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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 orthopaedic surgeon, performing both routine procedures such as cruciate repairs and also emergency fracture fixation.  Like Peter, Tim also worked with Alf Wight and Donald Sinclair and if pressed has many great stories to tell!

Julian Norton, VetMB, MA, MRCVS, GPCert SAP, Partner

Julian qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1996.  He is particularly passionate about small animal medicine, including cardiology, opthalmology, dermatology and obstetrics as well as soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.  He is the practice action man, regularly competing in triathlons, Iron Man races, and is a world record holder for 24 hour indoor rowing!  He was selected for the GB age group duathlon team in 2014 and is proud to compete for his country.  As if all that isn’t enough, he also participates in ski mountaineering!  When he isn’t competing himself, he spends time with his wife Anne, also a vet, transporting their two sons to various sporting events and walking his Jack Russell Emy.

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!


Esme Telfer, VetMB, MRCVS

Esme is a familiar face in the practice, having first been a work experience student from the age of 16 prior to attending the University of Cambridge where she qualified from the Department of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.  After qualifying, Esme joined a mixed practice in Carmarthenshire, Wales where she worked until February 2016 when she headed back to Yorkshire to join the Skeldale team.  She is interested in surgery and is very excited to be back in Yorkshire.  Outside of work, Esme enjoys staying fit with road biking at the top of her list of favourite activities.  She also has a very well travelled rabbit, Charlie, who has faithfully accompied her on journeys between Wales and Yorkshire.

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.