Meet Our Team

Holly House is proud to offer you the services of a team of fully qualified vets, many with further qualifications in internal medicine, surgery and exotic animal medicine.


Holly McKinley BVetMed GPCert(SAM) MRCVS

Holly graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. She worked in mixed practice in East Yorkshire for two years before returning closer to home to concentrate on small animal work. Holly has a special interest in small animal medicine and has gained the GP Small Animal Medicine Certificate. She also enjoys working in a busy hospital environment and is now working towards her certificate in emergency medicine and critical care. Holly has a much loved but very disobedient cat, Sergeant Fishcakes.


Sarah Brown MA VetMB CertZooMed GPCert(ExAp) MRCVS

Sarah qualified from Cambridge in 2000 and spent 18 months in mixed practice in Kent before moving to Leeds and joining Holly House in 2002. She leads the exotic animal department and has a particular interest in treating reptiles, especially chelonia, and small pet mammals. Sarah gained both the RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine and the ESVPS General Practitioner certificate in Exotic Animal Practice in 2006 and is on the RCVS list of Advanced Practitioners in Zoological Medicine. She has one cat and a three-legged (very active!) tortoise.


Ellie Wilson BVSc GPCert(ExAP) MRCVS 

Ellie is a graduate from Bristol University. With her particular interest in exotics, she has gained her Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. Over the years she has acquired what has been referred to as a ‘small zoo’, owning snakes, lizards, turtles, chinchillas, fish, various amphibians and last but certainly not least three cocker spaniels called Barney, Molly and Ted. Outside of work she enjoys running, playing piano and painting.


Sara Ramsey BVM&S MRCVS

Sara qualified from Edinburgh University in 2002. She has worked in first opinion small animal practice since then, initially in Dewsbury, then in Lincoln for nine years before moving back home to Yorkshire. Sara recently started studying towards the BSAVA Small Animal Medicine Certificate. She is married to Alex and has one cat called Ruby (a rotund tabby!).


Heather Chappell BVSc MRCVS

Heather qualified from Bristol University in 2011 and started work in mixed practice in Norfolk. She then moved to a large multi-site hospital based practice in the West Midlands to allow her to focus on small animal work and was there for almost three years before joining Holly House in 2015. Heather has always had a keen interest in canine and feline medicine and especially enjoys managing the variety of medicine cases that present to the busy hospital at Holly House.


Charlotte Tuplin BVSc MRCVS

Charlotte graduated from Bristol University in 2013 and worked in mixed practice in East Yorkshire before starting at Holly House in February 2016.  She enjoys all aspects of veterinary work but is starting to focus on small animal surgery.  She has a black and white cat called Augustus and sadly had to say goodbye to her 17 ½ year old Jack Russell Terrier, Meg, late last year.  Outside of work Charlotte enjoys playing hockey as well as walking and cycling with friends and family.


Roger Waterworth BVM&S BSAVA PGCertSAS MRCVS

After qualifying from Edinburgh University in 1995, Roger spent 10 years working in mixed practice in Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumberland, Scotland and New Zealand, followed by 10 years with the PDSA in Leeds. While working at the PDSA, he gained significant surgical experience, frequently dealing with trauma, orthopaedic and a wide range of soft-tissue cases. Roger joined Holly House in 2016 in a senior surgical role. He holds the BSAVA Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, which he completed in 2017.


Sara Goni Martinez MRCVS

Sara qualified from Leon University (Spain) in 2014 and spent one year in Brazil working with wildlife and exotic animals. She worked in first opinion small animal practice in Bradford for two years before joining Holly House in March 2017. She is working towards her Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice with a particular interest in reptile and avian medicine. She has a cat called Flick and outside of work she enjoys travelling, climbing and hiking around Yorkshire.

Holly House is also proud to have a team of fully qualified Veterinary Nurses. Our nurses provide around the clock care, as there are always members of the nursing team onsite 24 hours a day.


Amy Martin BSc (Hons) RVN, DipAVN, DipHE CVN NCert(BusDev) MBVNA

Amy qualified in 2003 from the Royal Veterinary College with a Degree in Veterinary Nursing. She has taken an interest in teaching student nurses and became an assessor and a clinical coach. Her special interest is surgical nursing. She was the Honorary Secretary at the British Veterinary Nursing Association for 4 years until October 2010. Amy has her City and Guilds qualification in Veterinary Nursing Exotic Species and has just obtained her Higher Education Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing along with a practice management qualification. She has recently moved into practice management here at Holly House. 


Rachel Davis RVN (Head Nurse)

Rachel has worked in practice since the age of sixteen and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2013. Rachel enjoys all aspects of nursing and has a special interest in animal behaviour. At home she has a bouncy Cocker Spaniel and a British Shorthaired cat.


Sian Stanton RVN

Sian is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse who has worked at Holly House since 2011. Her main role at Holly House is as a surgical and theatre nurse although she does enjoy every aspect of the job. She is currently studying towards a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.


Sherene Long RVN

Sherene qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2008. She has worked at Holly House since March 2010. Her main interest is surgical nursing. At home, Sherene has one very handsome black cat.


Amanda Stevenson RVN

Amanda qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in May 2007. She started at Holly House as a Nursing Assistant and built her way up to becoming a Senior Nurse over her 12 years employment. Although she is now part time so that she can care for her two young children, she still takes on extra responsibilities and her main interests are client care, nurse clinics, organising events and running our Pharmacy.


Laura Buckley RVN

Laura started as a weekend Auxiliary Nurse at Holly House back in 2006. She later progressed to full-time work and completed her student nurse training, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014. She is a self confessed cat lover, having a natural empathy and understanding with cats and their owners. She is our 'Cat Advocate', playing an integral role in maintaining 'cat friendly standards' and is happy to speak to clients while their cat is in with us about their care. She has three very spoilt cats called Simba, Joey and Mojo. Outside work, Laura enjoys playing Hockey and also doing voluntary work with wild animals – her previous experience includes working in Africa with big cats and at Isle of Wight Zoo with a variety of creatures!


Felicity Adams BSc (Hons) RVN

Felicity graduated from Harper Adams University with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management in 2014. She initially came to Holly House in 2012 for a student placement year, but returned after finishing university. When she has the chance she likes to volunteer abroad in wildlife centres, and most recently has been to South Africa to work with lions. She has one cat named Louie who loves to play!


Hannah Alexander BSc (Hons) RVN

Hannah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 with a Foundation Degree in Veterinary nursing, she then continued her studies at the RVC and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science (Honours) Degree. Hannah enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, but one of her main responsibilities at Holly House is to organise and run Puppy Pre-school. At home she has a very loveable (but grumpy at times) black and white cat named Pippa.


Lisa Mudd RVN

Lisa has worked in the veterinary profession since 2005 and qualified as a veterinary nurse from Myerscough College in 2012. Outside of work she loves spending time walking with her 'boys' - a bouncy Cockerpoo called Ted and a Golden Retriever called Homer.

Holly House is a successful training centre for Veterinary Nurses. This means that we have to adhere to strict practices, standards and facilities to enable us to adequately train Veterinary Nurses under our care. 


Sarah Ramsden

After 5 years working in Retail Management, Sarah decided that Veterinary Nursing was actually her true calling and joined Holly House as an auxilliary nurse in June 2015. At home she has a Border Collie named Poppy, two cats called Shabba and Kayla, guinea pigs Wayne and Garth and a tropical fish tank. Sarah also has a soft spot for British Wildlife, in particular hedgehogs.


Ashley Arundale

Ashley graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Nutrition and Food in 2013, but after working in the field for a year she decided she wanted to build a career caring for animals instead, as they had always been a passion of hers. She started working at Holly House in June 2015 and began her veterinary nursing studies shortly after. Ashley currently has a dog (Lola), a pony (Midget), two Guinea Pigs (Hannah and Snoozy) and two fish (Ben and Holly).


Aimee McCann

Aimee joined Holly House in 2015 after working as a stud hand in Newmarket where she gained an apprenticeship in racehorse care. She currently has two bonded bunnies named Alfie and Eowyn, a royal python called Bane and a Hanoverian gelding called Elliot. She enjoys horse riding in her spare time and is a supporter of improving knowledge of rabbit welfare.


Lydia Everett

Lydia joined Holly House in December 2015 as an auxiliary nurse and strives to become a qualified veterinary nurse in the future. Her main roles at Holly House are caring for the hospitalised patients and assisting the vets and nurses with their day-to-day jobs. She owns a 6-year old tabby cat called Archie-Rupert.


Jessica Begg

After graduating with a BSc in Biochemistry in July 2014, Jess decided that Biochemistry wasn't for her. She went on to work in management in retail for a year and a half, before doing some work experience in veterinary practice. Jess realised then that this was what she truly wanted, so applied to study to be a veterinary nurse. She was given a job as an auxiliary nurse in Chester for a few months before moving to Leeds to start her studies and placement at Holly House. Outside of work she enjoys reading and has a special interest in Japan.


Katherine Joiner

Katherine has worked with animals since the age of 18 after completing an Animal Management course. She joined Holly House in 2016 as an auxiliary nurse and is hoping to train as a veterinary nurse in the future. She has two very naughty (but very spoilt!) terriers called George and Vinny.

We also have a strong reception team committed to client care.


Christine Smith

Christine has worked at Holly House since 2004. She likes the variety of pets that we see here at the surgery, particularly the new puppies! Currently she has two rescue greyhounds called Kizzy and Alvin, a cockatiel and a budgie, but watch this space, anything may happen...


Elinor Grundy

Elinor joined the reception team at Holly House in 2007. Since then, she has taken on additional duties as part of the marketing team. Elinor is currently covering the Practice Administrator role whilst Wendy is on maternity leave.



Ella Broadhead

Ella joined our reception team in May 2013. She is the Pet Health Club Champion at Holly House and is happy to answer any Pet Health Club queries you may have. Ella is currently the owner of a mischievous ginger cat called Jinx and has been told not to bring any strays home, but we're sure she could easily be persuaded...


Jenny Kirby

A lifelong animal lover! Jenny worked as a nurse for 17 years in other vet practices in Leeds. After a short break from vet practice, Jenny joined the Holly House team in November 2016. Jenny loves black cats in particular and has a bonkers black cat called Daisy who was a rescue kitten, dumped in a car park at just 3 weeks old.


Symrette Sambhi

Symrette joined our reception team in April 2017. She loves working with animals and has had experience with training and handling police dogs. Symrette has worked with the German Shepherd Dog Rescue for many years and it was from there that she adopted her dog, Alice. Alice is an old GSD who enjoys plenty of cuddles and only eats steak!





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