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RCVS Reg. Specialist in Bovine Health & ProductionDairy Vet | Head of Research, Development & DataE.
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Richard oversees all areas of the Evidence Group business from supply chain and farm consultancy through to forage/metabolic analyses. He really enjoys growing the business and is excited by the possibilities offered by having a diverse team of dynamic individuals and meeting the challenge of coordinating them over a dispersed geography. He also loves getting on farm and working with clients on problem solving to create more efficient businesses with healthier, happier animals.
Richard qualified as a vet from Bristol in 1995 and went onto work in the Lake District, the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand and as a Resident in Ruminant Medicine back at Bristol University where he met James Husband. Before starting independent consultancy in 2005 Richard also worked for a leading ruminant feed compounder for two years.
He has a commitment to knowledge transfer and exchange throughout the supply chain from multiple publications to bespoke ‘one to one’ programmes with his clients and small group teaching with British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board AHDB), FarmSkills and Latvian and Maltese Cooperatives. He has been instrumental in the conception and delivery of several training courses for agricultural professionals and progressive farmers and has spoken internationally on meeting the sometimes conflicting needs of animals, farmers, processors, retailers and consumers and influencing change at a farm level.
Richard’s love for the mountains has kept his base in Penrith on the edge of the English Lake District where he lives with his wife, Nicky and their five children. He has an on-going frustrated fascination with becoming an endurance athlete.
After qualifying from Cambridge as a veterinary surgeon in 1993, James worked in a mixed practice in Glastonbury for 5 years before taking a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s (RCVS) Millennium scholarship at Bristol University. He went back into cattle practice until 2005 before joining forces with Richard Vecqueray to form the Evidence Group in 2006.
James is a well-respected expert in his field and as well as being a RCVS diploma holder he is also a recognised specialist in Cattle Health and Production with a Special Lectureship at the University of Nottingham.
For the past 5 years James has worked with the RCVS as an examiner for further specialist qualifications and has continued to stay at the forefront of research and development with funding from Defra, DairyCo and British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA). He has also the Vice Chairman of the European Board of Bovine Experts which gives him the opportunity to visit production systems throughout Europe and understand evolving technical and management practices.
James does a huge amount of nutritional technical training in conjunction with a number of organisations including Pfizer, DairyCo, BOCM Pauls, Mole Valley, Thompsons Animal Feed and Carrs Billington.
As a farmer’s son from Wales, James is a big Welsh rugby supporter and used to play second row at Cambridge and for Tor Rugby club. He now lives with his family in Brittany so is always happy when Wales are on form in the Six Nations!
Richard qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol in 2002 and after working in mid-Devon in a predominantly farm animal practice for 3 years and in New Zealand for 12 months, he returned to Bristol University for a farm animal residency. Here he developed his interest in herd health and production medicine, and gained valuable experience in practical and classroom farm animal teaching.
After obtaining his RCVS certificate in cattle health and production, he joined the Evidence Group in 2008 and went on to get his RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and production in 2011.
Richard is a Lantra accredited trainer and has been involved in farmer knowledge transfer programmes in association with a number of organisations including Dairy Co, Volac, British Cattle Veterinary Association and the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). He is particularly interested in statistical analysis of farm metric data and has worked on a number of research projects in collaboration with Defra, National Assembly for Wales, Pfizer, Sainsbury’s and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Charitable Trust to name a few!
Richard lives in the South West so when he manages to get his head out of a statistical book he spends his spare time surfing (although age has caused contemplation of long boards rather than short!) or clinging onto rocks. He also loves to travel and has managed to get round most of the continents over the last few years but there’s always more to see...
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Will graduated as a vet from the University of Edinburgh in 1999, and joined the Evidence Group in 2014. Three years in practice in Cornwall was followed by 2 1/2 years in the Durham dales, and then 6 years in dairy practice in Gloucestershire. Whilst working in Gloucestershire Will obtained the RCVS certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 2007. In 2010 he moved to Palmerston North, New Zealand to take up the position of Senior lecturer in Dairy Cattle Health and Production, alongside working in the University farm animal practice, before returning to the UK in 2014.
Will has particular interests in the nutrition of dairy cattle and the integration of feed production and supply with farm systems and farm profitability.
Julia qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh in 2000. After graduating, she worked in general practice in Lancashire before moving to Skipton where she worked predominantly in farm practice for 13 years. Here she developed her interest in nutrition. Julia obtained her RCVS certificate in cattle health and production in 2009. She has organised and delivered farmer training workshops on a wide range of dairy, beef and sheep subjects.
A born and bred Yorkshire farmer's daughter, she lives in Gods own county, near Skipton with her husband and three young boys. If she has any spare time, she enjoys watching rugby union, gardening and is an active member of the local church.
Andrew qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol in 2007 and then proceeded to work in a cattle practice based in South West England and South Wales for 6 years. During this time he developed an interest in farmer training and dairy cow mastitis, becoming a LANTRA approved trainer and AHDB Mastitis Control Plan Deliverer. He then joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) at the University of Nottingham in 2013 as a Resident in Dairy Herd Health and Production. Whilst at SVMS he split his time between teaching the final year herd health rotation, working in the clinical associate practice, research and consultancy.
He gained a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with a designation in Cattle in 2014 and a European Diploma in Bovine Health Management in 2016. At present he is finalising the completion of a Masters in Veterinary Medicine. This focuses on investigating the prediction of dry period intramammary infection status change using lifetime cow factors from milk recording information.
Andrew lives on the outskirts of Sheffield and when not at work enjoys mountain biking, running and looking after his small flock of sheep.
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Richard is Evidence Group’s IT genius and helps to keep us in touch with what’s new in the world of digital technology and networking. He is responsible for data security and the development of FarmMetrics, our web based data management system.
Rob joined Evidence Group in 2014 after graduating from Newcastle University with a 1st class honours degree in Agribusiness Management. Rob has a strong livestock background, having been brought up on a Sheep & Beef farm in Warwickshire, and has previously worked for Farm Suppliers and in Food Retail. Rob oversees day to day client relationship, and works closely with the internal veterinary & IT teams to design & deliver solutions to meet client requirements. Outside of work Rob enjoys being outdoors, regularly playing football, hiking in the Lake District, running, and also helping out at home on the family farm.
Andrew joined the Evidence Group in 2010 and is closely involved with all aspects of data management including delivery of our farm costings service and supports the analysis of data we process. In his spare time he also helps to co-ordinate a number of our training events and conferences.
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Christine studied at SAC Auchincruive, gaining a Diploma & HND In Agriculture, before spending several years working on the College farm as part of the Dairy team. She left Ayr to work for the Scottish Office as an Agricultural officer in Oban before moving to Cumbria in 2000 to work for FRCA (now Natural England). After leaving NE, Christine spent a couple of years as a self-employed farm worker on a couple of dairy farms prior to joining the Evidence Group in 2014. Along the way she completed a Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration which is now being put to good use!
Alex joined the Evidence Group in August 2015 to support the development and maintenance of our IT Projects including FarmMetrics and Canvass Guru and data screening applications. Alex enjoys tinkering with technology and creating 3D models with his self-assembled 3D printer, he is also teaching himself Japanese
Sarah joined the Evidence Group in 2017 to help with the accounts. She is your main contact if you have any account enquires. She normally works Mondays and Thursdays.
Dr Tom Chamberlain
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Dr Fiona Lovatt
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Tom trained as a veterinary surgeon and then went on to gain a PhD from Bristol University. For over twenty years he has organised, run and taught the ‘Feeding the Dairy Cow’ course which is widely acknowledged as a leader in its field by the veterinary, farming and feed industry communities. Tom is also lead author for ‘Feeding the Dairy Cow’ which has been sold widely throughout the sector.
In the past decades Tom has organised and run courses on advanced dairy cow nutrition, dairy farm finances and calf management, as well as writing articles, lecturing, teaching and training a wide range of audiences including post-graduate students, farmers and veterinary surgeons.
Tom is an associate veterinary consultant with the Evidence Group and carries out consultancy and training work for both farmers and practitioners as well as writing articles for books and the press and developing novel analysis and presentation tools to facilitate the smart use of data on farm.
Having worked in first opinion farm animal veterinary practice for 17 years, Fiona set up a sheep veterinary consultancy in 2012. She advises farmers on sheep flock health matters, often working alongside their local vet. Fiona is also involved in various sheep health research projects and teaches veterinary students at Nottingham University.
In 2012, Fiona became a diplomat of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management and was awarded a Diploma in Sheep Health and Production by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She represents the Sheep Veterinary Society on the Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) and will took over as President of the Sheep Veterinary Society in 2013.