Management and Administration

Louise Davison MRCVS- Veterinary Surgeon/Company Director.

Having grown up in a farming family near York and spending most of my free time as a child outside with either horses or dogs (or preferably both), a career in veterinary medicine was always my dream.I first came to Holmefield as a final year student to gain experience in pig medicine (as the practice in those days was a traditional mixed practice) and was delighted to join the team a year later as a ‘fledgling vet’ in July 1994. Having worked my way through the ranks and found myself as director of the company, I now spend the majority of my time in a management role but still thrive on the time I spend doing the ‘real veterinary work’ I love. I still get a buzz from working with animals and their owners every day and feel lucky to have spent my whole working life at Holmefield.Like most vets. Whilst we no longer have our small holding we still have our Labrador Fletcher and our 3 cats (Spencer, Cheeky and Tango), and whilst there is no immediate intention to expand the motley crew, you can never say never!

Helen McHugh RVN – Practice Manager.

Winner of Practice Manager of the Year, Pet Plan Awards 2018

I joined Holmefield in 1997 as an Animal nursing assistant. Holmefield kindly put me through my nursing training and I graduated in 2003 as a Qualified Veterinary Nurse. Apart from the Surgery and diagnosis that I will happily leave to the vets, I have done all other roles in the practice which has served me well in my management role. I became Practice Manager in 2004 but still keep my nursing skills up to date In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my young family. We are lucky enough to rent a field near our home where we keep Hebridean sheep, free range chickens and the occasional rare breed pig which are all kept in check by our fell terrier ‘Parker’.

Alex Clifton – RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse

At the age of four I was lucky enough to live on a small holding and my father bought a pony, I think his initial idea was an easy way to avoid cutting the lawn! But I was very taken with the new lawn mower and over the years my parents had to keep upgrading the lawn mowers until we reached Tasha! My first horse, a beautiful chestnut mare and my best friend. My teenage highlight was competing against the show jumping legend Harvey Smith. This era also brought about my first connection with Holmefield, known then as Forsythe and Mazonas. Mr Mazonas took care of Tasha our five dogs and three cats and Mr Forsythe looked after my father’s pigs. Inevitably after leaving school my first job was with horses. I spent several years in the equine industry including a year in the USA working in Chicago and Kentucky with children and horses, two things I hear you should never do! But I loved it. After returning from the USA I was lucky enough to gain a position in Leeds as a trainee veterinary nurse (I am sure Mr Mazonas reference had a lot to do with this) and I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1997. After working in a mixed practice for several years in York I gained a position at Holmefield vets in 2004 working at the branch practice in Sherburn. After spending several happy years there I decided to spend more time with my two wonderful children and took a part time lecturing position at Askham Bryan College.In 2009 I qualified as an assessor and worked in Equine Practice for several years.I spent two years working for the PDSA charity practice before resuming my connection with Holmefield Vets as Head Nurse in January 2013.

Julie Harrand – Head Receptionist.

I joined Holmefield in 2013. It is a really friendly team that I feel very lucky to have joined. Prior to this I worked in the marketing department for a veterinary pharmaceutical company. I have also done student support in a local high school, reception and marketing for Mercedes and I ran my own outdoor retail company for nearly 20 years. My last dog Breck, named after a ski holiday in Breckenridge Colorado, was a crazy rescue collie cross flat coat who joined me in my passion for hill walking. I have had two rescue cats. The last one, Lucy, was a stray with an injured leg that I was persuaded to take home. I was recovering from knee surgery at the time so we were a perfect match. My other interests include millinery, painting and skiing.

Gwyneth Stephenson – Accounts Payable