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Vets4Pets Leeds

Meet the Leeds vet team

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John Davies Riand BVMS MRCVS GPCert(SAP) & Hilary Davies Riand BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeons & Practice partners


We both qualified from Glasgow University in 2001. We initially worked on the Foot and Mouth Epidemic, based in Ripon, and then went into mixed practice near John's home town of Sudbury in Suffolk. After a year of this we decided to see the world and work as locum veterinary surgeons as we went. This gave us a wealth of experience, not only in challenging medical and surgical cases, but working with animals and people from many different walks of life. Looking after donkeys in Mexico, and stray dogs in Thailand certainly made us realize how privileged we are to have the standard of veterinary care that the United Kingdom can offer.


We settled in Yorkshire in 2004, having fallen in love with the countryside and the people during our time helping farmers during the Foot and Mouth crisis. John became a partner in Wakefield Vets4Pets in 2006, and left to start up Leeds Vets4Pets in 2010.


We both like all aspects of general practice and love the varied interaction with all of our patients and clients. However John's main interest is Surgery and he will be completing his Surgical Certificate over the next 3 years. It`s likely that if your pet needs a broken leg fixing it will be John that performs the operation. Hilary's main interest is medical work ups, especially complicated cases!


At home, we enjoy family time with our 2 young boys, and our little black and white 12 year old crossbreed Mali (who you may see scamper in behind us when we come to work).


Leeds started with just Lauren (now head nurse), Lesa and John, with Hilary covering Saturday mornings. Now we are a flourishing 5 vet, 6 nurse, 3 receptionist family run practice and we will always endeavor to provide the best Veterinary care in Leeds. And yes Lauren, Lesa and little old us are still here, just now joined by our ever expanding veterinary family.


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David Massey BVetMed MRCVS & Elsa Massey BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeons & Practice Partners

We both graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and following a short stint working in London we moved up to Yorkshire. David started working for Leeds Vets4Pets and Elsa in a multidisciplinary veterinary hospital. We left in late 2015 to travel the world visiting India, South East Asia and Australasia.

After arriving back we both settled back into our jobs until our daughter joined us in January 2017. We became partners in Leeds Vets4Pets in November 2017 opening up Leeds Colton Vets4Pets in January 2018 alongside John, Hilary and Lauren. The time had definitely come for a new challenge and the opportunity to work alongside each other and the other partners seemed like the perfect antidote.

David loves interacting with both clients and patients alike and carry interests in general surgery, ultrasound and physiotherapy into my job. He will be starting a surgical certificate in the near future to help in his daily work.

Elsa has particular interests in dermatology and rabbit medicine so working with Pets at Home looking after their small furries has been particularly enjoyable.

Out of work David finds sport a great release from the daily commute. He partakes in team sports and compete in triathlons against John (and others of course). Our canine buddy of many years Tiernan keeps him company on his training runs along with many walks in the great Yorkshire countryside.

Elsa uses her time to practice Yoga, visit her friends and family and plan our next travels.

The rest of our time is split between tearing around after our cat Worm and our highly active daughter.


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Simon Bate BVSc MRCVS GPCert(SAS)

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Liverpool University in 2001. Initially I worked in mixed practice treating "All Creatures Great and Small" including dairy cows, sheep, dogs, cats and horse. After two years I decided to focus down my clinical work to small animals so I could improve my knowledge and skills in one area.


In 2010 I decided to further my study and attained the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Having worked at various practices in the Yorkshire area I joined Vets4Pets Leeds In November 2015 as a locum vet. I enjoyed working here so much I decided to make it my permanent home! My main clinical interests are surgery, particularly soft tissue surgery, ultrasound and ophthalmology. I also enjoy the challenge and rewards getting to bottom of those tricky cases and seeing my patients recover and the joy this gives to their owners.


I enjoy the type of travelling that broadens the mind and have volunteered as a visiting veterinarian at both WVS India training centre for vets in surgery and at a Peruvian rescue centre for street dogs. Out of work my hobbies include walking (sometimes long distances!), running, cooking, Spanish and meditation.


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Laura Mclellan BSc BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1996, having also obtained a degree in Pharmacology. I then worked in mixed practice for five year before spending a year working and travelling in Australia – where I loved being involved in treating the native wildlife.


In 2002 I moved to Leeds with my husband Fergus, and have worked for small animal practices and charities in Yorkshire ever since. My particular areas of interest are ophthalmology, emergency and critical care, animal welfare education, and rabbit and small mammal medicine.


I have two school aged children (Anna and Archie), two dogs (Jimmy the Jack Russell and Alvin the bull lurcher), two gerbils and a goldfish! In my spare time I like walking my dogs, playing the cornet, socialising and reading.



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Sarah Batt BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in a small country town in New South Wales, Australia. After graduating in Veterinary Science in 2011 from the University of Queensland, I began my career as a mixed practice vet in outback Queensland.

After 2 years of treating a huge variety of wildlife, pets and farm animals, I decided to follow my passion for companion animal medicine and surgery. I moved to a small animal practice near Brisbane and stayed with that company until the end of 2017 when I decided I wanted a real change of scenery.

I moved to Leeds in January, 2018 to start work with the team here at Vets4Pets. I love all aspects of general practice but my main areas of interest are soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine and ophthalmology.

With my spare time I love to travel, explore new places and try new things.

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Lauren Maxfield RVN ISFMDipFN

RVN Qualified Veterinary Nurse and Practice Partner 

I have worked at Leeds Vets4Pets since it opened in July 2010. I became a partner here and at Leeds Colton Vets4Pets in November 2017 assisting the other partners in growing the practice from the design stage through to the daily running of both practices. The best part of the job is nursing animals back to full health following their illnesses and surgeries. This allows me to build great relationships with clients and their pets. I have a particular interest in feline behavior and am currently working on my ISFM Diploma in Feline Medicine.

'At the moment, I have a sulky black & white moggy named Mrs Norris, a guinea pig named Bambi and a Labrador called Sammy.


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Alys Brownridge RVN CertVNECC

RVN Qualified Veterinary Nurse

My career with animals started within a grooming and boarding establishment whilst completing an Animal Care apprenticeship and training as a professional dog groomer. From being young I had always wanted to be a veterinary nurse, so I begun working for Vets4Pets in 2013 as a Student Veterinary Nurse and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015, from there I continued my studies and have just gained my Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical care.


I enjoyed the varied days that come with being a nurse, and experiencing different cases we get every day.


At home I have a 1 year old cat called Benny T and I enjoy reading, sewing and attending music events.


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Lesa Jackson


I started working for Vets4Pets in July 2010 when we opened. I previously worked for a bank in their call centre, this job is so much better. I currently have no pets at home but thousands when I come to work.


My spare time is for family and friends and I also love movies, reading, knitting and on occasions, baking.



Jane Barrett


With a passion for animals and a particular interest in conservation, I left my career in the tourism industry in Cornwall, and in 2010 completed a National Diploma in Animal Management at Bridgwater College in Somerset. Since returning to Leeds I’ve been an active volunteer at Dogs Trust, and love helping out on their fundraising days. I started working for Leeds Vets4Pets in May 2017 and really enjoy it. No day is ever the same and seeing pets go home happy and healthy is really rewarding. In my spare time I enjoy walking, swimming, travelling (especially New Zealand), attending music events and cake decorating in which I have won several international awards. Not forgetting spending time with my gorgeous cat, Bella.



Katie Bower

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I started working for Leeds Vet4Pets in September 2017 when I started my course in Veterinary Nursing at Askham Bryan College. I love my job and no day is the same. My career with animals started whilst volunteering at the RSPCA as an Animal Care Assistant and working as a Veterinary Care Assistant in a mixed veterinary practice.


I am passionate and enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing and also have a keen interest in canine behaviour. Currently I own a cheeky black cat called Loki and a chocolate Labrador called Odin.


In my free time I do scent work classes with Odin and enjoy finding new walks with Odin in the Dales. I am also a keen musician playing the clarinet, saxophone and am learning the piano as well.


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Ellie Drury

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

I am Student Veterinary Nurse and have been studying since September 2016. The job here at Vets4Pets is great; no day is ever the same and I get the opportunity to meet a variety of animals and work on many different cases. I am very lucky to work with such a lovely group of people. I love seeing the bond that owners have with their pets. In the past I have done work experience on a farm during lambing season which was brilliant, as well as volunteering in several veterinary practices which was a fantastic introduction to veterinary work.

I have always had an interest in animals and my first pet was a hamster and there have been several of those along the way.During my free time I like to ski, cycle, go to the gym and socialise.

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