A keen horse-lover, she spent many happy years starting out as a pony club mum to then being groom, driver and cheerleader for her daughter Amy while travelling the country show jumping and eventing.
Although all equines are retired now, the family decided they could never part with Minnie, Amys first pony, Dandy her second and more recently Annie. They all live happily together with the combined age of 70+
George Gibson has grown up around horses, having ponies from a young age, being involved in her local Pony Club, and spending a lot of time competing and showing. She started work at the age of 17 and has worked at various yards with hunters and competition horses. George previously worked for Emson Equine and moved to Durham Equine Practice when the two practices merged in 2017. One of George's main roles in the office is dealing with client insurance claims, in addition to the many other jobs that keep the reception team busy. George spends most of her free time competing for Darlington Riding Club with Norah’s Star, her 9 year old KWPN mare, which she bought as an unbroken 3 year old and has brought on herself. Together, they have competed at the Riding Club Championships on more than one occasion. Any remaining time George has is spent with husband Steve and their two boys, as well as their dogs Oscar and Badger, two cats, and a Bearded Dragon.
Joanne Dench joined the office team after 13 years with John Lewis. She brings a wealth of customer service experience to the team.
Jo is a dedicated horse owner. She rides Darcy, a grey Irish Draft, and also owns Cara, a warmblood-cob cross, and Kipper the Shetland. Terriers Lucy and Gracie along with Labrador Max complete the animal family.
Joanne lives in County Durham with her partner Stephen and enjoys trips to the Lake District when she can.
We are continuing to operate while strictly adhering to COVID-19 social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines, in order to maintain the health and safety of both our clients and our vets. We kindly request that clients make every effort to do the same.