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).
Will grew up on a dairy & beef farm and attended Edinburgh Vet School. He qualified in 2011 and has worked at the practice ever since. Will enjoys all aspects of mixed practice and has a special interest in cattle husbandry. Will has 2 cats & 3 dogs.
Will plays rugby in his spare time and has been captain of the Wensleydale Rugby Club for the last 4 years. Will has recently become a father to his first child, and is enjoying the new challenge!
Becky graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2012 and moved to Yorkshire in 2013. She particularly enjoys companion animal surgery and Equine Medicine. In her spare time she enjoys riding and showing her horses and exploring the Dales with her lab cross Sam.
Peter graduated July 2016 from Edinburgh University, having moved from the remote Scottish isle of South Uist. He enjoys all aspects of the profession, enjoying both small and large animal work. Peter grew up on a typical Island croft with cattle and sheep. In his free time he plays golf and many other outdoor activities.
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.
Lily was raised on a farm in Northumberland, and has worked for the practice for six years. She has recently qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, and really enjoys the hands-on approach to nursing. Lily has a special interest in radiography.
In Lily’s spare time, she enjoys baking, and often helps her father on the farm.
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 yoga in her free time, walks with her dog Logan, travelling, and is currently planning her wedding!
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!
Debbie has worked for Yoredale vets since 2009. She started as their Veterinary Nurse but since having her 2 children, Debbie is currently working as a receptionist in our Leyburn branch. Debbie has a varied array of pets which we have the pleasure of working with from hamsters to lambs and horses. You can’t beat cuddles with new puppies though!
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!
Eva grew up on the Isle of North Uist where she kept many horses and ponies over the years. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Lincoln with a BSc in Equine Sports Science and continues to keep up her riding now that she has moved down south.
In her spare time she is kept busy with her 6 month old Lab x boxer Ubba, enjoys running and walking in the Dales and socialising with family and friends