To make an appointment at the surgery, or for out of hours and emergency calls
please telephone: 01347 838888

About Us

We are a friendly, independent veterinary practice, providing veterinary care to both equine and small animals.

Our small but dedicated team is committed to providing the best possible veterinary care, and will treat your animals as if they were their own. Our vets have many years experience, and enjoy getting to know you and your animals to provide individual and personalised care.

Our practice at Flawith is fully equipped with operating theatre for both horses and small animals, in-house blood analysis machines, stables and stocks, kennels including isolation, digital X-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy.

We are proud to provide our own out of hours service – one of our vets is always available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Malcolm Whitehead

Malcolm owns the practice with Joyce, and is our equine clinical lead. He graduated from Cambridge University. He has a wealth of experience, and has a particular interest in ophthalmology, and holds a certificate in equine practice. Malcolm also worked for 6 years as a Practice Standards Inspector, which involves ensuring the highest standards in veterinary practices across the country.

Joyce Whitehead

Joyce owns the practice with Malcolm, and is our small animal clinical lead. Joyce is a Glasgow graduate, and is an incredibly experienced vet. There is not much she has not seen before! She particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery and interesting medicine cases. Outside of work Joyce is kept busy looking after her three dogs, Fergus, Phoebe and Clarrie.

Debbie Brown

Debbie has worked at Galtres for many years, and now works for us part time, spending the rest of her time with her family in Derbyshire. Debbie has many years experience and enjoys both small animal and equine work, and has particular interest in equine lameness work-ups. Outside of work Debbie is kept busy looking after daughter Abbie, and looking after her horse Douglas.

Emily Beachill

Emily is originally from Thirsk, and after graduating from Nottingham University spent a short while working on the Yorkshire coast, before returning to home to work at Galtres. Emily enjoys both equine and small animal, and has particular interests in equine gastroscopy and gastric ulcers, and small animal medicine. Outside of work Emily has a very naughty cat called KitKat, who was hand-reared from a kitten at the surgery, and a very spoilt cavalier King Charles spaniel called Winston!

Lucy Mechie

Lucy has worked for Galtres for many years, and after a short stint away having her children, she is now back working for us part time. Lucy is very experienced in both equine and small animals. She holds a certificate in Equine Internal Medicine, and performs our equine anaesthetics. She also has a particular interest in racehorse work. Outside of work Lucy is kept busy with her 2 children Hew and Willow, and a selection of racehorses and ponies!

Cara McNeill

Cara graduated from Glasgow University in 2023 but is originally from Nottingham. She is passionate about small animal medicine but is enjoying being out on the road visiting horses too. Outside of the veterinary practice she is busy raising her Border Terrier puppy, Bertie. A fun fact about Cara is that both her parents are vets and were in the year below Joyce at vet school!

Chloe Reeve

Chloe graduated from Liverpool University in 2023. She has moved to Yorkshire after growing up in Derby. She has a particular interest in equine work such as investigating lameness but loves nothing more than a small animal abscess!! Outside of work she is kept busy with her horse, Holly and 2 dogs, Alfie and Teddy.

Monday-Friday 8:30-18:30, and Saturday 9:00-12:00.
Emergency/Out of hours Number
Telephone: 01347 838888
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Galtres Vets,
Flawith, Alne,
North Yorkshire,
YO61 1SF

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