About us

Find out more about our livestock health business.

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Established for over 65 years

A brief history of Friars Moor

Friars Moor was established in 1957 and is located in the beautiful Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, and offers services into Wiltshire and Somerset. Friars Moor Vets have a team of vets, nurses and support staff providing excellent care for your dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and other pets. Friars Moor Livestock Health have a team of vets and support staff practising high quality farm work with dairy cattle, beef, sheep, goats, game birds and camelids.

We are proud to be a member of XLVets, and an approved member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme. This is a voluntary initiative in place to give clients the confidence in the quality of care their animals receive.

We are backed up by our accreditations

Accreditations

We are proud to be a member of the XLVets group, and an approved member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Practice Standards Scheme.

RCVS – Practice Standards Scheme. To achieve RCVS accreditation the practice has undergone a rigorous inspection by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons known as the Practice Standards Scheme. This means you can be sure of high standards of care for your animals and peace of mind that they are receiving excellent medical treatment.

XL Farm Vets – We are proud to be a member of the XLVets group, and an approved member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Practice Standards Scheme.

Vet GDP – The Veterinary Graduate Development Programme, VetGDP, provides an effective period of work-place based support for all veterinary graduates as they begin their first role in practice…

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Top Quality Facilities

Pharmacy

All three main branches support a well-stocked pharmacy which is run by our stock manager. In Sturminster Newton we hold greater stock levels of the less commonly used medicines so if these are required, they may be ordered into Shaftesbury and Blandford for the following morning. We are constantly trying to achieve the best possible prices for the drugs we supply by working closely with our drug manufacturers. We have the advantage of a daily delivery from our wholesalers which allows for prompt availability of drugs not commonly kept in stock.

It is requested that drug orders are phoned through to the surgery prior to collection to enable us to authorise and dispense items, helping us to minimise waiting times.

Orders made via the Sturminster Newton phone number prior to 11am will be available for collection after 1pm the same day Monday to Friday.

Top Quality Facilities

Laboratory Services

We have a fully equipped in house laboratory and can carry out a range of tests including general health profiles, worm egg counts and milk testing amongst others. Having the lab in-house means results can be processed rapidly for peace of mind and ensures accurate and timely treatment.

The lab is overseen by our lab technician who has been specially trained in lab work. Once your worm egg count has been carried out by one of our SQP’s, we can advise and dispense the most suitable worming product for your needs.

Services include:

– Blood biochemistry testing
– Calf scour testing
– Colostrum quality and passive transfer testing
– Milk bacteriology
– Somatic Cell Counts
– Skin scrapes and cytology for external parasites
– Worm egg counts and wormer efficacy testing

For all latest prices please call the Livestock Health office.

Top Quality Facilities

Dynamic Testing of Milking Parlours

As a practice we are able to undertake dynamic testing of parlours to assess both vacuum and pulsation. Many people have their parlours statically tested by dairy engineers. This ensures that whilst not actively milking all the parts of the parlour are working as they should with appropriate levels of vacuum and pulsation. Dynamic testing of parlours assesses their function whilst they are working. The cows will exert some effect on the way in which the parlour functions, especially in that their teats are not all identical and this causes sometimes unexpected changes to vacuum and pulsation.

It is vitally important to get the parameters correct as the impact on the cows udder health is so significant. We encourage farmers to use dynamic testing as part of a wider mastitis and udder health investigation and we are very keen to observe parlour routines as this can significantly affect the results we see of the dynamic test. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Recognition we have received over the years

Our Awards

The Parliamentary Review – Best Practice Representative We are proud to announce that Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic and Friars Moor Livestock Health have been recognised in the Parliamentary Review. We recognise that the fortune of our farm veterinary business and our local livestock industry are inextricably linked…

Cream Awards – Dairy Team of the Year 2018 Dairy Team of the Year at this year’s British Dairying Cream Awards in recognition of achieving great results from their innovative campaign to encourage more responsible use of antibiotics. The aim of the Cream Awards to showcase some of Britain’s brightest and best working in the dairy industry.

Blackmore Vale Business Awards – Best Place to Work We are delighted and proud to have won this award, described on the Awards website thus: “The judges will be interested in how the company establishes credibility in terms of vision, communication and coordinating activities. How employees are treated with respect and equality.” Watch the video here.

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Our Livestock Vets

Meet our Livestock Team

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Yoav Alony-Gilboa
Vet & Director
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Helen Rogers
Vet, Director
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Josephine Child
Vet, Director
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John Walsh
Vet, Director
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Eleanor Livingstone
Senior Veterinary Lead
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Lucy Hepworth
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Paul Doran
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Bogdan Butnaru
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Martha Twist
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Becca Price
Vet
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Jade Mowlem
Vet
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Jesus Otero-Lopez
Vet, TB Tester
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Kathryn Peaty
Vet, TB Tester
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Mihaela Fulop
Vet, TB Tester
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Adrian Postolache
Vet, TB Tester
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Kate Humphris
TB Tester
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Leanne Mills
TB Tester
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Tim Jeffrey
Foot Trimmer
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Alex Williams
Foot Trimmer
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Lewis Dawes
Foot Trimmer / Freeze Branding
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Pippa Symonds
Foot Trimmer / Vet Tech
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Jon Maddocks
Foot Trimmer
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Marianna Kominczak-Tietze
Vet Tech
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Lucie Brockway
Vet Tech
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Daisy Kerley
Practice Manager
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Justine Turnbull
HR Manager
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Sam Moody
Accounts Manager
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Liz Alford
Business Development Manager
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Jess Sealey
Farm Operations Manager, TB Co-ordinator
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Steph Crofts
TB Co-ordinator
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Emma Hallett
Farm Operations Manager
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Georgia Turnbull
Marketing Assistant
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Fiona Legg
Milk Recording Analyst
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Emma West
Export Co-ordinator
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Fiona House
Receptionist
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Bridget Lewis
Premises Coordinator
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Kate Buckler
Laboratory Technician
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Caz Robins
Closworth Branch Manager

Yoav Alony-Gilboa

Vet & Director

Director, Specialist (Isr) Small Ruminant Health & Production

After graduating in 1996 from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Yoav spent 7 years working in a 38 vets farm practice in Israel. In 2003 he got fed up with the sun and decided to move to the UK with his young family where for 5 years he worked as a Senior Farm Clinician at the Royal Veterinary College, London.

In 2008 he joined Friars Moor farm vets team, where he enjoys all aspects of progressive farm work but admits having a strange fascination with milking sheep and goats. He holds a RCVS certificate in Sheep Health and Production and is a recognised Israeli Specialist in Small Ruminant Health & Production.

During his spare time, he practices Tai Chi and loves spending time with his wife and two children, their two cats ‘Layla’ and ‘Messy’ and their accident prone Springer Spaniel, ‘Chilli’.

Helen Rogers

Vet, Director

Director – VetMB MA MRCVS DBR

Helen graduated from Cambridge in 2006, working first in Oxfordshire, before she relocated with her husband and their dairy herd to Dorset in 2011.

Helen has two young children who keep her busy when not at work. Helen loves spending time on the farm with her family and when time allows enjoys escaping for a run or reading a good novel.

Helen completed her Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2014, and this remains an area of veterinary input which fascinates her. She is passionate about building relationships with teams on farm, understanding the drivers and goals behind each business and the decisions made on farm and maximising success and output by working together.

Josephine Child

Vet, Director

Director – BVetMed MRCVS

Josephine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. She worked in neighbouring Wiltshire for 5 years before joining the Friars Moor team in 2016. Jo grew up in rural Sussex, where she gained her first exposure to beef and sheep work, helping out with lambing and developing a keen interest in herd and flock health. Since then, she has progressed to include all things dairy, cattle fertility, sheep lameness and parasitology. Jo recently completed a further study certificate in sheep health and production medicine and runs our flock health discussion group.

Outside of work she enjoys various sporting activities including swimming, running, cycling and working her exuberant springer spaniel.

John Walsh

Vet, Director

Director – BVSc MRCVS DBR

John joined the Friars Moor team in 2018 having worked in Castle Cary for the past 8 years. John has a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from Liverpool University, and his main interests lie in dairy fertility,lameness and young stock health.

John works at the vets 3 days per week with the remainder of time being spent helping to run the family dairy farm near Sherborne. Over the past few years, he has developed an interest in Regenerative Agriculture and started a Regenerative Farming Discussion Group at the practice.

Eleanor Livingstone

Senior Veterinary Lead

BVSc MRCVS

Eleanor graduated from Bristol university in 2015 and has very much enjoyed returning to her home county of Dorset. Eleanor enjoys the variety of farm practice but is particularly interested in dairy work with a specific interest in fertility, mastitis and medicine usage. Eleanor undertakes most of the dynamic parlour testing that the practice offers, alongside mastitis and cell count investigations. Eleanor is undertaking the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction at the University of Liverpool and hopes to complete this in autumn 2022.

Eleanor has a black Labrador, Wurzel, who can often be seen accompanying her during the day. Outside of work Eleanor loves exploring the coast for a walk and a swim with her husband.

Lucy Hepworth

Vet

BVSc MRCVS

Lucy graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2004 and started her career in a mixed practice in mid Wales. She moved to Friars Moor to specialise in livestock health in 2007. Lucy really enjoys working with the diversity of farming enterprises in the Blackmore Vale. Lucy leads the youngstock work in the clinic which involves investigating disease issues on farm, monitoring calf performance and facilitating discussion group meetings. Lucy enjoys the proactive work with our beef suckler clients which has � stemmed from the successful discussion group launched in 2013. Across all enterprises, Lucy has a strong interest in working with clients to manage parasites for stock and farm health.

In her spare time, Lucy still likes to be outside on a bike or with a tent, and now has two little girls to adventure with.

Paul Doran

Vet

MA, VetMB, MRCVS

Paul joined Friars Moor in July 2017 after studying veterinary medicine as a ‘mature’ student. He enjoys all aspects of farm animal work but has a particular interest in farm animal diagnostics and post-mortem investigation.

Outside of work, Paul enjoys cooking, spending time with his family and attempting to play the guitar.

Bogdan Butnaru

Vet

MRCVS

Bogdan graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine of Iasi Romania in 2006. After working in a Large Animal practice in Romania he came to the UK and joined Friars

Moor Vets in 2015 as a TB Tester and clinical vet. As of Autumn of 2020, he is working as a full-time vet.

Martha Twist

Vet

BVSc MRCVS

Martha graduated from the University of Bristol in 2021 and joined Friars Moor in early 2022. After growing up in Dorset, Martha was keen to continue to return home to continue working as a farm vet.

She has particular interests in sheep work as well as surgery.

Outside of work most of her time is spent exploring the local countryside with her dog, Chief, or working on her newest craft project.

Becca Price

Vet

Becca graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2021 and moved back to Dorset to join the Friars Moor team later that year. She is enjoying the variety of work that Dorset has to offer and has a particular interest in dairy fertility, and has enjoyed helping set up the new Smallholders Group.

Outside of work Becca enjoys riding and playing rugby and looks forward to getting back on the pitch soon.

Jade Mowlem

Vet

Jesus Otero-Lopez

Vet, TB Tester

MRCVS

Jesus has been with Friars Moor as a TB tester for several years having previously worked in North Devon.

In his spare time Jesus enjoys walking and exploring the Dorset countryside, even if the climate is a little less sunny than his native Spain!

Kathryn Peaty

Vet, TB Tester

BVMS BSc MRCVS

Kathryn graduated from Glasgow University vet school in 2009 having already completed a degree in Animal Science at the University of Nottingham. She is particularly interested in farm animal medicine.

Kathryn has three children and now works part-time. Outside of work a flock of Rough Fell sheep, a couple of homebred racehorses and a recently acquired apiary keep her busy.

Mihaela Fulop

Vet, TB Tester

MRCVS

Miheala originates from Romania and graduated in 2007. She has worked in a mixed vet in Romania until she joined Friars Moor in January 2017 as a TB tester.

Mihaela is enjoying finding her way around the North Dorset countryside and in her spare time enjoys entertaining her young daughter.

Kate Humphris

TB Tester

Kate joined the Friars Moor team in 2021. She grew up on a dairy farm near bath and completed her national diploma in agriculture in 2010. Kate then went on to relief milk on a local dairy where she milked 4 days a week and also did A.I-ing
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Kate moved to Salisbury with her partner in 2013 onto his arable/beef farm and they now have 2 young children and one loveable spaniel. She has a passion for working with cows and loves running, shooting and anything to do with being outside in the countryside!

Leanne Mills

TB Tester

Alex Williams

Foot Trimmer

Alex’s grandparents were dairy farmers and growing up he spent a lot of time on their farm, encouraging his love for agriculture from an early age. He has worked within the agriculture sector for the last 16 years, after having a short spell working within the extreme sports industry!! His roles have been mainly within dairy farms, working from stockman up to management and recently working with sheep, which has encouraged his new love of working with and training his sheepdog Toby.

Alex has also qualified to pregnancy-scan sheep. He has a passion for “grass based” farming in dairy and sheep and is a member of various livestock and agricultural discussion groups.

Alex has four daughters, who have all inherited his love of farming and the countryside. He tries to spend what little time he has free between his foot trimming and other work to enjoy time with his family and dogs, as well as getting out in the Dorset countryside on bike or on foot. Alex also enjoys riding and volunteering at his local bike park.

Lewis Dawes

Foot Trimmer / Freeze Branding

Lewis has been working in the dairy industry since he left school and then started foot trimming at 24, before taking on my role with Friars Moor.

Outside of work Lewis will either be walking the dogs or tinkering with cars.

Pippa Symonds

Foot Trimmer / Vet Tech

Marianna Kominczak-Tietze

Vet Tech

Marianna started with Friars Moor in January 2022 as a youngstock vet tech. She is really fulfilled with her role, and it brings her joy every day. Before joining Friars Moor, Marianna has been an active helper at local rescues and a volunteer on farms. She also attended an Open Study College in 2017 as abVeterinary Support Assistant.

Outside of work Marianna loves to be with her family, including her beloved Border Collie Dexter with whom she participates in agility classes. As a member of LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) she has developed a passion for long distance walks across beautiful Dorset paths.

Lucie Brockway

Vet Tech

Daisy Kerley

Practice Manager

Daisy joined Friars Moor team in October 2018, initially on the small animal reception and moved to the farm office a year later.

Daisy spends most of her time out on the farm with her husband and two terriers, Mabel and Yogi. Her spare time is generally spent with her horse, George and his Shetland friend, Missy.

Justine Turnbull

HR Manager

Justine joined the Practice in 2012 and was delighted to become Practice Manager in 2016 for both the farm and pet businesses!

Out of work Justine enjoys many forms of fitness, live music and spending time with her family and friends.

Sam Moody

Accounts Manager

Sam joined the team in October 2017 as accounts assistant. She has been in an accounts environment since leaving school and working as part of a team.

She has lived in Sturminster Newton for many years, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking and baking. She is married with two children, a dog and a cat.

Liz Alford

Business Development Manager

Liz Alford has been working at Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic since 1999. She ensures all branches are compliant with the Royal College Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme enabling us to successfully pass all planned and surprise inspections!

She collates data on various areas of animal and farm health.

When she is not working hard on spreadsheets and graphs or keeping an eye on maintaining our strictly high standards, she spends time with family, enjoys dancing and is on a mission to see as much of the world as she can from horseback!

Jess Sealey

Farm Operations Manager, TB Co-ordinator

Jess joined the practice in 2013. She works alongside Izzie as the Livestock Operations Manager. Her main duties involve TB admin, general day to day running of the farm office and organising the vets! She is from a farming family, and most weekends will be found on the family farm helping her dad.

Steph Crofts

TB Co-ordinator

Steph joined Friars Moor in March 2016 as farm office receptionist. Steph grew up on a beef and sheep farm and now lives on a dairy farm, so enjoys all aspects of farming.

Outside of work, she is busy looking after her 2 young sons and helping on the farms. Steph also enjoys playing skittles in one of our local farmers teams!

Emma Hallett

Farm Operations Manager

Emma grew up on a local Dorset dairy farm and has worked at Friars Moor since the year 2000! Over the years she has worked on the small animal side as a Veterinary Nurse then, following the birth of her boys, she joined the farm admin team.

In her spare time Emma enjoys baking and cake decorating, socialising and watching her 3 boys play rugby.

Georgia Turnbull

Marketing Assistant

Georgia joined the Friars Moor Vets team in October 2020 as Marketing Assistant, based primarily at the Sturminster Newton branch. She recently graduated from Bournemouth Arts University specialising in branding and communication.

Outside of work Georgia enjoys all things arty, walks along the Jurassic Coast and spending time with her family and friends.

Fiona Legg

Milk Recording Analyst

Fiona Legg joined Friars Moor in 2007. Her role is to collate all the milk recording data from the dairy farms and to produce reports that assist the vets at their routine visits. Her previous job as an area manager with National Milk Records has given her the experience of working within the dairy industry.

In her spare time Fiona is very keen on travelling the world in search of the sun. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a keen arts and crafts person.

Emma West

Export Co-ordinator

Emma joined the Friars Moor team in January 2022 and took over the role of Export Co-ordinator

Fiona House

Receptionist

Fiona joined the Friars moor team in July 2022, she enjoys aspects of farming and is often found outside on the farm rearing the calves. Fiona likes walking her dogs and riding the family horse out and loves socializing with friends and family.

Bridget Lewis

Premises Coordinator

Bridget has worked at Friars Moor since 2006 and is based at the Shaftesbury branch, working under close supervision from labradors Alice & Zara, who are often heard snoring away under the desk. Bridget loves all aspects of her work, no two days are the same. In fact it was through her job that she met her partner Derek.

Outside of work Bridget is kept busy training their 7 dogs (with varying degrees of success) and during the winter they can all be found out on the shoot field pretending to be proper gun dogs.

Kate Buckler

Laboratory Technician

Kate joined the Friars moor team in December 2023.

Caz Robins

Closworth Branch Manager

Caz joined the Friars moor team in January 2024 to work at our new branch in Closworth.

 

Caz has her own flock of sheep and three collie dogs with her husband.  When she’s not walking the dogs, she enjoys wildlife photography, is a member of Rock Choir and is partial to a game of skittles.

Testimonials

What our clients say

Friars Moor regularly visits our farm on routine procedures for both the sheep and beef herd. They are always very thorough and knowledgeable and aware of the whole farm objectives and strategy. The health plan, reviewed regularly with the vets, is a great tool to be proactive in respect of the farm’s animal health.

Mike & Anne Miller

I am blessed to have Friar’s Moor Vets on my doorstep, not that it would matter, I would definitely travel! I have recommended Friars Moor Vets to many of my hen friends. Finding a chicken friendly vet is difficult and very important to people like me who rehome ex-commercial hens and they have all been delighted with the veterinary care they have received.

As a whole, I can’t praise the practice enough, the reception staff are always so helpful and friendly as are the nurses. If you have yet to choose a vet to entrust your beloved pets, or farm animals to – look no further!

Haydie Mansfield

I wanted to say a huge thank you to Eleanor and Claire (the Friars Moor Vets) who came on the 4th August to calve one of our cows. They were so wonderful, so professional and above all they were very careful and gentle with our cow. I have no doubt that their expert knowledge and gentle care meant that our cow survived. I would have thought the cow would have been down for a few days but was up and walking back to the herd within half an hour.

Anne Green

Some feedback from our Calving courses:

“The best thing about the course was getting to practice with the calving jack”.

“I liked that the course was really interactive which helps me remember things”.

“The best thing about the course was the demonstration using a calf and fake cow pelvis”.

 

 

Calving Course Testimonials

Careers

Current Job Vacancies

Follow the link to view our available vacancies. If we have not opened our applications, but you are interested in sending in your CV please email to [email protected]. Check out our current vacancies in the adjacent box.

Student Applications

We welcome applications for EMS from enthusiastic students in their clinical years of training. Prior to a student arriving we will formulate an itinerary for the duration of their stay, trying our best to accommodate a range of routine and emergency work seen with a variety of vets. If there is an area of particular interest, we will try and accommodate this in a student’s visit. Learn more