Kate Bowen Veterinary Services Manager
Following graduation from Cambridge Vet School in 2007 I have worked in mixed and farm only practices involving both clinical work and TB testing. During this time I completed a post graduate diploma in Ruminant Nutrition and started work towards my RCVS Certificate in Production Animal Medicine.
I joined XL Farmcare UK in April 2015 as Lead Auditor. I travel throughout the UK running the team of auditors and dealing with other veterinary matters.
I farm a mixed beef and sheep farm in Mid Wales with my husband and our two young children. My other passion in life is my horses.
Bernat Canal Regional Lead Auditor
I come from a rural area of Spain and qualified in Zaragoza in 2012 before moving to the UK in December 2012. I have lived and worked as an abattoir inspector and TB tester in several regions of England. Prior to this I also worked in a Zoo and an Aquarium.
I have a particular interest in reptiles, I’ve worked with many including crocodiles and anacondas and I used to keep lizards.
I joined XL Farmcare in July 2015 and am based in the midlands region as I currently live in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Nicoleta Crisan Auditor
I qualified from the Ion Ionescu de la Brad in Romania in 2009 and went on to complete a masters in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health. I have since worked as a veterinary assistant for both small and large animals
My family and I moved to live in the UK in 2011. I have gained TB testing experience in Romania and the UK and whilst working as a VDP for APHA in Inverurie.
I love travelling and enjoying the outdoors with my family. I joined XL Farmcare in July 2015 and cover the South East region from my home in London.
Ernesto Sayago Auditor
Since qualifying as a vet in 2001 at Caceres, Spain I spent two years working as an official veterinarian for the Spanish government. I first came to the UK in 2002 and have worked as a veterinary enforcement officer in several abattoirs from Dumfriesshire to Somerset.
I gained TB testing experience in Spain and whilst working in private practice in the South of England. I joined XL Farmcare in August 2015 and am based in the Wessex region.
Basketball and live music are my passions, I also love nature, travelling and spending time with my friends and family.
Jose Barbe Auditor
After graduating from the University of Zaragoza in 2009, I worked for the animal health department of the Spanish government and in the pig industry before coming to the UK in 2012.
I have since lived in three beautiful counties; Lancashire, Yorkshire and Shropshire working in the meat industry and TB testing for XL Farmvets. I tested around 64,000 animals during this time.
I joined XL Farmcare in September 2015 and cover the North Region from my home in Leeds. I enjoy travelling and visiting friends throughout the UK and Europe.
Patricia Garcia Auditor
I graduated in 2009 from University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and moved to the UK shortly afterwards. I have since worked in the food industry and as an Official veterinarian in private practice.
During this time I have also taken a career break to work in wildlife conservation in South Africa and volunteered at a wildlife rehab centre in my spare time.
I love the outdoors and my passions are hiking and cycling as well as travelling, combining all three is bliss!
I am based in the Midlands and joined XL Farmcare in October 2015.
Marta Bermejo Auditor
I come from a farming background in Spain where I looked after pigs and sheep. After graduating as a vet in the University of Extremadura, Caceres I came to England in 2012 and worked in cattle abattoirs throughout the UK. I also volunteered as a vet in a wildlife recovery centre.
I joined XL Farmcare in September 2015 and spent the first few months TB testing in Cornwall. I am now an auditor and am based in the Devon and Cornwall region.
I love the outdoors and particularly enjoy trekking and canoeing.
Issa Robson Auditor
I have been a dedicated farm animal vet since graduating from Edinburgh in 2008. I’ve also worked as an OV in Shropshire for 4 years, this gave me a good grounding in the realities of TB testing.
I have been with XL Farmcare since the beginning with the role of developing the manuals and audit process. I am based in Northumberland and carry out audits throughout the North of England. I also work as a farm locum around the country.
I am always happy to be on farm or in the lambing shed, but also enjoy snowboarding and dog walking.
Bernadette Davey Field Support
I trained as a veterinary nurse in 1997 before moving into an admin role dealing predominantly with TB testing.
My husband has a beef and arable farm in Cornwall which involves input from all of the family thus keeping me fully involved with the protocols of TB testing.
I enjoy doing anything outside from farming and building to walking. This also allows me to spend plenty of time with my various animals including Ki, my very spoilt Rottweiler.
I joined XL Farmcare in May 2015. I cover the Devon & Cornwall, Wessex and South East regions as field support.
Danielle Hill Audit Co-ordinator
I have worked within veterinary practices since 2008 in a variety of roles including farm animal reception, nursing and TB administration and also as an animal Health officer for APHA travelling throughout the North Wales region.
I live and farm in Mid Wales with my husband and young daughter and enjoy walking in the surrounding countryside. I also love travelling and particularly enjoyed volunteering within a community in the highlands of Kenya.
I joined XL Farmcare in June 2015. My role involves liaising with practices to arrange audits throughout the XL Farmcare regions and Iechyd Da, South Wales region.
Kate Peake Auditor
I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2003. I worked as a mixed animal vet in Buxton, Derbyshire for 2 years before moving to Devon. For the last 11 years I have worked as a farm animal vet doing both clinical work and TB testing. During this time I also completed a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction.
I live with my partner and young daughter on a beef and sheep farm in rural mid Devon. In my spare time I enjoy walking my two terriers on Exmoor and Dartmoor or going out on my mountain bike.
I joined XL Farmcare in October 2016
Alexandra Ruiz Auditor
I come from Santander, a town in the North coast of Spain and I qualified as a vet in 2014 at the University of Leon. I arrived to England in February of 2015 to work as a Meat Hygiene Inspector in red and white meat.
Before coming to UK I did training at small animal practices and a safari park because I am very keen on exotic animals and wildlife conservation.
I became a TB tester, working for XL Farmcare in April of 2016 and covering mostly the midlands but I work in everywhere. Recently, I joined the auditor team and I was based in South of Wales.
I love doing horse riding and walking with my dog on the beach when I go home.
Ruben Vines Auditor
Originally from Valencia, Spain, where I qualified as a vet in 2014. After graduating, I was at a practice of small animals in my town. I moved to the UK in February 2015 and started working in the Food Industry as meat hygiene inspector in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. Afterward I joined XL Farmcare in April 2016 as a TB tester, carring out TB testing in the Midlands and in the North where I got the necessary experience to become an auditor currently based in South Wales since December 2016.
In my spare time I am an outdoor type who enjoys hiking and a keen traveller.
I was born in Tenerife and moved to Zaragoza (Spain) where I qualified in 2010. I then went back to the Island where I worked as a farm vet (mainly with goat herds health) as well as a Food Safety Auditor in restaurants and hotels until I moved to the UK in 2014. I then did TB testing across the Midlands for around 3 years until I joined XL Farmcare in April 2017 where I am based in Derbyshire.
I love traveling and really enjoy hiking and discovering new corners of the Peak District with my two little dogs.