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Meet the Team - Veterinary Surgeons

Rachael Frayne

BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Rachael joined the team in 2012 and has particular interest in operating, having completed her General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Outside of work she enjoys exploring the lakes and fells with her daughters Anna and Harriet, and their dog Myrtle, an Italian spinone. She also enjoys gardening and has a little allotment patch at home where she grows fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Emily Jones

BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Emily joined the team in 2015 after finishing her studies at Glasgow University. She has a keen interest in emergency critical care and internal medicine, and she is working towards post graduate certificates in these areas. Her hobbies include getting outside, fell walking, lake swimming and climbing – as well as playing traditional music on the violin.

Jenna Lamb

BVM BVS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Jenna saw practice at Millcroft as a student, and after graduating from the University of Nottingham and working for a couple of years in Newcastle, she returned to become a full time member of the team in 2016. She’s particularly interested in small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging. Outside work she enjoys exploring the lakes and fells with her Lab, Oban, or on her chunky pony, Spice, as well as eating good food with friends and family.

Julie Saxton

MA VetMB Cert SAC MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Julie qualified in 1988 from the University of Cambridge and secured her certificate in small animal cardiology in 1990 – something she has continued to have a strong interest in, as well as ultrasonography. At home she has Baxter and Elsa, who are a pair of old beans. She enjoys tennis, yoga, fell walking and exploring our beautiful lakes.

Tessa Steele

BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Tessa graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010, joined our team straight after and has been with us ever since except for a year spent working in New Zealand after which she returned to Cumbria and Millcroft. She is a small animal vet with a particular interest in surgery. Outside work she is kept busy by her two young and slightly feral children, but enjoys quiet moments swimming in the lakes and walking her Lab cross Machir.

Vicki Temple

BVMS, CertAVP ZM, MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Vicki joined the team after graduating from Glasgow University in 2001. She has a keen interest in exotic pets and the challenges of treating a variety of pets. Vicki has acquired her Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoological Medicine and is an Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine (there are only 62 in the country!) . At home she enjoys spending time with her mini menagerie: a horse, Shetland pony, corn snake and outdoor aviary of birds.

Sophie Wright

BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Sophie graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and joined the practice in 2018. She has an interest in small animal behaviour and is currently undertaking further study in this area at the University of Edinburgh. She enjoys walking the fells with her dog and drawing animals with watercolour pencils.

Meredith Pankhurst

BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Meredith qualified from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies Edinburgh, in 2023. She grew up in rural Peak District where she discovered her love of sheep and rural mixed veterinary practice. On farm she enjoys anything sheep related and on the small animal side, loves meeting friendly faces and working on a complex skin or allergy case. Outside of work she gets out into the mountains whenever she can, and is an avid cyclist and climber.

Shannon Ryan

BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Shannon qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2021 but grew up outside Philadelphia in the United States. Shannon recently moved to Cumbria after working in mid-Wales for two years. At work, Shannon especially enjoy farm animal emergencies and small animal dentistry. When not at work, Shannon enjoys being outside, whether it's rock climbing or walking, with her lovely dog Ted.

Ben Wark

BVSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Ben qualified from the Royal Dick Veterinary School in Edinburgh in 2023 and straight after, joined the Millcroft team. Ben is one of our mixed Vets and enjoys working with the variety of animals Cumbria has to offer, both large and small. Outside of work he enjoys anything that will get him into the outdoors mainly biking, sailing or climbing and loves both cooking and eating good food.

Katy Bell

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Katy graduated from Liverpool in 2016 and worked in mixed practice in Yorkshire for six years, before moving to Cumbria and joining Millcroft in 2023. While really enjoying the variety that mixed practice brings, she particularly enjoys anything surgical. She enjoys spending her spare time in the countryside, running, cycling or hiking in the fells with her three border collies.

Holly Richards

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Holly qualified from Glasgow University having grown up in the countryside around the same city, and then moved to Millcroft soon after to start a new adventure. She particularly enjoys seeing exotic patients such as small furries and birds, and has fostered hundreds of rabbits and kept parrots all her life! Outside work she enjoys bouldering in Carlisle and going to lots of concerts.

Andrea Weightman

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Andrea grew up on a local dairy farm, which sparked an interest in animals that led to her studying veterinary science at Liverpool University, graduating in 2003. She has worked in mixed and small animal practice in Cumbria since, joining team Millcroft in 2019. Outside of work she runs a local business with her partner, and is renovating an old mill that she hopes to one day move into!

Daisy Hawkins

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Daisy graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 2017 and worked at home in Scotland for a year, before moving for two years to work in New Zealand. A farm vet through and through, she joined the team after returning from her Antipodean adventure and has been here ever since. When she’s not vetting, she’s either farming at home, messing about with her pedigree Texels or getting a sweat on at Crossfit.

Bryony Garner

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Bryony graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2019, and joined a veterinary practice in south Cumbria, working there for three years before becoming part of the Millcroft team in 2022. She is particularly interested in surgery, dentals and calvings. Outside work, she enjoys cycling, climbing and hiking.

Hannah Mattinson

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Hannah graduated from Liverpool University and worked in Carlisle before joining Millcroft in 2022. She is a mixed vet and enjoys the variety of animals she gets to work with. Outside of work she is usually found fell running, wild swimming or paddle boarding, often with her chaotic golden retriever, Heidi!

Anna Redden

MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Anna Redden
Anna joined the team in 2022 after qualifying from the University of Glasgow earlier that year. She has a particular interest in small furries, and shares her home with two guinea pigs and a giant rabbit named Penelope. Outside of work she is a keen cyclist and enjoys getting out and exploring the countryside.

Gavin Lockie

BVM&S BSc MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Gavin grew up in Hawick, just over the Scottish border, where everyone and their gran either has a horse or a relative who farms! Given that and the fact his local practice was down the road from his home, it was unsurprising when he graduated from the Royal Dick School in Edinburgh in 2020. He joined Millcroft soon after, and will either be found at work or in the fells, running or climbing.

Clare Welford

BVM&S MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Clare graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 1990 then returned to her native north Yorkshire, working for five years in farm practice. She swapped the Dales for the Cumbrian fells when she joined the Millcroft team, initially living “above the shop” at our original Maryport surgery. She has been here ever since and has a particular interest in cancer treatments and also the care of our older patients.

John Boyle

BVM&S MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
John qualified from the Royal Dick Veterinary School in Edinburgh in 1994 and first came to Millcroft as a locum in 2001. He is particularly interested in small animal medicine and surgery. He likes to spend his spare time enjoying our beautiful Cumbrian countryside by getting out running on the fells.