• 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 Veterinary Surgeons

  • 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 partner at Dalehead since 1987 working mainly 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 partner with the most 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


    Joined us as a new graduate staying on to later become a partner 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 walking, skiing and cycling.

  • 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.

    'Having recently acquired Interherd I am eager to develop a greater awareness of ‘unseen' problems on farms, in particular with regards to mastitis and fertility.'

  • 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 gained his certificate in Cattle Health and Production this summer 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.

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.

  • Mrs Anna Ashworth

    Anna Ashworth

    RVN, R-SQP, Vet Tech

    Anna qualified as an RVN in 2010, spending time backpacking around Thailand, Australia and New Zealand before returning to work in mixed practice. Anna enjoys nursing care of the hospitalised patient and is particularly interested in internal medicine, pharmacology and laboratory diagnostics.

    She attained her AMTRA R-SQP status in 2017 gaining straight A's in all her exams. An SQP, or animal medicines advisor, is a category of professionally qualified persons who are entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. 

    Away from work Anna farms sheep with her partner Michael and enjoys taking her border collie Molly for walks in the local countryside - she is also keen on baking and jam making.

  • 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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