Benno Veenstra – Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon

During my studies in Holland I made several trips to Shropshire as a lambing assistant. This is such a nice part of the world that we decided to settle here.

I was born in Holland but was raised all over the world. I returned to Holland for secondary education and university.

After graduating I married Emmy, my aussie wife and we now also have Sophie our daughter who thoroughly enjoys living in Shropshire!

Being a grandson of a dairy farmer gave me the love and passion for agriculture and livestock. Still wishing to be a farmer we managed to get hold of 10 acres of hilly ground where we now run a little Zwartbles sheep flock.

As a dedicated farm vet I am on the road a lot so I get plenty of opportunity to enjoy the countryside and see what our farmers are up to!

I really thrive on hard work resulting in happy customers and happy staff.

Building up Stapeley Vets has really enriched my life and I wouldn’t change my work with the local farmers for anything!

Being part of and contributing to a local community is really nice (most English people think I’m Welsh because of my name and the border accent I somehow picked up).

Lets work together for healthy and profitable British Farming.

Dominique Moelands – Director & Senior Veterinary Surgeon

In April 2006 I came to Shropshire after I graduated from vet school in Utrecht. During my studies I was especially interested in large animals and art and this is still the case.

That’s why I’m still very happy at Stapeley where we mainly focus on farm animal health with a proactive approach.

In 2011 I became a Partner in the practice.

On the art side; I’ve only been able to help one person out with information about a painting. I do realise it’s probably better to stick to vet work!

Outside of work I live together with my partner Neal and our sons Seth and Hugh, and Fly our dog who maybe one day calms down a bit.

I enjoy cycling and tennis, which I should do a lot more of, growing vegetables, however I don’t really enjoy that yet, not much success so far and cooking (maybe one day with our own vegetables).

Hannah Higgins – Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and went on to work in mixed practice for 18 months and then in farm animal practice in Hereford before joining Stapeley in August 2013. I love all aspects of my job but particularly enjoy surgery and am interested in infectious disease control. I am married to a sheep farmer, so by default also have an interest in sheep!

My spare time sees me going for long walks with my lurcher, Molly, cooking for friends and occasionally playing tennis. I love skiing and try to go once a year, and when the weather permits I also enjoy gardening. We also like travelling to exotic places and went to India on our honeymoon and the list of where to go next is endless, but recommendations are always welcome!

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Hannah Rowson - Veterinary Surgeon

I am a Bristol new grad who is keen and eager to get stuck into life as a farm animal vet. During my studies it was always the farm animal work I was most passionate about and enjoyed, so I am thrilled to become a part of the Stapeley team. I may have a familiar face as I completed many placements as a vet student at Stapeley, therefore I know the practice values well.

I am a local girl, living my whole life in Coedway (near Alberbury), with The Hand and Diamond Pub being my neighbour, which I have definitely made use of!!

When I'm not in the wellingtons, waterproofs and rectal gloves, I am quite a social bee, always out and about, I’m a strong believer of the ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy. I’m a horsey person, so love hacking out in the Shropshire countryside. For all the highs and lows it brings, my dad brought me up a Shrewsbury Town F.C. supporter, so I try and get to as many matches as I can and pray for a win!!

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Adam Reeves - Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Liverpool University in 2010. I initially spent a year in mixed practice before focussing on farm animal practice. The next 4 years I spent working for Severn Edge Farm Vets, where my wife and I fell in Love with Shropshire. With increasing amounts of TB testing I decided it was time for a change and not wanting to leave Shropshire, I spent a short period specialising in poultry. However, livestock is where my real passion lies, so I was quick to jump at an opportunity to get back to it.

I consider myself a good all-rounder, but have a particular interest in bull and ram fertility (electro-ejaculation), which I headed whislt at Severn Edge.

Outside of work I enjoy spending my time outdoors, either hiking up mountains with my red Labrador Brecon (who you may see keeping Jane and Helen company in the office), or pedalling around the Shropshire hills on my bike.

Helen Tipton – Practice Manager

I am a farmer's daughter from Waters Upton, Telford. I started working full time for my dad on the dairy farm when I left school at 16 and started to realise how much I really loved dairy farming.

In 1995 I had the opportunity to go full time at Walford Agricultural College to study an NDA. I then went back home to help run the dairy unit. With the milk price being as it was at that time (all I shall say is Dairy Farmers of Britain) to prop up our income and learn new skills I also went relief milking at Harper Adams and the Co Op at Roden.

I moved to Wall under Heywood in 2004 and had my son James in 2005. In 2008 we made the tough decision to sell the dairy cows. We kept all the youngstock (and a few pet Longhorns) and today we run a suckler herd of pedigree Longhorns and crosses.

I now spend my time travelling the breadth of the county between Church Stretton, Stapeley and Waters Upton.

Outside of work music is my passion and in between being a governor at James's school, Rushbury Primary School and being secretary of the Friends of Rushbury School (PTA), I also play the piano and love to dance.

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Jane Griffin - Receptionist

I am a farmers daughter who had a lovely childhood on our diary farm at Longville, near Church Stretton.

Now I live at Worthen with my son Nathan, my sheepdog Ollie and my Ragdoll cat Chico and Nathan’s dog Snoop.

I love country life and enjoy walking and cycling with Ollie at every available moment. I also enjoy cooking (and eating!) and reading historical novels.

 

Daisy – The Practice Cow

Daisy is probably the best behaved dairy cow in the county. We acquired her to steal the limelight at our local agricultural Minsterley show and with success as we won the best trade stand two years running (2009 and 2010!)

Daisy does a lot of charity work and has supported many educational visits to schools. She travels to many shows because of her crowd pulling potential.

The future of British farming lies in educating the general public to appreciate our top quality produce and Daisy does her fair share for this purpose. With an udder that produces 50 litres she is a top quality cow that doesn't need feeding and never needs a vet!

During the year she lives in the practice garden (although she won't graze..) and is well known to all passers by. It makes the practice very easy to find despite being out in the sticks.

Please let us know if you think she can contribute to any of your causes or interests as she travels well and only charges a small fee.