Sotirios Karvountzis qualified in 1994, from the Veterinary School of the University of Thessalonica, Greece. His main interest was farm work, so he took a predominately cattle post, based in Holsworthy in Devon, for his first position and worked at another practice in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, for his second post. He set up Mendip Vets, in 2017.
His main clinical interests are cattle fertility, genomic benchmarking, reproductive and abdominal surgery, hoof health, mastitis, bull and ram semen testing, pathology and ruminant nutrition, based on Cornell Net Carbohydrate Protein System (CNCPS) and AMTS.
He carries out dynamic and static milk parlour tests with the Vadia Milk Time Testing device. He is a Plan Deliverer for the AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan.
He has extensive experience in training vets and farmers. He is a LANTRA Freelance Instructor & Assessor and CowSignals Master Trainer.
He organises foot trimming courses and holds the Dutch Diploma in Cattle Hoofcare, the NPTC Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Cattle Foot Trimming, White Line Atlas Hoof Trimming Instructor, AHDB Mobility Mentor, RoMS Mobility Scorer and RoMS Approved Trainer.
He has trained most of the vets who practice endoscopic surgery in the UK and he has tutored endoscopic courses in UK and abroad.
He trains farmers on responsible and safe use of veterinary medicines, prevention of medicine residues in milk and eradication of diseases, as a MilkSure Champion, BAJVA, BVDFree in England and Wales and BCVA Accredited TB Veterinary Adviser.
He has been the coordinator of two large scale clinical research projects, on Caesarean sections and on Left Displacement of Abomasum corrective techniques.
He is also a computer programmer and his main interest is SQL databases. He developed the analysis program Milk Monitor ©, which can analyse large amounts of cattle data.
He also holds a helicopter commercial pilot’s Licence CPL(H) with instrument rating IR(H).
He is a trained first aider and fire warden and, in his spare time, he enjoys learning German, skiing and spending time with his family.