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Mike graduated from Bristol University in 1996 where he was one of the vet students followed in the BBC documentary 'Vets School'. After 9 months in Botswana at a wildlife sanctuary, ostrich farm and safari company, he joined the cattle team at the George Vet Group in October 1997. Having spent time developing his clinical skills he again appeared in 'Vets in Practice' which followed his progress as a large animal vet.
Mike developed a particular interest in Mastitis Investigations and developed the GVG SCC Report to monitor the incidence of 'New Infections' using NMR data in order to improve treatment success rates through early intervention. Following an increased involvement in herd fertility he studied for his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR) at Liverpool University for 2 years graduating with distinction in December '08. Mike is currently involved in Herd Health Management on several large, high yielding dairies and is available for second opinion referrals.
A graduate of Bristol University, Tom joined the George Farm Vets in 2003 after 3 years of working in Mid Wales and is one of the Directors at The George. He is involved in all aspects of the farm animal practice, with particular interests in dairy cow nutrition and fertility. In 2008 he set up the George Farm Vets bull fertility testing service, using new techniques and equipment to carry out bull breeding soundness examinations on a pre/post-sale, pre-breeding season, post-poor performance and referral basis.
He has been a guest lecturer at the Royal Agricultural University, teaching practical courses in farm animal husbandry, health and behaviour, as well as leading many farmer training days on foot care, cattle handling, downer cow management and data analysis. Tom gained his Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Cattle Health and Production (CertCHP) in 2010 and received the runners up award in the 2013 Farm Business Awards dairy vet of the year. Tom is also involved with several large sheep flocks, providing routine health visits, flock health plans and ram fertility testing.
He is married to Catherine and outside work he tries to keep fit by playing football, digging his veg patch and running around after his two boys, Josh and Fred!
Tim Hirst qualified from Edinburgh in 2003, and started work in a mixed practice in Northern Ireland before joining the Rowe Vet Group, and subsequently The George when the two farm practices merged in 2007. He is also a Director at The George.
Tim enjoys all aspects of dairy and beef work and in particular loves large animal surgery. Tim is a holder of the Royal College Certificate in Cattle Health and Production, and is keen to help farmers improve their overall herd health and to run their farms as efficiently as possible. Trips to the US and Holland have helped fuel Tim's enthusiasm for robotic milking and farm automation. He has helped many of our dairy farms during the transition from conventional milking to robotic milking and runs the George's Robotic Milking Discussion Group.
Outside of work Tim has competed nationally and internationally in dinghy racing. He enjoys most country sports, in particular game shooting and he hunts his own horse with the Berkeley and Beaufort packs.
Cathy graduated from the University of Bristol in 1991 having previously gained a degree in Anatomical Sciences at the same university. After jobs in mixed practice in Devon and Buckinghamshire, she and her husband embarked on a world trip, incorporating the Lions rugby tour of New Zealand of 1993. She also took this opportunity to gain further experience working in a farm animal practice in the Waikato region. Since their return, Cathy has worked in a number of practices in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, joining the George Farm Vets in 2004 after a stint as a TB tester.
Cathy is involved in the George Farm Vets Embryo Service, implanting repeat breeder and pedigree embryos. She also has an interest in the use of homeopathy alongside conventional therapy.
Outside of work, Cathy enjoys spending time with her family and walking the dogs in the Cotswolds countryside. She also umpires ladies hockey and is honorary veterinary surgeon for the Harness Goat Society.
Gethin joined the George in August 2007 and is a Clinical Director for the Farm Vets. He has a keen interest in herd health issues, particularly mastitis control and prevention. He is trained in the use of the DairyCo mastitis plan and has a proven track record in reducing clinical mastitis on farms. Gethin's other areas of interest include infectious disease screening and eradication, which makes use of our regular bulk milk screening programmes which we introduced in 2008. Gethin also runs the practices' Beef and Sheep discussion groups.
Ed has worked at The George since 2008 and is one of our Clinical Directors on the team. His principal professional interest is in mobility, providing advice on preventive measures for reducing lameness in cattle and sheep. He is an approved trainer for the Register of Mobility Scorers. He is a DairyCo Mobility Mentor, and runs the foot trimming training courses and professional foot trimming services offered by the practice. He also enjoys preventive medicine in other areas, through mastitis control as a DairyCo Mastitis Plan Accredited User and in leading the practice policies on responsible use of medicines and parasite control.
Ed is also a keen fell runner and cyclist, racing all over the country whenever he can.
Before becoming a vet, Ian was a zookeeper, working mainly with lions, tigers, giraffe and rhino. Inspired by the exotic, he decided to return to university to train in veterinary medicine and surgery. Ian graduated from Glasgow in 2003 and started out in mixed practice in Cornwall, then companion animals in Somerset, before joining The George Veterinary Group in early 2009 to concentrate on farm animal species.
He enjoys the variety of work and practical challenges faced by the many aspects of farm veterinary medicine and has a particular interest in surgery and large animal obstetrics. Routine work, fertility sessions and herd health planning to our cattle and sheep clients all make up his working day.
He also runs the practice's Organic Farm Discussion Group.Ian lives just outside Bath with his wife and three daughters, where he keeps a small flock of Jacob cross sheep.
Bea joined the practice in 2010 after graduating from Liverpool University and since then has enjoyed all areas of farm animal practice. She particularly enjoys surgery, investigating bovine mastitis and looking at sick cows. Bea has been heavily involved in the transition of the dairy work from Avenue Vets since the merger in October 2013, this has allowed her to further develop her fertility and herd health skills.
She lives just outside Malmesbury with her husband Andrew and a variety of animals! Outside of work she enjoys hunting, shooting, Scottish beach holidays and good whisky.
Kat joined the George Vet Group in September 2011 after studying at Bristol, where she intercalated in microbiology.She was raised in the cow shed of her family farm, Actonelm Holsteins over in Monmouth. Kat is Chairman of Olveston YFC, is a Gloucestershire stock judging chairman and an active member of the West Midlands Holstein Young Breeders.
Kat is interested in all areas of farm practice. She is involved with the practice's beef group as she and her husband have a herd of Aberdeen Angus "Elmview." They have both had successes in the show ring and have invested in some Canadian embryos. However, Kat's main passion is dairy youngstock rearing. She launched The George Heifer Rearing Scheme in April 2012.
Kat was recently awarded a MSD Ruminant Bursary to investigate colostrum cleanliness and its effect on calf immunity. Kat has presented a paper at BCVA 2014, as well as having had a number of articles both in the Farmers Guardian and Dairy Farmer. She has been working with MSD and their campaign Keeping Britain's Youngstock Healthy and in 2016 achieved her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle).
Chris joined the practice in September 2012 after graduating from Nottingham University. He developed his interest in farm animal practice while in Cheshire and also spent 6 weeks in dairy practice in New Zealand.
Chris is interested in all aspects of farm animal practice but has a particular interest in surgical cases and mastitis. Chris now produces monthly cell count reports for many of our dairy clients helping them monitor their cell counts and keep on top of new infections.
Outside work, Chris enjoys playing football, hockey and walking his energetic Cocker Spaniel - Barney!
Will joined The George Farm Vets after graduating from Nottingham University in 2013. He gained most of his farm experience seeing practice near home in North Yorkshire which inspired him to complete the farm practice elective module during his time at Nottingham. Will enjoys all areas of farm vet work, even TB testing when it's a sunny day!
Outside work Will spends his time playing squash, football and constantly endeavouring to fix his ailing classic motorbike.
Sarah joined the practice in September 2013 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College earlier that year. Growing up on a dairy and sheep farm in North Yorkshire, Sarah has always been keen to specialise in cattle and sheep work. She is interested in all aspects of farm animal practice with a particular interest in fertility work.
Outside work, Sarah also enjoys clay pigeon shooting, skiing, and is a member of Malmesbury Young Farmers.
Ben graduated from Liverpool University in 2016. He gained the majority of his farm experience seeing practice with us as a student. Ben enjoys all areas of farm work, especially nutrition and obstetrics.
Outside of work he is a keen rugby player and drummer. Ben also enjoys regular trips to Cornwall and a pint of Guinness!
Georgie joined the team in late summer 2017 having graduated from Liverpool. She is however no stranger to the practice having joined us to gain practical experience every year during her degree.
After graduating in 2009 from The University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Iasi, Romania, Bogdan spent several years working in the food industry. Having always enjoyed working with farm animals he was successful in his application in the summer of 2015 and joined us in September that year.
His spare time is divided between fishing, bonsai growing and travelling throughout the UK.
Laura Gascon - TB Tester
Laura is the most recent addition to the ever growing Farm Vet team joing us in December 2018 as one of our TB testers.
Val joined the practice in 1987 working within the small animal team. Having established her role within this department she moved to the fast expanding farm team as the Farm Administrator, involved in all aspects of the day-to-day running of this department. She enjoys this role as her family have historically worked within the farming industry. Her interests include walking, riding and an active support for whale and dolphin conservation.
Emma started with the practice in June 2009. Based in the Farm Office she takes the daily calls, helping clients with day to day enquiries, booking TB tests, milk bacteriology reports and organising all the vets with their daily rounds.
Outside of work Emma spends all of her spare time between her horse, training her working sheepdog puppy on sheep, the chickens, ducks and the cat. Emma used to compete in eventing, but now takes a back seat judging at horse trials most weekends.
Bridget joined the team in 2012 and heads up the pharmacy team, taking in deliveries, placing orders and dispensing from the pharmacy to our eight collection points. She's always smiling; nothing is too much trouble for Bridget. Having been around farms all her life, she enjoys chewing the cud with our clients when they have time to drop by.
Kirsty provides the crucial in-house support to our Farm Vets at our on-site laboratory which was fully refitted in 2014. The lab is is next to the Farm Vets' office which means as soon as the vets return to base Kirsty is available to run tests and analysis with a quick turnaround of results.
Our biggest dairy farm won a CEVA Welfare award in April. This is a national award and James Griffiths won the "Farm Educator" category. ...