Meet the farm animal team
Keith Cutler BSc BVSc Dip.ECBHM MRCVS
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Keith studied at the Bristol University Veterinary School qualifying in 1990 having already been awarded a BSc in Anatomical Sciences in 1987. He started working in the farm animal division of Endell Veterinary Group in July 1990. His main interests lie in the areas of cattle fertility and reproduction, bovine lameness, infectious disease [especially B.V.D. and Johne’s disease] control on a herd basis, suckler herd production and the management and welfare of large exotic animals.
He is a member of the British Veterinary Association, the Southern Counties Veterinary Association (of which he is a past President), the British Cattle Veterinary Association, the British Veterinary Deer Society, the British Veterinary Camelid Society and the British Veterinary Zoological Society. He is also Honorary Veterinary Surgeon to the National Beef Association and the Wessex branch of the British Deer Society. He lectures regularly on bovine topics at the various UK veterinary schools and at scientific meetings in the UK and around the world. Keith also regularly writes articles for veterinary journals and farming magazines as well as sitting on advisory panels for DEFRA, the NBA and CHeCS.
He was awarded his European Diploma in Cattle Health and Production in 2006 - one of the very few vets working in general practice to be awarded this qualification. In 2007 he was the first person to be named Farmer’s Weekly Farm Livestock Advisor of the Year. In 2009 he became President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association.
Outside of work Keith endeavours to keep up with the social life of his two daughters and in the occasional moments when he finds a minute of free time he indulges his interests in photography, shooting and ballroom dancing.
Jim Willshire BVSc DCHP MRCVS
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Jim is a 2004 graduate of the University of Bristol. After qualifying he went to work in mixed practice in North Wales although the bulk of his time was spent working with cattle and sheep. He then moved to a specialist cattle practice in Gloucestershire, where he worked mainly with dairy cattle and pedigree sheep breeders. In 2008 Jim left practice to take up a position with the AHVLA in Sutton Bonington to leave him more time for study for post-graduate qualifications. Finding he missed the challenges and “buzz” of working in practice Jim decided to go back to what he enjoyed and joined Endell Veterinary Group in October 2009.
During his time in Gloucestershire Jim was awarded his CertCHP (Certificate in Cattle Health and Production) and in 2012 he was awarded the DCHP (Diploma in Cattle Health and Production) - the highest post-graduate qualification available to practising cattle vets in the UK whilst investigating the associations between mobility score and reproductive performance. While working at the AHVLA Jim was involved in investigating disease on individual and herd or flock basis in all species of farm animals (cattle, sheep, pig, poultry and game birds) and some large exotics and so has experience in epidemiology and diagnostics.
Jim’s interests away from work include photography and his motorbike!
Josephine Child BVetMed MRCVS
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Josephine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011, joining Endell Veterinary Group in August having spent time with us as a student seeing practice. Josephine grew up in rural Sussex where she gained her first exposure to beef and sheep work, helping out with lambing and developing particular interests in herd and flock health. Whilst at university she became increasingly interested in routine fertility planning and completed a project in heat detection in the dairy herd.
Outside of work she enjoys various sporting activities including swimming, running, cycling and bodypump, as well as walking and riding in and around the Test Valley.
Peter Plate Dr Med Vet MRCVS
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Peter qualified in Hannover/Germany in 1990 and moved to the UK in 1994, working in practices in Cornwall, Wales and Dorset before joining Endell Veterinary Group in June 2012. Since qualifying he has had a special interest in organic farming, advising sector bodies first in Germany and then the UK on animal health standards. He has been a member of the Agriculture Standards Committee of the Soil Association for more than ten years and is a regular contributor to the “Organic Farming” Magazine. He also has a keen interest in nutrition, fertility and infectious disease control and running farmer training sessions, including AI courses
Outside work he enjoys running, cycling and spending time with his wife and three little daughters, often while chasing Hereford cattle, Saddleback pigs and various sheep on his wife’s smallholding.
Will Sheppard BVSc MRCVS
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Will graduated from Bristol University in 2009 and went straight into farm animal practice here at Endells, developing his interest in beef and dairy herd management. He is particularly interested in bull fertility and is currently studying for the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction with Liverpool University. In 2012 Will took a year away from the practice to work in Dorset but couldn’t resist the draw of Salisbury and we were pleased to welcome him back in the fold in 2013, after a busy year in a predominantly dairy practice.
Will’s spare time is spent with his two children, Alfie and Lillie, and his fiancée Jo, often going camping or cycling. He also tries to find time for shooting, fly fishing, home brewing and classic cars, and can often be found underneath his MG Midget that is undergoing a long restoration!
Hannah Bradon BVSc MRCVS
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Hannah joined Endell Veterinary Group in November 2013 having graduated from the University of Liverpool. She grew up between her home on ‘The Wirral’ and Cumbria, spending much of her childhood helping out on farms, particularly at lambing time. Having moved to the South West Hannah is looking forward to getting out and about on farms and exploring the local area. At University Hannah did the farm animal elective with a focus on sheep medicine. Her main veterinary interests are infectious disease epidemiology and control. She is particularly interested in herd and flock health planning and cattle youngstock.
Outside of work Hannah enjoys hill walking, climbing and running. Hannah also enjoys canoeing and spent time open-boating in Canada after graduation.
Barry Ewens R-SQP – Livestock Service and Sales
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With some 20 years’ experience in the dairy industry Barry left his position as Senior Herdsman on the Waitrose farm at Leckford to follow a career in sales. Having gained a London Chamber of Commerce qualification in Sales & Sales Management he began work as South East Account Manager for Countrywide Farmers before joining the Andover branch of H & C Pearce and Sons. It was during his time at Countrywide that Barry gained his AMTRA R-SQP qualification allowing him to be able to advise on and prescribe POM-VPS medicines. Alongside his knowledge of animal health products he has also gained a solid working understanding of dairy chemical and udder hygiene products with a particular passion for pre and post milking routine.
When not getting under the feet of his long suffering wife and three children, Barry likes nothing better than to spend his winters on his local shoot picking up with his black Labrador Finn, whilst his summers are spent tearing around a cricket pitch for his beloved Stockbridge CC. He also enjoys fly-fishing and loves spending time at his vice tying his own flies. In those rare quieter moments Barry enjoys writing poetry and has had some publishing success.