Ron qualified in 1970 and has spent most of the last 47 years in small animal practice. He came to Knaresborough in 1987. In 1989 he started Knaresborough Pet Day, which is an annual charity pet show held in the town in May.
Over the years he has become especially interested in veterinary oncology (the treatment of tumours) and cardiology (the treatment of heart disease.) Since 2004 he has developed an oncology referral service: PetCancerVet, Patients come from all over the North of England, and occasionally from further afield, for treatment. PetCancerVet is the only centre in the UK (in 2017) to offer veterinary electrochemotherapy, a potent relatively new method for attacking tumours in difficult places.
In November 2000 Ron was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society. Having being a founder member and Secretary for several years in its early days, the Society presented him with this honour at its 25th Anniversary meeting. He is also a member of the European Society of Veterinary Oncologists and attends congresses in Europe twice a year.
As a general practitioner he treats most things himself and has built up a fairly complete set of diagnostic equipment (see facilities page). There are certain types of case which may be best served by a referral to a consultant outside the practice.
Dr Valentina Granziera is from northern Italy. She trained at the University of Pisa and spent several months at Ashleigh Vet Clinic when she was a student. She qualified in 2015 and started working at Ashleigh in early 2016. She has completed her PDP year and has now started working towards a European Diploma in Veterinary Oncology. She has two dogs and a squirrel which she rescued. Her main hobby is Hwa Rang Do, a martial art.
Gill started in October 2003. Her background is in catering, but she has made a new career in animal care. She has a Flat Coat Retriever and a Labrador.
Gill has undertaken nutritional training using the Hill's Petfoods scheme.
Kate began in June 2004. She is the proud owner of a St Bernard. She ran in the 2005 London Marathon.
Kate has undertaken nutritional training using the Hill's Petfoods scheme.
Sara started working at Ashleigh Vet Clinic in June 2009. She has undertaken many CPD certificates including the Hill's Petfood scheme, clinical skills, and oral communication skills. She is currently studying for an SQP (suitably qualified person) qualification in dispensing for the practice.
Sara holds weight clinics most afternoons by appointment. Call the branch to find out more about these clinics 01423 866594.
Fiona started as a receptionist at Ashleigh Vet Clinic in September 2012. She also acts as an animal care assistant when required. Fiona's background is medical; she was a qualified nurse and midwife.
Fiona has a dog and three cats - she has worked as a cats protection fosterer, re-homing over 75 cats!
Janice recently joined the practice as a receptionist. She has a love of all animals and owns
a 10 year Old Labrador called Keg.