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Meet The Harrogate New Park Vet Team | Vets4Pets
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Vets4Pets Harrogate New Park

Meet the Harrogate New Park vet team

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Fernando MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

I arrived in Harrogate 13 years ago to work as a Veterinary Surgeon. Four years ago I began my journey with Vets4pets in Bury near Manchester and it was here I decided that I would like to become a Joint Venture Partner.

 Since then I spent my time working at Vets4Pets Harrogate Hookstone, Vets4pets Preston Capitol, Vets4Pets Lytham and Vets4Pets Preston surgeries. Whilst working at Harrogate Hookstone I met Leigh-Anne who became a good friend and supported my aspiration to become a Joint Venture Partner.

 So when I was offered the opportunity to partner with Leigh-Anne and Pets at Home at the brand new purpose build Vets4Pets Harrogate New Park surgery inside our local Pets at Home store, I seized the opportunity with all my energy and enthusiasm. I'm really enjoying working with all the team at Vets4Pets New Park and Pets at Home Harrogate and love seeing new and old clients and their pets.

Leigh-Anne Brown Vets4Pets Harrogate


Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

I've been a Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon at Vets4Pets Harrogate for eight years, when I took over the business from the previous partner. In that time the team has grown from one vet, one nurse and one receptionist to a team of four vets, five nurses and four receptionists and I have enjoyed every step of the way. 

When I was offered the chance to partner with my friend Fernando and Pets at Home Harrogate in a brand new purpose built Vets4Pets surgery inside our local PAH store, I leapt at it. Vets4Pets Harrogate have been caring for the pets of Harrogate for twelve years now and it’s so exciting to also have Vets4Pets New Park caring for animals in and around Harrogate. We have always loved the Pets at Home team and they truly believe, like us, in putting pets first!


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Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified in 2006 as a veterinary nurse and I have worked in various roles in the veterinary practice from student, to head nurse to practice manager.

I love the variety, no day is the same! I have recently joined the team here in Harrogate New Park after moving back up to Yorkshire from Essex. I also worked for a Vets4Pets in Essex but due to my husband's job we re-located back to Yorkshire, where we are from originally.

I enjoy all aspects of nursing, from meeting clients and their pets to nursing the animals whilst they are here with us. I am married and we have a little boy called Zachary as well as a Jack Russell Cross called Re-Org.

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Rachel RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I graduated university with an English literature degree and went into Office Management. After working in an office for a few years I realised that it really wasn't for me and I wanted to return to my passion of working with animals. I retrained in Cambridge as a veterinary nurse and qualified in 2011. I have loved every second of my job ever since! I have lived in Harrogate three years and returned to work after maternity leave in August 2014 at the Harrogate practice. I'm really enjoying being part of Vets4Pets and the great teams they have here in Harrogate. I have a little boy called Noah and we live with two cats called Anakin and Padme. 

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Helen RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Behaviourist

I joined Vets4Pets in January 2016 as a locum nurse having trained as a veterinary nurse and qualifying in 2000. In addition to vet nursing I have worked in a variety of roles with animals including instructor for a charity, training assistance dogs for people and as a Training and Behaviour advisor for the Dogs Trust. 

In 2003 I moved to New Zealand and worked in animal control, educating owners and dealing with aggressive dogs. It was there that my passion for behaviour developed. I have always loved training animals, using positive reinforcement techniques such as clicker training. 

I helped set up the Association of Pet Dogs Trainers New Zealand and held the position of vice-chair until I moved back to the UK. I returned to the UK in 2011 after undertaking a number of courses on dog training and behaviour in order to complete my MSc in Animal Behaviour. I completed my Master’s with Distinction in 2014. 

Over the summer of 2016 I was a research assistant on African Wild Dogs for 2 months in South Africa. Since coming back in September 2016 I have officially been employed full time as a permanent Registered Veterinary Nurse and Behaviourist at New Park. My passion’s are wildlife – in particular African wild dogs and domestic dogs. I have a cat called ‘Autumn’, breed free range chickens and have 4 pet lambs.

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Matt SVN

Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined Vets4Pets in July 2016 as the new Student Veterinary Nurse to enable me to complete my degree at Askham Bryan College. 

I have worked with animals as a volunteer in both veterinary practices and farms for a couple of years before starting at Vets4Pets. I currently have a 12 year old cat called Skip but have had a range of animals throughout my life.

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Veterinary Care Assistant & Receptionist

My dream of working with animals started from a very young age. I have a few years experience working on dairy farms but my passion has always been to work in a veterinary practice which lead me to Vets4Pets Harrogate New Park. I joined the Vets4Pets New Park team back in September 2015 as a receptionist.

 After a couple of months as a receptionist and after watching the nurses and the vets doing operations and looking after patients I soon realised I also wanted to be a veterinary care assistant and with the amazing support of the team at New Park this became possible. 

In my normal working week I work as a Veterinary Care Assistant but if any of the reception staff are away I step in and take on their role until they are back. My family and I own an assortment of animals including horses, sheep, cat, dogs, chickens, guinea pigs, hamster and fish. Safe to say we love our animals.

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Head Receptionist

I began working for V4P in January 2014 where I worked for Leigh-Anne at the Hookstone Park Surgery. I transferred to Harrogate New Park when it opened as it was closer to home and the opening of a new surgery was an exciting new challenge. 

I became head receptionist in April 2016. I had previously worked for Dogs Trust at the Leeds rehoming centre, and at the Adoption Advice office inside Pets At home Birstall, Leeds. I have a passion for dogs and love working with them. 

Before Dogs trust I worked in retail for many years and ran a business designing and making wedding dresses. I love working here, we have a fab team and we love meeting all the new clients and their pets. At home I have a 2 year old Chihuahua called Laika.

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I was made redundant in Sept 14 after working in the optical industry for over 20 years and was wondering what to do next. I have always had a soft spot for animals and over the years we have had a various assortment, four legs, two legs and gills. I joined the Vets4Pets team in June 2015 and have been here ever since.

I think we have a great team and i love working with my colleagues plus, it’s a huge bonus when we get to cuddle the puppies and kittens and see how much they have grown in-between their visits, I also like to say hello to our regular customers and their animals that come to see us. At home I have one dog Ruby, and two cats Turbo and Purdy. I adopted Purdy from the surgery here after she was brought in as a stray kitten in September of last year, Needless to say I’m now banned from adopting any more animals.

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I graduated from Lancaster University with a history and education studies degree, but soon realised when I started working at a local boarding kennels and cattery, that my real passion was for working with animals. I worked there for almost ten years, then my ambition became working in veterinary practice.

I have now worked at Vets4Pets for 11 years, mainly at Harrogate , but also now a couple of days at Harrogate New Park . I love all aspects of my job, including working with a lovely team of colleagues, seeing clients and their amazing pets.

I am married and have two cats Pilot and Ollie.

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I was born and raised in South Africa. Working in the hospitality industry meant that we moved a lot so when an opportunity to move to England presented itself in 2006 my husband and I took a massive leap of faith and relocated.

I’ve lived in Harrogate for over 3 years now and love the people and the breathtaking Yorkshire countryside. I have three beautiful children aged 21, 16 and 12. We have a 3 year old dog called Rocco and a 7 year old rabbit called Patchy. When I’m not working or being a Mum taxi I’m out walking with Rocco. Joining Vets4Pets New Park in August 2016 has given me the opportunity to work with an amazing team and meet new people and their fantastic pets.