We would like to introduce two new members to our vet team, Sophie & Hannah. They both graduated from Nottingham in July, Sophie will be based at Wantage and Hannah will be based at Thame. We thank you in advance for the warm welcome we know you will all give them both on farm.
Introducing the Vet Team
Evan David BVSc BA MRCVS (director)
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Evan David was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up there until 1986 when the family moved to Aberdaron in North Wales for a year’s sabbatical. It was during this time he started working on a neighbouring beef and sheep farm, and continued to do this every summer until graduating from Liverpool University Veterinary School in 2003. During his studies at Liverpool much of his work experience took place on large Dairy Farms in Northern California, which is sometimes shortened to NorCal by locals. This was invaluable experience in modern, large scale dairy farming.
After graduating as a Vet from Liverpool, Evan’s first job was a farm vet in Somerset which he held for 2 years until he and his wife Clare decided to move back closer to family in Marlow. Evan then worked as a farm vet for Hall Place Vets in Marlow who were then bought out by Larkmead Veterinary Group shortly afterwards, hence his move there. Evan’s progressive, friendly, common sense, hands-on approach to veterinary work, won a lot of respect from the farming community in the area.
In 2010, Evan took an offer from H&C Pearce to open a large animal practice on their site. Evan founded NorCal Veterinary Services in November 2010 to provide farmers in the area with a high quality relationship-based veterinary service.
He is husband to Clare, and a Father to three. Outside interests were football, water-skiing, surfing.
Jono Cooper BVM BVS BVMedSci MRCVS
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Jono graduated from Nottingham University in July 2011, and took up his first post with Evan 3 days later, having spent many weeks seeing pracitce with him as a student. Son of a Dairy farmer, and Berkshire born and bred, he was fortunate to already know the area well. After 2 years at NorCal, curiosity got the better of him and he moved to Yorkshire to further his knowledge of Poultry medicine and experience cattle farming in a TB4! During his time in the North, Jono worked at a large cattle practice, alongside being the principle on site vet for a large progressive beef enterprise. Jono regards this time as some of the most valuable in his career, and believes it has given him an tremendous insight into the practical application of his veterinary knowledge. In 2017 Jono was ready for his next challenge, and could hear home calling. He moved back to Berkshire support his father who now has a herd of Beef Shorthorns, and opened the NorCal Wantage branch.
Jono has a passion for improving animal health and business productivity through well managed animal husbandry. He aims to work with clients on a personal level to maximise profit and output through their system by truly understanding its foundations.
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Alex joined Norcal in September 2017 from Romania. Alex will be mainly seen on farm doing routine TB testing. He is especially interested in equine work.
Jo Holt BSc BVSc MRCVS
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Jo graduated in 2013 from the University of Liverpool and previous to this completed a degree in Animal Science at the University of Nottingham. She joined Norcal in October 2014 after working in mixed practice in the Cotswolds. Jo is a local girl, having grown up around Waddesdon, she knows the area well. Much to many clients disappointments Jo now works for us on a part-time basis allowing her time with her little boy Jack and to support the farm at home. Outside work, when she is not farming, Jo keeps fit by going to bootcamp sessions and training for half marathons. She also enjoys catching up with friends over a good cup of tea, a biscuit or a large glass of wine after a hard day at work.
Rebecca Collins BVetMed MRCVS
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Rebecca graduated from RVC in July 2018 before joining Norcal as her first job. Originally from Twickenham she wanted a lifestyle change once she discovered her love of farm animals throughout her time at university. Currently looking to get involved in all aspects of farm animal medicine! When she’s not working she enjoys swimming and catching up with friends!
Sophie Wilson BVM BVS MRCVS
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Sophie graduated from the University of Nottingham in July 2019 and joined Norcal the same month. She grew up locally on her family farm and has always enjoyed sheep and cattle work. Sophie is based at the Wantage branch and enjoys all aspects of farm practice, with particular interests in youngstock rearing and lameness. In addition to her veterinary work Sophie farms dairy cattle and sheep in partnership with her husband.
Hannah Martin BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS
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Hannah graduated from Nottingham in July 2019 and really enjoyed farm practice after doing a placement with NorCal in her 3rd year, she just kept coming back! Hannah is from Marlow so fairly local and enjoys all aspects of farm practice, especially surgery. In her spare time she plays netball and competes her horses.
Clare David BVSc MRCVS
Clare David graduated from the University of Liverpool in Veterinary Science in 2003. She has worked in predominantly small animal practice since. She is currently at home looking after the children and running the household. She will be playing a supportive role within the practice and looking after any dog/cat/pet veterinary issues. Game clients may meet her when vaccinating their dogs. She will be supporting Evan on some larger jobs ie routine TB testing.
Dawn and Mel @ Thame
Dawn and Mel are responsible for the drug orders and general administration duties in running the office in Thame. Dawn has been an invaluable staff member since the business was set up. Dawn is a local farmer's wife, with extensive farm knowledge and experience. Mel joined in 2015 and has slotted in seamlessly to the team. Prior to working at NorCal Mel worked on a small farm outside Aylesbury.
Jo and Suzi @ Wantage
Jo and Suzi are responsible for the drug orders and general administration duties in running the office in Wantage.