Farm Animal Practices
Leading Farm Veterinary Care
We have gathered the best of the best and created the Farm Advisory Board to help achieve our aim to promote best practice in health, welfare and productivity, working closely with our clients to pool knowledge and develop protocols and strategies that work for both the client and the practice.
We are very excited about our education and CPD plans, helping to ensure vets and nurses are armed with the best support, the most up to date knowledge and the right tools to serve their clients.
All farm practices are invited to attend the 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.
- Farm Advisory Board
Alison Burns(BSc, BVMS, MRCVS)
Alison graduated from Murdoch University, Australia in 1981, before joining Portland House in 1983. She became a Partner in the practice in 1996, and Clinical Director in 2017. Alison worked mainly with large animals until 2000, but after a hip replacement now concentrates more on management. Her main interests are still dairy fertility, mastitis and herd health, and zoo animal medicine. With the little free time she has out of work, Alison enjoys travelling, dog walking and Pilates.
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
John Blackwell(BVSc MRCVS)
Clinical Director Brownlow Veterinary Group
Qualifying from Liverpool in 1985, I joined my present practice in 1987 (I’ve only had two jobs!). The practice has grown from a 3 vet practice to 9 vets working out of 3 centres. My role has been mainly focused on the farm animal side of the practice. Late in a bar one night, I was convinced to stand for the BCVA council, and began a journey that has seen me chair the Medicines Group through the challenges of Marsh and Competition Commissioning enquiries into Dispensing of Veterinary Medicines, Treasurer, and culminating in being president in 2008. I was proud to become BVA President in 2014/15 and represent the profession’s views on a whole range of issues to government, key stakeholders and the wider general email@example.com
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!
Mike Bardsley(B. Vet. Med. Cert. CHP. MRCVS. Advance Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production)
I qualified in 1976 from the Royal Veterinary College London and joined my first practice that was a predominantly farm animal practice. In 1980 I moved to a small practice (now known as Three Rivers Veterinary Group) and became partner in the same year. While at this practice, I have seen it grow from employing 3 vets and 3 staff members to employing 16 vets over 6 practices with over 40 members of staff. Farm has been a particular interest for me and I have obtained an RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production, becoming an Advanced Practitioner.firstname.lastname@example.org
Owain Jenkins(BSc., BVSc., DBR, MRCVS)
Head of Farm Board & Clinical Director
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 email@example.com
Tim Caldwell(MA VetMB)
Qualified in 1987, gradually moved through a few jobs until finding enough cows in Strathaven, working for Jim Begg, became a partner in 1992. Interests outside of cows include making cars and bikes, shooting, travel and my firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie is a true mixed vet practioner. She couldn't make up her mind, so decided to keep doing both farm and small animals. She has a keen interest young stock health, beef and dairy, and in anything to do with sheep. She is also interested in reproduction in horses. Her practice joined IVC in August 2018 and she is proud to be a part of the Farm Advisory Board because she is excited to be involved in how farm vet practice will evolve within IVC. She is also representing farm animal vets in Northern Ireland.email@example.com
Kirsty qualified in 2011 as one of the first cohort from the new University of Nottingham Veterinary School and started work at Westmorland Vets. In 2017 she became a clincial director at the practice. Kirsty spent a lot of years working on dairy farms and 3 months on a dairy farm in New Zealand, giving her a strong interest in dairy work. Kirsty is passionate about working with her clients to acheive the best they can with their herd's performance and also has a special interest in youngstock health. Aside from this Kirsty enjoys teaching farmers new skills through running farmer training courses as well as mentoring younger members of the firstname.lastname@example.org