Maple Street Staff

Ann Thwaite
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Ann Thwaite

Receptionist
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Ann trained at the Thongsbridge surgery and then moved to Maple Street where she has worked since 2003. Over this time she has met many wonderful patients and couldn’t pick a favourite. Ann loves the fact she still sees new things every day, even after so many years. Ann owns 2 Border Collies called Scholla and Ollie who take up all her free time walking them in the local woods and fields
Bernie Corlett
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Bernie Corlett

Student Veterinary Nurse
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Beth Skarz RVN
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Beth Skarz RVN

Veterinary nurse
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Beth began working at Donaldson's in 2012 as a receptionist. She joined the nursing team a year later and become a Qualified nurse in 2016. Beth enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, particularly anaesthesia and post operative care. She enjoys riding her horse in her spare time
Charlotte Crowther RVN
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Charlotte Crowther RVN

Veterinary Nurse
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Charlotte has worked for Donaldson's Vets since 2003 after finishing a degree in Animal Behaviour and Ecology, and then training as a Veterinary Nurse. She has been part of the night shift team since 2004 and loves emergency work. Charlotte has gained the Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care, and also in Small Animal Nutrition. Her spare time is taken up with her family, two horses, three dogs, cats, poultry and gardening when she can get the chance!
Cheryl Hanson
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Cheryl Hanson

Auxiliary Nurse
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Chris Allen BVSc MRCVS
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Chris Allen BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary surgeon
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Chris graduated in 1996 and went on to work for the PDSA charity for 20 years. Chris started at Donaldson's Vets in 2016 and is primarily based at our Maple Street hospital. He enjoys all aspects of small animal practice and is especially interested in complex skin and bone operations, as well as routine and not so routine eye cases.. Outside of work Chris is kept busy with his family, his pet pigs and attending motorbike track days.
Cordelia Edwards BVSc MRCVS
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Cordelia Edwards BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Cordelia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and joined the Donaldson's team straight away. Cordelia enjoys treating small, equine and farm animals but has a strong interest in equine medicine. She can be found primarily at our Maple Street and Thongsbridge surgeries. In her spare time Cordelia plays netball for a local team, show jumps and enjoys socialising with friends. She owns 2 cats, Mouse and Pablo who are mother and son, and is on the lookout for a new horse in Yorkshire
Clare Weightman
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Clare Weightman

Receptionist
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Clare has worked as part of the Donaldson's team for many years. She has had experience at all of our branches so knows the clients and their pets very well.Clare has a number of animals of her own including chickens, dogs and horses. Interests outside of work are show jumping with her daughter and going skiing and on holiday!
David Melleney MRCVS BA&VetMB
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David Melleney MRCVS BA&VetMB

Veterinary Surgeon
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Diane Clifford
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Diane Clifford

Auxillary Nurse
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Diane joined the practice in 2015. You could find her at any branch of Donaldson’s Vets but she primarily spends her time at the Maple Street Surgery. Diane previously worked in the mounted division of the West Yorkshire Police and also has a farming background so is happy dealing with all aspects of a mixed Veterinary Practice. Diane has a Border Collie called Taz, a cat called Casper and a Rabbit called “Tuther One”In her spare time she enjoys bowling, cycling and walking the dogs. Diane also competes in agility and flyball with Taz.
Ellie Cowton BVM&S MRCVS
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Ellie Cowton BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Ellie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 and started with us soon afterwards. She saw practice with us as a student and we were keen that she stay on with us. Ellie mainly works at Maple street and has keen interest in surgery, but she also enjoys treating farm and equine patients, especially sheep as her favourite time of year is lambing time. In her spare time Ellie enjoys knitting and fell walking, particularly in the lake district. She also likes making regular visits back up to Edinburgh to see friends and take part in the Celtic fire festivals.
Emma Parkin RVN
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Emma Parkin RVN

Veterinary nurse and Insurance Team
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Fiona Smith
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Fiona Smith

Head Receptionist
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Fiona is the practice head receptionist and has been with Donaldson’s Vets since 1986. She likes all aspects of working in a veterinary surgery and says she is lucky to have worked with such strong and friendly team throughout her time with us. She is now based at the Maple Street surgery full time.Fiona owns and red retriever called Folly and a rescue cat called Matilda. Fiona loves the outdoors and spends her free time enjoying all the UK countryside has to offer.
Graham Mills BVMS MRCVS
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Graham Mills BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Graham qualified from the University of Glasgow in July 1983. He went on to work in mixed practice in Scotland before emigrating to Huddersfield in the winter of 1983 and went on to become a partner in 1988. Graham is married and has a menagerie of pets including 3 Jack Russell Terriers.
Hannah Tate BVM BVS MRCVS
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Hannah Tate BVM BVS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Jackie Skarz
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Jackie Skarz

Receptionist
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Jackie worked as a cashier for over 30 years and decided it was time for a change. She now works at the Maple Street surgery and thoroughly enjoys seeing the wide variety of animals that come through the door. Jackie owns a lovely Springer Spaniel called Mollie. In her spare time she enjoys riding on her horse Prince, walking Mollie and spending time with family and friends.
Jack Jeffery
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Jack Jeffery

Receptionist
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Jade Moorhouse RVN
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Jade Moorhouse RVN

Veterinary Nurse
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Jade has been part of the Donaldson's team since 2013. Jade is currently training to become a Fully Qualified Nurse. Jade says that she feels very lucky to have a job that she enjoys going to, as everyday is different and she gets to spend the whole day with animals!In the past Jade has been a professional dog handler. She trained and worked her dogs Ben and Leo alongside security firms and the police. Her Labrador Ben is trained as a drug detection dog and Leo is trained to track, take down and detain baddies! In her spare time Jade likes to go clay pigeon shooting and visiting her parents and sister in the Scottish Highlands.
Jane Gillespie
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Jane Gillespie

Receptionist
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Jayne Moseley
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Jayne Moseley

Receptionist
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Jayne has been with the practice since 2014 and works solely at the Maple Street Surgery. The best part of her job is seeing improvements of the once poorly patients when they go home. A few cuddles from puppies and kittens don’t go amiss either!Outside of work Jayne enjoys walking, keeping fit and socialising with friends
Janette Williams
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Janette Williams

Large Animal Admin Team
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Janette has worked at Donaldson's Vets since 1995. Originally she worked behind reception at the Maple Street hospital. Now Janette is responsible for farm and equine administration as well as other organisational roles behind the scenes.Janette has one horse, one cat and three dogs. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, riding her horse and going to the gym.
Jeremy Cookson BVSc MRCVS
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Jeremy Cookson BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Director
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Jeremy qualified from Liverpool University in 1977 and from there cam straight to Donaldson’s Vets. He has been a partner since 1988 and has seen the Practice grow from a three vet practice based at one site to what we are today. He spends a large part of the day covering the farm and equine calls, whilst spending the evenings working with our small animal clients. He has a special interest in exotic species and routinely sees referral cases. At home he has a collection of dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, snakes and a tortoise to keep him busy.
Jo Crossley RVN
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Jo Crossley RVN

Veterinary nurse; Insurance and Admin Team
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Jo started work at Donaldson's Vets in April 2017. Previously she has been the Head Nurse at a small animal hospital and held a position as a technical adviser in a pet claims department.She owns a dog called Moray and 2 cats called Mavis and Marvin.Out of work Jo enjoys walking her dog, watching Halifax RLFC and Zumba
Jodie Whiteley RVN
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Jodie Whiteley RVN

Veterinary Nurse
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Auxiliary Night Nurse
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Julie Holmes

Auxiliary Nurse
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Julie has worked for Donaldson's Vets since September 2000, the majority of that time on the night shift that we provide. Her duties include helping the Qualified Nurse and Veterinary Surgeon on call, taking emergency phone calls, caring for the in-patients and going on home and farm visits.She lives in Upper Cumberworth on a small holding with a collection of pets and a small herd of cows.
Karen Howard
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Karen Howard

Auxiliary Nurse
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Karen Smith RVN
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Karen Smith RVN

Veterinary Nurse
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Laura Falkingham
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Laura Falkingham

Trainee Veterinary Nurse
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Leah Murphy RVN
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Leah Murphy RVN

Senior Veterinary Nurse
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Leah started working for Donaldsons vets in October 2007 as a Trainee Veterinary Nurse at the Birchencliffe branch. She then moved to the Maple Street Hospital to start veterinary nurse training. She qualified in 2012.  Leah was brought up on a farm and enjoys assisting the veterinary surgeons with large animal procedures.Leah is particularly interested in orthopaedic surgery and anaesthesia.
Lisa Collett
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Lisa Collett

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Growing up Lisa always knew she wanted to work with animals and has always felt passionate about their welfare. She joined Donaldson's Vets straight from school over twenty years ago and fulfilled her ambition to become a Qualified Veterinary Nurse in 1999.Lisa has enjoyed working at all of our branches, and was given the position of Senior Nurse at the Mirfield branch when it opened. Since having her first daughter in 2008 she returned to Nursing on a part time basis at Birchencliffe and currently can be found most Saturday mornings on Reception duty at Maple Street or Birchencliffe. Lisa now has a second daughter as well.Lisa says she is extremely proud to be a part of a professional and caring team.
Lisa Jessop
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Lisa Jessop

Practice Manager
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Lisa has been our Practice Manager since 2004.Lisa owns an English Bulldog called Reggie, who comes with her to work most days. Out of work Lisa is a confessed shopaholic, but also enjoys walking Reggie, holidays abroad and spending time with her nephew
Martin Paterson BVMS MRCVS
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Martin Paterson BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Director
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Martin qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1995, travelled south to Huddersfield with the intention of staying for a couple of years. He has worked with us ever since and became a Partner in the Practice in 1998. With a strong grounding in all aspects of mixed practice, Martin now does predominantly small animal work and has a keen interest in Soft Tissue and Orthopaedic surgery.Martin also now deals with much of the administrative work of the Practice which he fits in around clinical work. Over lunch time, he takes off his clinician’s hat and dons that of HR manager, IT consultant or handyman depending on requirements. Martin has an interest in veterinary politics and has been elected President of the Yorkshire Veterinary Society in the past and writes a weekly column in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Out of work, Martin, his wife and son breed high health status Labrador dogs from working and field lines, Pedigree Berkshire pigs and Pedigree Southdown sheep on their smallholding.
Matthew Smith BVMS MRCVS
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Matthew Smith BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Matthew started with us in August 2014 having graduated from the university of Glasgow. He spends most of the day out and on farms and has a keen interest in cattle practice and surgery performing routine health and fertility work both with beef and dairy on a daily basis. Whilst in the surgery, his other interests lie with the exotics branch of the practice getting involved with reptiles, birds and any other weird and wonderful creatures that are brought down! Out of work Matthew enjoys scuba diving, clay pigeon shooting and looking after his pets; two corn snakes and a bearded dragon called Dennis.
Megan Roebuck
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Megan Roebuck

Student Veterinary Nurse
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Mick Hancock BVSc MRCVS
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Mick Hancock BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Director
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Mick qualified way back in 1987 from Liverpool University. After a short spell working in Berkshire he came north to Donaldson’s Vets in 1988 and has been here ever since.As one of our most experienced clinicians, Mick has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of mixed practice. Most of his days now are taken up with horse and farm work but he still enjoys his evening small animal surgery at Maple Street.If you are unlucky you will still see him struggling up the hills of West Yorkshire on bike at the weekends!
Michelle Haigh
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Michelle Haigh

Admin Staff
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Michelle started working for Donaldson's Vets in 2016 as a member of the accounts staff. Her favourite animals are cats and she has 2 of her own called Geordie and Gordon. In her spare time Michelle likes nothing more than spending time with er family.
Nicola Barber
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Nicola Barber

Receptionist
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Rachel Senior RVN
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Rachel Senior RVN

Practice Head Nurse
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Having previously worked with both horses and dog, Rachel joined the Donaldson team in1995 and qualified a few years later.She spent a number of years in the Senior Nurse's role at our Thongsbridge branchbefore returning back to Maple Street where she has taken on the new challengebeing our practice Head Nurse
Richie Hampshire BVSc MRCVS
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Richie Hampshire BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Richie graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015. She came straight from there to working at Donaldson’s Vets. Richie knows all the staff and many of the patients as she had been a student with us for a number of years.Richie enjoys treating farm, equine and small animals. She works at all branches, but is primarily found at the Maple Street and Birchencliffe branches. Richie has a small terrier cross called Mabel, who comes to work with her every day.In her spare time Ritchie enjoys walking her dog and can be found baking in the kitchen as one day she hopes to be seen on the Great British Bake Off. Ritchie also helps out at Honley and Emley shows as the sheep section secretary.
Rose Crawshaw
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Rose Crawshaw

Auxiliary Nurse
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Rose joined the Donaldson team in 2003, She enjoys all aspect of her work, but especially like the Large animal and equine side.Out of work most of her time is spent working on the family run farm.
Sharon Taylor RVN
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Sharon Taylor RVN

Insurance team
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Sharon was our practice head nurse for many years before retiring from the role in 2015. She now is in charge of processing the vast number of insurance claims we deal with for our patients.Sharon's spare time is taken up looking after her 7 dogs, 2 donkeys and 5 Clydesdale horses!
Shona Searson BVSc MRCVS
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Shona Searson BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Shona has worked at Donaldson's Vets since qualifying from Liverpool in 2012. She does mainly large animal work including routine fertility visits in dairy and beef cattle, fertility testing in rams and bulls and Herd Health Planning. She also enjoys her small animal work and can be found at any of our branches from time to time.Out of work Shona spends most of her time outdoors walking her dogs, clay pigeon shooting with friends and going on the occasional skiing holiday.
Vicky Broadley
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Vicky Broadley

Accounts Manager
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Zoe Moore
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Zoe Moore

Admin Team
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Zoe has worked at Donaldson's Vets since 2016 and works in our office. She owns a dog called Timmy and a cat named Snuggles, although her favourite animals are owls! In her spare time Zoe enjoys spending time with her family and friends.