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Team Qualifications


Some of our fully qualified vets may also be available to provide a clinical locum service in certain areas. Please see further details in the biographies of some of our key team members below. We have a large number of other OVs and CSOs on the team who are not listed below. We also have connections with OVs in other locations in the UK, who can carry out inspections on our behalf.

We can also work on a consultancy basis with a local vet if distance proves an issue – we advise on the paperwork side and they carry out the physical check on the goods.

Contact Amivet for further details.

We have a large number of OVs across GB

This is just a small selection of some of the key team members. We have wide experience across all types of product exports.

Andrew Iveson BVSc CertSAS MRCVS

Andrew qualified as a vet in 1995 and after spending time in mixed and small animal practice, set up Amivet Ltd in 2010 and is a director. He has been involved in export certification work since 2004. He travels extensively in the UK to advise and meet the needs of a variety of different clients and enjoys good connections with many industry associations.

Andrew gained the RCVS Certificate in small animal surgery in 2002 and has been recognised by the RCVS as an advanced practitioner in small animal surgery. He continues to provide occasional locum cover, including referral surgery, first opinion and emergency small animal practice.

Andrew is past chairman of the North West region of the BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) and still an active volunteer with them. Outside of work he enjoys the gym, keeping fit, DIY, hillwalking, obstacle racing and the great outdoors.


Jemma qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1997 and started working in mixed practice in Yorkshire. During this time she built up a wide variety of skills in both companion animal and farm animal care.

She has worked as a veterinary surgeon throughout the north of England.

Jemma joined Amivet in 2015 after qualifying in veterinary product exportation and is now part of the team providing essential services. Outside of work Jemma is a keen gardener who also takes part in open water swimming events.


Pippa graduated as a vet from the University of Glasgow in 1987. Working for 27 years in companion animal practice, she derives special satisfaction from complex medical cases. Pippa is also a freelance veterinary copywriter.

Pippa is also an Official Veterinarian (OV) accredited for general and product exports. She joined the Amivet team in 2017 and provides export certification services for businesses based around the London area.

Outside of work Pippa is addicted to the written word and still loves learning about animals. She has three elderly cats, two adult children, one crazy dog, a bearded dragon and an extremely tolerant husband.

Simon Hall MA, Vet MB, MRCVS

Simon qualified from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1984 and worked in mixed practice in Devon and Gloucestershire before joining MAFF as a Veterinary Officer. Highlights of his career in Government were acting as Veterinary Head of International Trade for Defra, Chief Veterinary Officer Scotland and APHA Veterinary Director. Responsibilities included export negotiations in the EU and around the world.

Simon joined Amivet in 2019 after retiring from APHA. He is renovating a cottage with woodland in the Forest of Dean with his wife Vanessa and supporting their three grown up children.




Jan Scotchford BVM&S MRCVS

Jan qualified as a vet in 1990. After 9 years in small animal practice Jan started working as an OV responsible for checking imports of Products of Animal Origin arriving at Gatwick airport from outside the EU. After 18 months she become the lead OV at Gatwick remaining in the role for 12 years. She trained other OVs to enable her to continue clinic work in a small animal A&E clinic in Brighton at weekends for 7 years, and for 2 years, part-time for the RSPCA.

Flights carrying freight of interest to Gatwick’s OVs gradually moved to Heathrow, so the work interest declined. Jan migrated back to England’s northern moors -all the better for off-road marathon training – but the climate has reluctantly reduced time spent sea kayaking and open-water swimming. Work once again was A&E vet clinics, although she has managed to fit in as much export work as possible.

Joanna Cope, BVetMed, MRCVS

After qualifying Joanna joined a mixed, mainly farm animal practice in Cumbria.   Two years of working in significant rain prompted her to leave for Australia where she worked as a locum vet. She then travelled extensively before returning to the U.K. She is married with 2 grown up children and continues to work part time in clinical practice while renovating the family home and gardening. She likes to cook and derives huge pleasure from using home grown produce.

Jenny Grewal, BVSc CertAVP(CP), MRCVS

I graduated from Bristol in 2008, and after a few locum positions started a farm animal internship at Langford Vets. After my internship I moved on to a farm animal position in Chippenham, which included export work (mainly dairy products). Here I developed my interest in camelid medicine, and gained my CertAVP in Camelids. Due to injury I left my farm animal job in 2016, and started work as a self-employed locum. I now do a mix of small, farm and exotics/zoo work as a locum, along with export certification. Outside of veterinary work I run my own photography business (mainly wildlife and nature), and enjoy reading, cooking, singing, watching rugby and sailing in my (somewhat limited!) spare time.


Liviu graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi, Romania in 2014. He has worked as a large animal vet in mixed practice in Romania and Denmark. He moved to U.K. in January 2017 where he has been an Official Veterinarian in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

In 2019 he has been working for APHA as Senior Veterinary Inspector checking live animal imports, outbreaks and welfares. He is an Official Veterinarian (OV) accredited for general and product exports.

Outside work Liviu enjoys travelling, horse riding, hiking and new things to learn and explore.

Emma Norris, BA(Hons), VN, CSO

Emma joined Amivet in 2019 and has several roles.

Certification Support Officer – this means she can attend some site inspections and collate documents ready for one of the official vets to sign the export health certificates.

Office Manager – she deals with the financial, invoicing, human resources and administrative side of the business.

Director – she is also a director of Amivet.

Emma is based at our head office in Cheshire. In her spare time, she enjoys running and DIY.

Karina Pearson MSC Food Technology; OCQ (AHP) – CSO

Karina is a highly experienced food technical and regulatory compliance manager in FMCG and premium brands. With two decades of experience in confectionery and organic foods, she has a strong working knowledge of quality and food safety systems, and international food legislation.

Karina’s proven hands-on experience to successfully deliver growth of UK branded cake and grocery products in Australia, United States, Canada and Asia, has motivated her interest to continue to be involved in export services with British enterprises.

Karina joined Amivet in March 2019 as a CSO to support export certification services in the Home Counties and London area.