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  • Bank Top, Lancaster Auction Mart, Wyrsedale Road, Lancaster LA1 3JQ

    01524 60006

  • Unit 2B, Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands, Kendal LA7 7FP

    015395 67899

  • 14 Long Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5AH

    015396 20335

Our Team

Farm Vets

  • Mr Mark Stott

    Mark Stott

    BVMS DBR MRCVS

    Director

    Mark was brought up in Galgate but has strong farming family links in Westmorland. He went to Lancaster Grammar School and graduated from Glasgow University in 1992. Having spent two years in Dumfries, Mark returned to the area as a mixed practitioner at Highgate Veterinary Clinic and in January 2011, together with Jim formed Farm Gate Vets. Mark enjoys all aspects of farm animal practice but has a speciality in cow and bull fertility having obtained a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool University in 2001. Outside work, Mark enjoys time with his family, walking the dogs, fell walking and is a first responder for the Endmoor area.

  • Mr Jim McKinstry

    Jim McKinstry

    BVMS DBR MRCVS

    Director

    Jim graduated from Glasgow University in 1999 and immediately joined Baldrand Vets.  In 2004 he became a Clinical Director.  In January 2011 Jim, together with Mark  formed Farm Gate Vets.  In September 2014 Jim passed is Diploma in Bovine Reproduction. His main veterinary interests are in cattle fertility and mastitis. Jim originally comes from a farm in Northern Ireland, where his family had a beef suckler herd.  When not at work, Jim spends time on his father-in-law's farm, and experimenting with his own herd of beef cattle. He also enjoys walking and running when time allows.

  • Mr Andrew Rutherford

    Andrew Rutherford

    BVM&S DBR MRCVS

    Director

    Andrew recently joined the practice having worked in Yorkshire for the past few years. He qualified from Edinburgh University in 2009 and is confident in all aspects of farm animal work. He has recently studied for and passed his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction at Liverpool University. When he has a spare moment, Andrew may be found tinkering with his Landrover or coarse fishing.

  • Ms Sarah Harker

    Sarah Harker

    BVM&S MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Sarah graduated from Edinburgh University in 1996 and has worked mostly in mixed practice since graduation. Having being brought up on a beef and sheep farm in Yorkshire, she is now married to a local farmer and spends her time between working at Farm Gate Vets and working on the family farm.

  • Ms Emily Ozols

    Emily Ozols

    BVSc MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Emily joined the team at Lancaster in August 2014 straight out of Liverpool University. She is very interested in all aspects of farm animal health and productions, especially routine fertility and reproduction and keen get started. Emily is also looking forward to lambing time as she has a specific interest in sheep work.  Away from work, Emily is keen on sports, running and hill walking but also and enjoys baking - we look forward to sampling some of her treats!

  • Ms Rebecca Dean

    Rebecca Dean

    BVMS MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Becky, originally hailing from near Cartmel, spent a lot of her university placements with the Farm Gate team and finally joined the team for a permenant role in January 2015. Becky graduated from the Glasgow University in 2013, and after spending some time travelling, she joined a mixed practice on the Isle of Man. Becky has taken on a mixed practice role within the team, dividing her time between Kendal and Sedbergh branches. Outside of work she enjoys swimming, amateur photography and is planning on taking up climbing.

  • Ms Heather Holden

    Heather Holden

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Heather graduated from Liverpool University in 2012, and came to join the Farmgate team in March 2017. Heather enjoys all aspects of farm practice but has particular interests in fertility, parasitology and youngstock health. She is currently working towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice through Liverpool University. Outside of work Heather enjoys baking, keeping fit and attempting DIY!

  • Mr Nick Preston

    Nick Preston

    BSc BVM&S MRCVS

    Director at Sedbergh

    Nick is our Large Animal vet at Farm Gate Vets Sedbergh. His hobbies include cycling, woodwork and shooting.

  • Mr Becky Inman

    Becky Inman

    BVetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Becky graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and since then has worked in farm practice, initially in Cheshire and more recently in this area.

    She joined the Farm Gate team in July 2018, and enjoys all aspects of farm practice, but especially loves lambing time.

    When not at work she is kept busy milking cows  and feeding calves at home, or else helping her Dad out with the sheep.

    Having being brought up on a dairy and sheep farm she's used to not having much free time!

  • Miss Bethany Duckett

    Bethany Duckett

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Beth recently joined the practice after graduating from Liverpool University this year.She is interested in all aspects of farm animal work and has a particular interest in fertility and youngstock health.In her spare time she enjoys riding her pony, attempting the occasional painting and helping out on her partner's dairy farm.

  • Miss Hannah Tatham

    Hannah Tatham

    BVSc MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Hannah graduated from Liverpool University in 2016 and worked as a farm animal vet in Preston before joining the team in August 2018.
    Hannah enjoys all aspects of farm work but particularly fertility work, disease investigations and youngstock management.
    Outside of work she is kept busy rearing her own dairy heifers. Away from cows she enjoys seeing friends, going walking and has recently taken up bouldering.

Support Team

  • Ms Carol Curwen

    Carol Curwen

    Started work at the Practice in January 2013 as the Practice Manager. It is her responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the practice. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and travel.

  • Ms Karen Huntington

    Karen Huntington

    Joined Farmgate vets in January 2016 to assist the Practice Manger. Her main role will be helping with accounts and also coordinating events. In her free time, she enjoys walking and gardening.

  • Mrs Helen McKinstry

    Helen McKinstry

    Assisted Jim with the initial set up of the practice in January 2011 as a Director.  She carried out the day to day running of the office, purchases, salary payments, vet rotas and events until a Practice Manager was appointed. Helen has also covered reception, assisted with TB testing and carried out deliveries. In December 2013 she qualified as an R-SQP. These days Helen continues juggle vets by keeping the vet rota up to date, but also helps on the family farm.

  • Ms Evelyn Stott

    Evelyn Stott

    Joined the practice in April 2011 as a Director. She is a chartered physiotherapist who works with children. Evelyn married Mark in 1994 and moved to Kendal the following year. She will mainly be based at Kendal, helping out with reception cover.

  • Ms Shirley Cotton

    Shirley Cotton

    Works in Reception at Lancaster. Her role in the team involves keeping the practice running smoothly; from taking telephone calls to organising visits and drug orders for farmers. Shirley has been part of the team since 2003 and comes from a farming background. Outside work, Shirley enjoys DIY, keeping fit and walking.

  • Ms Jeanette McDougall

    Jeanette McDougall

    Joined Farm Gate Vets at Kendal in May 2011 to help out in with reception duties on a part-time basis. Her family and their dog keep Jeanette busy but if she manages to find any spare time, she’s a keen badminton player! Any vet receptionist tips have been given to Jeanette by her sister Shirley!

  • Ms Lisa Bramley

    Lisa Bramley

    Joined Farm Gate Vets with the Sedbergh practice. She ensures the practice at Sedbergh runs like clock work, taking telephone calls, client accounts, stock control and assisting vets. Lisa is a true animal lover, currently having a horse, 4 dogs, a cat and several chickens.

  • Ms Claire Pope

    Claire Pope

    Also joined Farm Gate Vets with the Sedbergh practice. Claire assists the vets with all operations and procedures, ensures animals are well looked after during their stay at the practice, covers reception and takes client calls. When not at work, Claire enjos singing, attending concerts and spending time with her family.

  • Ms Lesley Faulkner

    Lesley Faulkner

    Is a Veterinary Nurse based at Sedbergh Practice. She trained at The RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital London, and then moved on to become Head Nurse at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. She returned home to join a mixed practice, joining Farmgate Vets in July 2017.

    In her spare time she has likes to go running, or walking, and enjoy spending time outdoors with her children. She also likes cooking (mainly the eating part!) and a reading a good book.

  • Ms Sarah Fulwood

    Sarah Fulwood

    Originally from Lincolnshire Sarah went to Lancaster University .After gaining her H R degree she worked in various HR roles locally (including Heinz at Kendal). Sarah then went milking cows for 6 months in New Zealand! On return she was lucky enough to work for a couple of dairy farms eventually being trained up to the role of Herd Manager. Several years later Sarah recognised the need for many family dairy farms to have someone to work for them part-time & worked for 3 farms on a self-employed basis. Sarah joined Farmgate Vets J36 practise in January 2018 as a Receptionist. She continues to milk cows on a part time basis just to keep her busy.

    Sarah also enjoys caring for & riding her gypsy cob pony - a black & white one of course!!

  • Ms Gill Lumb

    Gill Lumb

    Joined the receptionist team at Farmgate Vets in February 2017 helping out with busy daily tasks in reception at Lancaster and J36.

    Gill comes from a farming background and is a keen outdoor Lass, enjoying fitness cycling and dog walking.

  • Ms Charlotte Meredith

    Charlotte Meredith

    Joined Farm Gate Vets in January 2018 to work on reception at Lancaster after moving from Preston. Charlotte brings a wealth of experience from previously working in a mixed practice as a Veterinary Care Assistant/Receptionist.

    Most of her spare time revolves around her partner’s Dairy farm.

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