Meet the Team

  







  • Sarah Ford

    Clinical Director

    BSc(Hons) BVetMed(Hons) GPCert(SAS) MRCVS
  • Emma Darling

    Practice Manager

    RVN, C&G Cert, SAN, C-SQP

    I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1997, obtained a City and Guilds certificate in small animal nutrition in 2007, C -SQP in 2009 and passed the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Management in 2014. I live with my husband, two daughters, and our two Labradors- Lexi and Tessa. In my spare time I enjoy running with Easingwold running club, walking, socialising and family bike rides.

  • Kathryn Barnes

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS

    I graduated from the royal veterinary college in 2014. I have worked at the minster veterinary practice since 2017 and prior to this, I worked at a busy small animal practice in Hastings. I have a keen interest in diagnostic imaging and am currently working towards achieving my advanced practitioner status. I’m originally from York, I have a German Shephard dog and a cocker spaniel and enjoy taking them on long walks in my spare time.

  • Kathryn Marr

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and have worked at Minster ever since. I am interested in all aspects of small animal practice but have a special interest in dental surgery, something I am currently working towards an extra qualification in. I split my time between the main surgery and Copmanthorpe. I am involved in client information evenings and look forward to being able to provide more of these in the future. I spend most of my free time exploring the surrounds of York with Tucker my cheeky cocker spaniel, who loves to run, swim, eat and swim some more!

  • Rona Williams

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc(Hons) MRCVSacupuncture for dogs and cats and I am based at the Crockey Hill branch. I also have a young family and enjoy walking and trips to the seaside.
  • Amy Minch

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS

    I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and after a stint of working in London, I completed a years internship at a referral centre in Cambridge before moving up to Yorkshire in 2018. I have been with Minster since February 2019 and split my time between Salisbury Road and The Mount in Malton. I love my new home in Yorkshire and spend my days off surfing, swimming and walking our two lurchers.

  • Becky Sedman

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

    I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2018 and joined Minster in 2020. I am a Yorkshire girl at heart, so happily moved back up North after working in Hereford for two years. My 3 -legged rescue cat came with me! I love all aspects of veterinary medicine, but in particular laparoscopic surgery and internal medicine. I am very passionate about environmental sustainability in the veterinary profession, and as well as being involved with Vet Sustain, I am Minster’s Environmental Champion for our Investors of the Environment accreditation scheme. In my spare time, I enjoy getting outdoors, playing netball, and helping out with my partner's flock of sheep.

  • Elise Purdy

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS MRCVS

    I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2020 and joined the Minster Vets team soon after. I enjoy many aspects of small animal practice, and have a particular interest in surgery and pain management. I'm delighted to be back to my roots working in the beautiful city of York, spending my spare time exploring its surroundings and messing about in my little sailboat.

  • Ellie Hornsby

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MA (Cantab) VetMB MRCVS

    I graduated from the University of Cambridge in July 2017. I spent the summer working at a charity clinic in Panama City before Starting at the Minster Veterinary Practice soon after, where I am enjoying all aspects of small animal with a particular interest in internal medicine. Originally from sunny Scarborough, I am thrilled to be back in Yorkshire and working in the beautiful city of York. In my spare time I enjoy spinning, pub quizzes and curling up with a good book.

     

  • Emily Eaton

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BSc BVetMed MRCVS

    I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015 and immediately started in Small Animal Practice. I have a particular interest in Small Animal Medicine and Imaging, but do still really enjoy surgical cases as well. My husband Martin and I have recently moved to York along with our Westie-cross-Bichon Lola, and we are really enjoying exploring our new home.

  • Eve Smaller

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BSc(hons) BVetMed(hons) MRCVS

    I took the long way round into veterinary medicine. After school, I completed a BSc in Zoology at the University of Liverpool and then moved to Minnesota in the U.S. to complete a year-long internship in wildlife rehabilitation and medicine. I moved back to the U.K. to work with Scottish wildlife at the SSPCA's National Wildlife Centre in Fife for 4 years, before deciding veterinary medicine was where my passion lay, and spending another 4 years at the RVC in London to gain my BVetMed. I started at Minster Vets in July 2020. As you may imagine, I have a particular interest in wildlife, but dogs, cats, and rabbits have a special hold on my heart too, especially my own labrador cross "Bee". I spend my spare time trying my best to tire her out, exploring York and the beautiful countryside, and generally trying to enjoy the outdoors as much as England's weather permits.

  • Gill Noble

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S MRCVS

    I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and started working at Minster vets in 1998.
    I have always been based at the Copmanthorpe surgery where I have got to know my patients very well over the years.
    I am particularly keen on looking after pets in their twilight years to ensure their lives are as comfortable as possible.
    I live with my husband and 2 daughters and a very naughty German short haired pointer called Doris.
    When I'm not out walking Doris I like to spend my free time cycling.

  • Jenny Dabbs

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed PGCertSAM MRCVS

    I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and have been working in small animal practice since. I completed a post-graduate certificate in small animal medicine in 2017, then shortly afterwards I obtained Advanced Practioner Status in small animal medicine. I enjoy looking after the patients at the Salisbury Road Hospital and working up medical cases. I live in York with my husband, daughter and dog, and in my spare time I enjoy baking and swimming.

  • Josie Arthur

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMSci (Hons) MRCVS

    I qualified from the University of Surrey in 2019, as part of the first-ever cohort of veterinary students to graduate from the university. Originally from Teesside, I am delighted to be back in the North East after living down south for five years to study. In my spare time, I try and do Parkruns every Saturday morning and I have recently started to learn how to row.

  • Laurențiu Macovei

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS
  • Matt Wass

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS MRCVS

    I graduated from the University of Nottingham in July 2018. I was delighted to be offered my first job here at The Minster Veterinary Practice having seen practice at the main surgery since the age of 16. I am particularly interested in internal medicine and diagnostic imaging but enjoy all aspects of small animal practice. In my spare time I enjoy watching live music and sport, as well as photography.

  • Pete Crossan

    Veterinary Surgeon

    MRCVS

    I have been with the Minster Veterinary Practice since 2002. My interests have developed over the years and I am now part of the out of hours team with York Emergency Vets. I have a keen interest in emergency medicine and surgery and I am studying for a post-graduate certificate in emergency and critical care. I live in York with my sports mad family and my scruffy, little dog, Chucky.

  • Rachael Wilkinson

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSC MRCVS
  • Ruth Stevens

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S MRCVS
  • Torben Orskov

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BSc. BVM&S MRCVS

    I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and have worked in various roles both in clinical practice and within the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. I have recently joined the Out of Hours team at York Emergency Vets and am enjoying the challenges this role brings. In my spare time, i like spending time with the family and SCUBA diving in UK coastal waters when it's not too cold.

  • Tristan Hutton

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    I qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and spent 2 years in mixed practice before joining Minster Vets. My main area of interest is everything surgery and I am currently studying for additional qualifications in this area. When I’m not at work you will either find me in the gym or exploring Yorkshire with my crazy Rottweiler Daisy!

  • Kate Harrington

    Clinical Nurse Manager

    RVN C-SQP

    I started my nursing career in 2004 and completed my nursing diploma in 2009. Becoming an RVN was a lifelong ambition. I have been at Minster Veterinary Practice for many years now, I love my job, no two days are ever the same. I became nurse manager in 2017 and this role has been challenging at times, but still the passion for the job remains. I still get to do clinical work and keep my nursing skills to date as much as possible, as well as managing a vast team of skilled Registered Veterinary Nurses, Student Veterinary Nurses and Animal Nursing Assistants. At home, I have 2 rescued one-eyed cats (Wilma and Betty) and two sons. In my spare time when I am not running around after everyone, I enjoy socialising with friends and music.

  • Becki Caygill

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN NCert(Anaesth)
  • Ellie Tomlinson

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    I qualified with a foundation degree in veterinary nursing from Askham Bryan College in 2016 and a few months later joined the Minster veterinary team. Since then I have completed my certificate in emergency and critical care and enjoy spending time teaching students as a clinic coach. I have a much-loved pug called Vinny who you may see in reception at Salisbury road from time to time.

  • Megan Liversidge

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN
  • Tracey Pulleyn

    Senior Veterinary Nurse

    RVN C-SQP

    I joined the Minster Veterinary Practice in 1996 after qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2001. I achieved a city and guilds in nursing of exotic species and became a practice nurse in 2003. This involves organising and managing nurses clinics and assisting the vet with consultations. I am also an insurance advisor, a dental healthcare and weight management advisor. I have a cat called Boots and I have recently bought a young horse called Dino and I am enjoying training him. I also have a small flock of chickens, and my children love helping collecting the eggs and feeding them.

  • Alice Lavelle

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    I started working at The Minster Veterinary practice in 2015 as an animal nursing assistant, before moving into a student veterinary nurse position.

    I completed my training with Minster Vets and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2021. I have always had a passion for Veterinary Nursing and love every part of my job, I am excited to further my knowledge in my career!

    At home, I have a black Labrador called Dora and a rescue cat called Archie.

  • Alison Russell

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    I started working for Minster Vets in January 2006 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in October 2011. I have also completed my Companion Animal Dispensing qualification (C-SQP). I work at the Crockey Hill branch, where I enjoy nurse clinics and assisting with routine surgery. I live in York with my husband, John. Sadly, we have no pets at the present time. In my free time, I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with family and friends. I also like to go walking and one of my favourite places to visit is Keswick in the Northern Lakes.

  • Anna Fairley

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN
  • Claire Cliff

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    I have been nursing since 2003 and qualified as an RVN in 2007 and I started working for The Minster Veterinary Practice in 2007. I have a keen interest in the Exotic species especially rabbits. At home i have two small children and a rescue dog from the RSPCA called Pop to run around after. In my spare time i enjoy spending time with my family and walking Pop.

  • Emma Tolliday

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    I started at Minster Equine in 2009 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2013. After 11 years of working in equine practice, I want to make full use of my RVN and become an accomplished nurse with as many species as possible. I have always loved emergency and critical care nursing and theatre nursing but I am also really looking forward to expanding my knowledge and skills with the different aspects of nursing small animals. At home are my husband, two children and I have a cat called Colin and of course a horse, named Kal! Most of my spare time is taken up with my busy household but I also like to try and keep fit with running and gym sessions.

  • Hannah Bray

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN C&GCertVNES

    I have been working at The Minster Veterinary Practice since 2013 as a registered veterinary nurse, so Minster feels like an extended family. I have a postgraduate certificate in veterinary nursing of exotic species and enjoy seeing a variety of species that come into the practice. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time at home as a new mum.

  • Helen O’Donnell

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN
  • Jennifer Bonner

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    I joined The Minster Veterinary Practice in 2013 and have recently gained my animal nursing assistant qualification. I am now training to be a qualified veterinary nurse and I am looking forward to this challenge. I have two (very mischievous!) ragdoll cats called Meira and Sullivan.

  • Becky Thompson

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Becky qualified from Hartpury University in 2016 as an RVN. She originally specialised in equine veterinary nursing, and then branched out into small animal nursing in 2017. She has always loved working with different types of animals, and finds her work very rewarding. She enjoys working in theatre with surgical patients and working on wards with medical patients. In her spare time, she loves keeping fit and socialising with her friends.

  • Stella Ellis

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN ISFM Adv Cert FB
  • Victoria Beasley

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN, C-SQP, A1 Assessor
  • Becca Buck

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    I completed my placement at Minster Veterinary Practice for my Introduction to Veterinary Nursing course at Askham Bryan College. I then started working here as an Animal Nursing Assistant in June 2018. I am looking forward to start my training as a Veterinary Nurse in the future. I live at home with my parents and my cat Ariel.

  • Tasha Ounsley

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    I started at Minster in 2020 as an Animal Nursing Assistant and have now progressed to becoming a Student Veterinary Nurse. Working with animals has always been a passion of mine and I’ve loved my time here so far. At home I have a cheeky horse called Belle, who keeps me very busy in my spare time!

  • Hannah Lomas

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    I started as an animal nursing assistant at Minster in September 2021. Prior to this I completed a BSc honours degree in Animal Behaviour and welfare back in 2017. Animals have always been my biggest passion and I look forward to furthering my career and knowledge within the veterinary industry. At home, I have my rescue dog Lenny who started his life in Romania.

  • Megan Maxted

    Megan Maxted

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    I joined Minster Vets in September 2019. I'm very passionate about the welfare side of Veterinary care and I'm excited to develop my skills and interests at Minster. I live at home with my partner, little boy, two cats and a rabbit. I enjoy horse riding in my free time.

  • Molly Wright

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    I joined Minster in May 2021, I have always had a love for animals and from a young age, I knew that working in a vets is where I wanted to be. I have a number of horses at home which I event BE in my spare time. As well as my horses I also have a number of working dogs, 5 cats and 150 sheep. Now writing this I know why people say it’s a mad house!

  • Amanda Connell

    Amanda Connell

    Receptionist

  • Angela Goodhall

    Receptionist

    I have been at The Minster Veterinary Practice since 2010. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dogs and looking after my gorgeous grandchildren.

  • Claire Gagen

    Claire Gagen

    Receptionist

     

     

  • Debbie Arthur

    Debbie Arthur

    Receptionist

    I joined the Minster Veterinary Practice in May 2019 as a part-time Receptionist.  I am married and have 2 grown up boys who have their own lives away from home.   My 2 dogs, 3 cats and a rabbit keep me busy.   We love camping and going for walks in the countryside with the dogs, they are never far from me whatever I do.  I like to socialise with family/friends and eating out.

  • Katie Gautrey

    Receptionist

    I joined the Minster Veterinary Practice in September 2018. I have worked in the veterinary industry for the last 4 years. I have three wonderful dogs and a very feisty tortoise! In my free time, I enjoy following football with my fiance and spending time with my family, friends and tiring out the dogs!

  • Lisa Lerigo

    Receptionist

  • Lydia Waters

    Receptionist

    I have worked at The Minster Veterinary Practice since 2017 as a receptionist but in 2019 also joined the dispensary team! I have 2 horses, 2 cats, 2 guinea pigs, 4 chickens, 2 cheeky pygmy goats, and a dog called Flo who you may meet in reception from time to time! Other than spending time with my 4 legged friends I spend most of my spare time eating out, being outdoors, or going abroad when i can!

  • Jackie Dobson

    Dispensary Manager

  • Rachael Sargeant

    Receptionist

    I joined the Minster veterinary practice in March 2019 as a part time receptionist.  I have a Golden Retriever called Ozzie and two teenage children who keep me busy when i am not at work

  • Sarah King

    Receptionist

    I joined The Minster Veterinary Practice in August 2017, as well as working part time on reception I am a pet portrait artist and spend lots of time with animals, photographing and drawing them. I have 2 Boxer dogs who I do showing with, and a horse.

  • Karen Hoare

    Accounts Administrator

    C-SQP

    As a qualified Veterinary Nurse since 1983, I joined Minster Veterinary Practice in 2007 working in the Crockey Hill branch for ten years before joining the administration team at Salisbury Road.  My family and I share our home with a mischievous chihuahua cross, Holly, and a rescued terrier cross called Toffee.  We also have three playful cats, Tilly, and the mischievous siblings Norman and Norris!  When I have time I love to dance and enjoy yoga, exercise classes and musical theatre.

  • Kate Frary

    Administrator

    I am a qualified teacher, but having taught for 19 years as a primary school teacher, decided to have a change of career and have worked at The Minster Veterinary Practice since February 2014. Outside of work, family life keeps me very busy and my husband and I have 3 children and a dog so life is never dull!

  • Peter Nightingale

    Driver