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 post graduate 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.
Abbey JohnsonVeterinary Surgeon B Vet Med, MRCVS Find Out More >
Abbey graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in July 2020 and joined the Abbey House team in Aug 2020. Abbey is a local lass from Castleford and before gaining her qualifications she spent some time at the hospital in Morley seeing practice as part of degree course.
Alix BerryBranch Rota Nurse RVN
Allyson MaltasAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Allyson is an Animal Handler and Receptionist who joined the practice in November 1993 and works at both the Cleckheaton and Rothwell branches. Allyson has an interest in dog behaviour and has studied with COAPE & done various Sarah Whitehead courses. She has a cat called Saffy and Cody, a Flat Coated Retriever, who goes with her to puppy classes to help socialise the puppies.
Amy BarrassSenior receptionist 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 a Daughter and 2 crazy Jack Russel’s called Ronnie and Narla.
Angela BodeyVeterinary Surgeon BSc BVSc PhD MRCVS Find Out More >
Arianne MorrisMedical/Practice Nurse Dip AVN, DipHE CVN, RVN Find Out More >
Arianne completed a FdSc in Veterinary Nursing from Myerscough College in 2010. She did her training in a practice in York before move to a small animal hospital in North Leeds, where she worked for 6 years, mainly on the wards looking after patients. There she completed her advanced diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She joined Abbey house April 2018 and is enjoying caring for the variety of patients that come to Abbey House.
Ashleigh SawyerAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Ashleigh started working at Abbey House in 2017. She works at the Rothwell branch as an Animal Handler and Receptionist, she is also a Dispensing Assistant at the Morley Hospital.
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!
Bethan WarnerVeterinary Surgeon BVSc, MRCVS Find Out More >
Bethan qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Liverpool in July 2018. She joined the team in the September. After finishing uni she took part in charity neutering projects in India and Zanzibar. Outside of work Bethan enjoys running and has completed several half marathons and has a 19 year old cat called Mittens.
Branca GregoryLeeds Emergency Vets Veterinary Surgeon DVM, MRCVS Find Out More >
I am one of the night vets at Abbey House. I’ve worked here for the last 12 years and love it.
When I’m not at work I spend time with my family going for walks in the countryside, gardening and showing our children the world we live in. In my free time I play golf, I do long distance running and am now learning how to play the cello. We have a Boxer dog called Smartie who is a part of the family and moved over from Portugal with us last year.
Candice DysonMedical/Practice Nurse Dip AVN, DipHE CVN, RVN
Caroline ArcherAnimal Handler and Receptionist 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.
Caroline BartleyAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Caroline started at Abbey House Kippax in January 2012. At home her time is taken with her horse Louis, her rescue Irish Setter Flynn and rescue cat Ruby.
Caroline StellRVN Cert. SAN Find Out More >
Charlotte DeanHR Advisor Assoc. CIPD
Christy Whetstone-VeitchSenior receptionist
Claire BedfordAuxiliary Nurse Find Out More >
Claire is one of our Auxiliary nurses at Croft and has worked in Vet practice since 1994 joining the croft team in 2005 Claire is our stock controller. Claire is a regular foster carer for cats protection.
Claire TurnerPractice Manager VPAC, RVN
Clare VineAuxiliary 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.
Daisy CopleyVeterinary Surgeon and Cat Advocate BVM BVS MRCVS
Debbie AllawayHead Receptionist
Diane RatcliffeHead Nurse (Croft House) VPAC, D32/33, RVN Find Out More >
Emma HuffinleyWeekend Nurse RVN
Fiona HazellNight Nurse RVN, Cert ECC
Fiona NewboultVeterinary Nurse RVN
Fiona TateVeterinary 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.
Gillian KerrodSenior Surgical Nurse RVN
Grace ForseReceptionist 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.
Heather BatesNight Nurse RVN
Heather MorrisonVeterinary Surgeon BVMS, MRCVS Find Out More >
Heather graduated from the University of Glasgow in July 2020 and joined the practice in August 2020. She is a familiar face to us as she has spent the previous two summers working at the Morley hospital as part of her placements. Originally from the Falkirk area of Scotland, Heather has just relocated to Leeds and is looking forward to getting to know Leeds and Yorkshire.
Holly SteadVeterinary Nurse RVN
James BakerVeterinary 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.
Jane Easter BrownAnimal Handler and Senior Receptionist 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.
Jane WhiteHead Veterinary Nurse Cert Ed, Cert SAN, RVN
Jenna CarrickOncology Nurse RVN
Jenny Jade HamiltonReceptionist
Joanna EllisVeterinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Joanna qualified as a Veterinary nurse in 2000 and has worked at Richmonds and Calder before joining Croft in 2001, Joanna has a keen interest in Rabbit nursing.
Julie RobertsLeeds 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.
Justyna RatczakVeterinary Surgeon DVM, pgDip(CABC), CertAVP, MRCVS Find Out More >
Justyna graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Warsaw Agricultural University, Poland, in 2001. She started working at Abbey House in October 2009 after spending 3 years working in another small animal practice in Leeds. Justyna has been looking after the inpatients in our busy hospital for over 8 years and is interested in internal medicine and animal behaviour. Justyna has completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cert AVP) in April 2020. She also has a post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour counselling from The University of Southampton.
Khawar AbbasLocum Veterinary Surgeon DVM, MSc, PhD, MRCVS
Kirsten PantenburgVeterinary Surgeon Dr Med Vet Cert AVP (VD) MRCVS Find Out More >
Kirsty ChippendaleOncology/Surgical Veterinary Nurse Dip AVN, Dip HE CVN, FdSc , RVN Find Out More >
Kirsty qualified in 2010 with a FdSc degree in Veterinary Nursing from Harper Adams University. Kirsty joined the team at Morely in July 2014, taking a position within the Onocology team in January 2015. She has a special interest in palliative care and Quality of Life, which was the subject of her dissertation for her Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma. In February 2018, Kirsty gained her Advanced Nursing Diploma with Distinction.
Laura CloughMedical/Practice Nurse RVN
Laura SmithVeterinary Surgeon B Vet Med, PG Cert SAM, MRCVS Find Out More >
Laura saw practice at Abbey House during her time at London University. She graduated in 2009 and joined our Veterinary Team in January 2010. Laura has the BSAVA Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.
Lisa DaviesClinical Director Veterinary Surgeon and Cat Advocate BVM&S, CertVOphthal, MRCVS Find Out More >
Lisa is a Clinical Director 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.
Louise ChappellNight Nurse RVN, DipAVN Find Out More >
Louise has worked for Abbey on and off since 2003 and did her nurse training with us. Louise qualified in 2007. At home she has 2 cats, 2 dogs and a parrot called Bilbo who rules the house. Louise has a passion for teaching students and holds a teaching qualification and is currently studying for her degree in veterinary nursing. She also has a keen interest in pain management and emergency and critical care.
Marie SeniorSenior Receptionist
Maureen RotherforthSenior Receptionist
Natalie TabiszVeterinary Nurse RVN
Neil E PalmerVeterinary Surgeon BVSc, MSc (Clin Onc) MRCVS Find Out More >
Neil graduated from Liverpool University in 1987 and joined the veterinary team at Abbey House in November 2009. He has a particular interest in oncology cases and has a Masters degree in clinical oncology.
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.
Roberta BocediVeterinary Surgeon GP Cert (FelP), MVB, MRCVS Find Out More >
Roberta qualified from the University of Parma, Italy in 2004. Between 2007 & 2010 she worked in York before returning to Italy to become the joint owner of a small animal practice. Roberta joined the team at Abbey House in August 2015, she has an interest in feline medicine and holds the General Practitioner Certificate in Feline Practice.
Roseanne SharpVeterinary Surgeon BVMS MRCVS Find Out More >
Roseanne is one of our Veterinary Surgeons here at Croft, Roseanne qualified from Glasgow university in 1980 and went to work in London before moving to Yorkshire and joining the Croft team in 2001.
Sabine WaltiVeterinary 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.
Sammy RallVeterinary Nurse RVN
Sarah KitchingNight 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.
Sarah PowellBranch Rota Nurse RVN, CG Cert VNES
Sean WardVeterinary Nurse RVN Find Out More >
Sean trained at Abbey House Veterinary Hospital and qualified in 2014. He as spent the last 6 years working in mixed practice as an equine and critical care nurse. He has two dogs and enjoys walks and wildlife photography.
Sophie FrenchVeterinary Nurse RVN
Stacey AndrewsAssistant Senior Surgical Nurse 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!
Stacey FrearAnimal Handler and Receptionist
Steph PrestonVeterinary Nurse RVN
Teresa Duo FerreyroVeterinary 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.
Tom ClarkeClinical Director Veterinary Surgeon BA, VetMB, CertVR, CertSAS, FRCVS Find Out More >
Tom is a Clinical Director at Abbey House. He graduated from Cambridge in 1983 and has been in small animal practice ever since. He specialises in radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. He is also able to perform laparoscopic surgery which is less invasive than open surgery and results in reduced post-op pain and more rapid recoveries.
Trudi PardoeVeterinary 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.
Vicki LewisVeterinary Nurse FdSc, BSc (Hons) AFHEA, RVN
Yuri EchizenyaVeterinary 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.