Meet the Farm Vets
Our farm vets at the practice have wide ranging experience in farm animal medicine and surgery. We are all involved in day to day practical work as well as providing additional management support to our clients.
Duncan Williams BVMS MRCVS
Duncan graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1991 and after a period of mixed practice in the Scottish borders joined the Farm Animal Unit at Garston Veterinary Group. He is responsible for the care of the animals at Longleat Safari Park and is a DEFRA Zoo Inspector covering the whole of the UK. He became a partner in the Practice in 2000 and is married with four children.
Dr Chris Mangham BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS
Chris joined the practice in July 2007 having graduated from the University of Bristol and became a partner in 2012. He has a particular interest in bovine fertility and has helped to develop the advanced breeding and embryo transfer services with his fellow partner James. When not working with cows he enjoys the varied challenges thrown his way by the many species at Longleat Safari Park. Outside of work Chris enjoys keeping fit at the gym, watching rugby and spending time with his young family.
Georgina Doel BVetMed MRCVS
Georgina qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and following a spell working as a farm vet in Cornwall she joined the farm team at Garston in 2011. As well as continuing as a practising vet, George has also taken on the role of Farm Clinical Co-ordinator and helps to develop and market new and proactive services, building on the close relationship we have with our clients and forming new ones with industry leaders.
George enjoys all farm work and has a particular interest in calves, working closely with Emily as our “youngstock experts”. George is married to a local farmer and has three young children. She can be found on the hockey field, so don’t forget to ask her if she scored at the weekend!
James Ryder BSc (Hons) BVSc CertAVP MRCVS
James graduated from Bristol University in 2012 and then worked in mixed practice in Worcestershire for 18 months before making the move to Garston to become a farm animal vet. He has a keen interest in bovine fertility and in particular embryo transfer as well as lameness treatment and prevention and enjoys the variation of a typical day as a farm vet out and about. James has completed a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and is currently working towards his Diploma in Bovine Fertility at Liverpool University. He became a partner in 2019 having settled down in the area with his wife Amy, an equine vet at the practice, and their 1 year old little boy Felix. He can often be seen accompanied by his yellow Labrador Pickles on his rounds. Outside of work he is a keen Bath rugby fan and cyclist and gets out on his bike as often as he can.
Richard joined the practice at the end of February 2015 having previously worked in a large farm practice in Devon. His interests relate to all aspects of farm work but especially in mastitis control and prevention. He is originally from the Isle of Wight where he worked for the first 2 years of his career before moving to North Devon. Outside of work he is a very keen mountain biker and enjoys cycle touring.
Alex graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and started working at the practice shortly afterwards. He is interested in all aspects of farm work especially bovine fertility and metabolic diseases. He is our Beef benchmarking champion. Alex originally came from Worcestershire and outside of work he is a keen rugby player. He also enjoys playing/watching all sports.
Emily graduated from the University of Bristol in 2016 and joined the practice in January 2017.
She's involved in all aspects of farm animal veterinary from dairy fertility routines to supporting smallholders, but she is particularly interested in youngstock health and performance. Emily teaches our lambing course, farm skills and antibiotics awareness courses. Outside of work she still spends most of her time outdoors, wild camping and climbing mountains with her terrier, Fig.