Mark Howells, M.A., Vet.M.B., D.B.R. (Dist.), M.R.C.V.S. – Director.

Mark qualified from Cambridge in 1986, and spent fifteen years in farm practice in the Derbyshire Peak district, the Dales, Easingwold and Helmsley. In 2000, Mark and his wife and business partner, Christine, set up the practice. He has a special interest in dairy cow fertility and gained a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 1996.  Mark spends much of his time running the expanding pig and poultry branch of the practice, but always enjoys seeing our cattle and sheep farmers.

Christine Howells, M.A., Vet.M.B., PG Cert (SAM), M.R.C.V.S. – Director.

Christine qualified from Cambridge in 1987 and following six years in mixed practice settled in to a purely small animal career.  She gained a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2006 and has recently attained the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She  is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine. Christine runs the small animal side of our practice.

George Alexander, B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S.

George qualified from London in 2000 and joined us in 2010, after 2 years in dairy practice in Lancashire and several years of farm practice in New Zealand. George is experienced in all areas of general veterinary practice and has particular interest in sheep, beef and dairy work including mastitis control planning.

Roman Idzinski M.R.C.V.S. – Specialised Poultry Vet

Roman joined us in January 2012 as our specialised poultry vet. He originally qualified in 1994 at Olsztyn University in Poland and  moved to England with his family in 2004. Roman provides continuous comprehensive services for our poultry clients and is your first point of call if you have poultry related enquiry. Look out for Roman’s regular poultry newsletter for topical information.

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William Hersey, B. Vet. Med.  (hons), M.R.C.V.S.

William studied in London and graduated in 2013. He worked in mixed practice in Evesham, dealing mainly with small animals before joining the team at Howells in 2014. Enjoying all aspects of mixed practice, William has been working closely with Roman and Dan to develop the poultry side of the business in which he has a strong interest. William regularly consults and performs routine and emergency small animal surgery and is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists, using acupuncture as part of the practice’s multi-pronged approach to pain relief. When not working, William enjoys walking his dogs, shooting and flying birds of prey.

John Carr B.V.Sc., Ph.D., D.P.M., DiplE.C.P.H.M., M.R.C.V.S. – Specialised Pig Vet

John started learning the ropes about pigs at the age of 11.  He qualified as a veterinarian in 1982.  After 5 years in general practice he returned to university to complete a Leverhulme residency in pigs and his PhD in urinary tract problems of pigs at Liverpool specializing in microbiology and pathology.   He has taught production medicine at several universities: UK; Liverpool and Royal Veterinary College, London, US; North Carolina and Iowa State and in  Western Australia at Murdoch.  John runs a consultancy practice with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.   John specialises in maintaining the health of pigs through promoting excellence in stockmanship and production practices.

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Tom Woods, BVM, BVS, M.R.C.V.S.

Tom graduated from Nottingham in 2015 and has worked at Howells since then. Tom enjoys all areas of mixed practice, but particularly enjoys working with cattle. He performs regular routine dairy fertility visits and is the practice AHDB Mastitis Control Plan deliverer. He has a special interest in calf rearing and bovine mastitis.

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Ellie Button, BA Hons, Vet MB, M.R.C.V.S.

Ellie graduated from Cambridge in 2006 and worked in mixed practice, first in Lancashire and then in Huddersfield. After a spell as a small animal locum she returned to Cambridge University, this time as a member of staff, teaching farm animal clinical skills to final year vet students. Ellie joined Howells in January 2016 and, alongside clinical work, she is responsible for delivering cattle and sheep training including client evenings and practical teaching such as lambing courses. Ellie’s particular interests are calf rearing and cattle infectious disease and she has completed four of six modules towards her Advanced Certificate in Cattle Medicine.

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Luke Ramsden BVM&S MANZCVS (Dairy Medicine) M.R.C.V.S.

Luke, originally from York, qualified from Edinburgh University in 2010 after which he spent 5 years working in mixed practice in Victoria, Australia. After 2 years locuming around the UK,  he has returned to his North Yorkshire roots. Luke is a mixed practice vet but particularly loves all things cattle and achieved his memberships in Dairy Medicine by examination in 2015 from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Luke enjoys helping farmers prevent and solve herd health issues on farm, with particular interests in mastitis, bull fertility and bovine surgery. Outside the ‘office’ he enjoys all things sport especially football, rugby and AFL. He also can be found snowboarding, mountain biking, walking or trying to catch a fish.

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Claire Kilburn,  BVSc,  M.R.C.V.S.

Claire qualified from Liverpool University in 2013. She spent 2 years working in mixed practice in South Cumbria before joining Howells. Claire enjoys all aspects of mixed practice particularly dairy, beef and sheep work. She also has a specific interest in small animal surgery. When not in work Claire enjoys playing badminton and walking with her Labrador ‘Lizzie’.

Nikki Cree, BVM & S, M.R.C.V.S.

After graduating from The University of Edinburgh in July 2015 Nikki spent two and a half years in mixed practice in Northallerton, North Yorkshire before joining us in 2018.  Although Nikki truly enjoys the variation of working in a mixed practice her specific interests lie within sheep medicine in particular flock health and production, however she is also passionate about small animal and exotic medicine & surgery. When not at work Nikki can often be found racing huskies or caring for the rest of the menagerie at home.

Peter Neilson

Peter Neilson, BVM, BVS, M.R.C.V.S.

Peter qualified from Nottingham in 2017 and joined us in October. He enjoys all aspects of mixed practice with particular interests in production animal medicine, small animal and equine medicine.



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Alex Roots, BVM, BVS, M.R.C.V.S.

Alex graduated from Nottingham University in 2017 and joined the practice shortly after. Alex enjoys all aspects of mixed practice, with special interests in production animal medicine.