Meet the team

  • Gordon Slater

    Gordon Slater

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Gordon is from Ayrshire, and graduated from Glasgow University in 1987. After a couple of years in mixed practice in Scotland, he moved to Manchester for a short period of time, then West Yorkshire, starting here at Shearbridge in 1989.

    He spends most of his spare time out walking with his 2 labradors and holidaying in the Outer Hebrides, which provides a lot of inspiration for his wildlife and landscape photography.





  • Sarah Reeves

    Sarah Reeves

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Sarah is from Lancashire and graduated from Liverpool University. Sarah initially spent some time travelling around the world, while also working as a Veterinary Surgeon in a number of practices. She has been settled here at Shearbridge since 2009 and was promoted to Clinical Manager in 2017. Sarah is a particularly skilled soft tissue surgeon with a keen interest in small animal medicine and surgery. Sarah's free time is presently taken up with a young family, but she is a keen cyclist, and traveller! Sarah has also recently achieved her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from York St John University business school.

  • Sabine Langer

    Sabine Langer

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Mag.phil MRCVS Dr

    Dr Sabine is from beautiful Austria where she studied a masters in languages, gaining a teaching degree. She later went on to gain her degree and a doctorate in veterinary medicine in the 1990's in Vienna. Dr Sabine joined the practice in November 2017, she has 20 years experience previously working for the PDSA. She has an interest in both medicine and surgery. Sabine has a love for all animals big and small and she is passionate about charity and rescue work. She spends her spare time walking her rescue dogs Annaly and Ronaldo.

  • Becky

    Dr Becky Colley

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Becky is from Sheffield and graduated from Cambridge University in 2012. She enjoys all aspects of general practice and in 2018 gained her post graduate certificate in small animal medicine. 

    Becky spends her time away from work raising her two little boys and enjoys anything that involves being in the great outdoors.

  • Kathy Bailey

    Kathy Bailey

    Head Veterinary Nurse


    Kathy is our head nurse and was born in Liverpool but grew up in Bradford. She has been with the practice since 1986 and has managed our Hipperholme branch surgery since 2010, although she can be seen at both branches. She is very experienced and approachable. Kathy runs our weight clinics and is very successful with them, she also helps Sarah run the puppy parties. In her spare time she enjoys caring for her family. Kathy has just finished studying for a certificate in feline nursing and is thinking about her next challenge.

  • Gayle Ball

    Gayle Ball

    Veterinary Nurse


    Gayle has been training and working as a veterinary nurse since she left school! While Gayle is originally a local lass she moved back to the area and joined the surgery in 2015 after some years as Head Nurse of a North Yorkshire Dales Veterinary Practice. We are now benefiting from her many years of experience, and lovely disposition. Gayle is in charge of our diabetic clinics. Gayle is very busy in her spare time with her young family and many pets.

  • Sarah Hosty

    Sarah Hosty

    Veterinary Nurse


    Sarah joined the surgery in 2008 after working at a busy practice in Huddersfield for 3 years and qualifying as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant with a distinction. She subsequently qualified as a Veterinary Nurse with us here at Shearbridge in 2010. Sarah has a keen interest in the young and elderly and has been running our puppy parties with Kathy since 2010. After launching Senior Clinics at the surgery in 2011, she became our dedicated Senior Pet Nurse for Shearbridge in 2018. Look out for her posts on our Facebook page! Sarah enjoys looking after her young family in her spare time, her 3 rescue cats Patsy, Rupert and Amelia, and rabbits Bluebell and Ted. Sarah completed her feline nursing certificate last year and passed with a distinction!

  • Lisa Best

    Lisa Best

    Veterinary Nurse


    Lisa joined the practice in 2020 from a busy 24 hour hospital in Leeds, having worked in the veterinary profession since 2006. She has a particular interest in exotic species and has recently completed the Girling and Fraser diploma in veterinary nursing of zoological species. In her spare time she enjoys walking, running, bouldering, snowboarding, travelling and exploring new places. At home she is the proud owner of a cockerpoo called Ted, 2 snakes called Leah and Chilli and various invertebrates.

  • Nicole Paszko

    Nicole Paszko

    Veterinary Nurse


    Nicole joined our nursing team in 2021, having qualified in 2007. She enjoys both the surgical and medical aspects of the job. Outside of work Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, including her young son and her two cats.

  • Beth

    Bethanie Hartley-Havers

    Veterinary Nurse


    Beth has been in the profession since 2010 and qualified in 2017. She trained in an exotic referral practice and has since spent time as an inpatient nurse at a large emergency and referral hospital in Manchester, before moving into charity work with the PDSA in Leeds.

    Beth enjoys walking, running and horse riding. She has two young daughters as well as two rescue cats (Nala and Esmeralda) and  a working spaniel (Penny).

  • Steph

    Stephanie Steel

    Veterinary Nurse


    Steph joined the practice in 2022 after working in busy hospitals. 

    In her spare time she enjoys crafting, going to concerts and spending time with her Patterdale Terrier, Jack Russell cross Dachshund and her two rabbits.

  • Mel

    Melissa Talbot

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Mel has joined us from the reception team at another vet practice to be in a more hands on role as our new Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA).

    In her spare time she loves going out and exploring new walks to find the perfect spot for photos of her three vizslas and their friends.

  • Lucy Bashforth

    Lucy Bashforth

    Support Staff

    Lucy works as our full time receptionist at our Queensbury branch. She deals with the pet insurance as well as other tasks. Lucy is particularly approachable, has lots of experience, and skills in veterinary nursing too, and loves chatting to clients. Lucy is also currently working towards her veterinary practice administration course (VPAC).

  • Julie Sutcliffe

    Julie Sutcliffe

    Support Staff


    Julie also works from the Queensbury centre. She has not been with us for as long as some of the others, having started work with us in 2010. Julie rapidly showed herself to be a great asset as a front of house person, clearly loving her job, and being particularly good communicating with our clients. Julie has recently gained her Accredited Veterinary Receptionist Gold award as well as level 2 for Veterinary Administration certificate. Outside of work Julie loves spending time with her family and doing crochet and cross stitch.

  • Julie Allen

    Julie Allen

    Support Staff

    Julie works at our Queensbury branch, she loves pets and is a very easy person to speak to. Julie is a great support for owners with her general pet experience.

  • Angela Crabbe

    Angela Crabbe

    Support Staff

    Angela works from the Queensbury centre. She lives nearby, and has been with us for many years, and now knows most of the clients very well. Her long experience working with us shows in the calm and pleasant way she helps our clients and their pets.

  • Claire Barker

    Claire Barker

    Support Staff

    Claire works from our Hipperholme centre. She has been with us a number of years, and owns many pets including her dogs Rosie and Teddy, and cat Christopher.

  • Sharon Pickles

    Sharon Pickles

    Support Staff

    Sharon joined our reception team in 2021 after leaving the beauty industry. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with her family  and going for walks in the countryside.