Meet the Team - Vets
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.
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.
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 developed a keen interest in trail & fell running. In July 2016 & 2018 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. In November 2018 he took this one step further completing the 80 miles of the Yorkshire Wolds Way from Hull to Filey in just under 24 hours.
Brian Mundell - Director 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 took 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.
He is currently working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with an emphysis on Sheep Production.
Brian became a Director in Capontree in June 2018
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 4 children try to add to, from time to time!
He is currently working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a Small Animal Medicine bias
Mark Hayton BVM&S MRCVS
Mark graduated in from the Dick Vet in Edinburgh in 2010 (with Distinction). He started at Capontree Vets the following month and has been here ever since. Having been brought up near Cockermouth, home and the beautiful Lake District are only about an hour away.
Mainly working at our Longtown branch, he has a truly mixed role, with time split equally between work in the surgery with small animals and time spent out and about treating cows, sheep, horses and goats.
In his spare time he enjoys walking the fells with his 2 border terriers, helping out on the farm at home, watching rugby, and has recently been renovating a house.
Katie Hayton BVM&S MRCVS
Katie is currently on maternity leave looking after William and Archie.
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 Haltwhistle too. Her main interests are small animal surgery and equine 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.
Fiona Armstrong 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 in 2019 she married Stuart, a local farmer.
Fiona works as a mixed vet, seeing both small and large animals, predominantly in Brampton and Haltwhistle. She has taken a keen interest in several health initiatives, including the BVD Stamp it out campaign in England
Megan Luffman BVMS MRCVS
Megan joined the small animal team at Capontree in June 2018 after a brief spell in mixed practice following her graduation from Glasgow University in the summer of 2017.
Megan is interested in all aspects of small animal practice, but is developing a particular interest in medicine and ultrasonography.
Henrietta Bowie BVMS MRCVS
Henrietta graduated in 2017 from Glasgow and after a 2 year spell in the North East of England, she came to Capontree in 2019.
Henrietta has a particular interest in large animal work, especially preventative health schemes with both sheep and cattle, but also likes to keep up-to-date with smaller animals and can be seen consulting at our Brampton branch.
In her spare time, Henrietta enjoys taking her Border Terrier Haggis for a walk or heading out for a ride on her horse.
Daisy Hawkins BVMS MRCVS
Daisy joined our large animal vet team in December 2019. After graduating in 2017 Daisy is freshly returned to the UK from a spell working in large animal practice in New Zealand. Daisy will predominantly be working with farm animals from our Longtown branch. Away from work Daisy enjoys keeping fit with walking, crossfit and running.
Heather Robinson BVSc MRCVS
Heather joined our team in February 2020 after a spell in first opinion practice in the Southern Lake District. She will be focusing mainly on small animal work at our Brampton and Haltwhistle practices, but may also be seen working with horses and at the occasional lambing.
Sam McNabney BVM&S MRCVS
Sam joined our team at the beginning of September 2020, graduating in the Covid-Class of that summer. He spent a spell seeing practice with us so will already be a familiar face on some farms. Sam is joining us predominantly to work with large animals, but enjoys small animal consulting and surgery too.