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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 Newsletter – Summer 2016

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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  • Ami Sawran

    BVSc MRCVS

  • Ami Sawran | BVSc MRCVS

    Originally from Durham, Ami graduated from Liverpool University in 2011 before undertaking a farm animal internship in production animal health and welfare at the Royal Veterinary College alongside Westpoint Farm Vets. Afterwards, she moved to London to begin her PhD on investigating cattle lameness through mining genomic data, as well as locuming for the RSPCA. Finally clawing her way out of the big city, Ami is now based in St. Albans.

    Now officially back in full time practice, Ami is keen to continue post-graduate education alongside practical work. As well as undertaking all aspects of commercial farm work, her main veterinary interests lies in production animal welfare and smallholding. Ami is currently developing more ways to meet the veterinary needs of smallholders and hobby farmers.

    Outside of work, Ami reads, takes ballet lessons, snowboards and competes in mud runs and obstacle course races all over the country. Last year she raced in both the National and World Championships, and is hoping to represent Team UK again this year. When she isn’t training herself, she likes to spend time training her sidekick; Pets as Therapy and all round wonder-dog, Remy.



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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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Support Staff

  • Catherine Watson

    Office Administrator

  • Kate Stevens

    Office Administrator

  • Melissa Pearmain

    Part Time Administrator