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Vets4Pets Brighouse

Meet the team

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Keith Leonard

Senior Veterinary Surgeon/Practice Owner

I’m Keith, the youngest of four son’s all of which are currently practicing vets, as is my father but who will be soon retiring. I grew up in Cheshire and qualified from Liverpool University in 1997. After a period of small and large animal practice I started full time small animal work in 1999 and have worked all over the UK since.

In 2006 my wife Julie and I travelled across Africa and our first son Ollie was born in South Africa. You can read our travel blog at

I love all aspects of small animal surgery but have a particular interest in surgery and I am currently studying for a post graduate certificate in Surgery.

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Julie Leonard

Business Manager & Practice Owner

I’m Julie and I have an absolute passion for animals (both domestic and exotic). Having studied my BSc. Hons degree in Zoology at Edinburgh University (1997) and PhD in Biological Anthropology from the Zoological Society of London and UCL (2005), I specialised in Primatology (monkeys, apes and rainforest ecology).

I’ve spent most of my working career abroad managing wildlife conservation projects in both Asia and Africa and also presented wildlife documentaries for BBC1 (Scotland the Wild 2005, and Living with Monkeys - Tales from the Treetops 2009).

2006/7 saw Keith and myself embark on a one year overland trip where we drove through Northern, Western and Central Africa, visiting wildlife projects along the way.

We’ve now come back to the UK and settled in lovely Yorkshire with 3 little monkeys of our own (Ollie, Amelia and Charlie) and our black and white cat Pippa, who keep me very busy, along with the vet business.

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Becky Pealing BVsc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi I am Becky, one of the part time Veterinary Surgeons at Brighouse. I am originally from Cheltenham but moved up to Leeds in 2016. I wanted to be a vet since the age of 3 and spent a large part of my childhood around animals of all sizes!

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 and went straight to a busy small animal practice in Staffordshire where I worked for 4 years. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary but have a particular interest in medicine.

I have 2 young boys that take up most of my spare time but when I do have a few moments to myself I enjoy horse riding and running.

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Perrine Cateline

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, My name is Perrine and I work as a Veterinary Surgeon at the Brighouse practice. In my job, I am particularly interested in surgery, and I like to keep up to date with new methods to provide the best possible care to every animal.

I am from the north of France, but I studied in Belgium and did one of my final year placements in Cornwall. I graduated in July 2016, and I moved in West Yorkshire right after that, before joining the Vets4Pets team in July 2017.

Shortly after beginning at the practice, I rescued a cat who had been found as a stray after she had been knocked by a car. Now Gloria feels completely at home in my house! When I have some free time and I am not cuddling her, I enjoy walking in the Yorkshire countryside.

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Heather Langdale

Veterinary Nurse

I've been a Registered Vet Nurse with Vets4Pets since 2013, having been in practice since 1993. I joined Brighouse Vets4Pets in 2017.

At home I have two Pointers (one German, one English).... Lottie-Popinski and Daisy-woof as well as my long suffering husband and daughter Grace.

Before joining Vet4Pets, 1 spent 10 years in first-opinion practice, Lectured in Further and Higher Education, co-authored two Vet Nursing textbooks, spent time nursing at The RVC’s Teaching Hospital in London, as well as being a Canine Hydrotherapist, and seasoned Manager.

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Laura Syddall

Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I’m Laura one of the Registered nurses here at Brighouse. I am passionate about Animal Welfare & Educating Owners on the best way to look after their Pets.

I’ve been qualified for over a year now, studying at Myerscough college. I also have a degree in Biological Sciences from the university of York. I enjoy all aspects of Veterinary Nursing but my main interests are Surgery & Anaesthesia.

I have a Golden Retriever called Bella & a Guinea Pig called Elvis who keep me busy. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the countryside with my dog.

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Emma Broadbent

Veterinary Nurse

I’m a veterinary nurse and qualified in 2016. My role at Brighouse Vets4pets started in 2018, but I have worked for the Vets4pets company from 2012 as I did my training with a different practice.

My favourite part of being a nurse is that every day is different, you never know what’s going to happen! I have a particular interest in the anaesthesia side of the job including theatre work.

I have 2 rescue dogs and they are great. Poppy is a staffy x collie, she will be 7 in 2019 so as you can imagine she has a wild side but loves to snuggle down by the fire on a night. Benji is 9 in 2019 but is still mistaken for a pup, he loves nothing more than to play fetch with his toys.

Outside of work I love to relax and go to the gym. I have previously done cheerleading for Halifax RLFC and would love to get back to that at some point in the future.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of the clients here and most of all their fur babies!

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Jamie Dixon

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi my name is Jamie, I am a student veterinary nurse. I started at the practice when it first opened in October 2016 as a receptionist with a hope to become a veterinary nurse.

I have an Animal Management qualification after which I went on to do Applied BSc Honours degree in Animal Behaviour and Training at Bishop Burton College. I have a great passion for animals and love working with them every day. I worked in Africa at a rehabilitation centre caring for Vervet Monkeys, Zebras, Rhinos and Lions. I raised 2 Lion cubs called Maya and Shelante, which I am very proud of.

At home I have a 2 year old Blue Merle Great Dane named Alfie, a 19 week old miniature dachshund called Pippa and a large cat called Kevin.

Sometimes Alfie and Pippa come into the practice so you may see them behind the reception desk at some point :D

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Maria Malone

Client Service Co-ordinator

Hi, I’m Maria I joined this amazing team in Sept 2017 as Client Services Co-ordinator at Vets4Pets Brighouse. I have come from an Ecommerce/Retail background of 9 years. My passion has always been to work in the veterinary world but never had the confidence to start up a new career where now I’m finally here!

Animals, especially Dogs, I find fascinating. At home I have a Black Labrador, hes 10 in Oct 18, a Pug cross and currently 6 month old French Bulldog that will be a year in Aug 18, you might have seen her on your visit here at the practice. In my free time I love hiking in the Yorkshire dales and spending time with my partner and family! I also have a love for Cricket!

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Nicola Jones

Client Service Co-ordinator

Hi, I'm Nicola and I joined the Vets4Pets team here at Brighouse as Client Service Coordinator in Oct 17. This is my first time working in a veterinary practice and I am loving the interaction with both the client's and their pets, every day is different!

I love being a part of such a great team and have learnt so much already. Since being at the practice I have recently taken on my bundle of joy puppy Hughie, and having recently moved to the area, we love exploring the lovely walks available! In my spare time I enjoy travelling to see family and friends, trips away and long country walks!