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Helen Trory Bsc BVSc MRCVS

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

My name is Helen and I am the partner at the brand new York Vets4Pets. I am married with a 5 year old son called Lewis. We have a Border Terrier called Ruby. I graduated from Liverpool in 2004 having previously completed a degree in Animal Science at Leeds University. I initially worked in a mixed practice and then small animal only practice and we moved to the York area in 2013.

I wanted to be a vet from the age of 9 and I am so excited to being able to run my own practice here in York. I will aim to provide the best possible level of client and patient care in our lovely new purpose built practice. We will offer continuity of care and we will always aim to work as a team with our clients to make the right decisions for their pets.

My team and I will always answer any questions you may have as honestly as we can, so you can make informed choices about your pets care. We will strive to provide a friendly, value for money, professional service and treat each pet as if it were our own. We are all looking forward to meeting you and your pets.

Outside of work my time is spent being a mum. We like to try and get out and about into the lovely Yorkshire countryside with the dog as much as we can. I also love baking when I get the chance!

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Gemma Cliffin MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I’m Gemma. My ambition from a very early age was to become a vet and I achieved this when I qualified from the University of Liverpool, having previously completed a degree in Bioveterinary Science (also at Liverpool).

I am originally from Surrey but my family moved to Cumbria a few years ago which is where I first met Helen. I have a cat called Mango, 2 rabbits, Fudge and Kenco, as well as several chickens and some tropical fish. The next addition will be a puppy in due course!

In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking, as well as walking and playing the flute. I am looking forward to joining Helen and her team at Vets4Pets York and meeting all of you and your lovely pets!

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Sophie Redfern MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, my name is Sophie and I'm one of the vets at York Vets4Pets. I'm so pleased to be joining Helen and the rest of the team.

I originally trained as a Medicinal Chemist and after a career change graduated from The University of Liverpool in Veterinary Science. It was the best decision I ever made! I particularly enjoy the surgical side of my job. It can be quite challenging at times, but extremely rewarding.

I have just relocated to York with my partner and we have a budgie called Joanie. If I had my way, the house would be full of pets but my partner is horribly allergic so I have to get all my animal cuddles in at work and with my families pets.

In the picture is Bernard, my sisters Shar-Pei.

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Becky Candler MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Before going to vet school I studied agriculture and animal science at Harper Adams, then went on to fulfil my life long ambition to train as a Veterinary Surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College in London.

I have spent my first three years in practice as a mixed vet and have recently decided to specialise in small animal practice.  In particular, I have a strong interest in the emergency and critical care of small animals and I am incredibly excited to join the night vet team at Vets4Pets York.

In my spare time, I have my hands full with my three dogs - otter, kipper and ghillie; two guinea pigs and ferret. My partner and I are busy DIYing our first home together.

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Helen Mackinder

Veterinary Surgeon

My name is Helen and I graduated from Liverpool University in 2005. After starting out in mixed practice I have concentrated on small animal work for the last 9 years. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have developed a particular interest in emergency and critical care medicine and surgery and I am very pleased to be joining the dedicated night team here at York Vets4Pets.

Outside work I enjoy swimming, and walking our Springer Spaniels, Peggy and Mabel, with my husband Joe and our 2 young children. We also have a fabulous cat called Freddie, who has been a veterinary challenge all his life!

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Katie Todd

Head Veterinary Nurse

My name is Katie Todd and I am head nurse at the York Vets4Pets I began my ‘veterinary nursing journey’ in 2000 when I began my studies at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Three years later I qualified as a vet nurse and then gained my degree in 2004. Since then I have been working as a vet nurse for the same practice and have gained experience in all areas of the role including medical and surgical nursing, anaesthesia and nurse clinics.

I am also involved in the training of student vet nurses and I am the practices clinical coach. I enjoy all aspects of my job really and feel privileged to be involved in the care and treatment of people’s pets. I know first hand how important our animals are to us and always aim to look after my patients to the best of my ability and in a way I would want my own pets to be treated.

At home, I have a wonderful 11 year old Border Collie, ‘Jura’, a crazy little cat called ‘Kitkat’ and lots of pretty tropical fish. I also share my home with my partner and beautiful little boy who is three and a half years old and keeps me very busy when I am not at work!

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Lisa Allen

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Lisa and I have spent the last 2 years studying Veterinary Nursing at Newton Rigg in Cumbria. I have completed my training at Carlisle Vets4Pets which is where I first met Helen. I am moving down to York with my fiancè as he will be studying electronic engineering at the University of York.

At home I have a lurcher called Ozzie and two Border Terriers called Roxy and Belle. I also enjoy horse riding and ride my Auntie's horses regularly. I am very excited to become part of the team at Vets4Pets and getting to know the clients and their pets.

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Sheryl Wheldrick

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Sheryl and I have worked in practice for 10 years, having been qualified for 5 years. I have always been animal mad, and have quite a managerie of animals at home. These include my two cats called Loki and Belle, a snake called Caspian, a rabbit called Blue and two fish called Rascal and Daphne.

My favourite animals are cats, however, I am still very much a dog person and would love to have a Husky. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family - both the human and furry members! I also love spending time at the seaside and taking my children to the park to play on their bikes and scooters.

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Stephanie Brough

Veterinary Nurse

Having always loved animals I was able to follow a career in veterinary nursing in 2010 when given a student position at a practice in Malton. I love my job and having had time off to become a mum I'm excited to be coming back into practice and to be working with the vets for pets team in York.

I have two jack Russells and two dachshunds as well as a pony to keep me busy in my spare time as well as been a proud mummy of a one year boy.

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Sarah Kitching

Veterinary Nurse

Hi I'm Sarah and this is Morris AKA The Whippet. I'm originally from East Yorkshire and started out as a animal handler and receptionist at my local vets in 2003. I went on to work as a trainee nurse at their busy hospital and studied towards my Animal Nurse Assistant and then Veterinary Nurse qualification which I gained in 2010. I have since worked in practices around the south of the country covering maternity/sick cover gaining invaluable experience in the small animal sector, picking up The little Whippet on the way, he has accompanied me on the rest of my travels. I settled back in Leeds for 4 years working as medical and practice nurse at a busy first opinion and referral practice, where I gained my Emergency and Critical Care certificate before deciding to take on the challenge of night work here at Vets4Pets York.

I am really looking forward to joining the team. In my spare time I like to go out walking, running and my latest hobby road cycling. I also love socialising with friends old and new.

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Carriss Walton

Veterinary Nurse

From the age of about 4 I knew I wanted to work in a vets. I later realised I had a passion for nursing.

After 3 years of study I qualified in 2010 with a foundation degree in veterinary nursing. Since then I progressed and took on the role as head nurse. I am now delighted to be joining the Vets4Pets team and become one of their dedicated night team. Allowing me to enhance my emergency and critical care skills which I have a passion for as well as all other nursing duties. When I'm not at work I enjoy riding my horse Pubert and spending quality time with my partner Robin and our cat Smokey and our crazy beagles Bonnie and Burnie!

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Jenny Curry

Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a veterinary nurse from Askham Bryan College in 2011 and I'm excited to be working at Vets4Pets.

I enjoy all aspects of nursing, but particularly enjoy the medical side of things & nursing patients during their treatment / recovery. I also like being able to interact with pets & their owners during nurse clinics.The job can be both physically & emotionally demanding at times, but I love what I do & couldn't imagine doing anything else.

At home, I have the crazy ginger Lab, Frank and a cat called Peggy!

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Nicole Hartley

Registered Veterinary Nurse

My name is Nicole and I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from Harper Adams University in 2013. I spent my first year in the small animal and exotics practice that I had carried out my nurse training at, before completing a year for an out of hours and emergency vet's.

I have been a long-term locum for Helen since I went self employed in November and have now taken on a permanent role as I enjoy it so much, I get to do a variety of days and nights also which keeps it interesting! Outside of work I have a young black Labrador and also an elderly blind collie that I am fostering from the RSPCA so I am kept busy! I enjoy visiting new places and taking the dogs on long country walks, as well as socialising with friends and family.

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Claire Todd

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I’m Claire, and I have qualified as a Veterinary Nurse at Myerscough College. For the next 2 years I am going to be studying for my honours degree, which I am looking forward too. 

I have wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember, and now I feel lucky to be able to work helping people and their pets. I am very excited to start working with Helen and the team again. 

I have recently moved to York with my Border Collie, Holly from Cumbria and we both are loving City life. I enjoying going on long walks with Holly, and anything arty and watching and playing sports.

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Kate Young


My name is Kate and I am one of the receptionists at Vets4Pets York. I moved to Yorkshire from Suffolk at the beginning of 2014 with my partner and my little boy. I have been a veterinary receptionist for the past ten years, working in small animal practices in Hampshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

In my spare time I enjoy riding and competing my horse Rosie, spending time with my family and walking Albert my Bulldog. I also have ten working dogs which keep me extremely busy and they are a mixture of Labradors, spaniels and two naughty terriers!

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Annika Lindberg-Cooper

Head Receptionist

My name is Annika and I am very proud to be part of Helen's practice. My role is head receptionist and as such will aim to provide all our customers with friendly and efficient service.

I am married and have two children. We have a cat called Harvey and a dog called Marley. Both are very much part of our family. I am Swedish but now live in the York area. Previously I worked as Deputy Manager at Pets at Home at the Clifton Moor branch. So hopefully I have a good understanding of your needs as a pet owner.

In my spare time I enjoy going for forest walks with my husband and our dog. I also love spending time in my garden. I very much look forward to welcoming you and your pets into our lovely practice.

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Sara Goldsmith

Veterinary Care Assistant

My name is Sara and I am extremely excited about starting my new role as a Veterinary Care Assistant, with Vets4Pets York. It is a dream come true for me to be starting my career within the animal sector, especially after completing a Bsc (hons) in Animal Welfare and Behaviour.

Throughout my studies I have carried out various voluntary placements, all of which I have loved and found truly rewarding. These have included helping out at a veterinary practice, a small animal holding, aquarium, animal charity, sanctuary for bears, monkeys and elephants in Asia and dog and puppy training classes.

I live with my partner Sam and we currently own a female cat named Puss. Puss loves to play in the outdoors, especially rolling in the mud & terrorising the local wildlife. She would do pretty much anything for Dreamies, all you need to do is rustle the packet and she comes running. She is a much loved part of our family.

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Steph Keech

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Steph and I joined the Vets4Pets York team in September 2014 as a Vet Care Assistant! I studied Foundation Degree Animal Management at Askham Bryan collage, and I also work part time at Pets At Home.

I live with my partner Daniel, in our house of animals! We have several birds, including a Hahns Macaw called Micah, a Senegal Parrot called “Mr. Senegal” a selection of Cockatiels and an evil Budgie who is the boss of them all! I also have 4 Chinchillas: Leo & Phoebe, Tyrion who only has 3 legs, and Lilly.

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Amy Dennis

Veterinary Care Assistant

My name is Amy and I joined the Vets4Pets team in September 2015 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I have a degree in Psychology and hope to study Veterinary Nursing in the near future. I have two beautiful cats (one fluffy ginger and one white and grey) and I have two cheeky hamsters. Outside of work I love spending time outdoors and exploring new places. I especially love learning about history and archaeology.

I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

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Tom Feakes

Veterinary Care Assistant

My name is Tom and I've just started working for Vets for Pets in York as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I have had animals all my life, growing up on a farm in Suffolk, and love animals all shapes and sizes.

I live at home with my wife Kat, our adopted alsatian/labrador cross Meg, and our large lop eared rabbit Charlie. In my spare time I enjoy riding my horses back home in Suffolk, and walking out in the countryside and getting lots of fresh air with Kat and Meg. I also play football once a week and enjoy bouldering and using the gym.

I have a degree in Environmental Geography, but am looking to study further into Veterinary Care Work, so feel privileged to get involved with Helen's practice and begin my career with animals here!

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Paul Ashworth

Ambulance Driver

My name is Paul, 52 years old.  Recently left life on the ocean for a more sedate pace!

Love animals and really looking forward to working at vets4pets.  We have the privilege of our 3 dogs letting us live in their house with them!