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

David Kay BSc (Hons) MSc

David graduated from The University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in Agricultural Science (Animal Science) in 1999. From a beef and dairy farming background he retains involvement with the family units. Before joining Biobest as the full-time Cattle Health Scheme Manager in September 2006 he spent several years working in agricultural consultancy and rural development projects. David is the first point of contact for advice on HiHealth Herdcare membership and testing requirements.

Deputy Cattle Health Scheme Manager

Karen Tait

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 form 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.

Principia Formisano, DVM MVetSci MRCVS (Clinpath Adviser)

Pia graduated from the Veterinary School of the University of Naples "Federico II" in 2003 with a DVM Degree. After a year working in small animal practice in Italy, she moved to the UK where she worked almost always in the veterinary diagnostic sector including short spells as Veterinary Investigator Officer for the SRUC and as veterinary clinical pathologist at University of Glasgow and at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS). Pia joined Biobest in October 2008 as part of her 3-year residency programme in veterinary clinical pathology in partnership with the (RDSVS). At that time she had just completed a master by research in parasitology and immunology at the University of Edinburgh. She then successfully completed her clinical pathology residency in 2011 and re-joined Biobest in 2012 as veterinary clinical pathologist. Pia is involved in all aspect of clinical pathology work including quality assurance, cytology, haematolgy, biochemistry and parasitology. She is studying towards the European Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and RCPath. 

Deputy 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.

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

Marleen Terpstra

Marleen joined Biobest in June 2016 as the Farm Animal Administrator of the HiHealth Herdcare team. After graduating in Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Marleen moved to Scotland and gained experience in administration management and customer service. Marleen is responsible for databasing samples for testing and for general office administrative tasks such as sending out certificates and testing reminders to members.