St Columb

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

    01637 889231

    Fax Number

    01637 889251


    Unit B Trevornick Business Park, Winnard's Perch, St Columb, Cornwall TR9 6DH

  • Opening Times

    Mon: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Tue: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Wed: 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Thu: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Fri: 08:00 AM - 05:00 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
South West Regional Newsletter | Summer 2017


  • Philip Elkins BVM&S MRCVS

    Phil Elkins

    BVM&S Cert AVP (Cattle) MRCVS

  • Phil Elkins | BVM&S Cert AVP (Cattle) MRCVS

    Following stints working in Devon, Cheshire and New Zealand Phil joined Westpoint in 2009 and now works from our St Columb practice in Cornwall. Phil’s main clinical interests are based around improving farm businesses through structured herd interventions.

    He currently sits on the milk hygiene working group within Westpoint and has been integral in the introduction of the Milk4life plans. He has recently gained his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

    Phil’s spare time is spent with his wife Julie and two sons and if there is any time left after that he can sometimes be seen running round muddy fields playing rugby for the Newquay Hornets.

  • Emma Holmes


  • Emma Holmes | BVM&S MRCVS

    Emma graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Edinburgh in 2001. Her Devonian roots and the pull of home brought her south, venturing across the Tamar to her first job in Bodmin. This was a mixed practice, but very quickly she realised her love was with farm work, and in particular dairy and beef cattle. Her main interests are cattle health and productivity, fertility, and young stock management. More recently she has also become increasingly interested in bull fertility. After 13 years of practice, and 11 months of maternity leave, it was time to spread her wings and she joined Westpoint Farm Vets in January 2015.

    Outside of work she spends her time entertaining her lively baby daughter and walking her increasingly geriatric collie all over the county, from beach to moor, from woods to parks. She can also be found helping out on her other half’s beef and sheep farm in Wadebridge. He farms 100 pedigree South Devon cattle and approximately 100 mainly Texel sheep. He successfully shows his cattle at the Royal Cornwall Show and other local shows every year, with his chief ‘muck shoveller’ by his side.

    If there is any more time in the day for some down time, she enjoys cycling, swimming, horse riding and Zumba. A good book is a rare luxury!

  • George Giles


  • George Giles | BVM BVS MRCVS

    After graduating from Nottingham Vet School George went straight into farm practice in Somerset, dealing mostly with dairy herds and having a particular interest in grass based extensive dairying. Following on from this he emigrated to China to take on a role of Animal Health, Welfare and Biosecurity manager for a group of large scale, intensive new setup farms being operated by Fonterra. This role involved managing the vet and breeding teams and working with the rest of the farm management team to maximise productivity and the day to day running of the herds.

    On return to the UK he spent a year at home milking cows before joining the St Columb team in July 2016. George enjoys finding practical solutions to on farm technical issues within the animal health and production remit.

  • Kaisa Velstrom


  • Kaisa Velstrom | BVM&S MRCVS

    Kaisa graduated from the Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2013. During her time there she also studied Conservation Medicine at Vetmed Vienna.

    After graduation Kaisa worked for Vetpoint in Estonia dealing with heard health planning, fertility and youngstock before joining Westpoint. She has particular interest in fertility, youngstock, herd health planning and goat medicine.

    In her spare time Kaisa enjoys running, swimming, walking, pilates, reading and watching films.

  • Georgie Lethbridge

    BVetMed MRCVS

  • Georgie Lethbridge | BVetMed MRCVS

    Georgie graduated in 2016 from the Royal Veterinary College (London). She is a South West girl, born and raised in Devon. She grew up on the family dairy farm which ignited her passion to be a vet . She has done farm placements in New Zealand and Holland and this has helped develop her skills.

    Georgie is particularly interested in youngstock management and dairy nutrition and is now looking forward to getting started in practice and getting to know everyone.

    In her spare time she has been an enthusiastic member of Kingsbridge YFC over the years, competing in a wide range of competitions including speaking and stock judging. She’s a keen horse rider and was a pony club tetrathlete with South Devon Moorland PC. More recently she’s started running and competing in triathlons, so she can't wait to do some training around the beautiful Cornish countryside.

  • Dimitris Karagiannidis


  • Dimitris Karagiannidis | DVM MRCVS

    Dimitris graduated from the University of Thessaly (Greece) in 2014. He always had a keen interest in farm animal work and after the completion of his studies he worked for a dairy farm in Greece, in charge of reproductive management and health issues.

    Now he is pleased to be working as part of a progressive farm team with Westpoint. He has a special interest in reproduction, nutrition and pathology which he looks forward to applying to our Cornish farms.

    In his spare time, Dimitris likes getting involved in a variety of sports and being social with friends.

  • Miriam Rigby


  • Miriam Rigby | BVM&S MRCVS

    Miriam graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2017 and joined the Westpoint internship programme in August. Miriam enjoys all aspects of farm animal veterinary medicine but has particular interests in both herd health and infectious diseases. Outside of work she can be found attempting to glide a plane, walking or playing tennis.


Support Staff

  • Nicola Stokes

    Office Administrator

  • Steph Hawkey

    Practice Administrator

  • Charlotte Harding


  • Phil Jones