Liz Dodd
Veterinary Surgeon
Clinical Director


I grew up with a variety of family pets on the south coast of Hampshire. I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1995. During my studies I regularly saw practice at Kirkby Stephen and it was no surprise to my family that I came north to Garstang for my first job. Initially I wanted to be a cow vet but was gradually drawn towards the smaller animals as jobs changed. I joined Highgate in 2001 concentrating on the companion animal side of the then mixed practice. I am the clinical coach for our trainee vet nurse and oversee her learning in practice. The best part of my job is meeting people and chatting to them and their pets. My particular interests are eyes, small furries and surgery.
When not at work I look after a black Labrador, 2 siamese cats, 2 rabbits, 8 hens, 1 goldfish, 2 children and a husband (not necessarily in that order!). I live out of town and have helped in the restoration of our house. I enjoy being outside, walking or gardening and like to bake with the children. I try to find time to read – usually an autobiography.

Clair Williams
BVMS, BSc (Hons),
Veterinary Surgeon

Clair Williams, Vet, Highgate, Kendal

I graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School back in 2005; prior to this I had successfully completed a degree in Animal Science with Honours from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. I have been a vet, practising in mixed practices since graduating from Glasgow. I started out in a busy 6 vet practice in Garstang, Lancashire, then returning home to the Lake District in 2007 to a mixed practice in Windermere. I made the switch to focus on a 100% small animal a year ago and look forward to continuing this with Highgate Vets, following joining the team in August 2016. I enjoy being a General Practitioner, meeting you, the client, your pets and the varied cases that these bring in surgery, dentistry and medicine.In my spare time I enjoy outdoor adventures, mountaineering and walking the hills in the Lakes & Highlands with my husband John and our two Border Collies Skye and Islay, while both of us are involved with the Lake District Mountain Rescue Searchdog Association, John as a handler with our Graded Search Dog Skye and I as one of their Honorary Vets helping ensure that both Search Dogs and Handlers are supported by the latest vaccinations, dog health and welfare skills.
Stephanie Heys
Veterinary Surgeon

Stephanie Heys, Vet, Highgate, Kendal

After growing up on the Isle of Man I spent 3 years at the Royal Veterinary College in London undertaking a BioVeterinary Science degree before qualifying in Veterinary Science from the University of Liverpool in 2014. I have spent the last few years in small animal practice in Preston and Manchester. I recently moved to Cumbria with my husband and started here at Highgate in May 2017. I enjoy the variety and challenges of everyday practice and look forward to meeting all your pets large and small. In my spare time I enjoy all things outdoors especially running and walking on the fells with my Patterdale terrier Harry and exploring the area by bike most importantly finishing off at a teashop for cake!
Abigail Kerr
Veterinary Surgeon

Abigail Kerr, Vet, Highgate, Kendal

I graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in July 2017 and decided to make the leap up north to join Highgate Vets for my first job. The team are so friendly and supportive which has enabled me to integrate well into the practice. I enjoy all aspects of small animal veterinary work, especially surgery and working up more difficult cases by using the microscope to look at samples from skin, blood, urine or lumps and bumps. Whilst at university I did a BSc in Comparative Pathology (the study of disease) and came away with a first-class Honours, this definitely sparked my interest in microscopy. When not at work, I love to explore the Lake District and can be found anywhere from the climbing wall to mountain biking, fell running to ballet! I really look forward to getting to know you and your pets.
Helen Mayo
Veterinary Surgeon

Helen Mayo, Vet, Highgate, Kendal

Originally from Windermere, I qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2015. My first job at Highgate Vets was as a Saturday morning receptionist back in 2009, and throughout my time at University I returned back to Highgate for work experience. I moved to New Zealand shortly after graduation, and practiced in a busy small animal practice near Hamilton. After 2 years working and travelling around New Zealand it was time for me to return home to the Lake District. I was delighted to return to Highgate in October 2017, and to join such a fantastic team. I enjoy the challenges general practice brings and I am particularly interested in endocrinology (the study of diseases related to hormones). In my free time I enjoy hill walking, rock climbing and kayaking. At home I have a cat named Batman who made the 11,000 mile trip back from New Zealand, and is currently settling into his new home in Cumbria. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your pets.
Natalia Herman
Veterinary Surgeon

Natalia Mini

I graduated as a vet from the University of Lublin (Poland) in 2011 but shortly after graduation I moved to Wales where I worked in busy hospital for over 5 years. I am living in Kendal at the moment and I was lucky to join Highgate Vet team. I am currently studying for a BSAVA certificate in small animal medicine. I am interested in all aspects of medicine and soft tissue surgery.
Outside of work I enjoy travelling, walking, reading and cooking. I live with my one year old boy, my husband and rescue dog Basil
Michelle Read
Head Veterinary


I joined Highgate Vets in March 2016 as an experienced, qualified nurse. I graduated from Bristol University in 1995, where I spent 18 years working at a first opinion and orthopaedic referral practice as their Head Nurse, so I have many years of experience to bring to the team at Highgate Vets.
I have always had a special interest in animal behaviour and in 2002, I completed my Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training which is an accredited certificate qualifying me to treat behavioural problems in both dogs and cats. So, if you are experiencing any difficulties with your pet that you would like to discuss, please feel free to call the surgery to arrange for an assessment appointment.
When not at the surgery I can usually be found either on my horse, who I have owned for over 20 years now, or climbing mountains with my partner!
Kim Winder
Veterinary Nurse


I joined Highgate Veterinary Clinic in August 2010 as a newly qualified veterinary nurse after graduating from Myerscough College in April. I previously worked in a small animal practice in Morecambe for 4 years.
I work part-time as I have a daughter that keeps me busy while am not at work. My day to day roles in the practice include monitoring anaesthetics in everything from small furries to Newfoundlands. I also care for in-patients; this includes taking them out for walks and giving them lots of fuss and cuddles. I also get involved in fixing the computer if/when the practice has a technical issue.
My main areas of interest are weight watchers in pets and the basic behaviour we see every day in practice.
At home I have a 3 year old Labrador called Brook, who is very well behaved and keeps us active. I also have a 7 year old tabby cat called Tinkerbell, I’ve had her from a very young kitten as she was found in a bucket in someone’s garage.
Emily Shaw
BSc (Hons), RVN,
Veterinary Nurse

Emily web profile

I graduated from Myerscough College with a BSc Honours Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. I have gained experience working in Carlisle at a small animal first opinion practice for over 6 years.
I started at Highgate in June 2017, looking to further develop my skills and experience. I have an interest in nursing animals, assisting to provide holistic care at a high level.
I lived in Carlisle for over 20 years and due to growing up in the countryside, I enjoy wildlife walks and spending time with nature. This is especially enjoyable when accompanied by my collie x Labrador, who is 12 years old.
In my spare time I also find pleasure in working with charities. The Penny Jones Animal Hospice near Carlisle is close to my heart and I often help raise money and provide care for the animals there.
Charlotte Johnson
BSc (Hons), RVN,
Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte Johnson RVN

I moved to the South Lakes in 2016 and joined the Highgate Veterinary team in December 2017. I gained nursing experience through working in a variety of veterinary surgeries in the Preston and Blackburn areas since 2010, and graduated from Myerscough College in July 2015 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Veterinary Nursing.
I have always wanted to be a part of the veterinary profession and have a particular interest in anaesthetics and surgery.
I have two pets, both of whom I acquired through the practice I was working at. One is my 3 legged hamster mamed “Stumpy” and the other is my cross breed dog, Chewie.
In my spare time, I enjoy riding and working on my motorcycles. I also enjoy drawing, as well as designing and sewing costumes for comic conventions.

Jessica Taylor, RVN
Veterinary Nurse

Jessica Taylor Highgate Vets Registered Veterinary Nurse

I graduated from Myerscough College with a foundation degree to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in July 2018, and was fortunate enough to be able to join such a welcoming team at Highgate for my first ‘real’ job. As I live near Appleby, I previously spent my 3 years of training at a practice in Carlisle so it was nice to be slightly closer to home. I am continuing my training for a further two years in order to gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing.
My favourite part of the job is nursing the medical cases as I feel it is the most rewarding when they get to go back home. When I’m not at work I still spend the majority of my time with the animals, having a keen interest in horses means that free time is usually spent following my cousin around the country making sure her Fell pony, Raisbeck Calico looks presentable in the show ring, however if we do happen to get a weekend off I enjoy walking my Weimaraner Mia, although it is often her walking me!
Kate Evans
BSc (Hons)
Veterinary Nurse

Kate Evans Student Vet Nurse

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with BSc (Hons) Environmental Geosciences in 2013. Since then I’ve been involved with research and conservation of manta rays and whale sharks in Mozambique. I’ve worked as a safety diver in helicopter underwater escape training for an offshore survival centre in Aberdeen. And until recently I have been working as a shark guide up in Scotland where we were running tours to find and snorkel
alongside the UK’s largest fish – the basking shark! When I’m not chasing big fish, I like fill my days drinking tea and cuddling my two rescue cats –
Blue and Sid.
I have volunteered at multiple animal charities and farms over the years and after several weeks of work experience at Highgate I realised that
veterinary nursing was for me! I joined the team in March 2017 and will start my veterinary nurse training at Myerscough College in September 2017.
Molly Watson
BSc (Hons)
Animal Nursing

Molly Watson Animal Nursing Assistant

I graduated from Keele University with Bsc (Hons) Geoscience in 2014, I loved studying for my degree but decided after attempting a PhD in the same field (where I luckily got to spend a lot of time in the Western USA) that carrying on in academia or the geoscience industry wasn’t for me.
I moved back home to the South Lakes and worked at a boutique hotel for a 18 months where I gained a variety of skills in a very diverse role. During this time I realised my only real passion other than geology was animals, especially dogs! I worked briefly at a doggy daycare facility before finding my place as an Animal Nursing Assistant at Highgate, with the hope to eventually train as a veterinary nurse here!
In my spare time I enjoy walking in the Lakes with friends and all the dogs in my life (Jack the Lab, Tia the Staffy cross and Rufus my ‘God Dog’ the Cocker). I like camping when I can and I have just got a mountain bike so hopefully I can say that too!
Elizabeth Mason
BSc (Hons) Zoology,
Practice Manager


I joined Highgate Vets in August 2005 to work as a receptionist during my gap year, before starting my degree in Zoology at the University of Leeds. Throughout my degree I returned during the holidays to cover support staff annual leave and I carried out an administrative role following graduation. In January 2011 I started the Level 3 Diploma in veterinary nursing at Myerscough College and became a registered veterinary nurse in August 2013.
In September 2016, I was promoted to practice manager and so I now work full time in the office and across both surgeries. I am responsible for the practice marketing, including online representation of the practice such as the website and Facebook page. I plan and co-ordinate practice promotions, create information packs and leaflets for clients and respond to the many emails we receive each day, plus much more. I am currently studing for a post-graduate Certificate in Veterinary Business Management through Liverpool University.
I live on a dairy farm with approximately 100 Holstein cows and calves and 4 free ranging hybrid hens. I enjoy helping on the farm, especially driving the quad bike and feeding the young calves. I have played the flute since I was 7 years old and am part of Flutes & Co, a Kendal-based flute choir with over 20 other flautists of all ages.
Amanda Stephens


I joined Highgate Vets in February 2011 on reception. I greet people, book appointments, manage client accounts and deal with day to day enquiries and technical support.
Originally from Wales, I moved to Cumbria in September 2010, as my partner relocated through his job. I have previously worked in veterinary practices in Wales and Lincolnshire.
In my spare time I enjoy walking and training Fern, my 9 year old Hungarian Viszla or exploring the countryside whilst riding my horse Purdy and sometimes Fern comes too.
Anne Woodhouse


Before moving to this area I lived in Norfolk where I had a part time job as a veterinary receptionist. I have also worked as a dog beautician, washing, grooming and trimming all breeds of dog, and have volunteered at a cat sanctuary.
I joined the team at Highgate in April 2009 and work four afternoons per week. As a receptionist I answer the telephone, book appointments, greet clients and help clients with queries. I also prepare repeat prescriptions and do some paper work, including filing and booster reminders. I enjoy all aspects of my job, especially having the opportunity to meet all the clients and pets.
When not at work, I enjoy walking my dog Bouncer, especially in the Lakes. I like to spend time in the countryside and garden that is home to two very special rescued ex-battery hens Harriet and Rose. They get very jealous at times as I enjoy feeding and watering the visiting wildlife and they believe all my food and attention is just for them. I am especially interested in hedgehogs and I care for those that need help to gain weight to be able to survive winter.
Also, I have recently acquired a little stray cat that has been wandering around our village for some time. She is now becoming more trusting after lots of tasty offers of dinner so I feel I can now say that she has a permanent future home with us.
Anne Price


I grew up on a livestock farm to the east of Kendal and loved being out with the farm animals, dogs and cats. After university I joined the Royal Air Force where I met my husband and, between my career and his, I moved around for 27 years, including living in the USA, Germany and Turkey. My husband recently retired from the RAF and we have returned to Cumbria where we intend to stay!
As well as my early career in the RAF, I have worked in Human Resources and also as a teacher, teaching ‘English as a Foreign Language’. I have now taken up the challenge of becoming a receptionist at the Highgate Veterinary Clinic. My role involves telephone work, booking appointments, fulfilling prescriptions to name a few of the tasks and no two days are the same. There is a lot to learn but I love to find out new things and I really enjoy helping people and their pets.
Outside work, I enjoy walking and hiking, and my husband and I can often be found out on the fells. We have a 10 year old ex-military search dog to keep us company and he seems to enjoy his hikes as much as we do. In addition, we are looking for a new home with the hope of having sufficient land to keep a few chickens and possibly some bees.
Hannah Woods

Hannah Woods and her dogs

I grew up moving around different places in the UK, but I have finally settled in Cumbria and joined the Highgate Veterinary Team in October 2016 as a receptionist at the new Beezon Road Clinic. I’m really enjoying myself, and no two days are the same!
I’ve always loved animals, and over the years have had pet rats, snakes, birds, a horse and dogs. I take a special interest in breeding, my husband and I breed Shetland Sheepdogs, and I am actively involved in promoting our other breed, the Stabyhoun, in the UK. I am on the Breeding Advisory Committee for the UK Stabyhoun Association to ensure that we have a healthy, diverse population of this rare breed, and spend far too many evenings just researching bloodlines!
I currently have 3 dogs at home, Stella and Sky are Shelties, and Mieke is our Stabyhoun. I’m happiest when I’m in the puppy pen with my babies! My other interests are fell walking, horse riding and dog training – any animal related really. I love to hear about owners pet’s and the antics.
Kath Mason
Accounts Assistant


I joined Highgate Vets in 2004, and mainly deal with the book-keeping and accounts. Previously, I worked for the subsidiary of a Bank carrying out secretarial duties. I left to bring up my family. When my children started Secondary School, I worked part-time as a secretary for a Chartered Surveyor. I work at Highgate Vets upstairs in the office on Fridays, but at other times I work for an accountant, and I do book-keeping at a local Hotel.
I spend most of my time helping to look after our 100 Holstein cows and calves on the family farm. This involves assisting with herd management, taking milk samples for testing, and compiling the farm accounts. In my spare time I enjoy walking and reading.
Libby Nicholson
Saturday Receptionist

Libby mini

I joined Highgate Vets in Summer 2017 as the Saturday receptionist.  I am currently in Year 11 at the Queen Katherine School in Kendal.
I enjoy playing hockey for the Kendal team as well as netball at school. At home I love looking after my 3 cats, called Fred, Wilma and Tommy.