Meet our Farm Vet Team
Meet our experienced team of Farm Vets at Mount Vets in Wellington, Wiveliscombe and Broadhembury
Farm Vet Team
Part of Mount Vets for over 25 years, Piers is no stranger in the agricultural world of the South West. He has been a purely farm vet for over twenty of those and developed several interests, including Mastitis control, Bull fertility and teaching. He has taught on behalf of Mount Vets, the Laura Persey Trust, Bicton, and Cornwall colleges, the BCVA and has also been lucky enough to teach overseas at St. Georges University in the West Indies. He also bakes some of the finest chocolate brownies in the land!
Alastair Caygill started his career at the Mount back in the 1990s, and has been a large animal partner for several years. His key interest is in herd disease control and Alastair regularly lectures to farmers on key issues such as BVD and Johnes. He claims that the complexities of disease management pale into insignificance however, when compared with trying to control his herd of three young children!
Rob qualified from Bristol in 2010, becoming a Director at the Mount in 2018. He has launched the Mount’s Milking Parlour Analysis and Embryo Transfer service. Rob has a keen interest in youngstock, spending time with his like-minded clients in the Mount Vets Youngstock Group. Rob loves a spreadsheet! He can either be found behind a cow or in front of a computer screen. Data analysis to identify disease control opportunities or maximise production efficiency, is a real passion of his.
David Balch came to England on a 2 year sabbatical, from Australia, back in 2001. After 5 years in Ledbury, he married the receptionist and moved down to the Mount to specialise in cattle medicine and surgery. 10 years on, his sabbatical shows no signs of ending and he now claims to always support England, unless they’re playing against Australia!
Alastair Winearls joins us after three years cutting his teeth as a mixed vet in rural Somerset. He has always wanted to specialise in cattle work and has also developed a keen interest in sheep flock management. He regularly teaches courses on better shepherding and basic sheep husbandry. When not vetting he is a keen sea kayaker and fisherman, which is probably the only thing he could do to make himself smell worse than after a hard days work!
Ollie joined the practice in the summer of 2016 having graduated from the University of Bristol in the same year. He enjoys all aspects of being a large animal vet and has a particular interest in infectious diseases, especially TB. Ollie is a trained TBAS advisor and is currently studying towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. Outside of work, Ollie can be found playing or watching a multitude of sports, and is one of the only Bath Rugby supporters in the area which is often a source of frustration for his Exeter supporting wife
Charlie originally joined us back in 2015 as a new graduate from Bristol University, having seen practice with us as a student. During his six years with us he pursued his interests in beef and sheep work, establishing and running the Beef Health Group subscription service alongside his routine dairy work, before heading off to the Americas to travel for a year. He re-joins us now, ready to get stuck back into our beef, sheep and embryo transfer services and further develop his interest in bovine fertility. After a year of eating mostly packet noodles, rice, and beans he is looking forward to any attempts by farmers to ‘feed him up’ again.
Pip may well be a familiar face to many of our clients, having been seen in practice with us for 10 years prior to her graduating as top student in her year from the University of Surrey. Pip joined the Mount Vets team in August 2019 and is keen to get involved in all areas of large animal veterinary. Somerset born and bred, Pip’s family farm is not far from Wellington. They run both a dairy and pedigree British Blue herd, the latter of which has put multiple bulls on AI studs both here and in Ireland. In her spare time Pip can be found in the show ring with her cattle or hiking.
Fin has spent most of his working life as a farmer, which has taken him all over the world. He is now looking forward to his new challenge as an ATT (Approved Tuberculin Tester). In addition to TB testing, Fin has many Vet Tech roles that allow him to work closely with our cattle, sheep and poultry clients. He enjoys walking his dog ‘Levi’, Young Farmers events and supporting Exeter Chiefs.
A man of many talents, John established his own foot trimming business before joining the Mount Vets team, much to our delight. John and his family have been longstanding clients of the practice. Alongside John’s highest available qualifications in foot trimming, he is ROMS (Register of Mobility Scorers) accredited, a proficient freeze-brander, and has fulfilled many roles within various farming enterprises.
Hazel has been with Mount Vets for many years. She keeps the farm department running efficiently and takes good care of us all.
She enjoys life at home with her family, walking the dog and cooking. She also swims regularly in the sea all year round.
Julie has been with Mount Vets for 10 years. She arranges the vets work and makes sure that they are always organised. This is no mean feat with 10 vets and an ATT to keep busy.
She enjoys walking with her dogs and gardening. Her camper van enables her to go off exploring areas all over the country.
Ali has been with Mount Vets for 10 years making sure that our farm dept pharmacy is always running smoothly.
She enjoys life at home with her family and looking after her pedigree flock of Lleyns. Ali is also passionate about all thing’s wool and dyeing her own yarn.
Kerry joined Mount Vets in 2019 and you will find her answering phones, booking work, and making sure that the vets are in the right place at the right time.
She enjoys life at home helping with the family farm and riding her pony “Jack”
Leon served as a police officer for 30 years in the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, the majority of his career in Criminal Investigation Department (CID) attaining the rank of Detective Sergeant working in Plymouth, Mid, East and North Devon and finally in the city of Exeter. He retired in 2013 and joined the Mount Vets in July 2014 working at the Colliton Barton practice. Here at Colliton Barton as well as doing reception work and Farm Coordination he also helps our vets by doing lab work and general DIY. He enjoys family time, coastal walks, going away in his campervan, theatre and music festivals as well as supporting Cullompton Rugby Football Club.
Ali has been with the Mount Vets for many years. She is based at our Colliton Barton branch, where she looks after our poultry and gamebird clients. One of her main job roles is to organise vaccines for our main poultry rearing sites and ordering and sorting of the weekly vaccinations that they need; this can range from a 6,000 flock size up to 100,000 birds. Ali enjoys spending time with her young granddaughter, walking her 2 lurchers, riding her horse and going to the races.
Linda joined the team in February 2022. She previously worked at Blackdown Doctors Surgery for 15 years and was a store manager for Boots chemists for 20 years. She enjoys helping clients with empathy in an organised and timely manner. She’s enjoyed working with the Mount Vets team so far and is looking forward to learning more. At home Linda enjoys walking her dogs, going to festivals in her VW Campervan, family holidays and spending time with her Granddaughter as well as a little bit of Gin tasting!
Nicole joined the Mount Vets team in January 2022 as our Marketing and Admin co-ordinator. She’s here to help organise our training courses, events, marketing, and social media channels. She has a background of working on Dairy and sheep farms and studied agriculture at Bicton College, as well as previously being a Training Manager for a global skincare brand. Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors, walking and spending time with her family.