We pride ourselves on the friendly, caring and professional service that we provide at our four branches centred around Stamford Bridge near York. Our vets provide treatment for cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, rodents, birds, reptiles, aquatics and anything else that's unusual, and each clinic carries a comprehensive range of equipment and facilities to enable us to give your pet the utmost and latest in veterinary care.
Diana qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1993 and gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in March 1999. She has passed Level 5 of the Hill's Nutritional Advisor Programme and holds the C&G Certificate in Nursing Exotics. After working as head nurse for many years Diana decided to take up the challenge of veterinary practice management and became practice manager in 2003, then clinical director in 2011. Diana has a dog, cats, duck, rabbits and chickens!
Lynne Parkinson RVN
Lynne qualified in 1996 after training at Berkshire college of Agriculture, working in a variety of practices as a qualified veterinary nurse and then as a head nurse. She moved up to York and joined Battle Flatts in 2005, becoming head nurse in 2006 where she gained, first her certificate in veterinary nursing Small Animal Dentistry and then City in Guilds certificate in Veterinary Nursing of exotic species. Lynne has a keen interest in exotics and enjoys working with many species of birds and in particular, the birds of prey we are lucky enough to see and treat. She has a very handsome cat called Billy and two guinea pigs, Custard cream and Ginger nut.
Edith Mitchelmore RVN
Edith joined Battle Flatts in 2009 as a student and after completing three years of training she qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012. She originally worked at both the Pocklington and Stamford bridge branches but is now senior nurse of Stamford Bridge. On her days off Edith likes to be outdoors, walking in the countryside, making trips to the beach. There's nothing better than sitting in a sunny garden with her cat, Walter Stripes and enjoying a nice drink.
Leeanne Taylor RVN
Leeanne started working at Battle Flatts in 1999 as a trainee nurse and has never left. Since qualifying she has completed her Exotics Nursing Certificate and Canine Advanced Training and Behaviour degree. Leeanne works at Stamford Bridge as one of the Senior Nurses and assists in the training of new nurses. She also runs Scally Waggs, an early puppy socialisation course which has run successfully for many years. Leeanne has a young son, so in her very limited spare time she enjoys walking three dogs, baking and sewing.
Rebecca Darbyshire RVN
Rebecca joined Battle Flatts straight from school and qualified in 1997. She was originally based at Stamford Bridge before later becoming senior nurse at the Pocklington surgery. Rebecca has four wonderful ginger cats, Fergus, Rory, Austin, Walter, two parrots, chickens and a husband. Her hobbies are gardening and upholstery, and she has completed the Association of Masters Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers level 2 qualification and is currently working towards her level 3.
Helena Dewhurst RVN
Helena qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2017 and a self-professed ‘cat lady’ she would like to undertake further feline nursing courses. Helena is a volunteer for Cats Protection and has fostered kittens for local charities, including hand rearing from as young as a day old. Helena has two cats of her own; ginger Leo who moved in many years ago and an anxious tabby Pippin who started life as a feral. Aside from cats she enjoys cycling, camping and reading.
Evie Elcock RVN
Evie joined the Battle Flatts team in September 2014 after doing work experience and qualified as a veterinary nurse in November 2016. She enjoys all aspects of nursing especially assisting with surgical procedures and nursing exotic species and wildlife.
In her spare time Evie enjoys walking my Cocker Spaniel, Charlie and looking after her rabbit, Fudge. She also likes to cook and bake when time allows.
Charlotte Horsley RVN
Charlotte Battle Flatts in 2007 and undertook three years of training, qualifying in 2010. She is based at the Strensall surgery and has completed her C&G certificate in nursing exotic species although She enjoys working with all species of animals. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys riding and competing her horse Marten, walking her Cocker Spaniel, Daisy and relaxing with her cat Pistachio.
Chelsea Strangeway RVN
Chelsea started at Battle Flatts in September 2013 as a trainee veterinary nurse, and qualified in April 2016. She has a keen interest in completing the exotic nursing qualification and also physiotherapy and medicine. Outside of work Chelsea enjoys travelling and photography and going to the gym, where she is part of a pole fitness group.