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Vets4Pets Keighley

Meet the Keighley vet team


Dr Lara Clarkson BA VetMB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Surgery Owner

My name is Lara and I am the vet that owns and manages the surgery here at Keighley Vets4Pets. I live in Silsden with my husband, two children and our border terrier Emily. I always wanted to be a vet and to have my own vet surgery, and since childhood I have kept cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, chickens and I also bred budgies for many years. 

I went to school in Skipton, studied Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University, qualifying in 2006 and opened my Vets4Pets surgery here in 2013. I get great satisfaction from mending things, particularly in the operating theatre … but also outside of work with my toolbox doing DIY! I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, cooking and I’m a qualified gymnastics coach helping to train young gymnasts at a local club each week. I look forward to welcoming you and your pets to the surgery here at Keighley Vets4Pets.

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Dr Natalie Pryce BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Following my interest in the sciences and family pets I qualified from the Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1999. After spending a few years in Newport Pagnell, I returned to the North in 2004 working in small animal practice in Lancashire.

I have been with the Keighley Vets4Pets team from the opening in July 2013.Since maternity leave in 2015 I am back part time on Mondays and Tuesdays and 1 in 4 weekends.

I enjoy seeing all different types of pets when they are well and helping them if they are poorly as an all-round small animal general practitioner.The rest of my week is fully occupied by my little boy who loves being outside. We have a rescue dog Sadie who until her recent retirement was a regular member of office staff.

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Anna Haycock BVSC MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 and have just moved to Yorkshire from North Wales, where we have a menagerie of horses, chickens, 4 dogs and a cat. I have a particular interest in canine internal medicine, and a soft spot for cheeky terriers.

I live with my other half who is also a vet in Rodley. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the Dales, whilst also finding the best pub gardens in Leeds.

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Jenna Whitford BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and after working in the Midlands for a couple of years I moved to Yorkshire and met my partner. I have been part of the team since 2017 after returning from maternity leave. I have a particular interest in Internal medicine especially Feline medicine but enjoy the variety that general practice brings. I can be found at the surgery on Wednesdays and Thursdays while the rest of my week I spend with my daughter, Boxer dog and one-eyed cat.

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Kate Griffin

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Client Service Manager

Kate has been qualified as a veterinary nurse for over 15 years and has a particular interest in canine behaviour. Kate has completed her NVQ Level 3 in Veterinary Practice Management and leads our reception team on all aspects of service to our clients. Kate enjoys caving and scuba diving and shares her home with Bob, a three year old kelpie and Tui, a two year old labrador cross but sadly recently had to say goodbye to Brydie her westie of 16 years.

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Emma Hellard

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Emma qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Myerscough College in 2012. She joined the team in November 2016, and works with us part time; having worked in small animal practice since 2010. During this time Emma has developed a keen interest in surgical nursing, particularly orthopaedic surgery and patient aftercare. Emma has also lectured in veterinary nursing, and enjoys supporting the training of student nurses.

Emma lives in Sutton with her dog, Ella-Doo, who she rescued as a puppy when she came into practice needing treatment. Now aged 4 and fully recovered, she loves chasing balls, swimming & playing! Outside of work she enjoys riding Ted, her 7 year old Irish Sports Horse. At 18 hands he’s a gentle giant, who’s currently perfecting his jumping technique.

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Donna France

Registered Veterinary Nurse (currently on Maternity Leave)

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004. In 2014 I spent a couple of years in a nursing management role before I left to return to full time veterinary nursing in May 2016. I have the Clinical coach qualification which enables me to train student veterinary nurses and I also examine for City & guilds in the final nursing exams. I also have a keen interest in pet weight management and nutrition.

Outside of work I enjoy holidays with my husband and walking our crazy collie Cocoa Pops!

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Laura Berry

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a veterinary nurse and have just passed my exams after studying at the College of Animal welfare in Leeds. I previously spent 5 years working in the horse racing industry, gaining a Level 3 Diploma in racehorse care. I now wish to focus on the veterinary care of small animals and joined the team at Keighley Vets4Pets in December 2015.

At home I have 2 guinea pigs called Pepper and Penny. When I’m not studying I enjoy the outdoors, travelling, cooking and spending time with my friends and family. Favourite Animal: Guinea Pig

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Chelsea Leatherday

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hello, I’m Chelsea and I am really enjoying my new employment as a Veterinary Care assistant. I currently live with my family, two lovely dogs and a cat. I adore Scotties and Cockapoo’s.

My main goal is to work hard and become a Veterinary nurse once I have completed my Veterinary Care Assistant Training. I live in Leeds and love to go on walks, spend time with my family and my partner. I enjoy music, gigs and festivals.

Working for Vets4Pets has been brilliant, and I look forward to gaining more knowledge and getting to know new people.

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Emily Cross

Veterinary Care Assistant

I am currently working towards my Level 2 diploma as a Veterinary Care Assistant at the College Of Animal Welfare, in the hopes of then transitioning next year.I currently live at home in Keighley with my mum and sister, and our unruly 15 year old ginger tom, Ziggy.

When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with family and catching up with friends.I can be seen both on reception and behind the scenes assisting the nursing team as part of my VCA course.


Michelle Smith

Practice Manager

I began working at a veterinary practice ten years ago due to my love of animals and progressed into management a couple of years later. We moved to Haworth from Lancashire in 2016 and I was recently offered a role here as Practice Manager. My husband and I share our home with our three (now grown up!) children, when they come to stay and our two shih tzu’s Charlie and Lenny, three house cats and recently two chinchillas! In my spare time I love reading and walking my dogs on the moors in and around Haworth.

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Katie Burke

Practice Administrator (currently on Maternity Leave)

I have worked at Keighley Vets4Pets since we opened in 2013. I started as a receptionist but with my love of animals and eager to learn more within the veterinary industry I went on to train to become a veterinary care assistant, qualifying in October 2015. My interests then strayed more too how the practice is run, rotas, accounts and the business side so I am now a fulltime Practice Administrator and currently studying towards my business administration level 3 qualification.

I have a huge passion for working with animals but my particular interest is in business and human resources within the veterinary practice. Even though I’m now full time in the office I can be found helping a hand on reception or caring for your animal as a veterinary care assistant.

Whilst I am not at work I am normally busy being a mum, partner and housewife. I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, our 2 beautiful children and our 3 crazy dogs Lenny, Meg and Stella. Lenny is an Old Tyme bulldog, Meg is a Golden Labrador and Stella is a Springer Spaniel. My favourite animal is a penguin.

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Emma Wilson


Hello I’m Emma and I work on reception at Keighley Vets4Pets.i've always loved animals so it’s great being able to see them every day at work.

I have a tabby cat called Oliver and a Russian dwarf Hamster at home called Zima (which means ‘winter’ in Russian).In my spare time I will either be out on a walk, on the steam train, in the pub or out of the country exploring. Tigers are my favourite animal.

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Johnathan Simmons


Jonno joined the team as a receptionist in April 2016. He lives just over the Leeds/Bradford border in Guiseley. In early 2018 Jonno plans to volunteer at a wildlife rescue centre on the island of Bali, Indonesia, before going on to backpack around Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. His favourite animal is the Giant Panda.

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Jill Kirk


I live locally with my cats, rabbits and chickens … and my other half. Originally from Oxford I had a career in photography and publishing before joining the team and worked for a spell in the wine trade. I’ve always loved animals and travelling and visited Borneo for my honeymoon due to its wonderful animals, including the endangered Orang-utans and Green Turtles. More recently I visited the Costa Rican rainforests to enjoy the great diversity of plants and wildlife on offer and do my small bit in supporting some local eco-projects. To relax I enjoy walking in the countryside, as long as it involves a stop at a decent pub.

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Siobhan Vink

Saturday Receptionist

Hiya, I’m Siobhan and I’m hoping to become a Veterinary Surgeon in the future. I have recently been taken on as a receptionist at Keighley Vets4Pets after completing a year’s work experience here. I have a black Labrador called Buddy who is 4 and a half years. When I’m not working or attending sixth form I play violin and perform at gigs with my brother all over the country.