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With Megan and Derek moving on, we have a new member of staff starting May 2015 at Lancaster.  Cecilia Corbett (CC for short) comes to us after working in a large animal practice in the Midlands for the past 2 years. Her interests lie in dairy cow fertility and flock health planning (otherwise known as having a brew and talking about sheep)!  We hope you will give CC a warm welcome!                                                                                                                                             


Another new vet has joined the practice, Rebecca Dean started work in January 2015! Becky is a familiar face, originally from near Cartmel, she spent a lot of her university placements with the Farm Gate team, graduating from the Glasgow University in 2013. She has taken on a mixed practice role within the team, dividing her time between Kendal and Sedbergh branches. We hope you'll give her a warm welcome.


END OF AN ERA - After 43 years in practice and 33 years in Lancaster, George Robin is hanging up his stethoscope and parlour top and retiring. As well as losing a great clinician and font of knowledge, we are loosing our practice handyman, who fixes all the things we break.  



George started on China street in Lancaster with Harrison and Russell. His laid back demeanour and exceptional clinical skill  endeared him to many a client of both large and small animals. George’s love is of cattle and we are sure he’ll miss donning his  scanner and long glove, not to mention the cups of coffee on his farms! George will be missed by his clients and colleagues alike and we would all like to wish him the best in his well deserved retirement. Congratulations George on your retirement!



In November 2014, we welcome 2 new members of staff; Veterinary Surgeon - Derek Bell and Receptionist - Julie Mayfield:
Derek, originally from Northern Ireland, graduated from Glasgow in 2011 and has worked in Yorkshire and then more recently, back on his home ground. In his own words, Derek has a passion for large animal work, in particular dairy work, including herd health, routine and fertility visits and is looking forward to making a positive impact on the farms he will be working on. Outside of his professional career, Derek is a keen sportsman and enjoys most sports, he has recently taken up cycling and golf.

Julie also joined Farmgate Vets at the beginning of November 2014 to work on reception alongside Jeanette at our Junction 36 practice. She lives locally and comes from a veterinary background with experience in both reception and lab work. In her spare time Julie enjoys competing in sprint triathlons, open water swimming and is a crafty lady - enjoying card making and knitting!

Well done to Jim and Andrew who, after 2 years of hard graft, passed their Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in September 2014! As a practice, we can now boast having 3 DBR holders, as Mark studied for and gained his DBR a few years ago! This can only be a positive step for our clients as we can give you even better advice and services. Well done lads!


August 2014 saw a new face joining the team, our new vet Emily Ozols , who joins us at Lancaster.  Emily, from Leeds, has recently graduated from Liverpool University and  is looking forward to meeting our clients and working with your animals.

April 2014 - Its great to see so many of you bringing sheep to the practice for lambing and getting them here early so we can get a good result for you. As well as being busy with lambing, some of you may already know, we are now in negotiations with Preston and Bramley, vets at Sedbergh, to acquire their business and work more closely with their existing team. The Sedbergh branch will continue to provide a service to its clients with specialist backup from Farm Gate Vets. Merging with Sedbergh will increase our client base further, so attracting more specialised farm animal vets to maintain the level of service you have become accustomed to. As the business also includes a small animal base we are hoping to broaden our services to our existing clients.

On reflection, this month marks three years since the farm animal side of Highgate vets merged with Farm Gate and in that time, the practice has grown and become well established. We were a major instigator of the establishment of Farm Vets North West and continue to be at the centre of key decisions and organising vet training for ten large animal practices in the northwest.

In December, the Kendal branch moved to Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre which has greatly improved access for many of our clients and speed and efficiency of coverage of calls in the area. At the same time, we started our farm delivery service, further improving client convenience.

We’ve been very busy this winter holding social and educational meetings for all our different types of farm clients using top class external speakers and the expertise of our vets. We’ve been invited to speak at local meetings for other organisations such as EBLEX, Leven Valley and NMR. We will continue to provide topical meetings through the year.


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May 2013 saw two new additional faces join the veterinary team to help us with our increasing workload. Andrew Rutherford and Sam Millward join us this month from a practice in Yorkshire. Andrew is from north Cumbria, qualified from Edinburgh in 2009 and is currently studying for his DBR with Jim. Sam is from Yorkshire and he qualified from Liverpool in 2012.

October 2012 sees a new face in the practice, Jeanne (pronounced “Jan”) Dennehy is from County Cork in Ireland and has just qualified from Dublin University. She enjoys outdoor life and has a farming background. We hope you’ll all welcome her to the team.


January 2012 Well done to our latest recruit vet Gemma Chaters who delivered quin lambs – yes quins - as in times 5, just in time for the New Year!!  The 5 lambs took over an hour to be delivered and weighed in at 19.2 kilos. All the lambs survived and the Suffolk ewe is being helped to feed her young by supplementary milk feeding.  This photo shows Andrea Gardner from near Lancaster who is the proud owner of this new family!




 September  2011 was a busy month when we attended the Westmorland Show and welcomed many people to our stand, which incidentally won 1st prize in the ‘Small Stand’ category! Despite the wet weather, it was good to have a brew with so many of you. As well as providing shelter from the rain, we had a Tombola hosted by ‘Daisy,’ photos showing the work we do and items of veterinary equipment on show from the James Herriot era!

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