Lindsay Heasman


Lindsay completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 1998, before joining ADAS as a Research Scientist. Based at High Mowthorpe in North Yorkshire, Lindsay was responsible for a range of academic research projects, in areas such as TSEs, meat hygiene and animal welfare at slaughter. In addition, Lindsay managed both GCP(v) and GLP compliant studies for a number of pharmaceutical companies. Since joining Origin in 2007, Lindsay has been responsible for developing the group’s R&D capability, and manages a number of research and knowledge transfer projects funded by DEFRA, levy boards and Animal Health companies.

Within Origin, Lindsay is responsible for a variety of research projects, and is a point of contact for external enquiries on our research activities



Tim Potter


Tim graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2003 and went on to complete a 3 year residency programme in dairy herd medicine and surgery based at the RVC and a large dairy practice in Somerset. After completing his residency Tim completed a DEFRA funded PhD examining the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antimicrobials used in the treatment of calf pneumonia. During his time at the Royal Veterinary College Tim worked on a large number of research projects across a wide range of subjects including animal welfare, pharmacology and antimicrobial resistance. Through involvement in these research projects Tim gained extensive experience of the design and management of studies performed under both GLP and GRP conditions.

Within Origin, Tim remains an active farm animal clinician whilst also being involved with the clinical research projects being managed within the practice. Tim has a particular interest in youngstock and clinical pharmacology and provides input on these topics at the clinical board. Tim is also involved with the knowledge transfer department of Westpoint regularly speaking at meetings both in the UK and internationally.

Matt Dobbs


Matt qualified from the Royal “Dick” School of Veterinary Studies in 1997. Initially he spent time in farm practice in Somerset and Dorset. In 1999, he moved to the University of Sydney, where he took the post of visiting registrar; He helped develop a dairy practice servicing 20,000 dairy cows in the Nepean Basin, west of Sydney.

On returning to the UK Matt was made a lecturer in Dairy Practice as well as the Head of Large Animal Practice at the Royal Veterinary College. London. In 2001, he was awarded the Trehane Trust Nuffield Farming Scholarship, to look at the modern role of the livestock vet. He gained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 2003. He joined the Origin in January 2004 and is Managing Director of Origin. In 2010 he was awarded the Bullock award for Innovation in Agriculture.

Matt contributes regularly to the press with publications on the future of farm animal practice, animal health costs of farms and all aspects of livestock health management. He has published in the Veterinary Record, Vet Times, UK Vet and several other publications in the field. He has spoken at numerous conferences across the world, USA, Africa, Europe and Asia, He is a council member of Lantra.

Within Origin, Matt has a variety of clinical, managerial and research activities and is the Named Veterinary Surgeon in the Research Team.


Sara Perez


Sara qualified in 1998 from Barcelona University and after a year in farm Practice in Spain, she moved to the UK. Her career in the UK started as a field Poultry Veterinarian and Official Veterinarian for the Ministry. Whilst working, Sara undertook a Master in Meat Production and Technology and the RCVS Certificate in Poultry Medicine and Production.

She is currently representing the UK poultry veterinarians at national level at the British Veterinary Association and is involved in a number of welfare and advisory committees. Sara also works as a poultry consultant in the UK and abroad.

Sara has designed trials in abattoirs with the aim of improving the welfare of the birds at slaughter and she has participated in studies in which the objective was to reduce the level of bacterial contamination in poultry carcasses.

In more recent years she has been involved with the development of parasite vaccines in poultry and in the assessment of a number of products as alternative to antibiotics in poultry farms.

Sara is Poultry Director for Minster Vets.


Richard Jennison


Richard graduated in 1997 from Edinburgh University.

After a period in mixed and small animal Practice, he joined the Minster Veterinary Practice as a Poultry Veterinary Surgeon in 2006.

He is currently the Poultry Clinical Associate and leads on clinical governance for the Poultry Department.

He has experience in research and ethical review in a wide range of animal species, including poultry.

He currently sits on the committee of the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association and is a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee, the British Veterinary Poultry Association and the RSPCA Freedom Foods Working Groups for Broilers and for Turkeys.