Meet the Team
VetBVSc MRCVS, Clinical Director
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 completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2020. She became a Clinical Director in August 2021. She has 2 cats, 2 rabbits, a Cocker Spaniel and a horse, and enjoys flyball with Poppy, her sister's cocker spaniel.
VetBVetMed MRCVS, Clinical Directors
Nikki joined us in September 2016. Her interest lies in surgery and she gained the Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2020. She became a Clinical Director in August 2021. Nikki and her partner are in the process of renovating a farm house.
Anne MacGregor and Andy MacGregor
VetBVSc MRCVS, Clinical Directors
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.
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!
VetMA VetMB MRCVS
Ruth came to Ashlands after a career break to bring up her family. She helps Sam at Skipton, but during the pandemic Ruth covered the weekends on call. She has been chosen as the Wellbeing Star 2021 by her colleagues.
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.
Miles started at Ashlands in February 2017. His main interests lie in the medical side and cardiology. He gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Cardiology in 2020. Miles is based at the Glusburn and Skipton sugeries.
Bianca graduated in 2021 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.
VetBVSc 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
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 ultrasound and soft tissue surgery. Ana is studying for a Cerificate in Small Animal Surgery.
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.
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. Ben also has a keen interest in nurse clinics; providing many different services ranging from oral hygiene clinics to healthy pet club examinations. 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.
NurseDeputy 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.
NurseClinical Nurse Manager
Jenny has been with Ashlands since 2004. She completed a Nurse Certificate in Emergency and Critical care in 2021, and is about to undertake a Certificate in Transfusion Medicine. Jenny took on the role of Clinical Nurse Manager in February 2022 overseeing the nursing teams at all 3 sites. She has three daughters, a cat and a dog and enjoys baking in her spare time.
Sam came to us on placement from the Royal Veterinary College while she was doing her nurse degree. She qualified in July 2016 and undertook a nursing role at Skipton where was charge of the in house laboratory. Sam is currently completing a Nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia, she has a passion for surgical nursing. She took on the role of Lead nurse at Skipton in 2022. Sam enjoys taking walks with her working cocker Ripley and gaming in her down time. She also has a rescue cat called Luna.
Hannah qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2019 and she is now studying for a certificate in surgical nursing. She took on the role of Lead nurse at Ilkley in March 2022. Outside work, Hannah has a new puppy called Gwen, a horse and 5 Polled Dorset sheep.
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.
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 a Senior Nurse at Ilkley, liaising 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.
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.
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
Megan is caring for the day to day husbandry needs of our patients, ensuring that they are kept clean and comfortable. She passed the veterinary nursing course with Myerscough College in 2021.
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.
NurseAnimal 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.
NurseAnimal Nursing Assistant
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.
Support TeamClient 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.
Support TeamInsurance 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.
ReceptionAMTRA 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 looks after the maintenance at the three surgeries and steps in to cover as an animal care assistant and receptionist when needed.
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 works 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.
Rachel joined us in 2016, she has two children, two dogs and loves horse riding with her family.