Keith attended the University of Vienna, Veterinary Sciences, Department of Animal Breeding and Reproduction. Under the personal supervision of Prof. Schaeffer-Somi he achieved a certification in Canine Sperm Evaluation and Preparation of Semen for fresh/chilled and freezing procedures.
Keith has been actively involved in animal reproduction for over 35 years working as a National Advisor on Animal Breeding Management.
In 2003 Keith established Fit and Fertile Ltd from his base in Preston. He has continued to invest heavily both in developing his breeding expertise and in ensuring he stays at the forefront of Canine Reproduction Technology.
During 2006, he commissioned a new purpose built laboratory facility was commissioned at Fit and Fertile Ltd’s premises, using the latest equipment in the industry to achieve the highest possible standards.
Sean Cleary: BVSC MRCVS
Sean qualified in 1998 from Massey University, New Zealand where reproduction is taught as part of the curriculum unlike Universities in the UK. His first position was in a mixed practice in Pukekohe, where he dealt with farm, equine and companion animals. He was involved in bovine and equine reproduction. He moved to the UK in 2002 and was employed as a small animal vet for 4 years within the Willows Veterinary Group. He then became a partner in 2006 and continues to work from Beech House. Sean enjoys orthopaedic surgery and is now actively involved in canine reproduction. He attended the European Veterinary Society Small Animal Reproduction (EVSSAR) in August 2009. This is an intensive week-long course in Nantes, France ran by The European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS). He plans to return to France in July 2013 for a follow on course.
Sean then went on to purchase a rigid endoscope for TCI procedures, we have also updated the ultrasound machine which now has 3 digital probes capable of locating structures 2-3mm in size, this is excellent for Pregnancy Diagnosis scanning and Ovarian Ultrasonography.
The Willows Group has well established Equine (Ashbrook Equine Hospital) and Bovine (Embryonics) reproduction centres and Sean plans to make Canine Reproduction Services as successful.
Claire Hayes: Registered Veterinary Nurse
Claire qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from a mixed practice in Shropshire in 1999. She then went to work as an Orthopaedic nurse in Manchester. Claire joined the Willows in August 2002 and has been Head Nurse at Beech House since. Claire has a keen interest in working dogs and has a Springer Spaniel called Tally. Claire is the dedicated nurse for reproduction at Beech House and is enjoying this new role.
In addition to the dedicated reproduction staff above we have a team of Veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, auxiliary nurses and support staff on hand.