Meet the Vets

Mark Proctor BVSc, MRCVS

Mark joined The Willows in 1980. He combines farm veterinary work with managing our retail store Beeston Animal Health Ltd. Special interests include Johnes Disease control and avian work with hobby poultry, gamebirds and racing pigeons.

Simon Jones BVSc, MRCVS

Simon joined The Willows in 1987 having spent three years in mixed practice in Devon. Simon has an interest in mastitis control and herd fertility. Simon is also responsible for our meat hygiene division.

Richard Thomas BVSc, MRCVS

Richard joined The Willows in 1991 having spent two years working in the farm practice at the University of Liverpool. He enjoys all aspect of farm practice and has a special interest in pig medicine.

Ben Pedley BVSc, MRCVS

Ben has worked at The Willows since 1993, becoming a partner in 2004. He also worked in New Zealand for two seasons. Areas of interest include mastitis and cell count control, and the fertility of the block calving herd.

Darrell Irwen BVSc, DBR, MRCVS

Darrell joined The Willows in 2003. As the son of a beef and sheep farmer in Northern Ireland, Darrell has always had a keen interest in livestock farming and has a particular interest in dairy cow reproductive medicine.

Owen Tunney BVMS, DBR, MRCVS

Owen graduated from Glasgow in 2005 and started working for the Willows straight away. He became a partner in 2010. Owen is currently working towards a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction through Liverpool University. He has a particular interest in dairy cattle and embryo transfer.

Emyr Rowlands BVMS, MRCVS

Emyr grew up on a dairy farm in North Wales and qualified from Glasgow in 2003. After spending five and a half years in a large practice in Carlisle, Emyr joined the Willows team in 2009.

Euan Bryson BVM&S MRCVS

Euan qualified in 1979 from Edinburgh and after a short time in practice in Yorkshire joined Hampton Veterinary Group in 1980, married the daughter of our main competitor and has risen to senior partner. Whilst his main interest is in Cattle Health and Reproduction Euan maintains an interest in small animals particularly in the Canine Health Scheme and acupuncture.

Ian Robinson BVSc MRCVS

Ian qualified as a vet from Liverpool University in1979 and as a local lad was invited to join Sims and Partners (as Charter Vets was known in those days). Sims and Partners was then a very mixed traditional James Herriot type practice and Ian kept very busy with small animal surgeries, farm visits and equine problems. As times have changed it has become a necessity to specialise more and more and these days Ian is involved mostly with farm work.


Rob qualified from Liverpool University in 1990. Rob is a mixed animal vet devoting the majority of his time to large animal work but he also deals with the smaller varieties, especially at our Butt Lane Surgery. He is married to Kate who is also a vet.

Jonathan Duncan BVMS, MRCVS

Jonny recently graduated from Glasgow and his areas of interest lie in Transitional Cow Management and Nutrition.

Caroline Williams BVMS MRCVS

Caroline is the daughter of a dairy and beef farmer from Sandbach and after 6 years at Cambridge University graduated as a vet in 2010. Caroline has joined us after working in large animal practice in Staffordshire. Her main interests include preventative medicine through routine visits and large animal surgery. Caroline is on the committee of Sandbach Young Farmers.

Laurence Allwood BVSc MRCVS

Laurence graduated from Bristol in 2008 and spent 3 years in mixed practice on the Welsh/Shropshire border before joining the Willows in February 2012. He enjoys all aspects of farm practice especially surgery and preventative medicine.

Edward Jefferson- Loveday BVMS MRCVS

Ed joined the Willows in July 2012 after graduating from Glasgow Vet School. Ed is no stranger to the farm as his family are farmers (and cheese producers) in Oxfordshire. Ed has a keen interest in all aspects of farm practice, particularly herd fertility and surgery.

Gethin Edwards BVMS MRCVS

Originally from a farming background Gethin qualified as a vet from Glasgow in 2004. Gethin joined the Willows after 9 years spent being a vet in the Welsh Borders and North Wales. He has a keen interest in fertility and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR). Gethin also has experience in sheep advance breeding as well as mastitis investigations and nutrition.

Laura Alexii MRCVS

Laura graduated from the University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine in Romania in 2012. Before joining the Willows she worked on a dairy farm in West Sussex doing mastitis screening, daily cow health observation and sample collection.

Dan Robertson Bsc BVSc MRCVS

Dan graduated from Liverpool Vet School in July 2015. He grew up working on farms and in 2008 began a small Charolais herd of his own. Previously Dan worked for Genus ABS in Northumberland as an AI and RMS technician for 2 years. Before studying to be a vet Dan studied Animal Science at Newcastle University.

Phill Jones BVSc MRCVS

Phill graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011. Spent 3 years in Wiltshire doing mixed large animal work then a dairy season in New Zealand before joining the Willows in the summer of 2015. Has a keen interest in herd fertility, surgery and infectious disease control.

Sam Bowker VetMB BA MRCVS

Sam graduated from Cambridge University in 2015 and in the same year won the national ‘Dairy Industry Vet of the Future’ award. Sam grew up on a mixed livestock farm in East Devon with exposure to dairy, beef, sheep pigs and reindeer! Sam is passionate about herd health.

Jay Tunstall BSc (hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Jay graduated from Liverpool University in 2009 with a degree in Bioveterinary Science and then went on to the Royal Veterinary College to get his degree in Veterinary Medicine. Since qualifying Jay worked in a farm only veterinary practice in Somerset before joining the Willows. His main interests are lameness and fertility. Jay is a qualified DairyCo (Now AHDB) Mobility Mentor and enjoys helping farms to reduce lameness and therefore improve the profitability and welfare of their herd.

Sarah Whittick BVM&S MRCVS

Sarah graduated from Edinburgh in 2015 and has previously worked in a mixed practice in the Peak District. Sarah has joined the Willows to concentrate
on farm veterinary work