Meet The Team
Joe Mitchell - BVM BVS(Hons) BVMedSci(Hons) MRCVS
Joe graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017 and started working for Nantwich Farm Vets straight after graduating as he wanted to be able to focus on the dairy side of the UK farming industry.
He grew up in Birmingham but spent all of his holidays working on beef and sheep farms in the Republic of Ireland which led him to wanting to become a farm animal vet. Joe is particularly interested in being able to use the data that farms generate to maximise profits and improve animal welfare as well as farm animal surgery.
In his spare time he plays gaelic football and enjoys watching rather than playing rugby.
Sarah Williamson - BVM&S MRCVS
Sarah qualified from Edinburgh University in 2014. After working in mixed practice in the midlands for a year, decided to jump continents to work as a Dairy Vet in New Zealand, before joining Nantwich in January 2017.
Growing up on a pedigree dairy farm in Cumbria, Sarah has always had a passion for dairy cows, regularly being involved in exhibiting her parents ‘Ingleden’ Herd.
Clinically her main interests are maximising profits on grass based systems, through fertility work and nutrition, as well as neonatal medicine.
Outside of work Sarah plays hockey for Crewe & Nantwich and is a keen skier.
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.
Alongside our dairy caseload, Amy looks after our sheep and smallholder clients.
Outside of work she enjoys running and plays in the South Cheshire netball league. She is also working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.
Michael Wilkinson - BVMs DBR 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!
Mobile: 07866 257014
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.
Steven has a particular interest in lameness and he is a mobility mentor for the Healthy Feet Programme. He also runs the ever-popular Dairyland 4 day hoof trimming course which is run on a regular basis. Steven can offer tailored advice for your farm to decrease your lameness levels and save cows.
In his spare time he enjoys skiing, as well as going to the gym and trying to keep fit. He recently ran the Montane Lakeland 50 trail race for the charity Send a Cow.
Mobile: 07891 843694
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.
Mobile: 07800 647608
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.
Mobile: 07770 448179
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.
Mobile: 07717 780604
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.
Mobile: 07814 879109
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.
Mobile 07813 690860
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.
Mobile 07773 384450
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.
Mobile 07836 335185
Laura Tomlinson - RVN
Nantwich Farm Vets
Laura grew up on her family dairy farm just outside of Leek. Having a keen interest in animals, she decided to train to become a registered veterinary nurse. After 6 years as a nurse, Laura decided that her passion for cows was where her heart lay which is when she joined the vet tech team in April 2017. Laura has a keen interest in herd welfare, youngstock rearing and herd lameness. Laura is also a qualified mobility scorer and can be found on the register of mobility scorers.
Outside of work Laura enjoys competing her two horses, helping out on the farm and showing her partners family pedigree Holstein cows. Laura also has a strong interest in the breeding and genomics of Holstein cows.
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!