Davinia Hinde BVetMed CertAVP (Sheep) MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon (director)
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Sheep Health and Production
Davinia qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2006. She has worked in the Dales since then. Her main interest lays with sheep and she is especially interested in the health planning and preventative aspects of sheep work. She the second vet in the country to hold a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, in sheep. In recognition of her certificate and commitment to continued professional development she has been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Sheep Health and Production. Davinia is currently studying for her masters degree in Ruminat Nutrtion at Harper Adams University.
Outside of work Davinia is a keen cook and gardener. She can grow it, cook it, preserve it and pickle it! She is also relishing the challenge of training ‘Molly’ a working cocker spaniel and enjoys riding ‘Toni’ her horse.
Michael Woodhouse BVetMed DBR CertAVP (Cattle) MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon (director)
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production and RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Bovine Reproduction
Michael is a true Yorkshireman originally from Scarborough, qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2006. He has worked in the Dales since then. His main interest lays with Dairy cows and he is especially interested in the fertility, mastitis and lameness aspects. He is a mobility mentor for the DairyCo Healthy Feet project and qualified to deliver the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan.
Michael is one of the first handful of vets in the country to complete a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, in Cattle Health and Production. He recently completed a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (a masters degree) over two years via the University of Liverpool, a specialist level qualification. In recognition of his certificate and commitment to continued professional development he has been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production.
Outside of work he enjoys shooting (clays, vermin and game), walking his little Patterdale and making things out of wood. He has a serious tool addiction and claims to need a bigger shed!
Philippa Stirke BVSc MRCVS
Pippa graduated from Liverpool vet school in 2016. She is a local girl originating from Harmby near Leyburn. She saw plenty of practice with us when she was a student. Pippa is genuinely interested in mixed practice and spent a lot of her younger years showing sheep and lambing although she enjoys cattle work and small animal as well. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horses and all aspects of country life.
Sarah Gay VetMB MA CertAVP MRCVS
Sarah graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2012. She holds a certificate in advanced veterinary practice and is working towards her cattle designation. She joined the team in May 2017 to develop her skills in a progressive practice. Her main interest is cattle work but she enjoys the challenge of mixed practice.
Alice started working with us at Bainbridge Vets Ltd in the summer of 2016, she is in her second year of veterinary nurse training at Askham Bryan College.
Gemma started working at Bainbridge Vets Ltd in the summer of 2016, she is a fully qualified dog groomer and nursing assistant.
Janet has worked for Bainbridge Vets Limited in various incarnations since 1983. When not working Janet likes to spend her time walking (sometimes with Jet, the Labrador). She is married with two grown up children and is a keen baker.
At the surgery her duties include answering the phone, helping the vets with operations, dispensing medicines for the vets etc. Janet also has special responsibilities with book-keeping and VAT.
Teena is our new receptionist. Teena loves walking her four dogs and riding her three horses although not all at the same time.
Veterinary Qualifications Explained
All veterinary surgeons must spend 5 or 6 years at university studying an approved degree course. The degree allows registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and allows the veterinary surgeon to use MRCVS after their name, denoting they are a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice
Is a new qualification introduced in 2009 that is designed to allow veterinary surgeons to demonstrate that the holder is a competent clinician who has proved their experience and expertise by examination in their chosen subject. The CertAVP is modular in structure and by combining certain modules the certificate can be designated in a particular subject area or species; Michael holds a designated cattle certificate and Davinia is working on her designated sheep certificate.
Advanced practitioner status is a new concept launched in 2014 by the RCVS and aims to represent the ‘middle tier’ of veterinary accreditation between the initial veterinary degree and RCVS Recognised Specialist status. Candidates must hold a qualification at master’s degree level (e.g. a CertAVP) and undertake 250 hours of extra training per 5 year period. Admission to the mist is not automatic and candidates must apply and have their work, qualifications and extra study validated.
RCVS Diplomas and the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction
A Diploma holder is someone who has achieved a high standard of academic and professional expertise in their chosen subject, and is therefore entitled to place the appropriate letters after their name to indicate this achievement. Diploma holders who are available for referrals may apply for inclusion on the List of RCVS Recognised Specialists.
RCVS Recognised Specialist status is not easily achieved. To be included on the List of Recognised Specialists, an individual must have achieved a postgraduate qualification at least at Diploma level, and must additionally satisfy the RCVS that they make an active contribution to their specialty, have national and international acclaim and publish widely in their field.
Beware of veterinary surgeons claiming to be ‘specialists’ in a particular field, but without RCVS recognition.