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Veterinary Surgeons

Our Staff

Peter Wright, BVSc, MRCVS, Partner

Peter qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1981 and has worked at Skeldale for longer than he cares to admit!  He worked with Alf Wight and Donald Sinclair, the original James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon, and enjoys telling the younger vets tales from his time with them which leaves them wondering if he ever made an appearance in the James Herriot books!  Peter enjoys small animal internal medicine as well as equine work, but is also regularly seen out on farm visits.  When not working, Peter enjoys playing Bridge, gardening, takes part in tractor rallies, and spending time with his family.

Tim Yates, BVSc, MRCVS, Partner

Tim qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1984 and aside from being a practice partner is also our go-to “Mr. Fix-It” if anything breaks down.  He is an active family man and enjoys both watching and playing rugby.  He is a skilled surgeon, performing both routine procedures and emergency surgeries.  Like Peter, Tim also worked with Alf Wight and Donald Sinclair and if pressed has many great stories to tell!

Sarah Beckerlegge, BSc, BVM&S, MRCVS

Sarah qualified from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2010 after receiving a BSc in Animal Sciences from Rutgers University.  Sarah joined the Skeldale team in 2013 after spending several years in equine ambulatory practice.  Sarah enjoys walking her two terriers, Tucker and Dotty, and her red lab, Pigeon, throughout the beautiful countryside and has also working Pidge as a gun dog.  Professionally, Sarah still pursues her interest in equine medicine, but now also enjoys canine and feline internal medicine.  

Helen Blackburn, BVMS, MRCVS

Helen qualified from the Unversity of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has been working as a mixed practice vet since qualifying.  Although Helen has a bias towards farm animal work, she enjoys all aspects of mixed practice.  Outside of Skeldale she likes to keep fit and can be often found walking, cycling, rowing, or pursuing any outdoor activity that takes her fancy!


Matthew Dobson, BVetMed, MRCVS

Matthew graduated from the Royal Veterinary Ceollege in 2016 and joined us October 2016.  He has settled in to the Yorkshire life well, enjoying his daily cup of Yorkshire Tea!  He has particular interest in ophthalmology and camelid medicine.  Matthew has two cats, Sam and Lily, and when not at work he can be found cooking, playing hockey, or singing in the local choir.