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Becky Norton

Becky is a mixed vet working for Hafren Vets. For past the 5 years, whilst at vet school, Becky has worked as a Student Ambassador for the RVC’s recruitment and outreach team. Alongside this role Becky was the RVC representative for the Association of Veterinary Students for 2 years during which time she focused on student welfare and campaigned for better financial support for veterinary students. As a result of this work she was invited to speak as part of a panel at the London Vet Show (2018) to discuss how to better support students during work experience placements.

For the last 3 years of her degree Becky has been student representative for the Welsh Branch of the British Veterinary Association meaning she is the voice representing all veterinary students in the UK and Ireland. Becky has recently been awarded Medic Mentors ‘inspirational speaker award’ for her speech to aspiring veterinary students.

Becky is the driving force behind the experience days; her own experiences struggling to find veterinary work experience before applying to vet school have inspired the courses.

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Matt Launder

Matthew is a first generation farmer establishing Launder Farm spring 2012. This year Matthew was selected to be on the National Farmers Unions next generation committee; the principal focus of the committee is to generate new ideas and formulate agricultural policy suggestions for government. Matthew has been involved in many events whilst in this role; most recently the Lord Mayors Parade in London and will be visiting the European Commission in Brussels in December 2018.

Matthew is a keen member of the Cheviot Sheep Society and this year won breed champion with a North Country Cheviot at the Royal Welsh Show. Alongside farming Matthew shows Welsh Cobs in hand and has had successes at the 3 major royal shows in the UK- Royal Welsh Show, Great Yorkshire Show and the Royal Highland Show. Outside of farming Matthew is a passionate rugby player and supporter.

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Liz Launder

Liz is a senior lecturer on the Equine Science degree at Hartpury College, Gloucester. Liz’s areas of speciality are equine reproduction and equine therapy.

As well as lecturing Liz is a consultant equine osteopath for Three Counties Equine Vets and Hafren Vets. Liz works alongside vets on cases of poor performance, behavioural issues, back pain and subtle lameness.

Liz has seen a number of successes at her rider performance clinic hosted at Hartpury College. As well as being a equine osteopath Liz is a human osteopath and is able to advise on posture, position and function whilst riding. Liz has helped show jumpers, cross country and dressage rider and their horses reach their full potential.

 
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Emma Launder

Emma is a sports therapist by trade and spends all of her free time working with horses. Her passion for horses developed from a young age with dressage and breeding being her main loves. Emma is a respected showing judge. Emma sits on equine society committees and has a number of years experience with running and organising shows. Emma trained full time as a dressage rider and works with her mother in managing the breeding programmes at the Skelwith Stud. Emma has a wealth of equine experience and has been involved in teaching veterinary students on equine placements for a number of years.

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Jonathan Wilkinson

Jonathan Wilkinson, along with his wife Susie, are the owners of the 350 cow herd at Dyffryn Farm in Meiford. Jon and Susie are both from farming backgrounds and have been running Dyffryn dairy for a number of year taking over from Jonathans’ family. They are keen to help teach those aspiring to learn more about farming and veterinary about the challenges they face in dairy farming; as well as this they hope to impart their knowledge and welcome people onto their family farm.

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Carl Poole

Carl Poole is the herdsman at Dyffryn Farm, Meiford. Carl has over 30 years experience milking cows and was awarded the NFU Cymru-NFU Mutual Welsh Dairy Stockperson of the Year Award in 2016. Carl has a wealth of knowledge and is a fantastic stockman. Carl has been involved in teaching a number of veterinary medicine and agricultural student over the years and is a calm and patient teacher. Carls loves his cows so be prepared for lots of interesting cow facts!