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Meet The Keighley Vet Team | Vets4Pets

Vets4Pets Keighley

Meet the Keighley vet team


Dr Lara Clarkson BA VetMB MRCVS - GPCert(SAM) GPCert(SAS)

Veterinary Surgeon and Surgery Owner

I qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2006 after six years of training. I have spent my whole career caring for family pets. Alongside my work I've continued my studies and achieved additional qualifications with the GP Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2010 and the GP Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2012.

Being part of the Pets at Home family means we can offer great value for money with superb equipment and facilities - but a small local team means a familiar face providing your personal friendly service. I love being a vet and I really enjoy getting to know my patients and their families and I look forward to helping your pet stay happy and healthy.

I live locally in Silsden, as the Clarkson family has for many generations, with my husband and two children. We have a cheeky Border Terrier called Emily, plus five hens and a cockerel. I've also bred budgies and kept rabbits for many years - my last bunny made it to the grand old age of 12!

Outside of work I enjoy DIY and gardening, and after spending many of my younger years training as a gymnast, I am also a fully qualified gymnastics coach.

Favourite animal: Dog

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Dr Natalie Pryce BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Natalie is currently on maternity leave after having a little boy at the end of 2014. Natalie will be joining us again on a regular basis from the New Year but you may come across her covering some holiday days for the full-time vets between now and then.


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Dr Stephanie Clough

BVet Med MRCVS- Veterinary Surgeon

Stephanie is one of our full time veterinary surgeons and has particular interests in soft tissue surgery and feline medicine. During her time at veterinary school she spent time with Scottish wild cats and Mongolian Pallas cats as part of her research project. Stephanie has a very calm, gentle approach with her patients, helping to put them at ease whilst here with us at the surgery.

Steph graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2010 and lives just over the border in Lancashire with her husband and three cats named Alfred, Junior and Bert. At home, Steph is a keen baker and all staff have been the very grateful recipients of her creations!

Favourite animal: Cat

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Samantha Critchley BSc Hons C-SQP RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sam is one of our qualified Registered Veterinary Nurses. She qualified with a veterinary nursing degree from the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 and has worked full time in veterinary practice since then. Sam has been an integral member of the team here at Vets4Pets since we opened in 2013 and has helped develop and implement all aspects of our nursing services, ensuring the highest standards are met at all times, and she has a particular interest in anaesthesia.

Outside of work Sam and her little Yorkie terrier Beanie compete in agility with an agility group called ‘Tricks 4 Treats’. Beanie often accompanies Sam to work here at the surgery. Sam also horse rides, snowboards and competes in extreme 10k obstacle races followed by some fantasy fiction reading to recover.

Favourite animal: Horse

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Kate Griffin RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kate is fully qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN), with 15 years' experience working in veterinary practice both in England and on the island of Alderney. She has particular interests in animal dental health and behaviour, and leads our nurse-led behavioural clinics for pets with problem behaviors.

Kate has recently achieved her NVQ Level 3 in Veterinary Practice Management and leads our reception team on all aspects of service to our clients.

Outside of work Kate enjoys caving, pioneering and walking her three dogs; Brydie a 15 year old West Highland White Terrier aka; the boss; Bob a 3 year old Kelpie, aka; the brains; and Tui a 2 year old Labrador type cross breed aka; the beast! When Kate is not down a cave you can find her relaxing at home with her family and enjoying a glass of wine.

Favourite animal: Orang-utan

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Jayne King RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Before entering the world of animal care Jayne spent 14 years in the RAF and travelled extensively before joining the veterinary world in 2004. She has a particular interest in emergency and critical care patients and has recently become a Clinical Coach giving her responsibility for training and assessing student veterinary nurses.

Jayne lives locally in Riddlesden and outside of work enjoys photography and looking after her small menagerie of rescued animals; Bella who is a 4 year old Jack Russell x Beagle and Scamp who is an 8 month old Lhasa Apso x Jack Russell and her rescued street cat Moshy who came from Dubai.

Favourite animal: Dog

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Katie Burke

Veterinary Care Assistant

Katie is our part-time Veterinary Care Assistant and has been with us since we opened in 2013. Katie also assists with office administration, compiling staff rotas and managing our appointment diary, and may also be found helping out on reception. Katie is nearing completion of her Veterinary Care Assistant Level 2 Diploma from the College of Animal Welfare.

Katie lives in Keighley and when she's not at work enjoys spending time with her fiance, her two young children and dogs Lenny and Meg. Lenny is an Old Tyme Bulldog, and Meg is a golden Labrador.

Favourite animal: Dog

Vikki Capon BSc Hons

Veterinary Care Assistant

Vikki is our full-time Veterinary Care Assistant. Before joining us here at Vets4Pets, she graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in zoology which still remains a keen interest of hers along with ecology, nutrition and keeping fit.

Vikki lives in Bingley and at home she has two male pet rabbits Wookie and Jabba and has recently cycled 560 miles from Leeds to Berlin for charity.

Favourite animal: Grizzly bear


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Jacqui Little


Jacqui is originally from Scotland, and throughout her career has spent time in the Army and with the NHS. This varied experience has provided her with a wide range of skills and abilities.

Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her Husband and boxer Zeus, and loves gardening and outdoor activities!

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Kate Pielow BA Hons


Kate lives locally in Sutton-in-Craven with her dog Barley, a Border Collie who she rescued 9 months ago.

Kate enjoys keeping up with current affairs on social media, politics and travelling. She has recently returned from a trip to Copenhagen which she enjoyed so much, she is planning another trip in the not too distant future.

Favourite animal: Dog

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Emma Wilson


Emma is one of our full-time receptionists and joined our team after returning from Australia where she lived for a year in 2014. Emma has completed an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and BTEC National Certificate in Animal Care.

In her spare time Emma likes hill walking and photography. She lives locally in Haworth with her cat called Prin.

Favourite animal: Tiger