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Meet the Harrogate New Park vet team

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Fernando MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

I arrived in Harrogate 14 years ago to work as a Veterinary Surgeon. Five 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 be a JVP at Pets at Home at the brand new, purpose-built Vets4Pets Harrogate New Park surgery, 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.

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Veterinary Surgeon

I was born in Africa, and perhaps because of that, I feel a great connection with people and animals. My parents, being veterinary surgeons, means I grew up surrounded by all sorts of pets. Caring for them was my first step toward becoming a vet.


Many years later I completed my degree in veterinary medicine in Lisbon. Soon after I went in to academia where I became a research fellow and then a Professor in a veterinary college. Research and education became, for a while, my passions. I lectured at several universities where I taught veterinary and medical students.


My research into subjects like Rabies and Malaria in Africa and South East Asia led me to do extensive travels where I managed to convert theoretic knowledge in practical benefits to local communities. Now I have joined the Vets4Pets team, where I am looking forward meeting all our clients and looking after their pets.



Veterinary Surgeon

I completed my Veterinary education in Poland. After working as a Vet in an Equine Specialist Centre I went back to university to work as a Research Fellow and Lecturer of Pathology. I completed my research in Clinical Oncology with distinction and soon after moved to England.


I began my journey with Vets4Pets in Bramley, Leeds and recently joined Vets4Pets Harrogate New Park where I am looking forward to meeting all our clients and helping them care for their pets.


At home I have a 2 year old Dachshund called Elsa and have had a range of pets throughout my life.

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Veterinary Nurse


I grew up in the Netherlands and always wanted to work with animals but it took me a while to find my ideal job. I first tried wildlife management, but am not enough of a paperwork person to pursue a career in management. After that I tried Veterinary Nursing, and found my calling in this hands on job.


I trained and qualified in the Netherlands, but decided the country was too flat for my liking, and because my qualification allowed me to register in the UK too I looked for a job in the UK. I started in a cat’s only practice, but after a year moved to Vets4Pets. I worked in Cramlington for a year and a half and started my new adventure in Harrogate in February.


At home I have a cat called Olliver, he keeps my partner and I entertained. When we are not chasing the cat around the house, we can be found at various English Heritage sites around the country, where we do historical re-enactment with Historia Normannis Society, where we portray Norman nobility. Within my job I am especially interested in running weight clinics, and although I love all my canine and small furry patients I have a soft spot for the felines. I am quite experienced in blood pressure monitoring with cats, as well as general cat handling.

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Senior Veterinary Nurse

I have been working in the Yorkshire Dales as a Veterinary Nurse for 22 years and still love the challenge of working in practice. My passion lies in the surgical side of the job; assisting the Vet with operations and helping the pets recover from their surgery.


I live in Harrogate with my partner and our 17 Year old cat, Jasmine. In my spare time I love walking in the countryside and enjoy reading crime fiction.

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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.



Veterinary Care Assistant

I joined the Vets4Pets Team over 12 years ago as a Receptionist and I am now a Full time Veterinary Care Assistant at Harrogate New Park. I have two cats called Tigger & Leo and adore all animals, especially horses.

In my spare time I love Hill walking and Scrambling but my passion is horse riding. We recently raised almost £1500 for a charity called Talking to Minds climbing the famous Pen y Fan (“Fan Dance”) which is the highest peak in South Wales. My aim is to be a Veterinary Nurse as I love caring for animals and have done so from an early age. I love the team at Harrogate New Park as they are so friendly and welcoming.

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Veterinary Care Assistant & Receptionist

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.


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Veterinary Care Assistant, Cat Advocate & Receptionist 

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 for Vets4Pets for 12 years. 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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Practice Manager

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 Practice Manager in May 2017. 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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Head Receptionist

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.