Rob Smith B.Vet.Med. MRCVS - Director
Rob qualified from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1988. He spent his first 5 years travelling the length and breadth of Britain looking for a job he liked. He eventually decided to settle in his home area of Abergavenny and in 1993 joined Abbey Vets. In 2008 he demerged the farm side of Abbey vets to set up Farm First Veterinary Services. Rob’s veterinary interests are fertility work (including bull and ram fertility), infectious disease and nutrition. He also has an interest in parasitology, and recently has been invited to join the COWS (control of worms sustainably) stakeholder group. In his spare time Rob enjoys travel, running and pottering about on his 30 acres pretending to be a farmer!
Phone: 07971 654470
Jane Anscombe B.Vet.Med. MRCVS - Director
Jane grew up in Carmarthen and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1990. Since then she has worked in predominantly farm animal practices, mostly close to the river Usk, including 6 years at Abbey Vets. In 2005 she joined the VLA, investigating and diagnosing disease in farm animals, but decided to return to farm practice in 2009 and came back to work with Rob at Farm First. Since then she has joined Rob as one of the directors of the practice. Jane is a DairyCo mastitis plan deliverer and is interested in fertility work and infectious disease control. She lives on a beef and sheep farm with her partner Mike. In her spare time Jane enjoys riding her 2 horses, and competes in a sport called Le Trec, also known as “getting lost on horseback”. Other interests include walking and playing the violin in the local orchestra.
Phone: 07968 334501
Andrew Maxwell BVMS. MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Andrew graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2007, and worked for six months in the farm animal department there as an intern. He then worked at a mixed practice in Northern Ireland, which is where he grew up. After a year of mixed practice he began to realise that he didn't really enjoy small animal work, and was keen to pursue a farm animal only job. This brought him to Abergavenny and Farm First Vets where he has been ever since.
He enjoys all aspects of farm animal work (except TB testing!), especially surgery and bovine lameness and he is a DairyCo accredited mobility mentor.
Outside work he is married to Ana and has three young boys and two small dogs, much to his embarrassment (Ana’s choice!). Spare time tends to be spent with his family but he does try and find some time to follow the football, namely Liverpool, and obviously the Six Nations when it comes around. The last few years have not been kind to an Irish man living in Wales but he continues to hope for better! He also enjoys reading, going to the cinema and he is a member of Cornerstone evangelical church in Abergavenny.
Phone: 07721 531167
Vicki Fisher BVMS MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Vicki graduated from the University of Glasgow Vet School in 2011 and has worked at Farm First ever since. She comes from a family run farm in the South-West of Scotland where they have dairy, sheep and also produce beef suckler heifers. She regularly returns home to keep in touch with happenings on the farm as well as making a fuss of her niece Calli and nephew George. Her father is very disappointed that both Vicki and her sister-in-law are both farm vets yet he still has to pay his own vet! Vicki is keen in all aspects of farm animal works but is particularly interested in calf health, building design, and sheep health and production. When she’s not at work she is an active member of the Usk Young Farmers Club, also enjoys riding her horse and having a few glasses of wine with her friends.
Phone: 07837 214004
Kath Gray - BVM BVS(hons) MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Kath grew up in South East Wales and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2018. She always wanted to be a farm only vet and has interests in calf health and youngstock.
Kath has a farm at home with her partner - an agricultural contractor, where she rears bucket calves, has a small suckler herd and a handful of pedigree breeding sheep. She also has two dogs, Meg the sheepdog pup and Jess the Patterdale.
Outside work, Kath enjoys working at home on the farm, being an active member of Maendy Young Farmers and getting out and about in the countryside.
Phone: 07944 752261