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. In 2013 Mark joined the panel of Official Measurers for the Joint Measurement Board. Measurements are done at Somerford Park by appointment.
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 completed the further qualification Certificate in Veterinary Business Management.
Claire originally joined us in September 2002 working as a small animal vet, before joining the equine practice in September 2004. Claire is our newest Salaried Partner with 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.
Claire joined the equine team in 2002 and has a particular interest in equine stud medicine. Claire coordinates all the mare Artificial Insemination protocols and troubleshoots stallion and mare fertility problems. Claire also spearheads the equine anaesthesia team at Somerford Park. Claire passed her Advanced Veterinary Practice Certificate in Equine Medicine in 2013.
John qualified from Cambridge University in 1976, and took up a clinical post a Liverpool Vet School for a year before joining Wright & Morten in 1977. He has been a stalwart of the practice ever since, and led the way for the future ethos of Wright & Morten by being one of the first people to be awarded the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 1984. He was then awarded the highly prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons the following year, and joined the partnership of Wright & Morten in 1989. John retired from the partnership in 2007. These days he is responsible for many of the local riding school inspections.
Elen graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2008. She worked for three years at James Herriot's practice of Skeldale in North Yorkshire. After a year in Buckinghamshire Elen completed an internship in an equine hospital in New Zealand, before working in equine hospitals in Australia. Now back on home turf Elen is very keen on developing her interest in equine orthopaedics.
In her spare time she Elen is interested in horse racing and keeps herself fit with running and cycling.
Nic joined Wright and Morten in the summer of 2010, having worked in a local equine practice for the last 6 years. She graduated from Glasgow University in 1996, and spent 2 years in mixed practice in Northumberland before moving to a hospital based equine practice in Hertfordshire until 2004.
Nic enjoys all aspects of equine practice, but has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness, dentistry and donkeys. Nic passed her Equine Dental Technician examination in 2014.
Liz is a local girl who grew up in the pony club around Mottram in Longendale and Glossop. Liz gradualted from the university of Liverpool in 2009, having previously completed a zoology degree at the University of Reading. Liz spent the first two years of her career in Equine practice in Kent, and has now returned to her home patch. Her work interests are in the fields of equine internal medicine, dermatology and ophthalomolgy. Liz also has a specialist interest in donkeys, and has been involved in breeding, rearing, showing, riding and driving donkeys for many years.
Nicola joined the practice in June 2014 from mixed practice in Worcestershire. She graduated from University of Liverpool in 2012. She enjoys all aspects of equinepractice and hopes to develop her interest in equine internal medicine and anaesthesia. Originally from Cardiff she is enjoying exploring Cheshire and the Peaks. In her spare time she rides a part-loan horse and enjoys watching Rugby especially 6 nations.She is hoping to start a certificate in Equine medicine in the New year.