Jane Nixon Equine Vet

Equine Veterinary Surgeon Dr Jane Nixon MA VetMB BSC MRCVS

Dr Jane Nixon

Pictured: Jane riding her horse Dinky

With 40+ years’ experience and close involvement with both UK + European performance horse, mare & stallion gradings; Cambridge graduate Jane’s key interest is the performance horse and young horse development.

Jane is a British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Director and has appeared on Horse&Country TV in her role as Consultant Vet to the BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluation & Bridge Schemes.

She is also Consultant Vet to Sport Horse Breeding GB (SHBGB) Breed Committee and British Breeders Network (BBN). Locally, Jane is Consultant Vet to Buckingham Equine Vets (formerly Nixon Equine Vets which Jane formed in 2005).

Equine Veterinary Expertise & Appointments

Equine Vet Jane Nixon has a wealth of knowledge in most areas of equine veterinary practice, gained over the last 40 years. This was enhanced by her late husband; Stewart Hastie’s lifetime of experience and expertise gained over an additional 30 years in advance of Jane’s. In addition to providing routine equine veterinary services to her local client base, Jane also provides 5-stage pre-purchase horse examinations and private equine veterinary referrals and consultancy UK-wide, in addition to holding several prestigious equestrian industry consultancy appointments.

Pictured: Equine Vet Jane Nixon with Jan Rogers discussing the new BEF Equine Futurity Linear Scoring System

Pictured: Equine Vet Jane Nixon with Jan Rogers discussing the new BEF Futurity Linear Scoring System

Working With the BEF & FEI

British Equestrian Federation (BEF)

Jane is a Director of the British Equestrian Federation – the NATIONAL governing body for the Olympic equestrian sports in the UK and affiliated to the FEI. Until recently, Jane was also the Director for Equine Development for the BEF, with responsibility for:

  • Representing the interests of British breeding + collaboration with British studbooks
  • Support better breeding, production & management of horses through knowledge sharing
  • Make the best use of available data to promote appropriate breeding of horses and ponies
  • Continue to develop the BEF Futurity + validate its predictions for high performance horses
  • Reduce the gap between Futurity and the WCEP by establishing the Equine Bridge
  • Establish a development pathway for the recreational horse
  • Promote improved standards of biosecurity in the equine industry
  • Support the British Horse Industry Confederation and Equine Health and Welfare Strategy.

Jane is also a past official FEI Treating Vet and was FEI Veterinary Service Manager for the International CDI Dressage run under FEI rules, held at Addington Manor EC in March each year. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, the FEI is the INTERNATIONAL governing body for all equestrian sports.

BEF Futurity Evaluating Vet
British Equestrian Federation evaluating vet for the BEF Futurity Scheme, examining youngstock from foals to 3 year-olds, with regards to their suitability as future competition horses.

Futurity Website

BEF Bridge + Pathway Vet
Evaluating vet for the BEF Bridge Scheme funding 4year-old young horse development and for 5 year-olds hoping to enter the BEF Equine Pathway and then qualify for the BEF World Class Programme.

World Class Programme

Excel Talent Progeamme

The above schemes relate to horses. The equivalent rider scheme is the Excel Talent Programme!

Consultant Vet to Buckingham Equine Vets
While the majority of equine vet Jane Nixon’s work is in her own private equine veterinary consultancy business, Nixon Equine Veterinary Consultancy, Jane also acts as equine veterinary consultant to Buckingham Equine Vets; which practice was originally founded in 2005 by Jane and her husband and fellow equine vet, Stewart Hastie, as Nixon Equine Vets.

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RCVS & Riding School Equine Veterinary Inspections
On the RCVS Riding Establishments Act Sub Committee from 1994 to 1999, and, since 1980 Inspector County Council riding schools. Equine vet Jane’s Local Authority work re the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 & 1970 involves examining local riding schools. Jane very much enjoys her work with the local riding schools each year and watching them grow.

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Sport Horse Breeding GB
Since 2009 Equine Vet Jane Nixon has been Veterinary Consultant to the Breeders’ Committee at Sports Horse Breeding of Great Britain (SHBGB).

SHBGB Website

British Breeders Network
Jane is Veterinary Adviser to the British Breeders Network aimed at improving the quality and reputation of British-bred horses to a wider equestrian audience.

BBN Website

Performance Horse Consultancy & Referrals
Performance horse consultancy both direct and via liaison with referring vets to assess, diagnose and advise on poor performance in competition horses and ponies in all equine sports disciplines. Equine Vet Jane Nixon works in a recognised, entirely ethical and professional manner with the referring vet to diagnose the problem and advise the “home” vet on treatment required. Jane continues to liaise with the home vet, who treats the horse, with Jane following up thereafter.

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5-Stage Pre-purchase Horse Examinations
When buying a horse, an equine pre-purchase examination or “horse vetting” by an experienced equine veterinarian is recommended. Equine Vet Jane Nixon follows the British Equestrian Veterinary Association (BEVA) / Royal Collage of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) guidelines; which outline the principles of the 5 stage equine pre-purchase examination. Jane has always been fascinated with the structure and functioning of the horse.

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