Dr Joseph Sharps
Joe wants to make sure that Kessock Equine Vets remains a truly exemplary clinic of equine excellence, at the forefront of Equine Veterinary Medicine, whilst also maintaining the local, kind, caring, old fashioned touch.
He has spent his entire career as an 'equine only vet' in the South East of England, treating all horses from Olympic Dressage and Eventers, Showjumpers and Grand National winners to beloved age old family pets and donkeys. As such, not only does he have great experience in poor performance and respiratory disease but he has been heavily involved with horse rescue charities such as RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and The Donkey Sanctuary, acting as senior treating vet and expert witness in court cases.
Proving that you never stop learning, he is currently undertaking advanced training in Equine Dentistry, is a Riding School Inspector and is licensed to help you export your horses abroad.
Joe is willing to accept referrals from your usual vet - working together in a professional manner to help both you and your horse, pony or donkey.
Luca joined the Kessock team in May 2018 after graduating as an Equine Veterinary Surgeon from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She thoroughly enjoys first opinion practice and has a special interest in internal medicine (including colics) and ophthalmology cases. Moving to the Scottish Highlands was an easy decision for her as she loves the outdoor activities and amazing scenery this part of the UK has to offer, something that she thoroughly missed in the Netherlands.
BA, VetMB, CertVR, MRCVS – 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 postgraduate certificate in Veterinary Radiology (CertVR).
BVM&S, BSc, MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Caroline graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2008 and has worked for Kessock Equine Vets since 2009, following a year in mixed practice in Kent. She enjoys all aspects of equine first opinion work. Caroline grew up in Drumnadrochit and now lives on the Black Isle, where she can frequently be found running or cycling. She has a retired pony, Dylan, and two dogs, Willow (Fox) and Jos.
Femke van Biezen
MRCVS, MSc – Veterinary Surgeon
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 is currently on maternity leave.
MRCVS, DVM – Veterinary Surgeon
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.'
BVMS, CertES (Soft Tissue), FHEA, Dip ECVS, MRCVS – Consultant Veterinary Surgeon
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.