Bryan O'Meara is a RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery and works as a consultant surgeon for a number of clinics and private clients throughout the UK. Keyhole surgery, upper airway and dental surgery and general surgery (e.g. 'Kissing Spines', neurectomy surgery, fracture repair, penile resection, sarcoid surgery etc.) are the majority of his caseload. Standing surgery that avoids the risks of general anaesthesia is a particular area of interest.
Ian obtained the Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery in 1993. He has been recognised by the RCVS as a specialist in equine surgery since 1992. Ian regularly attends out clinic to perform specialist surgical procedures.
Bryan is a Specialist in Equine Surgery. Hailing from Cork, Ireland, he graduated from University College Dublin, and shortly after undertook a specialist surgical training between a private equine hospital and Glasgow University. Bryan worked in the UK and Ireland, and today, Bryan holds a diploma as RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery (ECVS), a Masters of Veterinary Medicine and a Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery. His study on standing fracture repair in the elbow detailed the first cases in the world performed in this manner and was presented at the 2022 ECVS congress and published on Equine Veterinary Education. Most recently, his work on standing accessory carpal bone fragment arthroscopic removal was presented at the 2023 ECVS Conference. Bryan regularly visits Chiltern Equine Clinic to perform surgeries.
Gavin joined the team at CEC in 2007 as an assistant and progressed to Senior Clinician and Partner for a number of years. Gavin relocated to Devon with his family early in 2023 and set up a specialist equine sports medicine practice (Hamer Sports Vet) which focuses on lameness and poor performance cases in sports horses. Gavin primarily covers Devon, Somerset and Cornwall but visits Chiltern Equine Clinic at regular intervals for routine and advanced dental cases.
Merry completed her veterinary degree at Cambridge University in 1999, an internship in equine surgery at the New Bolton Center University of Pennsylvania USA in 2000 and an equine surgical residency at Leahurst, University of Liverpool UK in 2004. She worked as an equine surgeon in private equine practice in the UK from 2004 – 2005, gaining her ECVS diploma in equine surgery during this time. She then moved to the Animal Health Trust and completed a PhD comparing high-field and low-field MRI in the equine distal limb between 2006–2009. From 2009-2013 Merry was then based at Newmarket Equine Hospital where she set up and ran the standing low field MRI and nuclear scintigraphy services and worked as an out of hours emergency surgeon. Merry was made a large animal associate of ECVDI in 2011. In 2014 Merry set up an independent teleradiology service and now works as a freelance diagnostic imaging and surgery Consultant, collaborating closely with the AHT and the RVC as well as various private practices in Europe and Australia.
Lesley is a Liverpool graduate with RCVS Diplomas in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Cardiology. She also has PhD from the University of Edinburgh after studying the effects of general anaesthesia on the equine heart. Thereafter, she ran a referral cardiology and sports medicine service at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. She became a De facto European Diplomate of Equine Internal Medicine in 2005 and was also recognised by the RCVS as a specialist in Veterinary Cardiology. Since departing the Animal Health Trust in late 2005, she has provided an ambulatory equine cardiology referral to equine practitioners throughout the UK and Europe.
Ian obtained the Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery in 1993. He has been recognised by the RCVS as a specialist in equine surgery since 1992. Ian provides consultancy and surgical services to the practice.