Meet our Team
Emeritus Professor Derek Knottenbelt Director OBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DipECEIM, MRCVS
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Professor Derek Knottenbelt is a specialist in equine internal medicine and a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. Derek retired from a personal chair in Equine Medicine at the University of Liverpool in 2010 having run a sarcoid referral service for over 20 years.
Derek established Equine Medical Solutions Ltd and is also a consultant at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine.
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. In 2018 he was awarded the RCVS Inspiration Award.
Derek is actively involved in animal and human charity work both in UK and abroad and is a founder member of the Vets with Horsepower team raising money for charity through provision of high quality CPD to vets and horse owners.
Through Equine Medical Solutions Ltd he offers a consultancy service for vets 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 equine veterinary text books and over 100 refereed scientific papers.
Jenny Croft Vet BVMS CertEP MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice
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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.
Dr Morna Knottenbelt Director BVM&S, CertSAD, MRCVS
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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 company EMS Ltd.
Miss Nikki Garner Office Administrator
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Nikki started working with Equine Medical Solutions in January 2018, she has had an interest in horses from a very young age and has owned horses most her life.
Nikki attended Oatridge College for 3 years attaining her HNC in Equine Studies, whilst studying she also achieved some BHS Stages and a UKCC teaching certificate. She has previously worked with Police Scotland’s Mounted Unit as a groom for a short period of time covering maternity which she loved and found it very interesting and gaining great experience.
In her spare time Nikki competes regularly most weekends, competing in cross country and show jumping.
Dr Clare Knottenbelt Director and HR Manager BVSc, MSc, DSAM, MRCVS
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Clare 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 worked at the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine for 18 years and was the Head of Division for Companion Animal Sciences for 6 years. She was given a personal chair at the University of Glasgow in 2010.
Clare’s clinical interests are the treatment and prevention of cancer in companion animals. Clare currently works as a freelance oncology consultant and is a Director of Equine Medical Solutions Ltd.
Outside work Clare enjoys contributing to the Scottish Equestrian Vaulting Team through her roles as Chairperson, coach and HGV driver. She also competes internationally as a lunger for the equestrian vaulting athletes.
Susan Smeaton Office Administrator
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Susan graduated in 1996 from Napier University, Edinburgh with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, and went on to work in various roles in Customer Service and Retail Account Management.
Susan joined EMS in April 2018, having ridden and owned horses since a young age. Outside of work, Susan enjoys riding her horse Blyth, and is on the Committee of a local riding club Glenbrae, and enjoys spending spare time with her husband out walking their dog Otis.