About Us

Sandhill Veterinary Services, veterinary practice and laboratory provides veterinary care for game birds, commercial poultry and pigeons.

We specialise in preventative medicine and flock based consultancy, offering a modern and progressive service, but with a personal approach and traditional values.

The practice was established in 1997 by Mr R.T. Byas B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S. With 40 years of avian experience behind us plus our own lab we are able to offer a comprehensive service including preventative strategies as well as disease and production investigations.

We are aware of the specific problems associated with the rearing and management of game birds, commercial poultry together with the requirements of pigeon owners. We offer a comprehensive advisory service and medicines where appropriate.

Who we are

We are proud to be privately owned and run by three Yorkshire vets.

Richard Byas B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S. – Partner

Richard qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London and began his professional career in York concentrating on working with farm livestock and poultry. Richard is proud to be a Yorkshireman by birth and has spent all his working life in the county. In 1996 he left the York practice and founded Sandhill Veterinary Services at Topcliffe near Thirsk to concentrate on avian work.

Richard has been a member of the Yorkshire Veterinary Society since starting in practice and served a term as president in the 1990’s. He has been a member of the British Veterinary Poultry Association for over thirty years.

Outside of the practice his interests include gardening and his livestock. He is a Reader of the Church of England and is an active member of the local church in Topcliffe. He is also a member of the Mowbray Deanery Synod.

Laura Langstaff BVetMed MRCVS – Associate partner

Laura qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and initially worked in mixed practice in Hornsea and latterly in small animal practice in Middlesbrough. Laura is local, she grew up down the road in Sessay, and her interest in poultry started with her parents keeping a small flock of backyard chickens. Laura’s desire to pursue a career in avian work was fuelled further by broiler and poultry practice placements completed whilst at vet school and she is now very happy to be a long term member of the Sandhill team.

Laura enjoys the variety of being involved with all aspects of avian work here at Sandhill from post mortems to work in our laboratory and farm visits, and takes an active role in looking after game bird, poultry and pigeon clients.

Laura has completed the Poultry Health Course run by the University of Nottingham and is an associate member of the British Veterinary Poultry Association.

Dan King BVMed Sci BVM BVS MRCVS – Associate partner

Dan qualified from Nottingham University in 2012 and went straight into production animal work in Ripon, it was there that Dan first started working with gamebirds, before working at Sandhill in 2015. His interest in gamebirds and poultry came from a young age, growing up on the family farm near Driffield. On the farm Dan would hatch off batches of chickens and quail and has always had a love for shooting.

Dan is involved with the Game Farmers Association antibiotic reduction group in conjunction with The Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Responsible use of Medicines in Agriculture.

Dan has completed the Poultry Health Course run by the University of Nottingham and is a member of the Young Poultry Vet Group, a branch of the British Veterinary Poultry Association.

Outside of work Dan is kept busy shooting game and clays or helping out on the family farm. Dan lives in York with his fiancée, Tess.

Robert Gillespie BSc (Hons)

Robert is our Laboratory Technician and Office Assistant, who joined us from the laboratories at Ripon Select Foods at the beginning of March 2018. Robert studied Biology at the University of Stirling, graduating with honours in the summer of 2017. On evenings and weekends he plays the violin and bakes bread.

Janet Bullock

Janet originally joined the practice to work the summer months in 2013 and returned to work over the summer months in 2014. Her position as Office and Laboratory / PM room assistant was made permanent in October 2014. Janet’s early career was laboratory based, working for ICI in Harrogate and then in Teesside where she supervised a team undertaking chemical analysis and other testing techniques. After leaving ICI Janet worked for both the NHS (as a Cancer Pathway Co-ordinator for South Tees Hospitals Trust) and in Local Government (as a member of the Electoral Services Team).

Outside of the practice her interests include reading, country walks and pottering in her garden.

Gill Smart

Gill joined us in February 2019 from Poultry Health Services where she had been the Practice Manager for the last 17 years. She has worked in Poultry Administration since 1984 when she returned from the Middle East where she had lived and worked for 7 years for a Marine Company.

She has covered all aspects of administration within the office environment, Purchase & Sales Ledger, Milling, Accounts & Payroll.

Outside of the practice she enjoys travelling up to Northumberland and Scotland with her husband Patrick & their dog Jack, in their motorhome for weekends away.

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