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Bishopton Farm Vets Team

Drawing on years of experience and expertise

Our dedicated team of farm vets are committed to providing a high level of veterinary care for farmers across North Yorkshire.

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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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.
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.
Katharine Shepherd
Ripon
Katharine Shepherd
BVMS CertAVP (Cattle) MRCVS
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Katharine was brought up in Ayrshire prior to attending Glasgow University Veterinary School. Following graduation in 2008, Katharine spent two years working in rural mixed practice in Dumfries and Galloway before making the move south of the border to focus on farm animal practice here at Bishopton. Katharine has achieved the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle).

 

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Outside of work, Katharine keeps active hill walking, marathon running or scuba diving and is a keen musician, playing violin with various ensembles.
Miles Middleton
Ripon
Miles Middleton
BVSc MRCVS
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...
Miles originates from a sheep and dairy farm near Askrigg in Upper Wensleydale where his family still farm. He attended Wensleydale school in Leyburn prior to heading to South to attend vet school. Miles graduated from the university of Bristol in 2008, He worked in Northallerton for just over four years before joining The Bishopton Veterinary Group in September 2012.
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Out of work Miles enjoys farming, playing rugby and spending time with his wife Leanne and young daughter Eliza.
Katie Fitzgerald
Ripon
Katie Fitzgerald
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Katie ‘Fitz’ graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2012 and joined the team at Bishopton. After a three year stint at the practice she got itchy feet and took some opportunities to gain different experiences through time in farm practice in Lancashire, Derbyshire and back at the University of Nottingham teaching final year vet students. The call of God’s own country was too strong and Katie returned to Bishopton in 2020. Katies main interests are calf health, cattle housing and mastitis and her time in the peak district has given her a real appreaction of working with beef and sheep enterprises.

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Outside work Fitz enjoys walking her giant hound Gelert. She is looking forward to getting back in the boxing ring now she’s returned to Ripon and cant quite decide whether to dust off her rugby boots for a final season or two.
Leanne Forde
York
Leanne Forde
BVSc MRCVS
Vet - York
A bit about me...

Leanne is York born and bred, then headed off to Liverpool vet school where she graduated in 2012. After graduating, Leanne headed up to North Yorkshire for just over two years to work in mixed practice. However, it became clear to her that farm animal practice was where her true passion lies. Leanne has been at Bishopton Veterinary Group since December 2014 and splits her time between the York and Ripon areas. Leanne's main interests are in all things beef and sheep and she plays an active role in delivering our beef and flock health planning services. Another area of Leanne's focus is delivering our pathology service. She has always been keen to post mortem fallen stock, but since her summer secondment to APHA Thirsk as a veterinary investigation officer in 2017, Leanne has pushed forward to emphasise the importance of post mortem examinations for herd and flock health. Leanne is AMTRA trained to run some of our RAFT farmer training workshops. However, there is nothing that makes Leanne happier than calving a cow or lambing a sheep!

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Outside of work, Leanne likes to cook food from all over the world. To work it all off she plays netball for a local team and has a new found interest for Shabam classes.
Dan King
York
Dan King
BMMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS
Vet - York
A bit about me...
Dan graduated from Nottingham University and came straight to join the Bishopton team in 2012, following several weeks ‘seeing practice’ as a student. Having been brought up on a mixed farm in East Yorkshire, Dan has always wanted to specialise in farm animal medicine. Dan enjoys all aspects of cattle and sheep work as well as a keen interest in gamebirds and poultry. Dan is particularly interested in fertility, mastitis and suckler cow herd health. 
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In his spare time Dan enjoys helping out on the family farm, shooting game and clays and fell walking.
Alex Oliver
Ripon
Alex Oliver
BVetMedSci BVM BVS
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...
Alex grew up in Selby and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017. After graduation he spent a year as a herdsman on a 1400 cow grass based dairy farm in New Zealand. Returning to Yorkshire, Alex joined the Bishopton team in August 2018 to focus on farm animal vetting rather than farming itself. He enjoy all aspects of farm vetting but especially enjoys dairy work.
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Outside of work Alex is a keen rugby player and plays for Ripon RUFC most Saturdays and in the off season enjoys shooting and a bit of fly fishing.
Graham Tibbot
Ripon
Graham Tibbot
BVSc MRCVS
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Graham joined Bishopton farm team after 8 years in farm practice, three of them in Colne Lancashire then a five year stint in Teesdale. Prior to this, Graham qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2009, after funding his studies by working on the university’s dairy farm. Graham’s interests in practice lie in dairy fertility and sheep flock health.

 


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Outside of work Graham is a keen cyclist and is still the current national champion of mountain bike orienteering thanks to the event not being held in 2020.
Jack Wight
Ripon
Jack Wight
BVMS MRCVS
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...
Jack Wight was brought up on a beef and sheep farm outside of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and qualified from Glasgow University in 2018. Jack has always had an interest in farm animals and has been involved with farms in the West of Scotland during his time at university, as well as spending a month in Morocco working with some much smaller operations. He joined Bishopton Vets in 2018 after qualifying and enjoys all aspects of cattle and sheep vet work. 
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In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym and fly fishing.
Laura Eden
Ripon
Laura Eden
BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS (Hons) MRCVS
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...
Laura graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2019 but is originally a local lass growing up just outside of York. Not from a farming background, Laura has developed an interest in the industry and has experience of running a flock of sheep on rented grassland around York. As a student, Laura enjoyed spending a lot of time at Bishopton, as well as completing a dairy externship in California and working on farms in North Yorkshire. 
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She enjoys being outdoors, attending country shows and taking part in activities throughout the farming calendar, including wool wrapping at shearing time!
Carla Bleasdale
Ripon
Carla Bleasdale
BVetMed MRCVS
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...

I grew up in Lancashire spending much of my time on my grandparent's beef and sheep farm. As such my interest within veterinary medicine has always been geared towards becoming a farm vet. I graduated from the RVC in 2020 where I also inter-calated in Comparative Pathology. I look forward to being involved in all aspects of farm animal practice and I’m excited to join the team!

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I enjoy all things outdoors and active, exploring the countryside, running (for coffee and cake), and a nice pub for a roast dinner! I hope to join a local hockey club and begin the search for a canine companion…a miniature dachshund!
Amelia Briggs
Ripon
Amelia Briggs
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...
After graduating from Liverpool University, Amelia worked as a Farm Vet in Chippenham/Bath, before deciding to come back home to North Yorkshire! Since returning home, she has spent the last year working at local practices in the Leyburn area, predominantly doing farm animal work. Amelia enjoys being involved with all aspects of farm animal work, in particular sheep and flock planning. 
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In her spare time, she loves nothing better than being outside, running, cycling or hiking up the nearest mountain or hill with her Labradoodle Jessie - usually to justify a roast and/or pint at the pub afterwards! When not outside, Amelia is a keen artist, painting animals and pets of all shapes and sizes.
Anne-Sophie Ruget
Ripon
Anne-Sophie Ruget
Vet - Ripon
A bit about me...

Originally from France, Anne-Sophie graduated in 2016 in Lyon, and worked as a farm vet in the East part of France doing beef and dairy cattle work. She then went abroad in various parts of the world (Cambodia, Comoros Union (archipelago near Madagascar), Kenya...) conducting research projects and pursuing her interest in livestock health in developing countries. She has a particular interest in epidemiology and infectious diseases.

Anne-Sophie currently works part-time, with her time split between Bishopton Vets and RAFT Solutions. Alongside this she is continuing her PhD at Edinburgh Uni in disease modelling, working initially on livestock disease, but since March 2020 this has included work on COVID-19 in Scotland.

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