We believe in providing equine vets with high quality treatment options and advice. As a specialist in Equine Oncology, having dedicated his life to this area, Professor Derek Knottenbelt and his team strive to provide you with high quality advice and treatment options. There are over 25 different tumours in horses and we offer guidance on the management of any neoplastic condition.
Equine Medical Solutions Ltd. was founded in 2016, taking over the sarcoid referral service previously run through Leahurst at Liverpool Vet School. The aim was to continue to provide support and advice to veterinarians on equine cancer cases, in particular sarcoids. We provide and supply a variety of treatment options on a case-by-case basis, and will always recommend what we feel is the most appropriate treatment.
Our mission is to improve the understanding and treatment of equine cancer conditions.
With friendly and helpful staff, you can rest assured that you will receive the best possible service and support before, during and after your horse has undergone treatment.
Meet our Team
Emeritus Professor Derek Knottenbelt
OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DipECEIM, MRCVS
Professor Derek Knottenbelt is a specialist in equine internal medicine. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and retired from a personal chair in Equine Medicine at the University of Liverpool in 2010. He is currently a consultant to the University of Glasgow and Director of Equine Medical Solutions Ltd.He received the Animal Health Trust Scientific Award in 2003, the BEVA (Blue Cross) Welfare award in 2004 and the Merk -WEVA Welfare Award in 2006. In 2005 he received the OBE from the Queen for his services to Equine Medicine.
He is actively involved in animal and human charity work both in UK and abroad. He is current Chairman of BHS Scotland. He has published widely on a range of topics and maintains an interest in equine Internal medicine and oncology in paricular.
Through Equine Medical Solutions Ltd he offers a consultancy service for veterinarians in equine oncology and other challenging clinical conditions. His main interests are in oncology, ophthalmology, wound management and dermatology. He is the primary author of 10 recognised text books and over 100 refereed scientific papers. He is a founder member of the Vets with Horsepower team who raise money for Charity through provision of high quality CPD to vets and horse owners.
Dr Morna Knottenbelt
BVM&S, CertSAD, MRCVS
Dr Morna Knottenbelt qualified from the RDSVS & went on to teach veterinary medicine & dermatology at the University of Zimbabwe before returning to the UK to work in private practice in the Wirral. She was awarded the certificate of small animal dermatology in 1992 & working in practice she specialised in dermatology. On her move to Scotland, she took up the challenge of a walled garden with a special interest in herbaceous borders. She has ridden & owned horses all her life & is enjoying being closely involved as a Director in the running of the new company EMS Ltd.
Professor Clare Knottenbelt
BVSc, DSAM, MRCVS
Professor Clare Knottenbelt graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994 and after a year in mixed practice completed a residency and Masters by Research at the University of Edinburgh. Clare was the Head of Division for Companion Animal Sciences for 6 years and was appointed as a Professor at the University of Glasgow in 2010. Clare’s clinical interests are the treatment and prevention of cancer in companion animals. Outside work Clare enjoys contributing to the Scottish Equestrian Vaulting Team through her roles as Chairperson, trainee lunger and HGV driver.
BVMS CertEP MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice
Jenny grew up in Kinross, Scotland. She spent a lot of her childhood around horses and was involved with Equestrian Vaulting & Team GB – both in the team and individually for many years, competing across Europe. She graduated in 2005 from Glasgow University Veterinary School. This took her to work in a number of prestigious equine hospitals in England – Valley Equine Hospital, Lambourn and Rainbow Equine Hospital, Malton, before returning to her native Scotland where she spent 6 years working locally at Loch Leven Equine Practice, during which time she passed her Certificate in Equine Practice in 2011. She joined the team at EMS Ltd in October 2017 to help Derek with the ever growing case load. During her career in first opinion and referral practice, she has concentrated her time on internal medicine, anaesthesia and advanced dentistry.
Jenny has also been part of the ‘Vets with Horsepower Team’ mentored by Derek since 2014, where she learnt to lecture and give CPD to vets across the UK, mainland Europe and South Africa.
In her spare time Jenny loves to ride her trusty BMW800GS across the countryside with her father Trevor, baking bread, undertaking gundog training and walking miles with her two Labradors Tay and Fern and spending as much time with family and friends as she can.
Miss Katherine Peden
Katherine started work at Equine Medical Solutions in 2017 following a journalism career as Online Editor and Writer for ‘Your Horse’ magazine. There she worked alongside veterinary professionals researching and writing articles on equine medical issues.
She has over 30 years of equestrian knowledge and experience, having worked with racehorses and eventers. Katherine has also gained her BHSAI and BHS ISM, and has utilised this to teach in a variety of equestrian disciplines.
Miss Nikki Garner
Nikki started working with Equine Medical Solutions in January 2018, she has had an interested in horses from a very young age and has owned horses most of her life.
Nikki attended Oatridge college for 3 years attaining her HNC in Equine Studies, whilst studying she all achieved some BHS Stages and gained a UKCC coaching certificate. She has previously worked with Police Scotland’s Mounted unit as a groom for a short period of time doing maternity cover which she loved and found it very interesting, gaining great experience.
In her spare time Nikki competes regularly most weekends, competing mainly in cross country and showjumping.