Farm Animal Practices
All farm practices are invited to attend quarterly Farm & Equine Clinical Director Meetings; a forum for general farm and equine business updates at group level, as well as a chance to feedback on new initiatives, share knowledge and discuss local business challenges.
In addition, we benefit from our IVC Farm Clinical Advisory Board, which advises on clinical suitability of products, creates suggested protocols, helps develops farm and equine marketing strategies and is a platform for sharing best practice to the benefit of all members.
- Farm Advisory Board
Alison Burns(BSc, BVMS, MRCVS)
Main interest for many years was dairy herd health, mastitis and fertility. Concentrated mainly on farm animal veterinary work until required hip replacement 5 years ago so though I still do dairy work I no longer do any really heavy stuff. Been in partnership for 28 years until sold to IVC due to no real succession to the practice. Have developed an keen interest in zoo work since the development and growth of Yorkshire Wildlife park and the practice now has 3 zoos as clients.
Andrew Millar(BVMS MRCVS)
Farm Animal Clinical Director, Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd
Andrew graduated from Glasgow in 1992 and worked in mixed practice until 2001 when he joined Ardene House Vet Practice to do nearly 100% farm work. The majority of the farm clients of Ardene House are family run beef suckler cow units. Andrew enjoys working and relaxing in the Aberdeenshire countryside. He has been involved with the North of Scotland BVA for some time and in 2018 became the firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Rafferty(BVM&S, MRCVS, Cert CHP, Cert SHP)
Large Animal Clinical Director at Strathspeyvets in Scottish Highlands
Principal of a very mixed practice for 30 years which includes zoo, meat hygiene and wild game work as well as the usual species. Father to 4 boys who thought veterinary was too smelly and too hard work! Took me 40 years it discover that!
Other interests include farming, property and escaping to the hills.
John Blackwell(BVSc MRCVS)
Clinical Director Brownlow Veterinary Group
I qualified from Liverpool in 1985 and have worked in mixed practice (only had 2 jobs!), ever since. Moving to my present practice in 1987, the practice has grown from a 3 vet practice to 9 vets working out of 3 centres. My role has mainly been focused on the Farm animal side of the practice, dealing with a mix of dairy and beef clients, a few commercial sheep flocks, and an ever increasing 1st opinion equine clients.
Late in the bar one night I was convinced to stand for the council of BCVA, and began a journey that saw me chair the Medicines Group through the challenges of the Marsh and Competition Commission enquiries into Dispensing of Veterinary Medicines, Treasurer, and culminating in being President in 2008.
During this time I represented BCVA on various committees at the British Veterinary Association, and also represented BVA as its director on the board of AMTRA (a position I still hold) and have been keen to promote the joint working of Vets and SQP's in the different medicine prescribing chains. I was proud to become BVA President in 2014/15 and represent the professions views on a whole range of issues both to government, key stakeholders, and the wider general public. I enjoy delivering a lecture and practical sessions within the veterinary public health module at Nottingham, and also perform the role of one of the external examiners at Harper Adams.
Kate Matheson(BVM&S MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Robson & Prescott
Kate joined Robson and Prescott in 2004 after graduating from the University of Edinburgh. After a year away from the practice in 2010 she returned to become a Clinical Director. Kate works in the farm animal team and has a particular interest in herd health. The farm work is varied with beef and sheep work taking up most of her time, a bit of dairy and some more exotic alpacas and zoo animals fill up the rest of her days.
Outside of work Kate is kept busy by two small boys and enjoys road biking, running, skiing and mountain climbing - time permitting!
Martin Fitzpatrick(MVB PG CERT SAS RCVS Advanced practitioner in Small Animal Surgery)
Clinical Director, Castle Veterinary Group
I graduated from University College Dublin in 1983. I set up Castle Veterinary Group, a mixed practice in January 1985. The practice has continued to grow and is currently a thirteen vet two site practice.
I am interested in all aspects of mixed practice, but particularly in othopaedic and soft tissue surgery.
Mike Bardsley(B. Vet. Med. Cert CHP. MRCVS. RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production)
I qualified from The Royal Veterinary College London in 1976 and worked in a mixed but predominantly farm animal practice in Devon for 4 years. I moved to a mixed practice in Beccles (now called Three Rivers Veterinary Group) in 1980 and became a partner in the same year. At the time there was one main practice and there were three vets and three staff employed. I became senior partner in 1996 and at the time we had grown to five vets and acquired the surgery of Gwyn Evans in Loddon. During my time as senior partner over the next twenty years we opened two new practices in Poringland and Kessingland and purchased another two practices in Norwich and built an extension to double the size of the Beccles practice. Three Rivers Veterinary Group now employs 16 vets in six practices and employs over 40 other members of staff. I continued my interest in farm animal work during my career and obtained an RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health & Production and I now have the title of Advanced Practitioner. We joined Independent Vetcare in 2016 and since that time I have been involved with the Farm Animal Advisory Board as well as ensuring the continued progress of Three Rivers Veterinary Group. Since joining Independent Vetcare I have been proud to negotiate the installation of a CT Scanner at our Beccles Practice, it will be a fantastic resource for our practice and it will also increase the clinical expertise that we can offer to our clients.
Owain Jenkins(BSc., BVSc., DBR, MRCVS)
Owain graduate from Liverpool in 2000 and joined a mixed practice in Snowdonia where he worked for six years. During this time he realised that he most enjoyed working with farmers and in 2006 decided to join the Delaware Veterinary Group as a farm animal vet to focus on dairy practice. In 2012 he gained a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from the University of Liverpool and became a partner in the same year. Owain enjoys working with farmers to improve the health of their herds and promoting best practice within the dairy industry especially with the use of new technology. During his spare time he enjoys walking his dog and following the ups and downs of the Welsh rugby.OJenkins@delawarevets.co.uk