Meet the Team - All of us
Andy Reid - Senior Associate BMVS MRCVS
Andy was brought up on the family dairy farm in Ayrshire. He first came to Capontree as a student in 1998, graduating from Glasgow in 2000. He then joined a mixed practice in Dumfriesshire for a couple of years before the travel bug bite him, leading to 2 years working in a variety of locations in the UK and Australia as well as traveling in Africa and south east Asia.
Andy joined Capontree in a very mixed role in 2004 and has over time developed interests in a wide range of topics – from fertility issues to acupuncture and therapeutic laser treatment. Over time his role has moved from a mixed position to a predominantly small animal role.
Andy has an ever expanding collection of pets, which his wife and 3 children try to add to, from time to time!
Anne has worked at Capontree vets since September 2003. She grew up on her family farm, in the village of Walton and now lives with her husband Craig and 2 little girls (Jessica and Charlotte) just down the road so hasn’t moved far. Anne works part time at the practice both at the Brampton and Longtown sites and when not at work, spends time with her family and helping out on the farm.
Before coming to the vets Anne worked at DEFRA. Some of this time was spend in the TB/Brucellosis section but for most of it Anne was found on the main telephone enquiry line during the Foot and Mouth epidemic, where she helped to get licences processed for any movements on or off farms whether it were animals or a load of cattle feed. It was a tough time for all concerned and Anne would quite often get anger and frustration taken out on her down the phone, but as a farmers daughter she found she could relate to them and quite often when the caller asked who she was, then they knew her dad!
Previous to this Anne worked at Rickerby Ltd an agricultural dealership in Carlisle and MAFF in the IACS map reading department so has always had jobs in the agricultural sector. Anne says she really enjoys her job at the vets which shows as she has worked here for all this time!
Barbara Lindsay - Clinical Director BVM&S MRCVS
Barbara joined the Capontree companion animal team in 2001 after working in various small animal practices & referral centres around the country, becoming a director in 2006.
She is interested in all aspects of pet health & care but has special interests in internal medicine & soft tissue surgery as well as endoscopy & ultrasonography
Away from the surgery she enjoys getting out in the fresh air with her husband & fellow clinical director Colin, fell walking, cycling & ski touring.
Bex Martin RVN
Bex was born originally in Inverness but has lived in Cumbria for the past 13 years. Bex joined Capontree in July 2010 after completing an Animal Management course at Newton Rigg, Penrith, she then went on to qualify as Veterinary Nurse in July 2014.
Bex enjoys all aspects of the job but has keen interest in intensive care, hospitalised patients and medical nursing, particularly diabetic cases due to adopting a diabetic cat Mittens AKA Fatcat in February 2012.
Outside of work Bex has a large enthusiasm for fitness including the gym but most recently taking up running. She has completed Total Warrior and the Cumbrian Run (2015). She also enjoys fell walking in The Lakes in her spare time, with her new husband Frazer and Spaniel-cross Ace.
Brian Mundell BVM&S MRCVS
Brian joined Capontree after graduating from Edinburgh in 2012, Brian settled in well, joining a local rugby team, continuing a life long association with the sport. As well as rugby, Brian is a keen and highly skilled sheep shearer – a skill he developed on the family farm, Brian has even won trophies for his shearing at events including the Highland Show.
Brian recently returned from a 7-month working holiday (veterinary work and shearing) in New Zealand, where he learnt a huge amount about different approaches to veterinary care. He works in all sectors of the practice though he has a special interest in large animal work.
Chloe Brown BVMS MSc MRCVS
Chloe joined the practice in July 2016 after graduating from Glasgow University. From the outskirts of Glasgow, she spent many weeks helping with milking and lambing on the local farms.
Chloe is looking forward to getting involved with all areas of mixed practice, with a particular interest in the large animal work. She spent last December in California working alongside other vets on the dairy farms. She has a particular soft spot for gun dog breeds after having grown up with a mad German Shorthaired Pointer!
In her spare time Chloe enjoys baking and hill walking and is looking forward to making the most of living on the edge of the Lake District.
Claire is the newest member of our Reception team, having joined us in the second half of 2016. She brings with her great enthusiasm and a host of previous customer care experience. Claire is currently enrolled on a Business Adminstration Level 2 Apprentice course to further her client care skills.
Outside of work Claire is enjoying everything that goes with having a new puppy in the house and is the newest recruit to the practice pilates group!
Colin Lindsay - Clinical Director BVM&S MRCVS
Colin joined the practice February 1991, after a short spell overseas undertaking charity work.
At that point there were three vets and four support staff. Over the years he has seen the practice develop and has had an opportunity to retain a broad interest in Companion Animals, Equine and Farm work alike. In March 2001 Colin had the privilege of being nominated and winning the Pet Plan – Vet of the Year Award. In September 2013, he was again nominated and awarded – UK Dairy Vet of the Year.
Colin has a particular interest in Orthopaedics and bovine herd health and production, also lecturing throughout the UK and abroad.
Outside of practice life his wife, who is also a veterinary surgeon at the practice, and Colin have a keen interest in the outdoors. Their hobbies include mountain hiking, climbing, mountaineering, ski- touring, - (in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia). They are also developing a keen interest in mountain and road cycling.
Within the local community, Colin is keen to support and develop the future generations of farmers. As a practice we support Young Farmers organisations and local Agricultural shows. Colin was a member of the Gilsland Show committee for 10 years.
Dan Lewis - Director BVSc Cert AVP MRCVS
Dan graduated from Bristol University in 2000. After 2 years in mixed practice he joined the PDSA where he worked until 2008.
Prior to joining us at Capontree, Dan worked in the Midlands in the small animal section of a busy mixed practice. He joined us in September 2010 and is one of our dedicated small animal vets, bringing experience in all areas of small animal practice and a particular interest in surgery, especially orthopaedics. Dan has taken this surgical interest to the next professional level available, successfully completing his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in November 2014; the product of over 300 hours of study! He joined our board of Directors in April 2016.
Away from work Dan enjoys spending time in the mountains and has recently developed a keen interest in trail & fell running. In July 2016 he completed the Lakeland 50, a race around the fells of the Lake District where runners must complete a 50 mile course in less than 24 hours.
David McCrea - Director BVM&S MRCVS
David qualified from Edinburgh University in 1998 having enjoyed 5 years of learning the science of being a vet. He has worked in Scotland, Australia and Northern Ireland and has gained a wide knowledge of farming and farm practices. David is a mixed veterinary surgeon however his main interest lies in farm animals.
David enjoys working closely with farmers trying to improve the health of their animals. He is a firm believer in the team approach to animal health and welfare; with farmer education and development an important role of the modern vet. David is a LANTRA-approved trainer which enables him to gain funding to run workshops and courses on behalf of XL Vets. He also keeps up to date with new information by reading veterinary publications and attending courses.
David enjoys the outdoor life - hill walking, gardening, attempting to keep fit and spending time with his wife, two young children and their many pets.
Emma Stuart BSc. (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS
Emma joined Capontree in September 2016 and can be found working mainly from our Brampton and Haltwhistle surgeries.
Emma grew up on a small dairy farm in the West of Ireland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014.
Having also completed an intercalated degree in Veterinary Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in London, she has developed an interest in post-mortem disease diagnosis and laboratory analyses, especially faecal fluke and worm counts.
After graduation, she spent 7 months in New Zealand, four months of which was spent working on a 2,100-head dairy farm during the calving season. While there, aside from calving a lot of cows, she was involved in the rearing of 600 heifer calves, leading to an interest in calf health, nutrition and management. She was also particularly fond of caring for the (many!) downer cows, and managed to get most of them back on their feet.
Emma then headed home to the West of Ireland for 18 months, working in mixed practice and mostly dealing with dogs, cats and small beef and sheep farms. However, the draw of dairy cattle proved too great, and she has moved back to the UK to pursue her interests.
During her spare time, Emma can usually be found walking Moss, her energetic Collie x Spaniel, or rock-climbing. She also enjoys photography, traveling to exotic places and taking her dog to agility classes.
Fiona Laurie BVMS MRCVS
Fiona joined us in March 2017 after a spell in mixed practice in Scotland. She is a local, being well known to most of the farming community and we're delighted to have her back.
Fiona Thurlbeck RVN
Fiona’s previous job involved caring for animals at Walby farm park, and from there she came to Capontree Vets in 2009 and after 12 months she embarked on a 3 year course to become a registered veterinary nurse which she successfully completed in 2013. At work Fiona is heavily involved in the running of the Capontree Platinum Health Club, and really enjoys nursing surgical cases and wound management.
Fiona has a passion for fitness, especially running and the gym. She has successfully completed events such as Total Warrior (2014, 2015, 2016) and the Cumbrian Run (2015). Fiona’s other hobbies include travelling the world (Iceland, USA, Tanzania), reading, films and walking her black Labrador Rhogan.
Joanne Brown - Head Receptionist
Joanne joined Capontree straight from school, when the practice was still on Longtown Road, and after a spell both nursing and as a member of our support staff, is now our head receptionist, working primarily with our farm clients at Brampton.
Joanne has two children and is married to Peter, who farms locally.
Joanne joined the practice straight from school in 1997 when the new purpose built building at Brampton opened. She began her work as a trainee veterinary nurse but later joined the administration team where she now continues her role. Joanne lives with her husband John and 2 daughters on the family farm in Northumberland. She has always had an interest in animals and their welfare. During her spare time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends and can often be heard from St James Park supporting her local football team…Newcastle United!!
Katie Hayton BVM&S MRCVS
Katie is currently on maternity leave after welcoming a beautiful baby boy in July 2017
Katie was brought up on a farm in the Scottish Borders and graduated from Edinburgh University in July 2008. She subsequently began her career in mixed practice in Berwickshire and then spent 6 months travelling around New Zealand before returning to the UK to locum up and down the country; from Wiltshire to the Isle of Lewis!
Katie joined Capontree in March 2012. She mainly works out of our Brampton branch and consults at Longtown two afternoons a week. Her main interests are small animal surgery and large animal medicine.
In her spare time Katie enjoys cooking, baking and preserving, gardening and walking her Border Terriers Bramble & Thistle. She has also recently started riding again after a long break.
Kevin Beattie - Director BVMS CertCHP MRCVS
After a short spell helping MAFF in Dumfries with the tragic Foot and Mouth Outbreak, Kevin joined Capontree Vets in 2001.
Initially Kevin was involved in all sectors of the practice, working at Haltwhistle surgery and on the road on farms and stables in the Brampton area.
Kevin comes from a dairy and beef suckler farming background, and has a real passion for cows and productive cattle farming. He opted to study for further qualifications in this area. By 2005 Kevin had been awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons a “Certificate in Cattle Health and Production”.
Kevin generally can be found out and about doing routine farm work but also gets a lot of enjoyment from doing companion animal emergency work where many will have met him.
In 2006 when Esk Vets in Longtown merged with Capontree Vets, Kevin became a Director of Capontree and has been based at Longtown as Senior Clinician since then.
When not at work Kevin spends time at the family farm back in Lockerbie where he now has a small suckler herd of his own and with his wife and three kids they have recently set up a small calf rearing unit at his smallholding near Longtown. He can be seen there at weekends with his wife, children, calves, ponies, Jack Russell dog, two cats and now 12 sheep as well.
Laura Irving RVN
Laura first joined the practice in 2000, firstly as an apprentice, going onto college and successfully passing her nursing exams. She thoroughly enjoys being a veterinary nurse, with every day different. Laura has a keen interest in wound management and orthopaedics. Laura along with several other nurses run clinics on a daily basis and enjoy meeting new puppies and kittens, as well as helping clients with weight management of their pets.
Outside work, her hobbies include horse riding, walking the dog and helping on the family farm. Laura is the proud owner of a beagle called Phoebe, 2 cats, 5 hens and a horse called Bailey. Together with her husband, and two daughters, Laura has recently bought a small flock of sheep.
Lindsay Rae - Student Veterinary Nurse
After leaving school in the summer of 2014, Lindsey began working at Capontree in November that year as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse. Since learning the ropes from the team, she now works between both the Brampton and Longtown surgeries, and takes a share of the on call nursing rota. Lindsey has just started the second year of her two-year course in Veterinary Nursing qualification in Newcastle.
Outside of work Lindsey is a keen horse rider, she has two horses, Katie and Sunny. With Katie she likes hacking across the Langholm countryside and is a regular at the Border Common Ridings. Whilst her first pony Sunny, is now a companion pet. Being from Langholm, typically she enjoys rugby, playing for her school team side whilst a pupil. She has now turned to more of a supporter, following both local teams and Scotland whenever possible. Other spare time is spent socialising with friends and hill walking around Langholm.
Margaret joined the practice in 2009 after moving with her husband and son to farm in Bewcastle.
Brought up on a farm in Lanarkshire, Margaret married Neil and moving to a hill farm on the West Lothian and Lanarkshire border where they raised their son and daughter.
She plays an active role on the farm and enjoys time spent walking her 2 dogs JC and TK.
Margaret has many hobbies including baking and crafts, and competing at local shows.
Since moving to the area has taken up social/ceilidh dancing and enjoys meeting up in the local village hall at weekends.