Our team of farm vets grew up immersed in the agricultural industry so understand the importance of practical advice and a hands-on approach to treating your livestock. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, personal service and our large number of long-standing clients is a testament to our ability to tailor our service to meet each specific farmer’s needs.

The farm animal department employs a team of three experienced farm vets, headed by Andrew Millar BVMS MRCVS. We cover a wide area surrounding Aberdeen, extending to a radius of 35 miles from our premises at Skene Road, Kingswells, although the majority of our clients are within a 20 mile distance. Many of our clients have been with the practice for a considerable period of time. This has allowed a mutual understanding to build up about the services we can provide for their livestock.

A dedicated and forward-thinking service is provided to all our clients by excellent animal healthcare thus improving farm productivity. We provide 24/7 emergency cover 365 days a year with routine and emergency procedures on your farm; herd/flock level preventative planning and advice. We are proud of the rapport we have built up over the years with our loyal clients.

The farm veterinary department is based at Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd, Skene Road, Kingswells, Aberdeen, AB15 8PJ. Telephone 01224 740700.

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At Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd we aim to provide excellent animal healthcare and to help improve individual farms’ productivity through the advice and services we provide. We provide a comprehensive range of services including:

  • Heard health planning and benchmarking
  • Training courses for farmers and smallholders
  • APHA Import/Export certificates
  • Routine services including dehorning, castrating and pregnancy diagnosis
  • Bull fertility testing
  • Goat kid dehorning
  • Testing for Premium Cattle Health Scheme (BVD, IBR, Johne’s disease, Leptospirosis)
  • Testing for Premium Sheep and Goat Health Schemes (Maedi-Visna, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis, Enzootic Abortion of Ewes, Scrapie, Caseous Lymphadenitis)
  • Laboratory services either in-house or via SAC Veterinary Laboratory at Craibstone
  • Monthly newsletters providing up-to-date advice and information
  • Advice regarding many production-limiting problems including advice on calf rearing, parasite control and fertility
  • Second opinion bull insurance work

Our three farm vets provide a 24-hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Our farm office opening hours are:

Monday to Thursday

8.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.


8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.


9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.


Please note that out of hours calls to the 01224 740700 number are initially answered by an answering machine. If you hold the line you will be transferred to our emergency call handling service. For your information, their direct dial emergency contact number is 01209 823708. Our answering machine does not record messages. The vets carry a pager and a mobile phone outside normal surgery hours in order to be contacted by the emergency answering service even if they are already on a call.

Veterinary Medicines can be collected from the surgery at Kingswells from Monday to Saturday during normal opening hours. During emergency hours the vet on duty will have to be contacted first to arrange for medicines to be collected.

Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA)


APHA Field Services Office, Inverurie
01467 626610



Scotbeef (Inverurie) Ltd
01467 620631

McIntosh Donald, Portlethen
01224 780381

Millers of Speyside
01479 872520


DEFRA Rural Services Helpline
03000 200301


Food Standards Agency
01582 831919


National Fallen Stock Co (NFSACo) Helpline
01335 320014

Douglasbrae Knackery, Keith
01542 882728

North East Fallen Stock
01261 963963


SAC Consulting (SRUC, Mill of Craibstone)
01224 711177

Andrew Millar BVMS MRCVS

Andrew grew up on a mixed farm in South West Scotland; the farm was predominately dairy although there were breeding sheep and beef suckler cows. He has been with Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd since 2001 and is responsible for the Farm Animal services throughout the practice. Andrew qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow University in 1992. Prior to working at Ardene House he gained experience in several mixed practices in the West of Scotland and the North of England. He has a particular interest in cattle and sheep, and in improving the health of both the individual animal and the herd/flock.  Andrew is also a BCVS Accredited Johne’s Veterinary Adviser.  Andrew is married with two children and enjoys living and working in Aberdeenshire.


Austen Marr BVM&S MRCVS

Austen graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in Edinburgh in 2002. He started working at the forerunner to Clyde Vet Group in Lanark focussing on Farm animals and Horses. There he got a grounding working within all aspects of farm work. The work was varied from lowland intensive systems to harsh hill farming conditions, the animals served encompassed dairy, beef, commercial and pedigree sheep and cattle.

In 2006 he started specialising in horses working in both the first opinion and referral sides, with a client base ranging from pleasure horses through racehorses and eventers to international show jumpers. He led the Scintigraphy (Bone Scanning) service and was heavily involved in the day and night anaesthetic rotas.

In February 2011 Austen joined the Ardene House team as a Farm animal and Equine Vet. Austen’s interests include fertility, obstetrics, neonatology and colic. He is a Permitted FEI Treating Veterinarian and has officiated at numerous Endurance and TREK events and Championships throughout Scotland. Austen has his own collection of animals to look after including his wife’s endurance horses.


Marta Grunt, MRCVS

Marta graduated from the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in February 2017, and right after it, she spent 3 month internship at Large Animals Hospital on the University of Tras-os- Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in Portugal, working with farm and equine patients.

As a volunteer, she has been taking an active part in the Department of Surgery and Department of  Reproduction at her home University.  She was always strongly involved in many scientific events and courses, such as ruminants diseases course with Prof. PhD Dr. h. c. Dipl. ECBHM Walter Baumgartner and AI training with Prof. PhD Jan Twardon.

She has a keen interest in health planning and reproduction efficiency.

In her free time, she likes to explore the region she’s currently visiting, with all its history, and of course, cuisine!  In winter season she’s ski training with her father to compete in slaloms.

Marta decided to move to Scotland because she sees great opportunity for developing her interests, and specializing in reproduction field.  Also she likes Scottish people for their valour, traditional outfits and buttery rolls.



At Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd we believe that good heard and flock health planning is a very important part of managing a successful farm. We wish to support our clients when creating a comprehensive health plan for their farms. Many farm assurance schemes now require an annual health plan discussed with and signed by your vet. At Ardene House we mainly create health plans on the online Scottish Animal Health Planning System ( This allows both the client and vet to access the health plan and update any changes to the health plan or benchmark figures at any time. If the online plan is kept up to date then a current and relevant health plan can be quickly accessed and printed whenever required.

Many of our clients are members of the Premium Cattle Health Scheme and Premium Seep and Goat Health Schemes for which we provide annual testing and advice. Other schemes are also available so please keep us informed if you become a member of any health scheme.


DIY AI Courses can save you time and money by getting your cow inseminated at the right time without the stress of waiting for the technician.

Our DIY AI courses are delivered over four days: 85% of the course time is devoted to hands-on tuition so that the dexterity skills required have adequate time to be mastered.

All aspects of AI are covered, including:

  • Legislation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Safe handling of liquid nitrogen and semen straws
  • Thawing procedures
  • The practical AI technique

The AI technique is practiced on live cows, on farm. The on farm environment gives a very relaxed training atmosphere. Assessment of the technique is done by ultrasound examination since the cows are inseminated with a viscose liquid which shows up on an ultrasound scanner.

Date of next course: To be announced


Our lambing courses can provide you with the knowledge every sheet farmer needs to know to ensure a successful lambing season.

All aspects of lambing are covered including:

  • How to prepare for lambing time
  • The importance of good nutritional management prior to lambing
  • How to prevent and treat common per-natal problems in both the sheep and the lambs
  • Common causes of ovine abortion
  • Clostridial vaccinations
  • How to investigate and reduce the incidence of abortion in your flock
  • Normal parturition and when to either intervene or seek veterinary advice

Date of next course: 8 February 2019

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700

Sheep Smallholders

Our sheep smallholders’ course teachers a range of practical techniques which every sheet owner would benefit from learning, including:

  • Application and regulations
  • Correct usage of drenching guns
  • Common injection sites and methods
  • Basic lameness control for your flock

This course can be adapted to suit the experience of the group.

Date of next course: To be announced

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700, and select option 1 for Large Animal Office.

Milksure Training

We are pleased to be able to offer our dairy farming clients MilkSure training. This will be delivered by our own experienced Vet, Andrew Millar BVMS MRCVS.  The training has theoretical and practical components. The theory can be done at Ardene or your farm, but the practical has to be done on your farm because it includes aspects such as medicine storage.

The MilkSure Initiative is for British dairy farmers and is supported by the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and the milk processors.  Safeguarding the production of wholesale milk which is free of veterinary medicine residues is in all our interests. MilkSure is led by Dairy UK and has been developed in conjunction with BCVA.  MilkSure is a training course for British dairy farmers and their employees.

Training is provided by vets for their own clients, using a workbook and other learning materials.  The course covers all the technical and practical aspects necessary to safeguard residue fee milk.  A Certificate of Achievement is award to those who complete the training and pass an online test.  The completed course and test earns 7 Dairy Pro points, for those who are collecting these.

To register, go to where you will need to enter Andrew Millar as your Vet’s name and as his email address. If you would like help with registering please phone Ardene Vet Practice on 01224 740700 and Andrew will be happy to help you

Click here to download the Milksure PDF

Foot Trimming

Our foot trimming courses can save you time and money by teaching you the skills required to identify lameness quickly and be able to correct the most common minor causes of lameness before the welfare of your cattle and the productivity of your farm is compromised.

These courses are delivered over three days; the vast majority of the course time is devoted to hands-on tuition, so that the foot trimming skills required have adequate time to be mastered.

All aspects of foot trimming are covered, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the bovine foot
  • Dairy co-mobility scoring to quickly identify and rate severity of lameness
  • Common disease affecting the bovine foot
  • How to safely restrain a cow and pick up its feet for trimming
  • Practical foot trimming using the 5-stage Dutch trimming technique
  • How to adequately maintain your foot trimming knives
  • How and when to apply blocks
  • When to seek specialist/veterinary advice

The foot trimming technique is practiced on live cows, on farm. This on farm environment gives a very relaxed training atmosphere.

Date of next course: TBA

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700, and select option 1 for Large Animal Office.

Veterinary Medicines

The Safe and Effective Use of Veterinary Medicines

The XLVets FarmSkills Safe and Effective Use of Veterinary Medicines workshop aims to increase trainees’ knowledge of safety and good practice as well as outlining the legislative requirements for on farm medicines use.

The course also aims to increase trainees’ understanding of the different types of medicines used and how these relate to the common diseases on farm.

Date of next course: TBA

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700, and select option 1 for Large Animal Office.

Bull Fertility

Trainees will be able to manage the health of their bull effectively and know how to make the most of this valuable asset on farm.

There is some theory taught in our CPD room and then the rest of the course if on farm.

Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, which can be disinfected when entering farm, are required for most of these courses.

 Date of next course: TBA

To book this course telephone Ardene House Vet Practice Ltd on 01224 740700, and select option 1 for Large Animal Office.

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