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Thirsk

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Our Thirsk Surgery is part of the Gateway Business Park development, and is located on Inspiration Way, Sowerby (next door to Aldi). A really accessible location with excellent parking. Patients visiting the surgery will be cared for by vets Simon Burgess, Alex Kendall, Gemma Cliffin, Esme Telfer-Shaw, Tom Beaumont & Molly Fetherstone. Our RCVS-accredited hospital in Ripon operates 24/7 for emergencies, with out-of-hours care provided by our own team of vets and nurses. In an emergency, call us on 01765 602396 or your usual surgery To register with us and claim your free welcome pack, please contact us using the details below!
Where We Are

Caxton Lodge,
Inspiration Way,
Sowerby
Thirsk,
North Yorkshire

Y07 1TS

Opening Hours
Monday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed
Meet the Team
Simon Burgess
Role: Vet
Simon Burgess
Ripon, Easingwold, Thirsk
A bit about me...

Simon graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997. He moved to Yorkshire at the beginning of 2021 having run a veterinary hospital in Surrey for 10 years. Simon has a post graduate diploma in Veterinary Professional studies and a certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management. He has varied interests which include laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, chronic pain clinics and dentistry.

Did you know?
Outside work, he is currently busy renovating a house. When this is finished he plans to return to getting fit with running, swimming and yoga.
Alex Kendall
Role: Vet
Alex Kendall
Ripon, Thirsk
A bit about me...

Alex graduated with distinction from Edinburgh University in 2013, before working as a small animal vet across Lancashire and North Yorkshire. She joined the practice in autumn 2015 and is based at our Ripon and Pateley Bridge branches. 

In the past Alex has spent time in Sri Lanka helping treat, vaccinate and neuter street dogs, and managed a team at PDSA charity hospital in Sunderland in 2018.

Alex has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery and recently achieved her Royal College Certificate in General Small Animal Surgery.

Did you know?
Alex lives in Thirsk with Sully the cocker spaniel and Nessie the cat. She enjoys walking, yoga and indoor climbing.
Ruth Barron
Role: Client Care Assistant
Ruth Barron
Client Care Assistant - Northallerton, Thirsk
A bit about me...

Ruth has joined Bishopton Vets in 2023 .

 

Did you know?
Ruth is a keen horse rider and has recently taken up horse riding again which is keeping her fit !
Gemma Cliffin
Role: Vet
Gemma Cliffin
Easingwold, Thirsk
A bit about me...

Gemma is originally from Surrey, but has lived in Yorkshire since she graduated from Vet School in 2014. She has worked in a wide variety of roles including first opinion practice, as a locum vet and has also spent time working at a charity clinic in the Cook Islands.

Did you know?
Outside of work Gemma enjoy hiking and paddle boarding with her 2 Golden Retrievers. Gemma is a keen gardener and grows lots of her own fruit and vegetables. She also has a much-loved ginger cat at home called Mango who rules their household!
Molly Fetherstone
Role: Vet
Molly Fetherstone
Thirsk
A bit about me...

Molly graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. She initially spent time in mixed practice, but soon found her love was for small animals and joined Bishopton in 2020 as a small animal vet. She is interested in all aspects of general practice but particularly enjoys a day in the operating theatre. 

Did you know?
Molly lives in Helmsley with her growing family on her family farm where she can be found spending her free time immersed in life with her sheep and two border collies, Nellie and Wilf. She looks forward to welcoming you to our new Thirsk practice where she will be based moving forwards.
Esme Telfer-Shaw
Role: Vet
Esme Telfer-Shaw
Ripon, Thirsk
A bit about me...
Originally from York, Esme graduated from Cambridge in 2013. She started out in mixed practice in south-west Wales before moving back up to North Yorkshire into another mixed practice role. In 2017, she relocated to New Zealand and has spent the past 4 years working in small animal practice in Christchurch. It was here that Esme developed a passion for ultrasound and a fondness for complex medical cases!
Did you know?
Outside of work Esme is most likely to be found in a swimming pool, nothing competitive or fast - she just loves swimming! She is also a keen road cyclist (weather depending) and loves baking.
Tom Beaumont
Role: Vet
Tom Beaumont
Ripon, Thirsk
A bit about me...

Tom is originally from the Ripon area and went to Ripon Grammar School before heading to the University of Liverpool where he graduated in 2021.

Since then he has been working in a mixed Practice on the Welsh borders, Mid Wales.

Tom joined Bishopton to carry out a split role, working in both the small animal and Farm Team.  His main interests are small animal surgery and medical cases, large animal surgery and bovine reproduction.

Outside of work, Tom enjoys rugby, football and fishing and he has a working cocker spaniel called Wren.

Alex Cranfield
Role: Client Care Assistant
Alex Cranfield
Client Care Assistant - Thirsk
A bit about me...

Alex grew up on a mixed farm with a pack of dogs, cats, chickens, small furries and ponies. She worked in hospitality for sixteen years before opting for a change of path and found herself in the veterinary world when she joined Bishopton in 2017.

One of Alex's roles within the practice is handling the small animal insurance claims. This involves seeing the claims all the way through from the initial logging of the claims forms, processing claims, speaking with clients and insurance companies to recording the received payments.

Did you know?
Alex is a semi-professional classical singer and has sung in The Royal Albert Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Carnegie Hall in New York and, more locally, for weddings and christenings. She has a degree in classical singing and a degree in hospitality management. During lockdown, Alex took up road cycling and enjoys it so much, she will be cycling the Coast to Coast in May.
Olivia Hudson
Role: Nurse
Olivia Hudson
Nurse - Ripon, Thirsk
A bit about me...

Olivia has recently completed her BSc top up degree in Veterinary Nursing at Askham Bryan College and has a keen interest in nutrition.

Olivia is keen to complete further education within that field in the future.

Did you know?
Outside of work Olivia can often be found on the family farm or with her border collie.
Emelia Veloza
Role: Client Care Assistant
Emelia Veloza
Client Care Assistant - Northallerton, Thirsk
A bit about me...

Emelia has a mischievous cat named Gizmo, who she rescued as a kitten last year. In her spare time she enjoys reading and baking. Her favourite food and drink are chocolate and coffee – she couldn't survive without either!