Meet The Team
Jess was born in Cheshire spending most of her childhood growing up on a pedigree dairy herd which sparked her love for dairy cattle. She completed 3 years at Reaseheath College studying agriculture and went on to work on farms locally. For the past 3 years she has worked as a veterinary technician and is continuing to enjoy her role managing the vet tech team here at NVG. In her spare time Jess enjoys socialising with friends, walking her dogs and clay pigeon shooting.
Sarah Holt - BSc (Hons)
Sarah grew up on her family farm of dairy cows in Cheshire.
She Graduated in 2011 from Harper Adams with BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and Animal Science and has since continued to help out on her family farm amongst other farm jobs in the local area. She has a key interest in young stock rearing and was also an AI technician based in the Shropshire area.
She is now continuing her career with dairy cattle as part of the vet tech team here at Nantwich Vets and is even a dab hand at lambing the odd sheep!
Rob George - BSc MA VetMB MRCVS
Rob graduated from Nottingham University in 1995 with a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science with a bias towards animal nutrition and then went on to Cambridge University to study veterinary science.
As a student he spent a lot of time working with vets in Canada who were heavily involved with both large commercial herds and top pedigree show cows. He graduated as a vet in 2000 and immediately joined Nantwich Veterinary Group farm practice. He became a partner in the practice in 2004.
His family milk 800 pedigree Holsteins, on 2 dairy units which his two brothers now run, and he has a keen interest and input (free vetting and milking!) in the running of the herd. Rob and his brothers exhibit cows at many national shows and have had much success. He has a keen interest in the breeding, management, fertility and nutrition aspect of dairy farming and has given many presentations and written articles on such topics.
Whilst at Cambridge he played in a number of varsity matches in both rugby union and rugby league, captaining various teams. He has now come out of retirement and play for Crewe & Nantwich, feeling the bumps and bangs a lot more now he’s older.
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Dave Shaw - MVB MRCVS
David qualified from Dublin Veterinary College in the summer of 1995, started working in Nantwich less than two weeks later and has been here ever since.
He used to see the occasional small animal and horse during the first couple of years, but now he only deals with farm animals. A large proportion of his time is involved with routine fertility of cows and their concurrent problems.
Herd health plans are becoming more common and the creation of these allows him to better understand what is occurring on a daily basis on farms, and subsequently tackle any underlying issues. He also finds mastitis and cell count problems challenging, yet rewarding.
Outside of work he plays a bit of football and watches the occasional rugby match, but most of his time is taken up by his family.
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John Manson - BVet Med MRCVS
John qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in July 2001 and came straight to Nantwich as the appeal of 100% farm animal work was far too good to turn down.
He became a partner in 2008. His main areas of interest are in herd health planning and preventative medicine. John was brought up on a beef suckler farm in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Away from work he has a passion for most sports and especially enjoy a game of football every Monday evening.
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Amy Cox - BVSc MRCVS
Amy graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2012. She worked in mixed practice in Brecon, South Wales for 2 years with her farm work being mostly beef and sheep, before coming home to her Cheshire roots to fulfil her passion for black and white cows.
She has spent many working on a dairy farm in Yorkshire and has special interests in mastitis and neonatal medicine.
Outside of work, she enjoys running and netball.
Colin Baxter - BVM&S MRCVS
Colin qualified in July 1979 from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh University. Having an interest in veterinary medicine from a very early age, he was able to put this into practice by working on farms during school holidays and then working for the CWS before going to vet college.
He had the pleasure of his father, the late Professor J T Baxter, being one of his lecturers at Edinburgh as he was professor of veterinary medicine. “Seeing Practice” as a student Colin saw diverse veterinary work in Edinburgh, Devon, Leicester, Argyll, Kelso, Perth and then Nantwich. At that time, Cheshire was still clearing up brucellosis so blood testing was a regular occurrence. He was invited to join the practice on graduating and has been at Nantwich since then and as a partner since 1985.
Colin’s daily work covers many regular routine farm visits, dealing with dairy herd fertility and general health. Keen to promote the farmers interests and to assist with maximising herd fertility and production, Colin is happy to discuss the individual farmers’ needs in the changing arena of dairy farming. Other interests have been related to Cheshire life in a broader context and he continues to lecture regularly at Reaseheath College, works with a voluntary group at Chester Zoo monthly, and is immediate Past President of the British Veterinary Dental Association.
He has been a main tutor for the BVNA certificate in dentistry for veterinary nurses, and has tutored at Liverpool Veterinary College . He has published veterinary papers in several journals and is a co-author of one of the BSAVA Manuals. The Nantwich Veterinary Hospital building owes much to his input and he is instrumental to much of the building work in the premises we use.
Jake Lawson - BVM BVS MRCVS
Jake qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2011 and started work in the far reaches of north Carlisle and Penrith, before moving to the milder climes of Skipton.
Having always done farm animal medicine but wanting to concentrate on the dairy cattle side of the job, he felt that the next step was to head to Cheshire and work with us at Nantwich Farm Vets.
Outside of work Jake enjoys rugby, mostly watching for the last couple of years, as well as trying to train an unruly staffy.
John Yarwood - BVSc CertAVP(Cattle) MRCVS
John qualified from Liverpool University in 2005 and started work in the university farm animal practice as soon as he had qualified.
After this he spent a short time in a farm animal practice in County Durham before joining Nantwich Veterinary Group in 2006.
Outside of work John is a keen clay pigeon shooter and has represented England at the sport on numerous occasions.
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Laura Donovan - BVSc CertAVP(Cattle) MRCVS
Laura qualified from Bristol Vet School in July 2009 and joined the practice shortly after. Having grown up on a dairy farm in Bostock near Middlewich she was keen to specialise in farm animals immediately. The farm now focuses on contract rearing heifers and keeping dry cows. There is also a busy livery yard and a pair of donkeys.
With regard to clinical work she particularly enjoys emergency calls and cattle surgery.
During her time at university she climbed Mount Kenya, took part in a turtle conservation project near Mombassa and worked on a game reserve in South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys walking the dogs, playing badminton and skiing.
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Liz Davies - BVM BVS(Hons) BVMedSci(Hons) MRCVS
Liz was born and bred in Shrewsbury and has spent her life in the farming community as her parents run a farm machinery business. She developed an interest in farm animals from an early age and spent her teenage years relief milking for local farms.
She qualified from Nottingham Vet School with Honours and the farm animal prize in July 2012 and joined the practice soon after. During her time at University she spent 5 months in the Waikato, New Zealand conducting a study into mastitis and that has given her an understanding of the challenges facing spring calving herds and hopes to bring that experience to Cheshire farms.
In her spare time she is a keen member of YFC and may even step over to the dark side and join the Cheshire Federation.
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Michael Wilkinson - BVMs MRCVS
Michael, originally from Co. Down, qualified from Glasgow University in June 2013. He joined the farm team here at Nantwich almost straight away. Always wanting to do solely large animal practice, and with a keen interest in Holstein genetics and high input, high producing herds he felt Cheshire was the ideal place to come work.
He has a particular interest and sees the ever increasing importance of herd health planning and preventative medicine, ensuring maximum growth rates in youngstock and working for optimium herd health and comfort especially during housing.
Aside from the black and whites Michael also brings a keen interest in beef cattle to the practice. Having a herd of pedigree Limousins at home he enjoys making the breeding decisions and a little embryo transfer work with these with the aim of breeding quality Limousin bulls (to now sell to our farmers.)
Away from the cows Michael enjoys playing rugby and golf and is on the lookout for a good club to join for next year!
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Peter Duncalfe - BVSc MRCVS
Peter joined the practice immediately after qualifying from Liverpool University in July 2008.
He has a special interest in mastitis and lameness, focusing especially on their control from a whole herd perspective. This helps farmers recognise and target specific risk factors particular to their farm. He is a registered user of the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan and Healthy Feet Programme.
Outside work Peter loves spending time with his wife, (a small animal vet) and their two young boys. They are also both involved in a local church. His other love is for the outdoors, especially rock-climbing, though this has had to take a back seat during the early years of fatherhood.
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Steven Crowe - BVMS MRCVS
Steven graduated from the University of Glasgow in June 2010 and, after working in a mixed practice in Northern Ireland for a few months, decided that small animals definitely weren’t for him and he joined us in October 2010.
While still at university he spent a summer working with vets in New Zealand, and is keen to help farmers maximise their profits and efficiency here in Cheshire, just as farmers are forced to do down under. He particularly enjoys the wide variation of calls that he gets with emergency work.
In his spare time he enjoys skiing, as well as going to the gym and trying to keep fit. He recently ran in the Belfast marathon and is hoping to take part in more marathons and maybe even a Nantwich triathlon in the future!
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Stuart Russell - BVSc DBR MRCVS
Stuart graduated from Liverpool University in 2007 and has worked at Nantwich Farm Vets ever since.
He thoroughly enjoys the intensive dairy work that this area offers, and also enjoys working with farmers to overcome the problems that can be found on these high production dairy herds.
In 2008, Stuart developed the CowWatch milk recording analysis reports, with a primary aim of improving the efficiency of UK high producing dairy herds, particularly focusing on the link between nutrition, production, negative energy balance and fertility. These reports are now used nationwide by nutritionists and vets, and are often a crucial tool for the whole management team.
He has a particular interest in cattle fertility, and completed his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction at Liverpool University in 2012. This Masters-level course covered all factors affecting cattle fertility, including topics such as nutrition, heifer rearing, building design and genetics, and has allowed Stuart to bring some of the latest research to farms during consultancy visits. For his dissertation, he studied the association between very frequent early lactation milk recording and subsequent fertility on a robotic milking herd. As part of a consultancy package, Stuart is heavily involved in analysing and monitoring data from dairy farms and heifer-rearing units, and uses DairyComp Consultant, Uniform-Agri and Interherd to analyse and monitor herd performance.
Stuart also thoroughly enjoys bovine surgery, has attended international seminars and has spoken at UK vet schools and the British Cattle Veterinary Association congress on this topic.
In his spare time, he is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, where he enjoys discussing issues regarding health and production with cattle vets from around the world.
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James Patterson - BVM&S MRCVS
James qualified from Glasgow in July 2014 and joined Nantwich Farm Vets in September 2015. After a broad foundation in veterinary work at a mixed practice in the north of Cumbria, he decided that he wanted to focus more on dairy work; this naturally led him to seek out a job at Nantwich.
He grew up working with his family’s herd of pedigree Holsteins in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland and enjoyed exhibiting animals at local and national shows in recent years. He also tries to keep up to date with the current trends in the breeding industry and enjoys implementing his breeding decisions on his own cows.
James has a particular interest in nutrition and fertility in high input, high output management systems.
Outside of work, James enjoys travelling, hill walking and rugby.