Vets4Pets Barnsley Hospital

161 Wilthorpe Road
South Yorkshire
S75 1JQ

Telephone: 01226 289 000

We're a 24/7 surgery

This means we're never closed.

Laparoscopic services

Our practice owner Caroline Richards BVSc, MRCVS, GPCert(Endo) is one of only a handful of vets in the UK to hold a certificate in small animal endoscopy. Watch our video to find out more

Laparoscopy Services

Meet the team

Peter Richards

Dr Peter Richards

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon


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My name is Peter, and I am one of the veterinary partners at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I’ve been a vet for over 20 years, starting work in Hull before moving first to Clitheroe, then to Barnsley in 2002, where, Caroline and I started the practice in March 2002. I completed my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice last year along with a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Professional Studies. I enjoy orthopaedic surgery with a particular interest in knee surgery.
Caroline Richards

Dr Caroline Richards

Practice Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

BVSc, MRCVS, GPCert(Endo)

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My name is Caroline, and I am one of the veterinary partners at Barnsley Vets4Pets. Pete, my husband, and I opened the practice 16 years ago and we have grown in size and service levels ever since. The practice turned into a hospital providing 24 hour care over 4 years now. We have 55 team members in the hospital, with very talented people who are very passionate about the care they provide to our patients. In work I am very involved with the running of the hospital from marketing to recruitment, but my real passion lies with surgery. I love to operate in the theatres and I have carried out postgraduate studies and exams to advance my knowledge in endoscopy - keyhole surgery. Just like in human medicine, we are continually finding ways to reduce the trauma of surgery, using small incisions and more pain free techniques through endoscopy. I love being at the front of these dances in surgery, and it means I can offer more pain free surgery options to my patients. Some examples of where I regularly use endoscopy are: laparoscopic ovariectomy (lap spay), arthroscopy (looking in joints), cystoscopy (looking in the bladder), rhinoscopy and tracheostomy (looking in the nose and lungs). I will also use a flexible scope to look at the upper and lower gastrointestinal system. I am very lucky that I feel like my job is the best job in the world, and I am very privileged to work with lovely people and lovely animals every day.
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Dr Anna Hales

Veterinary Surgeon


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My name is Anna and I am one of the veterinary surgeon at Barnsley Vets4pets. I joined here in 2014. Whilst I love treating all furry pets I have a particular soft spot for the big bouncy dogs. My veterinary interests are fairly wide reaching but I get particular satisfaction from seeing patients with skin allergies. Having a dog with allergies myself I never underestimate the effect constant itching can have on the pet and family members. Outside of work I love being out walking with my family and friends, preferably somewhere muddy. Reading a good book helps me unwind. I look forward to continuing in my professional career with the supportive team at Barnsley, seeing all he interesting cases that walk through our doors.
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Dr Csilla Tarnavolgyi

Veterinary Surgeon


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My name is Csilla and I am one of the veterinary surgeons at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I joined the practice in May 2015. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have a particular interest in exotic species and feline medicine.
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Dr David Wright

Veterinary Surgeon


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My name is David and I am one of the veterinary surgeons at Barnsley Vets4pet. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2010 and have worked at Barnsley since 2015. I enjoy all aspects of my job, from consulting and meeting lovely animals and owners, to difficult operations. Outside of work I enjoy cycling, running and horse riding and when feeling less energetic nothing more than relaxing with a film.
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Dr Elizabeth Avill

Veterinary Surgeon

BSc (hons) MSc BVetMed MRCVS

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I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 and joined the team at Barnsley 2 years ago as a Veterinary Surgeon. My main area of interest is Feline Medicine but I enjoy all aspects of my job; clinical and surgical. Outside of work I enjoy caring for my Norwegian Forest cats, volunteering at GCCF cat shows and travelling.
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Dr Will Lawson

Veterinary Surgeon


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My name is Will and I am one of the veterinary surgeons at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I graduated from Cambridge University in 2014. I then started working in a small animal practice in Sheffield, where I developed an interest in diagnostic imaging. I joined the Barnsley Vets4Pets team in January 2017, and I plan to gain additional qualifications in x-ray and ultrasound examinations. Outside of work, I enjoy mountain biking and climbing - spending as much time as possible in the Peak District!

Dr Gemma Cooper

Veterinary Surgeon


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My name Gemma and I am one of the veterinary surgeons at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I joined the practice in 2011. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have a particular interest in dermatology and ophthalmology. When I’m not working I enjoy walking in the countryside with my dog, going to the gym and reading.

Dr Viktor Szasz

Senior Night Veterinary Surgeon

(DrMedVet, CertAVP, MRCVS

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My name is Viktor and I am the senior night vet and out of hours manager at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I joined here in 2013 when the out of hours service was first established. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have a particular interest in emergency work.
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Dr Gabor Nemes

Night Veterinary Surgeon


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I am one of the out of hours vets at our hospital with 10+ years experience in small animal practice. For the past 3 years I have been working exclusively with emergency and critically ill patients. I am currently studying towards my Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, having just started the third and final year of my studies. This rapidly developing speciality is one of the newest fields of veterinary medicine, enabling us to provide gold standard treatment to our most fragile patients by a state-of-the-art, evidence based approach and using advanced, contemporary techniques. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing back a patient from the brink of death, which makes the challenges and demands of working night shifts in sole charge well worthwhile.

Jose Alvarez

Veterinary Surgeon


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My name is Jose and I am one of the veterinary surgeons at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of Murcia (Spain) in 2011 and followed this with a rotatory internship in Raspeig Referral Hospital (Alicante) in 2013.

I completed a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (GPCertSAM) in 2016. My areas of clinical interested are imaging diagnosis and internal medicine, particularly those related to oncology.

I spend my free time with my wife, Veronica, as well as my little Westie, Layo and my Schnauzer, Milo. I spend my remaining free time on my passion for baseball, playing for the Sheffield Bladerunners Baseball Team.

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Claire Moulin

Head Nurse

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My name is Claire and I qualified as an Registered Veterinary Nurse 22 years ago. I have been at Barnsley Vets4Pets for 13 years and my role has progressed from veterinary nurse to deputy and to my current role as head nurse. My role is varied so as well as the day to day duties as a senior surgical nurse, I also have administration tasks such as creating a rota for 16 nurses! I have a particular interest in veterinary dentistry having completed a certificate in the subject.

Emily Hatfield

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Hospital Manager

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My name is Emily and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I qualified in 2009 and have enjoyed the last 10 years working in this amazing practice. I have had the opportunity to grow so much as a nurse and I am now hospital manager. I am responsible for maintaining our hospital standards and protocols and work hard to achieve gold standards throughout the practice to deliver the best care for our clients and patients. I have a real interest in endosurgery that we carry out due to the massive benefits that it has for our patients. I am eager to push forward with new ideas so as a practice we constantly grow and learn. I am also a qualified hydrotherapist and help to rehabilitate many of our patients. When I am not at work I love spending my time with my family, walking our dogs Maddy and Murdock and spending time with my horse Fern.
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Michelle Grace

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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My name in Michelle and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4pets. I qualified from the College of Animal Welfare (CAW) in 2013. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have a keen interest in Emergency and critical care. I am currently studying for the Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing with the Royal Veterinary College.
Sally White

Sally White

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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My name is Sally White, and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4pets. I joined in January 2016. I have been in the veterinary profession for above 20 years now, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2003. I work part time to balance my work and life as I have 2 fabulous daughters at home too. I have always been interested in the surgical side of the job and hope to learn and progress more so with the endosurgery side of things. We have a Saluki cross Greyhound called Frank, who is my lovable doofus but I wouldn’t be without him, we also have 2 cats Mabel and Louie, who are the calm amongst the madness.
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Chelsea Warner

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Small Animal Hydrotherapist

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My name is Chelsea and I am one of the registered veterinary nurse at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I have a keen interest in anaesthesia, surgery and rehabilitation and enjoy assisting with the more advanced endoscopic and orthopaedic surgeries. I have a Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy and I am one of the hydrotherapists here. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dogs Sky and Jobe.

Rachel Whittaker

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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My name is Rachel and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4pets. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have a keen interest in theatre work and rehabilitation. I am involved with the running of the theatres and enjoy assisting with the more advanced surgeries that take place. I am one of the hydrotherapists and I am currently working towards my qualification in this area.

Georgina Wright

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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My name is Georgina and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4pets. I qualified from the College of Animal Welfare (CAW) in 2014. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have a keen interest in nurse consults especially weight clinics. I recently completed a pet health counsellor programme. I am also very keen on promoting good oral hygiene and I am currently working towards an Oral Care Certificate. Outside of work I enjoy horse riding.

Reann Camara

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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My name is Reann and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4pets. I recently qualified in January 2018 but have been part of the team since 2015. I enjoy all aspects of my job but have a keen interest in diagnostic imaging, Emergency and critical care and behaviour. I currently run the puppy classes here. At home I have my own furry family consisting of three Boston Terriers and five cats.

Tanya French

Registered Veterinary Nurse, Small animal Hydrotherapist

NCert (Anaesth)

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My name is Tanya and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I have a keen interest in surgery, anaesthesia and rehabilitation. I am involved with the day to day running of the theatre and this is where I spend most of my time. I love working in this area alongside the senior members of staff during advanced surgeries such as orthopaedic and endoscopy. I have a Level 3 Diploma in small animal hydrotherapy and I am one of the senior hydrotherapist here. I am a clinical coach supporting and training new students. I am currently working towards a nurse certificate in anaesthesia (NCert(Anaesth)) and I am looking forward to using my added skills in practice.

Mandy Beaumont

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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My name is Mandy and I am one of the registered veterinary nurses at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I started here in 2004 and was the first trainee nurse qualifying in 2007. I am proud to have been involved in the growth and progression of the practice right from the very start. I have a keen interest in hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and rehabilitation and gained a Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals in 2011. I enjoy consulting, educating our clients on all aspects of healthcare but in particular puppy training and behaviour. I also enjoy working in theatre assisting the veterinary surgeon with orthopaedics and endoscopy. I am a clinical coach training and mentoring our student nurses. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and pets.
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Keeley Uren

Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I am an 'out of hours' nurse and have a certificate in emergency and critical care. I work overnight dealing with any emergencies and looking after inpatients. Although I never want any animals to be in an emergency situation, I like to be the nurse who helps them when they arrive at the practice and then look after them throughout their recovery and see them improve. Out of work I enjoy spending time with my geriatric greyhound Samson, my 2 hamsters, budgies and fish.
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Louise Harrington

Practice Manager

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My name is Louise and I am the practice manager at Barnsley Vets4Pets. I work closely with the partners Peter and Caroline to put procedures and actions in place and make sure that the procedures and standards are maintained. I assist with the day to day running of the hospital and practice. I am the point of contact between managers and partners to assist the smooth running of the business.

Simone Roebuck

Reception Supervisor

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My Name is Simone and I am the reception supervisor at Barnsley Vets4pets. My main role is to assist the smooth running of the reception areas and to ensure all pets and owners have a comfortable visit to the practice.
Claire Mason

Claire Mason

Night Team & Weekend Manager

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My name is Claire and I am the out of hours evening and weekend manager. My role in the practice is to ensure the out of hours and weekend shifts run smoothly and to work as part of a busy team providing a professional service 24 hours a day.

Out of work I am kept busy with my 6 dogs, 2 horses and 2 chickens.

MAF-1.jpgWe’re locally owned and run by husband and wife team Dr Caroline Richards and Dr Peter Richards. We opened our doors in 2002 and since then have welcomed tens of thousands of pets.

Dr. Caroline Richards BVSc MRCVS GPCert(Endo), has a certificate in both flexible and rigid endoscopes. An endoscopy allows visual examination of internal organs and body parts with minimally invasive surgery. Caroline has a real passion for laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, which you may have heard of in human surgery.

Dr. Peter Richards BVSc Cert AVP PG Cert (VPS) MRCVS holds a certificate in advanced veterinary practice and a post-graduate certificate in Veterinary Professional Studies. He’s skilled in all surgery including more complex referral work.



  • Emergency cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Orthopaedics
    Surgery of joints and bones.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.

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  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • In house blood transfusions
    In house blood transfusions
  • Endoscopy
    An endoscope is a long tube connected to a light source and video camera that sends real time images to a television screen for viewing. Endoscopy is the use of an endoscope within internal structures and organs of the body. The endoscope can be inserted through natural openings such as the mouth, nose or rectum to reach the structure of interest.
  • Oxygen Chamber
    Enables us to provide supplemental oxygen when needed.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • ECG
    ECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Haematology
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • Electrolyte
    Enables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • X-Ray & Ultrasound
    X-Ray & Ultrasound
  • Soft Tissue
    Surgical procedures involving the soft tissues such as ears and skin.
  • Puppy Parties
    Puppy parties to support you to train, socialise and ensure your puppy has the best start in life possible.
  • Physiotherapy
    Supports your pets' strength and mobility.
  • Pet Passport
    Trained OV vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
  • Late Opening Times
    Late Opening Times
  • Oncology
    Medical care of cancer.
  • Nutrition
    Advice and support for our pet's diet.
  • Nurse Clinic
    Appointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
  • Locally Owned
    This practice is locally owned.
  • Keyhole Surgery
    In human medicine ‘keyhole’ surgery or laparoscopy has been used for many years given its reduced surgical trauma and quicker recovery times compared to traditional 'open' surgery.
  • Hydrotherapy
    Our hydrotherapy centre incorporates an aquatic treadmill allowing full gait extension and analysis.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Fracture Repair
    Orthopaedic surgery to correct broken bones.
  • Educational Workshops
    Educational workshops are held to create awareness.
  • Ear Surgery
    Ear Surgery service is available to keep your pet free from any infections.
  • Cruciate Surgery
    Surgery to repair damaged stifle ligaments.
  • Chemotherapy
    Dogs and cats that receive chemotherapy feel normal the day they are given the drug.
  • Cat and Dog Hospital Ward
    There are separate wards for cats and dogs providing good hygiene environment.
  • Blood Transfusion
    Treats many critically ill cats and dogs and our pioneering blood donor programme helps keep them alive.
  • Behaviourist
    The Behaviourist approach to learning studied changes in behaviour that are caused by a person's direct experience of their environment, using the principles of classical and operant conditioning to explain them.
  • Arthroscopy
    Arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic or keyhole surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure on a joint in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage is performed using an arthroscope, an endoscope that is inserted into the joint through a small incision.
  • Anaesthetic
    General anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
  • Air Way Surgery
    Air Way Surgery
  • Acupuncture
    Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into particular locations on the body in order to alleviate pain, improve recovery rates and increase resistance to disease. It has been practised by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses in people and animals.
  • Open 7 Days a Week
    We are open 7 days a week.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment of diseases and other conditions that affect the teeth and gums, especially the repair and extraction of teeth and the insertion of artificial ones.

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Practice accreditations

  • Small_Animal_Hospital
  • RCVSaccredited

Health Plans

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Best Start in Life

Our Best Start in Life starter pack includes everything they'll need from a veterinary perspective to grow up happy and healthy, from a microchip to their first vaccinations.

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