Equitait Veterinary Practice
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Colin Tait


Colin founded Equitait Veterinary practice in October 2009.  He spent much of his time whilst growing up in the Borders on horse-back competing in a number of disciplines. His passion for riding was a large influence on his decision to study veterinary science at the University of Glasgow.

For two years following graduation, Colin worked in mixed practice in the Midlands before taking a year out to travel the world including working a calving season in Te Awamutu in New Zealand and an equine stud season in Victoria, Australia.

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On his return to the UK, he worked at Cambridge University teaching theoretical and clinical skills to veterinary students, whilst being responsible for the clinical cases which were referred to the University.

Prior to setting up Equitait, Colin was a senior assistant at the Arundel Equine Veterinary Hospital in West Sussex. Here, Colin, along with a busy ambulatory role, had managerial responsibilities within the hospital including a mentoring role for the intern, nursing staff and more junior veterinary surgeons.  In addition, he had a large workload of horses and donkeys, including livery yards with more than 170 horses, riding schools in excess of 50 horses and large racing yards. He was fortunate to work for a diverse range of clients from pleasure through to international performance horse riders and racehorse trainers.

During his time at Arundel, Colin gained extensive experience working within the competitive sporting sector of the equine field and was a senior veterinary surgeon at a number of race courses, including Goodwood and also at the British Jumping Derby Meetings and the Longines Royal International Horse Shows at Hickstead.

When deciding to set up Equitait, Colin was keen to return to his roots and has settled with his wife in the Borders.  They had their daughter Isabella in September 2016, followed by George in 2020 and also share their home with their Cocker spaniels Buttons and Lucy.

In 2012 Colin was selected to attend the London Olympics as a FEI treating veterinary surgeon where he was privileged to be able to spend 10 days on site at Greenwich Park.

Beth Shaw


Beth studied at The University of Edinburgh and has been with us at Equitait for the past year.

In her spare time she enjoys travel and spending time with her dog.



Emma Page

Emma returned to the Duns area in 2012 after working in and around Cambridge in Biological research for 8 years.

She then worked at The Moredun Research Institute on the outskirts of Edinburgh for 3 years before having her first little boy.

Emma grew up near Duns on the family farm and has been involved with horses since an early age. She has 2 young sons, a dog called Inca and a couple of ponies.

Katy Doyle

Katy joined the Equitait team in 2012 for 3 years and has recently returned to us following a period as a freelance groom / shepherd. She grew up in the Duns area and has been involved with horses for many years.

Katy has a Jack Russell Terrier called Alfie, a cob called Darcie and two rescue donkeys.

Her interests include horse breeding, country sports and sheep.

Esther Ross RVN

Esther has worked with animals from an early age.

After studying zoology in Queens University in Belfast, she returned to Scotland to train as a Registered Veterinary Nurse between Glasgow vet school and Telford college. Following graduation, Esther made her way down the country working in Ayrshire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, then Cornwall in mixed and small animal practice.

After getting married & having their first daughter Rosie, Esther and her family moved north again to be closer to family, arriving in the Borders in 2018. They welcomed their second daughter Maggie in 2019.

Esther made the decision to return to work and started with Equitait in 2022. She is particularly interested in wound management and radiography and is keen to delve into the world of equine reproduction.

Chloe Ramage RVN

Chloe has always had an interest in animal care, more specifically equine care. Having been around horses from a young age and owning her own pony Paddy for the past 12 years this was always the career path she wanted to go down.

Chloe graduated with a B.Sc. Hons degree in Veterinary nursing at Edinburgh Napier University, and following a stint in small animal practice in Edinburgh joined the Equitait team in December 2023 to fulfil her passion within the equine sector. She has a particular interest in wound care and is looking at getting involved in all aspects of veterinary nursing. She is also assisting our administration team on reception and in particular will be coordinating some of our yard visits in East Lothian and Berwickshire.



At Equitait we are always looking for the right people.   If you feel you are that person then please get in touch.


Should you wish to find out further details or apply, please e-mail equitaithr@outlook.com.  Applicants should enclose a full CV and covering letter.