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Our talented group of vets

Elizabeth Askew  MA VetMB MRCVS

I was never allowed enough pets as a child and had to make do with Susie a Beagle, Rufus the cat, and the gerbils Jerry and Bill!” However, I do feel very lucky to have been able to follow through my childhood dream of becoming a vet, and in 1985 qualified from Cambridge University. I enjoy all aspects of my job as Clinical Director in a first opinion practice, with a keen interest in soft tissue surgery. The daily variety of pets with their problems makes my job enjoyable, and as all patients have their idiosyncrasies, each case is intriguing and at times a little unusual!

I joined in 2007 just before the arduous foot and mouth outbreak. Previoulsy I worked in Leeds for three years, with the animal charity PDSA. My own pets are a cat called Tansy and Rook the Border Collie, Rook regularly join's me when I go fell-walking. I have travelled extensively to Europe and the more exotic destinations but with a busy family life, travel is now limited to taxi driving for my three children!

Beth Pritchard Bsc(hons) MSc BVMedSci(hons) BVM BVS MRCVS

I first studied Zoology at Durham University during which I also spent time working on a game reserve in South Africa. Following this, I attended Liverpool University and achieved a masters in reproduction. Further ‘hands on’ experience came next when I worked on a safari park for nine months, before attending Nottingham University from where I qualified in July 2012.  I joined Westwood in January 2011 and very much enjoy meeting a wide variety of people and animals. I have a particular interest in equine medicine and own a young horse called Beany and a pony called Billy. I also have Patches a mongrel Collie cross, and two black Labradors Tilly and Messy. Outside veterinary life, I head for the great outdoors where I enjoy skiing, walking, competing on my horses and mountain biking especially in the Alps


Alice Kutarski BVM&S MRCVS

I qualified from Edinburgh in July 2011,and have a particular interest in dogs, cats and the equine side of veterinary work. During my final year of vet school I spent a month in Paphiakos, Cyprus at an animal spay/neuter charity clinic, which was a brilliant experience and a great break from the Scottish winter!  

I  enjoy all aspects of the varied days at the practice, which at times has me operating in the morning, and just a few hours later carrying out an equine consultation at the stables. Looking ahead, I would like to gain more experience and improve her skills in medicine and surgery. Outside of work, I like baking and other hobbies including skiing, dog walking and running, the latter coming in very handy as I have recently acquired a rescue whippet called Bertie!

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Sarah Ashby

Since graduating from Bristol University I have worked mainly in small animal practice around Yorkshire. Before coming to Boston Spa I had spent the previous twelve years in a busy charity Veterinary hospital in the centre of Bradford.

When not at work I live with my husband and two children on our family farm near Otley. Here we raise a herd of Beef Shorthorm cattle and an evergrowing flock of sheep! Sometimes we can be found at local Agricultural shows competing with our Teeswater sheep. We also have a menagerie of pets including dogs, cast, rabbits, chickens and ducks!



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Lauren Smith

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in June 2016 and have been working for Westwood Vets ever since. After seeing practice here over the previous few years I fell in love with the practice, team and clients. I have a particular interest in Feline medicine and surgery. Before going to vet school I studied for a degree in Bio-veterinary sciences with a speciality in animal behaviour and locomotion. My dissertation allowed me to work with the chimpanzees at Whipsnade zoo which was a fantastic experience and our paper was published in the American Journal of Primatology. I currently have two cats, Reggie and Rupert who are both very spoilt boys!! In my spare time I enjoy baking, but not quite to the standard of the Great British Bake Off.


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