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.
Head Veterinary Surgeon and Senior Clinical Director for part of North and West Yorkshire
After graduating from Cambridge University in 2002, Kate spent several years practising in the northwest of England before indulging in her love of travel and spending some time abroad. Kate worked in busy small animal practices in New Zealand and Australia and developed a keen interest in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. She started at Battle Flatts in 2008 and completed her certificate in small animal surgery in 2013. Based at our Stamford Bridge branch, Kate enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but is particularly interested in surgery and is responsible for advanced soft tissue surgery and orthopaedic cases at the practice. She and her partner Moses have three children keeping them busy at home, as well as a bouncy red Labrador and a very affectionate cat. Kate enjoys spending time in the wonderful North Yorkshire countryside with her family and a little travelling when time allows!
Tynke Bakker DVM FVH MRCVS
After graduating from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Tynke worked for two years in a Dutch mixed practice before starting extra small animal medicine and surgery training as an intern at the university and in a referral hospital in Aarau, Switzerland, followed by a FVH certificate. Tynke then decided to move to the UK in 2010 with her partner Paul who works as a race horse vet and in 2015 started work herself at Battle Flatts, mainly based at the Norton surgery. Her main interests within practice are internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging (ultrasound), dermatology and cytology, which is looking at cells through a microscope. In her free time Tynke spends lots of time with her children and her German longhair Pointer in the outdoors. She also has a love of skiing, sailing and hacking her 19 year old horse.
Giorgia Brambilla BVSc MRCVS
After graduating from Bristol University in 2018, Giorgia spent six months working in a small animal veterinary clinic in Weston-super-Mare, before deciding to relocate in North Yorkshire. She is very enthusiastic about all aspects of veterinary medicine and is looking forward to improve her skills. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the countryside with her dog Alfie.
Gemma Graham BVMS MRCVS
Gemma graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2016 and joined Battle Flatts a month later. She has always harboured a keen interest in wildlife, exotic and zoo animal medicine, and quickly began working with Mark to support the growing exotic patient caseload at the practice. In addition to this she enjoys getting to know her small animal patients and their owners.
Her love for wildlife, veterinary medicine and travelling has kept her busy as she has spent time volunteering in a street animal hospital in India, at a cat/dog shelter in Egypt and a wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa. Gemma can be seen at our Stamford Bridge and Strensall branches, where she will be further developing her skills in exotic animal medicine as she works towards her Advanced Practitioner Certificate in Zoological Medicine. Gemma enjoys baking, gardening, spending time with her cat Mushu and travelling whenever possible!
Liz Harland BVM&S PhD MRCVS
After qualifying from Edinburgh University, Elizabeth joined a mixed veterinary practice in the New Forest. She first started working with Battle Flatts in 1993 ago after moving up from London where she had been working and studying for a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College. Living locally, Liz has a grown up family of three and an extended family of numerous horses, sheep, hens, pigs, cats and a very lively Spaniel. Her hobbies include riding, walking, tandem cycling and going to the theatre.
Lucy Irvine BVMS MRCVS
Lucy qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2017, she then moved south to work for a year in Teeside in a small animal practice before joining the Battle Flatts team in July 2018. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice with an interest in internal medicine and preventative health care. Originally from the West Coast of Scotland, Lucy spends her free time visiting friends and family back home, exploring the Yorkshire countryside with her partner and Finn the Labrador and being entertained by Lula the cat.
Mark Naguib BVMS(Hons) Cert AVP (ZooMed) MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine
Mark qualified from Glasgow in 2009 and joined Battle Flatts a year later, based at our Stamford Bridge surgery. As well as treating dogs and cats, he has a keen interest in exotic animals. Mark holds the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in the field of Zoological Medicine and has experience treating over 200 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and exotic mammals. In 2014 he was awarded the RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine Status. This status is awarded to vets who have not only undertaken further study and passed exams in a particular area of veterinary work (in Mark’s case reptiles, birds and other so-called ‘exotic’ animals), but have also confirmed that they continue keep up to date with all the latest developments in their field.
Hannah Tate BVM BVS MRCVS
Hannah graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2012 and has worked in several countries, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with a mixture of small, farm and exotic animals, before joining Battle Flatts in January 2019. She has a particular passion for wildlife and exotic species, and is currently undertaking her advanced practitioner certificate in zoological medicine, but also thoroughly enjoys small animal surgery and imaging. In her spare time Hannah loves to travel, and has worked with a variety of conservation projects including a lion sanctuary in Zimbabwe and a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Guatemala. She also enjoys hiking and being outdoors, in particular climbing mountains with her partner (they recently took on Mount Kilimanjaro), as well as spending time with her family, friends and her cat, Astrid.
Hannah Willcocks BVMS MRCVS
In 2014, Hannah joined the Battle Flatts team after graduating from the University of Glasgow. In 2016, she took two years out to travel and work as a locum vet in Australia and New Zealand. At the end of 2018, she moved back to Yorkshire, having missed it's fabulous weather, countryside and of course her old colleagues and patients! Hannah enjoys getting to know her patients and their families, mainly at the Strensall branch where she is based. She is interested in internal medicine and further developing her soft tissue surgery skills. During the years travelling, Hannah was lucky to experience many exciting encounters with wild animals in their natural habitat such as Bengal tigers in India, swimming with dusky dolphins in New Zealand and red pandas whilst hiking in Mt Everest Base Camp in Nepal. She hopes to find time to continue travelling in her spare time, along with hiking with her family's Jack Russell Terriers, honing her vegetable growing skills and keeping fit at the gym.