• 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

Vets and Staff

Farm Animal Vets

  • Mr Neil Roberts

    Neil Roberts

    BVSc, Cert SHP, DBR, MRCVS graduated Liverpool 1982


    Having been born and brought up in Settle Neil has been a director at Dalehead since 1987 working in the farm animal department. He has gained further specialist qualifications in sheep health and production (Cert SHP) and a diploma in bovine reproduction (DBR).

    He is the director with responsibility for drug purchasing and is always enthusiastic to work with farmers in the development of control strategies to prevent disease outbreaks through the correct, cost effective use of vaccines and other medications.

    When he isn't working Neil enjoys playing Rugby Fives, squash, cycling and running.

  • Mr John Marriott

    John Marriott

    BVetMed, MRCVS graduated London 1985


    John joined Dalehead as a new graduate and fell in love with the area, staying on to become a director in the business. His main interests are in cattle fertility, bull fertility testing with the use of the electro-ejaculator and herd and flock planning.

    In his spare time John enjoys cycling, walking and skiing.

  • Mr Russell Howarth

    Russell Howarth

    BVSc, MRCVS graduated Bristol 1996


    Russell worked for six months in North Wales before joining Dalehead where he worked until Foot and Mouth Disease struck the area in 2001. He returned to Dalehead in 2004 where his work  is principally general cattle work with an interest in cattle fertility, especially embryo transfer which he helped to pioneer within the surgery.


  • Mr Ian Illingworth

    Ian Illingworth

    BVM&S, Cert CHP, DBR, MRCVS, Advanced Practitioner Cattle Health and Production, graduated Edinburgh 2003


    Ian started his career at Bainbridge Vets in Hawes where he worked for two years before moving to a farm animal only practice in Wiltshire where he worked for six years. During that time he developed his interests in all areas of farm work especially cattle health and fertility. Ian has a certificate in Cattle Health and Production and believes in preventative medicine and young stock rearing for future potential.

    In his spare time Ian enjoys playing team sports, especially rugby which he has played since he was seven and in his quieter moments he also enjoys woodcarving.

  • Mrs Karen Swindlehurst

    Karen Swindlehurst

    BVMS, MRCVS graduated Glasgow 1991

    Karen Swindlehurst (nee Reid) 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. 

  • Miss Rebecca Howard

    Rebecca Howard

    Vet MB, MA, MRCVS graduated Cambridge 2015

    Originally from Herefordshire, Becky joins Dalehead after completing a year as a farm intern in Cambridge. She is particularly interested in beef cattle. Outside of work Becky is a keen walker, climber, runner and bog faller-inner! She is looking forward to working and living in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

  • Mr Andrew Linney

    Andrew Linney

    BVetMed, Cert.AVP, MRCVS graduated London 2010

    Andrew qualified from the RVC in 2010 and spent his first few years in a farm only practice in Somerset. In 2012 he moved North and spent four years in practice in Cumbria with Dairy, Beef and Sheep clients, in this time he completed a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. In 2016 with his focus on preventative medicine and disease control strategies he joined Elanco Animal Health as a Ruminant Technical Consultant, where he got the opportunity to visit farms around the UK and visit farms in America and Canada investigating transition cow management and dairy data analysis. Andrew joined the Farm Animal Department at Dalehead in January 2020. In his spare time Andrew enjoys spending time adventuring with his wife and daughter or out in the field with his two working Labradors and watching but no longer playing Rugby.

Farm Vet Tech

  • Miss Anna Ashworth

    Anna Ashworth

    RVN, R-SQP

    Anna joined the practice in 2014 with the aim of developing and improving the farm laboratory services offered, and providing the much needed role of Farm Vet Tech to help support the busy farm department. Her passion lies in promoting preventative healthcare strategies, helping farmers to achieve high levels of welfare and husbandry in both practical and cost effective ways.

    She has been instrumental in setting up the practice's Flock Club and Smallholder's Club and was awarded the prestigious honour of being named Petplan Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2018 for her work in promoting awareness of, and helping to reduce anthelmintic resistance on local farms.

    In her spare time (which is very little!) Anna runs her own flock of Texel cross Lleyn sheep and walking with her sheepdog Molly.


Farm Vet Tech Support

  • Ms Natalie Pattinson

    Natalie Pattinson


    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.  


  • 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.

Farm Support Team

  • Mrs Anne Carr

    Anne Carr

    Stores Manager and Farm Coordinator, L-SQP

    Anne joined the practice in January 2006 and has been responsible for running the farm department, allocating and co-ordinating work in the daybook, TB testing, and organising meetings as well as being the Stores Manager for this busy mixed practice. Anne oversees the ordering and stock control at Dalehead Veterinary Group, managing the day to day ordering and liaising with drugs companies and suppliers.

    She has an active social life being a member of a walking group, line dancing and socialising with her friends and family.

  • Miss Ruth Parker

    Ruth Parker

    Receptionist, K-SQP

    Joined the practice in 2012. Ruth is a born and bred 'Lancashire Lass' who crossed the Yorkshire border in 2010. She has a keen interest in farming and from a young age has helped and worked on the family farm in Goosnargh, Preston, rearing beef and fat lamb. Ruth now lives on a dairy and sheep farm in High Bentham and gets stuck into the farm work at any available moment.  Ruth is an experienced veterinary receptionist having worked in a mixed animal practice in Preston for just over five years before joining Dalehead. This gives her a good all round knowledge of the workings of a veterinary practice.

  • Miss Louise Thwaite

    Louise Thwaite


    Louise joined the practice in 2017 and came to us from an extensive background in customer care. She grew up on her family's dairy farm in Hellifield and lives with her partner on a sheep and beef farm. Louise has always been a keen farmer, especially at lambing time when she enjoys looking after poorly lambs, taking them under her wing and getting them back on their feet again!
    Louise is integral in providing support for the farm department, assisting in the dispensary, organising farm visits and dealing with administrative issues for the vets.

    In her spare time she loves walking her crazy cocker spaniel Honey, socialising with her friends and spending time with her family. 

  • Miss Karen Gardner

    Karen Gardner


    Karen joined the practice in June 2018. She is a local lass, growing up on her family's farm in Chapel-le-Dale, where she still enjoys helping out at lambing time. 

    Karen is a keen sportswoman, playing rounders and badminton, also cycling and swimming. At home she enjoys cooking and baking. She has a Jack Russell terrier called Pip.

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