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Ben Gaskell
Sunley Raynes
Ben Gaskell
BVSc MRCVS
Vet - Sunley Raynes
A bit about me...
Ben graduated in 2000 from Bristol Vet School, which he says seems a long time ago. Originally from the South West, Ben spent most of his formative years on the Wirral near Leahurst where his parents worked at the Vet School. His first job was at Peter Scott Dunns equine clinic in Berkshire, followed by a stint back in Cheshire at the practice now known as Brown Moss Equine. Ben came to Yorkshire in 2003 and joined Bishopton working on the equine and large animal side. After an enjoyable sabbatical in industry and some time back in practice in Ripon, he’s very pleased to have returned to the Bishopton fold for the long term. Ben’s clinical interests are limited but include racehorse and sports horse performance, in addition to an unhealthy interest in worm control and wormer resistance.
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Outside of work Ben gets ready to go back to work, spends his time looking after his three girls, dogs, ponies and cat, with his wife Mel, who also teaches in the area. Occasional bursts of enthusiasm see him play tennis and very sporadically get back on a horseā€¦
Neil Mechie
Sunley Raynes
Neil Mechie
Vet - Sunley Raynes
A bit about me...

Neil graduated from The RVC, London in 2010 and went on to complete an internship at Minster Equine Hospital near York. After spending just under a year working in first opinion equine practice he joined Mark Johnston Racing becoming one of two vets in charge of all the veterinary care for 250+ racing TBs. It is during the 7.5 years spent there that his passion for the sport of racing grew and along with his wife and now fellow colleague, Lucy, Neil has successfully gone on to train point to point and National Hunt racehorse winners, with hopefully many more to come

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When not with the horses Neil is kept busy looking after his two young children and family dog, Max.
Stewart Mechie
Sunley Raynes
Stewart Mechie
BVM&S MRCVS
Vet - Sunley Raynes
A bit about me...
Stewart graduated from Edinburgh in 1983. He grew up on a livestock farm in Scotland and spent the early part of his career in mixed practice, with a stint working for the VI service. He joined Stirks Equine Practice in 2003 then spent 3 years working abroad for the Hong Kong Jockey Club before returning to Bishopton Equine in 2018. Stewarts main interests are lameness investigations, poor performance, studwork and horses-in-training.
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Outside of work, Stewart is still a competitive fell runner and enjoys mountaineering, skiing, gardening and messing about with this grandchildren.
Lucy Mechie
Sunley Raynes
Lucy Mechie
BVetMed CertAVP(EM) MRCVS
Vet - Sunley Raynes
A bit about me...
Lucy graduated from The Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010 and went on to complete an internship at a busy hospital in Essex before heading back to her native Yorkshire to work in predominantly equine practice.

In 2016 Lucy achieved the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice specialising in equine internal medicine, and has a keen interest in anaesthesia, reproduction and poor performance.
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Outside of work Lucy is kept busy looking after her two young children, Willow and Hew and riding out the handful of racehorses trained by her husband, fellow vet, Neil. She also enjoys long walks with the family Border collie, Max.
Simon Stirk
Sunley Raynes
Simon Stirk
Vet - Sunley Raynes
A bit about me...
Simon has joined the practice as a Director and Clinical Consultant. Simon brings a wealth of experience from over 30 years of equine veterinary practice in Ripon and the surrounding area. Simon will be working part time, providing his services for clients of the practice and dispensing his priceless advice to us all!
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