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Fernando MRCVS

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I came to Harrogate in 2003 to work as a Veterinary Surgeon. In 2013 I began my journey with Vets4Pets at Bury near Manchester and it was here I decided that I would like to become a Practice Owner. Since then I have spent my time working at Vets4Pets Harrogate Hookstone, Vets4pets Preston Capitol, Vets4Pets Lytham and Vets4Pets Preston.

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 really enjoy 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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Karen

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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Mauro

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.



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Clarissa

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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Catherine

Senior Registered 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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Marloes

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Cat Advocate

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 I’m 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 at Harrogate New Park Vets4Pets in February 2017.

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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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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Amelia

Student Veterinary Nurse

I originally joined Vets4Pets Harrogate New Park in 2015 as a Receptionist/Veterinary Care Assistant but after an 8 month break from the practice I came back in August 2017 to study Veterinary Nursing alongside working with the Harrogate New Park Team. I can’t wait to complete my studies and become a Registered Veterinary Nurse!


My passion for caring for animals started at a very young age. My family currently own 2 horses, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 guinea pigs, 11 sheep and 20 chickens! I have also been lucky enough to have owned a wide range of animals throughout my life.



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Lynne

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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Julia

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 called Ruby and two cats called Turbo and Purdy. I adopted Purdy from the surgery here after she was brought in as a stray kitten in September 2015. Needless to say I’m now banned from adopting any more animals.



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Mary

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 a lovely cat called Baxter.



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Paula

Receptionist 

I joined Vets4Pets as a Receptionist in mid 2017. Unlike many of my lovely colleagues, I don’t have a background of working with animals, although I’ve owned quite a few over the years. This has meant I’ve had to make visits to various vets, so I can now see both sides of the whole experience. This practice and the people who work here are at the top of the list.

I enjoy meeting our patients (quite often their owners are really nice too!) and cuddles with the puppies and kittens are an added bonus.