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.
Alexandra SuciuVeterinary Surgeon DVM, MRCVS Find Out More >
Alex qualified from the University of Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in July 2017. During her six year degree course Alex helped at her local veterinary practice, then following qualification spent two months on a scholarship placement in Palma, Mallorca. Alex joined the veterinary team at Abbey House in February 2018 and is passionate about internal medicine, nutrition and gastrointestinal tract diseases. Alex has two cats who are 14 and 15yrs and two dogs a Vizla and German Shepherd.
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. She runs the Puppy classes here at Abbey House and 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 4 year old Daughter and 2 crazy Jack Russel’s called Ronnie and Narla.
Arianne MorrisRVN 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
Brenda WaiteAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Brenda has worked at Abbey House on reception for many years and she was previously a client with her dog named Barney.
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 Find Out More >
Christy Whetstone-VeitchSenior receptionist
Claire BedfordAuxililary 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.
Clare VineAuxililary 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.
Diane RatcliffeHead Nurse (Croft House) Find Out More >
Evi KalogirouVeterinary Surgeon MVDr MRCVS Find Out More >
Evi joined the practice in January 2016, she graduated from the University of Thessaly in Greece. Following qualification she spent time working at the Hellenic Animal Society in Athens and working in a veterinary hospital in North Yorkshire. Evi is currently studying for a post graduate certificate and has a interest in critical care medicine.
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.
Fiona WilsonNight RVN Find Out More >
Fiona qualified in 2014 then spent one year in general practice before moving into ECC. She has worked in emergency and critical care since August 2015 and has been with abbey house since feb 2018. Fiona is currently studying my cert vn ecc which she is due to complete in March. She has a particularly interested in abdominal emergencies, fluid therapy and transfusion medicine. At home Fiona has a little chihuahua called Elvis and they enjoy camping and fell walking together. Elvis’s latest achievement is blencathra via sharp edge!
Hayley StinchonRVN Find Out More >
Hayley qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000 working at the PDSA then joining the Croft team in 2013, Hayley has a passion for large breed canines
Jade ThorpeVeterinary Surgeon BVSc MRCVS Find Out More >
Jade qualified as a veterinary surgeon from The University of Liverpool in 2015 and after a year of working in a corporate small animal practice in West Yorkshire she joined the Abbey House team in August 2016.
Jade generally works from the Kippax clinic but does help cover at all the branches and the Morley hospital. Jade has an interest in veterinary medicine and also runs the puppy training classes from the Kippax clinic.
She has two dogs, a Pomeranian and a Pomeranian cross Cavalier who both compete in Rally Obedience competitions.
James BostVeterinary Surgeon VetMB Ba 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. He currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery.
Jane Easter BrownAnimal Handler and 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.
Janie DimeryTrainee Veterinary Nurse Find Out More >
Janie started at Abbey House in July 2017 as an ACA with no previous experience and started her training as a TVN in April 2018. Janie is enjoying her new career and loves coming to work. Janie is a self confessed crazy cat lady and has a specific interest in cats and would like to pursue this more once she am qualified. Janie has 2 cats, a ragdoll called Evee and a DSH called Khaleesi and a German shepherd called Fudge!
Joanna EllisRVN 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.
Jonathan FosterPractice Manager BA ACA
Justyna RatczakVeterinary Surgeon DVM, PG Dip(CABC) 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 is interested in internal medicine and looks after the inpatients in the hospital ward, her specialism however is in animal welfare and behaviour. She has a post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour counselling from The University of Southampton.
Kayleigh HillAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Kayleigh has been with Abbey House for nearly 3 years. She started off as a VCA at the Morley hospital working days, then moved on to work the overnight shifts focusing on out of hours care, before finally coming to our Kippax branch to do reception and animal handling. Kayleigh is currently completing her level 2 diploma for Veterinary Care Assistant with the College of Animal Welfare which she hopes to complete by the summer of next year. At home her time is taken up by her 2 cats; Jasper and Dexter, her dog Bruce and her corn snake Chester.
Kersha BownessStudent Nurse Find Out More >
Kirsty ChippendaleRVN, Oncology/Surgical 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 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.
Linda HarrisonReceptionist Find Out More >
Linda is our receptionist and has worked at Abbey house and Calder before joining the Croft team in 2001. Linda has also now retired from running Leeds puppy rescue.
Lisa DaviesVeterinary Surgeon BVM&S., CertVOphthal., MRCVS Find Out More >
Lisa is a partner 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.
Lisa ReddingtonAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Lisa has worked at Abbey House Veterinary Clininc in Rothwell since 2007. At home she has two Guinea pigs, two fish and a Greyhound named Lily.
Louise ChappellRVN Night Team 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.
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.
Pat WoodAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Pat has worked at Abbey House clinic in Rothwell as a receptionist and animal handler since 1994. She is the proud owner of a tortoise called Flossy, a budgie called Custard and a foster dog named Prince.
Professor Rob WhiteVeterinary Surgeon BSc, BVet Med, Cert VA, DSAS (soft tissue), DiplECVS, SFHEA, FRCVS Find Out More >
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.
Rachel CourtReceptionist Find Out More >
Rachel first came to Abbey House in 1988 to train & qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1991. She has worked in various veterinary practices and left her nursing career to be a full time carer for her disabled Son. She returned here 11 years ago and loves her evening reception job. Rachel has 2 cats,a guinea pig & 2 giant African land snails.
Rob DouwesVeterinary Surgeon GP Cert SAS, MRCVS Find Out More >
Rob qualified Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1997. Following qualification he spent three years working in the Netherlands before moving to the UK in 2000. Rob has spent the last 10 years working in his own practice in York, before joining the Abbey House team for two days a week, in December 2017. He has an interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and has a post graduate GP certificate in small animal surgery. Rob has a Border Collie called Olivia.
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.
Samantha GibsonInsurance administrator / Auxiliary nurse Find Out More >
Sam is our longest serving member of staff at Croft having worked here since 1992, Sam is our insurance claims administrator and a collector of stray pets!
Stacey AndrewsRVN 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 PrestonRVN RVN
Sydney LerumsAnimal Handler and Receptionist Find Out More >
Sydney joined the Croft team in 2018 to work on reception.
Tom ClarkeVeterinary Surgeon BA, VetMB, CertVR, CertSAS, MRCVS Find Out More >
Tom is a partner 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.