Black sheep Farm Health
Joe graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1998, worked in mixed practice based in Alnwick and soon became predominantly a sheep and beef vet with a particular interest in disease prevention
and health planning. After 3 years in New Zealand he returned to Northumberland and became a partner in 2005. In 2007 after a practice merger, he moved to Rothbury where his day to day work
is helping reduce the impact of disease on the sheep and beef farms as well as jointly running the farm division of 12 vets and he was instrumental in importing Smartshot B12 primelamb to the UK
from New Zealand.
Joe passed the certificate in sheep health and production in 2011. He has been on the Sheep veterinary society committee and helped develop the pre breeding ram examination standard protocols in conjunction with Eblex.
Joe has spoken at many national conferences and vet and farmer meetings including BCVA congress, XL vets national farm meetings, Vet trust conference and the International Sheep Veterinary Congress, to name a few and in 2014 became a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in sheep health and production.
In 2018 Joe left Northumbria and went to Colorado state vet school to see vet work on large cow and calf ranching units as well as visiting intensive feedlots, and then joined the Partnership of Black
sheep farm health – western Europe’s only farm vet practice with no dairy clients based in Rothbury.
Outside work Joe is married and has 3 children and runs a farm with 130 ewes and 120 cattle.