Our People 2018-05-10T07:40:17+00:00

Our People



Ian qualified from Glasgow Vet School with a passion for farm animal work. He and Rob founded the practice in 2008. He gained the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2012. His veterinary interests amongst others include fertility, lameness and nutrition.


Rob qualified from Bristol University in 2006 and then worked in the South West in a strongly farm based mixed practice. In 2008 he and Ian opened the Lancs practice together which has grown year by year since then. His interests in practice include cattle lameness and mastitis, being a seasoned Mastitis Control Plan and Healthy Feet Project provider. He is also strongly motivated to keep bovine TB out of Lancashire having seen the effect of TB in other farm communities. Outside of practice Rob likes to smack tennis balls, mountain bike and ski when he can.

Matt Hylands BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

Matt graduated from Nottingham Vet School in July 2014 and became part of the Lancs team a few weeks later. Despite living in Nottingham for the past 6 years his Northern Irish accent hangs on as does his desire for all things farming. He has a particular interest in housing and how it affects health and production. Outside of work Matt can be found either shooting alongside his trusty spaniels or cycling, depending very much on the time of the year!

Roland Millar BVM BVS MRCVS

Roland graduated from Nottingham University in July 2016 and having previously completed his farm animal elective placement with LLM, he joined the practice in September as their fifth vet. Working as a farm animal vet has always been Roland’s ambition having grown up amongst the farming community in Northern Ireland. He has a keen interest in dairy and suckler cow fertility as well as all things beef and sheep. Aside from veterinary Roland is a keen sportsman, a Spurs supporter for some reason and has stupidly just signed up for a half marathon.

Alun Beckett BVM BVS MRCVS

Having wanted to be a farm vet from childhood Alun qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2013. He spent two and a half years in farm animal practice in the Home Counties before taking the plunge and moving ‘oop north’ to join the practice in October 2016. Alun has a keen interest in calf management and heifer rearing, and enjoys helping clients getting their young stock off to a flying start. Alun has an unhealthy obsession with running and all mountain sports, which he enjoys with his collie, Brathay.

Vet Techs

Emily Hallett – BSc Hons Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Emily joined us in January 2015. Having grown up on her family farm with a mixture of dairy and beef cattle, so has always had an interest in animals. Emily has a degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare. In her spare time she plays Netball and enjoys horse riding and dog walking.

Steph Cowgill

Steph is from a beef and sheep farm near Bentham and milks on a dairy farm at weekends. Having qualified from Harper Adams as a Veterinary Nurse in 2016, Steph has just come back from Australia after spending the past 18months working and travelling on a variety of farms around Australia and New Zealand. In her spare time she enjoys Travelling, horse riding, dog walking, socialising and also breeds Suffolk sheep as a hobby.

Support Staff

Elaine Vassie – Business Manager

Elaine joined us on a temporary contract in 2016 as Maternity cover for Kay, and has subsequently moved into the Business Manager role. Having spent 5 of the past 6 years abroad as a Director of Rugby Elaine’s enjoying some time being back close to the beaches of Lancashire with her two dogs and husband. Elaine is also studying for a Masters in Elite Performance, still actively coaching Rugby, and hoping to squeeze out another season or two playing!

Kay Kiernan – BA Hons Business Administration & Marketing
Senior Support Staff

Kay joined the practice in September 2015 for a new challenge. Kay is the daughter of a dairy farmer and the wife of a sheep farmer. She has an interest in farming and in her spare time enjoys watching football and helping out on the family farm.

Louise Johnson – Pharmacy manager

Louise qualified from University as an Urban Designer but realised it wasn’t for her after working in the profession for a year. Louise has been with us from the very beginning. She has grown up on farms and currently still helps out when she can. Louise has horses and also breeds Dartmoor Ponies as a hobby.

Bev Hull – Office Support

Bev joined the team in 2010 having previously worked for ARLA foods for 32 years. Having spent 17 years with Arla as a Farm Liaison Officer looking after 350 dairy farmers covering the North West, and herself being married to Andrew a Dairy Farmer Bev joined us with a valuable perspective of farming in the North West. Mother to 3 children Bev spends a lot of her time as an unofficial taxi service between agricultural and sports events but if she does get a few minutes spare outside of that she enjoys gardening and walking.

Lindsay Embley – Support Staff

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Katie Harrison – Support Staff

Katie joined us February 2018 with a great breadth of farming experience. Katie’s father worked as a contractor and her husbands’ family are big beef and sheep farmers so she’s grown up around farming and all it entails. Having worked on farms in before moving into roles within Vet’s practices Katie still enjoys milking and helping out on the farm on a regular basis, as well as going to the gym.