As an essential service we’re still here for you and your pet. We’re committed to keeping you and our colleagues protected and we have also adapted our services, making it easier to care for your pet. As a temporary measure we will be working to reduced appointments only. If you are concerned about your pet, please call us for further advice. We will let you know of any changes via our website and Facebook page.
We're a 24/7 surgery
This means we're never closed.
* Free parking available at front of store
* Allocated disabled spaces
* 24/7 access to parking for our 24/7 hospital service
We’re now offering some vaccinations
In response to updated guidance from our regulatory body we are now carrying out some primary and booster vaccinations, where it is safe to do so and required or indicated for your pet’s welfare. If your pet is due their vaccinations please contact us for further advice.
Safe collection of medication available
We are now able to offer safe collection of your pet’s medication and flea and worm preventative mediations. Please contact us to find out more.
Meet the team
Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Owner
BVSc, PgCert SAS, MRCVS. Currently studying Advanced Practitioner Small Animal Surgery.
BVSc, PGCertSAM, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine, MRCVS
Jonay graduated from the Universitiy of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain in 2005, and is recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine. Jonay has experience of working within 100% Small Animal Clinics in the UK since 2010 and is a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the Small Animal Medicine Society. He achieved his BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2017. Jonay has worked at Birstall Vets4Pets since March 2021 and has a particular interest in Internal Medicine, Endoscopy and Ultrasonography, both at first and second opinion. In his spare time, Jonay loves spending time with his family, doing sport and cuddling his three cats Pooky, Daisy and Crumble. His greatest personal achievement was running a 90k trail ultramarathon in Fuerteventura in 2013 in under 14 hours.
BVSc, MSc. Veterinary Epidemiology, Currently studying PgCertSAM
I'm Alun, I grew up in Salisbury, Wiltshire but Yorkshire has been my home since 2018. I have a strong interest in Medicine and Epidemiology and I'm currently studying at Birstall for my PgCert in Small Animal Medicine. Away from work you'll find me playing sport or enjoying the beautiful British countryside and trying to spot its wildlife.
Hi, I am Michelle. I qualified as a vet in 2020 from the University of Glasgow. I enjoy all aspects of working at a general practice. I had special interests towards surgery when I was in vet school, and my favourite moments were seeing animals show big improvements after surgeries, though I recognised that medicine is equally fascinating since I started working here at Vets4Pets Birstall. Outside of clinical work, I am interested about human-animal interaction, as well as wellbeing and neurodiversity within the profession. During my free time, I enjoy playing the oboe and making desserts.
My name is Avneet. When I'm not in the clinic, I'm a part time artist, I do yoga, I love spending time with friends and family and buzz off cooking plant based recipes.
Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary medicine in June 2019 from University of Life Sciences from Iasi, Romania. I arrived and started working in the UK as a Veterinary Surgeon at the beginning of 2020 and I have been with Leeds Birstall since October 2020. I have an interest in Surgery and Neurology, I have tried to acquire and develop a wide range of skills to help me diagnose and treat different diseases. I love all animals, big and small, which gave me the desire to choose this career and to give my very best every single time.
My name is Ana, I graduated from Spain in 2018 and I have been working as a vet in England since 2019. I like cooking, exploring and love animals. I like internal medicine but what I really enjoy is surgery. I have a rescue cat called Patch and you will generally find me trying to translate bad jokes from Spanish into English (Usually never making sense)
Since I qualified in 2014 in Valencia, Spain I've been enjoying my work because I'm passionate in looking after my small furry patients. My passion is surgery and especially orthopaedic that´s why I'll start a post graduate certificate in surgery next year. I love my job but I also enjoy music, outdoor activities, books and playing guitar.
Head Nurse & Clinical Coach
RVN, NCert(Anaesth), DipHE CVN. Currently studying DipAVN.
Hi, my name is Claire and I’m the head Veterinary Nurse at Leeds Birstall. I’ve been in practice since 2004, and I qualified in 2007 from Myerscough College. In 2014, I decided that anaesthesia management was what I enjoyed the most and I undertook an advanced certificate in anaesthesia. Since then I’ve become Head Nurse at Birstall and I’m currently studying toward my Advanced Nursing qualification. In my spare time I love walking my two English Springer Spaniels with my husband.
Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse & Clinical Coach
RVN, NCert (Dentistry). Currently studying CertAVN (Dentistry)
Hi, I'm Sarah Ramsden and have been with Vets4Pets Birstall for 2 years. I have a very strong interest in companion Animal Dentistry and make sure your pets receive the best possible care whilst in for their procedure. I am currently studying two different certificates in Dentistry for Veterinary Nurses to make sure our practice is up to date with current best practice. I have been within the Veterinary profession for 6 years and absolutely adore being a nurse.
Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse & Clinical Coach
BSc (Hons) RVN, DipAVN (Small Animal), CertVN ECC.
I qualified in 2013 in a small animal practice in Sheffield. Since then I have travelled around. In 2017 I volunteered in a charity clinic in Sri Lanka helping street dogs. My main interest of veterinary nursing is in the medicine department, in particular the emergency and critical care.
My name is Tammy. I have been in practice for almost 22 years and qualified as a veterinary nurse 17 years ago. My passion in the profession is consulting and well-being at work. I live with my 9 year old daughter Olivia, my 15 year old dog Molly and my 12 year old cat Honey. At home I enjoy baking, walking and jewellery making.
Hi, I’m Helen, also known as ‘Fitzy’ or the crazy cat lady. I have worked in Veterinary practice for the past 20 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. I’m a volunteer for the Blue Cross and run a small re-homing cattery from home on their behalf. Outside of work I have 2 children, Jenson and Sienna, but to add to that 4 of my own rescue cats; Panther, Puma, Cheetah and Alley Kat, my ambition is to one day work with real big cats. I also have two Guinea Pigs, Percy and Peppa pig as well as two chickens; digger and dumper.
Hi, I’m Vicky and I joined Vets4Pets Birstall in 2014 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. In 2018 after two years of training at the practice, I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I am passionate about providing a high level of personal care to all of our patients. I have loved getting to know many of our clients and patients over the years and hope to continue to support them in the future.
Registered Veterinary Nurse & Behaviourist
FdSc (Applied Canine Behaviour & Training). Cert Level 3 Award (Canine & Feline Behaviour Management), Diploma Level 3 (Dog Training Class Instruction), VN NVQ Level 3
I began my career working in veterinary practice in 1999 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2004. Initially I enjoyed all aspects of the veterinary nursing but after years of doing nurse clinics it was apparent that clients were asking more and more advice on canine behaviour and especially training puppies so this is what I decided to dedicate my career on. In 2011 I decided to work only part time as a veterinary nurse so I could educate myself and gain experience in behaviour and training. I began my own home boarding and dog walking business which enabled me to observe and learn about canine behaviour. I began running puppy parties, working with dog trainers, running puppy and adolescent training classes. I took a break from veterinary nursing in 2017 to concentrate on my degree, returning in 2019 as I was finishing my FdSc. I came back to veterinary practice to be able to help more dogs and hopefully after completing BSc I will long continue my education in this area.
I qualified in 2013 as a registered veterinary nurse and started working at Birstall in July 2020 after several years of locum nursing across the country, including charity projects in The Gambia. I enjoy the variety of cases we see at Birstall, as no two days are the same. The nurse consults are one aspect of the role I really enjoy and I have a keen interest in anaesthesia. My other interests are inpatient care and providing lots of TLC to our lovely patients. In my spare time I love travelling and exploring new places with my daughter. I have a 13 year old rescue Yorkie called Alfie who likes to joins us too.
Registered Veterinary Nurse & Clinical Coach
Level 3 veterinary nursing diploma
I have been in practice 10 years and been qualified 3 years. I love inpatient care which I get plenty of here.
Hi I’m Laura and I’m a registered Veterinary Nurse and I have a BSC (Hons) in Veterinary nursing. My favourite part of my job is anaesthesia and inpatient care. In my free time I love going on walks with my springer spaniel Max, cycling, travelling and spending time with my friends and family.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Night Registered Veterinary Nurse & Clinical Coach
BSc (Hons), RVN, CertVN (ECC).
I'm Sam and I'm one of the 3 night nurses at Birstall. My favourite part of the job is caring for the inpatients, although I'm happy to deal with anything that life throws at me. Surgeries, emergencies, wound management cases, poisonings to name a few. I treat every patient as if they are my own. Damo, my boyfriend of 11 years and I live at home with Beanie, our miniature Yorkshire Terrier, who loves to twirl for treats and loves to see how fast he can remove squeaks from toys. We used to do agility so can he can do A frames, jumps, seesaws, reverse see-saws, hoops of fire and more. Dainty is my 18 year old Irish Sports Horse who adores jumping. She squeaks with excitement when she sees her tack or the trailer to go out competing and does her very best to take care of me when we ride. When I'm off work, we compete in dressage, showing, show jumping and cross country.
Night Registered Veterinary Nurse
BSC (Hons) RVN. Currently studying Cert VN (ECC).
Tilly qualified in July 2020 with a first class degree with honours in Veterinary Nursing. Growing up in Gambia, West Africa, she gained a lot of experience volunteering at a rural veterinary practice which treated a variety of animals, from cats and dogs to monkeys and camels. Since moving back to the UK in 2013 Tilly has been working in small animal veterinary practices across England. You will find her working the night shifts here at Leeds Birstall providing care to our emergency patients. In her spare time she spends it studying for a Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care and planning her next volunteer trip abroad.
I work nights at Birstall which I really enjoy and I love taking care of all our inpatients. In my spare time I love camping, wild swimming and taking my little dog Willow on adventures. In addition, I volunteer at local wildlife rescues and a zoo.
I started in practice in 2014 shortly before finishing my degree. My favourite aspect of the job is inpatient care and medical nursing, I love watching the patients health improve and seeing them go back home to their families.
Hi, I'm Lauren, also known as Titch. I have been at the practice for 3 years, starting off as work experience then worked my way up to a Veterinary Care Assistant, and now I'm in my first year of training as a Veterinary Nurse. I love taking care of all your lovely pets that come to visit us and being involved in different cases. I love every minute of my job and hopefully spend many more years here. I also love Corgis.
Hi, I am Emma known to all the team as Waggers. I have been at Leeds Birstall for 3 years now, I love animals and the great outdoors. I was brought up on a farm so when I'm not at work that’s where I'll be with my border collie Charles, my little hens and beautiful horses.
I am currently a student nurse working both day and night shifts. I have always had a huge passion for animals and I couldn’t be happier working in the Veterinary Industry. I have an interest in laboratory work and ECC and once qualified, I hope to further my knowledge within these areas.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Level 3 Animal Management Zoo Pathway
My name is Jess, I joined Vets4Pets Leeds Birstall in 2019 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I’m now following my dreams and studying to become a Veterinary Nurse. I feel privileged to work with such an amazing team to develop my career within the Veterinary Industry. When I’m not at work, I am looking after my 2 cats, 6 rats and horse.
I started studying veterinary nursing in September 2019, first at another practice and then here at Birstall. I enjoy all aspects of being a nurse, my favourite being nurse consultations. I enjoy creating a relationship with clients and making it so they have that familiar face at the practice. I have 2 horses, a chihuahua and a Lhasa apso of my own. If you’re wondering where I am in the practice, look for any chihuahuas and you’ll usually find me.
Veterinary Care Assistant
Level 3 BTEC extended diploma in Animal Management
I've loved animals since I was a kid. My house was like a zoo, I had hamsters, dogs, cats and every creature you could possibly find in the garden! I always knew I wanted to work with animals which is why I went straight into college to study for a qualification in Animal Care. Further to this, I advanced onto a level 3 qualification in Animal Management where I was able to get my first placement in a veterinary practice. Since then I've been through University and worked in many different practices. I love working in a veterinary environment and I hope to be a RVN one day.
Veterinary Care Assistant
Veterinary Care Assistant
Night Veterinary Care Assistant
Night Veterinary Care Assistant
Hi, Im Ryan! The General Practice Manager here at Birstall. I am relatively new to the industry, but my background before my days in Veterinary is all about people, operation and efficiency management. I have a massive passion for a ‘great place to work’ and really believe that if you look after your team, they will look after your business, and in turn look after your pets! In my spare time I enjoy a few drinks with my friends whilst watching the football, but I think them days are numbered as me and my partner are expecting our first child!
I'm the Clinical Manager here at Birstall and have been here since September 2020. I have been qualified as a Veterinary Nurse for nearly 20 years but involved in Practice Management for the last 7 of those. I am passionate about gold standard care for our patients and great customer service for our clients. My job revolves around ensuring the smooth running of all things clinical, ensuring the best care for all of our patients while looking after a team of 30 plus nurses, student nurses and veterinary care assistants. Outside of work I enjoy countryside rambles with my family and our Border Terrier and golf. We have the Border, 4 cats and 2 rabbits at home and they are all insured!
I joined Birstall Vets4pets in September 2019 as a CCA and have progressed onto becoming the Finance Manager. I now lead a team of Accounts Administrators who deal with all the day to day finance throughout all aspects of the business. I have 2 teenage children, 2 cats Toby & Mr Wilson and a dog called Nancy. Nancy regularly comes to work with me and is always on hand for team cuddles. I've always had a passion for animals and their welfare and one day I hope to follow my dream in having a more hands on role in practice. When I don't have my head in a spreadsheet, you'll probably see me out on reception snapping pictures of your furbabies to post on our social media platforms.
I have a passion for Travel and animals and I have one dog and 2 cats. I have previously worked overseas doing voluntary farm work and work with elephants and stray's at a rescue sanctuary. I love to read, go to the gym, spend time with friends and family and love long walks with my dog Romeo.
Client Accounts Administrator
My name is Ellie and I work as a CCA at Leeds Birstall Vets 4 Pets. After working in Mental Health Services for 5 years, I decided I wanted a new challenge. I have always had a passion for animals and helping people, so I am really loving working with this fantastic team.
Client Care Advisor
National diploma in animal management, BVRA bronze award
Hi, I’m Lauren and I’m a CCA. I have a beagle called Holly (my favourite breed!), an old little terrier called Suky and my 3 beautiful cats Luna, Phoenix and Chester. I also have my hands full with my 2 crazy kids. I have always loved animals and one day hope to pursue a career within the nursing team.
I started working for vets4pets mid lockdown 2020 after being made redundant from my previous office job. I was so thankful to have a job after searching for so long and being unsuccessful in a most trying time for everyone. I have been with the company now for 9 months and I honestly can't see myself anywhere else - I adore my job although busy and emotional most of the time I love seeing animals and meeting their owners. I love that we all work so hard together to get all the animals feeling better and back home to their families.
I love Formula One, Sewing and David Bowie. Penguins are my favourite animal and my dream is to go on a penguin safari.
Hi, I'm Georgie. I am a Client Care Advisor here at Birstall V4P. Find me on reception to assist with all your needs and most importantly, cuddle your furry friends!
I'm new to the veterinary world but I'm loving it! I adore all animals and I am glad I can work in an environment where I can be around them all day.
Hi I'm Lara and I am a Client Care Advisor at Leeds Birstall. I have a rescue dog called Jessie and in my spare time love taking her on adventures and have a keen interest in Anime.
I’m Laura, I’ve worked at Vets4Pets for just over a year as Client Care Advisor and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I love to meet new people and I have a huge passion for animals. My work goal is to eventually work in an animal rescue centre so I can be hands on looking after the animals and make a difference in their lives whilst they find their forever homes. I try to take each day as it comes and be the best version of me. My life goal is to live in France with my fiancé and 3 cats and have my very own animal sanctuary.
Client Care Advisor
Client Care Advisor
MEET THE PARTNERS AT LEEDS BIRSTALL 24/7 SMALL ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Keith and Julie Leonard are both passionate and driven supporters of the Veterinary Profession, with an aspiration to make their Veterinary Hospital the No. 1 employer of choice in the West Yorkshire area, for both clinical and non-clinical veterinary professionals.
Coming from two quite different backgrounds, Surgery Certificate Holder Keith (from a family of vets; his 3 brother’s and dad are also vets) and Julie (with a PhD in Primatology, who developed Conservation Projects in both Asia and Africa) didn't take the traditional route into owning their own practice until later on in their careers.
Prior to settling, they worked for small animal charities and wildlife conservation projects abroad, travelled extensively in Africa, Keith also worked the length and breadth of the UK as a Locum, Assistant and subsequent Senior (Certificate holding) Veterinarian in a variety of Independent and Corporate practices, whilst Julie presented various BBC Wildlife Documentaries, before finally settling in their late 30’s in West Yorkshire with 3 kids, a cat, dog and 2 rabbits in tow.
Keith has an immense love for this career and the profession, and felt (back in November 2013) that he needed to start his own practice that would nurture and support the next generation of vets, nurses and veterinary admin staff. In his own words: “ I work full-time in my own practice, so I need it to be a place I enjoy being in daily, to have fun with my team, grow and develop constantly, and most importantly is a safe, supportive and inclusive place to work”.
Clinical excellence aside, the most challenging aspect of running a busy hospital with a culture of ‘we like change’ and ‘we get better every day’, is delivering effective communications (both to client and team), CPD development and Well-Being support, to manage the ever-changing clinical standards and client expectations within the veterinary industry. That’s where Julie’s immense experience in project management, people development, coaching, data management (she’s a proper Excel spreadsheet geek!) and strategic planning have made this vison possible. The fact that currently Leeds Birstall has 62 colleagues (of which only 11 are vets, with 2:1 qualified RVN-to -vet working ratio) illustrates the importance Julie and Keith prioritise the ‘people-support’ aspect of their Hospital.
Interested in coming to work for us? We always have an open-door policy at Birstall for folks to either come in and meet the team, see how we work, plus the partners are always enthusiastic to Zoom chat with vets and nurses who are looking for the next step in their careers.
Dental X-RayUnlike humans, dogs need to be under general anesthesia for dental X-rays. Anesthesia is considered to be a safe procedure and will be performed after a general examination. It is tailored to the individual and your dog is continuously monitored during the dental exam.
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
OrthopaedicsSurgery of joints and bones.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
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Separate Cat & Dog WardsSeparate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.
Digital X-RayDigital X ray equipment is available.
Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
In house blood transfusionsIn house blood transfusions
EndoscopyAn 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 ChamberEnables us to provide supplemental oxygen when needed.
Echocardiography (heart scans)Generates a 2D moving image of your pet's heart.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
ECGECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
UltrasoundGenerates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
HaematologyAllows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
ElectrolyteEnables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
Tonopen (measures eye pressure)Measures eye pressure.
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
X-RayGenerates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
X-Ray & UltrasoundX-Ray & Ultrasound
Puppy PartiesPuppy parties to support you to train, socialise and ensure your puppy has the best start in life possible.
PrescriptionsWe can provide written prescriptions upon request.
Health PlansDesigned to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
Pet PassportTrained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
Late Opening TimesLate Opening Times
OncologyMedical care of cancer.
Nutritional AdviceAdvice and support for your pet's diet.
Nurse ClinicAppointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
Locally OwnedThis practice is locally owned.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
Groom RoomGrooming services available for your pet.
Fracture RepairOrthopaedic surgery to correct broken bones.
Educational WorkshopsEducational workshops are held to create awareness.
Ear SurgeryEar Surgery service is available to keep your pet free from any infections.
Cruciate SurgerySurgery to repair damaged stifle ligaments.
ChemotherapyDogs and cats that receive chemotherapy feel normal the day they are given the drug.
Blood TransfusionTreats many critically ill cats and dogs and our pioneering blood donor programme helps keep them alive.
Bereavement SupportMaking the decision to say goodbye to your pet is one of the toughest you’ll ever make. Pets provide us with unconditional love, friendship and comfort, so it is normal to have intense or conflicting emotions when it comes to euthanasia. At Vets4Pets we’re here for you and your pet for every step of your journey together.
AnaestheticGeneral anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
Air Way SurgeryAir Way Surgery
Open 7 Days a WeekWe are open 7 days a week.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
MicrochippingA microchip can help retrieve lost pets
Small Mammal Medicine and SurgerySmall Mammal Medicine and Surgery
Rabbit Medicine and TestingRabbit Medicine and Testing
Separate Cat & Dog Waiting AreasSeparate cat and dog waiting areas, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.