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Westpoint Chelmsford is a dedicated livestock veterinary practice providing a comprehensive range of proactive health-orientated services to farms in and around the Chelmsford area. Our valued client base includes commercial farms, smallholdings, open farms and owners of companion farm animals.
The practice consists of a combination of high quality experienced farm vets who have easy access to the specialist knowledge of consultants throughout the group, as well as to Biobest Laboratories for fast, accurate laboratory analysis.
Our practice also forms a base for veterinary student teaching, with regular clinical extra mural studies students and rotation students from the University of Surrey.
Our focus is primarily on preventing disease, with proactive measures and health planning for all farm species. 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. We also aim to give farm pet and smallholders the peace of mind that they are fulfiling the specific needs of farm animal species with a dedicated, farm-focused service.
We offer a range of services to keepers of Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Sheep, Camelids, Goats, Pigs and Poultry including health planning, disease investigation, TB testing, farmer training, clinical services and live animal exports. We also provide product export services.
We practice evidence based medicine, and endeavour to pass on our knowledge through client training courses, workshops and regular health planning visits.
We have access to a mobile foot-trimming team, facilitiate AI on farm and also provide farmer training in these areas.
About our Practice - New Clients - Fee Structure - Practice Policies
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New clients are entitled to a free pre-booked consultation. The visit fee is waived, and we can spend some time getting to know you, your farm and understanding the services you require. This introductory discussion is not charged for. If you wish to combine this visit with 'hands-on' clinical work, this time is chargeable. This visit does qualify as a 6-month medicine prescription check visit.
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. Clients may obtain prescription only medicines (POM-Vs) from their veterinary surgeons, the practice, or via our online pharmacy, Farmacy.co.uk. If clients prefer, we are able to offer prescriptions for medications (or medicated feed) for conditions we have diagnosed on farm. These are chargeable, and in accordance with the RCVS requirements for animals to be under our care before prescribing, you must be within our 6 month visitation timeframe.
Medicine Dispensing Policy
We are able to dispense medications at the practice (or authorise through Farmacy.co.uk) if they are suited to your animals' needs, and we have attended your farm in the past 6 months. Please note, for critically important antibiotics, diagnostics must be undertaken prior to dispensing. We may require 48 hours notice to dispense medication. In some cases, medications may need ordering in - our administrators will advise you of this timeframe. We would ideally like to take medicine orders before 11am.
Pre-Booked Visits must be booked with minimum 24hrs notice, during working hours (Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm) to qualify for the reduced rate. Chargeable time represents an additional cost at the relevant rate. Normal Visits are arranged and carried out on the same day until 4pm. Every effort is made to accommodate the need of the animal with the availability of veterinary surgeon during busy periods. Out of Hours/Emergency Visits are appointments performed outside of normal working hours, essentially 5pm to 8am on any weekday in addition to Saturdays/Sundays and Bank holidays.
We charge a minimum of 20 minutes at each visit in addition to the visit fee, beyond this time, charges will then apply in increments of 10 minute blocks. Please ensure that when booking appointments that sufficient time is allocated at that time to perform all tasks required in order to avoid
disappointment and potential of a revisit. It is your responsibility to ensure that animals are suitably penned/restrained to ensure that the vets can examine them safely at their time of arrival.
Smallholder clients may benefit from our Saver Plan, which is a subscription model that locks in fees at a lower rate - please call the office for details.
Health plans account for a large part of our work. Depending on the type of plan required, these sometimes necessitate a pre-booked visit, which is in addition to the set fee for the plan. If you are interested in a health plan, please let us know and we can determine the best one to suit your needs.
Telephone / Email advice
Traditionally, we have not charged for telephone advice or recommendations provided over the phone and continue to advocate open lines of communication. We would politely request however, that if there are a number of matters to discuss, and arrangement of a clinical appointment is more suitable, that this is undertaken. Please telephone if you have an emergency, as email is not monitored 24 hours a day.
A remote consultation fee is chargeable for assessment of photographic or video material in lieu of a visit, with fees waived if a visit is undertaken as a result of clinical guidance in the remote consultation. Advice on faecal egg count results from tests by providers other than ourselves or Biobest Laboratories is chargeable.
Unit 5, Whitbreads Business Centre, Whitbreads Farm Road, Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3FE
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. We are unable to book appointments outside of office hours. If medication is urgently required, the on call vet may be able to dispense from the practice - out of hours fees will apply.
BVSc CertAVP PGCertVPS PhD MRCVS
MA VetMB MRCVS
BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS
Bsc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS
Bsc MVSc MRCVS
BVM&S BSc 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. Afterwards, she moved to London to begin her PhD on investigating cattle lameness, as well as locuming for the RSPCA. She has worked with several branches of Westpoint. She took on the role of Practice Principal at Chelmsford in January 2019. She was placed on the clinical board at VetPartners in 2020, the Farm Executive Board in 2021 and the board of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) in 2022.
Ami undertakes all aspects of commercial farm work, and has clinical interests in production animal welfare and camelid medicine. She’s most at home taking care of the particular needs of hobby and open farms, and smallholdings. She heads up the Camelid working group for VetPartners, while working towards her camelid practice certificate.
Outside of work, Ami reads, snowboards and plays netball. When she isn’t training herself, she likes to spend time training her sidekick; Pets as Therapy and all-round wonder-dog, Remy, and Olive, who is the smallest dog in her agility class.
Ian graduated in 2007 from the Royal Veterinary College. He joined Westpoint straight away, completing the internship at the Horsham practice, from where he took on a major role in calf health and rearing. He also managed to see a bit of the wider world, helping out the vets in our Southwest operations during their expansion. In 2008 Ian moved up to join the team at Chelmsford and has remained there since. On moving to Essex, Ian has developed an interest in pig herd production, and carries out a good deal of porcine work throughout Westpoint. He is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Ian also maintains a full role in the ruminant side, with particular interest in fertility, being the local bull and ram fertility testing vet.
Ian became Regional Director in 2013, directly managing the veterinary teams at Chelmsford and Lavenham, and overseeing the expansion in Suffolk. His role now includes responsibility for Westpoint's entire eastern region.
When not working, he is most likely to be found playing rugby or watching it, and regularly plays at half-back for Writtle rugby club. He and other half Laura - a local small-animal vet, have a boisterous Labrador named "Albie" who provides necessary distraction!
Emily has been with Westpoint Farm Vets since graduating in 2013, initially as an intern based in Winchester. She has been in Chelmsford since 2014 and is interested in all areas of farm animal practice, with a particular interest in youngstock, herd health planning and mobility (qualified AHDB mobility mentor). She also has her export panels meaning that she can export all farm animals and products if required.
When not working, Emily enjoys time spent messing around with horses and cows (preferably British Whites)! She is also a qualified athletics official and judges up to international level, as well as playing the occasional game of hockey in the winter when the rota allows!
Mia graduated form the Royal Veterinary College in 2019 and enjoys all aspects of farm practice with a particular interest in bull fertility and herd health planning.
Outside work, Mia enjoys figure skating, running and craft projects.
Olivia graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020. She has always enjoyed working with chickens, pigs and goats mainly and has recently started delving into the world of bee keeping. Olivia wants to develop her passion for sustainable farming and one day want to own her own bee hives.
Outside of work Olivia has always danced, tap being her favourite, and she loves to bake, much to delight of the rest of the team!
Tim graduated in 2018 and has worked in mixed practice in Dorset ever since. He started here at Westpoint in 2020 and particularly enjoys cattle fertility work, surgery, and working with sheep.
When not working Tim likes to run, go to the gym, play rugby, hockey and most other sports.
Originally from The Netherlands, Monique graduated in 2017 from Utrecht University with a masters degree in Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health. Afterwards, she moved to Northern Ireland were she worked in a busy rural practice for three years. Here, she developed a keen interest in large animal emergency work and obstetrics. Monique joined Westpoint in 2020. She loves working with beef cattle and small ruminants, especially during spring time.
Outside of work, Monique likes to stay active with fitness, hiking and swimming. She also enjoys having friends and family over to explore the countryside.
Amanda graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2019 and before joining our team she was a small animal vet up in Newcastle! Originally from Malaysia, she moved to London when she was 18 to further her studies. Amanda is enjoying a good mix of production animal medicine and small holders as she feels she's getting the best of both worlds. She is keen in developing her surgical skills and feels happiest with a scalpel in her hand.
In her free time she enjoys lead climbing, baking and exploring good food places with friends.
Theeb graduated from Edinburgh and had worked in farm animal production ever since. He has worked in clinical practice, higher education and both in the pharmaceutical and livestock nutrition sectors. He is currently a director for the Oxford Farming Conference and undertaking a Nuffield Farming Scholarship. His passion for livestock has taken him all over the world having completed training and research in countries such as the US, China and South Africa.
Outside of work, Theeb is passionate about sport and is an avid Scotland Rugby fan and Liverpool Football Club supporter along with following the cricket and F1. He is kept busy at home with his three children, chickens, fish, tortoise and
Amy Walpole RVN