The Team

Veterinary Surgeons

Dr Andre Buthe Dr Med Vet MRCVS, Cert Acupuncture (IVAS) & Chiropractic (AVCA)

Team Veterinarian for the British Dressage Senior Team

Andre worked as an equine veterinarian at the University of Berlin performing research of the ‘kissing-spine’ syndrome, alongside his clinical work. In 2003 Andre set up practice for sports medicine in the UK and has been team veterinarian for the British Equestrian Federation and its World Class performance programme since 2006. He is a FEI accredited veterinarian and has supported various nations at the Olympics, world equestrian games and international competitions.

He combines conventional orthopaedic medicine with acupuncture and chiropractic to allow the horse to reach and maintain its optimum performance. The majority of his case load is back problem and lameness related.

Andre has competed to International level himself, so has a great understanding of the demands on high performance horses.

Dr Christiana Ober DRS MRCVS

Team Veterinarian for the New Zealand Eventing Team

Christiana relocated from the USA to the UK in 2015. She graduated from the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.

She has 20 years of extensive experience in equine sports medicine and managing the competition horse. Her primary interests include purchase exams, lameness, management and rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries, regenerative medicine, and sports medicine especially related to the three-day event horse.

Her practice in the USA was located in Middleburg, Virginia and Ocala, Florida, where she was the Team Veterinarian for the Canadian Eventing Team for 10 years through three World Equestrian Games and two Olympic Games. She has been Team veterinarian for the New Zealand Eventing Team since 2015. She served as Team veterinarian for both the New Zealand Eventing and Show jumping Teams at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in 2018. She also serves as a Team Vet for USA Show jumping at occasional shows in the UK and Europe.

She is FEI qualified as both a permitted treating veterinarian and as a veterinary delegate for three-day eventing. She comes from a competitive running background in university and has completed 7 full Ironman Triathlons including the World Championships in Hawaii. She likes to spend her free time cycling, and most importantly spending time with her husband, Andre Buthe, and their son Luca.

Dr Alice Croxford BVMedSci BVM BVS CertAVP(EL) Cert Acupuncture (IVAS) MRCVS

Assistant Team Veterinarian for New Zealand Eventing Team

Alice graduated from the University of Nottingham in which time she had two equine research articles published and had spent time at large clinics in the USA and EU. After graduation she was awarded the John Walmsley Clinical Research Scholarship to conduct orthopaedic research into stifle lameness. Following this she spent several years working at busy equine practices in Gloucestershire and South Wales, and completed an 18-month internship at Liphook Equine Hospital where she gained extensive experience in referral level orthopaedics, surgery and medicine.

Alice joined André Buthe Equine Clinic as a senior clinician in 2019 with her special interest in management of the competition horse, particularly orthopaedic conditions, rehabilitation, poor performance, and diagnostic imaging.

Alice is a FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian and an Official Veterinarian (OCQ(V)-EQ) and can be found supporting clients at events during the competition season. Alice is stepped into a role as assistant team veterinarian for the New Zealand Eventing team in 2020 and in 2023 became assistant team veterinarian for the British dressage senior team. She has also supported the USA 3* showjumping team at several successful Nations Cup events. She holds a CertAVP in equine lameness diagnosis and therapeutics and is Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS).

Dr Jonathon Hurcomb BVSC MRCVS

Jon graduated from the University of Bristol and joined the clinic in 2021.

He is an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian and Official Veterinarian (OCQ(V)-EQ) and is currently completing his certificate of advanced veterinary practice, specialised in lameness diagnosis and therapeutics.

He has previously competed up to 1.40 level showjumping and in his spare time can be found running around the Marlborough downs.