John was brought up in Leyburn, and was closely involved with his father’s practice from an early age. He qualified from Liverpool Vet School in 1984 and after working in various parts of the country returned home in 1988 and soon after succeeded his father, Jack, in the practice trading as J & JL Watkinson for many years.
In 1996 John gained the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production and since the inception of the Yoredale Vets merged practice, continues to be most involved with the livestock part of the practice.
Now his 3 children are adults, John can often be seen fell walking with wife Nicola and dog Tan, or latterly pretending (badly) to be a pro road biker! He is interested in many Sports and can bore anyone with Rugby opinions given the chance….
Growing up in Masham where his father set up practice in 1970, Jonathan accompanied his father on farm visits and helped him in the surgeries for most of his childhoood. Jonathan’s fascination/obsession with animals extended to the family’s own animals including dogs, cats, ponies, sheep and his own flock of racing pigeons.
After first obtaining a degree in Zoology from St. Andrews University, Jonathan graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 1999, and from there enjoyed working for two years in mixed practice in Cumbria before returning home. Jonathan continues to enjoy most aspects of mixed practice, with a special interest in small animal medicine and surgery, but still relishes the opportunity to get out on farm!
In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys walking, natural history, ornithology, live music and stand-up comedy, aswell as spending time with his family, their Border Terrier, Lottie, plus three hens and a budgie named Barry!
Joanne worked in mixed practice for several years after qualifying, then worked mainly as a small animal vet. She is especially interested in small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Monty is Joanne’s lively working cocker spaniel, he enjoys hillwalking with the family. Her other interests include sailing, geology and travelling (not as much in recent years).
Philippa graduated from Nottingham University, and moved down from Northumberland in October 2017. She is interested in all aspects of mixed veterinary practice and particularly enjoys Equine medicine and small animal surgery.
In her spare time Philippa can be found playing netball, going on cycling adventures or walking her two dogs Wag and Tipsy.
Sarah grew up on a farm in the Yorkshire Dales and has been qualified for 12 years. Her special interests in practice are nutrition, senior pets and she has recently completed her Certificate in Feline Nursing.
She has a 7 year old cat called Jacques. Outside of work she enjoys playing badminton, baking & camping holidays.
Louise graduated from Newcastle Business School in 2010 with a degree in Business with Marketing, and joined Yoredale Vets in winter 2015. She has previously worked in small animal practice for 2 years.
Louise enjoys writing, travelling, and yoga in her free time.
Kim has worked for the practice for 13 years, and started as a receptionist but as the practice has grown she became the accounts administrator. Kim has a successful pony stud, and enjoys watching ponies she has bred competing at up to national level. When Kim is not at work or with her horses, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs Molly and Fern.
Anne has worked at the practice for 10 years, and has lived in the area her whole life. Anne has a good rapport with the clients, and enjoys interacting with different people and their pets.
In her free time, Anne enjoys swimming, playing tennis, cycling, and watercolour painting. She has a Jack Russell named Belle, two guinea pigs, and two gerbils – and two lovely sons, who keep her very busy!
Debs has worked for Yoredale Vets for 3 years, and her favourite thing about being a receptionist at is meeting new people and their animals, the variety of the job, how no two days are the same.
At home she has a 2 and a half year old German Shepherd called Mini. In her free time, Debs enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, going to see live music whenever she can. Debs helps out at a local dog training school and volunteering for a local dog rescue, Saving Yorkshire’s Dogs based near Masham.
Elaine has been with us at our Bedale branch for 13 years. Her stock control is second to none! She enjoys all aspects of her job particularly interacting with animals and clients. At home, Elaine has a mischievous cat Alfie, and has just got a tricolour Border Collie named Pip.
Joanne has worked at the practice for almost ten years, starting at Watkinson & Sons and continuing with Yoredale Vets after the merger. Jo enjoys all aspects of her work, and how every day is different!
After retiring from the Metropolitan Police in 2010 Graham moved to the Leyburn area. His passion for animals and wildlife attracted him to come and work for Yoredale Vets.
In his spare time Graham likes to stride out with Millie his German Shepherd Dog, enjoys baking and has a keen interest in astronomy.