Alison Thomson VN
Alison qualified as a veterinary nurse some 20 years ago and started working at the Kirkby Lonsdale branch of Westmorland Veterinary Group in 2005, initially as a nurse but you are now more likely to see her behind the reception desk, although still gets involved with the nursing work on occasions or can be found in the kennels having cuddles with the inpatients. Outside work Alison's main interests are her four border collies, hence she is often referred to as 'the lady with all the collies'! Alison helps to run training classes at Lune Valley Dog Tarining Club and takes classes every wednesday evening and organises 3 shows a year.Alison competes regularly with her dogs in Competition Obedience at Championship level and will often spend her summer weekends away in the caravan at shows. She has achieved some great successes but her ultimate ambition is to get to Crufts. Alison also has a cat. Her other interests include fell walking (with the dogs of course!), photography and eating out. Being on reception always gives her an excuse for cuddles with pets, puppies being her favourite and she has a reputation for leading the dogs astray by letting them jump at the reception desk for treats.
Trea Udo VN
Trea is Dutch and qualified as a veterinary nurse in Holland in 1984. After working for a time with apes and monkeys and in a small animal practice, she moved to England for an adventure! She has worked at several practices as Head Nurse and started with Westmorland Veterinary Group in 2001. Trea works part time at the Kirkby Lonsdale branch, nursing and on reception. She loves lurchers and has two rescued ones of her own, and one very friendly black cat. Outside work Trea loves writing songs and playing her guitar and saxophone, she also has a diploma in design and basket making.
Emma started with the practice in 1998 as an admin assistant. She became practice manager in 2007.
In her spare time Emma enjoys watching films and walking her dog.
Wendy has been with the practice since 1991, she is our Company Secretary. You will find her in the office at Kendal. She keeps the financial side of the practice running smoothly, keeping accounts, paying bills and doing wages. Outside work she enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts and the theatre and she has 2 cats.
Catherine started work at the Tithe Barn when it was the Morn Veterinary Practice some 14 years ago. She continued to work at the Tithe Barn when it was taken over by Westmorland Veterinary Group in 1999. Her farming background has stood her in good stead working with farmers at the surgery on reception, managing the farm drug stock and administration.
At home there are some 80 cows which she helps look after and can often be found feeding the calves. She owns a ginger cat (called Ginger!) and although not a dog owner she has a soft spot for Jodie's dog Daisy, and has even had Daisy home for sleep-overs.
Outside work Catherine is a keen artist, photographer and cook and enjoys listening to rock music. She also enjoys bike riding, these days on a push bike although in days gone past she could be found on a motorcycle!
Angela has been a part time receptionist at the practice for twenty nine years. Over the years she has owned and enjoyed horses, dogs, cats and rabbits, gaining in the process a wide variety of knowledge and experience. Angela is glad that part time employment has enabled her to give and receive lots of quality time with her pets. She feels privileged to be in the position where her work involves her main interest in life- animals of all shapes and sizes!
Jacquie joined the practice in July 2008 as a receptionist. She is married to a local farmer and was formerly a competition groom for show and race horses. Jacquie's hobby and passion is breeding coloured cob horses, she also enjoys photography.
Rachel joined the team in October 2013 as a Clinical Support Administrator after taking a few years off to bring up her children. She is married to a local dairy farmer and is also a qualified riding instructor and has a degree in equine studies. She also enjoys competing her horse Charity in Dressage competitions and is a committee member for the local pony club and school PTA.
Carole joined the westmorland Veterinary group in September 2014 as a part time receptionist / administrator. Carole was born and brought up on a local dairy, beef and sheep farm. She has a passion for horses and dalmation dog. When not at the practice Carole is a animal portrait artist and previously worked as a design director for a number of international clothing brands and subsequently her own business.
Anne joined the practice in October 2014 as a receptionist / administrator to the large animal team. Anne is married to a local farmer & contractor which leads to a very busy life on the farm outside of work especially with her own small herd of Hereford cattle. She is also a keen member of a local young farmers group participating in many activities within the club and district.
Sarah joined the practice in October 2015 and has been busy settling in to her new job with us as full time receptionist. Sarah is originally from Lancashire and moved up here 8 yrs ago.
She has a cob called Missi which she loves to hack around the country lanes. She also enjoys running and walking with her two dogs. She also has a house rabbit who rules the roost.
She also likes to do silly things like born survivor to raise money for local animal charities.
Sarah really enjoys the variety of the job and meeting all the clients and their pets.
Andrea used to work for us when we were known as Stramongate Vets. There, she qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1992. Many moons ago! She made the difficult decision to leave us to look after her children, she has five boys. Now three of them have flown the coop she has joined us again as one of our receptionists and is loving being back.
Andrea and family have recently adopted a three year old greyhound called Basil and a lot of their spare time is spent taking him for walks with their Cavalier, Jack. Several cats complete the family, oh and one husband. Andrea loves to read anything and everything and is currently studying for a degree in History.
Karen joined the team in September having previously worked in various administrative jobs in education. She moved to Kendal at the end of August and is really enjoying working at Westmorland Vets as she likes to be kept busy. She has 2 border collies, Jake who is 12 and Sam who is 10 and they all like nothing better than walking the Lakeland Fells. She is married to Wayne and they are both looking forward to exploring Kendal.