Meet the Team
Abbey House currently has over 100 employees, many working shifts to help provide around the clock care. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and pride ourselves in supporting employees to develop personally and professionally.
We have a team of veterinary surgeons some working regularly at one particular clinic and others that work from a number of different locations. We aim to provide appointments at your nearest location with a vet you know or can build a trusting bond with. All vets have to be registered as members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) and have to keep their knowledge up to date by attending regular training, records of which are auditable by the RCVS. We encourage and support our vets to develop their skills and knowledge and most undertake postgraduate qualifications.
Having registered veterinary nurses within the team is essential to support the vets and provide the required standards of care we set. For over 30 years the practice has been a large training centre for VN’s and this remains a priority.
Without the wider team of support staff including the veterinary care assistants, reception, dispensing assistants, admin team, driver, cleaners etc we would not be able to provide the services we do or to the level we do for which we are very grateful.
AdamVeterinary Surgeon BVetMed, MRCVS Find Out More >
Adam graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2022 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. Adam previously lived in Kingston in South London, but recently moved to Leeds and is excited to grow his Veterinary career here at Abbey House. He enjoys spending his time off cycling, painting and caring for his diabetic cat Cookie. Having spent time working in zoos Adam has an interest for exotic species medicine, and is keen on treating invertebrates.
AgataVeterinary Surgeon DVM, MRCVS Find Out More >
Agata qualified from Poznan University of Life Sciences in Poland in 2017 and has been working in the UK since 2019. Agata has relocated to Leeds from Northumberland to join the veterinary team at Abbey House in October 2022.
AislinnGroup Nursing Manager RVN CertVN ECC Find Out More >
Aislinn Pugh is the Group Nursing Manager for Abbey house and Calder Vets where she maintains an overview of all the nursing teams and focuses on the clinical excellence and strategic development of these teams across both practices.
Having qualified in 2013 she worked for many years in North Yorkshire in a mixed practice with a small animal hospital. From there she moved on to a referral hospital in Manchester where she was a surgical nurse and then deputy head nurse. She then moved back to her homeland the green isle of Ireland where she opened a brand new purpose built referral only hospital as Head Nurse. From here she moved into a Clinical Nursing Manager at Calder Vets and has been in the Group Nursing Manager role since May 2022.
If left to her own devices she would quite happily spend all her spare time having a swim in the sea
AmandaSenior Veterinary Surgeon BVetMed, MRCVS Find Out More >
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Amanda qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London. After qualifying, she moved back stateside to work at a busy small animal hospital in Texas. Now at Abbey House, her professional interests lie in neurology, emergency and critical care, and the management and care of senior patients. Outside of work she spends most of her time exploring Yorkshire with her dogs, Moose and Fern.
AmmarVeterinary Surgeon BVSc, MSc, PhD, MRCVS Find Out More >
Ammar achieved his Masters in Veterinary Medicine in 2004 from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Medicine. Ammar has worked in Norway in mixed veterinary practice, research roles and as the Senior Inspector of Animal Health and Welfare at the the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Ammar has a PhD in Epidemiology. He moved to the UK in January 2022 and joined the veterinary team at Abbey House.
AmySenior Client Care Associate Find Out More >
Amy Barrass is a Senior receptionist at Abbey House Veterinary Hospital Morley. She started in April 2016 as a receptionist and became a Senior receptionist in November 2017. Amy loves her job and enjoys meeting all of the Animals and their owners. Amy has two children and 2 crazy Jack Russel’s called Ronnie and Narla.
AmyPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Amy has always dreamed of working in a vet practice and hopefully in the future will work towards becoming an RVN. She has always had a passion for animals big or small. At home she has two cats a lovely lady called truffles and a rescue cat called Sean.
AmyStudent Veterinary Nurse Find Out More >
My favourite part of my job is being able to see patients get better and go home with their family. I find the surgical side of the practice very interesting. I have completed the Level 2 Certificate for Veterinary Nursing Assistants and the ISFM Cat Friendly Professional course.
AmyNight Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Amy has been an out of hours RVN since 2017 and joined our team in April 2022. She particularly enjoys the excitement and adrenaline of working with accidents and emergencies.
At home Amy has a small menagerie which consists of 4 tiny dogs, 3 guinea pigs, a hamster and 3 tarantula she is very passionate about all animals and enjoys spending time exploring Yorkshire and further afield with her dogs.
AngelClient Care Associate
AshleighSenior Client Care Associate Find Out More >
Ashleigh started working at Abbey House in 2017. Ashleigh is a Cat Friendly Veterinary Receptionist and is currently completing her Level 3 in Feline Studies too.
Ashleigh has 4 cats – A British Shorthair, a Maine Coon and 2 rescue cats, aswell as 3 Chinchillas, a Golden Retriever and fishes. She has a BA(Hons) in Photography from Leeds Arts University and puts it to use by taking lots of pictures of her pets!
BeeClient Care Associate
BethanRegistered Veterinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
I gained my qualification as an RVN in February 2022 and joined the Abbey House team in August 2022
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a veterinary nurse and care for animals. In my spare time I enjoy being with my rescue dog and other small furry pets’
BethanyPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Bethany joined the PCA team from the Client Care team at Morley in Aug 2022.
At home she has a dog called Buster who is nearly 5 years old, he is a big softy and loves his cuddles and treats, he enjoys his walks but not the rain.
Bethany is working towards her goal of becoming an RVN.
BeverleyClient Care Associate
CaroleClient Care Associate
CarolineSenior Client Care Associate Find Out More >
Caroline joined the practice in June 2002, she completed a Level 2 National Certificate for Veterinary Practice Receptionists in 2009 and completed the AMTRA (SQP) Suitably Qualified Person qualification in 2014 to become an animal medicine advisor. Caroline currently has a springer spaniel named Douglas and three chickens.
CarolineRVN Cert. SAN Find Out More >
CassandraVeterinary Nurse BSc(Hons), NCert Dent & Surg, RVN Find Out More >
Cas qualified in 2012 from the University Centre of Askham Bryan. She has since gained post-graduate qualifications in small animal dentistry and surgical nursing.
Her special interest is dentistry and is passionate about your pets’ oral health and comfort.
Cas started at Abbey House as a locum in June 2022, but it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the practice and team, so accepted a permanent role in October.
She has an old lady crossbreed terrier called Seren, and two cats called Captain Guyliner and Niña.
CharlotteHR Advisor Assoc. CIPD
CharlotteStudent Veterinary Nurse
CharlyClient Care Associate Find Out More >
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All things reception
CherylMulti Disciplinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Cheryl qualified as a nurse in 2012 and joined Abbey House in April 2023. Cheryl has worked in a mix of practices during this time including emergency work and referral and enjoy’s post operative recovery and nurse clinics the most.
Cheryl has her own pet sitting business and is passionate about first aid, preventative treatment and giving informational talks to the general public on this topic.
Out of work Cheryl likes to ride her bike, horse ride and the occasional bit of baking when she is not entertaining her young son!
ChloePatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Chloe has always had a passion to work with animals and finds it very rewarding. She aspire to eventually become a Veterinary Nurse. Out of work she likes to spend time with her 5 rabbits, gecko and parrot.
ChristyClient Care Team Leader
ClaireClient Care Associate
ClaireSenior Client Care Associate Find Out More >
Claire has worked in Vet practice since 1994 joining the Croft House team in 2005 . Claire is a regular foster carer for cats protection.
ClairePractice Manager VPAC, RVN
ClareAuxiliary Nurse Find Out More >
Clare is one of our Auxiliary nurses and has worked in practice since 1997 working at Chantry before joining Croft in 2003, Clare has a diploma in pet bereavement and a keen interest in birds.
DaisyInterim Clinical Director BVM BVS MRCVS
DebbieClient Care Manager
DebbieClient Care Associate
ElaraPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Elara joined Abbey House in August 2023 and absolutely loves animals. She wants to go on to become a veterinary nurse. Currently she has one very lovely grey tabby at home called Pudge.”
EmilyPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Emily joined the Abbey House team in March 2022, she has a pony called Harvey and a chocolate Labrador called Marlowe. Emily aspires to become an RVN in the future.
EmmaVeterinary Nurse RVN
FionaNight Nurse RVN, Cert ECC
FionaVeterinary Surgeon BVM&S MRCVS Find Out More >
Fiona works at our Rothwell and Kippax clinics. She qualified in 1987 and has a wide experience of all aspects of small animal medicine. She has worked at Abbey House since August 1995.
FionaVeterinary Nurse RVN, Cert ECC
GemmaClient Care Associate
GeorgiaVeterinary Surgeon BVSc, MRCVS Find Out More >
Georgia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2023 and moved home to Leeds to start her career as a small animal vet at Abbey House in October 2023. Outside of work she enjoy anything crafty and she is also getting back into ballet.
GillianClinical Nursing Manager RVN, Cert Ed
GraceSenior Client Care Associate Find Out More >
Grace started working at Abbey House as an animal care assistant, she left to move away but came back again and now works on reception. Grace Has a FdSc in Zoological Conservation and a National Diploma in Animal Management. Grace is a keen rat enthusiast and goes to many of the Yorkshire Rat Club shows. Grace has 3 rats of her own, 1 male dumbo called Orion and 2 female top eared call Luna and Star.
HannahSenior Client Care Associate
HayleyClient Care Associate
HazalVeterinary Surgeon DVM, MRCVS Find Out More >
Hazal qualified from Uludag University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Turkey in 2016 and then worked at a busy small animal hospital in Turkey until she moved to the UK in 2021. Hazal joined the veterinary team at Abbey House in October 2023 as a medical vet at the Morley hospital, following two years at a small animal practice in Bath. She has professional interests in internal medicine, diagnostic imaging and cytology and outside of work in her free time enjoys playing board games and computer games. Pico is her elderly rescue dog who lives with family back in Turkey.
HeatherNight Nurse RVN
HelenClient Care Associate
HelgaPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
I’ve always had a passion for animals and have owned cats, dogs, lizards, hamsters, rabbits guinea pigs and more!
JadePatient Care Assistant
JadePatient Care Assistant
JamesVeterinary Surgeon, Clinical Director VetMB Ba, GPCert (SAS) MRCVS Find Out More >
James joined the practice in January 2015 following qualification from The University of Cambridge in 2014 and after spending time working for a charity in India neutering stray dogs. James has completed extra study in small animal dentistry and has taken the lead with the dental work at the hospital in Morley where we have a newly refurbished dental suite and a new dental x-ray unit. James now has a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. In January 2021 James became a Clinical Director.
JaneNursing Manager Cert Ed, Cert SAN, RVN
JaneSenior Client Care Associate Find Out More >
Jane joined the practice in January 2000 working at the Rothwell surgery, then moved to Kippax surgery shortly after it opened after having her daughter.
She has 5 ponies, 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 Guinea Pig’s, coldwater fish and lot’s of free range laying hen’s and bantams.
JennyClient Care Associate
JessicaTrainee Veterinary Nurse Find Out More >
Jessica joined the Abbey House team in October 2020 as a Veterinary Care Assistant but has been working in the veterinary profession now for almost 10 years. She has a history of working with a variety of animals and has qualifications to support her passion including Animal Care, Horse Care and Horse Management. Jessica aspires to become a registered veterinary nurse and is currently studying Level 2 Diploma in Veterinary Skills to help her gain more knowledge and skills along the way. The favourite part of her job is, she is always learning and gaining knowledge to take away ready for the next time it is needed.
JoClient Care Associate
JoanClient Care Associate
JoannaRegistered Veterinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Joanna volunteered at the N/a’an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary in 2011, the focus was the welfare and rehabilitation of the animals, some of which included lions, leopards, cheaters and caracals. This experience led to a career change and Joanna choose to work with animals and later study to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
Joanna studied the Veterinary Nursing Diploma at the College of Animal Welfare and qualified in 2021. Her experience include small animal general practice, veterinary hospital and referral.
Main interests in work are surgical, anaesthesia and diagnostics and she would like to pursue surgical nursing in the near future. Other interests outside of work include hiking, camping, yoga and entertaining her loopy Sproker Ebony.
JoanneClient Care Associate
JoanneClient Care Associate
JulieLeeds Emergency Vets Veterinary Surgeon BVSc, MRCVS Find Out More >
Julie qualified from The University of Sydney, Australia in 1994 and moved to Britain 1998. She worked in mixed practice on the west coast of Scotland then started emergency work in 2005.
KarenClient Care Associate
KarenClient Care Associate
KarolVeterinary Surgeon DVM, MRCVS Find Out More >
Karol joined the Leeds Emergency Vets night team in December 2020. Karol qualified from The University of Madrid, Spain in June 2017, she is currently completing a General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and with special interest in diagnostic imaging.
Karol loves sport, cooking and listening to music and has a rescue cat called Nala and a fluffy chinchilla called Dali.
KatieClient Care Associate
KatieRegistered Veterinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Katie gained her degree in Veterinary Nursing from Askham Bryan College in 2021 and joined the nursing team at Abbey House in April 2022. At home Katie has 5 dogs – 3 English Setters, a Gordon Setter and an Irish Setter cross Collie and she enjoys drawing pet portraits.
KhawarLocum Veterinary Surgeon DVM, MSc, PhD, MRCVS
KirstenVeterinary Surgeon Dr Med Vet Cert AVP (VD) MRCVS Find Out More >
KirstyClient Care Associate
LaurenPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Lauren has a Level 3 diploma in Animal Management and has gained experience from working on a farm and in a doggy day care centre. Lauren would love to work towards becoming a registered veterinary nurse. At home Lauren has a French bull dog who she loves walking and teaching new tricks.
LeahPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Speak to me about:
Any PCA related work
LesleyRegistered Veterinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Lesley qualified in 2010 and has also completed the ISFM feline diploma in feline nursing.
Lesley joined the practice initially as part of the insurance processing team and then returned in October 2021 working as a nurse at the Kippax clinic
At home all Lesley’s animals are named after Disney characters, Mia, Willow (2 Labradors), Belle and Nala (cats)
LiaClient Care Associate
LilyVeterinary Surgeon Ba VetMB, MRCVS Find Out More >
Lily joined the Abbey House veterinary team in September 2021, following qualification from the University of Cambridge in July 2021. Currently she doesn’t have any pets but is hoping to adopt one soon. Out of work Lily enjoys wild swimming, netball and reading.
LindseyPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Lindsey joined the Patient Care team from the Client Care team in 2023.
Lindsey has previously worked with abused dogs assisting in their daily care needs and training with eventual rehoming being the main goal. She has volunteered at the Belfast Zoo where she would assist with preparing food for carnivores, primates and herbivores and the upkeep of enclosures.
Lindsey hopes to progress her role as a PCA to become an RVN.
LisaVeterinary Surgeon and Cat Advocate BVM&S, CertVOphthal, MRCVS Find Out More >
Lisa is a referral veterinary surgeon at Abbey House. She qualified in 1989 from the Royal Dick, Edinburgh and has worked in Leeds since that time. She gained a certificate in veterinary ophthalmology in 1996 and as well as consulting and operating from our Rothwell and Kippax branches she also sees ophthalmology referrals from other practices.
LucyClient Care Manager
MeganPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Megan has always wanted to work in the veterinary field, and hopes to be able to one day do the veterinary nurse training. She has previously worked as a dog walker and pet sitter. At home Megan has 2 cats, Tink and Poppy.
MeganVeterinary Nurse ISFM Cert FN, RVN Find Out More >
Megan joined the nursing team in 2020 after receiving her RVN qualification in 2019. Megan has two rescue cats Tinkerbell and Tipsy and a Whippet x Greyhound called Bobby.
MiaPatient Care Assistant
MichelleClient Care Associate
NatalieLead Nurse Surgical RVN
NatashaLead Vet for Clinics BSc BVMS, MRCVS
OliviaPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Liv has joined the Abbey House team as a Patient Care Assistant in October 2023. Liv has a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management. Outside of work, she spends most of my time with her family going on little road trips and deciding who’s music taste is best.
OliviaClient Care Associate
Professor Rob WhiteVeterinary Surgeon BSc, BVet Med, Cert VA, DSAS (soft tissue), DiplECVS, SFHEA, FRCVS Find Out More >
Soft Tissue Surgery
Rob is one of the UK’s leading experts in soft tissue surgery. He has worked at Willows Referral Service in Solihull for many years alongside his role as a professor at the University of Nottingham vet school. Rob is happy to see all soft tissue surgery cases but has a special interest in airway and urogenital surgery. He is also a world expert on the management of porto systemic shunts and brings unrivalled experience in this field.
RachaelNight Nurse RVN Ncert(surg) Find Out More >
Rachael started working in Veterinary practice in 1997 as an animal care assistant. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from the College of Animal Welfare in 2004 and gained her certificate in surgical nursing in 2021, joining the out of hours team at Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in September 2022.
At work she enjoys being able to offer a high level of inpatient care and has a special interest in surgical nursing and wound management.
Out of work Rachael is kept busy looking after her 3 horses and has 2 teenage children.”
RachelVeterinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Rachel has been qualified as an RVN since 2021. She is the rabbit and cat advocate for Halton. At home she has 2 rescue rabbits a 11 rescue cats. Rachel’s special interests are all things rabbits, guinea pigs and hamster related and also enjoys learning about cat behaviour.
RosieClient Care Associate
SabineVeterinary Surgeon Med vet, Dr med vet, MRCVS Find Out More >
Sabine has worked at Abbey House since October 2004. She currently works every Saturday at the hospital in Morley.
SabrinaRegistered Veterinary Nurse Find Out More >
Sabrina joined Abbey House in January 2022 and is about to finish her training and will sit the practical part of the nursing exam (OSCE’s) in April.
Her favourite part of nursing so far is anaesthesia and she hopes to further her knowledge and training in this area once qualified. At home Sabrina has a golden retriever who she enjoys taking for walks.
SammyVeterinary Nurse RVN
SarahClient Care Associate
SarahNight Nurse RVN, Cert ECC Find Out More >
I started working in Veterinary Practice as a receptionist/animal handler in 2003 in East Yorkshire and went on to study veterinary nursing, qualifying in 2009. I have enjoyed both surgical and medical roles throughout my career, but love the combination of both that emergency and critical care nursing brings. After gaining the Vets Now certificate in emergency and critical care in 2014, I joined the night team at Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in January 2018.
In work I enjoy playing my part in stabilising critically ill patients and making all our patients stays in hospital as comfortable as possible. Out of work I enjoy nothing more then walking in our fabulous countryside with my four legged friend Morris Whippet.
SarahLead Multi Disciplinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Sarah qualified in 2013 with a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She has a keen interest in Surgery and one day hopes to complete her surgical nursing diploma.
Sarah recently became a new mum so spends her free time with her partner, daughter and their cheeky Springador Rupert , going on lots of walks and adventures in the countryside.”
SarahLead Nurse for the Batley and Cleckheaton Clinics RVN, CG Cert VNES
SophiaPatient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Sophia joined Abbey House in March 2023 as a Patient Care Assistant but hopes to one day become an RVN. At home she has a dog called Scruffy and two cats named Blue and Kit-Kat.
SophieVeterinary Nurse RVN
StaceyClient Care Associate
StaceyClinical Nursing Manager RVN Find Out More >
Stacey has a FdSc degree in Veterinary Nursing from Nottingham Trent University. She came to Abbey house in 2014 just as a block placement for her course to gain practical experience and has never left. She has 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Maya, Shankley and Sid. Her main interest is in Surgery although she loves all parts of her job!
TeresaVeterinary Surgeon MVDr, MRCVS Find Out More >
Teresa qualified from the University of Leon in Spain in 2017 and then moved straight to the UK. She has worked in small animal practice in Yorkshire before joining the veterinary team at Abbey House in 2020. Teresa has recently spent two months at Ohio State University on an externship programme, working in the soft tissue and emergency and critical care wards. At home she has a rescue cat called Ghost.
TremelleTwilight Patient Care Assistant Find Out More >
Tremelle joined Abbey House in August 2023 and will be working as a Night Patient Care Assistant where he can pursue a passion related to animals but outside of work his interests are gym, documentaries and the occasional book
TrudiVeterinary Surgeon BVSc MRCVS Find Out More >
Trudi has a veterinary degree from the University of Bristol, and has been part of the Kippax team since the clinic opened in 2007. During the past 10 years she has developed her interest in rabbit medicine and surgery and now provides veterinary care to rabbits over a wide area of Yorkshire. Her other main interest is feline medicine. In her spare time she looks after her house-rabbit and 3 cats.
VickyVeterinary Nurse RVN
VickyLead Nurse for Training and Education FdSc, BSc (Hons) AFHEA, RVN
YuriVeterinary Surgeon BVSc, MRCVS Find Out More >
Yuri qualified in Queensland Australia in 2016. Since then she has worked in veterinary practices in Yorkshire and joined the Abbey House team in April 2020. Yuri has a rescue dog called Chiquita and cat called Stan.