Receptionists

Christine Friar Christine Friar – Receptionist (Brayton)

Prior to working for Holmefield Vets I was previously employed in the banking industry, followed by a short spell of working for a computer software company. I joined the reception team at Holmefield back in 2004 as a part time receptionist and over a period of time have become almost full time.Our very first pet came via Holmefield and was a three legged black and white cat by the name of Kitey. He was a big softy and knew exactly how to get what he wanted. Sadly we no longer have Kitey but as with any pet, he played a big part in our lives and is still greatly missed.Both my husband and I love to travel and in 2013 we were fortunate enough to visit the Kruger National Park which was an amazing experience. We managed to see the famous ‘Big Five’ within the first couple of hours of being in the park, and had a close encounter with a couple of lions, but fortunately for us they had just eaten!Currently we do not have any pets, although my husband does keep checking out the Cats Protection League website!

Becky Massam Becky Jones – Receptionist (Brayton)

I have always loved being around animals. Growing up we always had dogs and many litters of puppies to help deliver. I had guinea pigs and rabbits and spent much of my time looking after them. I started working in a veterinary practice when I was 18. I joined Holmefield Vets in 2009 as part of the reception team. I finished my Animal Nursing Qualification (which I started at a previous veterinary practice) and then spent a couple of years as part of the nursing team. After returning from maternity leave I started working on reception again as I enjoy helping out our clients with their questions and meeting all the lovely animals that come to see us. When I’m not at work I have three boys and a husband to run around after. We also have two dogs, one cat, two rabbits, one guinea pig and various fish. So as you can imagine it’s not a quiet house.

Stephanie Roberts – Receptionist (Sherburn-in-Elmet)

After being a client for many years I joined the Holmefield team in 2010 on a temporary basis covering maternity leave, four years later I am still here!! In this time I can honestly say no two days have ever been the same. The strangest encounter I have had up to press was a chap who came into the Sherburn reception making enquiries over the counter with a large parrot sitting on his shoulder!! I tended to look at the parrot whilst answering questions rather than the man!Although at the minute my household is a small furry free zone I occasionally have the odd waif and stray to stay over. Dogs that escape or decide to go walk about without their owner sometimes get brought into the surgery and end up staying at my house if the owner cannot be found or the dog warden is not available, much to my son’s delight.When I’m not at work you can usually find me next to a football pitch cheering my lad on in the local Sunday morning league. I like to walk, read and socialise, and have a particular liking for Thai food.

Alison Wolstonhome – Receptionist/Animal Care Assistant (Brayton and Sherburn).

Alison has been with the practice since 2008, mainly as a ‘hands-on’ receptionist but also as an Animal Nursing Assistant, and is currently undertaking a professional qualification in this role. She has previously worked as a qualified horse riding instructor and at an equine-specific veterinary practice, as well as having admin experience in a large multi-national company. Alison has a wide variety of pets including 3 horses/ponies, a rescued blind Border Collie, 3 cats including a rescue with only 3 legs, guinea pigs and she keeps and breeds a variety of reptiles including Madagascar Day geckos, cornsnakes, ratsnakes and variety of morph and locality boas.

Julie Sprott Julie Sprott – Receptionist (Brayton)

I have always worked in a customer service based job. Prior to starting work at Holmefield I worked for a veterinary wholesaler in Dumfries for 11 years. Then on relocating to Selby I worked in the NHS for 2 years. I joined Holmefield as a full time receptionist. I reduced my hours to part time in 2008 when I had my son.I grew up having pets, mainly cats, and we currently have Harvey an 12 year old tabby house cat.

Jessica Quarmby – Receptionist. (Brayton and Sherburn)

I joined the Holmefield family in November 2016. I have always been very animal orientated, and over the years I have grown up with a number of pets ranging from hamsters to horses. At home we currently have a German shorthaired pointer, 6 cats, 3 rabbits, 4 horses and a lot of fish in the pond! For us, this is quite a small number of animals…while I do love all animals great and small; my horses are my entire world. I thoroughly enjoy competing, especially eventing. So far, the highlight has to be my experience of a lifetime, competing at Badminton at Grassroots level in 2013. Nothing beats going out for a ride to clear your head and it is fantastic because my dog Lexi loves to come out with us and run alongside. On the rare occasion that I am not cuddling a rabbit or cat, I love being outside, especially when it involves either walking the dog or cycling with her.

Dawn Doherty – Receptionist. (Brayton)

I started working at Holmefield in Oct 2016 as part of the reception team just on Saturdays. I then increased my hours to mid week too after leaving my last job as a midday supervisor.
I currently have 3 dogs. George the German Shepherd cross, Gimley the Italian Spinone and Gus the Jack Russell Terrier Cross Minature Schnauzer. I also have 2 Cats Sid a Ginger tabby and Tilly the naughty tortie.
In my spare time I love to walk my dogs with my husband and 3 daughters.

Charlotte O’Neil – Receptionist (Brayton).

I started working at Holmefield in January 2018 as part of the reception team. Before working here I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school for 3 years and have also worked in an office environment prior to this.
I have always had a passion for animals and grew up around pets. We had guinea pigs from a young age as well as two Jack Russell terriers. Since leaving home and buying a house with my other half we now own three lovely Dachshunds; Barney, Bella and Penny who we couldn’t imagine life without!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dogs and taking them for walks along the riverbank, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

Laura Green – Receptionist (Brayton).

I joined the team at Holmefield in February 2018. I have always loved working around animals and prior to joining Holmefield Vets I worked in an equine veterinary practice in West Yorkshire for six years. The team at Holmefield have been very welcoming and are a great bunch of people. Outside of work I spend most of my time looking after my five horses. Belgian warmblood George is currently my show jumping partner and we compete at every opportunity possible. As well as the horses we have a Cocker Spaniel called Poppy and an English Pointer called Eadie who enjoy walks with me and my partner in the Lake District.