Meet the Farm Animal Team

Julia James MA VetMB MRCVS – Practice Partner

  • Farm animal vet with 26 years’ experience in all farm species covering emergency medicine and surgery as well as preventative health planning
  • Farm Animal Partner at Larkmead Veterinary Group since 2001
  • Graduated from Cambridge University in 1996. MAVet MB with merits in farm animal medicine and equine medicine. Awarded “Final Year Student of the Year” prize, 1996 and John Walton Prize from the Pig Veterinary Society 1996
  • Lifetime experience with livestock on family farm (200 cattle)
  • Member of the British Modern Pentathlon Team 1990-98 and medallist at European and World Championships
  • Preventative medicine approach to herd management and specific  cattle veterinary skills in: ultrasound and manual pregnancy diagnosis; cattle surgery; bull semen analysis
  • Centre vet for UK’s largest AI breeding company in charge of three studs and their isolation facilities
  • Part of Larkmead Veterinary Group pig team advising on preventative health and management for over 30,000 breeding sows and their associated weaners, growers and finishers across the south of England
  • Part of the team chosen to deliver the Pig Health Improvement Programme  in conjunction with BPEX
  • Delivered numerous training events for farm owners and stockmen on a variety of veterinary health and livestock management topics
  • Module 1 NVS qualified
  • Delivery of NFU herd health planning
Veterinary Industry Positions
  • Member of Farm Executive for XLVets
  • Director of Vetscore Ltd
  • Royal Counties Veterinary Association Committee member
  • Member of the panel of Riding School Inspectors
  • BPEX assessor
  • Publications in professional journals and industry press
  • Winner of the Special Achievement Award at the National Pig Awards 2021

Adelle Isaacs BVSc GPcertFAP MRCVS - Practice Partner

  • Primarily a cattle vet, with 15 years’ post-graduation experience at Larkmead Veterinary Group
  • Graduated from University of Bristol in 2007 (distinction in farm animal medicine)
  • XL Vets Prize for Clinical Excellence (July 2009)
  • Holistic and pro-active approach to problem solving on farm as well as preventive medicine
  • Keen interest and current training in dairy nutrition, fertility, lameness, mastitis and heifer management
  • Skilled in health and productivity planning utilising farm data and current costings; cattle surgery including caesarian section, displaced abomasum correction, umbilical hernia repair, digit amputation; ultrasound and manual pregnancy diagnosis; teat end scoring; mobility scoring; body condition scoring
  • Hosted client training on calf scour, bovine respiratory disease, care of the freshly calved cow and somatic cell count monitoring
Post Graduate Qualifications
  • GPcertFAP (July 2010) General Practitioners certificate in Farm Animal Practice from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Study. Including specific modules on
  • Dairy Herd Fertility
  • Dairy Nutrition
  • Mastitis and the milking machine
  • Cattle lameness and practical foot trimming
Further Professional Training
  • Feeding the Dairy Cow Level 1 (2011)
  • The Use of Total Vet (2011)
  • Dairy Co Mastitis Control Plan (2011)
  • Embryonics 3 day Dutch method foot trimming course (2010)
  • NFU herd health planning (2010)
  • Lantra Train the Trainer (2010)
  • Volac Heifer Rearing Conference (2009)
  • Herd Health Planning, Scottish Agricultural College (2008)


Liz Bennett BVM&S MRCVS  

  • A large animal vet with 15 years of experience with all farm animals and horses
  • Graduated from Royal Dick School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1997 (with Merit and prize for Best Student at the Large Animal Practice)
  • Interest in genuine mixed large animal work and skilled in surgery including caesarean section, LDA correction using toggle, wound management, pig vasectomies and also in pig bleeding
  • Member of the panel of Riding School Inspectors
  • Further training in Named Veterinary Surgeon work for laboratory animal establishments
  • Has hosted client training events on the use of veterinary medicines
  • BPEX BPHS abattoir inspector
Post graduate Qualifications
  • Training and Development Lead Body (TBLB) qualification in internal verification (D34) for the assessment and training of student veterinary nurses (April-June 2000) and actively involved in veterinary nurse training 2000-2006.
Further Professional Training
  • Module 5 training for Lab Animals (2009)
  • Named Vet course, Newcastle University (2005)
  • Module 4 training for Lab Animals (2003)
  • Module 1 training for Lab Animals (2003)
  • BEVA Riding School Inspections courses (2002 and 2007)
  • BEVA Equine Pre Purchase Examination course (2000)
  • Regular attendance at RCVA (regional division of BVA) clinical meetings on a wide variety of topics (1999-to date) and Treasurer for RCVA.



Claerwen Randolph BVSc CertCHP GPcertFAP MRCVS

  • Primarily a cattle vet, with 23 years’ experience
  • Graduated from University of Bristol in 1999 with prize in farm animal medicine
  • Can offer preventative medicine  planning and advice as well as emergency medicine and surgery
  • Keen interest in herd health, mastitis prevention, fertility, lameness, nutrition, heifer management
  • Proactive approach to herd health and productivity using farm data from Interherd, Interherd Plus, Total Vet, Mastitis Control Plan, Sainsbury’s (Dairy Met),  Westfalia and Herd Companion programs
  • Also skilled in: ultrasound and manual pregnancy diagnosis; cattle surgery; bull soundness examinations and semen analysis; teat end scoring, mobility scoring, body condition scoring
  • Experienced provider of client training 
Post Graduate Qualifications
  • Cert CHP - RCVS certificate in Cattle Health and Production (2008).
  • GPcertFAP (2006) general practitioners certificate in Farm Animal Practice from the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Study. Including modules on
  • Dairy herd fertility
  • Dairy nutrition
  • Mastitis and the milking machine
  • Cattle lameness and practical foot trimming
  • Further Professional Training
  • NFU herd health planning 2010
  • Dairyco Mastitis Control Plan user since commencement in 2006
  • Feeding the dairy cow level 1 (2005), level 2 (2006)
  • Herd health planning (BCVA, Whitegold, NFU)
  • Use of Total Vet, Interherd, Interherd Plus, BCVA herd health plan, Quality Milk Manager
  • Dutch method foot trimming (2006)
  • Advanced ultrasound and AI in Cattle practical (2005)
  • Embryo transfer 2005
  • Regular attendance at industry conferences, especially BCVA, as part of CPD

Max Wood BVetMedSci(Hons) BVM BVS MRCVS – Practice Partner

  • Winner of Young Farm Vet of the Year at the 2020 National Pig Awards
  • Graduated from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in 2012.
  • Interested in all aspects of large animal medicine but especially pig medicine and production.

Bella Maine BVetMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS - Practice Partner


  • Graduated from the University of Nottingham 2016
  • Interested in all areas of farm animal practice, with a particular interest in dairy work and camelids




  • Graduated from the University of Cambridge 2010
  • Working in mixed practice in the Scottish Highlands before completing a three-year residency in Farm Animal Health & 
  • Production at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Working in farm animal practice in Somerset before joining Larkmead Veterinary Group in January 2017.
  • Particularly interested in sheep and goats; member of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management, Sheep Veterinary Society (committee member) and Goat Veterinary Society.

Julian Slater BVSc DBR MRCVS

Julian has been one of the partners at our neighbouring practice, Donnington Grove Vets (previously known as O'Gorman, Slater and Main) having worked there for the past 32 years.  He joined Larkmead in June 2017 and continues to work with his farm clients mainly in the Berkshire area.



Sarah graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2004 and following time spent working in the South of England has settled locally on her husband’s farm near Chinnor. She joined Larkmead in January 2021.

She is interested in all aspects of farm practice including health planning and youngstock health & management



Reece Holgate BVetMed MRCVS 

Reece graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2019 and joined Larkmead after graduation. He is a mixed Animal Vet (spending a couple of days a week with the Small Animal Team) with interests in all aspects of veterinary medicine, particularly cattle fertility and small animal surgery. Reece is Larkmead's Qualified AI Technician. 

William Davey BVM BVS BVMedSci MRCVS

Will graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016. He spent 5 years working as a farm vet in North Oxfordshire and Warwickshire before joining the Larkmead team in September 2021.
He has an interest in all aspects of large animal practice.


Stefan Maftei MRCVS 

Stefan joined Larkmead in 2020 and is our regular TB Tester. 

Practice Consultants


Jane - Practice Co-ordinator

Jane is one of Larkmead's 4 practice co-ordinators with specific responsibility for the large animal office team.

Jo - Senior Office Administration

Jo joined the team in 2019 and works in the office full time Monday to Friday helping with all aspects of administration. 

Susan - Office Administration

Susan is involved in all aspects of the farm office and is responsible for the equine client accounts.


Martha - Office Administration

Martha carries out secretarial duties, including producing newsletters and typing reports and letters for the vets when required. She also co-ordinates the diary for the pig vet visits and processes the visit reports and paperwork.


Natalie - Office Administration

Natalie joined the team in 2021 and works in the office full time Monday to Friday helping with all aspects of administration.