Biobest Laboratories Ltd

HiHealth Herdcare Team

To contact the HiHealth Herdcare team please email, or call 0131 440 2628 (Edinburgh Office), 01856 878293 (Orkney Office).

Farm Animal Manager

Maggie Carson

Maggie joined Biobest in September 2014 as the bovine administrator for the HiHealth Herdcare team and moved to the position of Deputy Farm Animal Manager in June 2016.  After graduating with a degree in Chemistry from Edinburgh University in 2011 she spent a few summers working and travelling in America before taking on her role here at Biobest. Maggie assists on a day to day basis with the management of the bovine testing; writing reports, ensuring records are kept up to date and preparing accreditation and sales certificates. She is also responsible for ensuring results are returned for the Scottish Government BVD testing.

Deputy Cattle Health Scheme Manager

Karen Johnston

Karen has been involved with HI Health since 2000 when she took on the role of Secretary of Orkney Livestock Association (OLA) and now with the merger of Hi Health Ltd and Herdcare, Karen will take on the role of Deputy Cattle Health Scheme Manager, assisting David with providng customers advice on membership and testing requirements.


Veterinary Staff

Paul Burr BSc(VetSci)Hons BVM&S PhD MRCVS.

Paul is the Managing Director of Biobest. He has 5 years experience of farm practice, followed by 10 years of diagnosis and research in infectious diseases. Advising both vets and farmers infectious disease problems and health scheme operation remains an important and enjoyable part of his role at Biobest. Paul has regularly presented papers at the British Cattle Veterinary Association meetings and often does talks to vets and farmer meetings on infectious disease. He is also a member of BCVA council.

Susan Duthie BVMS PhD CertVR MRCVS (Veterinary Manager)

Susan graduated from the University of Glasgow Vet School and went straight into mixed practice. Five years later, she returned to Glasgow to complete a PhD encompassing veterinary virology. After completing a related post-doctoral study, she joined Biobest in 2003. Susan has daily involvement with the HiHealth Herdcare Cattle Health Scheme, providing reports and advice for members, and is a member of the CHeCS Technical committee.

Kate Haig BVMS, MRCVS (Veterinary Adviser)

Kate graduated from the University of Glasgow veterinary school in 1980. Her experience within the veterinary industry includes research, general practice and the State Veterinary Service. She has also worked as a freelance copy-editor and proofreader specialising in scientific, medical and veterinary textbooks. Kate joined Biobest in 2005 and provides veterinary support to Biobest customers, including current and prospective members of HiHealth Herdcare.

Rebecca Mearns, MA VetMB CertSHP MRCVS (Veterinary Adviser)

Rebecca joined Biobest as Senior Veterinary Advisor in January 2015 to work within the HiHealth Herdcare cattle team but also with a wider remit to offer advice and expertise across the board on ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats). Before starting her role at Biobest Rebecca was a Veterinary Investigation Officer at Penrith Veterinary Investigation Centre and prior to that worked in a similar role at SAC Edinburgh after having started out in general veterinary practice. She is also a member of the Sheep Veterinary Society Committee and the Goat Veterinary Society.

Sanne Dolieslager, DVM PhD MRCVS (Clinpath Adviser)

Sanne joined Biobest Laboratories as a Veterinary Advisor in December 2014 and her main role here is to work as part of the clinical pathology team. After graduating from Utrecht University, the Netherlands in 2008 she continued her studies at the University of Glasgow and gained a PhD in veterinary microbiology and immunology. Prior to joining Biobest she worked in small animal veterinary practice and has taught undergraduates at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh.

Kate Cheeseman, BVM&S MRCVS

Kate joined Biobest in December 2017, mainly working in the clinical pathology team. Kate graduated from university in the USA with a degree in biochemistry, working for several years in clinical research and scientific writing fields. She continued her studies in Scotland, completing her veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh, and worked in mixed practice and small animal practice before joining Biobest. At Biobest, Kate primarily works with biochemistry, haematology, parasitology, bacteriology and tissue testing on a variety of species and has a keen interest in pathology and individual disease investigations.

Cari Prysor BVM&S MRCVS

Cari qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in July 2017. She worked in mixed practice in Lincolnshire for a few months, before returning to Edinburgh in January 2018 to join the Biobest team as a veterinary advisor. Cari’s role mainly involves writing reports and offering advice on the HiHealth Herdcare health scheme and cattle diagnostics, as well as some clinical pathology work. Having been brought up on a beef and sheep farm in North Wales, Cari enjoys visiting sales and shows, and meeting our HiHealth Herdcare members.

The Biobest scientific and administrative team are all involved in our cattle sector business with a focus providing a high quality of service and advice to our HiHealth Herdcare members. Other staff with a direct input on your membership services are:

Farm Animal Administrator

Effie Pappa

Effie joined Biobest as our Farm Animal Administrator in September 2017, providing administrative support, and maintaining databases for the HiHealth Herdcare scheme.  Originally from Greece, Effie studied business administration at the University of Ioannina before coming to the UK to complete a masters in international business management at Heriot-Watt University in 2013.