Dairy Vets

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Dairy Vets

Our vets are all very experienced in the farming industry. More notably we have a number of vets who have specialist dairy and ruminant qualifications. Meet our dairy vets below or our whole team here.

Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Bill May

BVSc CertCHP DBR MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon/Director
Bill joined the Practice in 2000 from an established farm practice in Macclesfield. He is a respected dairy vet, being an examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has particular expertise in calf rearing, mastitis and cell count management.


Mobile:07968 318493

Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Den Leonard

BVSc DBR MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon/Director

Den qualified from Liverpool with Charlie, and soon joined him as a farm vet in Nantwich. In 1999, he and Charlie founded the Practice. Den’s veterinary interests are cattle fertility work, infectious diseases and nutrition.



Mobile:07970 267494

Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Simon King

BVM&S DBR MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon/Director

Simon first worked in farm practice in North Wales before going to New Zealand for two years. He joined the Practice in 2002, bringing with him a wealth of experience in low input, grazing based dairy systems.


Mobile:07973 271754

Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Mike Christie

BVMS DBR MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon/Director

Mike joined the Practice in 2004. Previously, he was the in-house vet at Cogent, where he gained expertise in bull fertility and embryo transfer work. He heads up our ET team and is one of our Clarifide vets.



Mobile:07775 561820

Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Tom Wright

VetMB MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon/Director

Tom previously worked in Staffordshire, Herefordshire and then at Aldford near Chester. He joined the Practice in 2008 with a wealth of farm veterinary experience. Tom is especially interested in helping us monitor outcomes of the various techniques used at the Practice so we can continue to improve the quality of the work we do.



Mobile:07590 183 804

Veterinary Surgeon & Director

Dan Stevenson

BVSc MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon/Director

Dan joined us permanently in 2008 and has since joined the Board of Directors. As well as having a particular interest in individual cow medicine and sheep health and production. Dan is pursuing further studies in nutrition and is especially engaged in all aspects of the transition period in dairy cows.



Mobile:07894 586233

Veterinary Surgeon & Director (Derbyshire)

Andrew Henderson

BVSc Cert AVP (Cattle) Dip ECBHM MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon & Director (Derbyshire)
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production
European Veterinary Specialist in Bovine Health Management

Andrew qualified from Bristol in 2007 and worked in a farm only practice in South West England and Wales for 7 years before joining Nottingham Vet School as a resident in dairy health and production in 2013. He gained a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2014 and a European Diploma in Bovine Health Management in 2016. Andrew has spent the last two years working as a consultant for Evidence Group providing whole supply chain advice to retailers and working with commercial clients focusing on nutrition and milk quality. When not at work, Andrew enjoys mountain biking, running and looking after his flock of sheep.


Mobile:07841 675549

Veterinary Surgeon & Director (Derbyshire)

Katie Fitzgerald

BVM BVS MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon & Director (Derbyshire)

Katie graduated from Nottingham in 2012, joining a farm practice in North Yorkshire working with a range of dairy, beef and sheep clients. Some of you may recognise Katie, who spent a year working at the Lancs practice before also joining Nottingham vet school as a resident, dividing her time between research into dairy cattle housing and practice in South Derbyshire. Katie will continue working towards her diploma but couldn’t resist the opportunity to join LLM in their latest venture. Katie also sits on the BCVA board, frequently consulting on government policies. Outside work, Katie enjoys competitive sports and plays rugby and is an amateur boxer.



Mobile:07765 644909

Veterinary Surgeon

Hannah Batty

BVMedsci BVM BVS MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Hannah joined LLM as the Dairy Intern having qualified from Nottingham University in 2013. Born and bred in Yorkshire, she enjoys socialising with friends in the local Young Farmers Clubs. Hannah came straight to LLM from University and has general enthusiasm for all aspects of dairy vetting (and for most others things too!) but in particular in calf health and heifer rearing.


Mobile:07841 919227

Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah Gibbs

BVetMed MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2014. She joined the team as the Dairy Intern shortly afterwards. She is a Black Country girl and is very pleased to be working close to home. Enthusiastic about all aspects of dairy vetting, she has travelled to North America to learn more about large herd management and calf health.



Mobile:07711 593783

Veterinary Surgeon

Rob Hall

VetMB MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Rob joined the practice at the beginning of 2017 fresh after graduating from Cambridge vet school. A proud Yorkshire man with a faded accent, he is new to the area and is yet to be persuaded out of retirement to play rugby again. Coming from a dairy and sheep farm, Rob has a broad range of interests within the farming sector. He is especially interested in lameness, calf rearing and housing design–areas he has spent time studying in the US



Mobile:07889 408092

Veterinary Surgeon

Claire Whittle

BVSc MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Claire graduated in 2014 from Liverpool and moved to Dorset where she worked in mainly dairy practice. She loves all things cow and is happy just being around them, either on fertility routines or seeing sick cows. Over the last couple of years she has run successful youngstock discussion groups and loves seeing clients getting engaged in this topic. She also enjoys sheep flock health planning and lambing season.



Mobile:07841 775695

Veterinary Surgeon

Tom Jackson

BVSc MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon

Tom grew up in North Shropshire before studying in Bristol, graduating in 2014. The following three years were spent in large animal practice in Market Drayton, gaining a wide range of experience in all aspects of farm work, and particularly in dairy herd health and fertility. Tom enjoys all areas of farm practice but is especially interested in nutrition and surgery.



Mobile:07837 291097

Veterinary Surgeon

Raquel Teixeira

Veterinary Surgeon

Raquel joins us as a very experienced dairy vet from Spain.  She is from the Galicia region which accounts for 40% of Spain’s total milk production – and also gets lots of rain! It’s no surprise that dairy is Raquel’s specialty having worked with them for 16 years now. Keen to further her knowledge in farm animal vetting she is excited to now be part of the UK dairy industry. In her spare time, Raquel loves a good walk and can’t wait to explore the UK.



Veterinary Surgeon & Dairy Intern

Peter Neilson

Veterinary Surgeon & Dairy intern

Pete joins the team in Whitchurch as our next dairy intern, following in the steps of Rob Hall. Pete was brought up in South Devon, near Ottery St Mary which is apparently famous for its tar barrel burning – he might have to explain that to us at some point! After graduating from Nottingham in 2017, Pete worked in a mixed practice in Yorkshire before deciding that he wanted to focus on farm animals. He’s looking forward to getting to know everyone! Additionally if you’re looking to get into weight lifting, Pete is the guy to speak to.



Veterinary Surgeon BVSc MRCVS

Laura Hughes

In June 2019 we welcomed Laura to our Whitchurch clinical team. Some of you will have met her out on farm already, but here’s her background!

“I graduated from Liverpool in 2006 and worked for four years in mixed practice in Snowdonia followed by six years as a farm vet for Cain Vets on the Powys/Shropshire border. In 2016 I married a dairy farmer from near Wrexham and took a break from clinical practice by joining APHA as a field vet. In Spring 2019 I accepted a part-time role at the Veterinary Investigation Centre at Shrewsbury where I will be working two days per week, and I decided to go back into clinical practice for the other three days. My clinical interests include surgery and obstetrics and working for APHA has given me an in depth knowledge of TB management.

“Outside work my interests include horse riding, running and swimming as well as being involved with the day to day running of the farm at home.”


Mobile:07736 906632

Dairy Intern Veterinary Surgeon Bsc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Katie Arrowsmith

She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2019, and she comes from a dairy farm in South Lincolnshire. Katie has always been interested in farm work, in particular dairy, since before finishing
her veterinary degree. So, coming from Lincolnshire, she’s headed west to
increase her knowledge and skills in all things farm animal practice. Katie looks forward on getting out onto farm and meeting you all!
In her spare time she enjoy walking and a good day out at the races with friends.Though, don’t count on me for any betting tips!


Phone:07719 974540

Dairy Intern Veterinary Surgeon BVSc MRCVS

Samantha Partridge

Samantha grew up in Norfolk, where she left school
and worked for a few years. She moved to Bristol in 2010 and began working on a dairy farm in Somerset part-time and started as a mature student at the University of Bristol on the pre-vet year, then progressed onto veterinary science degree in 2011. Samantha had time out of her degree when she had her daughter and graduated in July 2019. She has a
4 year old daughter and a 10 year old step son who lives with them. She enjoy’s running but finds no time to do so, as my hobbies now seem to be what ever the kids want to do or cleaning up behind them! She loves food and a good pint. She’s always had an interest in large animal work, especially cattle and the dairy industry, so she’s keen to get started!


Phone:07719 983426