Welcome to our team at Medivet Horncastle.
David Kenyon – Practice Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
After qualifying at Onderstepoort, South Africa in 1992, I spent a few years working at various practices in Pretoria. In 1995, we decided to try working in the UK, and joined Medivet, back in the day when they only had 11 practices! My daughter was born at Watford General Hospital in 1997, and we decided to return to South Africa to bring her up with family. I continued working for Medivet on and off until 2000 when I returned to Pretoria and bought into Hatfield Bird & Animal Hospital. We sold this practice in November 2015. Returning to Medivet after 16 years has been an interesting experience, and I'm highly impressed with what has been achieved. Having owned and run my own practice for 16 years, I appreciate the value in Medivet's support, allowing me to concentrate on my career and creating the right atmosphere for my staff, clients and their pets. When I'm not at work, I enjoy scuba diving (I'm a PADI Dive Master), running, walking, cycling, swimming and golf.
Alistair Mitchell – Veterinary Surgeon
I have been a registered veterinary surgeon (MRCVS) since 1982. I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Veterinary Medicine and Science. I helped set up Pilgrim Vets twenty-eight years ago and after all these years, I still wake up every morning looking forward to work. Vetting isn’t my job – it’s my lifestyle! I will never tire of caring for my patients and getting to know their owners. At home, I have two dogs named Boris and Peter. In my spare time I enjoy birdwatching, spending time with my wife and three sons and going back to Scotland to walk in the fresh air.
Karen Batley – Practice Manager and Veterinary Nurse
I joined the practice in 1998 and qualified in 2004 as a veterinary nurse, shortly followed by obtaining my clinical coach qualification. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, being in the garden, baking and skiing.
Rebecca Hobson – Head Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012 from the College of Animal Welfare, Leeds. I have worked as a veterinary nurse since 2004 and worked with horses for ten years before that. I love to meet and greet the patients when they come to the vets. At home, I have cats, a dog and a corn snake. Outside of work, I coach and manage an under 9’s football team. I enjoy spending time with my son and taking him to dance competitions.
Jasmine Cooper – Patient Care Assistant
I have a Level 2 Extended Diploma in Animal Management and a First Diploma in Horse Care. I love working with animals and also have pets at home.
Madeleine Harrold – Patient Care Assistant
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology which I qualified from The University of Derby in 2013. I’ve also done courses in dog grooming and microchipping. Before joining Medivet, I worked as a receptionist and administrator at an emergency Veterinary clinic. In the past I’ve done work experience at farms with sheep and cows, and volunteered at a wildlife park. I have also taught animal management at an agricultural college. I particularly enjoy seeing life-saving emergency surgeries and patients’ full recovery from this. I also have an interest in wildlife, conservation and endangered species. I have three cats called Jay, Billy and Mia (two domestic short hairs and one Maine Coon), we have recently adopted a Jack Russell cross Parsons Terrier called Hugo who keeps us busy with lots of walks! Socialising with friends, dog walks and travelling.
Edith May Harding – Accounts Manager
I graduated from Darlington Technical College with a National Certificate in Commerce (Business Studies with Economics). I’ve been working at Banovallum Vets as the accounts manager for nearly thirty years. Previously, I ran a computer bureau for eight years. I have a cat named Tinks at home and outside of work I enjoy reading, swimming, socialising and flower arranging. I am currently president of a local flower club and am also a member (and past chairman) of Tangetani.