Our staff

Our team of professional and support staff at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital will do all they can to make your horse's stay comfortable.

We will also be happy to answer any questions you have if you .

Equine Clinical Sciences

Professor Tim Parkin BSc,BVSc, PhD, DipECVPH, FHEA, MRCVS

Tim ParkinMy major area of work is equine epidemiology. I am particularly interested in identifying methods to prevent musculoskeletal injury and fatality in the Thoroughbred racehorse. This work has included the identification of risk factors for distal limb fracture in the UK (Equine Vet J 2004, 2005, 2006), fatality in Australia (Equine Vet J 2007) and tendon injury in Hong Kong (Am J Vet Res 2007, Equine Vet J 2007, Vet Rec 2007). My current focus is the quantification of both genetic and environmental markers (and their interactions) for a number of diseases of the Thoroughbred. I am also using novel imaging modalities to investigate potential geometric, structural and pathological markers of fracture in the racehorse.

Vets - Medicine

Dr David Sutton MA Vet MB Cert EM (Int. Med) DECEIM PhD MRCVS

David Sutton

Senior University Clinician in Equine Medicine 

European Specialist in Equine Medicine‌

David qualified from Cambridge Vet School in 1995. He worked in general practice in Yorkshire for 2 years prior to undertaking a 2-year residency and then a PhD here at  The University of Glasgow. Following this he moved to South Africa as senior medicine clinician in the equine hospital of the University of Pretoria. Following this David returned to Scotland and worked for Clyde Veterinary Group as head of their equine medicine service.


Dr Joel Hotchkiss BVSc BSc CertEM(Int.Med) PhD MRCVS

JoelVeterinary Clinician in Equine Medicine

Joel graduated from University of Liverpool in 1994 and worked briefly in mixed practice before working in an equine practice in Lancashire. In 1999 he undertook a two year residency and then a PhD in respiratory epidemiology at Glasgow Vet School. After returning to work at the equine practice in Lancashire he became a Lecturer in Equine Practice at the University of Edinburgh. His clinical interests are equine internal medicine and in particular respiratory medicine.  Research interests include epidemiology and veterinary education. Joel has a role in developing and delivering the new BVMS curriculum.


Ms Claire Dixon BVSc MSc CertAVP(EM) MRCVS

Veterinary Clinician in Equine Medicine

 Claire Dixon

Vets - Surgery

Dr Lance Voute BVSc CertES(Orth) MRCVS

‌Lecturer in Equine Clinical Studies (Surgery)

Lance Voute

Clinical interests include diagnostic imaging and the medical and surgical management of orthopaedic disease.

A particular area of expertise is in nuclear scintigraphy (Bone scan).




 Clinician in Equine Surgery

 Mattie McMaster


Sarah Voss Resident in Equine Internal Medicine  

Sarah Voss

‌Sarah graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012, and stayed at Nottingham to complete an equine medicine and surgery internship. She worked in equine first opinion practice in the Highlands and Kent prior to starting her residency at Glasgow in 2015. In addition to working at the Weipers Centre, she spends two months a year in Belgium at Ghent University’s equine hospital, where she especially enjoys furthering her interest in equine cardiology. As well as cardiology, she is particularly interested in gastroenterology, and is currently undertaking research into the pathogenesis of equine glandular gastric ulceration.


Lauren Gummery Resident in Equine Internal Medicine

Lauren Gummery

‌Lauren graduated from Liverpool University in 2010 and after a short stint in mixed practice completed an internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in California, where she developed a keen interest in equine medicine. She then worked for 4 years as an ambulatory equine vet in the South East of England whilst working towards her certificate in advanced veterinary practice (equine internal medicine). Lauren started her residency in equine medicine at the Weipers Centre in October 2016. Lauren has special interests in all things medicine, including parasitology, endocrinopathies and neonatal intensive care. Her masters research project will be based on testing for trypanosomes (blood borne parasites) in working equids in the Gambia. In her spare time she enjoys agility and long walks with her two dogs, and the odd scuba diving trip (ideally in warm waters)


‌Marco Marcatili Resident in Equine Surgery

Marco Marcatili

‌Marco graduated from the University of Milan in 2011. After one year in equine practice he completed a 6 month internship in Belgium and an 18 months rotating internship at Pool House Equine Clinic. Marco also completed a PhD in Equine anaesthesia and surgery at the University of Milan, which was awarded in 2016. He subsequently started a shared residency program in equine surgery between the University of Glasgow and Pool House Equine Clinic. Marco enjoys all the aspects of equine surgery. In his free time Marco enjoys going to the gym, running and swimming.


 Christian Byrne Resident in Equine Surgery

Christian Byrne

Christian graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and worked at Hird and Partners Equine Clinic in West Yorkshire before completing a rotating internship at Randwick Equine Centre, Sydney. After 18 months he returned to West Yorkshire before commencing a residency in equine surgery at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital in 2017. Christian is interested in all aspects of equine surgery, lameness and management of the performance horse.




Mary Gatherer


Head Nurse






Lynsey Bett


Veterinary Nurse





Victoria Gregory

Equine Nurse

Veterinary Nurse 



Anna Davidson

Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurse




Elspeth Ralston


Groom (Equine Clinical Sciences)






Tracey McArthur


Groom (Equine Clinical Sciences)






Yasmin Aborida


Groom (Equine Clinical Sciences)


Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE BVM&S DVM&S DipECEIM MRCVS


Equine Consultant

  • Sarcoids
  • Dermatology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurology



Jim Ferrie

Jim Ferrie


  • Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers
  • Internationally renowned farrier
  • Consultant at the Weipers Centre on a weekly basis




David Gatherer

David Gatherer

Equestrian Consultant

  • Equestrian Federation of Ireland Level 2 coach/level 2 tutor (Level 3 pending)
  • Scottish Equestrian Association registered Coach
  • British Eventing Registered Instructor