Tel: Helmsley or Kirkbymoorside - 01439 771166 or Pickering - 01751 472204 


We are a friendly, close-knit team with thirteen vets, eleven nurses, six receptionists and two housekeepers. 

Always striving to be the best 
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme 
We are proud to have completed both Large and Small animal sections to be accredited with Tier 2 status. Here is a quote from out last report: 
"...the practice appeared to be well organised and made proper use of staff qualifications. There was excellent client communication on both sides [large and small animal] of the practice. The whole impression was of a well organised and happy unit from the top down." 
Investors in People 
We are pleased to provide a friendly and supportive workplace for our staff. Here is an extract from the report by Investors in People: 
"At the heart of the business, there lie very strong values and ethics which are shared by everyone and are led from the top. Animal care and empathy with the clients are of utmost importance to everyone working in the Practice... the strong emphasis on customer care and compassion... represent how you do business and what's important to everyone working for the business." 


Our team of veterinary surgeons have over 10 individual nominations for Pet Plan “Vet of the Year” in the last 3 years! 

Laura Moxon MA Vet MB MRCVS 
Vet and Director. Joined in 2001 
After qualifying in Cambridge, Laura returned to her home county of North Yorkshire. She worked at one other local practice before moving here. 
Laura is mainly involved in the small animal side of the practice. She is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery, oncology, feline medicine and ultrasound diagnostics. She plays an important role in practice management, including the Royal Veterinary College Practice Standards Scheme. 
At home Laura spends most of her time with her husband, three young children and three cats. She enjoys growing vegetables, cooking and cake decorating. 
Katie Longmire BVMS GPCert(WVA&CPM) MRCVS 
Vet and Director. Joined in 2003 
Katie graduated from Glasgow University. She completed an Acupuncture course in 2005 and later studied Herbal Medicine. Katie completed a Certificate in Chronic Pain and Acupuncture in 2015. She is also very interested in physiotherapy, pet nutrition and behaviour. 
Out of work Katie enjoys gardening and is an avid walker along with her faithful dog Stig. Katie can also be found driving along the county's roads on her less faithful trike! 
Helen Cockerill BVSc DBR MRCVS 
Large animal Vet. Joined in 2006 
Helen graduated from Liverpool University and quickly specialised in farm animal work, particularly cattle. In 2010 she completed a farm practice residency and a Diploma of Bovine Reproduction at Liverpool University. 
Helen is keen to be at the forefront of cattle practice techniques and current thinking. She specialises in beef herd health, dairy mastitis and control of bovine infectious disease, with particular involvement of CHeCS ( schemes. She is especially interested in bull genetics and breeding examination. 
Outside of work Helen has a lively terrier, Widget, and runs a busy beef farm with her husband. 
Vet. Joined in 2003 
Gill has been with the practice since graduating from Edinburgh University and is experienced in all aspects of mixed practice work. She is particularly interested in opthalmology. Her children Mabelle and Theo and a menagerie of dogs, goats, sheep and chickens keep her busy at her home in Pickering. 
Vicky Backhouse BVetMed MRCVS 
Vet. Joined in 2009 
Vicky graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2008 and then spent a year in practice on the farms of Devon. She enjoys dealing with both small and large animal cases, and has developed a particular interest in cytology and microscope work. 
At home with her husband Luke and young daughter Evelyn, she has a much pampered tom cat called Boag. As well as being an avid reader, her cake and sweet baking skills are renowned among the practice staff! 
Liz Curtis BSc BVMS MRCVS 
Vet. Joined in 2011 
Liz completed a degree in zoology before graduating from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2010. She is from a farming background in the borders where she owned her own sheep flock from the age of 17. She enjoys all aspects of mixed practice. She is particularly interested in sheep and health planning. 
In her spare time Liz enjoys traveling, eating and has a special enthusiasm for ceilidh dancing the Scottish way! Her and her husband Dave are keen cinema-goers, and are always off to see the latest release. 
Emily Farrow BVetMed MRCVS 
Vet. Joined in 2014 
Emily graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and started an internship in farm animal health and production. Emily is particularly interested in herd health and young-stock production. 
Outside of work Emily enjoys team sports especially hockey, and is a keen violinist. Since moving to the area she has acquired two lovely silver tabby kittens. 
Rachel Gulliver BVSc MRCVS 
Large Animal Vet. Joined in 2016 
Rachel joined the practice as a large animal vet in April 2016. She moved into the area from Stokesley with her partner Will and Cocker spaniel Bert after deciding to concentrate on large animal veterinary work. Rachel particularly enjoys herd health planning and bovine fertility work and is the editor of our large animal newsletter which is sent out monthly. 
Outside of work, Rachel spends her time walking Bert, playing the piano badly (her words!),and baking. 
She is busy planning her wedding for 2018 and buying a house. 


We are proud to have a great support team including a Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year! 
Anna Tilley RVN SQP 
Senior Nurse. Joined in 2009 
Anna has been in veterinary nursing since 1997, and qualified as an RVN in 2005. She was recognised as the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2007. Anna plays an active role in nurse training and as clinical coach to our student veterinary nurse. She is particularly interested in pet nutrition and behaviour and regularly runs popular free puppy parties and weight clinics. 
Despite being a self confessed dog person, Anna has three cats! All of her cats were rescue animals, and two she hand reared as new born kittens. An avid reader, she also enjoys cycling and spending time with her family and friends. 
Nancy Hudson RVN SQP 
Senior Nurse. Joined in 1997 
As our longest standing member of staff, Nancy knows the clients and practice better than anyone! She qualified as an RVN in 2006, and has a strong interest in rabbit health and welfare developed from the love of her own pet rabbits. 
At home, alongside her rabbits, Nancy has a menagerie of animals - from hens to sheep to cats and a dog! She also enjoys walking and eating out. 
Kerry Stonehouse RVN SQP 
Nurse. Joined in 2002 
Kerry studied for her nursing qualification with us and successfully qualified as an RVN in 2008. Her work interests include a strong liking for diagnostics, and has a particular interest in laboratory techniques and radiography. 
Mandy Butterworth RVN 
Nurse. Joined in 2006 
Brought up on the family farm, Mandy is well used to dealing with stock. She worked in the leisure industry for 7 years doing everything from climbing to rafting. Mandy qualified as an RVN in August 2012. 
Mandy has returned to work after having twins in January 2015. She also has a Labrador called Annie. 
Abigail Nichols RVN 
Nurse. Joined in 2016 
Abbie started at the practice towards the end of her nursing degree in 2016 and since qualified as a RVN in July 2016. She has a particular interest in surgical nursing and also runs the very popular free puppy parties held at the practice. 
Outside of work, Abbie enjoys walking her Cocker Spaniel Socks, as well as helping her Dad with his 5 Siberian Huskies. 
Emily Schneider  
Student Vet Nurse. Joined in 2012 
Emily has been at the practice since 2012 and is now in her 2nd year of her veterinary nurse qualification. Emily enjoys being in theatre assisting with procedures and going out on farm visits to assist with caesarians. 
Emily has 3 dogs, Snoopy, Max and Monty who take up a lot of her time outside of work when shes not studying. 
Emily enjoys horse riding and socialising with her friends and partner Chris. She loves travelling abroad and has America, Cuba and New Zealand on her to visit list. 
Lauren Holmes 
Student Vet Nurse. Joined in 2015 
Lauren joined the practice on a voluntary basis in 2015 while undertaking her pre veterinary nursing qualification. She fitted in so well, that the practice kept her on to undertake her full nurse training qualification here. She is now in her 2nd year and should hopefully be fully qualified in 2018. Lauren likes intensive care nursing and supporting patients on their recovery. 
Lauren owns a pretty palomino pony 'Crunchie' and has a dog called Charlie. Lauren enjoys riding Crunchie, walking Charlie and eating out. 
Katie Bower  
Student Vet Nurse. Joined in 2017 
Kate has always wanted to be a veterinary nurse and is starting her pre veterinary nurse course at Askham Bryan College in September 2017. 
At home she has a cat named Loki and Labrador Odin. She enjoys taking Odin to scent training class and out for walks and is a keen baker.. 
Fiona Vance 
Practise Manager & Director 
Joined in 2001 
Fiona first started with us as a nurse. Fiona completed her Diploma in Business Management in 2013. She now has the role of Practice Manager, keeping the practice running on a daily basis and generally keeping everyone in line! 
She has two children and dogs at home. At weekends you can find her spending time with her kids and showing their pony and also enjoys watching her son play cricket. 
Becky Reynolds SQP 
Receptionist. Joined in 2008 
Becky has had extensive experience with a variety of animals having worked on pig, duck, sheep and dairy farms and also at a racing stables. She also holds a National Diploma in Agriculture passed with distinction, and is a registered SQP (Suitably Qualified Person). 
Away from work Becky enjoys spending time with her friends, family and son Josh. She has two dogs, two budgies, a canary and a horse which she enjoys riding and showing. 
Sam Wright 
Receptionist. Joined in 2014 
Sam says the favourite parts of her job are talking to the pet owners and cuddling the puppies! 
Outside of work she lives with husband Joni, son Oliver and daughter Poppy. She is besotted with her dogs, French Bulldog Peppa, and St. Bernard Ted! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching her son competing in go-karting. 
Anita Horner 
Housekeeper. Joined in 2015 
Anita joined Eastgate Vets in November 2015 as our housekeeper, and is a truly valued member of our team. She is always busy keeping the practice clean, tidy and restocked as well as keeping the vets fuelled up with tea. 
Outside of work Anita enjoys walking and swimming, and spending time with her family. She has a German Shepherd named Jess who keeps her busy at home. 
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