Meet the farm vet team at Mount Vets

Meet our superb team of Farm Vets at Mount Vets in Wellington, Wiveliscombe and Broadhembury

Piers Pepperell

Piers Pepperell has been with the Mount for over a decade and became a partner in 2008. His whole herd “from field to yield “ approach has led to many major successes on a range of farms, big and small, organic and conventional. He is a qualified cow signals trainer and regularly teaches at Agricultural colleges. He also bakes a very good cake!

Alastair Caygill

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!

Stuart Young

Stuart Young merged his company with Mount vets in 2011 after we had worked closely together for some time. As well as being a qualified vet, he also has a degree in farm animal nutrition which means he is in charge of the nutrition for several large dairy farms as well as managing their herds health. He is heavily involved in education, regularly running courses for beef, dairy and chicken farmers and lecturing at the Royal college of veterinary surgeons in London.

Robert Mangham


Robert Mangham a Bristol University graduate, qualified in 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Science and Pharmacology. He has a particular interest in ruminant surgery, dairy management and young stock production.  In 2018 Rob gained his Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and became a Partner at the Mount.

David Balch

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!

Hannah Griffiths

Hannah graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2011. She had seen practice at SYVS over the years and had a keen interest in poultry throughout her University career which is unusual in itself. She is now assistant to Stuart in the poultry department as well as helping with the large animal department when she has spare time.

Hannah originates from Barry Island in South Wales of “Gavin and Stacey” fame. She has many pets including a giant rabbit that is nearly as big as a collie! She is an extremely talented musician and was part of the Welsh Youth Orchestra for many years. No doubt at rugby 6 nations she will be shouting for Wales and I hope England can quieten her celebrations!

Alastair Winearls

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 !

Charlie Aldington

Charlie Aldington graduated from Bristol in 2015 after spending time as a student at Mount Vets. We persuaded him to stay and he is now enjoying life working as a mixed vet here in the West Country with the rest of the farm team. He has a particular interest in cream teas!

Ollie Judkins

Ollie recently qualified from Bristol University, where he completed the Farm Elective. He has a particular interest in ruminant medicine and surgery. In his spare time, Ollie is a keen rugby player and supporter of Bath Rugby Club.