Practice Manager, Office & Support Staff

Liz Edmondson Day
Practice Manager

Liz has over 25 years experience working within veterinary support teams. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1987 in a neighboring practice.

Liz then spent two years travelling in Asia and Australia and when she returned, Liz joined Stanley House in 1996 as a receptionist.

Molly Edmondson
Office Security Guard

Molly is the Office Security Guard and has been coming to work with her human, Liz, for many years.

We think Molly believes that it is her Practice and cannot understand why there are other animals here without her say so!

Becky Harrison
Assistant Practice Manager

Becky joined Stanley House in early 2010 as a small animal receptionist and in 2011 she moved into the accounts department as an admin assistant assisting in the daily duties of the day to day running of the office.

In early 2014 Becky became Assistant Practice Manager and she now works closely with Liz, Practice Manager.

Linden Brown
Accounts Administrator

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Chloe Marshall
Junior Accounts Assistant

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Small Animal Vets

Robin Hargreaves
Director & Veterinary Surgeon

Robin Hargreaves vet BVSc,MRCVS – Small animal Director

Robin graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1985.

Robin was elected BVA President in 2014 spending much of his time in London he was missed by many, but we are glad to have him back!

Having married Lorna, our Barnoldswick Branch Co-ordinator, they have raised two fantastic children.

Robin likes anything rugby related.

Tony Marsh
Director & Veterinary Surgeon

Tony Marsh vet BVSc,MRCVS – Small animal Director.

Tony graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1979.

Tony has a very busy home life as he has four children to keep him busy and many animals which includes 3 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 2 geese, some sheep and many chickens.

Tony and his wife Gilly cycled over 1000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to celebrate there silver wedding anniversary,they must be mad!

Patrick Moore
Director & Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating from Glasgow University in 1994 Patrick spent the first 3 years of his career in mixed practice. First working in the Staffordshire Moorlands and then moving to the Derbyshire Peak District. He decided to focus on small animal work and joined Stanley House in 1997, becoming a Director in 2006.

Patrick enjoys all outdoor activities and this includes walking and running with his little dog, a terrier crossbreed called Tilly.

Ginny Anderson
Veterinary Surgeon

After graduating from Glasgow University in 1978 Ginny worked in a mixed practice in Cambridgeshire. In 1981 she moved to Colne to join what was then Clark & Copestake. In 1987 Ginny left to start a family returning three years and two children later to work part time which she has been doing ever since.

Ginny loves walking in our wonderful local countryside and over the years has had a variety of dogs to share this with.

Karen Horsfall
Veterinary Surgeon

Karen graduated from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science in 1992 and joined the team at Stanley House not long after.

With an interest in the more unusual species Karen enjoys treating rabbits, rodents and ferrets.

Outside of work Karen is a keen horse rider and walker, and can often be seen out and about with her dog Skye.

Gilly Marsh
Veterinary Surgeon

Gilly Marsh vet BVSc,MRCVS – Small animal vet

In 1981 Gilly graduated from the University of Liverpool and joined Stanley House in 1992.

Gilly works from our Barnoldswick surgery and until recently taught at Craven College. She and her husband Tony have a very busy household as they have four children together and many animals which includes 3 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, 2 geese, some sheep and many chickens.

When Gilly gets free time to her self she enjoys walking and cycling. Gilly and Tony cycled over 1000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to celebrate there silver wedding anniversary, they must be mad!

Darren Bentley
Veterinary Surgeon

Darren was brought up in Rochdale and has many years experience as a small animal vet.

Alison Wilson
Veterinary Surgeon

Alison joined us in March 2014 as a small animal vet and works full time between all branches.

At present Alison is on maternity leave with her first child, a beautiful baby girl 🙂

Stuart Kerr
Veterinary Surgeon

Stu, who is originally from New Zealand, started working at Stanley House in June 2016 . At work he is interetsed in all things drug related and orthopaedics. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Pharmacology.

Outside of work Stu enjoys travel and hiking, having combined these to do Mt Kilimanjaro and the Inca trail. His long term ambition is to do more of the Seven Summits.

Stu has a lab x collie called Bramble that travelled over with him from New Zealand. He also has an ever growing craft beer collection at home.

Bethany Thwaite
Veterinary Surgeon

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Hayley Wood
Veterinary Surgeon

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Veterinary Nurses

Catherine Beresford
Head Nurse - RVN
Operations Manager

Cath has worked for Stanley House Vets for 18 years now. She began her employment on the 1st March 1999, alongside the other Head Nurse Kira. They began their careers as Trainee Nurses, with their role primarily consisted of a lot of cleaning of animal accomodation, consulting rooms and clinical areas. They also assisted by handling and restraining animals to allow the nurses and veterinary team to carry out different procedures, for example blood sampling, dressing changes andclinical examinations.

Kira Sutcliffe
Head Nurse - RVN DipCVN BVNA

Kira joined Stanley House March 1999 as a trainee nurse. She qualified in 2002 and was appointed head nurse in April 2005. Kira has since gained further qualifications as a Pet Health Advisor, she holds a certificate in Veterinary Dentistry and in 2014 completed a 2 year course gaining a Diploma of Higher Education in Clinical Veterinary Nursing.

Marie Blackburn
Deputy Head Nurse - RVN

After completing her National Diploma in Animal Care at Myerscough College Marie join Stanley House in July 2001. In November 2004 she qualified as a veterinary Nurse, achieving a pass with credit.

Marie adores travelling abroad, socialising with friends and she loves the outdoors. You may often see her walking, doing the odd bungee jump and other random activities such as hang-gliding, rafting and cliff jumping!

Rachel Bradley

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Jennah Sayle

Jennah started her career in 2002 working at the Jenkins practice. In 2008 Stanley House took ownership of all Jenkins practices so Jennah now works from both our Burnley and Colne surgeries.

Jennah is the student co-ordinator for trainee nurses.

Jennah has keen interests in physiotherapy and hydrotherapy in which she has completed CPD.

In her spare time Jennah enjoys skiing, dancing and walking with her 3 dogs: Jake a stunning rescue dog, Max and also Spencer who is an English springer spaniel.

Emma O'Loughlin

Emma joined Stanley House in 2010 shortly after qualifying as a veterinary nurse from Myerscough College in January. Previous to this Emma completed a Diploma in animal care and an animal nursing assistant course.

Ruby and Charlie are her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that she rescued at 10 months old and she loves spoiling and walking them as well as Tia, her Jack Russell and Holly, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Emma also enjoys socialising with her friends and family.

Natalie Thompson-Hirst

Natalie studied for her FdSc in Veterinary Nursing and successfully qualified in 2009. In April 2013, Natalie joined the nursing team here at Stanley House and has been a valued member of the team since. Within work she enjoys animal behaviour and has gained a Diploma in Canine Behaviour. An emergency situation, where Natalie needs to be ‘hands on’ and think fast is also something she can handle very well and she does enjoy the pressure of this! Natalie continues to progress her nursing skills and is currently working towards a certificate in emergency & critical care nursing.

Out of work you may find Natalie out walking her 2 dogs – Bella, a Jack Russel and Maddie, a rescued SBT cross. She also enjoys snuggling up on the sofa and watching films or spending time with friends and family.

Gwenda Foulds

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Amy Gray

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Becky Fothergill

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Adweena Lee

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Natasha Lees

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Trainee Veterinary Nurses and Nurse Assistants

Leanne Boyd
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Lucy Gildea
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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Dianne Sourbutts
Nurse Assistant

Diane qualified as a Professional Dog Groomer in 1996 and also holds a NVQ Level 2 in Animal Care.

In 2003 Diane met Paul and they both moved to the area and Diane joined Stanley House Vets. Since this time Diane has married Paul and had two beautiful girls, one of which was born Christmas day 2011.

Diane has two Standard Poodles and a Springer Spaniel so as a qualified Dog Groomer she has some great looking dogs which she loves to walk together with the family. She also enjoys spending precious time with her children on family day trips to the zoo, etc.

Abby Robinson
Nurse Assistant

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Linda King
Nurse Assistant

Linda, who holds an NVQ Level 3 in Small Animal Care, joined Stanley House on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave for Diane in January 2012. Linda now works for us on a permanent basis mainly at the Burnley surgery.

When Linda has spare time she likes to be outside walking her 2 dogs or horseriding. Linda also enjoys going to the cinema and the theatre with friends and reading.

Linda loves all animals – As well as her 2 dogs, Linda has 2 cats and 4 TARANTULAS!!!

Small Animal Reception Team

Leanne Mattinson
Head Receptionist

Leanne joined the reception team in May 2007 and was appointed to her current position in 2011. She spends most of her time at Colne surgery but she can often be found at other sites.

The Pet Health Plan that we encourage clients to join with us for preventative treatment for your pets is managed by Leanne and has been very popular with our clients due to the large discounts that you can receive on veterinary treatment.

Leanne has a few pets at home including Maisie, a 6 year old Bedlington Terrier and Gizmo, a 2 year old Chihuahua. Millie and Lily, her ferrets and Kitty, a 12 year old cat also live with Leanne at home with her husband Gary and three children, Harry, Mollie and Freddie.

Leanne enjoys walking her dogs with her family and also reading and watching films… even the really scary ones!!

Glenys Frost
Deputy Head Receptionist

Glenys joined Stanley House as a small animal receptionist in 2010. In early 2015 Glenys was appointed Deputy Head receptionist for the small animal team so she now works closely with Leanne.

In her spare time Glenys enjoys reading, going out for meals and socializing with friends.She also enjoys walking her lovely dogs Barney and Old English sheepdog and Kizer a Husky cross. Glenys also has a cat Alfie who she rescued and he rules the house!

Glenys has 2 sons and husband Simon who says Glenys is not to bring home anymore animals!

Lorna Hargreaves
Branch Co-Ordinator (Barnoldswick)

Lorna started working for Stanley House in the summer of 2001 as a receptionist and she now runs our Barnoldswick surgery as Branch Co-ordinator. As a result Lorna spends most of her working week at the Barnoldswick branch.

Running, cycling and gardening are hobbies that Lorna likes to do in her spare time. In 2011 she took part in the Coast to Coast cycle and she takes part in lots of other charity events and in the past raised money for Bosom Friends, a local breast cancer charity.

Nicola Dixon
Branch Co-Ordinator (Burnley)

Nicola is a small animal receptionist that joined Stanley House in September 2013.

Nicola loves spending quality time with her family and pets. She has 2 Ragdoll cats called Charlie & Blue and also a Jug called Juke. Family quality time usually involves walking, camping, bowling and watching movies.

Pat Sullivan

Pat has been employed at Stanley House since 1996 as a small animal receptionist. She works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Colne surgery.

Pat has a young Shih Tsu called Mallie who is just adorable and very entertaining; she likes to pinch Pat’s toast in a morning when Pat is not looking!!

Suzy Proctor

Suzy joined our Veterinary Team as a receptionist in 2005. She works at the Colne branch and helps out at Burnley and Nelson as required.

Suzy has completed the Amspar medical secretary/receptionist diploma.

In her spare time she enjoys fell walking with her family and their two dogs: Peg a lively border collie and Tilly a boisterous black labrador. She also enjoys keeping active – cycling, horse riding and running.

Suzy, along with some friends has completed the Yorkshire three peaks in a day: Pen-y-gent, Whernside and Ingleborough. A challenging but very rewarding hike that raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Diane Boult

Diane joined the small animal reception team in January 2014.

When Diane is not at Stanley House she is kept very busy with her family. Diane has 2 grown up children, Emma & Dominic and 4 grandchildren named Daniel, Daryl, Jada and Alisha. She also has a 12 year old Border Terrier called Barney who can be grumpy sometimes. Barney was frightened of Biscuits the rabbit so Biscuit now lives with her daughter and terrorises her cat Jazzy instead.

Diane enjoys keeping fit, knitting, holidays abroad and weekends away.

Jen Crook

Jen joined Stanley House as a small animal receptionist and works mainly at our Colne and Burnley branches.

Jen rescued a lovely dog called Maddie so when she is not working Jen likes to spend time playing and going for long walks with her.

Alison Scott Miller

I joined Stanley House in February 2015 and I am thoroughly enjoying myself getting to know all my hardworking colleagues, our lovely clients, and of course all the beautiful pets.

With a degree in Pharmacology, and many years experience in customer service, retail and reception work I have returned to my first love working with animals.

In my spare time I am busy fostering Golden Retrievers for Irish Retriever rescue, which keeps me and my husband very busy, but is very rewarding and uses my knowledge of dog training to the full.

Gemma Armitage - Pet Health Plan Co-ordinator

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Maxine Butt

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Virginia Fielden

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Zoe Starkie

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Portia Keates

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Farm & Equine Vets

David Walmsley

J. David Walmsley VetMB BA MRCVS – Farm and Equine Director

David graduated from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School in 1993. Prior to joining Stanley House in 1994, David gained vast experience working at various practices and even spent some time working in America.

In May 2000 David became a partner in the practice.

David enjoys working with a wide variety of cattle, sheep and horses. His particular interests include herd health and equine lameness.

David is married with a young daughter, and enjoys fishing, skiing and walking his two dogs Finn and Caragh in his spare time.

Helen Mottram

Helen Mottram graduated from The Royal Veterinary College, London in 1997 and is originally from the Wirral. Helen joined the practice in 2009 having previously worked in West Wales and Clitheroe (or as some would put it ‘t’other side o‘ th’ill’) .

Helen carries out a lot of our routine farm animal work, and is our resident goat enthusiast, although she is happy to treat all large animal species. Her particular interests are cattle reproduction and control of infectious disease.

Outside of work she enjoys baking, going to agricultural shows, and cats. She also works as a volunteer helping to run the Guide Unit at Gisburn.

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Nick Johnson has been with Stanley House since 2006 after graduating from the University of Bristol, and is originally from the West Midlands. He is popular with equine clients but also enjoys a wide spectrum of
other work from chickens to water buffalo!

His clinical interests include ophthalmology, equine production and internal medicine. In the future Nick hopes to develop his interests in equine sports medicine and reproduction.

Outside of work Nick enjoys eventing, ice hockey, skiing, scuba diving and photography.

Morven Webster

Morven Webster BVM&S CertAVP(EP) MRCVS – Advanced Practitioner Veterinary Surgeon

Morven originally joined Stanley House in 2007 after graduating from the University of Edinburgh and is originally from Argyll . She left the practice in 2009 to undertake further training with the University of Liverpool and since has worked in mainly equine practice, obtaining a post graduate certificate in 2013. Morven returned to Stanley House in 2014 and is enjoying being back in the area.

Her main interests are dentistry, diagnostic imaging and geriatric equines. In the future Morven hopes to undertake charitable work overseas with donkeys.

Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, baking and trying to tire out her cocker spaniel Woody.

Helen Blake

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Large Animal Reception Team

Eileen Barnes
Office Manager

Eileen started working at Stanley House in 1979. Since then has worked as a small animal nurse and a small animal receptionist. Eileen now heads our large animal support team.

In her spare time Eileen is a very busy bee! When not showing or breeding her shetland ponies, with which she has great success, she can be found on the farm attending to the pedigree Beltex sheep and Belgium Blue cows, out riding her fell pony Mystic or part of the team arranging the annual Trawden & District Agricultural Show.

Lindsey Dennett

Lindsey began work as our accounts assistant but now works with in the large animal support team. She joined Stanley House in 1995 after completing an Amspar Medical Receptionist Diploma.

At weekends Lindsey and her family enjoy nothing better than a long walk in the country.

Alison Akrigg

Alison Akrigg- Receptionist Farm and Equine Department

Alison is a local lass and originally joined Stanley House Vets in 2002 as a small animal receptionist, but has been with the large animal office team since 2007.

Alison enjoys walking her collie Dan and his friends. Alison also enjoys hacking and competing her two horses Izzy and Missie.

Until recently Alison kept a flock of pedigree Suffolk and Lleyn sheep and is invaluable for her knowledge around lambing time.

Ann McCormack

Ann joined the Large Animal reception team in June 2013.

Ann enjoys travel, visiting new countries and cultures, reading, dining out and watching a good film. A few years ago, Ann did a Tandem sky dive to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance… An ambition fulfilled and she said it was terrific!

Being an animal lover, Ann’s main hobby is her dog. She loves walking her Springer Spaniel.

If she had the funds she would seriously consider opening a Donkey Sanctuary, and hopefully, one day, she dreams of visiting the Elephant Sanctuary in Sri Lanka.

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