Our Equine Vets 


Phil has been an equine vet since graduating from Glasgow University in 1998 and his career has been dedicated to obtaining further training and qualifications in equine medicine and surgery. Time spent in Newmarket, Malton and at the Royal Veterinary College has provided Phil with a breadth of experience particularly in the diagnosis and management of lameness in competition horses. Phil joined Clevedale Vets in 2005 and became the partner responsible for the equine department in 2006. Phil holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certificates in equine internal medicine and equine orthopaedic surgery, and is one of only a couple of Vets in the UK to have obtained further qualifications in both medicine and surgery. This ensures that Clevedale vets’ management of medical and surgical cases is in keeping with current best practice. Phil was also awarded a PhD in 2006 for his work on injuries in racehorses. Phil provides a second opinion service to other vets from Middleham to Northumberland as well as supporting our other equine vets within the practice. Phil has lectured in this country and abroad on a range of equine topics, as well as publishing articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and in general equine publications. Outside of work, Phil’s interests revolve around salmon fishing and working his wild yellow Labradors.

Alistair Love BVSc  Cert AVP (EP) MRCVS

Alistair grew up locally before studying at the University of Liverpool and graduating in 2008. He returned back to the local area soon after graduating and has been at the practice for many years now. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Practice and enjoys seeing a wide and varied equine case load. Alistair set up and runs Clevedale’s gastroscopy service which takes referrals from other practices as well as serving our clients to make sure our horses can compete at the highest level and are comfortable in their work.

 Alistair has a passion for dealing with difficult and challenging cases (as well as difficult and challenging horses) and focusses on continuing to develop his knowledge and experience in all things equine. He also has a special interest in diagnosing and treating cases of equine laminitis. He regularly organises and talks at client evenings and strongly believes in helping people to prevent or reduce illness in their horses.

In his spare time Alistair mostly enjoys spending time with his young family and playing football.

Dr Michele Greco DVM, PhD, PgCert.Vet.Red, Msc.Vet.Repo,MRCVS

Michele graduated (hons) in Naples, Italy in 2003. Strongly motivated to learn many different approaches to Veterinary Medicine, he spent almost three and half years studying and working all over Europe (Italy, Ireland, Belgium, France and UK).

Back in Italy he started to run his own sports horse practice. A mixed population of show jumpers, quarter horses and standardbreds as well as hacks and pleasure horses represent the main population he treated.  During these years his commitment to best clinical practice and continuing professional development was recognised by the University of Naples Veterinary School also employed Michele as their primary equine surgeon and lecturer for the Equine Service. He also persevered in his professional developing gaining a PhD as well as Diplomas and Certificates in Veterinary Radiology, Reproduction and Clinical Sciences.

We are confident that Michele will be able to expand the soft tissue surgery side of our practice whilst also lending a much needed hand to our orthopaedics caseload

Lis Watson VetMB Ph.D MRCVS

Having studied microbiology to doctorate level Lis returned to vet school and graduated from Cambridge in 2007. After spending 5 years in mixed practice in East Anglia she joined Clevedale Vets in May 2014, combining a move to a beautiful part of the country and a desire to specialise in equine practice.

Lis enjoys the great variety of equine practice seen at Clevedale Vets, but is particularly interested in all aspects of internal medicine and anaesthesia, and is responsible for the majority of the anaesthetics carried out at the practice. She is studying for a RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice focusing on equine internal medicine.

In her spare time Lis enjoys spending time with her young family and her own horses.

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