We are able to offer 24 hour nursing for critical cases with a veterinary surgeon in attendance 24 hours a day every day of the year.



Meet our surgery staff:

Tom Clarke



Tom is a partner at Abbey House. He graduated from Cambridge in 1983 and has been in small animal practice ever since. He specialises in radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. He is also able to perform laparoscopic surgery which is less invasive than open surgery and results in reduced post-op pain and more rapid recoveries.

Lisa Davies

BVM&S., CertVOphthal., MRCVS


Lisa is a partner at Abbey House. She qualified in 1989 from the Royal Dick, Edinburgh and has worked in Leeds since that time. She gained a certificate in veterinary ophthalmology in 1996 and as well as consulting and operating from our Rothwell and Kippax branches she also sees ophthalmology referrals from other practices.

Neil E Palmer

BVSc, MSc (Clin Onc) MRCVS


Neil graduated from Liverpool University in 1987 and joined the veterinary team at Abbey House in November 2009. He has a particular interest in oncology cases and has a Masters degree in clinical oncology.

Justyna Ratczak



Justyna graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Warsaw Agricultural University, Poland, in 2001. She started working at Abbey House in October 2009 after spending 3 years working in another small animal practice in Leeds. Justyna is interested in internal medicine and looks after the inpatients in the hospital ward, her specialism however is in animal welfare and behaviour. She has a post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour counselling from The University of Southampton.


Laura Smith

B Vet Med, PG Cert SAM, MRCVS


Laura saw practice at Abbey House during her time at London University. She graduated in 2009 and joined our Veterinary Team in January 2010. Laura has the BSAVA Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

James Bost



James joined the practice in January 2015 following qualification from The University of Cambridge in 2014 and after spending time working for a charity in India neutering stray dogs.  James has completed extra study in small animal dentistry and has taken the lead with the dental work at the hospital in Morley where we have a newly refurbished dental suite and a new dental x-ray unit. He currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery.  

Roberta Bocedi

GP Cert (FelP), MVB, MRCVS


Roberta qualified from the University of Parma, Italy in 2004. Between 2007 & 2010 she worked in York before returning to Italy to become the joint owner of a small animal practice. Roberta joined the team at Abbey House in August 2015, she has an interest in feline medicine and holds the General Practitioner Certificate in Feline Practice.  

Evi Kalogirou



Evi joined the practice in January 2016, she graduated from the Univeristy of Thessaly in Greece. Following qualification she spent time working at the Hellenic Animal Society in Athens taking care of thousands of stray dogs and cats and since moving to the UK has been working at a veterinary hospital in North Yorkshire.  In Jan 2018 Evi started the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, in association with The University of Nottingham. 

Sabine Walti

Med vet, Dr med vet, MRCVS


Sabine has worked at Abbey House since October 2004. She currently works every Saturday at the hospital in Morley.

Jade Thorpe



Jade qualified as a veterinary surgeon from The University of Liverpool in 2015 and after a year of working in a corporate small animal practice in West Yorkshire she joined the Abbey House team in August 2016. Jade generally works from the Kippax clinic but does help cover at all the branches and the Morley hospital. Jade has an interest in veterinary medicine and also runs the puppy training classes from the Kippax clinic. She has two dogs, a Pomeranian and a Pomeranian cross Cavalier who both compete in Rally Obedience competitions. 

Alexandra Suciu 



Alex qualified from the University of Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in July 2017. During her six year degree course Alex helped at her local veterinary practice, then following qualification spent two months on a scholarship placement in Palma, Mallorca. Alex joined the veterinary team at Abbey House in February 2018 and is passionate about internal medicine, nutrition and gastrointestinal tract diseases. Alex has two cats who are 14 and 15yrs and two dogs a Vizla and German Shepherd.

Rob Douwes



Rob qualified Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1997. Following qualification he spent three years working in the Netherlands before moving to the UK in 2000. Rob has spent the last 10 years working in his own practice in York, before joining the Abbey House team for two days a week, in December 2017. He has an interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and has a post graduate GP certificate in small animal surgery.  Rob has a Border Collie called Olivia.   

Practice Manager

Jonathan Foster BA ACA

Assistant Practice Manager

Claire Turner RVN

HR Manager 

Nina Boddy (Assoc CIPD)

Maternity Leave

HR Manager

Clare McDermott (Assoc CIPD)

Maternity Cover 

Head Nurse

Jane White Cert Ed Cert SAN RVN

Jane is originally from Zimbabwe, she moved to the UK in 1978 and qualified in 1981.

After spending 12 years in small animal practice she left to teach veterinary nursing and animal care for 3 years.

After working in a small animal dental referral centre for 3 years, she joined Abbey House in 1996.

Deputy Head Nurse

Gillian Kerrod RVN


Gillian started her career at the age of 15 helping at her local veterinary practice after school and during holidays. She began her veterinary nurse training 3 years later working in a mixed animal practice.  She joined a small animal practice in Wakefield in 1991 and qualified in 1992.

Gillian joined Abbey House in 1993 as the practice nurse, since then her role has changed and she is now the deputy head nurse. She has a special interest in animal behaviour.


Assistant Senior Surgical Nurse 

Alex Taylor RVN 

Clinical Coach

Charlotte Dobson RVN D32/33


Charlotte joined the practice straight from school as a trainee veterinary nurse and went on to qualify in 1996. Charlotte spent the next five years as the senior surgical nurse at the Morley hospital. Since completing her D32/33 assessor training in 2000 Charlotte's role has developed in to that of clinical coach, supporting and training veterinary nurses to complete their Nursing Progress Log.

Oncology/Surgical Nurse 

Kirsty Chippendale Dip HE CVN, HE AVN, RVN

Kirsty completed a FdSc degree in Veterinary Nursing from Harper Adams University College in Shropshire in 2010. Kirsty worked as a senior veterinary nurse at a multi site practice in Halifax for four years before joining the team at Morley in July 2014. Kirsty has a 5year old Staffie x called Tye. Kirsty has the advanced diploma in veterinary nursing.


Practice/Medical Veterinary Nurses

Candice Dyson Dip HE CVN, Dip HE AVN, RVN

Laura Tyers RVN

Natalie Lawrence RVN



Morley Veterinary Nurses  

Sammy Rall RVN,

Fiona Newboult RVN,

Sarah Powell RVN,

Heather Bates RVN,

Stacey Andrews RVN

Branch Clinic Veterinary Nurses 

Stephanie Preston RVN,

Elaine Tappin Dip HE CVN, Dip HE AVN RVN

Lisa Barnard RVN


Steph, Elaine and Lisa are branch rota nurses which means she works at the Kippax, Rothwell and Morley clinics. Steph started at Abbey House in 2009, and completed her exams in July 2013. Elaine holds an advanced diploma in veterinary nursing. Lisa has recently qualifed as an RVN. 



Out of Hours Veterinary Nurses 

Fiona Hazell RVN Cert VN ECC,

Louise Chappell Cert ED, Dip HE CVN, Dip HE AVN RVN,

Emma Huffinley RVN,

Caroline Stell RVN  

Sarah Kitching RVN

Fiona Wilson RVN



Student Veterinary Nurses

Natalie Tabisz 2nd year student 

Becky Lucas 2nd year student

Jenna Carrick RVN

Nicole McCrory 1st year student 

Kersha Bowness 1st year student

Laura Rose Trainee



Head Receptionist

Debbie Allaway

Senior Receptionists

Heather Turnbull

Maureen Rotherforth

Marie Senior

Amy Barrass

Morley Reception Team

Tracey Daniel

Diane Waterhouse

Karen Sharples

Lucy Arundel

Joanne Reed

Rachel Court RVN

Beverley Schofield

Abigail Marsden

Grace Forse


Morley Dispensing Team

Ruth Tiffany

Ann-Marie Ganley

Zoe Davidson

Anna Walton


Laboratory Technicians

Dianne Johnson

Alice Reynolds

Insurance Claims Team 

Clare Barnhill RVN 

Sam Lister RVN

Dorianne Norris

Driver and Cleaning Supervisor