Jon Reader qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1997 from the University of Bristol and has been a farm animal vet in Somerset ever since. In 2001 he gained the Certificate in Cattle Health and Production and then in 2010 the Diploma in Cattle Health and Production. He is an RCVS recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production and in 2013 was runner up as Farmers Weekly Farm Advisor of the Year. He holds the NPTC Level 3 foot trimming qualification and has also attended a five day Dairyland foot trimming course in the USA. Jon is a LANTRA approved trainer and is also a member of the Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group (NDHHG) as well as being a member of the UK Dairy Cattle Mobility Steering Group. Jon is a Healthy Feet Programme mobility mentor but is also a trainer for other mentors. He jointly runs the BCVA advanced practitioner lameness course.
Jon has been involved with lameness all his career and has a particular interest in foot trimming, working with para professionals as well as using technology to assist in the recording and analysis of mobility and lameness records. He has carried out peer reviewed research and has presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally as well as carrying out consultancy work in China.