Meet the Team - Farm Vets
Richard Knight BVM&S CertCHP MRCVS
Richard qualified from Edinburgh University in 1995 and headed to the North of Scotland for a couple of years. He came to Cumbria in 1997 and became a director of the practice in 2002. Richard, along with Ben Sapsford, is one of the directors with responsibility for developing the cattle and farm division of the practice. Richard holds the Certificate in Cattle Health and Production awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which is recognised throughout Europe. Richard also has a veterinary homeopathy qualification, which comes in useful when dealing with the organic farms in the practice, and is a registered CowSignals trainer. Any spare time that Richard gets is spent with his family or indulging in his passion for triathlons! Richard is married with 2 young children and has 2 dogs, 2 rats and some hens.
Ben Sapsford BVSc MRCVS
Ben qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2003. After spending time working in New Zealand in cattle practice he returned to his home town of Kirkby Lonsdale to work in the farm animal department of Westmorland Veterinary Group. He is particularly interested in 'Increasing productivity in the dairy herd' and has developed regular fertility reporting and milk cell count monitoring within the practice. He has also earned a reputation for being an excellent large animal surgeon. Ben became a director of the practice in 2008.
In his spare time Ben enjoys walking with his labrador Molly and spending time with friends. He also has a ginger cat called Roger and has recently dabbled in pig keeping!
Judith Lee BVMS DBR MRCVS
Judith qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1986. She was tempted across the border by the scenery and abundance of dairy cows and started work in Kendal in 1989. She gained her Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 1994. After a seven year sojourn at a practice in Lancashire she rejoined the Westmorland flock in 2003, working from Kirkby Lonsdale with involvement in both large and small animal work. Outside work she is kept busy by her husband (a dairy farmer), her 2 children, her dogs and now (to her surprise) by her prize winning Hampshire down sheep!
Kirsty Ranson BVMBVS BSc(Hons) MRCVS
Kirsty qualified in 2011 as one of the first cohort from the new University of Nottingham Veterinary School. This followed an agriculture degree at Harper Adams University College. During this long stint of study Kirsty spent a lot of years working on dairy farms to fund her studies and spent 3 months on a dairy farm in New Zealand. This has given her a strong interest in dairy work. Outside of work Kirsty is kept busy training her gundog Tor, exploring the local countryside or on a rainy day watching the rugby!
Andrew Crutchley MA VetMB MRCVS
Andrew was born and bred in Northern Ireland and graduated from Cambridge in 2009.
He went straight into farm practice before jetting off to work abroad in the back end of 2012. After a 5 month stint working as a dairy vet in New Zealand, Andrew headed to Vietnam to work as part of a small team overseeing the veterinary care for a large new dairy start up in rural Vietnam. Andrew was responsible for overseeing the health of approximately 12000 dairy cows!
In his spare time Andrew can be found outdoors with a particular penchant for mountaineering especially in the winter. Just watch out for his small dog which can be a bit feisty!
Jasmine Smith BVSc MRCVS
Jasmine graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015. She began work in Lancashire and after a short stint in mixed practice moved to Penrith to work in farm animal practice before joining Westmorland in March 2017. She enjoys all aspects of farm work but has a particular interest in infectious diseases and mastitis.
Bethany Collins BVetMed BSc (Hons) MRCVS
Bethany graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018. Having developed a keen interest in farm practice whilst at vet school a move home to North Lincolnshire after university wasn’t on the cards. Beth was instead, despite the extra rain, drawn to Cumbria with its abundance of farm animals and
beautiful scenery. Beth enjoys all aspects of farm practice but has a keen interest in infectious disease and pathology having completed an intercalated degree in comparative pathology.
Elizabeth Aubrey BVetMed BSc (Hons) MRCVS
Liz graduated from the Royal Veterinary College this year. Her passion for farm medicine began during her 1st lambing season on a Northumberland farm aged 15 years. Liz travelled to Winsconsin and Texas to further her veterinary knowledge where she worked with both dairy and beef vets. Liz was captivated by Cumbria whilst on her D of E award expeditions and camping with her local Scout group. She enjoys skiing and watching rugby in her free time.
Gus Cassie BVM&S MRCVS
Gus joined the farm team in August 2019. He grew up in Scotland, but after really enjoying lambing near Kirkby Lonsdale for the past 5 years, he decided to move down as a new graduate. He has always had a strong interest in farm practice, having done a calving season on a dairy farm in New Zealand and worked with farm vets in Alberta, Canada during his studies. In his free time he is hoping to squeeze in as much hiking, running and cycling in the hills as he can.