Meet the Team

Practice Manager







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    Gill Tansey

    Practice Manager

    Gill joined our team in 2016, having previously spent 27 years working for Lloyds bank and four years in the optical industry. She believes she has the best job in the world, as there is always a four-legged friend to spend time with! When she’s not working, she enjoys looking after her springer spaniel, Harvey, watching sport with her family, cooking and going to the gym.

Clinical Directors







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    Carla Balnave

    Clinical Director

    BVSc BSc MRCVS

    Originally from Hampshire, Carla completed an animal behaviour degree before qualifying as a vet surgeon in 2007. She joined our team in 2015 and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and behaviour – she is always happy to offer advice on behavioural matters. She has a husband, two children and a Jack Russell at home, and is a keen rounders player!

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    Caroline Foalks

    Clinical Director

    BVetMed CertAVP(EP) MRCVS

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    Sally Hales

    Clinical Director

    BVSc MRCVS

    Sally graduated from Bristol University in 2012, and enjoyed completing her placement with us so much that she joined the team permanently in 2014. She is our practice contact for the ISFM cat friendly clinic programme, and is also working towards a certificate in emergency and initial care.

Small Animal Team

Small Animal Vets







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    Carla Balnave

    Clinical Director

    BVSc BSc MRCVS

    Originally from Hampshire, Carla completed an animal behaviour degree before qualifying as a vet surgeon in 2007. She joined our team in 2015 and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and behaviour – she is always happy to offer advice on behavioural matters. She has a husband, two children and a Jack Russell at home, and is a keen rounders player!

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    Sally Hales

    Clinical Director

    BVSc MRCVS

    Sally graduated from Bristol University in 2012, and enjoyed completing her placement with us so much that she joined the team permanently in 2014. She is our practice contact for the ISFM cat friendly clinic programme, and is also working towards a certificate in emergency and initial care.

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    Abigail Robertson

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S MRCVS

    Abby graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2017, and joined us in 2020 after a few years at another mixed practice. She has a particular passion for small animal medicine and is working towards a certificate in the field. She spends much of her free time outdoors, and enjoys fell running, caving and being part of her local mountain rescue team!

     

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    Annabel Bench

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

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    Darren Bentley

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

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    Irene Tejera Hernanz

    Veterinary Surgeon

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    Irene is from Spain and graduated in 2014, before gaining experience at practices in Derby, Yorkshire and Bradford. She joined our team in 2018 and has a passion for endocrine medicine, ultrasonography and internal medicine, which she holds a certificate in. Her varied hobbies include hiking, salsa dancing, samba drumming and looking after her cat, Flick!

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    Lucy Ives

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVSc MRCVS

    Lucy studied agriculture at Nottingham University before graduating from Liverpool Vet School in 2001. She has gained a variety of small animal experience since then, and joined our team in 2006. When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with family, gardening, painting and walking her greyhound, Merlin – when he can be bothered to get off the sofa!

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    Matty Dixon

    Veterinary Surgeon

    DVM MRCVS

    Matty completed his training at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, and joined us in 2021. He has a keen interest in exotic animal medicine and animal welfare, as well as all things wildlife and conservation. A passionate baker, he often brings in baked goods for his colleagues to try, and is hoping to improve his amateur photography skills.

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    Tasha May

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S MRCVS

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Small Animal Nurses







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    Adele Welsh

    Senior Nurse

    Sip RVN

    Adele qualified as a vet nurse in 2009 and has a keen interest in behaviour and wound care. She spent 15 years working for an animal welfare charity before joining us in 2016, and her passion for feline medicine has been put to good use as our ISFM cat friendly clinic advocate. She has many animals of her own, and enjoys reading and walking

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    Carli Shaw

    Senior Nurse

    BSc Dip RVN

    After finishing her psychology degree, Carli joined our team as an animal care assistant in 2009. She completed her nursing training with us and was named student of the year at her college. She enjoys all aspects of nursing care, but particularly likes medical and intensive nursing and rabbit care, and has two rabbits of her own at home called Percy and Turnip.

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    Shelley Hudson

    Senior Nurse

    RVN

    Shelley joined our team in 2011 and qualified as a nurse four years later. She has since achieved certificates in hydrotherapy and canine and feline veterinary health nutrition, and can often be found exploring the countryside with her horse, Olivia, in her free time.

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    Amie Rawling

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Amie joined the Aireworth team as an animal care assistant in 2017. She spends much of her free time crafting, reading and volunteering outdoors with the Lancashire Countryside Service.

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    Amy Hensby

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Amy graduated from Hartpury University in Gloucester in 2020, and joined our nursing team in 2021. She has a special interest in anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging, and when she’s not at work can often be found walking her cocker spaniels, Bonnie and Maddie.

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    Louise Hardy

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Louise joined us in March 2017 having studied Animal Management at College gaining a Distinction*. She later trained for her Veterinary Care Assistant qualification at the College of Animal Welfare. In 2022 she was awarded Apprentice of the year at the Keighley and Airedale Business awards and then went on to qualify as registered Veterinary nurse in November. Louise has two Border Collies called Blitz and Benson and outside of work she enjoys going out for food, socialising with her friends, and going on holidays.

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    Rachel Smith

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    After thirteen years working as a childminder, Rachel decided a career change was on the cards! She worked at an animal charity for several years before joining our team in 2018, and loves that her job gives her the flexibility to spend time with her children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, horse riding and fostering cats for an animal charity.

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    Sam Collins

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

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    Sarah Kirk

    Veterinary Nurse

    RVN

    Sarah worked with us while completing her nursing training, and has a great deal of experience with animals, having previously worked at livery and stud yards and equine competitions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, cross-stitching, watching films, and looking after her dog, cats, chinchillas and corn snake.

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    Leah Lord

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Leah joined Aireworth in July 2020. She has been in the veterinary industry since 2018 as a receptionist, then animal nursing assistant and now as a student veterinary nurse, hoping to soon be a qualified registered veterinary nurse! Leah has a springer spaniel called Hunter and in her spare time enjoys going on walks and socialising with friends.

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    Leanne Oliver

    Student Veterinary Nurse

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Small Animal Nurse Assistant







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    Elysia Walker

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    Elysia joined our team in September 2023, after completing her Business Apprenticeship Course at Vets4Pets and gaining a distinction. She has always had a passion for the welfare of animals and has a special interest in the aftercare provided due to pet loss. In her spare time, Elysia likes to spend time with her grandparents, going to concerts!

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    Holly Misfud

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    Holly joined us as an animal nursing assistant in 2021, and enjoys learning about animal behaviour – especially when dogs are involved. When she’s not walking her own two rescue dogs, she also loves riding her pony, Ditto

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    Kelly Owlett

    Animal Nursing Assistant

    Kelly joined our team in 2015, and enjoys learning about canine behaviour and manning our Thursday evening puppy parties! She has a bearded collie called Ria and a border collie called Ted at home, and loves going on dog walks in the countryside and helping out at a local dog hydrotherapy pool.

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    Molly Christie

    Animal Nursing Assistants

    Molly joined the Aireworth team in 2022 after newly graduating in Animal Health and Welfare Bsc, as well as being presented with the RSPCA’s Farm Animal Welfare award. Molly has a Jackapoo called Charlie who loves long walks in the countryside. In her spare time Molly likes socialising with friends and photography. 

Small Animal Admin Team







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    Jenny Savage

    Clinical Manager

    BSc Hons RVN

    Jenny has been with us since graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006. After 10 years in our senior nursing team, she swapped her greens for office wear and took a foray into management, making sure everything runs smoothly! Outside of work, she is kept busy with her young family and enjoys baking, sewing and gardening.

     

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    Kylie Hargreaves

    Client Services Manager

    Kylie came to work for us in 2006 as a part time receptionist. She now manages the reception team & is our client services manager full-time dealing with insurance claims & client/account queries. Kylie has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Business Management with Liverpool University.

    When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, watching football & walking with her Cockerpoo Blue. She also has a rescue cat Mike, & a new addition to the family, her hand reared kitten, Stevie.

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    Nicola Lillie

    Reception Team Leader

    Nicola worked as an event organiser before becoming a full-time mum to two lovely children, and after a couple of years away she was itching to get back to the world of work. She joined our team in 2016 and hasn’t looked back! When she’s not at work, she loves nothing more than spending time with her family, going for long walks and going on holiday.

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    Adele Nasir

    Receptionist

    Adele joined us in 2009 as a part-time receptionist. After working for Inland Revenue for 25 years, she opted for a complete career change, made easier by her love of dogs! She has a keen interest in canine health and social skills, and now runs a home boarding service with her husband and foxhound, Skylar. Films and food help her relax after a long day.

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    Lauren Carpenter

    Receptionist

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    Megan Parry

    Receptionist

    Megan is from Yorkshire, and enjoys exploring the Yorkshire Dales and going on long walks with Ted her cocker spaniel. When Megan is not out enjoying the countryside she regular visit live music events and like to spend her weekends watching rugby with her dad.

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    Monica Broadley

    Receptionist

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    Sue Robertshaw

    Receptionist

    A life-long animal lover, Sue has always had cats and dogs and is the proud owner of a fostered basset hound named Jasper. She joined our reception team in 2015 and loves cooking, crocheting and growing her fruit and vegetables in her greenhouse in her spare time.

Equine Team

Equine Vets







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    Caroline Foalks

    Clinical Director

    BVetMed CertAVP(EP) MRCVS

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    Linda Greaves

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed BSc CertAVP MRCVS

    Linda grew up in Cheshire and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011, before working at an equine hospital and a mixed practice, where she developed a passion for dentistry, colic management and laminitis. She worked at a pharmaceutical company for two years before joining us, and is often accompanied by her cocker spaniel, Doug on visits.

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    Poppy Fennell

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS

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    Sandy Baird

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVMS CF MRCVS

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    Talya Beattie

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed MRCVS

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Equine Nurses







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    Anna Saul

    Senior Nurse

    BSc (hons), REVN, AVN

    Anna qualified as an equine vet nurse in 2008, and has since achieved a diploma in clinical veterinary nursing. A long-time horse owner, she has competed in various riding club activities in her time, and enjoys renovating her house, spending time with her family and taking photos at equine and canine events.

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    Steff Newton

    Student Equine Veterinary Nurse

    BSc (hons) MSc

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    Claire Keogh

    Large Animal Nursing Assistant

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Equine Admin Team







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    Abigial Eggleston

    Equine Admin Manager

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    Amanda Barrell

    Equine Administrator

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    Michelle Smith

    Equinel Administrator

    Michelle already had twelve years of experience in the veterinary sector under her belt before joining our team in 2019. A true animal lover, she shares her home with two Shih Tzus and two cats. Michelle enjoys gardening, reading, going to concerts, cooking and spoiling her children and granddaughter when they come home to visit her.

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    Sarah Noble

    Equine Administrator

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    Jo Butterell

    Equine Accounts Administrator

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Practice Support







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    James Credland

    VetTech & Maintenance

    R-SQP

    James joined us as a small animal nursing assistant in 2007, and later moved to worked in our equine and farm teams as a nursing assistant, before taking on his current VetTech and Maintenance role. Outside of work, he enjoys a range of outdoor activities, including camping, volunteering as a Scout leader, spending time with his family and Colliepoo Maggie