Sowerby Bridge Staff

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.
Chris Dale MA VetMB CertSAD MRCVS
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Chris Dale MA VetMB CertSAD MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon/Dermatologist
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Graduated from Cambridge University.Chris has a particular interest in dermatology (diseases of the skin) and solely focuses on these most challenging of cases. He now has over 20 years experience as a referral dermatologist. Veterinary surgeons from throughout the north of England refer problem and complex skin cases to him for assessment and treatment. Chris is a long term supporter of The British Small Animal Veterinary Association. Chris has been Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of the NE Region, organising scientific meetings for fellow veterinary surgeons. He has also contributed at a national level commissioning veterinary text books used world wide.Away from work Chris cooks, reads and goes to the cinema. Rock music is a passion and he is not averse to a muddy festival with his tent. Chris is married to fellow veterinary surgeon Eleanor and they have three grown up children.
Eleanor Dale BVMS CertVR MRCVS
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Eleanor Dale BVMS CertVR MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
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Eleanor graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School.She is involved in all aspects of veterinary practice, but her particular area of interest is radiology.Eleanor is involved with a local Scout Group and has served as a school governorin the past. When not working Eleanor is a keen gardener and enjoys reading, walking and travel.
Greg Fatherly
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Greg Fatherly

Auxiliary Nurse
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Greg joined the Sowerby Bridge team in September 2010 and enjoysparticipating in the day to day running of the practice. He holds a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Management. Greg’s main area of responsibility is the smooth running of the reception desk, administration tasks and odd job man. Greg always makes sure he takes timeout from this to pamper our in-patients where possible!Greg owns 2 male cats of his own, Renly and Stannis and has grown up withDalmatians. He has a keen interest in exotic species, especially reptiles.Greg achieved his NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service in 2012.
Jess Talbot RVN
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Jess Talbot RVN

Veterinary Nurse
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Jess joined the team in January 2009 and has been a Qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2013. She holds a NCFE Certificate in Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings. Jess particularly enjoys the one to one nursing of inpatients and farm calls. Jess owns three dogs and a coloured cob called 'Jezebel'! Outside of work she enjoys fell walking, horse riding and photography
Leah Turner RVN
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Leah Turner RVN

Veterinary Nurse
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Leah has been working at the Sowerby Bridge branch since 2008 and qualified as an RVN in 2012. She particularly enjoys assisting with surgical procedures and large animal work at lambing time. Leah has a Hills nutrition adviser certificate and runs weight watchers clinics for pets and offers dietary advice.Outside of work much of Leah’s time is taken up looking after her sheep along with husband Jack and Chihuahua-come-sheepdog Ezra! Leah breeds, shows and judges Ryeland sheep and serves on the Northern Ryeland Group committee.
Sam Issott
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Sam Issott

Auxiliary Nurse
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Sam joined the Sowerby Bridge team in February 2008. In September 2010 Sam passed herVeterinary Care Assistant Qualification. Sam likes assisting with operations, anaesthesia and spending time in our kennel area looking after the in-patients. Sam also has an interest in physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Sam has an interest in rabbits and has kept them most of her life.In her spare time Sam rides her horse and spending time with family and friends.Sam achieved her NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service in 2012.
Tia Rogers
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Tia Rogers

Trainee Veterinary Nurse
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Wendy Taylor RVN
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Wendy Taylor RVN

Senior Nurse
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NCert(AnBeh) DipAVN(Surgical)DipAVN(Medical)RVN - - Wendy has over 25 years’ experience working with dogs and cats in the Veterinary andbehavioural field.She holds amongst other certificates the BVNA Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour andthe post graduate Nursing Certificate in Animal Behaviour.She has been treasurer of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association since 2010 and isinvolved in organising behaviour talks for other professionals involved in this field of work. Shealso gives lectures herself to veterinary staff, university students and the public. She haspublished articles in the Veterinary Press.She is a Clinical coach in the practice and trains the students in all aspects of Veterinarymedicine including handling and behaviour.She regularly attends Behaviour seminars to keep up to date with the latest theories andresearch.Wendy has always had a keen interest in behaviour and training. She started off working withyoung horses, then moved into the canine field having competed in obedience competitions withher own dogs.