Meet the Team








  • Sam Burnell

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc BSAVA PGCertSAM MRCVS and RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

    Sam qualified from Liverpool 2004, originally from Burley-in-Wharfedale, she moved to East Yorkshire to work in a small animal and equine practice for 3 years before returning to West Yorkshire to work in a small animal only practice. She joined Ashlands to take on the Skipton branch in September 2014. Her particular interests lie in medicine and small furries. She became an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine in 2020. She became a Clinical Director in August 2021.

  • Nikki Holt

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS, Clinical Directors and RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

    Nikki qualified in 2009 from the Royal Veterinary College. After a brief stint in mixed practice in North Wales she returned to her home town of Wakefield for a small animal only job. She relocated and joined the Ashlands team in 2016 to be closer to the Dales and Lake District and persued her interest in Small Animal Surgery. She gained a certificate in this field in 2020 and became an Advanced practitioner in 2024. She is mainly found in her happy place in the operating theatre at our Ilkley surgery! Nikki has been a Clinical Director alongside Sam since 2021. Out of work she has three young daughters and a half derelict farmhouse keeping her busy! 

     

     

  • Arron Longman

    Senior Vet

    BVMS MRCVS

    Arron has worked at Ashlands since 2006. He qualified from Glasgow University in 1994 and worked in a veterinary hospital in London where he discovered an interest in veterinary dermatology. He has attended the World Veterinary Dermatology Conference in Vienna and is a member of the British Veterinary Dermatology study group. He also has developed an interest in smaller pet animals and has been a member of the British Rabbit Council. Outside work Arron enjoys running and has participated in The London Marathon and The Great North Run. He also enjoys languages, gym training, cooking and attempting to grow odd shaped and usually quite small vegetables!

     

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    Ana Devesa

    Senior Vet

    GPCert(SAS) PgCert SAS MRCVS

    Ana graduated in Portugal in 2013, where she worked for a few years before moving to the UK in 2016. She worked in a mixed practice in East Yorkshire, before joining Ashlands in October 2018. She especially enjoys surgery and in 2023 she achieved a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. She has a keen interest on the welfare of brachycephalic breeds and is an approved assessor of the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme run by the Kennel Club and University of Cambridge.

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    Rosie Marshall

    Senior Vet

    BVetMed PGCertSAECC MRCVS

    Rosie qualified in 2006 from The Royal Veterinary College and has worked in her native Yorkshire ever since. 

    She is an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care, obtaining this qualification in 2019, and is currently studying towards a certificate in Small Animal Medicine to compliment this. Her main interests lie in these areas of practice, particularly optimising care for hospitalised pets.

    Outside of work she enjoys playing football and running, having completed several marathons and half marathons over the years, in and amongst trying to tire out her Labrador Fonzie

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    Bianca Olivier

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS. Wellness Champion

    Bianca graduated in 2020 and then spent a year working as a state veterinarian and at a SPCA as she has a passion for animal welfare, she also enjoys working with wildlife. Her special interests include small animal medicine and surgery. She comes from a beautiful coastal town in South Africa and in March 2022 moved to the UK. In her personal time she enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Bianca is studying towards a Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care certificate.

     

     

     

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    Cynthia Hodge

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MA VetMB MRCVS

    Cynthia graduated from Cambridge University in 2003 and since then has worked in different parts of England from the Lake District to the Peak District. She joined Ashlands in 2022 and is happy to be back in Yorkshire now where she grew up. She is interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and she works between Ilkley and Skipton

    Outside of work she is usually out with her little terrier walking in the Dales or on the coast.

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    Elli-Ioanna Papazoglou

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    Elli graduated in Greece in 2018. She worked there for a year in a 24-hour animal hospital, before moving to the UK in 2019. She joined Ashlands in December 2019. Her main interest is medicine and she also enjoys dermatology cases. She is currently studying for a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

  • Hayley O’Reilly

    Hayley O’Reilly

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc, MRCVS,
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    Amanda Sircy

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BvetMed MRCVS

    Amanda is from Texas but qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London. After qualifying, she worked for a couple years in Texas before deciding to move back to the UK. She has a strong interest in preventative medicine, geriatric care, and surgery. She is also working towards her certificate in anaesthesia. When not at work, she loves to attend live music and explore Yorkshire with her dogs, Moose and Fern.

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    Lizzie Pratt

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    Lizzie qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2024 and joined Ashlands for her first job as a new graduate vet. She has a strong passion for small animal soft tissue surgery and emergency and critical care, but is excited to explore all aspects of veterinary medicine. Outside of work Lizzie enjoys weightlifting, and long walks in the Yorkshire Dales with her silken windhound, Retter

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    Ryan Newman

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MVDr MRCVS

    Ryan graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy, Kosice in Slovakia in 2018. He started at Ashlands in August 2018, and enrolled on the Vet Partners new graduate programme He has a cat called Jim and enjoys running outside of work.

     

     

     

  • Amy Sansby

    Amy Sansby

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM BVS MRCVS
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    Stuart Black

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS MRCVS

    Stuart graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014, He has since worked in small animal practice for 2 years in Newcastle area before moving and working abroad for a further 2 years in Australia and New Zealand whilst travelling around in a camper van! He returned to the UK in 2018 where he joined the Ashlands team. He is interested in all areas in small animal practice. When not working Stuart enjoys hiking and camping particularly in the Yorkshire Dales.

     

     

  • Jenny Chapman

    Jenny Chapman

    Clinical Nurse Manager

    RVN CertVNECC NCert (TMedNsg)

    Jenny began her career with Ashlands Vets in 2004 as a Student Veterinary Nurse, joining the RCVS register in 2007. In 2018 Jenny completed her studies for the BSAVA Veterinary Nursing Merit Award in Emergency Critical Care and Anaesthesia. After becoming Head Nurse at the Ilkley surgery in 2019, Jenny completed her Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (with distinction) in 2021. Jenny progressed to Clinical Nurse Manager in 2022, overseeing our Nurse team across all our surgeries. In 2023 Jenny completed her Nursing Certificate in Transfusion Medicine. Jenny also has two cats and a dog. 

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    Galina Harrison

    Lead Nurse

    RVN

    Galina qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008, and has worked at a veterinary dental referral practice. She joined Ashlands in 2018. She has just started a Diploma in behaviour, and has an interest in surgical nursing. She has a dog and a cat, and enjoys crafting and gardening.

     

     

     

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    Steph Ellis

    Lead Nurse

    RVN
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    Sam Holmes

    Lead Nurse

    RVN, NCert(AnaesthNsg)

    Sam came to us in 2013 whilst on her degree placement from the Royal Veterinary College. She then qualified in July 2016 and took on the role of Lead nurse at Skipton, early 2022. Most recently, she completed her Nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia in March 2023. Outside of work, Sam enjoys taking walks with her Cocker Spaniel, relaxing with her rescue cat, and PC gaming.

  • Daniel Beveridge

    Daniel Beveridge

    RVN

  • Judith Smith

    Judith Smith

    RVN

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    Elsa Fawbert

    RVN

    Night Nurse

    Elsa qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2021.

    Elsa joined Ashland's as a night nurse, and her role is to look after inpatients and respond to out-of-hours enquires.

    She has a Border Collie called Tyke and a cat Called Chip, which are both rescues.

    Outside of work, Elsa's hobbies include walking, traveling, and embroidering

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    Jenny Sutton

    RVN

    RVN, BSc (hons) Equine Sports Science

    Entering the RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse Register in 2018, and joining Ashlands in 2022, Jenny also holds a level 3 diploma in small animal hydrotherapy (pool and aquatreadmill), amongst other qualifications. 

    Prior to becoming a small animal RVN, Jenny worked with large animals, predominantly horses, and complimentary therapy, and has competed in a range of equine related disciplines up to national level ranging from dressage, to eventing over the years, and for many years owned my own horses. 

    Jennys main focus is now companion animals, she also cares for two cats and tropical fish at home. In her spare time she enjoys mountaineering, Rock Climbing, and growing her own produce in her garden. 

  • Sarah Prior

    Sarah Prior

    RVN

  • Laura Nelson

    RVN

    Night Nurse

    Laura has always had a keen interest in animals and after completing an animal management course went on to study veterinary nursing at Myerscough college, where she graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in July 2015. She is passionate about the care and wellbeing of animals with a keen interest in medical nursing. At the start of the pandemic, Laura stepped in to look after the inpatients and help with emergencies during the night, a role which she has continued. In her free time she likes to go walking with her two spaniels Jazz and Poppy.

     

     

  • Megan Fowler

    Megan Fowler

    RVN

    Megan has been a member of the Ashlands Nursing team since 2017, joining the Nursing register in 2021. Megan has a keen interest in medical nursing. 

     

  • Mia Thomas

    Mia Thomas

    Animal Care Assistant

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    Becky Wright

    RVN

    Becky qualified with a degree in veterinary nursing from Myerscough college in 2007. During her career she has worked in Leicester, Guildford and Portsmouth before settling at Ashlands in 2021. Beckys favourite part of Veterinary Nursing is client care and education. In 2015 Becky was named as Pet Health Councillor of the year for her work with clients, students and the community. In practice Becky is most at home in the nurse consult room offering advice to our clients about various aspects of health care. Becky is actively involved in the training of our student Veterinary nurses. Outside of work Becky enjoys watching films of all kinds and also crafting, especially knitting and crossstitch

  • Yvonne Howard

    Support Team

    Insurance administration

    Yvonne worked at Ashlands in 2000 when Anne and Andy took over. She left to pursue a career in supermarket management a few years later, but missed her veterinary nursing so much she returned in 2014. She has two border collies and is a keen dog agility competitor.

     

     

     

  • Zoe Andrews

    Zoe Andrews

    RVN

    Zoe passed the veterinary nurse training with Myerscough College in 2021. She has two Shetland ponies that she carriage drives and four indoor little guinea pigs that she adopted from a local rescue

     

     

     

     

  • Leah Loughran

    Leah Loughran

    Animal Care Assistant

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    Megan Whitehead-Edwards

    Student Nurse

  • Niketa Thorpe

    Niketa Thorpe

    Student Nurse

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    Charlotte Stamp

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    VCA : SQP : Stock Champion

    Charlotte was first interested in veterinary nursing at the age of 14. At 16yrs old she got her first job as a trainee nurse where she stayed for 5 1/2yrs before joining Ashlands working for previous owners Pam Braithwaite & Geoff & Geraldine Hale. She has worked for Andy & Anne since they took over the practice in 2000, apart from a brief absence when she went to work for a pet insurance company as a veterinary advisor. She now works at Ashlands, dividing her time between her nursing and reception duties. Charlotte has a keen interest in laser therapy and using her SQP qualification to manage stock control. 

     

     

     

  • Ellie Judd

    Ellie Judd

    Student Nurse

    Ellie joined Ashlands in November 2021 and is currently an animal nursing assistant. She is starting the veterinary nurse training course at Myerscough College in September 2022. She has a beagle called Dotty and enjoys long walks in the countryside.

     

     

     

     

  • Rachel Wilyman

    Rachel Wilyman

    Animal Care Assistant

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    Ben Ogden

    Practice Manager

    ADCBM, RVN

    Ben has been working in the Veterinary industry since 2004, qualifying as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008. He took over the role of Practice Manager in January 2022. In his spare time Ben is a scout leader for a local scouting troop.

     

     

     

  • Amy Thornbarrow

    RVN

    Deputy Practice Manager

    Amy began her career at Ashlands in 2006, to pursue her ambition of becoming a Veterinary Nurse. She started training at Myerscough College, as well as being employed full time with the practice, and in November 2009 she successfully qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Since qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse she was given the role of Deputy Head Nurse at Glusburn which entails ensuring the well being of a professional nursing team. She has now taken on the role of Deputy Practice Manager. She has a keen interest in physiotherapy and medical nursing, which she hopes to gain knowledge and experience of in the years to come. Amy has enrolled on a hydrotherapy course.

     

  • Alison Fortey

    Alison Fortey

    Reception

    Alison joined us in June 2017, having spent the previous 14 years working as a teaching assistant in a primary school. She has a grown up daughter and a cat called Tigger.

     

     

     

     

  • Cathy Lamb

    Support Team

    Insurance administration

    Cathy has been at Ashlands since 2008. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010. Cathy looks after our Laboratory, having worked in a Lab previously, and deals with all insurance claims. She rescued a black Labrador puppy with a severe congenital abnormality which was corrected by surgery here. He has grown into a bouncing healthy dog and Cathy loves long walks on the moor with him.

     

     

     

  • Elaine Moore

    Elaine Moore

    Reception

    Previously a client of Ashlands, Elaine joined our reception team in October 2021.  Elaine has 3 grown up children and two cockapoos called Pippa and Mabel who enjoy long countryside walks.

  • Francesca Wanley

    Francesca Wanley

    Reception

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    Jane Strachan

    Support Team

    Finance

    Jane has worked at Ashlands Vet Centre since 1997. Initially she worked as a nurse then branched out into the accounts department. She left us in May 2016, but decided that she'd like to return and came back in June 2017 to help with the financial side.

     

     

     

     

  • Janet Gibbs

    Janet Gibbs

    Reception

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    Jayne Woodward

    Reception

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    Judith Phillips

    Support Team

    Client Services Manager

    Judith started at Ashlands in 2005 having previously worked at a doctor's surgery. She has two pets, a rescue cat from Cats Protection who is now 14 years old and is getting very grumpy in his old age and 7 year old Parson Russell terrier who is the cause of her cat's bad moods. She has two grown up sons.

     

     

     

     

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    Julia Sabin

    Reception

    Previously a client at Ashland's for a number of years, Julia joined the team  as a receptionist in November 2021. Julia has an Italian Spinone called Rhubarb and also adopted a Golden doodle called Eddie earlier. Julia enjoys walking in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.  Julia has also hand reared a goose and looked after an injured owl releasing it successfully back into the wild a week later

  • Katie Harrison

    Katie Harrison

    Reception

  • Mandie Anderson

    Maintenance and Logistics

    Mandie joined the team in July 2014 when Ashlands merged with Cats Only. She has 2 border collies, 5 RSPCA rescue cats, a very talkative African grey parrot and 18 hens. Mandie, as well as completing a Diploma in animal management, has worked at Hesketh farm park, been a puppy walker for Guide Dogs and worked with the local RSPCA. She looks after the maintenance at the three surgeries and steps in to cover as an animal care assistant and receptionist when needed.

     

     

  • Rachel Mawson

    Rachel Mawson

    Reception

    Rachel joined us in 2016, she has two children, two dogs and loves horse riding with her family.

  • Sue Trewatha

    Reception

    Sue started at Ashlands in 2004 having previously worked as a doctor’s receptionist. Sue and her husband Barry enjoy long walks with their spaniel Ellie. Sue enjoys spending time in her garden growing an assortment of fruit and vegetables. Sue has two grown up children.

     

     

     

  • Victoria Sievewright

    Victoria Sievewright

    Reception

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    Sylvia Graham

    Receptionist

  • Alison Collings

    Alison Collings

    Reception