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Introducing Our Practice Team

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in equine healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.


Pippa Peacock

Senior Consultant


Pippa joined the Kessock team in February 2010. Pippa graduated from Cambridge and did her specialist training with the Liverpool Veterinary Hospital, which is world-renowned for colic treatment. She then worked in an equine practice in Lancashire before moving north to start her family. Pippa works three days a week for us and keeps her own ponies on the Black Isle. She also holds a post graduate Certificate in Veterinary Radiology (CertVR).


Caroline Marwick


Caroline has worked for Kessock Equine Vets since April 2009 and prior to that she worked in Kent.  She has been well known to the practice for many years and she initially came to us as a veterinary student and it was especially rewarding for us all, that she was nominated for the PetPlan equine vet of the year in 2010.  Caroline grew up in Drumnadrochit and graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, where she received the prize for the Best Equine Student in her final year.


Her interests include all aspects of equine veterinary work and she is studying to complete her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.


Outside of work, Caroline enjoys riding her horse Dylan and walking her dog Willow. She is also a keen runner and cyclist.


Gail MacKinlay



Gail joined the Kessock team in 2014. She graduated in 2008 from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, then completed an equine internship at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, near Aspen, Colorado, USA. Following that she worked for 5 years in a progressive equine practice in Northumberland. She enjoys both medicine and lameness cases alike, and holds an RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in equine medicine – Cert AVP (EM). She also practices veterinary acupuncture and is a member of the British Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists


Outside of work Gail enjoys the outdoors – especially road and mountain biking, skiing, surfing, riding, ultimate frisbee and travelling.


Patrick Pollock

BVMS, CertES(Soft Tissue), FHEA, Dip ECVS, MRCVS

Patrick Pollock is Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, part of the University of Glasgow's vet school and is our consultant surgeon here at Kessock Equine Vets. Patrick is a European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in equine surgery and is interested in soft tissue, orthopaedic and minimally invasive surgery and wound healing. He has extensive experience with respiratory surgery and the investigation of poor performance and has been involved in developing a number of new surgical techniques. Patrick's other interests include working horses, donkeys and mules and training vets in the developing world.


Office Staff

The office staff at Kessock Equine Vets are friendly, knowledgeable and all horse or pony owners themselves. They have recently won a customer service award and you can be sure of an efficient and professional experience whenever you contact them.


The staff in the picture are from left to right (back row) Hester MacInnes, Lindsay Ross, Fiona Purvis & Arlene Hossack. Front row (left to right) Sandra Patience (Practice Manager) & Krista Middleton.

Stable Staff

The stable staff are the unsung heroes of Kessock Equine Vets as they all ensure that your horses or ponies are kept comfortable and well fed during their visits to our clinic.   They are also responsible for keeping the clinic spotless and ordering all the medications and dressings that your equines may need during their stay.  


Stable staff in photo are Anna Fraser (left) and Krista Middleton (Stable Manager) on right.  

Femke van Biezen was born and raised in The Hague in The Netherlands.  She studied veterinary medicine at Utrecht University and qualified in February 2016.  She first came to the Highlands 15 years ago and has been in love with the landscape and people ever since.  She is delighted to have the opportunity to work at Kessock Equine Vets and is looking forward to meeting both horses and clients on her rounds.  


  Femke van Biezen


Scott trained and graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1995.  He worked in New Deer, Aberdeen for two years then moved to Inverurie at a mixed practice, where he worked for eighteen years.  Scott has now moved back to Inverness where he used to attend Millburn Academy.  He is married to Sandra and has three children and a bearded collie called Obi.  His interests include all sports - especially football, rugby and golf.  

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Scott Young

Crown & Kessock Group Clinical Director


Gabriele graduated in 2012 from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Bologna in Italy.  He then gained valuable experience through an internship where he worked as an equine vet.  This enabled Gabriele to progress into a permanent veterinarian role where he treated different breeds of horses.   He is interested in working in all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, especially lameness.  


Gabriele says ' I am  delighted to be joining the Kessock team and moving to the Highlands, a place with beautiful nature as far as the eye can see.  I am a keen rider and love trekking, football and travelling.'


       Gabriele Vesco

         MRCVS, DVM

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