Meet the Team
David Kitchen - Veterinary Surgeon & Senior Director
Mobile: 07825 090925
David, a local farmer's son, has worked in the area for many years and brings a wealth of experience to our team.
It was David's vision to set up a farm only practice dedicating more time to working closely with farmers.
Special interests lie in nutrition and lameness issues and improving performance in beef herds. David is a mobility mentor for AHDB Dairy, and enjoys lameness consultancy with the help of our cow tipper & vetimpress.
David enjoys looking after his own small suckler herd when he has a bit of spare time. He can empathise with the difficulties and pressures of farming.
Emma Stack - Veterinary Surgeon & Director
Mobile: 07534 665759
Emma is a originally a Yorkshire lass, qualifying from Bristol University in 2011. After spending a busy calving season in New Zealand, she returned to the UK to work in mixed practice in Cornwall.
Deciding farm work was where her passion lay, she worked in a specialist farm animal practice in Worcestershire before returning to Cornwall to start working with David in February 2016.
Emma is working towards a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle). Her main interests lie in control of infectious disease and youngstock rearing. She is also an accredited AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan deliverer and enjoys working with farmers to improve udder health.
Heather Milby - Veterinary Surgeon
Mobile: 07712 658801
Heather joined our team after graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2017, following an advanced dairy elective.
Heather is interested in all aspects of herd & flock health, with a keen interest in goat medicine (spot the goat in her van as she drives around). She particularly enjoys parasitology and post mortem examinations in informing clinical decision making.
Originally from just outside of Glasgow, she enjoys exploring the beautiful Cornish countryside and beaches. In her spare time, she enjoys mountaineering and sailing, but will try any new sport that comes her way and is keen to try surfing.
Jake Lawson - Veterinary Surgeon
Mobile: 07935 067983
Jake joined is in October 2019. Originally from Wolverhampton, but we try not to hold that against him, he qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2011.
Since then, he as worked in farm only practices in the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and most recently has spent 5 years working with predominantly dairy cattle in Cheshire.
His interests lie in fertility, lameness and nutrition and using these tools to improve performance in both beef and dairy herds.
Outside of work he enjoys watching and playing rugby, as well as exploring Cornwall with his wife and their dog.
Ruth Shackleton - Veterinary Surgeon
Mobile: 07756 871062
Ruth is a farmer's daughter from Somerset who joined us in September 2023 after graduating from Surrey university earlier in the year.
Having grown up on a farm with a Limousin suckler herd as well as a small commercial flock of sheep, Ruth has always enjoyed working with farm animals. Following her final year rotations, including a flock health special elective up in Northumberland, she realised that farm only vetting is where her interests lie.
Outside of work, Ruth loves being outside, whether it be mountain biking, surfing or just hiking, and she recently joined Helston Woman's rugby team.
Toni George - Veterinary Technician & Reception
Toni is a local Mullion girl, probably known to many of you. She has an animal management level 3 qualification.
Toni has a passion for calf rearing, and enjoys working with the vets and with farmers in improving young stock health. Toni is a registered mobility scorer to help dairy farmers monitor and prevent lameness on farm.
Toni helps with reception, out on farms and with medicine deliveries and manages the TB testing admin.
Toni is a keen rider and enjoys looking after her pet dogs Jasper, Lexi, Billy and Minnie.
Rachael Bromage - Veterinary Technician & Reception
Rachael and her partner work on their family farm; including suckler cattle and Rachael's passion: her flock of Lleyn sheep.
Rachael has her own equine photography business: Rachael Bromage Photography. She has kindly providing us with some pictures for the website and for promotional purposes. She also has experience in calf rearing on a block calving dairy farm.
Rachael helps with reception, out on farms, medicine deliveries and assists the vets with TB testing. She will also be helping with stock management.
Leeza Williams - Accounts Manager & Reception
Leeza manages the practice accounts and invoicing, and is with us on a Monday morning and on the first working day of the month.
Leeza is also local to the area, growing up in Truro and being an active member of Threemilestone YFC and Helston & St. Keverne YFC. She is married to a local farmer with whom she has established a pedigree jersey herd.
Leeza is actively involved in the Cornish Jersey Club and holds the position of Treasurer. Her other interests include country sports, netball and rugby.
With over 28 years office experience, the latter 23 years as Office Manager overseeing the day to day running of businesses.
Jo Ferris - Reception
Jo joined the team in 2022 after working in a primary school for the last 21 years, and ran her own successful florist in Helston before that.
Jo has been married to a dairy farmer for 36 years and has three sons. Jo helps with the paperwork and running on the farm business, so has a good understanding of all aspects of livestock farming.
In her spare time, Jo enjoys swimming, watching sports and socialising.