About Us

Thornton Wright Equine is a proudly independent equine ambulatory practice based at Fairfield Stud, Willoughton, in Lincolnshire. As a continuation of Thornton Equine, established in 2017 by Dr. Nick Bowen MRCVS, Thornton Wright Equine continues a legacy of providing accessible, modern clinical excellence whilst upholding traditional practice values.

Dr. Rowan Wright MRCVS embarked on the partnership in 2023 to offer additional knowledge and expertise and is equally committed to ensuring that Thornton Wright Equine continues to be the veterinary provider of choice in the area for professional and leisure clients alike.

Thornton Wright Equine is a friendly, professional team who are dedicated to providing a comprehensive veterinary service, 24/7, to horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Lincolnshire. Our routine client area typically incorporates a 25-mile drive from the practice at Willoughton. This is to safeguard the delivery of an efficient emergency service should it be required by our patients.

Dr. Rowan J.H. Wright

Rowan graduated from the University of Liverpool during which he undertook externships in Newmarket and Kentucky. On graduation Rowan served as a House Surgeon to a busy referral hospital in the South West and was responsible for the primary care of the hospital’s inpatients, whilst gaining experience with a vast medicine, poor performance, surgical and reproductive caseload.

Rowan then joined Fyrnwy Equine Group in Shropshire as an ambulatory clinician where he furthered an interest in orthopaedics, surgery and youngstock management. Rowan is now completing a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP) and continues to endorse evidence-based practice. Rowan is an official veterinarian for the UK Government and can therefore, certify exports of live equines and germinal products. Rowan is a FEI permitted treating vet and provides veterinary assistance at international events, including Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Rowan grew up with horses in Lincolnshire but now in his spare time can be found field trialing with his Labrador, Whinnie or supporting Harriet’s dressage endeavours!

Dr. Nick P. Bowen
BVetmed CertEP MRCVS

Nick has spent more than 30 years in equine practice. During this time Nick has gained invaluable experience with a diverse range of clinical cases, including reproduction, medicine, lameness investigation and surgery. Nick started Thornton Equine in 2017 and developed the practice to what it has become today.

Nick holds a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP) having undertaken further postgraduate training and consulted as a Veterinary Advisor to the British Horseracing Authority for a period of 10 years. Furthermore, Nick has presented at the world-renowned conference for the Association of American Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

Nick has a particular interest in reproduction, lameness, and racing. Nick continues to work with highly reputable breeding enterprises and race yards.

Ruth Draper,
Practice Manager

Ruth has worked in many sectors of the equine industry over her 30 year career. In the late 1980’s she attained her BHSAI and went on to teach at Rednil Riding School. Ruth then furthered her experience in equine husbandry under the Burton Hunt Kennels and later went on to groom at national events for the 5* event rider Mark Todd whilst looking after a string of eventers at home for the Hood family.

A small change in direction saw Ruth as the yard manager for Straight Mile Farm Equine Hospital where she oversaw inpatient care, assisted in theatre and managed the running of the yard. After a brief spell in racing in Lambourne and some time travelling in Australia Ruth changed career and for 5 years worked in medial complaints for Abbot Laboratories Diabetes Care.

Since moving back to Lincolnshire in 2012 Ruth freelanced before joining the practice in 2017 as practice manager. She has three boys who take up most of her time but would love to have a horse of her own when time allows!

Dr. Bryan O’Meara
MVB, MVM, CertES(Orth), Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS

Bryan is a Specialist in Equine Surgery. Hailing from Cork, Ireland, he graduated from University College Dublin, and undertook a specialist surgical training between a private equine hospital and Glasgow University. Bryan has worked in the UK and Ireland, and today, Bryan holds a diploma as a European specialist in Equine Surgery (ECVS), and is a RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgery) specialist in Equine Surgery and also holds a Masters of Veterinary Medicine, which he obtained at Glasgow University and a certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery. Most recently, his publication on standing fracture repair of the elbow in Equine Veterinary Education detailed the first cases in the world performed in this manner, and this was presented at the European College of Veterinary Surgeons conference in 2022 and his work on standing accessory carpal bone fragment arthroscopic removal was presented at the ECVS Conference 2023.

Bryan works with approximately 45 practices in the UK on a referral basis. Some procedures are carried out on the yard if it is deemed to be safe and in the best interest of the horse. Such procedures can include sarcoid removal using diode laser or melanoma removal.

When Bryan is not at work, he is busy coaching his son’s Rugby team and following his daughter’s pony club activities while chasing his dream of becoming Pony Club Dad of the year!

Dr. James Roxburgh
MRCVS BVM&S Cert AVP (Equine Dentistry)
PG(SVS) Advanced Practitioner in Equine Dentistry

Graduating from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in 2012 with the Joe Frazer equine soft tissue award, James has since advanced his training in the field of equine veterinary dentistry. To date he has spent over 15 years achieving training and expertise to become a dedicated equine veterinary dentist.

In 2019 he achieved the RCVS advanced practitioner status in Equine Dentistry, completing his examinations through the University of Liverpool and passing the dental exam with distinction. He is currently the only Advanced equine dental practitioner in the whole of the North East. James has a specialist interest in oral extraction techniques and restorative dentistry.

Equine Veterinary Dentist was established in 2017 by James, a 100% dedicated equine dental practice based in North Yorkshire.”

Nick O’Sullivan
Dip WCF BSc (Hons)

Nick’s passion for horses was ignited at the age of 10 when he began riding and competed up to British Eventing CCI**. After leaving school at the age of 16, Nick completed an apprenticeship in Newmarket with Will and Ed O’Shaughnessy – Farriery World Champions 2022. In 2017 as a newly qualified Dip WCF Nick set up his own business servicing the equine population in North Wales.

Almost 8 years later with a wealth of experience and knowledge behind him Nick is now providing services for a wide range of horses ranging from 5* event horses belonging to event riders Emily King and Michael Owen down to children’s shetlands and everything in-between.

Nick takes pride in his work and has a special interest in veterinary and remedial farriery utilising the very best of modern farriery techniques. As a result Nick undertook a BSc (Hons) degree in Farriery, graduating in 2023 after focusing his research project on stride biomechanics and the impact of a shod hoof vs barefoot. Following on from this achievement Nick is hoping to continue furthering his research journey by achieving his AWCF.

Nick and Rowan have worked closely together over the past few years to treat a range of conditions and we are excited to have him on board to provide a specialist consultancy service for equines in Lincolnshire.

Prof. Mark Bowen

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Mark is one of the leading internal medicine specialists in the UK with a specific interest in equine cardiology and gastric ulcers. After a long and successful career in veterinary academia, he wanted to establish a more personal service to horse owners and provide affordable hospital standard care to horses in their home environment.

He provides us with second opinions on all aspects of internal medicine including cardiac, ocular, gastrointestinal disease, skin, respiratory and endocrine disease and undertakes visits in the clinic. Mark spends a lot of his time offering second opinions on heart murmurs and ocular disease in pre purchase settings where his experience competing himself means he can provide practical advice to owners backed by the science. Mark has been teaching vet students for decades and loves to pass on his knowledge, and wants to ensure that owners fully understand every aspect of his investigations so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you meet him!


Our service area is shown on the map below and has been created to ensure efficient delivery of emergency care to our patients should it be required.

Clients outside this area are welcome to book appointments at our practice premises.

Experienced equine clinicians
available for emergency care 24/7
Call us on 01652 240 071

Normal office hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Experienced equine clinicians

available for emergency care 24/7

Call us on
01652 240 071

Normal office hours:
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm