The Late Stewart Hastie

Stewart Hastie BVMS MRCVS — a vet of some repute!

Jane Nixon was married to the late Stewart Hastie for nearly 25 years, until his death in 2018. Between them, they formed Nixon Equine Vets practice in Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire in 2005.

Stewart Hastie with his Lifetime Achievement Award from BETA

A life's work...

Stewart graduated from Glasgow in 1944. He worked in general practice in Kent & Northampton before joining a one-man agricultural practice in Maids Moreton, Buckingham in 1956 that would eventually become Nixon Equine Vet Consultancy. From his early days in agricultural practice, Stewart quickly developed a thriving small companion animal section and in the early sixties, began to species specialise in horses, in which he was fully occupied 10 years later. It was here that Stewart’s pioneering interest in the value of ethical co-operation with recognised complementary disciplines developed. In 2013 Stewart was honoured by BETA with a prestigeous Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Equine Trade Association annual black tie gala dinner and awards ceremony at the NEC, when he was presented with a beautiful bronze horse & jockey by Jane Holderness-Roddam, to commemorate the event.

Author of the BHS Veterinary Manual

Now in its 2nd edition with input from P Ivens

Stewart Hastie is the author of the Equine Vet Author of the BHS Veterinary Manual. Authoritative, comprehensive and practical, this fully updated and revised edition includes new material on: Laminitis, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Body Condition Scoring, Biosecurity including Yard Biosecurity plans and National Biosecurity plans; and a brief overview on international horse movements. Also included are sections on Exotic Diseases, Equine Grass Sickness, Atypical Myopathy and an update on RAO (COPD). The BHS Veterinary Manual is a companion volume to The BHS Complete Manual of Stable Management and indirectly to The BHS Complete Manual of Equitation. They are intended primarily for examination students but should also be essential reading for all who care about and care for the horse. Take a look inside the BHS Veterinary Manual and buy online at Amazon.

Society of Master Saddlers

Society of Master Saddlers

Stewart Hastie was Veterinary Consultant to the Society of Master Saddlers until 2015 and a member of the Society of Master Saddlers Executive Committee for over 15 years. Jane replaced Stewart as the SMS veterinary consultant and is now a board member of the SMS. Before taking over as veterinary consultant, Jane Nixon assisted Stewart in this capacity, lecturing on his behalf to the following SMS courses:

  • The SMS Introductory Course
  • The SMS Qualified Saddle Fitters Course
  • The SMS Refresher Course.