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In each issue of

Equine Matters


feature a brief insight into

a selection of the veterinary

surgeons who make up XLEquine.

Featured in this

issue are Anna Jesse, Fiona Elliott

and Sinéad Kenna...


Fiona is a senior assistant equine veterinary surgeon at Hook Norton Veterinary Group

in Oxfordshire.

Fiona graduated from Bristol University in 2001 and spent 18 months in Herefordshire in mixed

practice, before moving to an equine practice in Essex. She started at Hook Norton Vets in 2004.

She enjoys many aspects of equine practice including anaesthesia and wound management,

getting great satisfaction out of working with the competition horse and maximising its potential.

Fiona enjoys looking at the whole picture with respect to lameness and performance and so last

year completed a post-graduate veterinary course; combining this with acupuncture and conventional

veterinary medicine has led to much success in enhancing a horse’s performance.

In her free time she runs an equine rehabilitation centre with a cold saltwater hydrotherapy spa

with her husband as well as travelling round the country and Europe watching her home-produced

horse event internationally.

Fiona Elliott


Sinéad Kenna is an assistant equine veterinary surgeon at Calweton Veterinary Group in

East Cornwall.

Sinéad graduated from the University of Nottingham in July of 2015. She started working at

Calweton Equine in Callington, Cornwall in August of 2015, doing mostly equine ambulatory

work. Her days are spent looking after the horses, ponies and donkeys of East Cornwall and West

Devon, and she loves it! Her particular interests lie in lameness and musculoskeletal disorders, and

behaviour in horses and ponies.

Outside work Sinéad spends much of her free time working with young and problem horses,

riding and competing. She is very lucky to have moved back home to the area in which she grew

up, on the edge of Dartmoor. It’s a beautiful area and she really enjoys walking the dogs, rock

climbing, and her dad’s roast dinner!

Sinéad Kenna


Anna Jesse is a senior assistant veterinary surgeon at St Boniface Veterinary Clinic in

mid Devon.

Anna qualified from Cambridge University in 2009 and moved straight to Devon to work in a

mixed practice with a significant equine case-load. Having ridden all her life she enjoys working

with horses both in and out of work and has a particular interest in dermatology (skin problems). She

is currently working towards an RCVS Advanced Veterinary Practitioner qualification in dermatology.

In 2012 Anna joined St Boniface and started to help expand the equine side of this large mixed

practice. In December 2014 St Boniface was able to obtain its own equine facilities, and take on

another equine vet.

Outside work Anna enjoys walking in the stunning Devon countryside and renovating a recently

purchased 15th Century cottage. Anna is a volunteer for a national charity called Contact The

Elderly, which helps combat feelings of isolation and loneliness in vulnerable elderly people.

Anna Jesse


Within the veterinary profession there are traditional privately

owned practices and others that are part of a larger corporate

group. XLVets Equine practices fall into the first category and

as we are owned and run by vets, any decisio s that are m de

come with a sound ethical and clinical backing from the vets

on the ground that are treating your horses.

XLVets Equine is the equine specialist

division of XLVets, which founded in 2005,

is a unique group of veterinary practices

which span the length and breadth of the

country, from Penzance to Orkney. Our

member practices range from large equine

referral hospitals to mixed veterinary

practices with an equine component,

incorporating over 100 equine vets.

Our aim is to work collaboratively and

cooperatively to share resources, learning

and clinical skills to deliver a high level of

customer care and equine welfare.

Whilst, like any business there is a need

to generate profit, the drive for this is to

reinvest in the facilities, equipment and

staff who are there to give your equine

friends the very best. A quality veterinary

practice will always be progressive in

exploring new ways to deliver excellent

care to you as horse owners.

As a horse owner this gives reassurance that

if your horse, pony or donkey is treated by

a practice carrying the XLVets Equine brand,

you will have the personal approach that

you have come to expect from your local

independent veterinary practice, and the

backing of one f the most respected

groups of v ts in the cou try - the only

collaborative group of its kind.

XLVets Equine

practices work together

to share knowledge and skills, to ensure

together we are equipped to keep your

horses well and healthy. XLVets Equine

vets very much focus on helping you keep

your horses fit, not just treating them

when they are ill.

There are many ways you can get

involv d with XLVets Equine including

our healthcare campaigns such as

‘Keep one step ahead’ and our practical

vet-led EquineSkills training workshops

- visit

for more


XLVets Equine

provid s a quality

assurance mark for xc llent equine care.

We are proud to be associated with

XLVets Equine and hope that you will

feel proud of your practice too.

XLVets Equine and your veterinary


- what does it m an?

I am very grateful for

the c llab rativ yet skilled

approach you take, and the

sensitive way in w ich you

deal with the difficult

dilemmas e all face as

horse owners.

C Hopkins