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EquiVET Ireland

About Us

EquiVET Ireland was founded in 2008 by Marcus Swail who wanted to increase the focus on his interest in Sport Horse Medicine. JP King joined the practice in 2013 and became a partner in 2020. The practice focus has always been on equine athletes, including investigation and treatment of lameness and performance loss. Our equine patients represent all disciplines and all abilities - from Olympians to Cheltenham Festival winners to children's ponies.

The practice also performs many pre-purchase examinations, both for our domestic clients and for horses purchased by overseas clients for export.

Our veterinarians have extensive experience of the requirements of each sporting discipline and high quality imaging as part of the examination is a priority. 

From the outset, working with Team Ireland Equestrian has formed part of the practice workload. Currently the practice is appointed as Team Ireland veterinarians managing the Irish equestrian teams across all disciplines from ponies right through to seniors. 


The practice also has a significant thoroughbred caseload incorporating National Hunt and Flat racing yards together with sales work. 

Meet The Team

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Marcus Swail

BVMS CertEqSportsMed MRCVS


Having grown up in Darragh Cross, Co. Down, Marcus graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1993. Following spells working in the UK and Australia he returned to Ireland in 1998 and subsequently became a partner in Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital. Marcus set up EquiVET Ireland in 2008. He worked as Team Veterinarian for the Irish Showjumping and Eventing Teams between 2003-2013 and the Irish Showjumping, Eventing and Dressage teams from 2017 to the present time. During this time, he has attended four Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games and multiple European Championships in Team Vet capacity. 


Marcus has presented talks at conferences such as American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention(AAEP),  British Equine Veterinary Association Annual Conference (BEVA), European Veterinary Conference 'Voorjaarsdagen' and Veterinary Sport Horse Conference , 'Jumping Amsterdam'. Marcus also completed a Graduate Certificate in Equine Sports Medicine from University College Dublin in 2018. 

Marcus recently took on the role of president of the Irish Equine Veterinary Association (IEVA). 

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JP King

BVSc CertEqSportsMed MRCVS


JP grew up in Ballyward, Co. Down from where he developed a strong interest in National Hunt and Flat racing.  He graduated from Liverpool University in 2010 before commencing an internship in Bell Equine Veterinary Hospital. Following this internship, he remained with Bell Equine in an ambulatory role before starting at EquiVET Ireland in 2013. He was appointed Team Veterinarian for the Irish Junior Eventing Team in 2015 and has subsequently expanded his Team Vet role to include the Irish Junior and Young Rider Eventing and Showjumping Teams. Since 2018, JP has undertaken Senior Team Vet positions in Showjumping, Eventing and Dressage including the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 as well as numerous 5* Nations Cup shows. He became a partner in EquiVET Ireland in 2020. 


JP completed a Graduate Certificate in Equine Sports Medicine from University College Dublin in 2018. 


Tim O'Hagan



Tim grew up in Fethard, Co. Tipperary from where he started riding at a young age. He competed in many disciplines including Eventing to International level. Following graduation from Bristol University in 2016, Tim went on to complete a summer internship focusing on upper airway surgery in racehorses. He then moved to Walnut Hill Equine in England where he was involved with a large lameness and sports medicine caseload over the past five years. Having taken up a position at EquiVET Ireland in 2021, Tim was appointed as Team Veterinarian for the Irish Pony Showjumping, Eventing and Dressage Teams travelling to the European Championships in Strezgorm, Poland. Tim also worked as Team Veterinarian at the Senior Showjumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona.  In 2022, Tim took over the position as Team Veterinarian for the Irish Senior Eventing Team with his duties including the World Eventing Championships in Pratoni, Italy. 

He is currently working towards his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Lameness Diagnosis and Therapeutics).


Seamus McSorley



Seamus grew up on Tattymulmona Stud Farm in Omagh, Co.Tyrone. From a family steeped in Showjumping, Seamus represented Ireland at Pony and Junior European level before commencing his veterinary studies in Liverpool in 2013. Following his graduation in 2018, Seamus worked at specialist equine practices in Ireland gaining both thoroughbred and sport horse experience.  He then went on to complete internships in Equine Sports Medicine in University of California Davis and Equine Surgery at Hagyard Equine Hospital before taking up a position at EquiVET Ireland in 2021. 

Seamus was appointed as Team Veterinarian for the Irish Children On Horses, Junior and Young Rider Showjumping Teams in 2022, travelling as Team Vet to the European Youth Showjumping Championships in Oliva Nova. He was also appointed as Team Veterinarian for the Irish Para Dressage Team with his duties including the 2022 World Championships in Herning. Seamus has also developed a strong interest in Acupuncture as an adjunct to his regular Sports Medicine therapies. 

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Marie Yorke
Practice Manager

Marie grew up in Newtown Forbes, Co. Longford and rode from an early age. Early in her career, she spent some time at the Army Equitation School before pursuing professional grooming roles at top Showjumping stables both in the USA and Ireland. During this time, Marie groomed at senior Championships including Europeans and World Equestrian Games, as well as multiple 5* Nations Cup Shows. Marie took on the role of Practice Manager at EquiVET Ireland in 2017.

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Jenny O'Connell
Veterinary Assistant

Jenny grew up in Aghabullogue, Co. Cork and competed extensively in Eventing up to Junior level. Following completion of her school studies, she spent a four-year period grooming in Eventing yards in both the UK and Ireland. From here, she had the opportunity to groom at 5* level including Badminton, Burghley and Pau, as well as various other International Events. Jenny joined EquiVET Ireland in 2014. 

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Katrina Dennison
Veterinary Assistant

Katrina grew up in Co. Waterford and competed to International level in Eventing. She gained extensive experience working within the industry, whilst grooming professionally in both the USA and Ireland. Having spent seven years grooming internationally in both Showjumping and Eventing yards, Katrina took up a position at EquiVET Ireland in 2018.


Sinead Corrigan
Veterinary Assistant

Sinead grew up in Tallaght, Co. Dublin. She completed RACE In 2014 before spending three years riding out for Michael Halford Racing in Kildare. Following this, she spent a four-year period working at Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital, before taking up a role at EquiVET Ireland in 2021. 

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