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Meet The Leeds Birstall Vet Team | Vets4Pets

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Meet the Leeds Birstall vet team

Keith Vets4Pets Leeds Birstall

Keith Leonard

Veterinary Surgeon

I’m Keith the youngest of four son’s all of which are currently practicing vets, as is my father but who will be soon retiring. I grew up in Cheshire and qualified from Liverpool University in 1997. After a period of small and large animal practice I started full time small animal work in 1999 and have worked all over the UK since. In 2006 my wife Julie and I travelled across Africa and our first son Ollie was born in South Africa. You can read our travel blog at I love all aspects of small animal surgery but have a particular interest in surgery and I am currently studying for a post graduate certificate in Surgery.

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Daphne Mavrides

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi I’m Daphne and I grew up in Cyprus where I aspired to be a vet from a young age. My dream came true when I graduated from Bristol University in 2014 and I started working in Staffordshire soon after. I moved to Leeds in 2015 and found working here very enjoyable and fulfilling. I have a particular interest in surgery which I am learning more about daily. I have a Ragdoll cat called Peanut whom I adopted during my final years at vet school. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding and running.

Helen Garbett Vets4Pets Leeds Birstall

Helen Garbett

Veterinary Nurse

I’m Helen, I love being a veterinary nurse and caring for your pets. I qualified as a veterinary nurse 2 years ago. I like nurse clinics but really enjoy the medical nursing aspect. In the future I would like to be able to do physiotherapy for all your lovely animals. At home I have 2 dogs a golden retriever and a border collie; they can be very hard work at times. They both compete at obedience (not that you would think so half of the time!) and my border collie is trying to train me at agility as he is much better than I am!

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Gemma Jackson

Head Nurse

Hi my name is Gemma. I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse. I have been qualified since 2004. I lived and worked in Australia for 5 years and have been back in England since 2009. I have 2 cats, a hamster and 2 fish. One cat is an Ozzie!

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Vikky Healy

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Vikky and I have been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2004. Animal welfare is my passion, which is why I enjoy working for Vets4Pets. I believe the most important role of my job is to educate our clients on how to care for their pets. Through running nurse clinics, Vets4Pets enable their clients to receive up to date knowledge of all aspects of health care - all free of charge. I came to Birstall after being a locum for other Vets4Pets all over Yorkshire for the past 3 years. A part-time position became available, so I jumped at the opportunity after being very impressed by the level of compassion for animals and client care here.

I have just begun a COAPE (Canine Psychology Course) and I hope to start their 3 year diploma in Behaviour and Training once this is completed. I live with my 4 cats (2 were strays and one I hand reared from being 1 week old after him, his brother and 2 sisters were abandoned); my 2 crossbreed dogs who were both rescued (one from the streets of Romania after my last rescue dog died at the age of 17); and a very lovely hamster who has a problem with his eyes, but we manage this by applying eye drops regularly! I also home-board dogs, cats and small furries and walk other peoples dogs, so I never have any free time and my house is always full of animals but I love it!

Helen Vets4Pets Leeds Birstall

Helen Fitzgerald

Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I’m Helen, also known as ‘Fitzy’ or the crazy cat lady! I have worked in veterinary practice for the past 17 years, I joined Vets4Pets in October 2013 and absolutely love it. I enjoy both the medical and surgical aspects of nursing, particularly anaesthesia. I am very passionate about animal welfare and have previously worked for rescue charities both home and abroad. Outside of work I’m a volunteer for the Blue Cross and run a small re-homing cattery from home on their behalf. I have 5 of my own rescue cats; Lion, Panther, Puma, Cheetah and Alley Kat, and my ambition is to one day work with real big cats!

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Julie Ali

Student Veterinary Nurse

My name is Julie, I started training as a Veterinary Nurse in January 2014 and really enjoy my job. At home I have a jack Russell x names Patch and two rabbits named Sox and Nibbles.

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Steph Ellis

Veterinary Nurse

Hi I'm Steph. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse 5 years ago and previously worked in Wetherby. I have also done additional training to become a Veterinary Physiotherapist.

I really love the variety of work involved in my job, but my real interest lies in supporting patients through surgery - especially following this up with physiotherapy after orthopaedic operations.

I enjoy indoor rock climbing and yoga, but I spend most of my spare time with my large Munsterlander, Folly - she loves coming running with me!

Cheryl Cartwright

Veterinary Nurse

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Rebecca Gowler

Practice Manager

My name is Rebecca and I have been working here since the practice opened in 2012. I have always been passionate about animals and have a degree in Animal Health and Welfare. Previously I have worked in both the NHS and for the Police as a communication operator. I love working at Leeds Birstall. We are a close knit team who all share a passion to deliver gold standard client and patient care. My love for animals extends into my home life. I have two beagles, five guinea pigs, two gerbils, a bearded dragon and fish. It’s basically a menagerie!

Julie Leonard Vets4Pets Leeds Birstall

Julie Leonard

Client Services Manager

I’m Julie and I have an absolute passion for animals (both domestic and exotic). Having studied my BSc. Hons degree in Zoology at Edinburgh University (1997) and PhD in Biological Anthropology from the Zoological Society of London and UCL (2005), I specialised in Primatology (monkeys, apes and rainforest ecology). I’ve spent most of my working career abroad managing wildlife conservation projects in both Asia and Africa and also presented wildlife documentaries for BBC1 (Scotland the Wild 2005, and Living with Monkeys - Tales from the Treetops 2009). 2006/7 saw Keith (vet surgeon above) and myself embark on a one year overland trip where we drove through Northern, Western and Central Africa, visiting wildlife projects along the way. We’ve now come back to the UK and settled in lovely Yorkshire with 3 little monkeys of our own (Ollie, Amelia and Charlie) and our black and white cat Pippa, who keep me very busy, along with the vet business.

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Lyndsey Banton

Client Service Co-ordinator

My name is Lyndsey and I have recently started working at the practice as a Client Service Coordinator. I graduated in the summer of last year from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Animal Biology and moved to the Leeds area only a few months ago. I am very much enjoying working as part of the close-knit team at this surgery and in the future would like to complete a qualification in Veterinary Nursing. At home I have a black and white kitten called George who was rescued through the Blue Cross. Probably the first of many!

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Vicky Young

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hi my name is Vicky and I’m a Veterinary Care Assistant at the practice. I currently spend my time on reception and helping the nurses with their work. I enjoy meeting all our clients and their animals. I have a degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology and next year will be attending college to train as a Veterinary Nurse. At home I have a beautiful Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever called Rosie and we are currently training to compete in flyball.

Fran Chapman

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hello, my name is Frances and I’m a student veterinary nurse at Vets4Pets. I started vet nursing in September 2014 and loved and enjoyed every day since I started. I adore animals, especially horses. I love working at the practice and get on really well with my colleagues. I also love dancing and I dance for a majorette group called Stanley Starlights. I have a mad dog called George who is a boxer.

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Kelly Sumner

Head Receptionist

Hi, I’m Kelly the first person you may see when you come to visit this amazing practice. I love all animals big and small. Horse riding is one passion of mine, but my two ragdoll cats are the true loves of my life Milo and Marley. I have lived in Leeds for about five years and I love it! I started here as a student at Leeds Metropolitan University where I gained my degree in Sport Business Management. Since working here I have met so many lovely people and I cannot wait to meet many, many more.