Mark graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1995 with a veterinary degree and a first class degree in neuroscience. He came to Wright and Morten as a young assistant in 1999.
Mark shares responsibility for the equine side of the practice and the day to day running of the Somerford Park clinic with Claire Phillips. Mark has a particular interest in equine dentistry, and is a qualified Equine Dental Technician. In September 2004 Mark gained a Certificate in Equine Practice awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He and his wife Claire have two children, Joseph and Lara. He is also on the JMB Official Measurers Panel.
Mark became the Managing Partner in 2014 with an overview for developing the practice people and encouraging team work and growth. This involves him working across all areas of the practice to get the best out of the people, improve the processes and provide guidance and leadership to our employees.
In 2016 Mark became the chairman of the XL Equine executive committee, who are responsible for setting strategies and implementing actionable plans for a large group of independent practices working collaboratively to bring best practice to their businesses and best value to their clients. In 2017 he competed the further qualification Certificate in Veterinary Business Management.
Bridget qualified in 1984 from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh, and joined Wright and Morten in 1989 to follow her developing interest in farm work. She became a partner in 2001, and since that time has pushed for increasing specialisation within the practice to enable the provision of the highest level of service in each department.
Bridget and Helen now lead the farm team. Bridget’s particular interests are in farmer training and education, health planning for dairy, beef and sheep farms and practice development. Bridget is on the board of directors of XL Vet UK Limited and is chairman of the Veterinary Delivery Partnership XL Farmcare North Limited, which delivers TB testing in the North of England.
Claire became a partner in 2014, sharing responsibility for running the equine side of the practice.
Claire originally joined us in September 2002 working as a small animal vet, before joining the equine practice in September 2004. Claire has a remit to develop our clinic and in-patient care. Her main interests include lameness work and care of the performance horse. Claire is our main equine surgeon, with a special interest in soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics. Claire spends much of her time at Somerford Park in charge of many of our lameness workups, and is rarely seen without an x-ray macine or ultrasound machine in hand.
In 2012 Claire passed her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in equine orthopaedics.
Helen joined the partnership at Wright & Morten in April 2010, and is responsible for the development of the farm side of the practice. After qualifying from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh in 1999, she worked in mixed practice in North Wales before joining the Wright & Morten large animal team in October 2000, to pursue her interest in dairy cattle.
Since being awarded the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from the University of Liverpool in 2006, Helen has developed the Bull Fertility Service offered by the practice.