Durham Equine Nicola Mason

NICOLA

Nicola Mason, BVMS MRCVS qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2002 with commendation. The founder of Durham Equine, she is an experienced veterinarian who has had a passion for horses since childhood. Nicola started her career in Northumberland then moved to Scotland before setting up this, her own practice in 2010. Nicola spent her youth with horses & always wanted to be an equine vet. Growing up, she would be found riding her own ponies or would be helping at the local riding school.
Nicola regularly holds lecture demos and presentations on Equine Health and runs the Durham Equine Healthy Horse Club. In her spare time (which she has little of!) she enjoys rowing & walking her dog.

Durham Equine James Emson

JAMES

James Emson BVSc MRCVS grew up in Kirky 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 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.

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

KYLE

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.

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

MARIS

Maris Terpstra was born and raised in The Netherlands. She graduated from Ghent University (Belgium) in the summer of 2017. She gained great experience by completing various externships throughout Europe during her study. After graduating, Maris worked as a mixed ambulatory vet back at home, before starting her Internship at a big referral hospital in the UK. She has an interest in lameness, surgery and critical care. Outside work Maris likes hiking, travelling and spending time with friends and family and especially her four-legged friend Oliver.

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

LESTER

Lester Grant graduated from Liverpool vet school in 2011, and in 2016 he completed a 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 points and on the race course. Lester works as a member of our team but also in a consultative capacity.

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

GILL

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.

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

LYNNE

Lynne Bradwell has worked in the equine industry all of her working life (a long time!) Lynne started in Hunt kennels and then went on to work with very sucessful show hunters in the Borders.
On her return to Co Durham she was manager of Low fold farm riding centre for 17years. On the owners retirement she had a slight change of direction and moved into the the veterinary side, working 3 years at an equine hospital in Northumberland before going to work at an ambulatory practice that joined forces with Durham Equine and has been there ever since! Lynne loves going out and about helping the vets and meeting clients.
She has a 17.3 Irish skewbald, Max who is the Durham equine mascot who she's had for 6 years and he is pretty awesome
He competes at British dressage, currently at Elementary level and has started dressage to music. He is such a fun horse to do anything with and a proper gent!
Lynne's great pals are Lando (Border terrier) and Kylo (half a border terrier) who come to work most days and arent usually too far away from her.

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

LYNNE

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+

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

GEORGE

George Gibson has grown up around horses, having ponies from a young age, being in pony club and spending a lot of time competing and showing.
She stared work at 17 and has worked at various yards with hunters and competition horses. George spends most of her free time competing for Darlington Riding Club, with Norah’s Star 9yo Kwpn mare, which she bought as an unbroken 3yo and has broken and brought on herself. She even managing to get to the riding club championships with her on more than one occasion.
Any free time George spends with husband Steve and her 2 boys, also 2 dogs Oscar and Badger, and 2 cats and a Bearded Dragon.
George Previously worked for Emson Equine and moved to Durham Equine Practice in 2017.
One of George's main roles in the office is dealing with client insurance claims, as well as various other jobs that keep the reception team busy.

Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read

JOANNE

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 cob x warmblood 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.