24 Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield S7 2QN
Telephone: 0114 2363391


Veterinary Surgeons

Donna Claridge BVetMed MRCVS

Donna qualified from the University of London in 1989. She has worked at Park Veterinary Hospital for the last 25 years with a short break to go travelling back in the nineties. Donna enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but is particularly interested in feline medicine, emergency medicine and the care and treatment of exotic pets.

She enjoys the long-term relationships and friendships she has fostered with many clients and their pets over the years and now considers herself an honorary northerner having spent more of her life in Sheffield than anywhere else.

In her spare time Donna enjoys anything outdoors and is a keen climber and fell-runner and can think of no better way to relax than running with her dogs across the bogs and moors of the Peak District. She lives with her husband and daughter and a large variety of pets (from tortoises to sheep).


Carmel Stanford MVB MRCVS CertAVP (VetGP) GPCert (SAS) OCQ (V)-CA

Carmel graduated from the University College Dublin in 2000. She came to work at Park Veterinary Hospital after graduation and soon found a love for both the local area and small animal surgery. Following a year of working as a locum at veterinary practices across Sheffield, Carmel returned to Park Veterinary Hospital in 2007.

Carmel has achieved an RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (VetGP),  completed an ESVPS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and was recently awarded RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal practice.

During her time off, Carmel enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and walking her border terrier in the Peak District.


Fraser McKenna BVM&S MRCVS


Fraser qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Following a varied career working with all creatures great and small in both Wales and Scotland, Fraser decided to return back to his home town in Sheffield. His main interests lie in the areas of arthritis management and advances regarding new forms of pain relief and anaesthesia.



Katie Limb BVSc BSc MRCVS 

Katie graduated from Bristol vet school in 2008 after completing a previous degree in Zoology.
She has worked at various small animal practices across Yorkshire since and after having her daughter she settled back home in Sheffield.
She has worked at Park Vets since 2018. She has a keen interest in opthalmology and is currently undertaking the BSAVA certifcate in this area.

When not at work Katie is an artist using paper to create animal portraits mainly but also other work. She lives with her 6 year old daughter, 2  (soon to be 3 whippets!), a Maine Coon and a mad moggie that was the product of a pregnant spay brought into Park who had her kittens at Katie's house!


 Tiago Flor MRCVS

Graduated in Nov 2016, never got to work in Portugal as always wanted to live abroad, and since got the opportunity to do so only a few months after graduating decided to go for it and live in the UK. Has an interest in clinical pathology, laboratorial analysis, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging and dermatology. Even though he is admittedly a "dog person" he loves cats too and has a soft spot for rats, which is inspiring him into expanding his knowledge on these pets as well as making his way to be a certified advanced practitioner in the future.
Avid gamer and keen on sports, on his free time can be found playing rugby with Sheffield Vulcans, hiking on Stanage Edge or home playing video games when there's a storm outside. Enjoys cinema and spending time with friends, loves finding new places and getting know different cultures. 


Annelies Sarrazyn MRCVS

Annelies graduated from Ghent University in 2005 but never got round to working in Belgium as she moved to the UK shortly after qualifying. She moved to Sheffield in November 2007 and joined Park Veterinary Hospital, as a permanent full time vet until 2011 and on a part time locum basis since then.

In 2010 she attained her ESVPS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She finds all aspects of veterinary practice fascinating and her main interests lie in small animal medicine, particularly endocrinology and geriatrics.

In her spare time she enjoys climbing, fell running, road biking and reading.


Vicky Ironside VetMB MA,CertVC MRCVS

Vicky Ironside is the practice cardiologist.  She qualified from Cambridge in 1989 and after 10 years in general small animal practice, gained a further qualification in cardiology (Certificate of Veterinary Cardiology).  Since then she has worked mainly with practices in Sheffield, bringing her own more specialised ultrasound scanner when she visits for cardiology clinics.




David Strong BVM&S MRCVS    

David is available at Park Veterinary Hospital for various orthopaedic procedures including, but not limited to the surgical management of cranial cruciate ligament rupture, patella luxation surgery, angular limb deformity correction and the surgical management of simple and complex fractures. David has considerable experience in a number of soft tissue procedures as well, such as total ear canal ablation (TECA) and perineal hernia repair. See his web-site http://www.roarsurgical.co.uk/ for more information on his services.

Based in Sheffield, David is the Product Development Manager for the world’s largest veterinary surgical instrumentation and implants company. He has designed and developed a number of surgical instruments and several orthopaedic implant ranges for the profession and travels frequently throughout the year to attend domestic and international veterinary conferences.

In his free time, David enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking, wood-work, metal-work, general construction, electrical work, household plumbing, gardening and hedgerow foraging. He is married to Anna Strong. They have two cats, Boris and Reggie.


Veterinary Nurses

Andrew Lipscombe RVN

Head Nurse

Andrew joined the practice from leaving school in 1999.  He studied at Myerscough College in Preston and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2005.  His main interest is small animal nutrition and he runs weight clinic for cats and dogs from the practice. Away from work Andrew enjoys most types of sport, but mainly Formula One, Moto GP and football.


Melanie Dando RVN

Nurse Training Co-ordinator

Melanie has worked at the practice since 2002 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004.  She is the practice nurse training co-ordinator, responsible for training our student nurses and has a particular interest in feline medicine. Outside work she plays roller derby for Sheffield Steel Rollergirls.




Maddie Last RVN

Maddie joined the practice in September 2014 and qualified in November 2016. Maddie is interested in feline medicine and has three cats - Teddy, Till and Mitch.





Gemma Swallow RVN

Gemma studied at Myerscough college in Preston and qualified in 2018. Her main interests in practice are surgical nursing, medical nursing and anaesthesia. 




Beth Nutt RVN

Beth did her veterinary nursing placement at the hospital over 3 years and came back to join the team in July 2019 after completing her degree. 





Georgina Reading RVN

Georgina qualified in 2000 whilst working in London. From there, she worked in mixed practices in the west country and then in 2007 moved to Derbyshire. After taking a break to have her children, Georgina returned to small animal practice, initially as an emergency night nurse. She has also gained a feline nursing certificate. Georgina joined Park Vets in March 2019 as a part time night nurse. Her interests at work are in emergency and critical care nursing. When at home, she likes to spend quality time with her family and enjoys swimming and baking. 



Paige Quinn RVN

Paige completed 3 years of nurse training at the practice and qualified in 2020 from Middlesex University. Her main interests are medical nursing and exotics. She is currently working towards an advanced programme in zoo, exotics and wildlife. Outside of work Paige enjoys spending time with her two dachshunds, three cats, a guinea pig and a rabbit, two mice and two bearded dragons  


Trainee Veterinary Nurses


Francesca Naylor

Francesca started with the practice and on her Veterinary Nursing training in October 2017. At home she has a rescue cat called Raisin and a Corn snake called Noodles. Francesca enjoys fitness and will be frequently found in the gym outside work as well as looking after her family. She also enjoys her annual trips to various rock festivals.



Abby Quinn

Abby joined the team as a student veterinary nurse and has always had a love for animals. She has a naughty tortie cat called Sox and a Labrador cross springer spaniel called Bailey. Bailey has a lot of energy as you can imagine so Abby spends most of her spare time playing with him, walking and tiring him out! She also loves going out with family and friends to visit new towns and cities.  



Sophie Stenton

Sophie joined the practice as a student veterinary nurse in 2020. You may recognise her as she has been a volunteer worker at the practice for more than three years prior to nurse training. When not at work Sophie likes to go out for walks in the peak district with her dad and enjoys going to video game festivals. She has 2 guinea pigs called Noah and Jaffa Cake.  




Heather Clarke

Heather has worked at the practice since 1986 and is currently working as a part time administrator and receptionist. She has four cats each of which was adopted from the local branch of the Cats Protection league.

In her spare time, Heather is interested in antiques and retro furniture, upholstery and soft furnishings. She also enjoys going to the theatre when she gets the chance!



Sara Adam



Sara has worked on reception at the practice since 1985 and currently works on weekday mornings. Her dedication to the role and professionalism is appreciated by our clients.




Nikki Wells


Nikki joined our team in November 2017 after many years of working for the NHS.  Nikki has had numerous pets over the years and has a particular soft spot for pointers!  In her spare time Nikki enjoys holidaying in her VW campervan.





Jessica Slack

Jess joined the practice in February 2019 as part of our reception team. Previously Jess worked in her local bakery. Through her love of animals Jess has volunteered with a number of animal charities and helped on a local farm. Jess has previously had an array of pets such as whippets and a rescue dog called Cassie. Jess looks forward to having more pets in the future.




Kara Williamson

Kara joined the team in October 2019. She has previous experience working as a veterinary receptionist and enjoys working in a busy veterinary hospital.