frank.

Our staff are our greatest asset and we are passionate about finding the right people to help us achieve our vision

Scott Rutherford

BVMS CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
RCVS Recognised and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Scott is the Surgical Specialist who heads the team at frank.. After graduating from Glasgow University Vet school in 2001 his first job was as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector during the Foot and Mouth Epidemic of that year. He then spent six years in general practice, both mixed and small animal, before moving to Croft Veterinary Hospital in Northumberland to work with Malcolm Ness and undertake an ECVS Residency. He completed his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2009, became a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in 2013 and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in 2014.

In 2013 Scott moved to North Downs Specialist Referrals, a large multidisciplinary referral hospital based in Surrey, before moving to Willows Referral Services in Solihull in 2015, which is one of the largest multidisciplinary referral hospitals in Europe.

Scott is actively involved in clinical research and CPD provision. He has published extensively in the veterinary literature and has lectured widely in the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia.

He left Willows in 2017 to pursue his dream of establishing his own surgical referral hospital with the aim of working in partnership with local vets to provide accessible veterinary specialist surgery to the pet owners of Yorkshire and beyond.

This dream has resulted in frank. Pet Surgeons

 

Louise Porter

BSc
Client Advocate 

Louise previously worked as a volunteer coordinator for Leeds City Council, before joining frank. Pet Surgeons to take on the unique role of Client Advocate. This newly created role suits her down to the ground, due to her experience of helping and supporting people in a variety of often tricky situations. The ethos of frank. Pet Surgeons. fits perfectly with her ideology of putting people (and of course their pets) first, and her caring nature means that referring vets, patient owners, and most importantly – their pets, get the very best care and attention. Louise is from Leeds and in her spare time enjoys running, spending time with her family and friends and going on holiday.

 

 

 

Susan Bell

BSc BVM&S GPCert (Ophthal) MRCVS
Veterinary Surgical Associate 

Susan graduated from the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies in 2005. Since graduating, she has gained extensive experience in all aspects of small animal practice, with a particular interest in small animal surgery. Susan has undergone postgraduate training in Ophthalmology, completing her General Practitioner Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2012. She is now working towards attaining her postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

Susan moved to Leeds from Scotland and joined the frank. Pet Surgeons. team when the hospital opened. She is looking forward to working with Scott and expanding her surgical experience in orthopaedics and spinal surgery, whilst working towards further surgery qualifications. Susan will also be part of the team providing 24-hour care for hospitalised patients and covering the frank. Pet Surgeons emergency service overnight.

Outside of work, Susan loves “adventure” running, skiing and is an enthusiastic cook. She enjoys heading off in the campervan to find new scenic places with her husband, Robin, Betty the aged, adorable rescue Cocker Spaniel and Dolly the naughty but equally adorable Jack Russell puppy

 

Ellie Hizzett

Receptionist 

Ellie originally studied Horse Care and Animal Management at Northern Racing College, and previously worked in retail, hospitality, catering and call centres, before joining the reception team at frank. Pet Surgeons. when the doors opened for business on January 15, 2018. She is passionate about animal health and welfare, and also about ensuring people get great customer service, whether it be by phone, email or visit. Working at frank. Pet Surgeons. allows Ellie to combine both her passions, and she describes it as her “dream job”. Ellie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, socialising on the weekend and occasional horse riding. Ellie has 3 cats and a dog, and her eldest cat lived until she was 22 years old

 

 

Charlotte Leviston

BSc RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte trained at the College of Animal Welfare, qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015. She has worked in various veterinary practices including referral, first opinion and charity veterinary services. She enjoys in-patient care and analgesia and is passionate about making sure her patients feel happier and comfortable when they are in the hospital. She is planning to expand her knowledge by doing the Vets Now Emergency and Critical Care certificate and looks forward to developing more advanced anaesthesia skills during her time at frank. Pet Surgeons.

Charlotte is from Suffolk but moved back to Leeds after studying Zoology at Leeds University in 2012, when she fell in love with Leeds and the Yorkshire countryside. She has always wanted to work with animals and is a keen horse rider. In her free time Charlotte loves to travel, keep fit and especially loves eating out. She owns a horse called Harry who loves to jump, and has three ex-battery chickens called Cluckster, Scratch and Feathers.

 

Mandy Scully

Receptionist 

Mandy worked in the airline industry as cabin crew for 32 years, before joining the reception team at frank. Pet Surgeons. on the day it opened its doors on 15 January 2018. Her cabin crew experience has given her the opportunity to travel the world, meet great people and have some amazing experiences, as well as setting her up with the skills required to work in a busy vet practice. She enjoys being part of a team and is looking forward to the new experiences and everyday challenges that her job will give her.

Originally from Surrey, Mandy has lived in Leeds for 25 years and cannot see herself going back down south to live. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than long walks with her 9-year-old Bichon Frise, good home cooking for her husband and long lazy lunches with her friends.

 

Vannessa Stanley

Receptionist 

Vannessa previously worked in a variety of customer service roles, before joining the reception team at frank. Pet Surgeons. the week before opening. Her extensive customer-facing experience has helped her to understand the importance of good customer service, which makes her a great addition to the team. She is very excited to have the chance to be part of such an exciting venture, right from the beginning, and can’t think of anything more satisfying than working for a company that helps to save/improve the quality of lives. Her favourite part of her job is getting to meet all the animals and clients and being part of such a great team.

In her spare time Vannessa likes socialising with friends and has a passion for finding and collecting old and 1st edition books. She also enjoys travelling and one day hopes to do Route 66 and other driving holidays throughout the USA. Sadly, Vannessa no longer has any pets but looks forward to the day she can get another.

 

Amy Swift

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Amy has worked in the veterinary industry since completing her A-levels in 2011. She originally worked as an animal care assistant in a large Leeds based Veterinary Hospital where she gained reception, animal handling and emergency experience. She then started her Veterinary Nurse training at a 24-hour Harrogate based Veterinary Hospital, where she developed her passion for referral work, surgical and anaesthesia nursing. Amy qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2017 after achieving the NVQ in veterinary nursing at Myerscough College. She is excited to be part of the nursing team at frank. and hopes to achieve further qualifications in Emergency and Critical Care, and the Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma.

Amy is from Leeds and outside of work enjoys socialising with friends, going to the races and going on long country walks with her fiancé and dog Reggie. She has two rabbits called Bunny and Simba who roam freely in the garden keeping the lawn trimmed.

 

Elaine Tappin

BA DipAVN RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Elaine has worked in the Veterinary industry since 2008 and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2012. She has since gained a wide range of nursing experience in first opinion practice, charity services, referral and emergency services. She has a keen interest in surgical nursing, which inspired her to complete a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing in 2016 and gave her a broad mix of valuable extra skills in surgical nursing, anaesthesia and theatre practice. She joined the nursing team at frank. Pet Surgeons in April 2018 and is looking forward to expanding her experience in surgical nursing and developing her skills in the areas of orthopaedics and anaesthesia.

Elaine is from Leeds and in her spare time enjoys yoga, pilates and swimming. She likes to travel to explore new places, and to visit friends who live abroad. She has a 6-year-old cat named Luna who loves her food.

 

Philomena Tuohy

BVSc GradDipEd MANZCVS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgical Associate 

Philomena graduated from Massey University, New Zealand, in 2013, and has since worked mainly in referral practice. She has completed internships in veterinary surgery and anaesthesia and has also earned a Diploma in Education. Phil has a particular interest in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and has taught anaesthesia to undergraduate students in a university veterinary hospital in Perth, Western Australia. During this time, she achieved membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Phil is passionate about helping to provide gold standard care for all veterinary patients and is looking forward to extending her clinical ability in surgery and emergency medicine whilst working with Scott and the team at frank. Pet Surgeons.

Phil loves her canine patients and can’t wait to get a dog of her own. Outside of work she enjoys playing football and has recently taken up snowboarding.

 

frank.

Our staff are our greatest asset and we are passionate about finding the right people to help us achieve our vision

Scott Rutherford

BVMS CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
RCVS Recognised and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Scott is the Surgical Specialist who heads the team at frank.. After graduating from Glasgow University Vet school in 2001 his first job was as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector during the Foot and Mouth Epidemic of that year. He then spent six years in general practice, both mixed and small animal, before moving to Croft Veterinary Hospital in Northumberland to work with Malcolm Ness and undertake an ECVS Residency. He completed his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2009, became a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in 2013 and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in 2014.

In 2013 Scott moved to North Downs Specialist Referrals, a large multidisciplinary referral hospital based in Surrey, before moving to Willows Referral Services in Solihull in 2015, which is one of the largest multidisciplinary referral hospitals in Europe.

Scott is actively involved in clinical research and CPD provision. He has published extensively in the veterinary literature and has lectured widely in the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia.

He left Willows in 2017 to pursue his dream of establishing his own surgical referral hospital with the aim of working in partnership with local vets to provide accessible veterinary specialist surgery to the pet owners of Yorkshire and beyond.

This dream has resulted in frank. Pet Surgeons

Louise Porter

BSc
Client Advocate 

Louise previously worked as a volunteer coordinator for Leeds City Council, before joining frank. Pet Surgeons to take on the unique role of Client Advocate. This newly created role suits her down to the ground, due to her experience of helping and supporting people in a variety of often tricky situations. The ethos of frank. Pet Surgeons. fits perfectly with her ideology of putting people (and of course their pets) first, and her caring nature means that referring vets, patient owners, and most importantly – their pets, get the very best care and attention. Louise is from Leeds and in her spare time enjoys running, spending time with her family and friends and going on holiday.

Susan Bell

BSc BVM&S GPCert (Ophthal) MRCVS
Veterinary Surgical Associate 

Susan graduated from the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies in 2005. Since graduating, she has gained extensive experience in all aspects of small animal practice, with a particular interest in small animal surgery. Susan has undergone postgraduate training in Ophthalmology, completing her General Practitioner Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2012. She is now working towards attaining her postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

Susan moved to Leeds from Scotland and joined the frank. Pet Surgeons. team when the hospital opened. She is looking forward to working with Scott and expanding her surgical experience in orthopaedics and spinal surgery, whilst working towards further surgery qualifications. Susan will also be part of the team providing 24-hour care for hospitalised patients and covering the frank. Pet Surgeons emergency service overnight.

Outside of work, Susan loves “adventure” running, skiing and is an enthusiastic cook. She enjoys heading off in the campervan to find new scenic places with her husband, Robin, Betty the aged, adorable rescue Cocker Spaniel and Dolly the naughty but equally adorable Jack Russell puppy

Ellie Hizzett

Receptionist 

Ellie originally studied Horse Care and Animal Management at Northern Racing College, and previously worked in retail, hospitality, catering and call centres, before joining the reception team at frank. Pet Surgeons. when the doors opened for business on January 15, 2018. She is passionate about animal health and welfare, and also about ensuring people get great customer service, whether it be by phone, email or visit. Working at frank. Pet Surgeons. allows Ellie to combine both her passions, and she describes it as her “dream job”. Ellie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, socialising on the weekend and occasional horse riding. Ellie has 3 cats and a dog, and her eldest cat lived until she was 22 years old

Charlotte Leviston

BSc RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte trained at the College of Animal Welfare, qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015. She has worked in various veterinary practices including referral, first opinion and charity veterinary services. She enjoys in-patient care and analgesia and is passionate about making sure her patients feel happier and comfortable when they are in the hospital. She is planning to expand her knowledge by doing the Vets Now Emergency and Critical Care certificate and looks forward to developing more advanced anaesthesia skills during her time at frank. Pet Surgeons.

Charlotte is from Suffolk but moved back to Leeds after studying Zoology at Leeds University in 2012, when she fell in love with Leeds and the Yorkshire countryside. She has always wanted to work with animals and is a keen horse rider. In her free time Charlotte loves to travel, keep fit and especially loves eating out. She owns a horse called Harry who loves to jump, and has three ex-battery chickens called Cluckster, Scratch and Feathers.

Mandy Scully

Receptionist 

Mandy worked in the airline industry as cabin crew for 32 years, before joining the reception team at frank. Pet Surgeons. on the day it opened its doors on 15 January 2018. Her cabin crew experience has given her the opportunity to travel the world, meet great people and have some amazing experiences, as well as setting her up with the skills required to work in a busy vet practice. She enjoys being part of a team and is looking forward to the new experiences and everyday challenges that her job will give her.

Originally from Surrey, Mandy has lived in Leeds for 25 years and cannot see herself going back down south to live. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than long walks with her 9-year-old Bichon Frise, good home cooking for her husband and long lazy lunches with her friends.

Vannessa Stanley

Receptionist 

Vannessa previously worked in a variety of customer service roles, before joining the reception team at frank. Pet Surgeons. the week before opening. Her extensive customer-facing experience has helped her to understand the importance of good customer service, which makes her a great addition to the team. She is very excited to have the chance to be part of such an exciting venture, right from the beginning, and can’t think of anything more satisfying than working for a company that helps to save/improve the quality of lives. Her favourite part of her job is getting to meet all the animals and clients and being part of such a great team.

In her spare time Vannessa likes socialising with friends and has a passion for finding and collecting old and 1st edition books. She also enjoys travelling and one day hopes to do Route 66 and other driving holidays throughout the USA. Sadly, Vannessa no longer has any pets but looks forward to the day she can get another.

Amy Swift

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Amy has worked in the veterinary industry since completing her A-levels in 2011. She originally worked as an animal care assistant in a large Leeds based Veterinary Hospital where she gained reception, animal handling and emergency experience. She then started her Veterinary Nurse training at a 24-hour Harrogate based Veterinary Hospital, where she developed her passion for referral work, surgical and anaesthesia nursing. Amy qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2017 after achieving the NVQ in veterinary nursing at Myerscough College. She is excited to be part of the nursing team at frank. and hopes to achieve further qualifications in Emergency and Critical Care, and the Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma.

Amy is from Leeds and outside of work enjoys socialising with friends, going to the races and going on long country walks with her fiancé and dog Reggie. She has two rabbits called Bunny and Simba who roam freely in the garden keeping the lawn trimmed.

Elaine Tappin

BA DipAVN RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Elaine has worked in the Veterinary industry since 2008 and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2012. She has since gained a wide range of nursing experience in first opinion practice, charity services, referral and emergency services. She has a keen interest in surgical nursing, which inspired her to complete a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing in 2016 and gave her a broad mix of valuable extra skills in surgical nursing, anaesthesia and theatre practice. She joined the nursing team at frank. Pet Surgeons in April 2018 and is looking forward to expanding her experience in surgical nursing and developing her skills in the areas of orthopaedics and anaesthesia.

Elaine is from Leeds and in her spare time enjoys yoga, pilates and swimming. She likes to travel to explore new places, and to visit friends who live abroad. She has a 6-year-old cat named Luna who loves her food.

Philomena Tuohy

BVSc GradDipEd MANZCVS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgical Associate 

Philomena graduated from Massey University, New Zealand, in 2013, and has since worked mainly in referral practice. She has completed internships in veterinary surgery and anaesthesia and has also earned a Diploma in Education. Phil has a particular interest in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and has taught anaesthesia to undergraduate students in a university veterinary hospital in Perth, Western Australia. During this time, she achieved membership to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Phil is passionate about helping to provide gold standard care for all veterinary patients and is looking forward to extending her clinical ability in surgery and emergency medicine whilst working with Scott and the team at frank. Pet Surgeons.

Phil loves her canine patients and can’t wait to get a dog of her own. Outside of work she enjoys playing football and has recently taken up snowboarding.