Mark qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1985 from the Royal Veterinary College and went directly in to dairy cow practice in Somerset, UK working under the guidance of the well respected ‘lameness vet’ Don Collick. In 1991 he gained the Dutch Foot Trimming Diploma after spending a week at the Dairy Training Centre, Oenkerk (Netherlands) with Peter Kloosterman. In 1993 he was awarded the Certificate in Cattle Health and Production and in 2004 the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction from the University of Liverpool and in 2010 won the Farmers Weekly Livestock Advisor of the Year award. In 20013 he was a student at the Dairyland institute in Wisconsin. He is a DairyCo mobility mentor and has provided consultancy services both in the UK and abroad, including Japan, Hungary, Ireland and Russia.
Mark has been teaching foot trimming to farmers for over 25 years and has been a strong advocate for the use of properly trained technicians to assist farmers in dealing with lameness. He is currently a Director in a large farm animal veterinary practice in the South West of England and has helped develop an ever growing team of ‘Vet Techs’.
Jon Reader qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1997 from the University of Bristol and has been a farm animal vet in Somerset ever since. In 2001 he gained the Certificate in Cattle Health and Production and then in 2010 the Diploma in Cattle Health and Production. He is an RCVS recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production and in 2013 was runner up as Farmers Weekly Farm Advisor of the Year. He holds the NPTC Level 3 foot trimming qualification and has also attended a five day Dairyland foot trimming course in the USA. Jon is a LANTRA approved trainer and is also a member of the Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group (NDHHG) as well as being a member of the UK Dairy Cattle Mobility Steering Group. Jon is a Healthy Feet Programme mobility mentor but is also a trainer for other mentors. He jointly runs the BCVA advanced practitioner lameness course.
Jon has been involved with lameness all his career and has a particular interest in foot trimming, working with para professionals as well as using technology to assist in the recording and analysis of mobility and lameness records. He has carried out peer reviewed research and has presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally as well as carrying out consultancy work in China.
Gareth qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and started work as an RVC intern at Synergy Farm Health in Dorset; he was then employed by the practice as a junior clinician in 2012. Since joining the practice Gareth has developed a particular interest in cattle lameness and has become a Dairy Co mobility mentor. He also runs several foot trimming courses each year and is heavily involved with the teaching of the 200 vet students that pass through the practice annually which includes lameness epidemiology and risk assessment.
Beth graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2017. Having completed the Cambridge Junior Clinical Training Scholarship in Production Animals she joined Synergy Farm Health team in July 2018 as an intern, where she has enjoyed working with both commercial livestock and smallholders.
She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice in Production Animals at the Royal Veterinary College in 2019 and continues to work at Synergy on the South Team. Her particular interests include cattle lameness, veterinary student teaching, sheep and small holders.