Our History


The Minster Equine Veterinary Clinic were the first vet practice in Yorkshire to have a specifically designed equine operating theatre when, in 1985, we built Sailsbury Road. Since February 1998 we have been an equine specific department. We have a superb reputation dedicated to providing quality professional care for horses in numerous equestrian disciplines. We are a highly qualified and experienced ten-vet team working from three sites across Yorkshire.

Our original York clinic boasts excellent surgical, medical and inpatient facilities as well as a range of surfaces for gait assessment during lameness and poor performance investigations. We have an in house laboratory, which is CEMO accredited enabling a fast and accurate turnaround on breeding swabs. There are 8 vets based at York, enabling us to provide an exemplary ambulatory service to our surrounding clients 24/7.

Our branch practices at Ripon and Malton are primarily ambulatory practices but both can hold in-patients and have facilities to enable diagnostic lameness investigations, including a mixture of surfaces for trotting on. Both branches have a dedicated veterinary surgeon and a branch manager and can provide some laboratory screening tests such as faecal egg counts. Each branch practice is fully equipped with new, world-class digital x-ray equipment (both CR and DR) as well as ultrasound and airway endoscopy. All equipment is fully mobile allowing us to provide full diagnostic services on your yard, often without the need for a power supply. These branches are crucial for a business model, permitting us to provide swift and professional services to our clients across North Yorkshire.

With all our depth of knowledge, experience, facilities and equipment we are sure we can meet the veterinary needs of your horse, whether it’s an athletic racehorse of a child’s pony, to the customary high standard Minster provides and upholds.