• 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

Meat the team...

The 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Miss Rebecca Frost

    Rebecca Frost

    BVSc, MRCVS graduated Liverpool 2004

    Rebecca Frost qualified in 2004 from Liverpool University and has worked in a variety of companion animal practices including three years in New Zealand. She now lives in Bentham and owns three rabbits, Babette, Bert and Lyle and also has a feisty cat Mooney who she brought back from New Zealand.

    Beccy enjoys spending her spare time outdoors in the garden or in the beautiful local countryside. Her many outdoor pursuits include mountaineering, climbing and cycling but if forced to stay indoors she does enjoy bread making, singing and playing the recorder.

  • 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.

  • Mrs Sharon Leak

    Sharon Leak

    BVM&S, MRCVS graduated Edinburgh 2013

    Sharon completed most of her clinical 'on the job' training with Dalehead before graduating from Edinburgh University. She has worked in South Wales for the last 5 years and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a real passion for Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) and pain management. Sharon is also qualified in Veterinary Acupuncture and will be offering this service to Dalehead Clients.

    Sharon lives with her husband and 2 cats. She loves baking, crocheting, and quilting and loves zooming off  in their motorhome.

  • 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.

The Nursing Staff

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Office Team

  • Ms Emma Spence

    Emma Spence

    Practice Manager

    Joined us in October 2001 as a receptionist moving into the administration side of the practice in September 2003. Emma has worked in a variety of roles giving her a good all round working knowledge of the surgery and client requirements. She enjoys all aspects of her work and is a dedicated team leader putting the needs of the practice first.

    Out of work she enjoys trail running, hill walking, gardening and socialising with her friends. She has a rescue cat, Ava Mae and a terrier cross, Lucy.

  • 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 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 Jessica Johnston

    Jessica Johnston


    Jessica has worked at Dalehead since September 2008 and is an integral member of the administrative team. Returning to work part time after starting a family, Jessica deals with the banking, booking the vet's work onto the system for invoicing, credit control and account queries.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, swimming and running. 

  • Mrs Julie Craven

    Julie Craven


    Julie began working for Dalehead in 2002. She is very much a people person, always friendly and approachable, and has extensive experience in running the Companion Animal Reception for the practice. 

    In her spare time Julie enjoys spending time with her family, socialising, running and keep fit. 

  • 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 Elaine Kirkbride

    Elaine Kirkbride

    Receptionist, 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 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.

  • Mr Richard Jackson

    Richard Jackson


    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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