Alastair qualified at Edinburgh in 1993. After spending a period of time working in Cirencester he joined Kingfisher Veterinary Practice. In 1997 he attained a Certificate in Cattle Health and Production, and in 2003 the RCVS Diploma of Cattle Health and Production - the highest specialist qualification available. Since 2009 he has been an appointed examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Cattle Health and Production and received RCVS Specialist status in Cattle Health and Production in 2011. He is a member of the Nottingham University Dairy Herd Health Group.
His areas of interest include all aspects of cattle medicine and husbandry, in particular nutrition, mastitis and organic production. Outside his practice work he has performed a large amount of consultancy to both farm and allied industry throughout the supply chain and is an associate consultant of Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy. Between 2002 and 2005 he sat on BCVA council and between 2003 and 2005 chaired Bovine TB and welfare for BCVA. In 2006 He was jointly awarded the Vetoquinol award for "Outstanding contribution to the Cattle Veterinary Industry" and in 2015 was voted Farmers Weekly Farm Advisor of the Year. Alastair has authored a number of papers in the field of cattle health and is Co-author with Kat Bazeley, also of Synergy, of “Practical Cattle Farming” published by Crowood Press and co-edited Dairy Herd Health published by CAB International.
Alastair is married to Rachel who is also a vet at Synergy. He enjoys all sports and plays squash, cricket and mountain bikes whenever he is not injured!
Alastair is a BCVA Accredited Johne's Veterinary Adviser