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Westpoint Heathfield is a modern, dedicated livestock veterinary practice providing a comprehensive range of health-orientated services to farms in and around the Heathfield 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.
Monkhurst Offices, Sandy Cross Lane, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 8QR
Mon: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Tue: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Wed: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thu: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Fri: 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
After 1pm - office phone calls will be answered by our Ashford practice. 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, outside office opening hours, please contact our veterinary staff.
BVSc MBIAC Cert AVP (CHP) MRCVS
BVetMed DBR MRCVS
BVetMed DBR MRCVS
BVM BVS MRCVS
BSc (Hons) BVSc 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.
Jon graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and joined the Westpoint Sevenoaks practice in July 2011 to undertake an internship in farm animal practice in association with the RVC. On completion of his internship he stayed on at Sevenoaks and became one of their senior vets. Jon has now moved to the Launceston practice - the area where he grew up.
Jon enjoys all aspects of farm animal practice but has particular clinical interests in infectious disease and mobility.
Being a dairy farmer's son, Jon enjoys spending time outside in the country and (attempting) to keep fit.
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.
Jon graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2003. After graduation he worked in Carmarthenshire before moving to Cornwall to concentrate and develop his interests in bovine herd health and production medicine. Jon joined Westpoint in August 2007, was instrumental in setting up the Westpoint Sevenoaks practice, and became a Director in 2009.
Jon is the founder of Clinical Governance within Westpoint Veterinary Group. Over recent years he has developed a clinical board of excellence with associated working groups, integration and development of processes to facilitate medicine decision making process, introduced clinical audit and quality improvement programs and was integral to the establishment of a structured graduate program and on-going learning and development within Westpoint Farm Vets. Jon has mentored 9 interns over the years, some of which now lead clinical working groups, head up Westpoint practices, or have taken up residency programs.
Research into practice is a key theme within clinical governance including appraising and contributing to the evidence base needed to develop best practice guidelines. Clinically he has a keen interest in bovine reproduction having gained a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction at distinction level in 2010. He enjoys overseas consultancy in countries such as India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Poland.
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.
Connor graduated from the University Of Bristol in July 2013. Although from London, he has family who are beef and sheep farmers in the West of Ireland where he frequently spent his summer holidays as a child, and so gained an appetite for the farming life at a young age. Connor enjoys all aspects of farm veterinary work and joined Westpoint in 2013 as one of our interns. On completion of his internship, Connor stayed on and now works from our Sevenoaks practice.
Outside of work Connor enjoys films, live music and football, as well as any other sport he can watch with a pint in his hand!
Jack graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014 and joined Westpoint as a veterinary intern.
He is interested in all aspects of farm animal practice but is particularly interested in fertility work and infectious diseases.
When not at work, Jack can be found running in the Kent countryside, at a local point to point, playing hockey or creating his next batch of homebrew!