Sam Mitchell BVMSci MRCVS

Farm animal vet

Sam graduated from the University of Surrey in 2021. Since then, he spent a couple of years farm vetting in Chippenham before moving to the Wyvern team at the start of 2024. He enjoys all aspects of cattle and sheep work, with particular interests in cattle fertility, mastitis control and calf health.

In his spare time, Sam can usually be found watching the rugby with a pint. He also enjoys exploring the outdoors, spending most weekends hiking, trail running or mountain biking through the countryside.

Amber Finch BVMSci MRCVS

Farm animal vet

Amber graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018 with a degree in Bioveterinary Science, following which she joined the University of Surrey to fulfil her ambition to become a vet and graduated in July 2023. Initially from Coventry, Amber moved to Frome to join our farm animal team. Amber is looking forward to developing her skills in all areas of farm work and has a particular interest in dairy work.

Outside of work, Amber enjoys playing netball and exploring the local area.

Katie Reynolds BVM BVS MRCVS

Farm animal vet

Katie graduated from The University of Nottingham this Summer and is originally from Cambridge. She has a keen interest in small ruminents and calf health.

In her spare time you will find Katie playing many sports, most notably gymnastics and ultimate frisbee. She also loves to travel and will always have a flight booked.

Vicki Shepherd BVM&S CertAVP(Cattle) MRCVS

Farm animal vet

Vicki is an experienced farm vet joining us from North Wiltshire.  She graduated in 2015 and after a few years scanning cows on the coasts of Cornwall, moved to Chippenham.

Vicki loves all things cow-related, especially fertility work, surgery and nutrition.  She has a certificate in Cattle Production and is working towards attaining her Diploma in Cattle Reproduction, alongside Alex.

In her spare time Vicki can be found throwing a barbell around in her local Crossfit gym, or baking up a storm in the kitchen.

Emily Nail BVSc MSc MRCVS

Farm animal vet

Emily graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 and joined Garston Farm Vets in January 2017. Emily is involved in all aspects of farm animal veterinary care from dairy fertility routines to supporting smallholders, and is particularly interested in youngstock health and performance. She teaches our lambing, farm skills, and antibiotics awareness courses. Outside of work, Emily still spends most of her time outdoors, wild camping and climbing mountains with her terrier, Fig.

Alex Roberts BVSc CertAVP MRCVS

Farm animal vet

Alex graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and has been working at the practice ever since. He has a particular interest in Bovine Mastitis prevention and nutrition, and is our Beef Benchmarking and BVD control coordinator. Alex has completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, in Bovine Health and Productivity and is working towards his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction.. At some point you will no doubt meet his lively springer spaniel, Rhu, who accompanies him in the car. Outside of work, Alex enjoys the outdoors and a variety of sports, and is a keen Bath rugby fan.

Georgina Doel BVetMed MRCVS

Farm animal vet and Clinical Co-ordinator

Georgina qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London and following a spell working as a farm vet in Cornwall, she joined the farm team at Garston in 2011. As well as being a vet, George has also taken on the role of Farm Clinical Coordinator and helps to develop and market new and proactive services, building on the close relationship we have with our clients and forming new ones with industry leaders. George enjoys all aspects of farm work and has a particular interest in calves, working closely with Emily as our “youngstock experts”. George is married to a local farmer, has three young children and loves a good game of hockey at the weekend.

James Ryder BSc(Hons) BVSc CertAVP DBR MRCVS

Farm animal vet and Partner

James graduated from Bristol University in 2012, and worked in mixed practice in Worcestershire for 18 months before making the move to Garston Farm Vets in Frome to become a farm animal vet. James enjoys the day-to-day variation of being a farm vet out and about and has a keen interest in bovine fertility and reproduction, embryo transfer in particular, as well as lameness treatment and prevention. James has completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction at the University of Liverpool. He became a partner in 2019 having settled down in the area with his wife Amy, an equine vet, and their three children. He can often be seen accompanied on his rounds by his yellow Labrador, Pickles. Outside of work, James is a keen Bath rugby fan and cyclist and enjoys spending his free time with his young family.

Chris Mangham BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS

Farm animal vet and Partner

Chris joined the practice in July 2007 having graduated from the University of Bristol, and became a partner in 2012. He has a particular interest in bovine fertility and helped to develop advanced breeding and embryo transfer services with fellow Wyvern partner, James Ryder. Chris also enjoys the varied challenges thrown his way by the many exotic species at Longleat where he provides animal care alongside James and Alex. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his young family, keeping fit at the gym, and watching rugby.

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