About Us

Find out more about our equine referral service

Our referral services are headed up by Dr John Marshall BVMS PhD DipACVS DipECVS MRCVS. 


"Thistle Equine Referrals is an exciting and novel collaboration between practices with the goal of providing advice and support to vets and horse owners across Scotland. I’m really pleased to have this opportunity to lead and develop our referral lameness and surgery services with the team."

John is originally from Ayr and graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School before completing equine internship and surgery residency programs in the USA. John is both an American and European Diplomate in Equine Surgery and was awarded a PhD for equine studies by North Carolina State University. In 2010, John returned to the University of Glasgow as a Senior University Clinician in Equine Surgery where he developed the lameness and diagnostic imaging services including objective lameness assessment and MRI.

John's clinical interests include advanced lameness assessment, arthroscopic surgery and the treatment of orthopaedic disease. John has published and presented equine clinical research nationally and internationally.

In 2023, John joined us and launched Thistle Equine Referrals, providing advanced lameness and surgical services for referring veterinary surgeons, clients and horses across Scotland and the North of England.

Thistle Equine Referrals is a collaboration between MBM Veterinary Group (Ayrshire), Avondale Veterinary Group (South Lanarkshire), The Equine Vet Clinic (Renfrewshire) and Forth Valley Vets (Stirling) offering second opinion and referral services for all vets and horse owners. 

Thistle Equine Referrals offers referral services by appointment at the purpose-built equine facilities of the Equine Vet Clinic and MBM Veterinary Group.  

In the event of an emergency, please contact your veterinary practice.



Find out more about our extensive equine referral services

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