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Meet The Keighley Vet Team | Vets4Pets
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Vets4Pets Keighley

Meet the Keighley vet team

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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.



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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!



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Samantha Critchley

BSc Hons C-SQP

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Practice Manager

Sam qualified with a veterinary nursing degree from the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 and has been a member of the Vets4Pets team here at Keighley since we first opened in 2013. Sam has helped develop and implement all aspects of our nursing service and has recently taken on managerial responsibilities alongside her clinical role. Sam is normally accompanied to work by her little Yorkshire terrier called Beanie who spends the day in the office. Outside of work Sam will often be found with her horse Dainty.


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Kate Griffin

RVN

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.


Donna France

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Donna qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2004. Donna enjoys teaching and is an experienced Clinical Coach - a role tutoring student nurses through their training, and with 12 years' experience we're very proud that Donna has been selected to become an examiner for City and Guilds student nursing examinations.

Donna runs our Puppy Parties and has a keen interest in pet weight management and nutrition and is pleased to offer weight loss advice and support if you have a bit of a podgy pet! Donna lives locally in Steeton and outside of work enjoys holidays with her husband and crazy collie Cocoa, and they also have two guinea pigs Nina and Benjamina!


Emma Hellard

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Emma qualified from Myerscough College in 2012 and works with us part time. Emma lives in Lothersdale with her crossbreed dog called Ella and she enjoys riding Ted, her Irish Sports Horse. Alongside her nursing Emma enjoys creative crafts.

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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.



Laura Berry

Apprentice Student Veterinary Nurse

Laura spent six months on a weekly work experience placement with us before starting a two year Advanced Apprenticeship studying towards her Level-3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare.

She previously spent 5 years working in the horse racing industy, gaining a Level 3 Diploma in Racehorse Care. Now wishing to focus on the veterinary care of small animals, she joined us in December 2015.

Laura lives in Silsden with her two guinea pigs Pepper and Penny. When not studying, she enjoys the outdoors, travelling, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.

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Emma Wilson

Receptionist

Emma is one of our full-time receptionists and joined our team after returning from Australia where she lived for a year. 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.


George Mitchell

Receptionist

George completed his Diploma in Animal Management at Craven College before joining the team here at Vets4Pets. George works both on the reception desk and also assisting the nursing team.

Jonathan Simmons

Receptionist

Jonno is one of our part-time receptionists and is currently working towards exams hoping to further his study in psychology and sociology. Before joining Vets4Pets in April 2016 Jonno was training to be a ballet dancer in London. He lives just over the Leeds/Bradford border in Guiseley.

Jill Kirk

Receptionist

Jill lives locally with her family in Utley, together with their two cats, three rabbits, five hens and a cockerel. Originally from Oxfordshire Jill had a career in photography and publishing before joining our team. She has always had a love of animals and spent her honeymoon spotting Orang-utans, Sun Bears and Proboscis monkeys in Borneo. In her spare time she enjoys country walks, cooking and silversmithing.