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Meet the Team

Our Vets

  • Malcolm Whitehead  Malcolm graduated from Cambridge University in 1983,  has been in equine work ever since. He moved back to Yorkshire in 1987 and became senior partner in 1997. He has attained a postgraduate Certificate in Equine Practice by examination, and is widely experienced in all areas of equine veterinary medicine. He has a particular interest in equine stud medicine, and is our Equine Clinical Lead. He is also embarking on a certificate in Ophthalmology. When not working, he is a keen fisherman. He has also recently been appointed as a practice inspector for the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, which involves him visiting practices all over the country to assess them. 
  • Joyce Whitehead - Joyce qualified from Glasgow University in 1983, and became a partner in 1997. She is the small animal clinical lead, and has a well deserved reputation in the area as a highly competent and experienced professional.  She has a particular interest in small animal medicine cases, but also enjoys surgery. Her leisure interests include reading, walking cycling and cookery, in addition to looking after Malcolm and their two grown up children, and the family pets. 
  • Debbie Brown - Debbie joined us in 2003 having previously worked in Lincolnshire and Cleveland following her graduation from Liverpool University in 1996. Debbie owns her own dog and horses and rides as much as work allows. Her conscientious and caring attitude has made her a very popular member of our team. Since her marriage, she divides her time between working for us and family life in Derbyshire. Debbie has recently returned from maternity leave and is combining part time work with looking after baby Abbie. 
  • Lucy Mechie -  Lucy joined us in 2011, having previously worked in a large equine and small animal practice in Essex. However, coming originally from Otley, she felt the need to return to her roots in magnificent Yorkshire! Another horse owner and keen rider, she has proved to be an extremely capable and well liked member of the practice. She is currently studying for a certificate in Equine Medicine. Her husband Neil is also a vet, working at Middleham. Lucy has recently returned from maternity leave and is busy looking after her daughter Willow when not at work. 
  • Dani Johnson - Dani joined the practice in October 2015, having graduated from Liverpool University. She is settling in well in Yorkshire, despite being from the South East of England originally! Dani enjoys both equine and small animal cases, and has a particular interest in Equine dentistry. She has proved to be a popular and able team member already.  In her spare time has taken up riding again, and is exploring Yorkshire. 
  • Sarah Mosley - Sarah joined us in 2016, initially to cover Lucy's maternity leave, but we have persuaded her to stay for now!  Sarah is a North Yorkshire native, and following her Veterinary degree at Bristol University, she spent a couple of years in Wales before  the lure of Yorkshire overcame her.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running and triathlons. 

Practice Staff


  • Mary Morgan - Mary has been at the surgery even longer than Malcolm! As our Practice Manager, she is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the business, and is the person to contact in the event of any account queries.  She is a keen gardener, and also enjoys keeping fit, researching her family history, and helping to look after her young grandson. 

The Nursing Team

  • Celia Carr - Celia joined the practice in late 2016, working part time as head Veterinary Nurse.  Celia has worked in several practices in the area and is a very experienced nurse.  In addition to working with the animals in the practice, Celia is involved in assisting with Vet Nurse training. 
  • Emma Tibbett -  Emma is currently training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse and is supported by Askham Bryan College. As well as learning by experience at the practice, she also undergoes formal training from Joyce.  She also somehow finds time to ride regularly, and competes successfully at showjumping on most weekends.
  • Sarah Kaye - Sarah joined us in 2008,  and works as a Veterinary Care Assistant, caring for both horses and small animals. She is also the computer 'whizzkid' and keeps us organised. When not working, she is usually to be found with family and friends, and enjoying free time cooking and walking.   Sarah has achieved (with flying colours)  her Level 2 diploma Veterinary Care Assistant qualification, which she is putting to good use in the practice. Sarah is currently on maternity leave looking after baby Grace. 
  • Carol Morrison - Carol has been at the practice since 2008,  and is our receptionist and also assists with patients of the practice. Her leisure interests revolve largely around exercise, as Carol is a keen athlete. She is very involved with Thirsk Running Club and has done the London Marathon, but now most enjoys fell running and triathlons. 
  • Liz Darley - Liz joined us in 2014 and works as a receptionist and as a nursing assistant with the horses and small animals.  Liz has horses of her own including the well known Big Ted, her prized Clydesdale who is a ride and drive horse. She has now acquired another two Clydesdales for both riding and driving, as well as looking after her two young daughters and their ponies! 
  • Joan Cattley - Joan has been a client of the practice for many years, and came to work for us in 2016 to cover maternity leave.  Joan is a nursing assistant and receptionist and works part time.  When away from work she enjoys walking her collie, riding her horse and looking after her family! 
  • Mog - Mog is a very important part of the practice, she is the surgery cat. As well as vital rodent control in the stables, she likes to patrol and supervise the equine inpatient facilities, and sometimes allows us to give some gentle affection. She came to us as a stray heavily pregnant, and after having her kittens it was established that she has a major heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot) so she just stayed! 
  • The most important job of all our indispensable staff, of course, is to sort out four disorganised and untidy veterinary surgeons!