Meet the team

Practice Manager, Office and Support Team







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    Leanne Duckworth

    Clinical Director

    BVSc BSc(Hons)

    Leanne graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011, and joined our team in 2022. She has a passion for feline and rabbit medicine and geriatric care, and lives locally with her husband, two children and two cats. She enjoys going to the cinema and theatre, as well as exercising to balance out her cake addiction and love of eating out.

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    Liz Edmondson Day

    Practice Manager

    Liz qualified as a registered veterinary nurse at a neighbouring practice in 1987, and joined our team in 1996. She has many years of experience working within veterinary support teams, and likes travelling and doing yoga in her free time.

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    Becky Harrison

    Assistant Practice Manager

    Becky joined us in 2010, and has been our assistant practice manager since 2014. She is very interested in progressing our practice and making sure we’re up to speed with the latest technology, and works closely with our practice manager to get the job done.

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    Gemma Armitage

    Head of Client Care

    Gemma lives with her husband, son and cat, and has been with our practice since 2015. She loves getting to know her clients and patients, and enjoys going on holiday, laughing with friends and going on days out with her family. She is also partial to the occasional glass of red, and loves smelly cheeses and (cheesy) 80s music.

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    Stacy Lamb

    Lifetime Care Plan Admin

    Stacy Lamb is our Lifetime Care Plan Administrator 

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    Nika Lombardi

    Admin and Marketing Assistant

    Nika has been with us since 2019, and graduated in 2017 with a degree in equine rehabilitation and therapy. She also has a level three extended diploma in horse management. In her free time she enjoys walking her German Shepherd Odin and spending time with family and friends.

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    Sarah Metcalfe

    Insurance Handler

    Sarah has been part of our team since 2021, and when she’s not working can often be found competing horses and riding vintage motorbikes around the local area with her partner. A hardcore cruise fanatic, she also enjoys spending holidays at sea.

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    Patrick Moore

    Clinical Director

    BVMS, MRCVS

    Patrick Moore  is one of our Clinical Director

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    Emma Southward

    Accounts Manager

    Emma Southward is the Head of Accounts

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    Emma Turner

    Small Animal Accounts Assistant

    Emma Turner is the Small animal account assistant

Our Small Animal Team

Our small animal team operate from our Colne, Barnoldswick and Burnley branches and offer excellent nurse clinics, behaviour and nutrition advice alongside routine services your pet needs to live a happy, healthy life.

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon







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    Alison Wilson

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS MRCVS

    Alison graduated from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2011, and joined our practice three years later. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in clinical animal behaviour, and spends much of her spare time with her family, walking her dog and looking after her two cats.

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    Yana Taylor

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon & Junior Vet Team Leader

    BVMS MRCVS

    Yana joined our team shortly after graduating in 2019, and is interested in all aspects of small animal clinical practice, especially soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her horses and playing badminton.

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    Lauren Jolley

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Lauren graduated from Liverpool University in 2019, and joined us two years later. Her clinical passions include internal medicine, inpatient care and dentistry, which she is working towards a certificate in. In her free time, she enjoys horse riding, swimming, and producing her own equine and canine pet portraits using graphite pencils, charcoal and pastels.

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    Lucy Scarborough

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS BVM BVS

    Lucy graduated in 2021, and joined our team the same year. She is interested in all aspects of general practice work, especially surgery, and is a keen rock climber in her spare time. She also enjoys going for hikes with her intrepid golden retriever, Archie.

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    Victoria Foster

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BA VetMB MRCVS

    Victoria graduated in 2018, and has been with us since 2021. Her clinical interests include dermatology, internal medicine and clinical pathology, and outside of work she enjoys yoga, painting and going for walks with her family.

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    Ben Crofts

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Ben graduated in 2022 and joined our team the same year. He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice, particularly the surgical side of things, and pursues a wide range of hobbies, including watching rugby, scuba diving, running and riding his horse.

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    Stuart Kerr

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Stuart graduated in 2006, and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. He joined our team in 2016, and has a passion for all things orthopaedic and drug related.

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    Elizabeth Cameron

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Elizabeth Cameron is one of our small animal vets 

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    Jill Bleazard

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Jill Bleazard is one of our small animal vets

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    Robin Hargreaves

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Robin joined us in 1988, a few years after graduating, and is interested in all aspects of general first opinion practice. As a veterinary politics enthusiast, he also works with the BVA and is part of the RVC council, a chair of the Liverpool University alumni association and a senior veterinary advisor for a pet insurance company.

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    Rachel Scerri

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS MRCVS

    I enjoy hiking and going to the gym

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    Kate Brandist

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    MA VetMB CertAVP PgCert VPS MRCVS

    Kate graduated in 2018, and joined the team in 2023. She has a passion for emergency and critical care medicine, having gained a certificate in this clinical area. Outside of work she enjoys helping on her boyfriend's dairy farm; walking her dog, Percy; and competing in Crossfit competitions.

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    Emily Ford

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Emily Ford is one of our small animal vets

Veterinary Nurses







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    Kira Sutcliffe

    Head Veterinary Nurse

    RVN DipCVN BVNA

    Kira has been with us since 1999, and is a pet health advisor with a particular interest in dentistry work. She was awarded the Veterinary Nurse Educator of the Year award in 2019, and enjoys educating the public about animal welfare and supporting nursing students with their training.

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    Marie Blackurn

    Deputy Head Nurse

    RVN

    Marie joined our practice in 2011, and has a national diploma in animal care and level three diploma in veterinary nursing. When she’s not working, she loves travelling abroad, socialising with friends and spending time outdoors.

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    Natalie Hirst

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Natalie graduated in 2009, and joined our team in 2013. She has a foundation degree in veterinary nursing, a certificate in veterinary nursing and emergency critical care and a diploma in canine behaviour.

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    Leanne Boyd

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Leanne joined us in 2014, and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2018, having achieved her level three nursing diploma. Her favourite parts of her job are working on the medical ward and as part of our out of hours team, nursing patients in recovery and working with dogs – especially Jack Russell terriers.

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    Lucy Lancaster

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    After achieving her level three nursing diploma, Lucy joined our team in 2017. Her clinical interests include emergencies, monitoring anaesthetics and doing all the jobs associated with operating. She also works as part of our out of hours night team.

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    Chanel Riley

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN DipVN Ncert (Anaes)

    Chanel graduated in 2009, and joined our practice in 2021. She holds a nursing certificate in emergency and critical care, and loves educating pet owners on preventative and senior pet care. She knows that hospitals can be overwhelming for some pets, so likes to make sure that pets recovering from surgery or anaesthesia are calm and comfortable.

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    Emma O’Loughlin

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Emma has a level three diploma in veterinary nursing, and has been with our practice since 2010. Her clinical interests include theatre, nursing inpatients, nurse clinics and out of hours work.

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    Joe Bromfield

    Veterinary Nurse

    FDSC RVN

    Joe graduated in 2017, and has been part of our team since 2022. Outside of work, he is a keen gamer and enjoys dog walking.

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    Georgia Brayshaw

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN DipVN

    Georgia graduated in 2018, and joined our team four years later. When she’s not busy in practice, she likes walking her dogs, baking and doing gundog training.

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    Adweena Lee

    Veterinary Nurses

    RVN

    Adweena Lee is our small animal register veterinary nurse

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    Claudia Jackson

    Veterinary Nurses

    RVN

    Claudia Jackson is our small animal Register Veterinary Nurse 

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    Emily Holmes

    RVN

    Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing., BSc Animal science and conservation and FdSc Animal science and management.

    Emily enjoys walking her cocker spaniel, gardening and pottery

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    Gwenda Foulds

    Veterinary Nurses

    RVN

    Gwenda Foulds is one of our small animal registered veterinary nurse

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    Rachel Bradley

    Veterinary Nurses

    RVN

    Rachel Bradley is one of our Small Animal registered veterinary nurse

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    Becky Fothergill

    Veterinary Nurses

    RVN

    Becky Fothergill  is our small animal Register Veterinary Nurse 

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    Juliette Jervis

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Juliette Jervis is one of our Veterinary Nurses 

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    Emma Hoole

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Emma is one of our senior nurses. She enjoys spending time with family and LOVES cheese in all forms 

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    Jennah Sayle

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Jennah is a RV that is working towards a qualification in Small animal physio 

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    Clare Weekes

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Clare is one of our night shift nurses

Trainee Veterinary Nurses and Nurse assistants







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    Linda King

    Animal Care Assistant

    Linda has level two and three NVQs in small animal care and animal nursing assistance, and joined our team in 2012. She has a keen interest in helping our patients with post-operative care.

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    Olivia Hickman

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Olivia has an animal behaviour and welfare degree, and joined us in 2019. She graduated in 2020 and began her veterinary nursing training two years later, which has piqued her interest in the surgical aspects of veterinary care. Outside of work, she enjoys going out for walks with her dogs, teaching horse riding lessons and spending time with friends.

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    Janine Salmon

    Animal Care Assistant

    Janine graduated in 2001 and has a pre-veterinary nursing qualification. She joined our team in 2021, and enjoys a variety of hobbies, such as swimming, walking, going to the gym and watching football.

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    Francesca Cowgill

    Animal Care Assistant

    Francesca Cowgill is our Animal Care Assistant

Small Animal Reception and Admin Team







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    Suzy Proctor

    Senior Receptionist

    Suzy joined the team in 2005, and holds a medical secretary and receptionist diploma. She enjoys an active home life, which sees her visiting family and friends, travelling, running, cycling, playing badminton and tennis, and mountain and fell walking in the Dales and Lake District with her Labradors, Ruby and Pearl.

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    Sarah Harrison

    Burnley Branch Co-Ordinator

    Sarah Harrison is our Burnley Branch Co-ordinator

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    Amanda Sanders

    Deputy Head Receptionist

    Amanda joined us in 2021 and has a BTEC in travel and tourism. She is married with two children, and loves family time, swimming, walking and going on holiday, especially to Greece.

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    Andrea Ratcliffe

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Andrea is one of our small animal receptionists 

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    Jennifer Whittle

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Jennifer joined the team in 2020, and loves having the opportunity to get to know our lovely clients and their sidekicks. In her own time, she adores cooking, nature, history and anything that’s weird, wonderful and wacky. Her favourite thing to do is cuddle up in front of a fire with her partner, a good horror film and their two pooches, Winston and Frank Banjo.

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    Michelle Barnsley

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Michelle Barnsley is our Small Animal Receptionist

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    Leanne Mattinson

    Head Receptionist

    Leanne Mattinson is our head receptionist

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    Victoria Martin

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Victoria is one of our small animal receptionists 

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    Samantha Robertson

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Samantha Robertson is one of our Small Animal Receptionist

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    Victoria Burgess

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Victoria Burgess is one of our Small Animal Receptionist

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    Glenys Frost

    Stock Controller

    Glenys Frost is our Stock controller

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    Megan Watson

    Stock Control Assistant

    Megan Watson is our Stock Control Assistant

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    Abbie Waddington

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Abbie Waddington is our small animal receptionist

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    Katrina Braithwaite

    Part-Time Small Animal Receptionist

    Katrina is one of our part-time small animal receptionists.

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    Sarah Holden

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Sarah's interests include cooking and baking. She has three greyhounds in training at Nottingham and has an ex racehorse she does dressage and jumping with. She also has another Greyhound at home with her working cocker.

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    Isobel Barnes

    Small Animal Receptionist

    A-Levels - English Language, Psychology, Health & Social Care

    Isobel enjoys playing netball and rounders, loves going on holiday and spending time with friends.

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    Georgia Eborall

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Georgia enjoys riding her horse Pippin and walkies with her little pug

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    Anne Spencer

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Anne is one of our part time receptionists at our small animal branches

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    Janet Amir

    Small Animal Receptionist

    Janet is one of our part time receptionists at our small animal branches

Our Farm And Equine Team

With close to a century of experience between them, our farm team are adept in all areas of production, animal husbandry, health and welfare.

Our farm and equine teams are based in Higham at our newly refurbished Ashlar House Barn. Farmers can make the most of routine farm visits and herd and flock health plans tailored to their specific requirements, while horse owners can get assistance with everything from pre-purchase examinations to worming programmes and official measurements.

 

Farm and Equine Veterinary Surgeons







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    David Walmsley

    Clinical Director

    VetMB BA MRCVS

    David joined our team in 1993 and has worked with a wide variety of cattle, sheep and horses across the course of his career. His clinical interests include herd health and equine lameness.

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    Helen Mottram

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS

    Helen qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1997, and has a keen interest in cattle fertility work, health planning, disease control and farming networks.

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    Nick Johnson

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS MRCVS

    Nick graduated in 2006 and has a passion for ophthalmology, equine production and internal medicine. He is also keen to develop his interests in equine sports medicine and reproduction.

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    Laura Newsome

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM BVS MRCVS

    Laura graduated in 2016 and has been with us since 2021. She has three horses that she enjoys riding in her free time, when she’s not looking after her dogs.

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    Catherine Corbett

    Large Animal Vet

    MRCVS

    Catherine Corbett is one of our large animal vets 

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    Christine Threlfall

    Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    Christine is one of our large animal vets

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    Linda Greaves

    Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed BSc CertAVP MRCVS

    Linda is one of our large animal vets

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    Hannah Marrow

    Large Animal Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS MRCVS

    Hannah is one of our large animal vets

Large Animal Reception and Admin Team







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    Lindsey Dennett

    Large Animal Receptionist

    Lindsey joined our practice in 1995, and has a medical receptionist diploma. Outside of work, she loves taking long walks in the country with her family.

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    Sarah Day

    Farm and Equine Branch Coordinator

    Sarah spent seven years working in our large animal team, before taking a break and returning in 2020. She has a diploma in equine studies and business management and a degree in equine science, and spends much of her free time cheering on her sons at various sporting activities or enjoying the odd glass of wine with friends and family.

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    Scarlet Hartley

    Large Animal Receptionist

    Scarlet joined the team in 2021 and has a degree in equine management. Outside of work, she can usually be found competing her own horses, gardening or meeting up with friends.

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    Alice Whittaker

    Farm and Equine General Assistant

    Alice has an equine management degree and joined us in 2019, and brought her extensive experience of the farm and equine industries with her, having grown up on a farm and managed local equine establishments. She has a horse called Penny who she competes in events with, and a dog called Layla, who is the (unofficial) large animal team mascot.

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    Sue Cowell

    Large Animal Receptionist

    Sue has been with us since 2021, and is a keen horse rider. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family.