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Westpoint Ashbourne is a modern, dedicated livestock veterinary practice providing a comprehensive range of health-orientated services to farms in and around the Ashborne 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.
Unit D, Ednaston Business Centre, Hollington Road, Ednaston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3AE
Mon: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tue: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wed: 08:00 AM - 05:00 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 to the office, outside office opening hours, please contact our veterinary staff.
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BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS
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BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS
James was born into a farming family in Gloucestershire and grew up working with the dairy, beef and sheep enterprises run by various members of the family.
James graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2003 and went straight into livestock practice with Westpoint Veterinary Group, working from the main office in Sussex for five and a half years and developing close links and friendships with the farmers in the area. However, due to family reasons, the South East was not a long-term option, and it was decided to start Westpoint Ashbourne, and take the Westpoint practice ethos to the farmers of Derbyshire and beyond.
James enjoys all aspects of farm animal veterinary work with a particular interest in the impacts of housing, management and nutrition on animal health and productivity. This feeds into a keen interest in dairy cow nutrition and lameness, and James has completed several external training courses in this area. On the cow-side, fertility work, surgery and foot trimming - in which he is Dutch-trained - are all interests, along with mastitis and general sick cow work. James is clinical lead of our Mobility working group.
Out of work James enjoys playing and watching rugby, as well as cycling and walking - hence why the Peak District was the No 1 choice!
Originally from York, Sarah grew up in a farming village and milked cows and lambed sheep from an early age. Graduating from Edinburgh in 2001, she immediately took a job in a mixed practice in Derbyshire. During the six years in Matlock she became the main farm vet, introducing health planning for cattle and sheep and starting regular farm meetings. In 2007 she was approached by a large practice in Derby to join their farm team, where she worked for 3 years until joining Westpoint in 2010.
She enjoys all aspects of farm practice, especially surgery. Sarah also has a strong interest in sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. She wants to encourage the use of health planning on beef and sheep units as she firmly believes that the prevention and eradication of disease is definitely the future for a profitable farm.
Sarah is married to a sheep farmer and lives in Derbyshire with her family.
David undertook his veterinary studies at the University of Bristol. Since graduation, David has gained experience in predominantly dairy practices in Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, working with herds from 100 up to 1000 cows.
His main veterinary interests lie in mastitis management and he is a member of the Milk Quality working group within Westpoint. He also has very useful expertise in data analysis and benchmarking.
David joined the Ashbourne team in 2014 and is enjoying working closely with our sheep and beef farmers as he moves away from the Cheshire plain. He is also keen to get involved in bull and ram fertility testing.
In his spare time David enjoys walking his dog in the Derbyshire countryside.
Jo graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2018. She enjoys the majority of veterinary work, but has a particular interest in pathology and youngstock health and rearing. Jo enjoys being outside, getting know the farmers and their farms and these are all bonuses of the job.
Outside of work she can be found climbing, swimming, baking and exploring the countryside; she is not one for sitting still!
Mel graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2016 and is a local girl to the area. Having worked in Staffordshire for the first 2 years after graduating, she has experience on dairy, beef and sheep enterprises. She enjoys all aspects of farm practice but especially preventative flock health care – so much so she is about to start her Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Sheep Health and Production. Since joining the practice in August 2018, Mel has been working closely with our sheep farmers to build-up a proactive and enthusiastic Flock Health Club. Outside of work she is a keen member of Uttoxeter Young Farmers taking part in tug of war and various other competitions.
Beckie graduated from Nottingham in 2019. She loves being out and abouton different farms, meeting new people. She's particularly interested in metabolic diseases and youngstock health. Having lived on an alpaca farm for a year she is keen to get more involved with camelids in the future.
Beckie is usually found running, climbing or hiking around the Peak District when she has time off. When she's not in the Great Outdoors she also enjoys reading, model painting and playing Dungeons & Dragons!