Durham Equine Practice, Croxdale Telephone: 0191 603 1122
Mobile: 07702 948840
Email: vet@durhamequine.co.uk

Durham Equine Nicola Mason NICOLA
Nicola Mason, BVMS MRCVS qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2002 with commendation. She is an experienced veterinarian who has had a passion for horses since childhood. Nicola started her career in Northumberland then moved to Scotland before setting up this, her own practice in 2010. Nicola spent her youth with horses & always wanted to be an equine vet. Growing up, she would be found riding her own ponies or would be helping at the local riding school.
Nicola regularly holds lecture demos and presentations on Equine Health and runs the Durham Equine Healthy Horse Club. In her spare time (which she has little of!) she enjoys rowing & walking her dog.
Durham Equine Richard Endersby RICH
Richard Endersby, originally from Cornwall, holds a Bsc. (hons) degree in Zoology from Newcastle University and also an NVQ Pharmacy Technician at Level 3.
From 2005 to 2010, Richard worked at The Specials Laboratory in Northumberland as a laboratory technician from where he moved to join his partner, Nicola, here at Durham Equine Practice in 2011 to become practice manager.
When he does have some spare time Rich enjoys his cycling and for relaxation loves walking Freya the husky.
Durham Equine James Emson JAMES
James Emson BVSc MRCVS grew up in Kirky Stephen. After building his reputation at Castle Vets in Barnard Castle, he launched Emson Equine in 2012. In 2017 he chose to join forces with Durham Equine Practice and remains a regular sight on yards across North Yorkshire and County Durham.
Some may also recognise him from his 2012 television appearance on Come Dine With Me, where he walked away with the £1,000 prize after wowing contestants with an array of offal, including eyeballs and tongues.
He lives close to Richmond with his wife Melissa, also a vet, and their two children, Rupert and Barnaby.
Durham Equine Leticia Macias LETICIA
Leticia Macias - Bricio Cert. ESM MRCVS, moved from her native Spain to the UK in May of 2013. Originally residing in Madrid, Leti grew up and studied there. In 2010, she completed a 3 year Equine Medicine and Surgery internship & residency at the University of Madrid. Prior to Durham Equine, she worked in Hampshire with elite sport horses and polo ponies.
While in the UK, Leticia successfully gained a Graduate Certificate in Equine Sports Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys travelling the world and, at the moment, as much of the UK as possible.
Durham Equine Edward Cook EDWARD
Edward Cook, BVSc MRCVS graduated from the University of Liverpool where his interest in equine work was sparked. Following graduation, Edward started working in mixed practice in North Yorkshire dealing with just about every species out there, but made a point of asking for horse calls to be diverted his way. Outside of work, Edward enjoys walking with his wife, Hayley, and their rough collie, Faith. He also enjoys gardening and cooking.
Durham Equine Kyle Tindall-Read KYLE
Kyle Tindall-Read grew up on Anglesey and studied Veterinary Science with an equine elective at Liverpool University.
As a child he was a noted presence on the Pony Club scene thanks to a series of unruly and strong-minded mounts. He remains a keen horse rider and returns to Wales to ride his mother's horse, Molly, a Connemara cross.
He recently joined the Newcastle Ravens RFC and enjoys socialising and watching The Great British Bake Off.
Durham Equine Alex Gibbons ALEX
Alex Gibbons grew up in Dedham, in Essex, famous as Constable Country.
She remembers writing in her primary school yearbook that she wanted to be a vet, and went on to graduate from Liverpool University with a degree in Veterinary Science.
Her interests include baking and travelling and her passport stamps include Australia, Thailand, Botswana and India. Next on the wish list is Iceland.
Durham Equine Lynne Bradwell LYNNE
Lynne Bradwell grew up on her family farm in County Durham and always knew she would work with horses. After working in many areas of the industry, Lynne took on the management of a busy BHS riding school for 17 years. After that, she retrained as a veterinary technician at an equine hospital in Northumberland & joined Simply Horses, now part of Durham Equine Practice 6 years ago. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her three dogs and spending time with her own horse, Max, a super ISH.
Durham Equine Alison Hardy ALISON
Alison Hardy learned to ride and care for horses at her local riding school. After University, she worked as a groom for a family with driving horses, before becoming a journalist. Three years ago she left newspaper life behind and joined Simply Horses as a veterinary technician. In her spare time, she is training towards her BHS Stage 3 and backing her youngster, a Welsh cross named Zed. Her partners in crime are husband Phil and Nancy the lurcher.
Durham Equine Beth Ward BETH
Beth Ward holds a Bsc. (hons) degree from Lincoln University in Bioveterinary Science. She joined Durham Equine Practice in October of 2015 and Beth's is the voice most people will hear when phoning the practice.
Beth is an active volunteer for the British Horse Society North Region where she is an integral part of the communications team and also holds the BHS Stages 1 and 2 certificates. She has spent her childhood around horses & whilst studying at college and university worked on a busy stud yard at weekends. For relaxation, and fun, Beth enjoys walking Bud, her lively springer spaniel.
Durham Equine Lynne Franklin LYNNE
Lynne Franklin has more than 20 years experience in customer service and has worked for both Reg Vardy and the Sunderland Echo. A keen horse-lover, she has been number one groom and cheerleader to her daughter Amy's riding career for the past 12 years. Together with husband Simon, the family have toured all over the country with superstar pony Annie, who placed second and third at Aske last year at the grand old age of 20 (pictured). Lynne bought Annie as an overweight field ornament eight years ago and together the family have helped her become a successful event horse. As well as Annie, Lynne owns Minnie and Dandy the Welshies, who taught Amy to ride. A long time ago the family decided they could never bear to part with them and now all three equines live happily together in Hetton with the combined age of 70.
Durham Equine George Gibson GEORGE
George Gibson lives in Richmond with husband Steve, sons Jack and Peter, dogs Oscar and Badger, Jez and Purdi the cats and Elliott the bearded dragon.
Having started out in hunt kennels at the age of 17, George then worked on private yards for many years before joining Emson Vets three years ago.
George is the proud owner of Norah's Star, stable name 'Pepper', a KWPN mare. Together they are keen members of Darlington Riding Club and qualified for this year's Championships in Lincoln.
Many equestrians will also recognise George from the years she spent working with husband Steve on their business, SHG Photographic.