Practice Update

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.

Leeds Birstall Hospital Vets4Pets

Inside Pets at Home
Spring Ram Retail Park
Birstall
Leeds
WF17 9AD

Telephone: 01924 441 144

We're a 24/7 surgery

This means we're never closed.

Parking available

* 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.

24/7 Hospital Status

Did you know we're a RCVS accredited Hospital?

Meet the team

Keith Leonard

Keith

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Owner

MRCVS

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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. After returning to the UK in 2009 and working in several large practices in West Yorkshire, both Julie and myself fell in love with the countryside and people of this region and decided at once to set up home, expand our family (Ollie, Amelia and Charlie) and start our own veterinary practice inside Pets at Home, Birstall. I love all aspects of my veterinary work, and have a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery, completing my Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2015. I have never been happier than when owning my own practice and working with my enthusiastic team.

Esther

Veterinary Surgeon

MRCVS

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After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College (London), I travelled in Peru working for a neutering charity before moving back home to Leeds. I have worked at a busy practice in East Yorkshire, before joining the Birstall team at the end of 2017. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but am particularly interested in canine and feline medicine.
Alex Simon

Alex

Night Veterinary Surgeon

MRCVS

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Hi, I’m Alex. I graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Timisoara, Romania in 2010.After a period of large and small animal practice in 2013, me and my wife Romina who is also a veterinary surgeon decided to move to the UK to start a new life. I thoroughly enjoy my career as a veterinary surgeon and especially love working with small animals. I have a special interest in general surgery and internal medicine. My wife and I have recently welcomed our baby boy to the family. As well as spending time with my family I also enjoy spending time with my two dogs Uma and Joy.
Jo Winestone

Jo

Night Veterinary Surgeon

MRCVS, studying Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine (BSAVA)

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Hi, I'm Jo. I was brought up in Leeds and have always loved animals. I have never had the opportunity to have a dog or cat growing up, although I would have loved them. Luckily, I was still able to have rabbits, a lovely wee guinea pig and a couple of ponies. I am particularly interested in medicine in dogs, cats and little furries, and I am presently studying for my Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. In my spare time I like to be outside, walking, as well as doing yoga and cooking.

Danielle

Veterinary Surgeon

Sophia

Veterinary Surgeon

Jessica

Veterinary Surgeon

Claire Carr

Claire

Qualified Veterinary Nurse and Senior Nurse

RVN, Certificate in Anaesthesia, Studying Certificate in Emergency & Critical Care, Clinical Coach

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Hi, I’m Claire and I’m a Senior Veterinary Nurse. I’ve been in practice since 2004 and qualified in 2007 from Myerscough College in Preston. I have a certificate in Anaesthesia and currently I’m in my second year working towards a certificate in Emergency Critical Care, and I have a keen interest in surgical nursing, emergency medicine and critical care. In my spare time I enjoy walking with my two springer spaniels, Sheldon and Penny.

Sarah

Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse

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Hello I'm Sarah and I am a senior nurse here at Birstall. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2018 after spending 10+ years in retail and retail management. I am passionate about nurse consults, so I hope to see some of you and your little ones in the consulting room. I also love dentistry and end of life/bereavement care. My hobbies outside of work consist of walking my gorgeous border collie 'Poppy', painting, photography and paper crafting. I also have 3 cats 'Shabba, Kayla and Craig' and 2 guinea pigs 'Wayne and Garth'.

Vicky Morgan

Vicky

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

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Hi, I’m Vicky and I joined Vets4Pets Birstall in 2014 as a Veterinary Care Assistant and spent a lot of time on reception meeting all our lovely clients and their pets. I qualified in 2017 as a Veterinary Nurse after two years of hard work! I love caring for our patients whilst they are at the practice and nursing them through their illness or surgery. At home I have a beautiful Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever called Rosie, she is full of energy and always ready to give me lots of kisses when I get in from work!
Helen Fitzgerald

Helen

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

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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 (don’t ask!)

Samantha

Night Qualified Veterinary Nurse

RVN, studying Cert in Emergency &Critical Care

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My name is Sam and I qualified in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Veterinary Nursing. I have since worked in small animal first opinion practices in Lancashire and West Yorkshire as an RVN, C-SQP and Practice Manager. My favourite aspect of being a Veterinary Nurse is inpatient care, ensuring patients are warm, clean and comfortable, giving them their medication and managing their intravenous fluids. Oh, and lots of TLC! I treat every pet as if they are my own so you can rest assured that whilst you sleep your family members are in safe hands. When I am not at work, my time is mainly spent caring for and running around after my own 4 pets. Dainty, my Irish Sports Horse loves to be ridden and her absolute favourite thing is travelling to different places and jumping. Beanie is my 12 year old Miniature Yorkshire Terrier who has bundles of energy and is constantly on the go. His favourite thing in the world is agility. Ted is my ginger DSH cat who absolutely adores cuddles and catnip. He spends most of his time sat on the shed, upstairs in bed or sprawled in front of the TV! Finally, I have a very friendly Russian Dwarf hamster called Pablo who was a Support Adoption for Pets hamster who couldn’t be rehomed due to needing regular teeth trimming. As this is something I can manage myself I adopted him and he has since settled in well.

Olivia

RVN Qualified Veterinary Nurse

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Hi I’m Olivia. I’m a Registered Veterinary nurse and I qualified in 2016. I have been working here since March 2019. I love all aspects of nursing but my favourites are caring for in-patients and surgical nursing. I have three rescue cats, Jakey who is 18 and has recently been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism, Luna who is around 4/5 years old and Dolly who is a naughty tortie! Apart from my love of cats I absolutely adore chihuahuas! Unfortunately we lost our 8 year old chihuahua last year but we are desperate for another one. 

I treat every single patient as I would want my own pet to be cared for and I believe all of us do here at Vets4Pets. 

Laura

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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Hi, I'm Laura I recently joined the lovely team of Leeds Birstall in April  this year (2019) I qualified in 2016 from Myerscough College with a first class honours degree I have a keen interest in surgical nursing particularly orthopedics and I am about to start my Certificate in surgical nursing. In my spare time I enjoy spending my time and walking with my two cockapoos as well as cooking and baking for my family as well as my dogs 

Amy

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Hi. I am Amy, I've been a qualified veterinary care assistant for the past 3 years working in small animal and mixed practices. I have just started my veterinary nurse training at Birstall Vets4Pets, which I am really excited about. I really enjoy all aspects of my job but my favourite part is looking after the in-patients and the medical parts of the job. Outside of work I am usually at the stables with my 2 horses, I also like being out and about with my 2 dogs, and I also have a cat at home to cuddle up with!

Lauren

Student Veterinary Nurse

Diploma in Animal Management

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Hi, I'm Lauren, also known as Titch. I have been at the practice for 3 years, starting off as work experience, worked my way up to a veterinary care assistant, and now on my first year of training as a veterinary nurse. I love taking care of all your lovely pets that come 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!

JD

Student Veterinary Nurse

Beth

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Vikky

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Emma

Student Veterinary Nurse

Siobhan

Veterinary Care Assistant

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Madison

Veterinary Care Assistant

Laura

Veterinary Care Assistant

Jessica

Veterinary Care Assistant

Birstall Vets4Pets is open 24/7 and is run by husband and wife team, Keith and Julie Leonard. Our commitment to patient care led us to be the first practice in Yorkshire to open our Emergency Clinic with no additional charges. Whether it's a Great Dane with a broken leg, or a hamster with a poorly toe we feel all animals should have affordable emergency care available day or night.

Keith’s love of veterinary came from his father who has just retired after 50 years in practice and his three brothers who are all vets and featured in the BBC documentary series VETS IN PRACTICE, in fact the Leonard's have over 140 years combined experience in just one family! Julie's love of animals led to her Zoology degree and PhD in primate conservation, and as a wildlife presenter for the BBC. Julie and Keith met in Africa whilst working for animal charities before returning to the UK. Keith has developed his surgical skill over a long career and was awarded a distinction in his Surgery Certificate, he now takes referrals for both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

We are privileged to have a strong team of experienced vets both day and night, supported by qualified veterinary nurses and administration team who share our passion for providing high quality veterinary care and customer service in our modern, well equipped veterinary practice.

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Services

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

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  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Open 7 Days a Week
    We are open 7 days a week.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Practice accreditations

  • Small_Animal_Hospital
  • RCVS accreditation EDITED
  • Emergency_Service_Clinic

Health Plans

Starter pack protection

Best Start in Life

£85
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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Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health
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Health Plans

Flea & Worm Pack

Protect your pet and your pocket!
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