Chris Allen BVSc MRCVSVeterinary Surgeon/ Clinical Director
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.
Danni SunderlandStudent Veterinary Nurse
Danni began her training at Donaldson's in September 2018, her passion for animals led her to pursue a career in veterinary nursing from a young age and now she's here, she loves it! She is eager to learn the ropes and get settled in. Her outside life revolves primarily around her animals, Mal and Bella are the infamous Malinois that charm whoever crosses paths
Eleanor Dale BVMS CertVR MRCVSVeterinary Surgeon
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.
Georgina TurnbullStudent Veterinary Nurse
Georgie joined the team in September 2017. She currently works between Sowerby Bridge and Maple street. George is currently in her second year of training and is hoping to qualify in the summer of 2019 as a RVN. Outside of work her hobbies include riding her horses, walking her jack Russell and spending time with her daughter.
Greg FatherlyAuxiliary Nurse
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 RVNVeterinary Nurse
Jess joined the team at Sowerby Bridge in January 2009 as an Auxiliary Nurse, started formal training in 2011 and became a Qualified Veterinary Nurse in 2013. She holds a NCFE Certificate in Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings. Jess’s favourite part of the job is the one to one nursing of inpatients. Her outside of work hobbies include walking, photography, horse riding and looking after a menagerie of animals at home
Leah Turner RVNVeterinary Nurse
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 IssottAuxiliary Nurse
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.
Wendy Taylor NCert(AnBeh) DipAVN(Surgical) DipAVN(Medical) RVNSenior Nurse
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.