Meet The Team

Veterinary Surgeons

Jonathan Linscott BVM&S MRCVS – Clinical Director

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!

John Watkinson BVM&S MRCVS – Senior Vet

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….

Philippa Daniel BVM&S MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

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.

Daniel Goldstein BN BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon



Amy Cockett MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon


Lewys Mayes MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon


Veterinary Nurses

Sarah Percival RVN – Head Nurse

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.

Amy Buckingham SVN – Student Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Duck – Patient Care Assistant

Sarah is born and bred on a farm near Bedale. She has always enjoyed mucking in on the family farm and still plays an active role in the day to day runnings. In her spare time she likes to go walking in the North Yorkshire countryside with her fiancé and their 3 year old Labrador, Martha. Sarah also enjoys photography and watching films, along with her love of animals, from her chickens to her sheep to her 3 cats and a dog.

Practice Support Staff

Louise Hudson-Reeve BA (Hons) CVPM – Practice Director

Louise grew up in Harrogate and now lives close to York. She holds a BA in Business Management with Marketing and the VMG Certificate in Practice Management. Louise has worked at Yoredale Vets since winter 2015 and in her free time enjoys writing, travelling, and yoga in her free time.

Kim Money – Accounts Administrator

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 Wilkinson – Receptionist

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 Wightman – Receptionist

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 Caraher – Receptionist

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 Platts – Receptionist

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!

 Janette Keyte – Receptionist

Amanda Gray – Receptionist

Lynda Anderson – Receptionist

Alison Wood – Receptionist

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