Meet the team
Sally Wilson BVMS DBR MRCVS
Sally qualified from Glasgow University in 2002 and has practised large animal veterinary medicine ever since. She has worked with practices in Cumbria, New Zealand and Somerset, whilst also completing a short period of time as resident vet at Genus bull stud in Wales. Her area of greatest interest is undoubtedly dairy cattle. Having set up Evolution Farm Vets in 2007, she completed her Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2008. She has steadily developed more interest in the business side of dairy farming and works hard on helping farmers to make their business more successful through improving the herd health side of their enterprise. Much of this is done on-farm in a consultancy role. But, in 2017, Evolution Farm Training was launched. This is another way in which Sally is able to share her knowledge with farmers. She finds improving their skills on-farm very rewarding and the practically-based Farmer Training which is carried out both in the Practice and on-farm is becoming ever more popular.
|Sally is on the Board of Directors for the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) as well as being a registered BCVA Accredited Johnes Adviser and BVD-Free Advisor.|
Evolution is very important to Sally and most of her waking hours are given over to the Practice. But always, running through all that she does, is her devotion to her family. Her ever-supportive husband and her two fantastic children make it all worthwhile (most of the time!)
Whatever spare time is left over is spent at her local CrossFit Box. She is addicted to fitness, runs half marathons on the hills and is always working on her Olympic Lifting in the hope that she may one day do well in some of the CrossFit competitions she insists on entering!
Brendan John MA VetMB MRCVS
Brendan is a person who usually achieves whatever he sets his mind to achieving - and, luckily for Evolution, he decided at some point in his past to become a vet. He went on to qualify from Cambridge in 2009 and has worked in 100% farm animal practice ever since. He joined Evolution as an assistant vet in January 2012 when it was decided quite quickly that, to stop him from ever getting fed up and leaving, he should be made a partner. This aim was fortunately mutual and was achieved in August 2012. As well as being an excellent vet, Brendan has brilliant IT skills (for which we understand we should be thanking his father) and has progressed the practice to heights of record-keeping and communication which were previously mere dreams. He is responsible, amongst much more, for building this web-site and for creating our online-buying facility - which is (so far!) available to clients only.
While he was at university, Brendan met Heidi, decided that she was the one for him and . . . they were married in May 2013, just before Heidi joined us to set up Evolution Equine. Again, this must have been a mutual aim, as Heidi is at least as determined as Brendan! In 2016, they welcomed their daughter, Eliza Rose, who persuaded Heidi that maternity leave was actually enjoyable after all - but who will doubtless lead them many merry dances as she grows older and begins to put her double-dose of determination to good use.
Brendan, like Sally, spends a lot of his "chill-time" still thinking about the practice, but he does find time to indulge his keen interest in cooking (lucky Heidi!). His dream, having raised his first animal to slaughter-weight a while ago, is to own sufficient land on which to raise his own beef.
|Brendan is registered as a BCVA Accredited Johnes Adviser||Brendan is a registered veterinary surgeon for BVDfree England.|
Heidi John BSc MA VetMB MRCVS
Heidi grew up on her grandmother's farm in Cornwall, surrounded by animals. Having completed a Biochemistry degree at Exeter University, she followed quickly with a veterinary degree and qualified from Cambridge in 2008. Working life for Heidi began in a large mixed practice in Norfolk, where she got her first taste of dairy practice while helping the diminishing number of farms in that area to expand and to develop their profitability.
Heidi had met Brendan (see above!) while both were at Cambridge and when Brendan joined Evolution back in 2013, she came with him to Somerset and it was here that her gravitation towards equine work began. After a short spell with a mixed practice (and after she and Brendan were married), Heidi moved to Evolution with the aim of developing our equine section. This she achieved rapidly - and with quite spectacular success. However, she has not forgotten her beginnings and very much enjoys being able to support the farm vets and maintaining involvement with our farm clients.
When not at work Heidi can often be found borrowing horses for hunting around the Quantocks, or walking her whippet lurcher Bluebell.
Ashley Stewart BVetMed MRCVS
Ashley qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and spent the next 36 months working in mixed practice in Devon, doing a lot of both farm and equine work. He enjoyed both types of work and, although his leanings have always been towards equine medicine, was reluctant to lose touch with farm altogether when he moved onto the next step in his career. He also wanted to stay in the West Country and therefore, when he saw Evolution's advert for an equine vet with good farm experience, the position seemed tailor-made. Ashley answered our needs too – an excellent equine vet, more than competent at farm work and keen to keep his hand in . . . we snapped him up!! He joined us in November 2015 and, right from the start, fit easily into the fast-paced life and team spirit that is Evolution.
His father’s life-time dedication to racing has doubtless had a lot to do with Ashley’s abiding interest in horses – not to mention his ambition to one day breed a Cheltenham winner. So, all you race-fans out there – be nice to Ashley when he visits your farm . . . you might one day get a very good tip!
Tom White BVMS MRCVS
Being a farmer’s son and being local, Evolution were very pleased to employ Tom as an assistant farm vet after he spent a year in New Zealand milking cows. Having always wanting to be a farm vet as well as wanting to end up living in his favourite part of the world- The Quantocks, Tom brings to the Practice his desire to work with cattle along with his personable attitude which means he and Evolution are a good fit!
Miles is our practice manager. His is the thankless task of ensuring that the wheels of our busy practice run smoothly – despite our seemingly-best efforts at getting them to run so fast that they drop off! Well-liked by the clients, he gets satisfaction from ensuring that our service is top-notch and takes pride in getting our fortnightly deliveries out on time, with minimum mistakes.
When not working, he can be found on the Quantocks taking photographs or enjoying a ‘wee dram’ (or two) with his farmer-friends . . . unless it’s a skittles night. A skittles night is, of course, for skittles only.
Chosen from a huge number of applicants for her job as Miles' assistant, Jo joined us mid-2013 - and it wasn't long before we wondered how we had ever managed without her! She supports Miles with great efficiency in the day-to-day running of the office ordering meds, taking phone calls, putting up orders - and has also taken on responsibility for checking and paying all of our invoices. Amongst all this, she also manages to fit in almost anything else that is thrown at her during our necessarily-turbulent days.
A person of talents, Jo "treads the boards" at the Town Hall with Bridgwater Pantomime Society and J H Performers (who raise money for local charity Brainwave). She also gives a mean performance as a singer - watch out Whitney!
Although she has lived down here for almost 30 years, you will recognise her on the phone by her Brummie accent. Jo lives in Bridgwater with Ziggy, whom she married in 2017.
Peter is in charge of the smooth running of our storeroom. He puts together your meds orders, makes sure that our shelves contain the necessary stock levels, checks that we do not keep meds beyond their expiry dates – and keeps the place spick and span. Amongst all of this, he also answers the telephone when Jo and Miles are otherwise engaged and books orders to client-accounts. His job is somewhat akin to a juggling act, and needs concentration and organisation . . . possibly not quite the step down from stress and responsibility he envisaged when he left his previous career-path in retail!
Away from work, Peter’s Saturdays are often spent wandering our beautiful countryside with his camera (and perhaps Sarah, his partner!); in winter, he also enjoys beating for local shoots. He follows the MCC British Superbike Championship, going to at least 4 race meets a year and camping out for the full 4 nights each time . . . while looking forward to Monday when he can go home and sleep in his own bed!