The FVS team is based at Rutland Veterinary Centre in Uppingham, but we spend most of our time out on farm.
Director / Veterinary Surgeon
Mike Thorne BVSc CertCHP MRCVS - Director / Veterinary Surgeon
Originally from Zimbabwe, Mike began working in the UK at a vet practice in Shropshire, before joining one of the major animal health companies as a cattle veterinary adviser. In 2005, he returned to practice and set up Farm Vet Solutions. Mike specialises in dairying and holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production.
Mike, (along with Andrew Moss) also holds a helicopter pilot’s licence, and can make some client visits or emergency call-outs, by air.
Mike is now spending parts of the year in Zimbabwe, working with a local vet practice near Victoria Falls.
Mossy graduated from Reading University in 2002 with a BSc in Land Management, before heading north to Liverpool to complete a BVSc, graduating in 2009. After growing up in Berkshire, Mossy now lives in Uppingham, and enjoys the cattle side of the practice, especially the medicine and surgery.
Mossy, like Mike Thorne, has a helicopter pilot’s licence and makes some of his client visits, or emergency call-outs, by air.
A keen motorcyclist, Andrew has travelled all over Europe on his beloved two wheels.
Henry grew up in Leicestershire and, on graduating from the Royal Vet College in London in 2007, he moved back to work at FVS. He is involved with both small and large animal work. He is especially interested in exotic animals and his patient list includes camelids and reindeer. Henry has several horses and spends his free time eventing around the country.
Rachel graduated from Nottingham University in the summer of 2012 and joined FVS in September of the same year. Rachel now manages the Market Harborough branch and enjoys working as a mixed practitioner.
Recently Rachel spent a couple of months in New Zealand visiting veterinary practices and farms enabling her to experience the livestock industry on a much larger scale.
Outside of work she enjoys training and competing in triathlons, as well as making cakes!
Lee is originally from Nuneaton, he graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013. He worked in mixed practice in Melton Mowbray for 3 years, and was mostly involved with dairy clients, before moving to FVS in early 2016. Lee enjoys all aspects of large animal practice.
Outside of work, Lee can be found playing cricket, or at Welford Road supporting Leicester Tigers. Lee lives with his partner Rosie, who is a small animal vet, and their two dogs Murphy and Bollo.
Harriet was born in the Welland Valley in Leicestershire, she graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2008. She worked for a couple of years in practice before heading off to work in Australia and New Zealand for 8 months. On returning to the UK she worked in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire before joining FVS in spring 2014. She is especially interested in calf management, and takes on all aspects of large animal work.
Harriet is married to Joe, a dairy farmer. She enjoys travelling, riding her horses and walking her 3 dogs.
Max graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006, then moved back to Nottinghamshire to work as a large animal vet until 2012. During this time he was responsible for a separate game bird and poultry practice covering the Eastern counties.
Max moved to Devon in 2012 to lead a brand new large animal practice, working out of a large agri-retail store. He returned to the East Midlands in July 2015 to join FVS as a full-time farm vet based at the Melton branch. His interests are across all aspects of dairy, beef and sheep health, as well as game birds.
Any free time is generally spent running his farm shoot and having a few games of cricket in the summer.
Born in Valladolid, Alvaro studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and graduated as a vet in 2013.
Having already spent time with dairy and pig vets in Spain, he then moved to the UK to pursue his interest in working with farm animals. He joined the FVS team in March 2014 as a part-time TB tester also working with another XLVets practice.
In January of 2015, Alvaro took up a full time role at FVS. He now also carries out clinical work on farms, in addition to TB testing.
Alvaro is interested in all aspects of cattle veterinary work, particularly medicine and nutrition.
Alvaro used to play lots of football, rugby and tennis, but now just plays a bit of football! He also enjoys travel: exploring new places and meeting people from other cultures.
Marcos graduated as a vet from Universidad de Extremadura in Spain in 2015. After spending time both in small animal practice and working with beef cattle, in Spain and Portugal, he moved to the UK to pursue his interest in working here as a vet. He joined the FVS team in August 2016.
Marcos is one of FVS’ TB testers, and also spends one day a week carrying out small animal surgery for the Rutland Vet Centre in Uppingham.
Marcos plays football for the first team at Uppingham Town FC. He enjoys running and has completed the Amsterdam marathon. He also enjoys travel, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as English.
Kirsty originally joined FVS in 2013, after completing a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture. She then took a year out gaining some valuable farm experience, before re-joining the practice in November 2016.
Kirsty’s main role at the practice is now Farm VetTech - visiting farms to carry out mobility scoring, faecal egg counting, blood testing, and also carrying out fresh cow checks and barren ewe blood checks. She is also supporting farmers enlisted onto the Calf Tracker scheme.
In her spare time Kirsty enjoys spending time with her two horses, as well as running and swimming.
Robyn qualified from Hartpury College in Gloucestershire in 2013 with a BSc Hons degree in Bio-Veterinary Science. She joined Rutland Veterinary Centre in October 2015 as a Veterinary Support Assistant, before moving to the large animal team in February 2016.
Currently, Robyn’s main role at the practice is that of booking TB and farm visits, and taking medicines orders. However, she is also training to become a Farm VetTech alongside Kirsty Black. Robyn will then be able to carry out mobility scoring, faecal egg counting, blood testing, as well as fresh cow checks and barren ewe blood checks. In addition, she will be supporting farmers enlisted onto the Calf Tracker scheme.
Robyn spends her spare time with her two ponies and walking her two dogs.
Rowena originally joined Rutland Veterinary in 2012, as a receptionist. However, since then she has become more involved with supporting the FVS team, gaining further knowledge of livestock farming, along the way.
Rowena now supports the farm vets, organising their diaries for routine fertility visits, flock/herd health visits, and general farm visits. She also organises the deliveries of medicines onto farms.
Rowena spends her spare time outdoors with her family, camping and exploring new places.
Sarah Warner - Senior Receptionist (Market Harborough branch)
Sarah joined the FVS team in 2015 when the Market Harborough branch opened at Langton Garden Centre.
Sarah liaises with the Melton-based FVS team to arrange farm visits and also places medicines orders on behalf of local farm clients which can then be collected from the Market Harborough branch.
Sarah is studying to gain an SQP qualification in Farm + Companion products, and hopes to qualify in 2017, after which she will also be able to provide advice on VPS products to local farmers.
Outside of work, Sarah is always busy on the family farm with pedigree Charolais cattle, horses and dogs. She enjoys showing the cattle at county shows and helping her daughter eventing with her horses.