In case of Emergency please phone: Pets: 01422 354999       Equine/Farm: 01422 354106

Associate Veterinary Surgeons

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Eddie Burt

Michael Lightwood

Kirsty Baird

Eddie Burt -
BVSc. MRCVS (Partner)

Eddie graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1985, and joined Hird and Partners in November of the same year, and subsequently became a partner in the practice. Eddie has a wealth of clinical expertise in all areas of small animal medicine and surgery. Recently, Eddie has attended CPD courses on feline medicine and BSAVA congress in Birmingham. Away from work, Eddie has a busy family life, spending much of his time with his children as well as finding time to enjoy walking.

Michael Lightwood - BVSc MRCVS BSAVA PG Cert SAM

After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2007, Michael joined Hird and Partners as an associate small animal Veterinary Surgeon. His professional interests include canine and feline emergency medicine and diagnostic imaging. He has completed an intensive course in ultrasonography and carries out most of the scanning in the small animal practice. Michael has recently completed his BSAVA Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Michael’s interests include walking his Border Terrier, Roger, and spending time with friends.

Kirsty Baird - BVMS. MRCVS (Clinical Director)

Kirsty graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991. After spending time working in mixed general practice, and a period working in the Caribbean, Kirsty made the move to Hird and Partners in February 2006 as a small animal practitioner. Kirsty is interested in all areas of general practice, and has recently attended the North American Veterinary Congress. Outside work, Kirsty enjoys mountain biking, travelling, and walking her dogs, Ruby and Florence. Kirsty is currently undertaking her GP certificate in Small Animal Medicine and has a keen interest in Veterinary Acupuncture.

Richard Flook

Mary Lees

Emily Long

Richard Flook - MRCVS


Mary Lees - MRCVS


Emily Long - MRCVS


Andrew Ayers

Andrew Ayers - MRCVS


Olivia Grace

Olivia Grice - MRCVS


Jonathan Dunn

Jonathan Dunn - MRCVS


Nursing Staff

Rebecca Westwood

Rebecca Mitchell - MRCVS


Maree Broadhead

Maree Broadhead -

Head Nurse

Maree joined Hird and Partners in 2004, whilst studying towards her BSc. in veterinary nursing at Hartpury College. Maree attained her BSc. with Honours in 2005. Maree has particular interests in small animal dentistry and surgical nursing. Recently, Maree has attended numerous CPD courses including Veterinary Anaesthesia, a VN assessor workshop and most recently BSAVA congress. Away from work, Maree enjoys cooking and taking care of her horse, dogs and chickens on her small holding.

Rachael Warne

Rachael Warne - Bsc Hons RVN Deputy Head Nurse

Rachael joined Hird and Partners in September 2006 as a work placement whilst she completed her  veterinary nursing degree at university. Rachael enjoys all aspects of her job but  particularly enjoys nursing inpatients back to health after surgery and illness. Rachael has completed  CPD in various subjects but enjoys topics relating to  rehabilitation and hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. Outside of work Rachael enjoys meals out with family and friends and is a big film fan so loves going to the cinema. Rachael has a little cat called Theo who she rescued after he had been hit by a car when he was only 10 weeks old. He recovered brilliantly thanks to the Hird and Partners team and is now very happy with a new life with Rachael.

Helen Dugdale

Helen Dugdale - RVN


After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a BSc. in Animal Behaviour and Welfare in 2006, Helen became a Nursing Assistant in 2007, previously having worked as a receptionist at our old Blackwall centre. Professionally, Helen enjoys canine and feline behavioural medicine. After completing her training with Hird and Partners – Helen qualified as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2010. Helen has recently attended CPD covering feline aggression, blood transfusions and feline hyperthyroidism. In her spare time Helen enjoys socialising with friends, travelling and films.

Laura Wheelwright

Laura Wheelwright - Nursing Assistant / Receptionist


Grace Bamford

Grace Bamford - RVN


Victoria Lund

Victoria Lund

Kate Peacock

Kate Peacock - RVN


Emma Newsome

Emma Newsome


Annette Baverstock

Annette Baverstock


Diane Wynne

Diane Wynn - RVN

Head Nurse - Walsden

After leaving school, Diane started her long career within the veterinary industry. She completed her vocational qualification in 2006 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She worked at the same Veterinary Practice for 20 years, and worked her way up the career ladder to work in the position of Senior Nurse. After qualifying, she also went on to gain her A1 Assessors Award.

New challenges lay ahead, so Diane moved into the education sector and taught Animal Care and Animal Management at a Vocational College for 4 years.

Diane joined Hird & Partners in July 2018 as Head Nurse at the Walsden Branch. She has attended numerous CPD lectures and courses over the many years in practice, and has a keen interest in Anaesthesia.

Outside of the workplace she likes to socialise and also plays the Oboe in Huddersfield Wind Band.

Molly Peek

Briony Norman

Briony Norman - RVN

Molly Peek

Rebecca Bailey

Rebecca Bailey


Stacey Weston

Stacey Weston - RVN



Bryony Jenkins

Bryony Jenkins


Rebecca Emsley

Rebecca Emsley


Jo Entwistle

Jo Entwistle - RVN


Claire Haigh

Claire Haigh - VNA

Reception and Administration




Debbie Brook

Debbie Brook - DPCHM, MIPTI, BHSAI

Practice Manager

Debbie joined the practice in May 2018 after an extensive period in the NHS, mostly as a GP Practice Manager, with additional roles for the local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and the LMC (Local Medical Council). Debbie can be found at King Street, Shelf Equine Hospital along with our smaller branches at Walsden and Ripponden. Away from work Debbie is a horse and dog lover.

Lisa Oates

Lisa Oates SQP -
Head Receptionist


Bath Mallinson

Beth Mallinson
Account Manager

Beth joined Hird and Partners in June 2014 having previously worked at Design & Display Ltd, managing personnel and accounts. Beth enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, long walks and touring in camper van with husband and 2 dogs, Badger and Doug.

Janet Allan

Janet Allan - RVN

Janet joined the practice in 1981 as a veterinary nurse. Nowadays, Janet is involved in the administrative side of the practice, chiefly with the processing of small animal insurance claims. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, walking and reading.

Valerie Lord

Valerie Lord

Denise Sutcliffe

Denise Sutcliffe

Margaret Skelsey

Margaret Skelsey


Linda English

Linda English


Peter  Lobb

Peter Lobb

Jane Otty

Cheryl Taylor

Diane Berry

Jane Otty


Cheryl Taylor

Receptionist - Walsden

Diane Berry


Samantha Hewick

Samantha Hewick

Elizabeth Bosden

Elizabeth Bowden


Caroline Regan

Caroline Regan


Jade Thomson

Jade Thomson

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Contact Us

Small Animals King Street Practice

2 King Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1SR

Small animal: 01422 354999 / 01422 849414

Farm/Equine: 01422 354106 / 01422 849413


Shelf Equine Clinic

Lower Giles Hill Farm, Giles Hill Lane, Shelf, Halifax,
West Yorkshire, HX3 7TW

Tel: 01274 601534



Small Animals

52 Oldham Road, Ripponden, West Yorkshire, HX6 4DP

Tel: 01422 823312     Fax: 01422 822732


Unit 2D, Walsden Industrial Estate, Rochdale Road, Walsden, West Yorkshire, OL14 6UD

Tel: 01706 810271     Fax: 01706 818841


Sheffield Equine Clinic

Howarth Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 4NB

Tel: 01709 911900