I’m Eric – following in my predecessors footsteps Ronnie – gone but NEVER forgotten! I’d like to introduce you all to my team at Towerwood, but first a little bit about me as I’m by far the most important person here!
I came to Towerwood Vets a few years ago now but quickly settled in and have been prowling the premises alongside Ronnie. He’s been teaching me the ropes up until we sadly had to say goodbye to him in 2018, but now I know what to do around here here’s my story.
I was found with my brother Ernie by our deputy head nurse Katie, in a box on a nearby doorstep. I landed on my feet however, because Katie took me to work and I’ve not left ever since. I have lots of friends here in the team and especially enjoy a cuddle with our vet Nik.
I can be a little bit naughty sometimes, and for some reason the nurses really don’t like me bring presents back for them, I just do it because I want to say how much I love being here and who much I appreciate my Towerwood team.
Anyway, lets get on and introduce everyone to you!
Meet our head vet and clinical director Brendan and his loveable Labrador Pippa! Pippa came to live with Brendan as a puppy in October 2011 and has been his shadow ever since, she’s now 8 years old . Pippa still loves nothing better than to have a good run for her Kong toy followed by a snooze next to a warm fire. Last summer Brendan chose an adorable Springer Spaniel puppy from the litter of one of our nurses dog Lottie, Stacey you’ll meet below. Arti has been causing chaos in the household ever since, but has turned in to a lovely friend for Pippa. At home Brendan also has a little rescue cat called Spider, who was brought in to the practice when just a few days old by a concerned client whose dog found her in the woods in a carrier bag. She was hand reared and ended up staying. This follows a theme as his other cat, owned by his wife Kristina, called Pud is also a hand reared rescue cat.
Brendan has been the head vet and subsequently the clinical director at Towerwood Vets since 2003, having joined into the partnership as it was in 1998. The practice was first set up by John Saxton, a renowned holistic veterinary surgeon, back in 1971. The practice has come a very long way since then and Brendan’s proudest achievement so far is building the current team as it is, with the practice fast becoming one of the leading centres for integrated veterinary care for the pets of North Leeds.
Brendan has long had a passion for holistic veterinary care. As a vet student Brendan could be considered a sceptic himself until seeing first-hand time and time again how thinking a little bit differently about a case could change the course of care for that pet and the overall balance and wellbeing of both pets and their owners. He feels that respect for the owner and pet bond is one of the things that should remain at the core of anything he does as a veterinary surgeon.
Out of a very busy work life Brendan loves to travel to new places, anywhere and everywhere but he particularly loves taking Pippa and his family to the Lake District. He also enjoys sport of any kind, but particularly enjoys watching Rugby, taking Pippa for a cross county cycle ride and walking in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Meet Ruth and her lovely little rescue cat Arthur! You can’t tell from his photo but he in fact only has 3 legs, having being rescued (along with Bethany’s cat Rider) and finding his furever home with Ruth. She also has a couple of chickens at home.
Ruth loves the team work involved with working as a veterinary surgeon and within our close team at Towerwood. Ruth joined the practice in 2010, but having had two children in this time now works part time. She has a strong passion for science and loves combining that passion with a love for animals.
One of Ruth’s most memorable patients was a little boy’s goldfish that just wouldn’t stop eating gravel, and she had to help clear the gravel from the goldfish’s mouth quite regularly!
Ruth loves to bake cakes in her spare time, so when she’s working there’s never a shortage of treats to keep the team going!
Nik joined our team in July 2017, moving from Greece following a term of national service. He wanted to further his career from working in the emergency veterinary hospitals in Greece to working in general veterinary practice in the UK.
He loves working as a veterinary surgeon, each day brings something different and getting the chance to help poorly animals is Nik’s biggest passion. He loves meeting so many interesting people, and finding new, and often less invasive and holistic ways, to help pets recover quickly. Every day is different and exciting!
Here Ozzie, our deputy head nurses dog, is making sure that Nik gets enough puppy cuddles! He has a family dog called Lilly but she lives back home in Greece.
In his spare time, Nik loves to go to the gym and drink proper coffee!
Cristina joined the Towerwood team in July 2017 following graduation from vet school in Romania. Here’s my younger brother Eric giving her a welcome to the team!
Her passion was always animals from being a young child with her dog by her side all the time. Her abiding memory was asking her Mum to make more sandwiches for her lunch, as she just couldn’t resist feeding the street dogs after school. Following her own dog being poisoned, and being only able to watch her die in her arms, Cristina made the decision from there to be a vet and do everything she could to help other animals in distress.
Cristina loves surgery, and her favourite cases are always the most complicated ones, as these are often the most rewarding ones! Her passion for her work brings a great sense of fun and calm to the team at Towerwood, and she loves the puppy parties and working with a great team of nurses.
Cristina speaks an impressive 5 languages, Romanian, English, Italian, French and Spanish and loves to travel in her valuable time off work.
Andra is the newest member of our strong veterinary team! She comes to us also from Romania being a close friend of Cristina’s and moving to the north of the UK from the south of the country.
Find out more about Andra coming soon!
Meet our head nurse Helen and her very vocal Bengal cat Marley! Helen sadly lost Marley last year to illness, but a new little bengal kitten called Noah joined the family at the end of last year. She also has a rescue cat called Oscar who is always up to mischief and Betsy, a French Bulldog who you may find around our website.
Helen has always wanted to be a veterinary nurse from a very young age as she’s always loved animals. Her most memorable patient to date is a dog called Thomas, a stray who ended up with us after being hit by a train and losing a leg as he made an amazing recovery.
Helen loves to shop with her daughters, loves cats because they are full of character and feels that her biggest achievement to date is having 3 children whilst managing to remain relatively sane!
Meet Amanda and her lovely little dogs Panda, Norman, Lily and Maisie (left to right). Sadly only Norman remains from this lovely lot, but Amanda has been adding to her canine family with Mavis who joined her in 2018, and Sizzle, a lovely little Daschund puppy who entered her life in the early part of 2019.
Amanda, as you can see, is clearly a dog lady and can be found most Monday nights running our busy puppy parties at Cookridge, and once a month on Saturdays at our Greengates branch. She loves meeting all the new puppies and running our nursing clinics at our Cookridge surgery. She loves working at the practice, as she has an open mind towards complementary medicine and loves to follow our cases through.
She loves dogs because they are amazing companions, with a gentle, trusting nature who love their owners unconditionally, so she enjoys spending all her spare time walking and relaxing with them and socialising with friends.
Meet Stacey and her spaniel Lottie. Lottie is a working gun dog, who regularly can be found running the fields around Yorkshire. In 2016 Lottie had a litter of puppies, one of whom she kept who is called Roxy. Our head vet Brendan Clarke also has a puppy from Lottie’s litter, she’s called Arti.
She loves the care and attention required by horses and how much love they give back, and fun riding through the countryside, but Stacey decided to become a veterinary nurse rather than pursuing an equine career as she loves all animals and caring for them. She has a particular interest in the theatre and in patient element to her role at the practice and loves working at Towerwood Vets with such a close and caring team of people.
Out of work most of Stacey’s time is spent looking after her young son Henry, but loves to get out riding from time to time and her and Henry can often be found walking the dogs together. Stacey is also currently pregnant with her second child and due to go back on maternity leave in August.
Meet Katie and her gorgeous Cockerpoo Dexter, her family surprised her with Dexter as her 21st birthday present as she’s always wanted a loyal companion of her own. In 2018 Dexter got a new friend in Ozzy, a working spaniel puppy who quickly settled in. At home she has two guinea pigs called Peppa and Layla. Katie qualified in 2013 and loves working in our friendly team, she has recently taken the position of deputy head nurse within the practice. Katie loves to talk about raw food feeding and seeing the benefits this brings to our patients, as well as looking at alternative ways to help treat pets. She loves using the K-Laser to help patients and seeing the improvement a course of treatment can make to that patients life.
Katie’s most memorable moment in practice so far was helping a dog who was giving birth who had some puppies that were stuck. Following a lot of nursing care everything turned out well and she loved how rewarding this dog was to nurse.
In her spare time Katie loves to spend time walking her dogs and socialising with her friends, her family have a caravan and she loves taking holidays in this country with her dogs. She says her proudest moment was passing her driving test the first time round at the age of 17 – well done Katie!
Meet Charlotte and her lovely little old lady Annie and bouncing goofball Rosie! Rosie came to her family with a few behavioural problems which her and he family have spent a lot of time working through. Sadly both Annie and Rosie are no longer with us, but Charlotte filled the whole they both left with Nellie, a little rescue dog who Charlotte loves to spend all her time with.
Charlotte joined the practice as a student to do some training placement hours for her course at Askham Bryan and has gradually increased her hours to join our team on a more full time basis. Charlotte loves working with our inpatients in our wards and theatre areas, learning about their individual personalities and characters from their dedicated owners.
She’s always loved animals but rescuing Rosie really cemented in Charlottes mind that she wanted to be a veterinary nurse and help more pets in the same way. She loves to spend time walking her dogs and loves art, so she can often be found drawing and painting at home.
Meet Nicole. She joined us in 2016 to get more experience in practice as part of her second year of student nursing, and has enjoyed becoming part of the team at Towerwood. She qualified to be a fully fledged Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017!
Her little furry friend she is with here is Agnes, and Nicole loves to look after and caring for the smaller inpatients we have in at the practice.
Faye is one of our newly registered veterinary nurses having passed her exams this year (2019).
She has a real passion for working poorly pets and helping them back to full health, so loves the inpatient and theatre work involved in her role at Towerwood.
Here she is with Pippa her beautiful border collie, who she says is completely obsessed with balls and sticks (unfortunately!) but most of all she just loves to outside walking or playing. True to breed form, she is really intelligent, and always on the go.
Faye loves horse riding in her spare time, and feels that her biggest achievement to date is passing her driving test and passing all her current exams! Well done Faye!
Katie joined the team in 2017 as a placement student, and has stayed with the team following qualifying in Autumn 2018.
Megan is a student placement in our team. She will come to work block sessions alongside her college course. Megan loves to work with the her team and colleagues at Towerwood, working with animals is so rewarding as she has always ben around animals since a young girl on her Gran’s farm.
Here she is with Tinkerbell, her rescue cat from Leeds Feline Friends! Tinker bell was boarding with us here at Towerwood and Megan couldn’t help but adopt her as she needed a loving home. She loves her food, and has recently become more playful and enjoy cuddles a lot more, which shows that she landed herself a good home!
Megan favourite animal are Panda’s and penguins! Not too many of them treated here! In her spare time Megan plays rugby union and wants to start getting back into horse riding, something she loves to do.
Beth has recently joined the team working towards her veterinary nursing qualification.She loves working with animals and has had many pets over the years from tortoises to hamsters. She’s always dreamed of a career working with animals and feels very lucky to be working towards her goal of being a veterinary nurse.
She has two male chinchillas, x is with her here, and her other chinchilla is x. She also has a Yorkipoo at home named Luna. They are all crazy, and can run around with each other for hours!
Beths favourite animal though are elephants. She was very lucky to have spent some time at an elephant sanctuary working in Thailand. “They are fascinating to watch and have such big characters” she tells us.
Beth loves to spend free time with friends in Leeds, and her hometown of Liverpool.
Meet my best friend Sue! Where you find Sue quite often you will find me snoozing away by her feet in reception. Sue has 2 cats at home called Ruby and Millie, they are two rescue cats she adopted together who are a Mum and daughter.
Sue came across the practice quite by accident when looking for a new job, she came to join us on reception over 10 years ago now and she says she wouldn’t do anything else now as she loves meeting clients and their pets. She loves being part of our close team at Towerwood and we wouldn’t be without her on reception!
Sue loves meeting all animals in the reception area and the unconditional love and bond she sees between so many cats and dogs and their owners makes her role at the practice very satisfying for her.
In her spare time Sue loves to go to the theatre and socialise with friends, and loves to read and watch a good drama series on television. In a past life Sue was an air hostess with British Airways and she says one of her proudest moments was when she was involved in an emergency landing at Heathrow airports and received a letter of commendation from the management on how the emergency landing was handled.
Meet Kristina and her lovely little cat Pud! Pud is a rescue cat that came to Kristina’s care during her first job as a student veterinary nurse back in 2000. At the time a tiny kitten of only a few days old, Pud was found in an elderly ladies shed abandoned by his mum. The elderly ladies son brought the little kitten into the practice Kristina was working in, she took pity on him and hand reared him. Needless to say he stayed and is now over 18 years old. His favourite pastime now of course is sleeping, but loves to run about with his little friend Spider who is also a rescue cat found by a client at Towerwood.
Kristina took on a role within the practice at the beginning of 2013 as an assistant to her husband Brendan and took on a Directorship role, but now has scaled back her role to concentrate on a small amount of finance work and marketing / brand management for the practice.
Out of work Kristina loves travelling with Brendan and loves the tranquillity and peacefulness of the Lake District. She’s also recently rekindled a love for sewing and embroidery, and has included some knitting, and can often be found at home attempting to make a new top or dress, or knitting a new jumper!
Meet Lorraine, and her adorable puppy Cooper, who’s not so much a puppy anymore! She loves working behind the scenes in the office supporting our veterinary team to help people and their pets live healthier lives. At home Lorraine has a cat called Tia who is very timid as she was rehomed from a family who’s daughter played a bit too rough with her.
Lorraine’s spare time is mostly spent looking after her horse Wallace and taking Cooper for long walks. She loves horses and finds them very relaxing to be around as they can be so calm and patient.
Meet Elaine and Molly! Elaine joined the team towards the end of 2015 mostly to help with office administration, but also loves to help out on reception when needed and meet our pets and pet owners. She loves meeting all the new puppies that come through the door, after all cuddling new puppies is certainly one of our favourite parts of veterinary work!
Elaine has two daughters, Cara and Roisin, who take up most of her spare time when she isn’t at work. Although she loves to eat out with her husband and family, take Molly for long walks to help tire her out, and you’ll often find her in Horsforth Park with the bootcamp fitness teams!
Rebecca joined the team in 2016 as a part time reception and admin team member. She is about to go to university to study, and will be continuing to work with the team on a part time basis as she loves meeting all of our lovely patients too much to leave us!
Alice has joined our team very recently. She’s a welcome addition to our reception team! She is currently completing an apprenticeship in customer care.
Find our more about Alice coming soon!
Eve joined the practice at the end of 2018 in the reception team.
Tayla has joined the team recently as an animal nursing assistant apprentice. She helps the nurses and vets on the ground to take good care of your pets when in the hospital unit making sure they all get lots of cuddles and attention whilst recovering from any illnesses or procedures. She also helps to ensure the smooth running of the kennels and cattery and that your pets are staying in hygienic and well maintained environments.
She loves meeting all the different animals that come in daily, and being able to help care for them. She has always loved working with animals and finds this so rewarding.
Here she is with Sampson, her handsome 9 year old Golden Retriever. He loves nothing more than cuddles, and can’t go anywhere without a teddy bear or two in his mouth. She also has a number of other pets, April and Luna, who are both cats, a corn snake called Kellogg, and a guinea pig called chuck!
Tayla will go to college soon to start an animal care assistant apprenticeship. She loves to take long walks at the coast or in the countryside with Samson, but also likes to listen to music and create art in her spare time.
Vanessa joined the team at the same Tayla as an animal nursing assistant apprentice. She too helps to ensure continuity of care at ground level by alternating shifts with Tayla, helping the nurses and vets take good care of your pets. Vanessa will soon go to college on a special apprenticeship course to learn more about ensuring your pets are well looked after when in the practice kennels or cattery.
To book an appointment for your pet at our practice, simply contact our friendly team by calling our Leeds branch on 0113 2678 419 or our Bradford branch on 01274 610627.