DVM MSc CertPMP MRCVS
Sara qualified as a vet from the University of Barcelona in 1998 and has gone on to earn a Masters in Science and a Certificate in Poultry Medicine and Production. She became a director at PHS in 2016. She has consulted around the world, written articles for scientific poultry magazines and chairs poultry meetings on a regular basis.
Nikky joined PHS in March 2016 following a long and varied public sector career. She became Commercial Manager in August 2018, drawing on experience including 10 years in a police control room, and 16 years living with her family on a turkey farm. In her spare time, Nikky enjoys travelling, comedy events and family time with her three grandchildren.
Lead Vet (Scotland)
Originally a dairy farmer, Scott trained at Massey University in New Zealand, before working as a large animal clinician in Waikato. An interest in population medicine then led him into a poultry vet role, working in New Zealand and Australia. Scott moved to the UK to join PHS in 2018, and now leads our Edinburgh practice.
Lead Vet (North East)
Emma graduated in 2016 from the Royal Veterinary College, before joining the poultry team at Sheriff Hutton. She aimed to work with poultry all the way through university and has a strong interest in turkey work. Outside of work Emma is a keen walker and climber, as well as an avid ice hockey fan.
Lead Vet (Midlands)
Carol graduated in 2000 from Zaragoza University. She joined the practice in 2007 after working within the meat industry all over the UK and moved to the Sutton Bonington branch from Hereford. She enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, walking and rowing.
Lead Vet (South West)
Originally from Edinburgh, Isy studied animal science at Newcastle University, followed by veterinary science at Bristol University, qualifying in 2011. Before before joining the practice in 2015 she saw mixed practice, including zoo work in Norfolk, juggling that with her role as herdswoman and potato grader on her husband’s farm.
BVSc MRes MSc PhD MRCVS
Lead Vet (North West)
Alex qualified from Liverpool University in 2014. Before joining PHS in 2018, Alex did her PhD on the role of biosecurity in the control of Campylobacter in commercial broiler production and has also done a lot of research on antimicrobial resistance. Alex is a keen runner and has a cat, Eddie, who she rescued while working as a small animal vet. Alex is the Lead Veterinarian for the Northwest PHS practices (Barton, Tarvin and Shrewsbury).
Lead Vet (Gloucester)
Liz qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018. She has always had a passion for the farming industry, working part-time lambing, milking and even as a mascot on a children’s farm! In her spare time she is found either doing canine agility or at the stables with her horse.
Lead Vet (Gamebird & Shrewsbury)
William grew up on a mixed farm on a shooting estate in Yorkshire. He qualified in 2014 and has spent time as a farm vet in New Zealand. He enjoys teaching students and vets about different avian species via lectures and roadshows. Will is the PHS Lead Vet for Gamebirds and also Backyard Poultry and was made lead vet at PHS Shrewsbury when it opened in 2019.
Sophie is a 2015 University of Liverpool graduate of Veterinary Science with four years’ experience as a small animal vet. She carried out a UFAW funded student research project in 2012 on risk factors of stereotypical behaviours in growing pigs. She is currently studying for a Master's degree in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law from the University of Edinburgh.
BVM&S BSc MRCVS
Helena completed a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, before qualifying as a vet from Edinburgh University in 2017. She joined the team in 2017 and works with both commercial and breeder flocks. Helena enjoys spending time with her ex-racer Greyhound, Bullseye, and farm dog, Molly. She lives on a dairy and beef farm with her partner.
Alice graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 and went into small animal and equine general practice before joining Poultry Health Services in January 2020. In her spare time, Alice enjoys riding her American quarter horse and exploring the countryside with her naughty beagle, husband and two-year-old son.
Natalia finished her veterinary studies at Wroclaw Environmental and Life Sciences University, Poland, in February 2020. She has also spent two years studying in Spain, and seen practice with poultry vets in Belgium. She is interested in commercial poultry medicine and free-range systems. Outside work she is passionate about photography and travel.
Kath qualified from Bristol University in 1995 and has been working for PHS as a part-time vet since 2005 after time in mixed and small animal practice. She is largely based in Howton. Outside of work, Kath is kept busy running around after her young family.
DVM MSc PhD MRCVS
Catarina qualified as a vet from the University of Lisbon in 1999, and completed a masters in 2003. A PhD followed in 2008, for which she researched the use of enzymes in poultry nutrition. She has worked as a poultry vet at our Hereford and Leominster branches, before joining our Edinburgh team in April 2019.
BSc (Hons) BVM&S MSc AFHEA MRCVS
Marie Francesca Menniti qualified from the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2018. She is originally from Canada where she completed a Masters in Animal Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Marie also enjoys travelling and hiking the trails of Scotland. She volunteers at a local herb garden in her spare time.
BVM&S CertPMP CertLAS CertWEL MRCVS
Richard graduated in 1997 from Edinburgh University. After a period in mixed practice in Bridlington and small animal practice in Hull and Essex, Richard joined PHS in 2006. He has developed interest in turkey and broiler health and management. He is a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee and the RSPCA Standards Technical Advisory Groups for Turkeys and Broilers.
Rafael graduated from Porto University in 2010 and started work in the UK in 2011, seeing farm animal practice in Cornwall, followed by a three-year passage in the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Rafael is a keen runner and climber, and once tried a 54 mile walk in 24 hours for charity.
After graduating from Bristol in 1985, Richard worked for a year in Somerset where he treated animals at Longleat Safari Park. Afterwards he settled in Tarvin, where he has been ever since. He is experienced in the care and treatment of pigeons and backyard poultry, and works as a consultant for PHS, dealing with health certification and exports.
DVM MSc MRCVS
Joaquin graduated from Zaragoza University in 1996. After working for a large animal practice mainly on sheep and cattle, he worked in abattoir inspection and export certification. During this time, Joaquin completed a MSc in poultry applied science. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging and hiking holidays.
BVSc MSc MRCVS
Jessica graduated from Bristol in 2020 having also intercalated at RVC and LSHTM with an MSc in One Health (Infectious Diseases). She has published research in Veterinary Parasitology on the resistance of Cryptosporidium to halofuginone lactate and is also a qualified poultry welfare officer. In her spare time she fences and regularly competes on weekends.
Megan graduated from Liverpool University in 2018 with a Distinction and spent a few years in mixed practice before deciding to pursue her long-standing interest in pathology and infectious diseases with Poultry Health Services. Outside of work Megan enjoys walking her Jack Russel, Boris, and helping her husband on their busy dairy unit.
Veterinary Support Officer
Paul joined the Sheriff Hutton branch in February 2021 in order to assist our veterinary team with the delivery of medications, biosecurity products, sampling kits and other consumables to our clients throughout the Yorkshire & Humber region. Paul has previously enjoyed long and successful careers with both the military and the police service. More recently he has worked as the Operations Manager for the Great Yorkshire Show with specific responsibility for biosecurity and animal welfare at the Showground. Outside of work, Paul enjoys going for long walks in the country with his cocker spaniel, Charlie.
Katy joined the practice in 2011 as office administrator at Howton. She is now the practice manager for the Herefordshire offices overseeing the administration team in Howton and Leominster. She enjoys spending time with her young family, getting outdoors and holidaying to Cornwall.
Kirstie joined the team as a practice administrator in May 2017, after completing her BSc in Animal Management and Science. She then progressed to the role of Practice Manager in December 2018. When out of the office Kirstie is often found volunteering at horse trials, baking and exploring the countryside.
Meaka has been with PHS since 2013, starting as a lab technician at our Dalton practice before moving to Sheriff Hutton to become poultry communications officer, since winning promotion to commercial assistant. She has a BSc in animal science and in her spare time she enjoys camping, days out and horse riding with her young family.
Grace relocated from sunny North Wales to Nottingham to be our credit controller, having previously held that role for one of the biggest distributors in the UK. As an ex-professional dancer and vocalist, Grace enjoys watching live music and attending the theatre, as well as travel and socialising with family and friends.
Caryn joined us in 2020 after previously working for 3 years as Head Receptionist at Beech House Vets, an Animal Hospital in Warrington. Caryn enjoys walking, reading and travel and loves wildlife. Caryn's dream holiday would be to go on Safari to see Africa’s wildlife up close in their natural environment. Caryn has a cheeky Cocker Spaniel called Freddie and loves nothing more than taking him out for his daily walks.
Andrea oversees reception at Howton and is the first point of contact for clients coming into or telephoning the branch. She also handles admin, including managing stock, updating records and sending out vaccines. She is married with two grown-up children – still living at home – two step-children and four step-grandchildren.
Millie started working for the poultry department in August 2020 and manages the reception area at the busy Leominster branch and is first point of contact. Millie assists with general Administrative work, Prescriptions, Vaccines, Medication orders, Digiflock and some invoicing. During her spare time she likes to sing at functions including weddings etc, and visiting her family on a regular basis. She is due to get married in a couple of years’ time.
Sam joined us as a school leaver and has been with us ever since. During that time she has successfully completed both an animal care and veterinary nursing assistant course at Reaseheath College and a qualification in companion animals from Harper Adams College. At home, Sam has a pampered farm cat called Agnes.
Holly joined the team in March 2020. She holds B-Tecs in media studies and performing arts. Outside of work Holly enjoys spending time with her friends, going to weekly pub quizzes, cinema trips and fitting in as many concerts as she can.
Sharon joined us in 2018. She has a crazy cat named Herbie and enjoys the outdoors, walking and horse riding. She has travelled to various parts of the world while working on cruise ships.
Jan joined us in 2018 after many years in the charity sector. Over the years she and her husband have adopted a number of rescue animals and currently have two dogs, Lily and Belle. She has travelled extensively and enjoys meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds. She enjoys reading, creative writing and volunteering with charities.
BSc (Hons) MSc DipQ
Mark graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from Leeds University in 2001, completed an MSc in Medical Microbiology in 2009, and followed this with a Diploma in Quality Management in 2017. He joined the practice in 2008 with over five years of analytical experience gained at York Test Laboratories and Reckitt Benckiser.
Ben graduated from the University of York with a BSc in Biology, with an additional year of university spent working at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in Weymouth. Ben has worked for PHS since May 2018, and enjoys wildlife photography and playing video games.
Kitty studied BSc Archaeology at the University of York, focusing on animals in archaeology and prehistory. Her dissertation was a study looking into the development of commensalism in house mice in neolithic Europe. In her free time she enjoys creative writing and drawing, as well as spending time with her two cats.
Julie joined Poultry Health Services in April 2020. Prior to that, she began her career as a food microbiologist before joining Veterinary Laboratories Agency where she worked on the identification of microorganisms pathogenic to animals including bacteria and parasites.