In memoriam: Stewart Hastie 1922 - 2018
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08 Mar 18

In memoriam: Stewart Hastie 1922 - 2018

Veterinary surgeon and life time member of British Eventing, Stewart Hastie died suddenly on 21st February 2018, aged 95 years. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Stewart worked as a veterinary surgeon for 74 years, focussing predominantly on horses throughout his career, setting up an equine and small animal practice in Buckinghamshire.

The practice, Hastie and Jenkerson, was where he met his wife of 24 years, Jane Nixon, who became a partner in 1983 before founding Nixon Equine Veterinary Practice in 2005, which was rebranded and sold as Buckingham Equine Veterinary Practice in 2011.

Stewart was intimately associated with the equine world; he was Veterinary Advisor to the Society of Master Saddlers and was recognised as an Honorary Fellow of the organisation. He was passionate about education of the horse-owning public and was heavily involved with the British Horse Society. He wrote two editions of The British Horse Society Veterinary Manual and received an Award of Merit for Welfare and Training from the BHS. His contributions to the equine industry were recognised by the award of the British Equestrian Trade Association’s Life Time Achievement Award in 2013.

Stewart also served as Secretary to the British Veterinary Association in the 1960s and acting as both Honorary Secretary and Honorary Information Officer for the British Equine Veterinary Association in the 1970s. Stewart was a passionate believer in continued professional development and was an avid supporter of BEVA meetings until very recently.

He provided unwavering support for his wife Jane and her work, despite suffering a total right-sided stroke in 1999, Stewart’s indomitable perseverance and determination shone through. His gait was impaired, but Stewart still found ways to accompany Jane on the majority of her professional visits. They were a formidable team in the nicest possible way, forged from 40 years of working closely together.

There will be a celebration of the life of Stewart Hastie on 24th April, at 11.30, at 1905 Suite, Whittlebury Park, Towcester, Northampton, NN12 8WP. All are most welcome. Please advise by 6th April if you wish to attend.

Donations to ‘The Stewart Hastie Veterinary Student Champion’ programme, The British Horse Society, Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ.

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