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In each issue of

Equine Matters

we feature a brief insight into

a selection of the veterinary

surgeons who make up

XLEquine. Featured in this

issue are Heather Urquhart,

Andrew McDiarmid and

Imogen Burrows...


Imogen Burrows is a senior assistant equine veterinary surgeon at Cliffe Equine Clinic in

East Sussex.

After qualifying from the RVC in 2000, I gained experience in equine practice in Lincolnshire and

Northamptonshire, before relocating to Sussex in 2006.

Whilst at Cliffe Equine, my interest in equine medicine has developed, which has led me to achieve

an equine medicine certificate in 2013 and become an RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in

Equine Medicine this year. I head the equine medicine team at Cliffe and particularly enjoy

anaesthesia, respiratory and gastrointestinal investigations, plus ophthalmology and I have a keen

interest in equine reproduction with a busy AI caseload.

I am a passionate educator both in and out of the veterinary profession. I run a technical scuba

diving company with my husband, and any spare time is used diving, hiking up mountains or

renovating our new house!

Imogen Burrows

BVetMed CertAVP(EM)


Heather Urquhart is a senior assistant equine veterinary surgeon at Scarsdale Vets

in Derby.

I qualified as a vet from Glasgow University in 2005, and spent a brief spell in practice in East

Yorkshire before joining the Scarsdale Equine team in 2007, where I have remained ever since.

I enjoy all aspects of equine practice, but have a particular interest in dentistry, preventative medicine

and wound management. I spend a large amount of my working day as a first opinion ambulatory

vet treating horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes. I completed my advanced veterinary practice

certificate in equine practice in 2013, and am hoping to complete a further certificate in equine

dentistry next year. I also organise EquineSkills courses and other client talks at Scarsdale.

Outside of work I enjoy walking my 2 dogs and riding and eventing my horse.

Andrew McDiarmid is the head of Clyde Veterinary Group Equine Hospital referral

service in Lanark.

I qualified from Royal (Dick) Veterinary School in Edinburgh in 1988. After undertaking a 2 year internship

(houseman) at Liphook Equine Hospital I returned to Edinburgh University to undertake a 4 year residency

in equine orthopaedics. I remained at the university for a further 6 years as the head of large animal

orthopaedics before leaving in 2000. In 2002 I moved to Lanark to join the newly formed Clyde

Veterinary Group.

I have been very fortunate throughout my career to have been involved with many high profile horses

including an Olympic gold medal winning horse, a Royal Ascot winner and racehorses which have won

at the Cheltenham festival. My greatest achievement was in 1996 when I had treated 6 horses who then

went on to win at the same race meeting at Kelso race course.

My specialist interests are in lameness and orthopaedic surgery and I have published numerous vet journal

articles as well as several book chapters. Currently my particular interest is in orthopaedic surgery and

novel techniques to improve successful joint surgeries.

Outside of work my life is taken up with my 2 children. In the winter months I am a keen curler and enjoy

going skiing.

Heather Urquhart



Andrew McDiarmid

BVM&S CertES(Orth)