About Fiona Lovatt
Fiona is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Sheep Health and Production and a diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management. She holds the part time position of Clinical Associate Professor in sheep production medicine at the University of Nottingham and is the clinical lead for the RCVS Knowledge initiative Farm Vet Champions.
Fiona Lovatt graduated from Bristol University in 1995 and worked in first opinion mixed veterinary practice in Barnard Castle, County Durham until 2012. For her first four years in practice, Fiona worked in all veterinary disciplines but particularly with sheep, goats and cattle from 1999. In 2008 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Durham in the conservation genetics of South Georgia reindeer, having worked on this on a part-time basis alongside being a practising farm vet.
As a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society, Fiona currently chairs the UK Sheep Antibiotic Guardian Group and is a member of the RUMA (Responsible Use of Medicine in Agriculture) Target Task Force, with responsibility for setting and delivering responsible use targets for the sheep industry.
As founder of the Flock Health Club concept, Fiona is passionate about enthusing farm vets to actively engage with sheep farmers through principles that embrace best practice preventative measures and responsible medicine use.
About Phillipa Page
Phillipa is well known and respected within the sheep industry and the veterinary community. After qualifying from The University of Leeds with a BSc in Animal Science, Phillipa studied veterinary science at The University of Liverpool Vet School and qualified as a vet in 2006.
Following an initial mixed practice job in South Wales, Phillipa moved into farm animal practice in Gloucestershire working entirely with sheep, beef and dairy enterprises for 8 years. Based in Gloucestershire she is a tenant farmer together with her husband, and they have 380 breeding commercial ewes, producing primarily fat lambs and some replacements, alongside running a pig enterprise and a farm shop.
Phillipa has been an active board member of both the British Cattle Veterinary Association and the Sheep Veterinary Society executive committees. She enjoys working pro-actively with both sheep farmers and vets, promoting active farmer-vet engagement with an ultimate aim of improving the health, productivity and resilience of our national flock.