Brighouse Veterinary Centre Ltd
We're proud of our experienced team at Brighouse Veterinary Centre Ltd.
Between us we have many years of caring for companion animals. We're all pet owners too and understand the concerns of clients.
Meet the staff:
Martin Stelfox, principal vet, was born in Leek, Staffordshire, but spent his childhood in Idi Amin's Uganda, where his father was a teacher. When the dictator expelled all foreigners Martin and his family returned to the UK and settled in the Midlands.
His love of animals was apparent from an early age – the family always had cats and dogs – but living in Africa also gave him an interest in wildlife. It is his ambition to re-visit the Continent and go on safari.
A graduate of Glasgow University, Martin qualified as a vet in 1987, and came to work in Halifax, in a mixed practice that owed a lot to All Creatures Great and Small.
He went to work in Brighouse in 1996 and hasn't looked back since!
Married to a journalist on the Huddersfield Examiner, Martin has two grown-up children and two cats. He enjoys playing all racquet sports and tending his allotment.
Veterinary surgeon Olivia graduated from Liverpool University in 2009 and spent just over two years in a mixed animal practice in West Yorkshire.
After several months of locum work she went travelling around the world – to South East Asia, New Zealand, Australia and the USA. She joined Brighouse Veterinary Centre in 2014.
Olivia, who lives in Ripponden with her partner, enjoys all aspects of small animal veterinary practice but has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery. She is currently studying for a certificate in advanced veterinary practice (small animal medicine).
Her hobbies include playing football for the Brighouse Athletic ladies team; running (she recently completed her first marathon); and mountain biking, as well as caring for her menagerie – dog Poppy, who is sometimes seen around the practice; Colin the cat; Tank the tortoise, and family chickens.
Kathryn is our new veterinary surgeon. She joined us early this year. More information to follow…
Joanne Nuttall, head nurse, is known to all as Jo. She's a West Yorkshire girl, born in Batley and a former pupil of St John Fisher High School, Dewsbury.
She has worked at the Mary Street surgery since 1988 and has been a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse since 1991. Jo also has a certificate in office management and qualified as an aromatherapist in 2001.
Part of Jo's responsibility as head nurse is to run regular puppy parties at the surgery, at which great fun is had by all.
A former breeder of West Highland Terriers, Jo, who still owns two Westies, is an extremely experienced dog owner and familiar with all the pleasures and problems that puppies can bring.
Patricia, or Pat as she is generally known, is also a long-serving member of staff with a wealth of experience.
She joined in 1990 after many years working in office administration. An animal lover, Pat has owned cats, dogs and rabbits and often takes care of her son's cat, dog and chickens. She describes Daisy, the Cockerpoo, as her “little princess”.
Pat is a family-orientated person and when she is not at the surgery she enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren and lists her interests as walking and travelling.
Laura started working at BVC in 2013 as a nursing assistant. She has always had a keen interest in animals, having owned cats, rabbits, hamsters and even a horse, as well as currently being the proud owner of her black, fluffy cat Leo.
Laura attended Huddersfield Technical College where she received a National Diploma in animal management. Following on from this she achieved a certificate of higher education in animal management from Askham Bryan College in York.
Outside work Laura runs the 3rd Pennine East Girl Guides and also enjoys going to the theatre, horse-riding and travelling.
Helen Maltby came to Brighouse VC Ltd from the RSPCA in Halifax, where she had worked for 12 years. She is a former pupil of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School and has a diploma in Animal Care from Huddersfield Technical College.
After working for a charity for so long Helen wanted hands-on experience of veterinary nursing and says she is particularly interested in animal behaviour. She joined BVC Ltd in 2004.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and dining out.
Alan Leech, the practice gardener is the man to thank for the beautiful floral displays throughout the year in our garden.
All clients are welcome to visit the garden and a seating area has been provided for those who would rather wait outside – weather permitting. We would request that all dogs are kept on a lead, however.