Advanced Breeding team

THE TEAM - over 80 years combined experience in Advanced Breeding

Charlotte Smith

IVP/E.T Laboratory Manager

I joined Paragon in the summer of 2013 as part of the activf ET team after finishing my studies in Biomedical Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University. I am part of the commercial and research teams that deliver bovine IVF and Embryo transfer.

I live at my family home on a hill farm. I enjoy many sports and social activities but mainly pursue passions in Horses and Rugby.

Vicky Bushby - BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a mixed vet, and work in all aspects of the practice.  I particularly enjoy farm practice, having a family background in dairy and sheep farming. I have a few ewes of my own, which Dad looks after for me most of the time!! I recently got married to Chris, who is also a vet.

Karen Smith

E.T General Assistant

I joined Paragon's Embryo Transfer team in 2013. My main role is as a flush and IVF technician. My other duties include sterilising and preparing kits, and record keeping.

Outwith work my time is mainly spent helping on my parent's beef, sheep and arable farm and on my boyfriend's dairy farm.

Paul Robinson

Large Animal Technician
I joined the Paragon team in 2014 in a Large Animal Technician role after many years experience working as a herdsman on mixed farms. 
My role includes care of the resident farm livestock at the Newbiggin centre and support for the cattle advanced breeding, sheep embryo transfer and sheep A.I. programmes. 
A native of Cumbria I am married with two grownup children. My interests outside of work include music, travel, landscape photography, football and American Football.

Jenny Turner

Advanced Breeding Project Manager

I have been working for Paragon Veterinary Group since 2011 in my role as Advanced breeding Project Manager. I am currently managing two Technology Strategy Board Collaborative Projects involved with IVF in Cattle and Genomic Selection of Bovine Embryos, supporting Stuart Mullan and David Black who are leading this initiative.
Outside work I live on a farm with my husband James and we keep a variety of interesting animals including hens, waterfowl, wallabies and reindeer. I have two grown up children Kate and Daniel and one little granddaughter in Scotland who I see as often as I can.

James and I are currently renovating a small derelict farm which is taking up most of our time and energy and we are the proud owners of 5 Longhorn cattle. I am a keen swimmer and enjoy walking when I get any spare time!

Emily Arter

IVP Laboratory Technician

I joined Paragon's Advanced Breeding team in November 2016, where my main role is as an IVF lab technician. My other roles include ET and OPU lab technicianing as well as kit sterilisation and packing.

Outside of work I enjoy an array of sports and outdoor pursuits. I have recently started doing triathalons which keeps me busy alongside competing my horse.


Stuart Mullan - BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

My responsibilities include the running of our embryo transfer service, which is based at Newbiggin, just west of Penrith. We operate primarily in  Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.


Advising on the management of high yielding dairy cows for embryo transfer has allowed me to build on my experiences gained working with the MOET herd in the early 90's.


My interest in dairy cattle has led to me establishing the Red Sky herd of Red and White Holstein herd with my colleague Will Christie.

David Black - BVM&S, DBR, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Managing Director

I am a mixed practitioner, but mainly involved with the farm animal side of the practice. I hold a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR), and have been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Bovine Health and Production (Reproduction) I have a a particular interest in cattle breeding and fertility, including Embryo Transfer. As managing partner and director, I am responsible for the overall coordination and running of the practice. I was very involved in the aftermath of Foot and Mouth Disease, and I act as an advisor to several groups, both locally and nationally. More recently I have been involved with the establishment of XLVets. This is a nationally distributed group of veterinary practices working together to achieve our joint aim of "Excellence in Practice". I am currently managing director of XLVets. I am married to Sue and have 3 daughters.

Will Christie

Advanced Breeding Consultant

Having been a senior member of Paragon ET, I am now retired but I still work with the practice on a consultancy basis. 

I spent some years in mixed practice after qualifying, then specialised in ET related activities - both in the research field and in commercial practice.

I am very interested in all aspects of farm animal reproduction but I always particularly enjoyed bringing new technologies to commercial practice.

I have been happily married to my soul-mate Maggie for over 30 years and have 2 daughters and a son. As a hobby we breed Red and White Holsteins with my son-in-law Richard Baynes of the Marleycote Pedigree Herd and my colleague Stuart Mullan.  We have established Red Sky Holsteins which now takes up a lot of my spare time.

Jackie Edgar

Embryo Technician
I joined the Paragon Advanced Breeding team in summer 2014, having previously worked on a dairy farm and studied Animal Science at Newcastle University. 
Outside of work I am the secretary of a small agricultural show and spend most of my spare time working on the family hill farm.