Meet our team

Knowledge, experience and understanding are the cornerstones of our fantastic team here at Oakhill. All the team are or have been pet owners themselves and fully appreciate how important your furry, scaly or feathered family members are to you. We think the very best patient and client care can only be built around a strong team and we are thankful to everyone at Oakhill and the part they play.

  • Matthew

    Matthew Stables

    Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director

    BVSc GP Cert SAM, CertVA MRCVS

    Matthew joined the practice in 2002 However, he did actually first work at the practice as a schoolboy on work experience aged 11! One of the reasons Matthew champions work experience and progressing young talent here at Oakhill.

    Clinical areas of interest: General Medicine and Anaesthesia. Matthew holds post-graduate qualifications in both of these areas.

    Personal Interests: When not at work Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, working in the garden and running.

    Pets: Labrador called Jeffrey and a rabbit called Phoebe

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    Alex Kirby

    Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director

    BVet Med, MRCVS

    Alex joined the practice in 2014

    Clinical area of interest: Alex's main area of interest is Small Animal Surgery, particularly Orthopaedics, of which he sees cases at the Windermere Practice for clients of Oakhill Veterinary Group as well as referral cases from other veterinary practices. Please make an appointment or give him a call if you are concerned about your pet or if you are a referring vet with an interesting case.

    Personal Interests: When not at work Alex loves spending his spare time in the outdoors with his family and two dogs Finn and Joe. He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, including Fell Running, Triathlon, Open Water Swimming and Swimrun.

    Pets: Irish Terriers called Finn and Joe.

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    Kathryn Sharpe

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon

    BVetMed, GP Cert SAS, MRCVS

    Kathryn joined the practice in 2015

    Clinical area of interest: Kathryn takes great pride her surgery work and herd and flock health planning. Kathryn gained her certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2018.

    Personal Interests: Outside of work Kathryn can generally be found roaming the fells or swimming in the many lakes or tarns. Where better to do it?

    Pets: A Border Terrier called Kippa

  • Tina

    Tina Nurse

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon


    Tina joined the practice in 2017

    Clinical area of interest: Medicine, obstetrics, diagnostic imaging and flock and herd health

    Personal Interests: Tina enjoys travel and making the most of her Lakeland surroundings

    Pets: Border collie called Seren

  • Marcelle

    Marcelle Cassar

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Marcelle re-joined the practice in 2017 following an earlier stint in the 90s

    Clinical areas of interest: Canine rehabilitation, small animal surgery and dermatology. Marcelle is the veterinary lead for the new ARC facility.

    Personal Interests: Marcelle enjoys spending time on her allotment as well as fell walking, cycling and swimming

    Pets: 4 tortoises called Leo, Mrs Plod, Big Tort (who is 100 years old!) and Minnie.

  • Rachel W

    Rachel Westwood

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Joined 2022
    Clinical interests: Rachel has a strong interest in equine orthopaedics.
    Personal interests: Hiking, dressage and ballroom dancing
    Pets: Rachel is a new vet to the practice and will likely home some strays in the near future!

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    Elizabeth Ayrton

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Veterinary Surgeon and advanced practitioner companion animal behaviour and veterinary behaviourist, rejoined in 2021
    Clinical interests: Liz has a strong interest in behaviour, canine reproduction and radiography.
    Personal interests: Liz is a Breed Health Coordinator to the Kennel Club for Bearded Collies. She also has an interest in photography, music and art.
    Pets: Five bearded collies – Ned, Aoife, Ciara, Fleur and Morag

  • claire S

    Claire Salisbury

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Joined in 2022
    Clinical interests: Claire qualified in Cambridge in 1991. She has worked in mixed practice as well as working for a veterinary pharmaceutical company and lecturing in small animal infectious disease. Claire has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Law. More recently she has worked entirely in small animal practice. Claire’s main interest is small animal medicine and endocrinology, particularly diabetes, and also infectious disease and vaccination.
    Personal interests: Outside of work Claire enjoys gardening, hill walking and cooking and also enjoy spending a lot of my time looking after, and occasionally riding, the crazy elderly horse while my daughter is away at Uni.
    Pets: 3 cats, 2 dogs and an elderly crazy horse

  • Becky Dean

    Becky Dean

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Becky joined the practice in September 2023 having worked as a mixed-practice vet on the Isle of Man and in the South Lakes for 10 years since graduating.

    Clinical areas of interest: As a mixed vet Becky has a wide range of interests such as obstetrics, infectious disease and surgery. A particular area of interest les in pain management and acupuncture for both small and large animals.

    Personal interests: Outside of work Becky enjoys open water swimming, photography and any creative project that takes her fancy, pottery, sewing and gardening to name a few.

    Pets: At home there are two cats, Eddie and Moriarty, a tropical fish tank and some very pampered hedgehogs in the garden.

  • Jen Harris

    Jen Harris

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Jen rejoined the practice in 2023, having first joined Oakhill in 2017 - she took a 'sabbatical' following the birth of her third daughter but has very much appreciated being welcomed back.

    Clinical interests: Jen enjoys getting her teeth into a challenging medical case alongside ultrasonography.

    Personal interests: A young family keeps Jen busy but together they enjoy walking in the Lakes, particularly if a wild swim is involved, plus a little yoga keeps Jen sane!

    Pets: Ettie a black Labrador, Oliver the cat and Fudge and Brownie the Guinea pigs keep Jen busy.

  • Ellie Cowton

    Ellie Cowton

    Veterinary Surgeon

    BVM&S PgCertDent(WBIS) MRCVS

    Ellie joined the practice in 2023 after starting out at a mixed practice in Yorkshire for 2 years to working as a small animal vet for 5 year

    Clinical areas of interest: Ellie has a keen interest in dental work and has completed her post-graduate certificate in Small Animal Dentistry.

    Personal Interests: Knitting, fell walking, Samba drumming.

    Pets: An elderly one-eye Jack Russell Terrier called Flick.


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    Amy Ducksbury

    Head Nurse


    Amy joined the practice in 2004

    Clinical areas of interest: In-patient care, Anaesthesia, Emergency and critical care.

    Personal Interests: When not at work Amy enjoys horse-riding, Swimming and Walking

    Pets: A Jack Russell terrier called George and a cat called Dotty

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    Tracey Deeley

    Deputy Head Nurse and Cat Advocate


    Tracey joined the practice in 2015
    Personal Interests: When not at work Tracey enjoys knitting, walking and socialising with friends.
    Clinical interests: Tracey has a keen interest in inpatient care and senior and kidney clinics.
    Pets: Terry the Jack Russell, who was adopted from the local RSCPA and King Kofi the Burmese cat

  • alisha

    Alisha Speight

    Veterinary Nurse


    Joined in 2021
    Clinical interests: Alisha has a strong interest in inpatient care and ensures the animals gets the best care possible during their stay with us.
    Personal interests: Alisha is a member of Young Farmers, she also enjoys walking and socialising with friends and looking after her hens
    Pets: A dog called Charlie and hens

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    Emma Johnson

    Veterinary Nurse


    Joined in 2021
    Clinical interests: Labwork and taking x-rays
    Personal interests: Emma is a member of the local amateur dramatics group, she also enjoys walking her two Golden Retrievers, Heidi and Bonnie
    Pets: Bonnie (mum) and Heidi (daughter) the two golden retrievers and a black and white cat called Tishy

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    Jules Allwood

    Veterinary Nurse


    Jules joined the practice in 2016

    Clinical areas of interest: Anaesthesia and critical care, wound management and behaviour.

    Personal Interests: When not working Jules and her husband enjoy walking, sailing and cycling.

    Pets: Border collie name needs changing to Isla

  • Rachael

    Rachel Gibson

    Veterinary Nurse


    Joined in 2019
    Clinical interests: Rachael’s main interests are anaesthesia, dentals and wound management
    Personal interests: Rachael enjoys going for nice walks, socialising and spending time with family
    Pets: A tripod cat called Alfie who was a rescue from the local RSPCA

  • Mary Kyle

    Mary Kyle

    Veterinary Nurse


    Joined in 2022

    Clinical interests: Mary has a strong interest in nurse consults, particularly nurse clinics and nurse laser for wound management and healing. 

    Personal interests: In her spare time Mary enjoying walking, kayaking, paddle boarding and socialising with friends and family.

    Pets: None at the moment, but previously had Pumpkin the hamster, Midnight the rabbit and chickens.

  • Molly Watson

    Molly Watson

    Veterinary Nurse


    Joined in 2023

    Clincial interests: Molly enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice and loves the variety and no two days being the same.  She has a particular interest in emergency critical care.

    Personal interests: Walking in the lakes combined with coffee and cake, paddle boarding and crafting.

    Pets: Roxie the rescue Whippet cross English Bull Terries who is equal parts couch potato and speedster.

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    Helen Smith

    Veterinary Nursing Assistant

    Helen joined the practice in 2014

    Personal Interests: When Helen has any spare time she enjoys riding her horses, helping on the family farm and spending time with her children.

    Pets: Sir Alan, a white and black stray cat with ideas above his station! Helen also has lots of chickens and two horses, Piglet (Gypsy cob), who lives for food (Labrador in a pony’s body) and George, a rescue Dales pony.

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    Sarah Robinson

    Veterinary Nurse and Referral Co-ordinator


    Joined in 2021
    Clinical interests: Sarah has a keen interest in customer care and nutrition
    Personal interests: Caravan holidays with her family and socialising with friends
    Pets: Ivy the Staffie
    Sarah is also our insurance Co-ordinator & Referrals Co-ordinator

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    Janet Fox

    Practice Manager

    Janet joined the practice in 2002

    Personal Interests: When not at work enjoys walking with her two Golden Retrievers.
    Pets: Two Golden Retrievers, Crystal and Coral

  • Kayleigh S

    Kayleigh Schofield


    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Kayleigh joined the practice in 2010

    Personal Interests: In Kayleigh's spare time she enjoys walking, running, baking and socialising with friends.

    Pets: Two Norwegian Forest Cats called Boris and Thor and a Springer Spaniel called Monty

  • Julie Crowe

    Julie Crowe

    Ambleside Branch Manager

    Julie joined the practice in 2001

    Personal Interests: Outside of work Julie enjoys going to the cinema, swimming and skiing.

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    Sam Adams


    Animal Nursing Assistant

    Competent Veterinary Dispenser Award to her qualifications

    Sam joined the practice in 2013

    Personal Interests: In Sam's spare time she enjoys cross-stitch, baking and cooking, horse riding, walking and spending time with her two young children.

    Pets: A snake called Casper

  • Sue W

    Sue Whitehead


    Sue joined the practice in 2015

    Personal Interests: In Sue's spare time she enjoys eating out, cooking, horse-riding and ski-ing

    Pets: A cat called Louis

  • Di Williams

    Diane Williams


    Di joined the practice in 1988

    Personal Interests: In Di's spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, baking, reading and playing the piano.

    Pets: Two Border Collies called Meg and Rosie.

  • eden

    Eden White


    Joined in 2021
    Personal interests: Socialising with friends
    Pets: Pandora, a rescue Ragdoll and Sunshine, the ‘angry’ hamster

  • Rachel F

    Rachel Freeman


    Joined in 2021
    Personal interests: mountain biking, fell walking, motorcycling, needle work and helping out on the farm.
    Pets: Two rough fell sheep called ‘Covid’ and ‘19’, a tortoise called Toto, adopted rabbit called Pete and all the farm animals.

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    Kate Little


    Joined August 2019
    Personal interests - farming, dancing, gardening, sleeping!.....
    Pets - Two very lovely fat cats called Pants & Socks & we've just re-homed a young working cocker spaniel called Bonnie - who's very, very bouncy!

  • claire

    Claire Hails


    Moved to the Lake District in 2021 after falling in love with the place many years ago.
    Previously worked in a Vet practice in the North East and feels so lucky to be able to continue in the same role at Oakhill.

    Interests - Walking, eating and drinking, and socialising with friends
    Pets - Henry and Flo, two Blue Roan Cocker Spaniels

  • Rebecca Sisson

    Rebecca Sisson

    Veterinary Physiotherapist

    BSc (hons) Zoology, PgDip Vet Phys, MNAVP

    Rebecca is a new member of the team, starting Jan 2023. She gained her veterinary physiotherapy qualification from Harper Adams University in 2015, and since then has worked in and around Cumbria treating both equine and canine patients.
    Clinical interests: Rebecca is particularly interested in post-operative rehabilitation and canine arthritis management
    Personal interests: Rebecca is a keen horse rider and also loves hiking in the lakes (when the weather permits!)
    Pets: A Patterdale x border collie called Darcey and a fluffy ginger cat called Peach

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    Ruby Kowalski

    Rehabilitation Therapist

    MIRVAP MT, Level 4 Small animal Hydrotherapy, Veterinary laser therapy, Advanced diploma in equine rehabilitation.

    Ruby joined the Practice in January 2022 after qualifying in 2015 and working at other hydrotherapy centres in Lancashire. She has a strong interest in rehabiliation following canine orthopaedic surgery and hopes to help as many pets as possible improve their mobility via laser and hydrotherapy.
    In her spare time Ruby loves riding hacking out on her horse and walking her two border collies, travelling to new countries, and is committed to learn Spanish.
    Pets: Two Border Collies, Sam and Tom and a horse called Diego.

Working at Oakhill

Matthew Stables got his first taste of Vet life when he was only 11 years old and came to work right here at Oakhill on a work experience programme. He loved it so much he chose his career that very moment. Today Matthew is one of the partners at Oakhill and continues to be passionate about encouraging young people into this noble profession. Oakhill still welcomes about thirty work experience and vet students every year.

If you are interested in a career at Oakhill Veterinary Group as a vet, nurse, receptionist or administrator you can complete the registration form below. We will acknowledge its receipt and keep your details on our records so that we can contact you the next time we have an opportunity that may be of interest.