Will Barker is the Senior Clinical Director at Castle Farm Vets. He particularly enjoys supporting the team to increase the range of services we are able to offer to clients of Castle Farm Vets and has a keen interest in calf rearing and beef production as well as sheep breeding including laparoscopic AI and embryo transfer.
Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking, surfing, gardening and looking after his small flock of sheep.
Barry is a native of Teesdale with his family farming dairy and beef cattle and sheep in Bowes. He graduated from Bristol University in 2014 and spent the next four years at Paragon vets in Carlisle in the farm department developing his skills in all areas of farm practice especially with dairy cows.
Barry joined Castle Farm Vets at the end of 2017. He enjoys all aspects of farm animal practice especially cattle fertility and has been leading our bovine embryo transfer service. Barry is senior vet at our Darlington mart branch and is keen to develop our services there.
Martin graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2006. After three years working in mixed, predominantly farm practice on the Welsh Shropshire border he married and returned home to Barnard Castle. Martin is a Senior Farm Vet and enjoys all aspects of farm animal vetting especially dairy fertility work and semen testing tups and bulls. Recently he has been part of the team developing our advanced breeding services in cattle and sheep.
Outside of work he has two children, a Labrador and several chickens to keep him entertained. He also enjoys hill walking, mountain biking and skiing when time allows.
Laura grew up in the South Downs and graduated from Cambridge in 2018. She then moved to County Durham and has worked at Castle Farm Vets since, doing both farm and small animal work. Laura is particularly interested in surgery and sheep work, and helps to run the Flock Health Club.
Laura lives with her partner and they have recently acquired a working Cocker Spaniel puppy. In her remaining free time Laura enjoys hiking, running and occasionally returning south to see her family.
Ionel graduated from University of Veterinary Medicine Iasi, Romania. He joined Castle Farm Vets in June 2018 after working four years in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, enjoying all aspects of mixed practice life.
Ionel has a background in farming, he grew up working beside his father on their farm. His main interests lie with cattle surgery and sheep medicine.
Outside of work, Ionel enjoys being outdoors in the countryside with his toddler, playing tennis and clay pigeon shooting.
Sara comes from a farming background in the Essex/Hertfordshire area, graduated from Cambridge University in 2018 and has been working at Castle Farm Vets ever since. After a (very) brief stint working on both the small animal and large animal sides of the practice, she quickly realised that farm vetting was far more up her street so has been a purely farm vet ever since. She is still interested in all areas of farm veterinary work, and also enjoys making sure our agricultural show stand wins best at the show.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys all things outdoorsy, including running, hiking, cycling, mountain biking and skiing. She is also a keen traveller and always looking for somewhere new to explore.
Erica qualified in 2010 from the University of Liverpool. Erica joined Castle Farm Vets in 2011 after spending a year working in the University Farm Animal Practice on the Wirral. Her main interest is engaging with farmers to improve herd and flock health.
Outside of work, Erica spends most of her time racing mountain bikes and looking after a small flock of Scottish Blackface sheep.
Originally from Herefordshire Luke graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2018. From there Luke moved to Yorkshire to work as a farm vet at Westpoint, York. He joined Castle Farm Vets in November 2019 and enjoys all aspects of farm vetting. Luke is excited to be leading our new branch at Malton.
Outside of work Luke can be found walking his dogs and enjoying country pursuits.
Norman graduated from the Royal Dick Veterinary School in Edinburgh in 1993. He worked in mixed practice in North Yorkshire from soon after graduation until moving to Weardale in 2018. He works part- time at Castle Farm Vets enjoying all aspects of farm animal practice.
He spends the rest of his time looking after a small herd of suckler cattle, dog walking and occasionally cycling and swimming.