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Leighton Buzzard


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

    01296 410021

    Address

    Unit 7b Sparrow Hall Farm Edlesborough Dunstable Bedfordshire LU6 2ES

  • Opening Times

    Mon: 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

    Tue: 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

    Wed: 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

    Thu: 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

    Fri: 08:00 AM - 05:30 PM

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.

Latest Newsletter
East Regional Newsletter | Summer 2017

Vets

  • Pete Aitken BVSc MACVS MRCVS

    Peter Aitken

    BVSc MACVS MRCVS

  • Peter Aitken | BVSc MACVS MRCVS

    Peter started working as a veterinarian in 2002 in farm animal practice in New Zealand after finishing his studies at Massey University.

    Since graduating Peter has been focused on farm animals, working for three years in New Zealand before heading to the UK to work at the Chelmsford practice for three years. He then went back to NZ, with his now wife, Rosie, but returned to the UK to begin a new Westpoint practice in Leighton Buzzard.

    During his absence from the UK he undertook additional study and completed his membership examinations for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in ruminant nutrition. Peter has a passion for ensuring that feeding is optimised for both production and also for the health of the animal and its ability to remain in the herd; nutrition being such a key aspect to nearly all sides of the coin with regards farm animals.

    He also spent time in Vietnam, working on a large dairy unit that was being established. At that time there were around 12,000 animals on the farm with each individual unit planned to milk 2,500 cows. The project involved teaching the local vets and working with the farms to develop protocols and management systems.

    He also has a keen interest in alpacas and together with publishing a guide for vets and breeders in NZ, has been the president of the NZVA camelid branch, and has been involved in lecturing and online courses in alpaca health and veterinary aspects.

    Outside of work Peter enjoys spending time on the golf course among a number of other rather more diverse past times such as music and travel, and his previous stint in the UK garnered a keen interest in good single malts!



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  • Tonia Simms BVSc MRCVS

    Tonia Simms

    BVSc MRCVS DBR

  • Tonia Simms | BVSc MRCVS DBR

    Tonia grew up in Knutsford, Cheshire surrounded by dairy cows. She graduated from Bristol University in 2007 and went straight into farm animal practice working in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. However, the draw of the north was too much and in 2010 Tonia and her partner moved up to a mainly dairy practice in Malpas, Cheshire. In August 2012 Tonia's husband’s arable job brought them back down to the Home Counties, where they now live, just south of Bedford.

    Tonia is particularly interested in a holistic approach to production medicine - particularly with regards to fertility. She is currently a holder of the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction and is an RCVS Advance Practitioner in Bovine Reproduction.

    Tonia also has a secret love of goats and is Leighton Buzzard’s resident goat vet.

    Outside of work, Tonia and her husband have a young daughter, Poppy, and they can often be found out and about in the woods or fields of rural Bedfordshire!



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  • Janneke Erkelens

    MRCVS

  • Janneke Erkelens | MRCVS

    Originally from Holland, Janneke studied veterinary medicine at the University of Utrecht and graduated in 1996. In the years that followed she has moved back and forth between Holland, England and Wales working in farm animal practice, with the University of Utrecht and with the Royal Veterinary College. Her main focus has been on dairy practice, and the past 8 years in Wales she has worked with students investigating herd health problems.

    Although Janneke loved working and living in beautiful rural Wales, family life brought her back to England, and they moved to Potters Bar in the spring of 2014. She is very pleased to join the Westpoint practice in Leighton Buzzard where she will be working a few days a week.

    Working part time gives Janneke the perfect opportunity to divide her time between vet work and family life and also have time to develop her keen interest in art and ceramics. On the days that she is not working you can find Janneke in her garden shed turning pots, pouring moulds or firing the kiln. Great fun!



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  • Emily Singer-Ripley

    BVetMed MRCVS

  • Emily Singer-Ripley | BVetMed MRCVS

    Emily graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in July 2016. Her interest in farm work originated from spending time on family beef and sheep farms in the Northumberland hills growing up. She enjoys all aspects of cattle and sheep production but has particular interests in youngstock, surgery and diagnostic pathology.

    Emily has just returned from a month travelling around New Zealand where she enjoyed spending time skiing, whale watching, caving, hiking on Franz Josef glacier and overindulging in local food. As well as exploring new places Emily enjoys playing hockey, windsurfing and swimming and is looking forward to when she can have some cows of her own.



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  • Alex Rowley

    BVSc MRCVS

  • Alex Rowley | BVSc MRCVS

    Alex joined Westpoint in March 2017. She studied Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2012. Having grown up in Bedfordshire she took her first job at a mixed practice in Bedford. After a short spell, Alex moved to Shropshire to pursue a career working solely with large animals. Here she gained much experience working with dairies, beef farms and more seasonally, sheep farms. Alex moved to Buckinghamshire to be closer to her family and was very pleased to find she could continue working with farm animals using the knowledge she had gained in Shropshire.

    Alex is passionate about infectious disease control. She also enjoys fertility, surgery and finds rotten calvings strangely satisfying! She currently works part-time for Daventry and Leighton Buzzard branches. When she is not at work she enjoys gardening, walking her dog and spending quality time with her husband and daughter.



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  • Chloe Donovan

    BVetMed MRCVS

  • Chloe Donovan | BVetMed MRCVS

    Chloe graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017, and joined the Westpoint internship programme in August of the same year. Her interest in farm animal practice grew over the course of her training where she developed an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of the industry. She is especially interested in youngstock, infectious disease control and fertility.

    In her spare time Chloe enjoys drawing and painting, hiking, and spending time with her two Siberian Huskies. Chloe also has a passion for travel; over the course of her veterinary degree she had opportunities to train in Australia, Germany, Canada, India, Sri Lanka and Kenya. During her time in Kenya she undertook a research project surveying the antimicrobial and anthelmintic use of Maasai herdsmen, and was also lucky enough to get involved in a variety of projects studying diseases in buffaloes and rhinos



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Support Staff

  • Catherine Watson

    Office Administrator

  • Kate Stevens

    Office Administrator

  • Melissa Pearmain

    Part Time Administrator