Vet Malton
Sarah Hunter Vet
Lucy Dyer Apprentice Veterinary Nurse
Meet the team

Edmund Collins

Founder & Managing Director

I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in July 1971. In the autumn of the same year I went to see racehorse veterinary work at Belmont and Aqueduct racetracks, and the New Bolton Centre. I came to the Malton area in February 1972 to work for Norman Chandler and Keith Schubert. I rode successfully as an amateur jockey, both in England and Ireland, until deciding to go and work for the Hong Kong Jockey Club in November 1979. From there I had the opportunity to travel extensively in Australasia. In January 1984 I returned to set up his own practice in Welburn Village. As the practice expanded we moved it to Castle Howard Sation in 1986. Those premises served us well until the move to the present premises in March 2006.

I takes a close interest in the clients' competition and racing results and regards their success partly as a measure of the Practice's performance.









Station House Building
Edmund Collins Vet

Catriona Moon BSc(Hons) BVSc CertAVP(EP) MRCVS


I graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool in 2008, having gained a BSc (Hons) in equine science in 2006 during an intercalated year at the University of the West of England. My first job was in large animal practice in Northumberland where I developed an interest in equine work. After 3 years I decided to concentrate on equine work and headed south to Dorset. March 2014 saw me returning north to join the team at Station House Vets and pursue my interest in working with equine athletes.

I am an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian and a 2* FEI Veterinarian for Endurance. After several years of hard studying fitted in around a full time job, followed by a nerve wracking panel examination in June 2015I was awarded a Certificate in Equine Practice by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Always one to investigate new avenues for keeping equine athletes on the road, 2016 I undertook further training in veterinary acupuncture and equine kinesiotaping.

Over the years I have competed in many equestrian disciplines but I gradually specialised in endurance, and represented Great Britain at European and World Endurance Championships 8 times, most recently at the World Equestrian Games in 2014.

Outside of work I am kept busy with my own and my horses’ fitness work. In any spare moments I enjoy getting out and about exploring the North Yorkshire countryside with my lovely lurcher, Tarka.!

Catriona Moon Vet

Lucy Nowell


I graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and a after stint volunteering with SPANA in Morocco spent 7 years working in a small animal and equine clinic in Surrey. I moved north in 2008 to join Station House Vets and now work primarily with small animals, but still enjoy forays into the countryside to see horses (at any hour) and get involved in cases at the practice. I have two sons, a cat, two rabbits and usually someone else’s dog to stay (there is always a dog bed in our kitchen). In my free time, I am outdoors as much as possible – running, walking, tiring out small children or gardening. I really enjoy all aspects of veterinary practice, and the range of species we see. I am currently studying for a certificate in advanced veterinary practice, which has necessitated an increase in my computer skills (and a lot of help from anyone younger in the practice) and am involved in veterinary nurse training. I am a member of a local veterinary committee for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association organising continuous professional development events for vets and nurses.

Lucy Nowell Vet

Sarah Hunter


I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2012 then spent a few months working for animal charities in Africa before starting work at a mixed practice in Scarborough. After four years of treating everything including penguins and cows I decided to concentrate on companion animals and horses, hoping to develop my skills and knowledge in these areas. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring the countryside with my Springer Spaniel Jasper, riding, playing squash or badminton and baking.

Michelle Graham

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am the registered nurse and qualified in 1998, since when I have worked in numerous practices around Yorkshire. I am married to Mark and have two energetic and fun-filled sons. We also have two much-loved pets, a fluffier than average cat and a highly enthusiastic Labrador. I joined Station House Vets in 2015 and enjoy all aspects of my job, but especially caring for the cats and dogs who spend time at the practice. I am continually developing my clinical skills as well as acting as a clinical tutor to students who are training at the practice.

By achieving the International Society of Feline Medicine’s standards as a “Cat Friendly Practice” I have a particular role as cat advocate, to ensure all cats who visit the practice have the best possible experience.

Anne Collins

Practice Development Manager

I graduated from University College London in (1971) and trained as a health service manager. Having held various management roles at New Cross and Guy's Hospital for 10 years I moved to York in 1984. I trained in organisational development and set up myown consultancy, Ordat Associates, in 1989.

All this experience came in handy when Edmund wanted to re-develop his practice premises. As a long term client of the practice, I was determined to make the premises and facilities as client friendly as possible. My current role is to support Edmund in dealing with burgeoning bureaucracy; keeping up the momentum of development; and generally making things happen.


Lorraine Laycock


I have been bookkeeper for the practice since 2011. Married to husband George and with a lurcher named Jet, we regularly go out for a little run, bike or swim and when I aren't on the move I love my garden and vegetable plot too.


Lynn Parkes

Office Team

I work four full days a week, and when I am not assisting with animal nursing, you will find me on reception helping with all aspects of office duties. Prior to working here, my background has been in racing, so I am very familiar with how racing yards operate. When not at work I enjoy horse riding, racing and walking.



In the summer, if we are lucky, Lynn brings in surplus home-grown vegetables from her garden.


Fran Ackerley

Office Team

I work part time as a receptionist and as a member of the admin team. As a farmer's daughter, I am familiar with livestock and horses. I am married to Simon, and we have three lively boys. I enjoy spending my spare time with my family and my animals.


Jackie Simpson

Office Team

I have worked with Horses most of my life, most of which was with Hunters but in my early working years I worked with Polo ponies, show-jumpers and a two year spell in racing. I later went to uni and got my AMTRA qualification which allows me to sell some vet medicines. And through this I have now recently joined Station House Vets.

When not at the practice I enjoy watching F1 and Rallying and climbing and ridge walking in the lakes. We have Chickens, cats and a parrot plus our veg garden to keep myself and Hubby busy.


John Welburn

Yard Man/Caretaker

I went straight from school to work on a farm in Thixendale until 2005, when Edmund asked me to come and work here, part-time, to help clear the site for the new practice. At first, I was mostly getting rid of rubbish and unwanted vegetation and planting grass seed on the newly landscaped site. I also cleaned and painted the stables.

Once the whole practice came to Teal House in 2006, they needed a full-time caretaker to live on the premises, so I moved in upstairs and I keep all the fields, grounds and stables clean and tidy and help with holding horses for the vets. In general, I am the 'jack-of-all-trades' at Teal House!

The reason the premises always look tidy is a tribute to John's hard work. He also keep hens and supplies us with delicious eggs.


Clare Brash


I came to work for Edmund back in the mists of time in 1989 and knew within 2 weeks that I would stay for the duration!

I had a sabbatical in Kentucky working for Rood and Riddle and then a spell working at Liverpool University to develop my skills. In 2008 I spent 2 years working with Battleflatts, the family busines, then returned in June 2010 to resume part time work on the equine side- my abiding passion. When not at work I am running a chaotic house with currently 108 animals and 4 boisterous, noisy and perpetually hungry sons...

Clare Brash Vet

Ellie Kift

Student Veterinary Nurse

Born and brought up in Kent I left the home comforts behind to pursue my aspirations here in beautiful North Yorkshire- and I couldn’t love it more. After finishing my A levels at Kings School, Rochester, I am now currently in the 3rd and final year of my FdSc in Veterinary Nursing at Askham Bryan College. Although I do miss home, and all my animals, I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful and supportive team to be around during my studies. Other than being surrounded by animals 24/7 I enjoy being in the great outdoors, socialising with friends, horse riding, sailing, swimming and occasionally rock climbing!

Michelle Graham Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lucy Dyer

Apprentice Veterinary Nurse

I have always loved animals since I was a child. I was so lucky that my family always had cats, dogs and horses, so I always had a ponies to ride.

I did my work experience at a small animal practice in Norton, so as soon as I left school I went straight to Askham Bryan, where, I must admit, I enjoy the practical work more than the book work!

I enjoy looking after animals and learning more each day as I go along. I want to qualify as an all-round veterinary nurse in a smaller practice, like here, where I get to know the clients and their animals, instead of working a bigger more anonymous, hospital set-up.

Ellie Kift Student Veterinary Nurse





















































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