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Westpoint Ashford is a modern, dedicated livestock veterinary practice providing a comprehensive range of health-orientated services to farms in and around the Ashford area. 

The practice consists of a combination of high quality experienced farm vets on the ground who have easy access to the specialist knowledge of consultants throughout the group, as well as to Biobest Laboratories for fast, accurate laboratory analysis.

At Westpoint we firmly believe that farm efficiency and profitability is driven by animal health.  We aim to provide farmers with the best clinical and advisory services in order to maximise the health and productivity of their livestock.

Westpoint believe in supplying medicines at the best prices, ensuring that the price of the product does not prevent the most appropriate treatment or control programme from being adopted.

Our mobile paraprofessional team gives farmers skilled on-farm support work from foot trimming to vaccination, and we also run training courses and workshops covering key areas such as Five Point Dutch foot trimming and AI.

 


Contact

  • Contact Number

    01306 628208

    Fax Number

    01233 646382

    Address

    Barrow Hill, Maidstone Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8TY

  • Opening Times

    Mon: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Tue: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Wed: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Thu: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Fri: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

After 4:30pm - office phone calls will be answered by our Horsham branch. Outside office hours, the on-call vet will receive all emergency phone calls to provide 24hr emergency care. For medication pick ups and other visits to the office, outside office opening hours, please contact our veterinary staff.

Latest Newsletter
South Regional Newsletter | Summer 2017

Vets

  • Paul Horwood BVetMed DBR MRCVS

    Paul Horwood

    BVetMed DBR MRCVS

  • Paul Horwood | BVetMed DBR MRCVS

    Paul Horwood qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College in London, and after graduating stayed on at the busy large animal teaching practice, first undertaking an internship and then residency in farm animal medicine and surgery. After a spell working on very large dairy herds in California, he moved to Westpoint in 2003.

    In 2004 Paul moved to Kent and started up the Ashford practice to serve our clients in Kent and East Sussex. In 2008, Paul was awarded a diploma in Bovine Reproduction from the University of Liverpool, based in part on his work on synchronisation and AI in dairy cattle.

    He has published articles in the Vet Times, UK Vet and Cattle Practice, and is actively involved in farmer education. Paul's particular veterinary interests are in cattle fertility and nutrition.



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  • Alex Walters BVSc MBIAC MRCVS

    Alex Walters

    BVSc MBIAC Cert AVP (CHP) MRCVS

  • Alex Walters | BVSc MBIAC Cert AVP (CHP) MRCVS

    Alex has been affiliated with Westpoint Veterinary Group since 2004, and joined the practice in 2006 as soon as he qualified from the University of Bristol.
    Originally based in the Horsham headquarters, he fuelled his interests in production animal medicine, and developed his knowledge of current farming economics before joining the Ashford practice in 2007.
    Infectious disease control including BVD, Leptospirosis, IBR and Johne's are areas in which he is most interested, especially with respect to herd accreditation schemes. He is very passionate about using cost -effective screening, eradication and control programs to maximise productivity and herd health status. He also enjoys working together with farmers to maximise herd fertility and minimise the hidden costs of poor herd reproductive management in both dairy and beef industries.

    Alex is BCVA approved in performing Bull Breeding Soundness Examinations, a cost effective service that has quickly become highly demanded across the South of England.

    In January 2009, Alex undertook the Postgraduate Certificate in advanced veterinary practice designated specifically in Cattle Health and Production (CHP) - this helps him keep abreast of developments in a volatile and ever changing industry. In 2010 Alex was awarded The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) Young Consultant of the Year and most recently in August 2014 won the WBC Innovation and Research Award for Young Scientists at World Buiatrics Congress in Cairns.



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  • Kathy Hume BVM BVS MRCVS

    Kathy Hume

    BVM BVS MRCVS

  • Kathy Hume | BVM BVS MRCVS

    Originally from Ireland, Kathy graduated from the Nottingham Vet School in 2011 and joined Westpoint straight after in July 2011 to undertake an internship in farm animal practice with the RVC. She was initially based at our Horsham practice, but moved across to our Ashford practice in spring 2012.

    Kathy enjoys all aspects of farm animal practice, from working with the commercial farms to the smallholder clients. She has a particular interest in proactive health planning and specifically in mastitis control. Kathy is a DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan User and she uses this knowledge when working with our dairy farmers to monitor mastitis, recommend and implement changes to control mastitis on their farms.

    Outside of work Kathy particularly enjoys being in the great outdoors and the pursuit of outdoor activities. These include photography and walking around the Kent countryside.



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  • Caroline Richards

    BVM&S MRCVS BSc

  • Caroline Richards | BVM&S MRCVS BSc

    Caroline graduated from Edinburgh University in 2008 and moved to north Lancashire to start her career as a farm vet. After 6 years, she decided to move back home to Kent and joined the Westpoint team in Ashford in 2015.

    Caroline is particularly interested in youngstock health, and enjoys working with clients to maximize calf growth rates and minimizing calf losses. She is also very keen on cattle fertility and obstetrics.

    At weekends, Caroline enjoys family life with her husband and daughter and going for long walks across the North Downs



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  • Jessica Pitt-Pitts

    MRCVS

  • Jessica Pitt-Pitts | MRCVS


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Support Staff

  • Valerie Smith

    Office Manager

  • Jana Saunders

    Practice Administrator

  • Bev Ames

    Office Administrator

  • Amy Parsons

    Practice Adminstrator