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Mike Sandiford The George Farm Vets

Mike Sandiford

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 

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!

Cathy Morris 

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 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.

Ian Cardiff The George Farm Vets

Ian Cardiff

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.

Ian lives just outside Bath with his wife and three daughters.

Bea Yates Farm Vet

Bea Yates

Bea joined the practice in 2010 after graduating from Liverpool University and since then has enjoyed all areas of farm animal practice. She is particularly passionate about cattle lameness; treating lame cows and tackling issues on farm. She enjoys scanning at routine fertility visits, doing bovine surgery and improving infectious disease control. She and Sarah have been heavily involved in reducing the prevalence of BVD across our practice through the Stamp it Out Scheme. She is keen to drive and improve client education and engagement and loves running client talks and meetings.

She comes to work to relax - away from her two young children!

Kathryn Hart
BVSc BSc Cert AVP(Cattle) MRCVS 

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 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 Warren The George Farm Vets

Chris Warren

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!

William Sommerville The George Farm Vets

William Sommerville

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

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 Nixon The George Farm vets

Georgina Nixon
BVSc (Hons) MRCVS 

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.

Grace Boardman Farm Vet

Grace Boardman

After graduating from Bristol Uni in 2014, I spent two years working as a mixed vet in Cornwall before completing an externship working with wild animals in South Africa. Another change of scene came as headed to New Zealand for two years, bought a camper van and enjoyed lots of exploring with my partner between bouts of mixed practice locumming.

Having returned to the UK in 2019, I'm excited to be working as part of the farm team with a focus on using my large animal skills and learning more from the best vets in the business!

Lucy Fletcher Farm Vet

Lucy Fletcher

After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College, London, I joined the team in September 2019. Most of the farm practice I've seen in the last few years was near my home in Bristol. I moved to Wiltshire in the summer of 2019 and am looking forward to getting to know and assisting our clients. I love exploring the countryside with my Rhodesian Ridgeback! 

Val Hopes

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

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

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.

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