Andy qualified from Liverpool University in 1991 and took up a position in a mixed practice. He has also spent 6 months working for a specialised farm animal practice in Cheshire and further time in an exotics practice in Liverpool. Anne qualified from Liverpool in 1993 and has worked in mixed practice and at an equine hospital. Anne and Andy took on Ashlands Veterinary Centre in 2000.
Andy has developed an particular interest in orthopaedics and Anne’s interests lie in ultrasonography and cardiology, she also performs acupuncture. Anne has now taken on the role of Practice Manager. They have three children, who keep them occupied outside work, however, Andy does find time to coach the juniors at Ilkley Rugby Club and play the saxophone alongside Anne, who plays the trumpet, for the Two Rivers Swing Band.
Steve Kirby BVetMed CertSAS MRCVS
Steve qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2003. Following graduation he attained a position working for the Greater Manchester RSPCA Animal Hospital. Here Steve developed a keen interest in small animal surgery and emergancy medicine. After taking a year to travel the world and work in Australia, he returned to take up a position at Ashlands Veterinary Centre. He is mainly based at our Glusburn branch. Steve gained his Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in September 2012. In 2015 he was voted Petplan Vet of the Year!
Arron Longman 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!
Sam Burnell BVSc MRCVS
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 enrolled on the Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2017 and hopes to complete it in 2020.
She has 2 cats, 2 rabbits, a Cocker Spaniel and a horse, and enjoys flyball with Poppy, her sister's cocker spaniel.
Nikki Holt BVetMed MRCVS
Nikki joined us in September 2016. Her interest lies in surgery and she is studying for the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. As well as studying for this, she and her partner are in the process of renovating a farm house.
Miles Chater BVSc MRCVS
Miles started at Ashlands in February 2017 to support Steve and Nikki at the Glusburn sugery. His main interests lie in the medical side.
Lydia Roberts BVM&S MRCVS
Lydia started at Ashlands in August 2016 after spending a period of time as a locum veterinary surgeon. She is also interested in the surgical side and is studying for the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. She has a Welsh Springer Spaniel called Rufus who keeps an eye on her while she's at work.
Ruth Auchterlounie MA VetMB MRCVS
Ruth came to Ashlands after a career break to bring up her family. She now helps Sam to run the Skipton surgery, and she runs a surgery at Church House, Grassington on a Tuesday morning, which is very popular. She has 3 sons, who keep her busy when she's not working!
Sally Stockton BVSc GPCert(FelP) MRCVS
Sally qualified from Liverpool in 1985. She gained a GP certificate in feline practice in 2009 and is pictured here with one of her own cats called Stig who she rescued whilst working for the RSPCA. Sally runs Ashland’s feline friendly home visiting service known as ‘Cats Only’. This aims to minimise stress to cats in our care who especially don’t like travelling to the vets. Outside of work she tries to keep fit. She is married to a farm vet and they have 5 sons, 4 cats and 3 dogs plus some sheep and hens who keep them fairly well occupied
Sam joined us in January to help us with our out of hour’s emergency service, he is studying for his Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care.
Deputy Practice Manager
Amy began her career at Ashlands in 2006, to persue 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 qualifiying as a Veterinary Nurse she has also been given the role of Deputy Head Nurse at Glusburn which entails ensuring the well being of a professional nursing team. She has a keen interest in physiotherapy and medical nursing, which she hopes to gain knowledge and experience of in the years to come. She has a dog called Sky who came through Ashlands as a stray. Amy fostered her for ten days and three and a half years later she is here to stay
Head Nurse Ilkley
Jade first came to Ashlands for work experience when she was fifteen years old. After completing her GCSEs she started her nurse training and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in August 2010. She is the Deputy Head Nurse at Ilkley, liasing closely with Amy to ensure the smooth running of the Practice. Outside of work Jade’s time is used looking after and showjumping her horse, Oscar.
Head Nurse Skipton
Ben has been working in the Veterinary industry since 2004, qualifying as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008. Ben has a keen interest in nurse clinics; helping to provide many different services ranging from oral hygiene clinics to healthy pet club examinations. Alongside Bens nursing duties he is also Ashland’s companion animal behaviourist; offering behaviour management consultations and advice to our clients and also running our puppy parties. In his spare time Ben is a scout leader for a local scouting troop and divides his time between his scouting duties and caring for a wide variety of pets ranging from dogs and chickens to ferrets.
Head nurse Glusburn
Laura completed her BSc Veterinary Nursing Degree with Honours at Myerscough College, she graduated in July 2016 and helps run our Glusburn surgery. She has interests in rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
Jenny came to Ashlands in 2004 as a work experience student. She trained as a nurse and qualified in 2007. She has an interest in physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and regularly uses our therapeutic laser to treat musculoskeletal problems. She has three daughters, a cat and a chinchilla.
Joe is the newest addition to our nursing team, he qualified in July 2017. His interests lie in exotics and surgery. In his free time he enjoys scuba diving, he has the advanced open water qualification and night diving. He also enjoys horse riding.
Katie started her veterinary nurse training in September 2012 and qualified in October 2015. She has been working for Ashlands since December 2014. She loves all small companion animals however she has a particular interest and love for rabbits and small furry exotics. She hopes to further specialise in this area by undertaking various courses in rabbit nursing care and anaesthesia in the future. She enjoys baking in her spare time along with drawing, running and yoga. She owns 3 lovely rabbits called Heidi, Rosie and Saffie and a little, white hamster called Elf.
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. In her free time she likes to go walking with her two spaniels Jazz and Poppy.
Lauren qualified from Myerscough College in July 2013. She has always had a keen interest in animals and has known that she has wanted to become a Veterinary Nurse from a young age. She has a dog, a cat, two gerbils, two guinea pigs and six goldfish.
Molly joined Ashlands in July 2013 and is training via the veterinary nursing apprenticeship scheme at Myerscough college. She has two mad cats an a dog.
Sam came to us on placement from the Royal Veterinary College while she was doing her nurse degree. She qualified in July 2016 and has now undertaken a nursing role at Skipton where she has taken charge of the in house laboratory. Sam has had a passion for animals all her life and has kept lizards and snakes as well as dogs and cats. She has recently taken up snowboarding and enjoys video gaming.
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.
Ella joined us as an apprentice nurse after her GCSEs. Alongside her training, she helps run the Skipton surgery and has also taken on the organisation of the weekly surgery at Grassington. Ella is a keen member of the Upper Wharfedale Young Farmers Club and has recently won the Northern Area Horse Judging competition.
Georgia started her training at Myerscough College in January 2017. She is based at our Glusburn Surgery.
Animal Nursing Assistant
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 part time at Ilkley dividing her time between reception and nursing duties.
Animal Care Assistant
Megan is caring for the day to day husbandry needs of our patients, ensuring that they are kept clean and comfortable. She has enrolled with Myerscough College and is hoping to start a veterinary nurse training course.
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.
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.
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.
AMTRA qualified SQP
Tina has been part of our reception team since 2008, having previously been a client for many years. Tina has acheived her Companion-Suitably Qualified Person qualification. Another animal mad member of staff, she has two Border Collies, ten cats, a horse and a flock of pet sheep. Needless to say, there isn’t much time left for other hobbies.
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 is based in Skipton as an animal care assistant and receptionist.
Rachel joined us in 2016, she has two children, two dogs and loves horse riding with her family.
Sophie started at Ashlands in 2015 having worked for a Dental Products company for 10 years. Her first son was born in November 2016 and, along with her Cocker Spaniel keeps her busy when she's not at work.
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.
Susan is our newest member of staff, she is working at Glusburn in the week and at Ilkley at the weekend.
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.
Wendy has worked for Ashlands since 2007. She has two dogs, one called Jack,who is a Parsons Jack Russell Fox Terrier cross and a very cheeky chappie, and one called Penny who is a Patterdale Parsons Jack Russell cross.
Simon transports supplies and equipment between the surgeries and ensures that the premises and vehicles are maintained to a high standard.