Will founded Avivets in 2016 through his drive to provide independent, professional veterinary services to the industry he is passionate about. Will has spent all of his career as a poultry and gamebird vet finding a special interest in gamebird breeding, pullet rearing and free range layers. Will holds post graduate certificates in Poultry Production and Management from Harper Adams University, and Veterinary Business Management with the University of Liverpool. He gained a distinction from the renowned Pirbright Poultry Health Course and is currently studying for a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with the Royal Veterinary College. Previously, Will has guest lectured at both the University of Nottingham and University of Surrey vet schools and is also a LANTRA qualified trainer/instructor. Will is a qualified Official Veterinarian for avian exports and sits on the RSPCA’s technical standards advisory board. He was recently appointed as the veterinary advisor for the NFU Poultry Board.
BVMedSci BVM BVS (hons) MRCVS
After keeping poultry from a young age, including breeding and showing, Sam decided to go straight into a career as a poultry vet after graduating from The University of Nottingham Veterinary School in July 2019. Throughout vet school, aside from being well known as ‘chicken boy’, Sam gained many placements in poultry including an externship at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Centre, University of Georgia, USA! He has been very interested in all elements of the poultry farming industry and has gained a vast amount of knowledge from working with Avivets!
Poultry isn’t his only passion; when not in practice Sam enjoys playing tennis, producing vegetables in the garden and hitting the gym! He grew up in hilly West Yorkshire so is always looking to get out and conquer some climbs on the road bike too.
BVM BVS (hons) BVMed Sci (hons)
Suzy started her veterinary career in 2014 after graduating from Nottingham University. An internship in poultry medicine quickly led onto a full-time position as a poultry vet, mainly working in Shropshire and the surrounding area. This proved great experience for Suzy and she gained a broad overview of what poultry medicine has to offer during this time.
Moving home to Cumbria allowed Suzy to pursue a role in poultry data science which has helped shape her clinical approach, especially when working with broiler farmers. Her family are involved in free-range egg production so an interest in this sector has naturally evolved.
Days off are well spent looking after her young son who is very “supportive” of her blooming passion for gardening. Watching Formula 1 is something she and her husband enjoy when there is time.
Sara is our practice supervisor who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice. Sara oversees the logistics of Chris’s deliveries, processes product orders and runs the office. She particularly enjoys seeing clients that visit the practice. Sara has previously worked in veterinary nursing and laboratories and therefore brings great experience to the team. Outside of work Sara is a keen gardener, she enjoys long walks, and spending time with her husband and cat, Rascal.
Chris is a retired pig farmer and so really understands the importance of farm management and biosecurity. Chris is responsible for product delivery and sample collection. He prides himself on a rapid and reliable delivery and collection service. Chris is a family man who now enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, having retired from pig farming.