• Settle Surgery

    Station Road
    Settle BD24 9AA

  • Bentham Branch Clinic

    Main Street
    High Bentham LA2 7LE

  • Gisburn Farm Office

    BB7 4ES

T: 01729 823 538

E: info@daleheadvetgroup.co.uk

RCVS Accredited

Vets and Staff

Companion Animal Vets

  • Mr Guy Bolger

    Guy Bolger

    BVSc, MRCVS, GP Cert SAP graduated Liverpool 1985


    Guy Bolger leads our Companion Animal Department. Having worked in mixed practice since 1985, Guy now focuses exclusively on small animal work, with special interest in all areas of small animal medicine and surgery. He holds the General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Practice.

    Guy is committed to providing the very best first opinion veterinary service to the pets and pet owners of our wide local area, from our surgeries in Settle and Bentham. This includes our own on-call out of hours emergency service to all our registered clients.

    Married with two children, Guy lives in Selside, with dogs, cats, hens and Ryeland sheep. In his spare time he enjoys fell walking, garden-making, music, and when time allows, the odd game of tennis and golf.

  • Mrs Karen Swindlehurst

    Karen Swindlehurst

    BVMS, MRCVS graduated Glasgow 1991

    Karen graduated from Glasgow in 1991 and has returned to work at Dalehead Veterinary Group, having worked here previously between 1994 and 2004.

    Karen is an experienced farm vet with special interest in herd and flock planning, health schemes and herd and flock disease monitoring. She also has a strong background in companion animal work with a keen interest in the surgical aspects of the role. 

  • Ms Lianne Butler

    Lianne Butler

    BVSc, MRCVS graduated Bristol 2008

    Born and bred in a small village just outside Harrogate Lianne is a genuine Yorkshire lass. After graduating from Bristol in 2008 and spending three years working in rural Lincolnshire, followed by a year travelling and working Australia she was very happy to come back to the Dales to work in Dalehead's small animal department.

    Lianne enjoy tennis, running, riding and is owned by two very boisterous Labradors - Harvey and Keith. 

  • Mrs Hollie Southey

    Hollie Southey

    BVSc, MRCVS graduated Bristol 2016

    Hollie joined the practice in November 2020 having relocated from a busy mixed practice in Derbyshire where she worked after graduating from Bristol in 2016. She has a keen interest in all aspets of veterinary work, particularly small animal surgery.

    Outside of work Hollie is kept busy by her Labrador and two naughty cats!

  • Miss Megan Pearson

    Megan Pearson

    BVMSci, fCMgr, MRCVS graduated Surrey 2021

    Megan graduated from the University of Surrey in 2021. She has a keen interest in all areas of small animal practice, particularly surgery.
    Outside of work, Megan enjoys fine food, good company and spending time in the countryside with the dogs.

Companion Animal Nurses

  • Mrs Katherine McNamee

    Katherine McNamee

    RVN, Head Nurse

    Katherine joined Dalehead in 2000 as a trainee nurse and after completing her training with us has risen to the role of Head Nurse. Her cheerful persona, friendly nature and enthusiasm for all things to do with veterinary nursing make her the perfect candidate for the job. Kat's main interest lies in the consultation and nurse clinic areas, building a good rapport with the clients and their animals, she also processes the companion animal insurance claims.

    Kat is a keen horsewoman and spends a good deal of her free time eventing when she not out with her labrador, Bramble.

  • Mrs Tracy Thurstan

    Tracy Thurstan


    Joined us as a full time qualified nurse in 2001 but after starting a family she now works three full days per week. Tracy enjoys the surgical aspect of veterinary nursing and studying behavioural problems in companion animals. She has a whole host of animals at home ranging from her dog Tally pictured here to two tortoises, Tommy and Tallulah. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys camping with her family and friends.

  • Ms Natalie Pattinson

    Natalie Pattinson

    RVN, CertVNECC

    Natalie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016 and joined Dalehead in March 2017. She enjoys all aspects of the role but especially  inpatient care, feline patients, critical care and laboratory work.

    In her spare time Natalie enjoys walks with her beautiful Gordon Setter, Eva and immersing herself in television crime series.  


  • Mrs Glenys Sedgwick

    Glenys Sedgwick

    RVN, R-SQP

    Glenys is originally from Hawes but spent many years in the Penrith area where she did her nurse training in a mixed rural practice. She continued to work at this practice for a number of years before marrying and moving to Burton-in-Lonsdale to be with her husband who farms in this area.

    In her spare time Glen enjoys hill walking with her dog,spending time on the farm and generally being outdoors.

  • Miss Lizzy Elliott

    Lizzy Elliott

    Veterinary Nursing Assistant

    Lizzy has a strong background in animal care and is passionate about animal welfare. She is currently training to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

    In her spare time, Lizzy enjoys tending her small flock of Texel sheep, horse riding, walking with her dogs and caring for the various family pets.

Companion Animal Support

  • Miss Alison Younger

    Alison Younger

    Companion Animal Co-Ordinator

    Having previously worked at the practice, Ally returned to Dalehead in 2017 and is thrilled to rejoin the team as Companion Animal Co-ordinator. 

    Ally is a real people person and is especially looking forward to meeting all of the clients as well as their lovely pets. She has an extensive background in management, customer service and companion animal nutrition.
    Born and bred in the Dales and coming from a sheep hill farming family, Ally feels like she is coming home. Queen of hobbies, outside work she enjoys dance, music, reading, sewing, walking, swimming and is passionate about all things 'foodie', loving to cook. She loves spending time with her family and friends and has an adorable house rabbit 'Spuggs' on whom she dotes.

  • Mrs Elaine Kirkbride

    Elaine Kirkbride

    Companion Animal Administrator, C-SQP

    Elaine is a local girl and has lived in the area all of her life. She joined the practice in 2016 coming from an extensive background in customer service roles. She quickly made herself indispensable in the dispensary and currently manages the companion animal stock ordering as well as many other administrative duties such as co-ordinating the Dalehead Healthy Pet Club and processing insurance claims.
    In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and zumba, and reading. She owns (or is owned by) her cat T.C. O'Hooligan who rules the roost at home!

  • Miss Lucy Dean

    Lucy Dean

    Companion Animal Administrator

    Lucy joined the Practice in 2019 initially as an Auxilliary Nursing Assistant helping the Farm Vet Tech on visits and processing worm egg counts in the laboratory, and also assisting the Companion Animal Nurses in their day to day work. She now moves into the Companion Animal Reception Team working on front desk at both our Settle and Bentham surgeries.

    Lucy grew up locally on her parent's farm and has a keen interest in all aspects of farming life. When not helping out on the family farm, Lucy enjoys walking her Border Collie dogs Floss and Reg. 

  • Miss Harriet Robinson

    Harriet Robinson

    Companion Animal Administrator

    Harriet joined the practice in 2021 and comes from an extensive background in customer relations in the hotel sector. She grew up locally on a farm and has been working with animals from a young age so making the move to join our reception team seemed like an ideal opportunity to combine her love for animals with her client communication skills.

    In her spare time Harriet enjoys going to the gym and excercising, as well as spending time with her horse and competing. She has a miniature Dachschund called Minnie who thinks she is a sheepdog and loves to round up sheep!

  • Mr Richard Jackson

    Richard Jackson

    Companion Animal Administrator

    Rick joined the practice in June 2019 and is primarily responsible for running the Bentham branch surgery. He has lived in the area for 17 years in Low Bentham with his family and three dogs and two cats.

    In his spare time Rick enjoys reading non-fiction and playing the electric guitar in local bands.

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