Nick has always had a passion for animals and their care since being a small boy in his home town in the West Riding. He was keen to see practice in his local surgery and was always the last to leave after evening surgery whenever he had the chance, and it was at this stage he opted to
Nick has been married to Debbie since 1989 and they have two children, Katie and Eddie. Both Debbie and Katie have pivotal roles within the practice which is what makes this a very much family practice.
“When the opportunity arose to buy our existing building in July 2013 we jumped at the chance. Everything we have done since then, from the installation of automatic entry doors through to the layout of our building, has been primarily focused on ensuring clients and their pets feel safe and relaxed. All our team are individually committed to ensuring we provide a first class quality of service. We enjoy working hard for you and your pets. We’re collectively proud of what we have achieved in such a short time and very grateful for the support of all our wonderful clients”
To relax Nick loves spending time walking the dogs riding his bike or taking the chance to watch a bit of club cricket at the Driffield Recreation Club on a summer Saturday afternoon.
On the dark nights, when not working, Nick enjoys tinkering with his old cars and especially his 1961 Ford Anglia which he raced for 25 years. The car was bought for Debbie as an engagement present but is currently in intensive care at home after Nick rolled it in a testing accident, very much a labour of love he hopes to be racing it around a track sometime in the future.
Sam is from Tenerife and qualified 6 years ago at the Gran Canaria University. After qualifying, he worked in a out of hours clinic in Tenerife providing emergency small animal care. He moved to the UK 4 years ago and has spent his time working in a first opinion small animal practice very much like our own.
Sam recently adopted Lola, “a little old grumpy cat” from Bridge Street Vets who, given the opportunity, will keep him awake meowing all night. In his spare time Sam enjoys spending time with his partner Diana and sampling all the food she cooks for him and their friends. He has recently joined the Driffield Karate Academy and he is very much looking forward to working alongside Nick and the team here at Bridge Street.
Debbie is the practice manager and part time receptionist. Originally from Withernsea, Debbie has lived and worked in Driffield since the late seventies. She met Nick when she sold him his first house whilst working in a local estate agent in 1987. She fondly remembers their first dog Bonnie
Debbie had a career break to raise the family but restarted work in local government and is now relishing the new challenge of building and running both the veterinary practice and our sister dental practice upstairs.
To relax she enjoys keeping the gardens tidy and trim, both at home and at work, and still finds time to walk with the dogs and read. She’s recently started swimming on a regular basis at the Driffield pool to keep fit as well as enjoying the occasional cycle ride.
Deb used to race cars along with Nick in both circuit racing and autograss and made a stunning grass track debut by tipping the car on its side at her very first competitive event. She emerged unscathed and went on to come third in the women’s club championship that year.
Katie always wanted to become a vet or a veterinary nurse from an early age. She used to jump at the chance to go around with Nick/Dad on farm calls, and was present at several late night surgical sessions in both large and small animals. She would freely admit this is her dream job.
Katie loves the chance to work with all the animals on a daily basis as well as working long days with Dad when running our regular puppy parties three Wednesdays each month.
She has studied hard to pass her Veterinary Support Diploma with distinction and is now training towards the RCVS veterinary nursing qualification at the College of Animal Welfare in Leeds.
Katie is also a qualified dental nurse which she achieved before starting work for the practice and that is how she met Mark, her husband, who is now the managing director of our sister practice Bridge Street Dental upstairs. As we say, this is very much a family practice.
Katie and Mark currently have three cats, Maddie, Binky and Norman, as well as two Labradors Spot and Rodney. All the pets get on famously with Norman and Spot playing together constantly.
Amy started with us on the reception desk but is now enjoying her new role as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant, before joining the team Amy was working as a qualified dental nurse. She enjoyed dental nursing but had always wanted to work around animals since being a young girl. She loves meeting new people and their pets and offering a helping hand.
Amy has always lived locally to Driffield with her Mum and brother. When she’s not working she is normally spending time with her beloved cocker spaniel Digby, they love walking around the Cottam circular, going for a stroll on the beach or whipping up some home made dog treats and snuggling up to watch a film. In her spare time she also enjoys studying for her various online courses, her most recent achievement was getting a distinction on an animal psychology course.
Rosie is proud to be our receptionist and loves the friendly animal based working environment. She will often be the first person you meet when entering the practice or the voice on the telephone. Rosie joined us in August 2014, initially as our evening receptionist, before taking the
She too is a graduate of Bishop Burton College, where she studied horse management and has used these skills to look after her own horses in the past and she still frequently helps friends with their horses. Rosie has been the chairperson of the Bridlington young farmers club and is always proud to talk about her father’s Allis Chalmers tractor at every opportunity.
Rosie lives in Bridlington and spends most of her time with her boyfriend, Sam who’s a joiner by trade. She has two dogs Purdy, a Cocker Spaniel and Billy, a Jack Russell, and loves making ample use of the local beaches and countryside walks to give them a good run about. Rosie’s newest addition is her pet tortoise, Bubba who was bred by her Auntie. Rosie often talks of the big lottery win, which she is long overdue and buying a big house with land and filling it with animals of all shapes and sizes.
Kim is our evening and Saturday receptionist, she has worked in Driffield for a number of years as a receptionist in an established hair salon but after graduating from Bishop Burton College this year with a Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Behaviour she is now excited to be able to work within an animal environment and join our team having always been
Kim lives with her daughter Darcie in Burton Agnes, she has a West Highland Terrier called Chester who she loves taking for walks on the beach and cuddling up on the sofa with, she also has two guinea pigs called Elsbeth and Paisley. Kim also enjoys spending time helping her partner David on his farm especially with the sheep during lambing time, and in their spare time they enjoy going to horse events and country shows were David shows and judges cattle.
Natalie joined us in 2015. She is a qualified dog groomer and works alongside Vicky in Sunshine Groomers ensuring we can continue to meet the high demand. She is originally from Selby but moved to Filey where she lives with her dog, Bailey, a Cocker Spaniel.
There’s nothing Natalie enjoys more than working with all the varied and wonderful pets she meets on a daily basis and restoring them from long haired ragamuffins to finely coiffured sweet scented pets again.
She is a graduate of Askham Bryan College at York where she studied a Diploma in animal management and dog grooming.
Victoria is another of our founder members. She has worked in veterinary nursing for many years and it now excited to be assisting Natalie in the Groomers. Vicky has worked with Nick locally in Driffield and Bridlington for several years before leaving to travel to New Zealand and worked in a veterinary practice there before returning home. Since then she has
Vicky recently completed 6months of studying to pass her Veterinary Support Diploma with distinction. She loves the opportunity to work with the animals, in what can be quite stressful circumstances, and takes great satisfaction for a job well done when we restore pets back to full health.
Vicky has two dogs of her own, both Pomeranian cross dogs called Bruno and Oliver. They are frequent visitors to the grooming parlour where they get clipped and fluffed up. They are both very much mummy’s boys.
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