Meet The Team - FarmVets SouthWest

 

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Art McAlonan

Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1996. He began his career in mixed practice in Staffordshire, then moved to a farm animal only practice in Cheshire.The opportunity to be integral in the formation of FarmVets SouthWest in 2006 was too good to miss and thus Art moved to the West Country. He is keen to continue the development of FarmVets SouthWest into an excellent, affordable practice for the farmers of Somerset and East Devon.

Art was a founding member of FarmVets SouthWest in 2008

Tel: 07711856187

David Taylor

 

David Taylor 

Qualified in 1998 from the Royal Veterinary College, London. He initially worked in mixed practice in Devon and then farm only in Wiltshire. He set up his own company in 2005 where he was sole veterinarian in charge of a few very large milking herds. This gave him great experience and knowledge of managing large dairy herds, which has been of much benefit to FarmVets SouthWest. 
 
David joined the partnership in 2010.
 
Tel: 07815296212
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Eoghan McAlonan

Eoghan graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2004 and started working on the farm side of a large mixed practice in the Derbyshire Peak district. He mainly works out of the Ilminster and Yarcombe branches and enjoys a pro-active role in the management of dairy and beef farms. 

He joined the partnership in 2012. 

Tel: 07739322309

 
 
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Matthew Swanborough

Matt joined the practice in 2014 after graduating from Bristol Vet School. Whilst keen to get involved with all aspects of cattle medicine he has a particular interest in herd herd level lameness control. Away from work Matt enjoys cycling and plays baseball with the Taunton Muskets

 

Tel: 07711856186

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Cormack White


Having graduated from UCD in 2015 I travelled to Egypt to work as a volunteer veterinarian for a veterinary charity for two months before then heading off to New Zealand for a year working in mixed animal practise on the North Island. From a veterinary standpoint I have strong interests in calf and sheep health, herd and flock health planning and the boundary between human and animal diseases. Outside of veterinary I enjoy everything from the GAA (Hurling and Gaelic football) to history and languages. A keen rugby player I'm looking forward to playing here in Somerset to see how it compares to Ireland and New Zealand

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Tom Crosby


Tom qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017.  Born in Gloucestershire, he grew up working on farms and enjoys sheep work, as well as having an interest in cattle fertility.  Outside of work, Tom is a keen rugby player and enjoys trout fishing 

 

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Niall Watkins
 
Niall qualified in 2014 from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, in South Africa. He started his veterinary career in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands, one of South Africa’s biggest dairy farming regions, as a large animal veterinarian. He then spent a year in mixed rural practice in East Griqualand, South Africa, before moving to Somerset to join Farmvets Southwest.
Niall’s veterinary interests lie predominantly in dairy and beef herd production. Away from work, he enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, especially throwing a line if there's a river nearby
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Carlos Magias

Carlos Megias (Known as Charlie), graduated form University of Santiago de Compostela  in Spain.  He has been working in the UK for the last 2 years as a large animal vet. He has an interest in all things bovine and also enjoys working with sheep.  When he is not at work he likes camping and driving his campervan to visit new places

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Tracey Hardy-Smith

Our Practice Manager, Tracey joined FVSW in November 2011. Originally from London, Tracey has lived in Somerset for 18 years and has worked in veterinary practices in the area since 2002. She works full-time across all three branches. Outside of work Tracey enjoys walking her terrier Ruby, gardening and supporting her home town football club, Brentford.

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Kath Long

Kath has been with FVSW from the very beginning and is well-known to all our Bridgwater clients. She is  a qualified Veterinary Nurse and previously held a position as Head Nurse. Kath currently works three days per week at our office as her twin 2 year old boys, Ollie and Tom take up the rest of her time! 

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Maggie Lange

Maggie joined us in August 2010 when we opened our Yarcombe branch and is well-known to all our Yarcombe clients. Maggie comes from farming family in Devon and was previously practice manager at New Street vets in Honiton. Maggie now works two days at the Yarcombe office. Outside of work Maggie is a keen and experienced gardener.

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Jackie Dyer

Jackie joined FVSW from Minster Vets back in 2008 when FVSW was formed and is well-known to all out Ilminster clients. Jackie works two days a week at the Ilminster branch where she takes care of our accounts. Outside of work Jackie enjoys keeping fit and trying to keep up with her two children Josh and Katie.

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Holly Broom

Holly joined the practice in October 2011. Holly is our TB queen and deals with all things TB related - most of you will have spoken to her about your TB test at some point! Holly previously worked at practices in Wiveliscombe and Taunton. She works full-time, usually at our Bridgwater and Yarcombe offices. In her spare time Holly is a door supervisor at a local club and is a mean kick boxer!

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Pip Latham


Grew up on a dairy farm in Wiltshire and moved to Somerset in 2015 after studying at Plymouth university. She has a small holding of sheep and chickens. In her spare time she enjoys working her cocker spaniel on local shoot days, swimming and spending time with her friends and family. She also has a big love for baking.

IMG_0787   Shelly moved to the area six years ago and has worked within the veterinary industry for over 15 years.  Outside of work Shelly raises sheep, chickens and ducks on her small holding and inbetween looking after the animals enjoys taking her 1968 Morris Minor for a spin around the Quantock Hills
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Michael Price
 
Joined the practice in 2008 after a long and distinguished career in the Animal Health trade, he is very well known and popular in the area, and his experience and knowledge have added greatly to the team.
Mike is the point of contact for any PML queries (non prescription medicines) or if you want a competitive quote.
 
Tel: 07868274124.