Cattle in Pasture

Our Team

Veterinary Staff

B Vet Med MRCVS - Director

Rob qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1988. He spent his first 5 years traveling the length and breadth of Britain looking for a job he liked. He eventually decided to settle in his home area of Abergavenny and in 1993 joined Abbey Vets.

In 2008 he demerged the farm side of Abbey vets to set up Farm First Veterinary Services. Rob’s veterinary interests are fertility work (including bull and ram fertility), infectious diseases and nutrition. He also has an interest in parasitology and recently has been invited to join the COWS (control of worms sustainably) stakeholder group. 

In his spare time, Rob enjoys travel, running and pottering about on his 30 acres pretending to be a farmer!

Email: rob.smith@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Robert Smith
rob.smith@farmfirstvets.co.uk
07971 654470

B Vet Med MRCVS - Director

Jane grew up in Carmarthen and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990. Since then she has worked in predominantly farm animal practices, mostly close to the river Usk, including 6 years at Abbey Vets. In 2005 she joined the VLA, investigating and diagnosing disease in farm animals, but decided to return to farm practice in 2009 and came back to work with Rob at Farm First. Since then she has joined Rob as one of the directors of the practice. Jane is a DairyCo mastitis plan deliverer and is interested in fertility work and infectious disease control. She lives on a beef and sheep farm with her partner Mike. In her spare time, Jane enjoys riding her 2 horses, and competes in a sport called Le Trec, also known as “getting lost on horseback”. Other interests include walking and playing the violin in the local orchestra.

Email: jane.anscombe@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Jane Anscombe
jane.anscombe@farmfirstvets.co.uk
07968 334501

BVMS MRCVS - Director

​Vicki has recently become a Director of the practice and joins Rob & Jane in their head positions. Vicki graduated from the University of Glasgow Vet School in 2011 and has worked at Farm First ever since and in 2021 became a director.  She comes from a family run farm in the South-West of Scotland where they have dairy, sheep and also produce beef suckler heifers. Her father is very disappointed that both Vicki and her sister-in-law are both farm vets yet he still has to pay his own vet!  Vicki is keen in all aspects of farm animal veterinary work but is particularly interested in sheep health and production, calf health and has discovered a real joy in working with camelids.  When she is not at work she can be found riding her horse Bronwen or walking her dog Gin (named after another favourite activity!). Due to Covid, Vicki and her partner Dan had to cancel their wedding so you may notice her name change in the near future. Vicki was an active young member of Usk Young Farmers Club and is still involved as a club leader
Email: victoria.fisher@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Vicki Fisher
victoria.fisher@farmfirstvets.co.uk
07837 214004

BVMS MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

Andrew graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2007, and worked for six months in the farm animal department there as an intern. He then worked at a mixed practice in Northern Ireland, which is where he grew up. After a year of mixed practice he began to realise that he didn't really enjoy small animal work, and was keen to pursue a farm animal only job. This brought him to Abergavenny and Farm First Vets where he has been ever since.

He enjoys all aspects of farm animal work (except TB testing!), especially surgery and bovine lameness and he is a AHDB/Healthy Feet accredited mobility mentor.

Outside work he is married to Ana and has three young boys and two small dogs, much to his embarrassment (Ana’s choice!). Spare time tends to be spent with his family but he does try and find some time to follow the football, namely Liverpool, and obviously the Six Nations when it comes around. The last few years have not been kind to an Irish man living in Wales but he continues to hope for better! He also enjoys reading, going to the cinema and he is a member of Cornerstone evangelical church in Abergavenny.

Email: andrew.maxwell@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Andrew Maxwell
andrew.maxwell@farmfirstvets.co.uk
07721 531167

MA Vet MB MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon.

Hilary qualified from Cambridge in 1994 and has been in mixed general practice in Usk ever since. Having found a local sheep and beef farmer to marry, she has a particular interest in preventative health care and medicine of sheep and sucklers. She has been a long term member of the Sheep Veterinary Society and NSA and really enjoys running farmer meetings and up until recently ran a Sheep Discussion Group with Farming Connect.

 

Besides farming and ferrying teenagers around in her spare time, she enjoys gardening, walking and Pilates.​

BA Vet MB MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

Constance graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 2018. Hailing from South Pembrokeshire, the move to Monmouthshire was a welcome return to Wales. After two years as a mixed vet in Usk, she took the opportunity to pursue full time farm animal vetting at Farm First Vets in August 2020. She has thoroughly enjoyed the move and enjoys (almost!) all aspects of the job, but has a particular interest in camelids and small ruminants, with a soft spot for goats! Outside of work her life is mostly ruled by the ever growing menagerie – attempting to exhaust two never-tiring spaniels Elsie and Twiglet, having her gardening efforts undone by the latest additions – 5 hens, and having her cooking efforts critiqued by Malcolm and Mr Crinkles the cats. And when they all get too much, she goes and helps on farms in her spare time, because is there such a thing as too much time spent with sheep?!

BVM BVS MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

 

​Lucy qualified from the University of Nottingham in July 2020. Studying agriculture at college and working on a sheep and beef farm in her home county of Hampshire gave her the passion to apply for Vet School. She enjoys the variation of farm animal work, particularly sheep health and production, and calf health.  Outside of work Lucy enjoys travelling, visiting friends, kayaking, hiking and rugby.

BVSc MRCVS - VETERINARY SURGEON

Eleri graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011. Working as a mixed vet in Monmouth for 2.5years, before moving to Neath for 7years. Born and bred on a family run hill farm in Hirwaun, Mid. Glamorgan, she found mixed practice wasn’t the veterinary future she wanted. Keen to pursue a farm only position, Eleri joined Farm First Vets in January 2021. She enjoys all aspects of farm veterinary work but is keen to progress in the dairy side. She especially enjoys fertility work including bull and ram fertility, infectious disease control, surgery, wound management and is also working towards becoming an AHDB Healthy Feet accredited Mobility Mentor.

In her spare time, you will usually find Eleri at home, helping on the family farm, where she keeps a small flock of Texel sheep. She also enjoys exploring the local countryside, baking and running. 

TB Testers

MRCVS - TB Tester

Chema was born and grew up in a rural village surrounded by animals in southeast Spain, where he developed a passion for animal care. That enthusiasm led to him graduating with a Veterinary
degree from the University of Murcia in 2015. While he was at the university, he volunteered at a
small animal hospital in Lisbon in Portugal for 2 years as an Erasmus student. During his studies he developed an interest in public health and nutrition. In addition to the university degree, he worked as a junior veterinary developer in an aquiculture company, focusing on animal nutrition by the use of microalgae. He continued to study this subject and gained his Master’s Degree in Aquiculture at the University of Cadiz. After that he worked with pigs in the animal reproduction department of the University of Murcia.


Chema enjoys travelling and discovering new experiences. He also loves trekking,
photography and playing the guitar during his free time.


Email: jose.maria@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Office Staff

Office Manager/Financial Co-ordinator

Natalie is a local farmer’s daughter who joined Abbey Vets back in 2003. She moved with Farm First Vets in 2008, after having a four month sabbatical where she travelled throughout New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.

She is our financial officer, but was recently promoted to office manager. Outside of work she enjoys regularly competing and hunting her home-produced horses, as well as helping out on the family hill farm. Recently she has diversified into showing sheep and has been spotted in the ring accompanied by some Badger-Faced sheep.


Email: natalie.parsons@farmfirstvets.co.uk

TB Coordinator

Tracy joined Farm First Vets in February 2010. Along with reception and admin duties Tracy is our TB Administrator dealing with the TB Testing and liaising closely with APHA.

Outside of work Tracy enjoys spending time with her partner Wayne and their daughter Carys. They have a small stud breeding Welsh Ponies of Cob Type (Section C’s) which they show successfully at county level. They also keep a flock of South Welsh Mountain and Badger Faced Sheep which Carys enjoys showing locally.



Email: tracy.morris@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Receptionist/ Vet Tech

Elinor joined the team in 2015 with an interest for farm animals. Elinor's job role at Farm First is mainly pharmacy and in house lab work, however she is also trained up as a Vet Tech, which enables her to go out on farm to help vets with operations and calf tracker.

 

She is also Roms registered which enables her to do Mobility Scoring out on farm. 

 

Outside of work she enjoys agility and scent work with her spaniel, walking her dogs, hacking her horse and adventures on her paddleboard. 



Email: elinor.bowen@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Receptionist

Emily joined the practice as a receptionist in January 2020. As a farmers daughter, she has lots of experience of the farming industry although she much prefers horses! Additionally she has a degree in Equine Therapies and Rehabilitation, and is also a fully qualified Equine Sports and Remedial Massage therapist.

 

In her spare time Emily enjoys riding and competing her horses and going to the gym.



Email: emily.langford@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Receptionist

Olivia joined the practice in November 2020 having worked at a small animal practice near Newport for a year after returning from New Zealand where she was Dairy farming for three years in both the north & south island,she enjoyed skiing in her spare time in the mountains. Olivia is a keen working dog trainer with her two labradors Luna and Wren and hopes to compete them this summer in Gun Dog classes. 


Email: olivia.cresswell@farmfirstvets.co.uk

Senior Administrator

Sarah joined us in December 2020, a farmers daughter with experience in different areas of the agricultural industry from insurance, auctioneers clerk & as Gwent YFC County Organiser for 6 years and an ex member of Usk YFC. Her role involves practice H & S, Marketing, HR and admin. In her spare time she enjoys hacking her Welsh Section D cob Dafydd in the local countryside as well as walking, watching rugby & horse racing.