Meet the Station House Vets Team

Who we are and a little bit about us

Edmund Collins

Edmund Collins

BSc(Hons) BVSc CertAVP(EP) MRCVS (RTD)

 

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 my own practice in Welburn Village. As the practice expanded we moved it to Castle Howard Station in 1986. Those premises served us well until the move to the present premises in March 2006.

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

Lucy Nowell

Lucy Nowell

BA. Vet, MB, MRCVS

 

Vet

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.

Clare Brash

Clare Brash

BVet Med, MRCVS

 

Vet

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 business, 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...

 

Catriona Moon

Catriona Moon

BSc(Hons), BVSc, Cert AVP(EP), MRCVS

 

Vet

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!

Sarah Hunter

New Team

Member

 

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Michelle Graham

Vicky Williams

BVM&S MRCVS

 

Vet

After completing my degree at The Royal (Dick)Veterinary College in Edinburgh I worked in mixed practice for one year before moving to Yorkshire to work for Edmund at Station House Vets in 2005. I worked at Station House until 2015, covering both equine and small animal  work. In 2015 I moved to a small animal practice in York, where I worked for 3.5 years along with performing some locum work at  out of hours emergency clinics, which increased my small animal skills and knowledge. I  have recently returned to Station House Vets as a small animal vet.

I enjoy all aspects of internal medicine and soft tissue surgery and am working towards as certificate in advanced veterinary practice through Liverpool University. Along with Lucy I am a member of the regional committee for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, organising continuous professional development events for vets and nurses and keeping up to date with developments in the profession.

Outside of work I am kept busy with my 2 children, dog, cat and 2 guinea pigs and enjoy being outside, biking running or gardening.

Michelle Graham

Karolina Szczecina

RVN

 

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from College of Animal Welfare in Leeds. I previously trained and worked in a few different small animal veterinary practices including a busy animal hospital. I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing especially emergency and critical care, surgical nursing and patient care. I enjoy learning new skills and increasing my knowledge while working alongside the other professionals.

When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family and friends. I have two gorgeous little boys, plus a dog and cat. In my free time I like outdoor sports, however when the weather is bad I enjoy watching movies and reading books.

Lucy Dyer

New Team

Member

 

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Ellie Kift

Gabby Wright

 

Student

Veterinary Nurse

I am currently in my second year of my FdSc Veterinary Nursing Degree at Askham Bryan College. Looking after animals has always been something I’ve wanted to do, and It’s something I find very rewarding, having grown up with them all my life. I particularly enjoy working with small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits and of course dogs! I love learning new things everyday at the practice and am really enjoying gaining more equine experience. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, walking my dog and seeing my friends.

 

Lynn Parkes

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.

Rosie Cooper

I'm a part time receptionist with the practice, and also provide admin support to other team members. I'm fairly new to the practice but, have a love of animals in particular dogs and horses, this is a roll I'm thrilled to be in.

I have a strong background in administration work, having provide many years of payroll and HR support to some established local companies.

At home I am lucky enough to have space for a variety of pets, I have chickens, goats, ponies and a dog. Looking after the animals, and the guests in our holiday cottages, keeps me very busy when I'm not at work. When I do get some spare time, I like to spend it riding my pony and walking my dog.

Rosie Cooper

 

Office Team

Rose James

Rose James

 

Office Team

I'm a part time receptionist within the practice and have previous experience in the racing industry for the past 3 years. Prior to this I have a track record in admin and accounts.

My passion is my horses,  I have two ex racehorses and one retired warm blood, I enjoy riding and on the occasional Sunday join up  with the High Moor Blood Hound where we pursue a very fit fell runner over the high moors.!

I also have a black Labrador (Bobby) and a cat (Ernie) which keep me very busy.

Lorraine Laycock

Lorraine Laycock

 

Bookkeeper

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.

 

John Welburn

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.

Michelle Graham
Ellie Kift
Rose James
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