• 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

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 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 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. 

  • 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.

  • Miss Rachel James

    Rachel James

    BVMed Sci, BVM BVS, MRCVS graduated Nottingham 2020

    Rachel grew up on a beef and sheep farm near Slaidburn and has had a keen interest in farm veterinary from a young age. She spent time during her clinical rotations at university working with the vets at Dalehead and after graduating from Nottingham university in 2020 she joined the farm team here at the practice. She has already made a name for herself as an enthusiastic and capable farm vet and is keen to help move the department forward.  

    Outside of work Rachel enjoys running and walking in the countryside with her dog, baking lots of tasty cakes and runs a small flock of sheep.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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

  • Miss Karen Gardner

    Karen Gardner

    Vet Tech Assistant

    Karen joined the practice in June 2018 working in the office environment both on front desk and in an administrative capacity. 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. When the opportunity came up to work alongside Farm Vet Tech Anna Ashworth to progress the services offered to our farm clients she jumped at the chance. Karen is now training to become an SQP for both farm and companion animal medicines.

    Karen is a keen sportswoman, playing rounders and badminton, cycling and swimming. She also enjoys hill walking in the beautiful countryside surrounding her home, as well as cooking and baking. 

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.

  • 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 Ruth Parker

    Ruth Parker

    Farm Animal Administrator, 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

    Farm Animal Administrator, K-SQP

    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 April 2022 she qualified as a K-SQP and is able to advise on POM-VPS products for farm and companion animals.

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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