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Mike Sandiford The George Farm Vets

Mike Sandiford
  BVSc DBR  MRCVS

Mike graduated from Bristol University in 1996 where he was one of the vet students followed in the BBC documentary 'Vets School'. After a year working in Botswana he joined the cattle practice in 1997 and was then featured in 'Vets in Practice'. Mike became interested in using data to understand disease patterns on farm and developed the unique SCC Report used by our vets to identify and monitor the incidence of 'New Infections' in order to improve treatment success rates.

Following an increased involvement in herd fertility he studied for his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR) at Liverpool University graduating with distinction. His main interest is improving both cow welfare and farm profitability by identifying the causes of production disease and working with the whole farm team to implement solutions. 

Outside of work he is a frustrated builder, digging out cellars and converting attics to make room for an ever increasing family of nine! To get away from it all he can occasionally be spotted on his bike down the by-ways of Wiltshire.

Tom Oxtoby 
BVSc CertCHP  MRCVS

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!

Gethin Roberts
BVSc Cert AVP (Cattle) MRCVS 

Gethin joined The George Farm Vets in August 2007 and became a Director of The George Veterinary Group in 2019. 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 Bailey
BVSc Cert AVP (Cattle) MRCVS 

Ed has worked at The George since 2008 and is one of our Clinical Directors on the team. He holds a certificate as an Advanced Practioner in Cattle Health and Production. 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 and leads the practice policies on responsible use of medicines and parasite control. 

Ed is a member of the AHDB Wiltshire Grazing Discussion Group, and has experience working with organic and conventional grazing herds helping to maximise grass productivity and milk from grazed grass. 

Ed is also a keen fell runner and cyclist, racing all over the country whenever he can.

Bea Yates Farm Vet

Bea Yates
BVSc MRCVS 

Bea joined the practice in 2010 from Liverpool University and became a Clinical Director in 2020. 


Bea enjoys all aspects of cattle veterinary work, particularly the work on her regular dairy farms. She is especially interested in lameness and treating chronically lame cows; she also loves doing surgery. Bea is keen to drive and improve client education and engagement and loves running client talks and meetings. Bea also runs the practice Beef group alongside Ben.

Kathryn Hart
BVSc BSc Cert AVP (Cattle) MRCVS 

Kat joined the George Farm Vets in September 2011 after studying at Bristol University Vet School, where she also achieved a degree in microbiology. Kat was raised in the cow shed of her family farm, Actonelm Holsteins over in Wales and she now farms alongside her husband and sons near Bristol, with a 50 cow herd of Angus cattle, a small flock of sheep and a farm shop.

Kat is interested in all areas of farm practice but her particular passion is dairy youngstock rearing. She launched The George Heifer Rearing Scheme in April 2012, was recently awarded an MSD Ruminant Bursary to investigate colostrum cleanliness and its effect on calf immunity and worked to create the Keeping Britain's Youngstock Healthy Scheme. In 2016, Kat achieved her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle) and currently sits on the board of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA).

 

Kat's role within the team focusses on research, the practical application of veterinary science to optimise youngstock health, producing for the processors, the role of Artificial Intelligence in farming and many other projects to ensure we deliver great advice and training to all our clients. Kat's work is driven by knowledge which she applies practically to her own farm too, being that rare mix of active vet and active farmer. 

 

 

Chris Warren The George Farm Vets

Chris Warren
BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS Cert AVP MRCVS

Chris Warren - Farm Vet

Chris joined the practice in 2012 after graduating from Nottingham University and became a clinical director in 2020. Since joining the practice Chris has taken on the care of many dairy clients within the practice, helping them with routine fertility visits and proactive disease control. Chris achieved his certificate in advanced veterinary practice in 2020.


He has developed a keen interest in mastitis control, particularly using on farm data to create a "herd diagnosis" to help create targeted control plans. Our milking routine and parlour assessment service is also run by Chris, along with our genomic testing service, "Clarifide". Aiming to help clients understand the genetics within their herds and how to help improve cow health and profitability through breeding.


He is involved with training courses for farmers and helps run our in house "clinical clubs" to ensure the practice stays up to date with the latest developments in the farming industry. He is currently undertaking his Certificate in advance veterinary practice (Cert AVP) and is due to complete this in November 2020.

 

William Sommerville The George Farm Vets

William Sommerville
BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

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 Metcalfe
BVetMed(Hons)  MRCVS 

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 Sellick
BVSc MRCVS

 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.

Ben Sellick THe George Farm Vets

 Outside of work he is a keen rugby player and drummer. Ben also enjoys regular trips to Cornwall and a pint of Guinness!

Ben Jowett
BVM BVS MRCVS 

Ben graduated from Nottingham University in 2020. He moved to the area and joined the practice early in September, and has been is excited to get started. Ben is particularly keen to learn about farm management and long-term agricultural sustainability. Outside of work he enjoys hiking and camping and is keen to explore the countryside in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas.

Joe Pescod
BVetMed MRCVS

Joe joined the team following his graduation from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2020. Originally from Cheshire, Joe is no stranger to dairy cows. He is looking forward to meeting clients and getting involved with all aspects of farm veterinary work. Joe is excited to explore the local area walking, running and kayaking when he can.

Keir Hamilton Farm Vet

Keir Hamilton
BVM&S MRCVS

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2019. After 2 years doing mixed practice in South Devon, I decided to turn my focus to large animals and joined the George Veterinary Group in March 2021. I enjoy all aspects of farm work and have a particular interest in preventative medicine and fertility. 
Outside of work, I enjoy playing rugby and I enjoy exploring the Cotswolds with my lurcher Vera.

Rosie Paines TB Tester at The George Farm Vets

Rosie Paines
Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT)

Hi I'm Rosie, an avid goat keeper with an ever growing herd! When not caring for my goats you can find me on the rugby pitch or going off-roading. I also volunteer as a Beaver Scout Leader - hiking with 30 children through the countryside isn't easy!! I also continue to help out on a dairy farm in my spare time, which is rewarding. If I ever have a spare 5 minutes you can find me in the pub with a cider in hand catching up with friends.  

Zoe Korner TB Tester at The George Farm Vets

Zoe Korner
Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT)

TB testing at The George Farm VetsHi I'm Zoe. I have a true passion for all animals, especially cattle. I have worked on various farms and really enjoy TB testing. When I'm not on a farm you can find me enjoying walks with my dogs, riding my horses or out with my friends. I'm a sociable friendly person who likes to crack on and get the job done!

Fien Coudenys of The George Farm Vets

Fien Coudenys
MVetMed MRCVS

 

Hi, I am Fien. I graduated in 2020 from Ghent University, Belgium. For the last year I've worked as a farm animal vet in Northern Ireland - you'll probably still be able to tell by my accent! My favourite vet job would be lambing ewes and calving cows! I am excited to improve my knowledge regarding herd and flock health. Outside work I enjoy to go on hikes, grab a drink with friends, do some arts & crafts and explore the area. I look forward to working with you.

Val Hopes
Administrator

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-Fleur Lane
Administrator

Emma started with the practice in June 2009. Based in the Farm Office she takes the daily calls, helping clients book their TB tests, plus assisting in organising all the vets with their daily rounds.

Emma used to compete in eventing, but now takes a back seat judging at horse trials most weekends and indeed included the London Olympics in 2012 where Emma was judging at one of the water jumps.  Emma also breeds and shows various bantam breeds of poultry as well as running around after her two border collies.

Bridget Banham
Pharmacy 

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 Reeves
Lab Technician

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.

David Matthews
Driver

David was a welcome addition to the team in 2020 and he has plenty of stories to tell. He was raised and worked on the family dairy and arable farm and his career took him to becoming a Herds Manager for Bedfordia Farm in Bedfordshire, responsible for 400 dairy cows and followers. He later gained his HGV licence driving 44 tonne lorries, collecting and delivering grain throughout the country, before returning to livestock managing a 300 suckler cow herd. 

David shares the workload of driving for The George around our clinics with Phill. He also travels to a selection of drop off points for farmers as well as to certain farms he may be passing on any day.    

Phill Watts
Driver

Phill joined the business early in 2022 after 28 years at Honda UK. He knows his way around a vehicle and is responsible for getting medicines out to our branch clinics for clients to collect for all species. Both he and David enjoy the time out travelling through the wonderful countryside to our clinics across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire as well as dropping into Bristol. Our drivers cover many miles during the day and the routes are never the same depending on what's required and also road closures!

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