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Partners & Key Personnel

At the forefront of local animal care for over 75 years

Partners

Nigel Woolfenden
Ripon
Nigel Woolfenden
BVSc MRCVS
PartnerVet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Nigel qualified with honours from Liverpool University in 1986, after which he moved to Ripon and Bishopton to work in mixed large animal practice. Over the following years he quickly became an integral member of the pig team and moved to 100% pig work from 1993. He is a past president of both the Pig Veterinary Society and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society; he is a current member of the Pig Health and Welfare Council; he is the Food Futures director for RAFT Solutions Ltd, andhe is part of the delivery team for a large number of pig production research projects. His main interests are preventative medicine, training on farm, and the management of health.

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Jonathan Statham
Ripon
Jonathan Statham
MA VetMB DCHP MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health
PartnerVet - Ripon
A bit about me...
Jonathan graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He is a cattle vet, partner & chair of Bishopton Veterinary Group, a 40 vet practice in Ripon, North Yorkshire (a member of XL Vets) and is director and Chief Executive of RAFT Solutions Ltd (an innovative veterinary research, consultancy and knowledge exchange company). He is past-president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society and has sat on the GB ‘Cattle Health & Welfare Group’ (CHAWG), GB ‘Sheep Health & Welfare Group’ (SHAWG), the Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and is a past director of Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS) and member of the ‘Farmskills’ Steering Group. He is an examiner for the University of Liverpool, member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Advanced Practitioner Panel, a member of the Nottingham Dairy Innovation Forum, the International Embryo Transfer Society & served on the Veterinary Residues & Products Committees (VRC & VPC) of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). He currently sits on UK Animal Science Advisory Board (ASAB) Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), is a fellow of Askham Bryan College & is a non-executive director of the Animal Health & Welfare Board of England (AHWBE). Main veterinary interests include reproductive technologies, nutrition, mastitis control and progressive herd health & production management. He has published a wide range of papers, articles and book chapters and is a co-author of textbook ‘Dairy Herd Health’. He holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Diploma in Cattle Health & Production, is a RCVS recognised specialist in Cattle Health & Production and was named UK Dairy Vet of the year 2015. He became visiting Professor of Sustainable Livestock Health & Welfare at Harper-Keele Veterinary School, Institute of Sustainable Health & Welfare (InSHAW) in 2020. 
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Duncan Berkshire
Ripon
Duncan Berkshire

MA VetMB MSc CertPM FRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Pig Medicine

PartnerVet - Ripon
A bit about me...
Duncan joined the pig department at Bishopton in 2009 having previously worked extensively with pigs in Yorkshire since graduation. He qualified from Cambridge Vet School in 2004 and obtained his Masters in Livestock Health and Production with the Royal Veterinary College while in practice. Duncan also holds the RCVS Certificate in Pig Medicine. Improving herd health and reproductive physiology are particular areas of interest, along with farm based investigations to introduce preventative medicine programmes on unit. He is a past President of the Pig Veterinary Society and is currently Honorary Treasurer. In 2020 he was awarded a Fellowship of the RCVS.
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When not immersed in the world of pigs, Duncan enjoys throwing himself down mountains on skis and training other people to do the same thing.
Phil Alcock
Ripon
Phil Alcock
BVetMed CertCHP DipRN MRCVS
PartnerVet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Phil's interests involve all aspects of cattle work in particular herd health management, nutrition and lameness control. As a founding director of RAFT Solutions, Phil is principally interested in livestock skills development and is very active in farm training initiatives and knowledge exchange. This training interest led to the establishment of the national ‘FarmSkills’ programme delivered by XLVets in the UK.

Phil has provided technical input for a variety of industry bodies including pharmaceutical companies, milk recording organisations, milk and meat processors, feed companies and the AHDB and has contributed across a wide range of the farming press. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Reproduction, a Diploma in Ruminant nutrition from Harper Adams University College and is a licenced Category 1 foot trimmer.

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Phil's spare time interests involve playing and watching just about any sport.
Ian McClive
Ripon
Ian McClive

MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

PartnerVet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Ian graduated from Cambridge University Vet School in 2003 and initially worked in mixed practice in Thirsk. He then chose to specialise in small animal care, moving to the PDSA in the North East of England. Ian became the Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the PDSA's Sunderland hospital and enjoyed three happy years at the helm. Ian joined the small animal team at Bishopton Veterinary Group in 2011 and became a partner in 2014.

Ian has a keen interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and completed his Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2012. Ian attained Advanced Practitioner status in Small Animal Surgery in 2014.
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Outside work he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah and their young family of three daughters and one son. He enjoys walking, socialising with friends and all sports, as well as looking after his 2 dogs , 3 cats and 3 hens.
Neil Eastham
Ripon
Neil Eastham

BVSc DBR NSch MRCVS

PartnerVet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Neil joined Bishopton Veterinary Group in July 2007 after graduating from Liverpool University. An upbringing on a dairy and sheep farm in Lancashire played a large role in him deciding to specialise in farm animal work. 

Neil is actively involved in the delivery of Bishopton's dairy, beef and sheep health schemes and enjoys all aspects of veterinary work.  Neil's main interests are fertility and dairy genetics. He is actively involved in the delivery of specialist advanced breeding techniques (ET and OPU/IVF), as well as working with clients to utilise female genomic testing.  Neil has achieved his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool University and was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2018 to explore how UK dairy farmers could benefit from the use of genomics. 

 

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Neil is a committee member and previous chairman of North East Holstein Breeders Club. He is also a council member on Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Senior Holstein Steward at the Great Yorkshire Show and a board member of Future Farmers of Yorkshire.
Mark Spilman
Ripon, York
Mark Spilman
BVSc MVM MRCVS
PartnerVet - Ripon, York
A bit about me...

Mark was born and bred in North Yorkshire, growing up on a mixed livestock/arable farm. He qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 2006 and joined Bishopton straight from university having seen practice there. After 3 years in practice at Bishopton Mark spent a year in New Zealand to widen his knowledge and experience of block calving and grass-based systems. Mark returned to Bishopton following his time in New Zealand and became a partner in 2018. Mark's main interests lie in herd health and cattle reproduction. He is advanced breeding director for RAFT Solutions Ltd, performing embryo work, bull fertility assessments and semen collections. He leads the SemenRate laboratory at RAFT, and was awarded a Master in Veterinary Medicine (MVM) for work looking at AI in cattle and objective semen analysis.  

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Outside of work Mark now has a young family with his wife Olivia, but when possible he still plays for Helperby in the Nidderdale cricket league enjoying some friendly rivalry with farm clients. Old age has caught up with him and he has now retired from playing rugby. Mark has started a small herd of Aberdeen Angus at his parents’ farm and aims to utilise ET and AI to improve the herd.

Bishopton Equine Veterinary Services Directors

Ben Gaskell
Sunley Raynes
Ben Gaskell
BVSc MRCVS
Vet - Sunley Raynes
A bit about me...
Ben graduated in 2000 from Bristol Vet School, which he says seems a long time ago. Originally from the South West, Ben spent most of his formative years on the Wirral near Leahurst where his parents worked at the Vet School. His first job was at Peter Scott Dunns equine clinic in Berkshire, followed by a stint back in Cheshire at the practice now known as Brown Moss Equine. Ben came to Yorkshire in 2003 and joined Bishopton working on the equine and large animal side. After an enjoyable sabbatical in industry and some time back in practice in Ripon, he’s very pleased to have returned to the Bishopton fold for the long term. Ben’s clinical interests are limited but include racehorse and sports horse performance, in addition to an unhealthy interest in worm control and wormer resistance.
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Outside of work Ben gets ready to go back to work, spends his time looking after his three girls, dogs, ponies and cat, with his wife Mel, who also teaches in the area. Occasional bursts of enthusiasm see him play tennis and very sporadically get back on a horse…

Key Personnel

Peter Holbrook
Ripon - General Manager
Peter Holbrook
General Manager - Ripon
A bit about me...

Peter joined Bishopton in July 1999 and holds the position of General Manager. His varied role includes all aspect of Practice Governance, Facilities and Asset Management, Health & Safety and Project Management.

 

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Outside of work Peter enjoys a varied active life. Often spending free time in the mountains at home or abroad or enjoying all aspects of cycling with this wife and family who are all keen cyclists. During the summer months Thursday evenings are spent volunteering with Open Country's Tandem Club for people with disabilities.
Nicola Mellor
Ripon - Client Service Leader
Nicola Mellor
Client Care Assistant - Ripon
A bit about me...
After gaining a degree in Young Children's Learning and Development, Nicola has spent most of her career working in Early Years before switching to animals and joining Bishopton Vets in 2015.
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Outside of work Nicola is kept busy looking after her family and pets including two dogs, three cats, corn snake, guinea pig and stick insects. In her spare time Nicola enjoys walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Evi Collard
Ripon - Human Resources
Evi Collard
Trainee Veterinary Business Manager VCA (MA)
Human Resources - Ripon
A bit about me...
Evi joined Bishopton Vets in July 2014. She started her time with us working across the nursing, dispensary and client care teams. Since then, Evi has completed both her Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma and Anaesthesia Assistant Certificate. Evi enjoys all aspects of HR and Business Management, but especially making a positive impact on clients and colleagues alike. Having an uncanny (and unintentional!) addiction to studying, Evi is now broadening her knowledge through a Veterinary Business Management Certificate with the University of Liverpool.
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Outside of work, Evi enjoys playing the piano, reading, socialising, making the most of the Yorkshire countryside and has even got caught on the running bandwagon!
Claire Dennis
Ripon - Head Nurse
Claire Dennis

RVN BSAVA Surgical Nursing Merit Award

Head Nurse - Ripon
A bit about me...

Claire started at Bishopton Vets in 2000 as a trainee nurse, and has been Head Nurse since 2007. She looks after clinical and practice standards at Ripon and Pateley Bridge.

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Outside of work, Claire and her husband have two boys and 2 cats, Soxy and Zoggy. Soxy who is 20(!) was hand reared from Bishopton when Claire first started working with us. Zoggy was also hand reared but is still a youngster at just 6 years old! Claire enjoys cycling in her spare time and completed the Way of the Roses coast-to-coast 2 years ago for charity.
Sue Brown
Ripon - Practice Accountant
Sue Brown
Practice Accountant - Ripon
A bit about me...

Sue has had a career in finance for over 30 years and has been working at Bishopton since 2015.

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Outside of work Sue enjoys cooking, golfing and walking her Collie/Golden Cross Laila, especially on long walks along the beaches at Bridlington. Sue also adopted a stray cat called Peanut, from the practice soon after starting.