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.

 

 

Maria Manou

DVM MRCVS
Surgical Registrar

Maria graduated from the Veterinary School Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2007. From 2007 to 2011 she worked in private practice in Athens, as a clinician in both internal medicine and surgery.

In 2011 she joined the Veterinary School of Alfort, in Paris, where she stayed until 2017, working within the Small Animal Surgery Department, also becoming involved in clinical teaching. During her time in Alfort she undertook her European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) Residency.  

In 2017 Maria moved to Dublin where she worked as Assistant Professor within the Small Animal Surgery Department at the School of Veterinary medicine Dublin, a role she occupied for 1 year.

Maria is studying towards her ECVS examination to become a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and splits her time between Leeds and Athens.  

Maria has a passion for orthopaedics, neurology and soft tissue. She believes in a high standard of care for her patients and the frank ethos of honest communication with pet owners. Maria enjoys the variety of cases that are referred to fPS and has an enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge and experience in surgery with the rest of the team.

Annalisa Paviotti

DVM PgC(SAS) GPCert(SAS) MRCVS
Surgical Registrar

Annalisa graduated from the University of Pisa in 2003.  After training in Rome working alongside some of the most accredited specialists in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology-neurosurgery, she moved to the UK in 2008 where she worked across the country in general practice.

In 2011 she moved back to Italy where she worked in various practices as an orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgeon. Between 2014 and 2016 Annalisa was head of the surgical department in a referral practice in central Italy.

In 2016 Annalisa moved back to the UK and worked in London where, in 2018, she gained her Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Before moving to frank. she worked in a referral centre in Cumbria.

Annalisa is interested in all areas of small animal surgery, in particular orthopaedic and neurosurgery. She is looking forward to continue developing her skills as part of the frank. team.

Outside of work she enjoys riding her motorcycles, travelling, photography and having a nice glass of vegan wine whilst enjoying the company of her two cats.

Agnieszka Adamiec Dygus

DVM MRCVS
Surgical Intern

Agnieszka qualified from the University of Life Sciences in Poland. After graduating in 2005, she spent 6 months in first opinion practice in Warsaw before moving to the UK in 2006.

From the beginning of her career Agnieszka has had a strong interest in surgery and to further her surgical experience, in 2018 took on a rotating internship in a multidisciplinary referral practice in the south of England. The internship allowed her to progress in areas of surgery she really enjoys like neurosurgery, oncological and reconstructive surgery. 
After finishing the internship in early 2019, she worked in first opinion and referral practice on the Isle of Wight, where she continued to develop her surgical skills.
Agnieszka joined frank. Pet Surgeons. in May 2020 to fulfil her ambition of gaining advanced qualifications in surgery and is looking forward to growing her practical and theoretical skills and knowledge. 

In her spare time Agnieszka frequently goes hiking in the local countryside, does yoga and whenever possible travels abroad where she can brush up on her cross-country skiing skills. But above all she adores spending time with her beloved pooch called Freddie.

Catherine Carter

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Catherine trained at the College of Animal Welfare whilst on placement at Millhouse Veterinary Hospital in Norfolk. She most recently worked on the surgical team at Paragon Referrals, before joining fPS in 2020 

She is interested in all aspects of surgery and anaesthesia, particularly orthopaedics, and she is particularly passionate about anaesthesia and analgesia management both pre, intra and post-operatively. Having previously worked with fPS as a locum nurse, she was keen to be part of a team that offers such high standards of care, prides itself on excellent client communication, and that sees such a varied and interesting range of cases.

In her spare time, Catherine is super-active, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, cooking, catching up with family and friends and doing volunteer programs at veterinary practices abroad. She also loves spending time with her Husky/Staffie cross, Milo.

Sylvie Derbyshire

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS
Surgical Intern

Sylvie spent 13 years working for Parkhill Vets, firstly in mixed practice, before deciding to specialise in small animals, which led to her attaining the General Practitioner certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2012. She jumped at the chance to join frank. Pet Surgeons. after being really impressed with the 5* treatment that she and her clients received as a referring practice, and is excited to be part of a team which puts patient care and client communication far higher than sales and targets. She is passionate about spinal and orthopaedic surgery, and is keen to develop her already excellent skills as part of the frank. team.

In her spare time, Sylvie enjoys days out with her children, horse-riding, aerial hoop, and looking after the menagerie of animals on her small hobby farm. 

Charlotte Ellis

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte attained a foundation degree at Askham Bryan College whilst on placement at Calder Vets. She qualified in 2018, and then worked at Paragon Referrals for a year. She was a key member of the surgical team there, which made her an ideal candidate for a surgical RVN role at fPS.

She is looking forward to undertaking more surgical specific CPD in future, to develop her general knowledge and help her prepare for taking on a certificate in Emergency Critical Care, Anaesthesia or Surgery.

 Charlotte is thrilled to be part of the fPS team, because of the varied caseload, the gold standard care, and the open and straightforward communications with clients – something that isn’t always standard in veterinary practice, and that she feels very strongly about.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends, or looking after her cat Princess Piper, and rabbits Bruce and Phoebe.

Kayleigh Hanlon

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Kayleigh has worked in the veterinary industry since 2009, initially in a first opinion small animal prac

tice, then in a referral hospital where she gained her level 3 diploma in 2013. She then worked for a veterinary charity hospital, before moving into a management role as deputy head nurse at a large referral hospital with 11 branch practices. Much as she enjoyed the challenge, Kayleigh missed the hands-on nursing, and joined fPS in October 2019 as a surgical nurse. As well as having a keen interest in anaesthesia, analgesia and imaging, Kayleigh really enjoys spending time reassuring and soothing patients both pre-op and during their recovery.

In her spare time, Kayleigh enjoys spending time with family and friends, and also loves getting out and about in the countryside, either with her husband, or on Kato, a horse that she part shares. She doesn’t have time for a pet of her own, but regularly steals Jeff, her sister’s Shih Tzu.

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.

Hollie McNamee

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Hollie has worked with animals since 2012 and underwent her training in a referral practice. She qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in January 2017 at Myerscough College, before gaining further experience working as head veterinary nurse in a first opinion practice. Her main interests are radiography and orthopaedic nursing, including physiotherapy. Hollie joined the frank. Pet Surgeons. team in August 2018, and is looking forward to developing her skills in radiography, orthopaedic nursing and anaesthesia

In her spare time, Hollie enjoys horse riding, gym classes and spending time with family and friends. She is also a keen traveller, and loves exploring new cities and immersing herself in the culture of different countries around the world.

Kate Nettleton

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Kate is a highly experienced nurse, with 18 years in a variety of practices under her belt. A qualified RVN since 2006, she holds additional qualifications in coaching and assessment of students, and in Hydrotherapy. Promoted to Assistant Nursing Manager in her previous role, Kate brings a wealth of experience to the fPS team, and is looking forward to pursuing her interest in anaesthesia and imaging, and continuing to develop her nursing career as part of our team.

Kate has a selection of pets at home, including a Bullmastiff called Billy, a Jack Russell called Charlie, and a horse called Tolley. Much of her spare time is taken up with exercising them, and she also enjoys reading and walking.

Lauren Russell

Receptionist 

Lauren originally graduated in Film and TV Production, and worked in corporate video production for 5 years, before taking on a role as a support worker for the elderly and vulnerable. This blend of transferable skills made her an excellent choice to take on the challenge of a reception role at fPS, where her ability to quickly build rapport and trust with clients will be highly valued. She is passionate about delivering great customer service and is a fervent advocate of the frank ethos – open and honest communication and putting pets and owners at the heart of everything we do.

Although Lauren does not have her own pet, one day she would love to have a dog. In her spare time, she enjoys running outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and keeping her multimedia skills alive with a spot of photography.

Robyn Ryan

Animal Care Assistant 

Robyn studied animal science at university before qualifying as a dog groomer in 2013. Robyn continued her journey in the animal industry and in 2016 became an animal welfare assistant at the Blue Cross re homing centre in Suffolk. With a passion to continue her career within the veterinary industry she was delighted to joins the fPS team as an Animal Care Assistant where she can develop her interest and experience. In 5 years’ time she would like to have completed her veterinary nurse training and taken her first steps into a career as a qualified veterinary nurse. Robyn has a 3 year old cocker spaniel called Archie. In her spare time she enjoys being out and about in the countryside and hill walking, one of her dreams would be to own a staffie!

 

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.

Sian Stanton

DipAVN RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Sian qualified as a veterinary nurse in New Zealand. She then came over to the UK for a holiday, and never left! She registered as a nurse in 2011 and then in 2016, she completed an advanced nursing diploma. Her main interests are anaesthesia, surgical nursing and theatre practice, and she has worked at a variety of different hospitals, including exotic referral, charity, rehabilitation and emergency clinics. She aims to develop her interest in anaesthesia by working towards further qualifications in that area during her time at frank.
At home Sian has one very greedy cat, and one very old but very cheeky ferret!

Samantha Stubbs

Animal Care Assistant

Samantha spent 8 years working at PDSA, initially as an animal care assistant, then after attaining a Veterinary Care Assistant level 2 Diploma in, as a Veterinary Care Assistant, which allowed her to get involved in the surgical side. Unusually, she isn’t just interested in looking after patients – she also loves prepping instruments for surgery! From a farming background (her father is a pig farmer) Samantha has always been very keen on animals, and she’s delighted to be part of the fPS team where she can develop her interest and experience in looking after animals in need.

As well as socialising with friends, and going to the gym, she has an interest in the theatre. She has taken part in local amateur dramatic productions and worked in the box office doing ticket sales. She also volunteers at a local horse and donkey sanctuary and enjoys walks in the countryside.

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.

Olivia Sykes

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Olivia has worked with animals since 2013 – undergoing her veterinary nurse training in a referral practice before qualifying as an RVN in 2018 at Myerscough College. She then joined a first opinion practice as head nurse, gaining a lot of relevant experience, and affirming her desire to develop her career in the field of referral/specialist nursing. Olivia joined us in January 2019 and is looking forward to focusing on her main areas of interest, which are anaesthesia, radiography and surgical nursing.

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys going to the gym, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She has a 1-year old cat called Reuben who loves his food!

Andy Tunley

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Andy trained at Holly House Veterinary Hospital in North Leeds, and worked there for six years, before taking on the challenge of working all over the North of England as a locum. 

His time at Holly House provided him with invaluable experience working in a busy hospital environment, and during his 4 years of locum work, he gained great experience and flexibility working across a multitude of disciplines in different referral practices and busy hospitals. One of the practices he locumed at was fPS, and when the chance to take on a full time role here came up, he jumped at the chance. 

Andy enjoys learning, and plans to grab the opportunity to increase his professional qualifications, particularly in anaesthesia. He is looking forward to taking on the challenge of assisting with our interesting caseload, whilst applying his existing experience and knowledge to day to day nursing tasks in our hospital. He believes that  fPS is different from other practices because it combines the high standards and sophistication of larger hospitals with the personal touch of smaller practices, and is looking forward to being part of our small, passionate team.

When he’s not at work, Andy enjoys keeping fit by running, cycling and going to the gym, and getting out and about in the fresh air with his parents dogs.  Although he doesn’t currently have a pet, he is looking forward to having a cat when he buys his first home.

 

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.

Maria Manou

DVM MRCVS
Surgical Registrar

Maria graduated from the Veterinary School Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2007. From 2007 to 2011 she worked in private practice in Athens, as a clinician in both internal medicine and surgery.

In 2011 she joined the Veterinary School of Alfort, in Paris, where she stayed until 2017, working within the Small Animal Surgery Department, also becoming involved in clinical teaching. During her time in Alfort she undertook her European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) Residency.  

In 2017 Maria moved to Dublin where she worked as Assistant Professor within the Small Animal Surgery Department at the School of Veterinary medicine Dublin, a role she occupied for 1 year.

Maria is studying towards her ECVS examination to become a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and splits her time between Leeds and Athens.  

Maria has a passion for orthopaedics, neurology and soft tissue. She believes in a high standard of care for her patients and the frank ethos of honest communication with pet owners. Maria enjoys the variety of cases that are referred to fPS and has an enthusiasm for sharing her knowledge and experience in surgery with the rest of the team.

Annalisa Paviotti

DVM PgC(SAS) PGCert(SAS) MRCVS
Surgical Registrar

Annalisa graduated from the University of Pisa in 2003.  After training in Rome working alongside some of the most accredited specialists in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology-neurosurgery, she moved to the UK in 2008 where she worked across the country in general practice.

In 2011 she moved back to Italy where she worked in various practices as an orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgeon. Between 2014 and 2016 Annalisa was head of the surgical department in a referral practice in central Italy.

In 2016 Annalisa moved back to the UK and worked in London where, in 2018, she gained her Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Before moving to frank. she worked in a referral centre in Cumbria.

Annalisa is interested in all areas of small animal surgery, in particular orthopaedic and neurosurgery. She is looking forward to continue developing her skills as part of the frank. team.

Outside of work she enjoys riding her motorcycles, travelling, photography and having a nice glass of vegan wine whilst enjoying the company of her two cats.

Agnieszka Adamiec Dygus

DVM MRCVS
Surgical Intern

Agnieszka qualified from the University of Life Sciences in Poland. After graduating in 2005, she spent 6 months in first opinion practice in Warsaw before moving to the UK in 2006.

From the beginning of her career Agnieszka has had a strong interest in surgery and to further her surgical experience, in 2018 took on a rotating internship in a multidisciplinary referral practice in the south of England. The internship allowed her to progress in areas of surgery she really enjoys like neurosurgery, oncological and reconstructive surgery. 
After finishing the internship in early 2019, she worked in first opinion and referral practice on the Isle of Wight, where she continued to develop her surgical skills.
Agnieszka joined frank. Pet Surgeons. in May 2020 to fulfil her ambition of gaining advanced qualifications in surgery and is looking forward to growing her practical and theoretical skills and knowledge. 

In her spare time Agnieszka frequently goes hiking in the local countryside, does yoga and whenever possible travels abroad where she can brush up on her cross-country skiing skills. But above all she adores spending time with her beloved pooch called Freddie.

Catherine Carter

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Catherine trained at the College of Animal Welfare whilst on placement at Millhouse Veterinary Hospital in Norfolk. She most recently worked on the surgical team at Paragon Referrals, before joining fPS in 2020 

She is interested in all aspects of surgery and anaesthesia, particularly orthopaedics, and she is particularly passionate about anaesthesia and analgesia management both pre, intra and post-operatively. Having previously worked with fPS as a locum nurse, she was keen to be part of a team that offers such high standards of care, prides itself on excellent client communication, and that sees such a varied and interesting range of cases.

In her spare time, Catherine is super-active, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, cooking, catching up with family and friends and doing volunteer programs at veterinary practices abroad. She also loves spending time with her Husky/Staffie cross, Milo

Sylvie Derbyshire

BVetMed GPCert(SAS)
Surgical Intern 

Sylvie spent 13 years working for Parkhill Vets, firstly in mixed practice, before deciding to specialise in small animals, which led to her attaining the General Practitioner certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2012. She jumped at the chance to join frank. Pet Surgeons. after being really impressed with the 5* treatment that she and her clients received as a referring practice, and is excited to be part of a team which puts patient care and client communication far higher than sales and targets. She is passionate about spinal and orthopaedic surgery, and is keen to develop her already excellent skills as part of the frank. team.

In her spare time, Sylvie enjoys days out with her children, horse-riding, aerial hoop, and looking after the menagerie of animals on her small hobby farm. 

Charlotte Ellis

RVN
Veterinary Nurse 

Charlotte attained a foundation degree at Askham Bryan College whilst on placement at Calder Vets. She qualified in 2018, and then worked at Paragon Referrals for a year. She was a key member of the surgical team there, which made her an ideal candidate for a surgical RVN role at fPS.

She is looking forward to undertaking more surgical specific CPD in future, to develop her general knowledge and help her prepare for taking on a certificate in Emergency Critical Care, Anaesthesia or Surgery.

Charlotte is thrilled to be part of the fPS team, because of the varied caseload, the gold standard care, and the open and straightforward communications with clients – something that isn’t always standard in veterinary practice, and that she feels very strongly about.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends, or looking after her cat Princess Piper, and rabbits Bruce and Phoebe.

Kayleigh Hanlon

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Kayleigh has worked in the veterinary industry since 2009, initially in a first opinion small animal practice, then in a referral hospital where she gained her level 3 diploma in 2013. She then worked for a veterinary charity hospital, before moving into a management role as deputy head nurse at a large referral hospital with 11 branch practices. Much as she enjoyed the challenge, Kayleigh missed the hands-on nursing, and joined fPS in October 2019 as a surgical nurse. As well as having a keen interest in anaesthesia, analgesia and imaging, Kayleigh really enjoys spending time reassuring and soothing patients both pre-op and during their recovery.

In her spare time, Kayleigh enjoys spending time with family and friends, and also loves getting out and about in the countryside, either with her husband, or on Kato, a horse that she part shares. She doesn’t have time for a pet of her own, but regularly steals Jeff, her sister’s Shih Tzu.

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

Hollie McNamee

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Hollie has worked with animals since 2012 and underwent her training in a referral practice. She qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in January 2017 at Myerscough College, before gaining further experience working as head veterinary nurse in a first opinion practice. Her main interests are radiography and orthopaedic nursing, including physiotherapy. Hollie joined the frank. Pet Surgeons. team in August 2018, and is looking forward to developing her skills in radiography, orthopaedic nursing and anaesthesia

In her spare time, Hollie enjoys horse riding, gym classes and spending time with family and friends. She is also a keen traveller, and loves exploring new cities and immersing herself in the culture of different countries around the world.

Kate Nettleton

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Kate is a highly experienced nurse, with 18 years in a variety of practices under her belt. A qualified RVN since 2006, she holds additional qualifications in coaching and assessment of students, and in Hydrotherapy. Promoted to Assistant Nursing Manager in her previous role, Kate brings a wealth of experience to the fPS team, and is looking forward to pursuing her interest in anaesthesia and imaging, and continuing to develop her nursing career as part of our team.

Kate has a selection of pets at home, including a Bullmastiff called Billy, a Jack Russell called Charlie, and a horse called Tolley. Much of her spare time is taken up with exercising them, and she also enjoys reading and walking.

Lauren Russell

Receptionist 

Lauren originally graduated in Film and TV Production, and worked in corporate video production for 5 years, before taking on a role as a support worker for the elderly and vulnerable. This blend of transferable skills made her an excellent choice to take on the challenge of a reception role at fPS, where her ability to quickly build rapport and trust with clients will be highly valued. She is passionate about delivering great customer service and is a fervent advocate of the frank ethos – open and honest communication and putting pets and owners at the heart of everything we do.

Although Lauren does not have her own pet, one day she would love to have a dog. In her spare time, she enjoys running outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and keeping her multimedia skills alive with a spot of photography.

Robyn Ryan

Animal Care Assistant

Robyn studied animal science at university before qualifying as a dog groomer in 2013. Robyn continued her journey in the animal industry and in 2016 became an animal welfare assistant at the Blue Cross re homing centre in Suffolk. With a passion to continue her career within the veterinary industry she was delighted to joins the fPS team as an Animal Care Assistant where she can develop her interest and experience. In 5 years’ time she would like to have completed her veterinary nurse training and taken her first steps into a career as a qualified veterinary nurse. Robyn has a 3 year old cocker spaniel called Archie. In her spare time she enjoys being out and about in the countryside and hill walking, one of her dreams would be to own a staffie!

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.

Sian Stanton

DipAVN RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Sian qualified as a veterinary nurse in New Zealand. She then came over to the UK for a holiday, and never left! She registered as a nurse in 2011 and then in 2016, she completed an advanced nursing diploma. Her main interests are anaesthesia, surgical nursing and theatre practice, and she has worked at a variety of different hospitals, including exotic referral, charity, rehabilitation and emergency clinics. She aims to develop her interest in anaesthesia by working towards further qualifications in that area during her time at frank.
At home Sian has one very greedy cat, and one very old but very cheeky ferret!

Samantha Stubbs

Animal Care Assistant

Samantha spent 8 years working at PDSA, initially as an animal care assistant, then after attaining a Veterinary Care Assistant level 2 Diploma in, as a Veterinary Care Assistant, which allowed her to get involved in the surgical side. Unusually, she isn’t just interested in looking after patients – she also loves prepping instruments for surgery! From a farming background (her father is a pig farmer) Samantha has always been very keen on animals, and she’s delighted to be part of the fPS team where she can develop her interest and experience in looking after animals in need.

As well as socialising with friends, and going to the gym, she has an interest in the theatre. She has taken part in local amateur dramatic productions and worked in the box office doing ticket sales. She also volunteers at a local horse and donkey sanctuary and enjoys walks in the countryside.

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.

Olivia Sykes

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Olivia has worked with animals since 2013 – undergoing her veterinary nurse training in a referral practice before qualifying as an RVN in 2018 at Myerscough College. She then joined a first opinion practice as head nurse, gaining a lot of relevant experience, and affirming her desire to develop her career in the field of referral/specialist nursing. Olivia joined us in January 2019 and is looking forward to focusing on her main areas of interest, which are anaesthesia, radiography and surgical nursing.

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys going to the gym, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She has a 1-year old cat called Reuben who loves his food!

Andy Tunley

RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Andy trained at Holly House Veterinary Hospital in North Leeds, and worked there for six years, before taking on the challenge of working all over the North of England as a locum. 

His time at Holly House provided him with invaluable experience working in a busy hospital environment, and during his 4 years of locum work, he gained great experience and flexibility working across a multitude of disciplines in different referral practices and busy hospitals. One of the practices he locumed at was fPS, and when the chance to take on a full time role here came up, he jumped at the chance. 

Andy enjoys learning, and plans to grab the opportunity to increase his professional qualifications, particularly in anaesthesia. He is looking forward to taking on the challenge of assisting with our interesting caseload, whilst applying his existing experience and knowledge to day to day nursing tasks in our hospital. He believes that  fPS is different from other practices because it combines the high standards and sophistication of larger hospitals with the personal touch of smaller practices, and is looking forward to being part of our small, passionate team.

When he’s not at work, Andy enjoys keeping fit by running, cycling and going to the gym, and getting out and about in the fresh air with his parents dogs.  Although he doesn’t currently have a pet, he is looking forward to having a cat when he buys his first home.