We are a group of small animal practices based in Halifax, the Calder Valley and Huddersfield. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open seven days a week at our Halifax hospital and have access to 24-hour emergency care.
Jaimie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2010. She enjoys the busy, friendly environment at the Halifax hospital where she is based. Jaimie has two dogs, Sue and Penny, and a cat named Mr Creasy. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with family and friends, horse riding and dog walks.
Alison Lister RVN
Deputy Head Nurse
Alison has always owned animals including exotic pets, water dragons and parrots. She used to work at a rare breeds farm where she was in charge of birds of prey and fish. Her dream is to go to Africa to work with monkeys in the wild. Alison joined West Mount Vets in October 2008 and was originally employed as a nursing assistant. She completed her BTEC national diploma in animal care in 1997 and has since qualified as a nurse. At home Alison has a dog called Olive. While not at work Alison enjoys reading, camping, hiking and most of all socialising with friends and family.
Dinah Boylan RVN
Dinah’s career with Holborow and Tapsfield (now West Mount Vets) began in 1987 at the original Halifax surgery on Gibbet Street. Dinah qualified as a veterinary nurse from Myerscough College, Preston in 2000. She has taken further courses in physiotherapy, animal behaviour, pet nutrition, dentistry and enjoyed attending many veterinary congresses, the most memorable being The World Veterinary Congress in Orlando, Florida. She worked at the Halifax and Paddock surgeries as well as the now closed Hebden Bridge and Elland surgeries before moving to our brand new, purpose built premises in West Vale. At home Dinah has a German Shepherd dog called Darby and a ginger cat called Darcy.
Gina Dean RVN
Gina has recently qualified as a registered veterinary nurse. She enjoys baking, home DIY and caravan holidays with her family and their two Spaniels, Rhona and Elvis.
Charlotte Haymonds RVN
Charlie qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2008. She worked in a number of practices all over the UK before settling in West Yorkshire. Charlie joined West Mount Vets in 2016 as a senior nurse at the Mytholmroyd branch and has an interest in surgical nursing. She lives at home with her husband, two small children, two dogs and a disabled cat. In her free time she enjoys walking in the countryside with her family.
Sarah Hebda RVN
Sarah began her dream career in 2007 working at a busy hospital and referral practice. It was there she completed her qualification in 2010. Her experience enabled Sarah to work alongside Africa’s wildlife during an amazing work trip. Sarah joined the team at Aspley as head nurse in 2012 but now works at our Paddock surgery. She has since trained as a clinical coach teaching student veterinary nurses within the practice. Sarah also runs very popular weight clinics and has many successes in reducing pet’s waistlines.
Kathy Barker RVN
Kathy grew up on a dairy farm in Lincolnshire and has worked in many veterinary practices there, as well as in Surrey and Sydney, Australia. She first joined West Mount Vets in 2001, qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse in 2009. Kathy currently works at both the Paddock and Halifax surgeries, and has previously worked at many of the other surgeries within the West Mount Group. When not at work, Kathy shares a home with her two Golden Retrievers, Lola and Ronnie Barker, and a cat, Bertie. Kathy is also a lifelong fan of Lincoln City Football Club.
Nicole Hubbard RVN
Nicole is a newly qualified nurse, graduating in 2017. She is based at the Halifax surgery where she carried out her training and enjoys the busy environment, particularly emergency and critical care work. At home Nicole has a dog called Buck and two rescue cats called Tyrion and Hodor, who were adopted from West Mount Vets as poorly stray kittens. In her spare time she enjoys walking in the Yorkshire Dales with Buck.
Sarah McNeely RVN
Born and raised in Huddersfield, Sarah now lives in south Huddersfield with her husband and two sons. She started working as a volunteer in a Huddersfield veterinary practice during her final years of high school. After completing her A-Levels she was employed full-time by that practice and started her veterinary nurse training. In December 1997 Sarah moved to West Mount Vets in Halifax to complete her training and qualified as a nurse the following year. When the Paddock branch opened she moved there and continued to do out-of-ours work in Halifax. Since starting a family Sarah now works at the Paddock branch part-time.
Angie Robins RVN
Angie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000 and has worked for West Mount Vets since 1991. She currently works at the Mytholmroyd surgery, although she has worked at all of our branches at some time or another. She lives in Hebden Bridge with her three daughters, two black Labradors and two cats. She also likes to go running in the Calder valley with one or more of the above usually joining her. In the last couple of years she has run The London Marathon, The Great North Run, the Paris Marathon and the Edinburgh Half Marathon, raising over £5,000 for Yorkshire Cat Rescue so far. She finds veterinary nursing and running very similar - hard work but rewarding and will hopefully be doing both for a few more years to come.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Sarah is training as a student nurse working full time at our Mytholmroyd branch. She particularly enjoys inpatient work at the surgery. In her spare time Sarah loves going to the cinema and playing hockey. She also enjoys the outdoors with her two dogs Bruno and Ralph.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Hollie had always wanted to be a veterinary nurse and work with animals from an early age. She started volunteering at a busy veterinary hospital in 2008 and also at the RSPCA (Bradford) branch in 2010 to begin her career path. Since this initial work experience she has also been employed by a busy hospital and worked on call and out of hours at a referral practice. It was at the hospital she met and rescued her crazy dog Gizmo who was a patient from five weeks old. She joined us in July 2014 and is currently training to be a veterinary nurse at the Halifax hospital where she enjoys looking after the inpatients throughout the day and during out of hours.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Danielle began working for West Mount Vets in 2014 after graduating with a psychology degree from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2013. She has recently begun her veterinary nursing training and will qualify in the next two years. When not at work she enjoys travelling and spending time with friends, family and her two mischievous cats.
Animal Nursing Assistant
Hannah joined the practice in December 2007 working as an animal care assistant and receptionist. She lives with her partner Matt and her son Elliott, as well as three cats called Edith, Olga and Roy. In addition to looking after all the animals she loves cooking, movies and live music.
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