Jim qualified from Edinburgh in 1961 and worked initially in Nottingham before moving to Sleaford in 1963 as an assistant to Hugh Frost. Partnership followed with Frost & Kirk which grew until Hugh retired in 1986. J O Kirk and Associates went through a period of major building improvements and the purchase of Newgate Lane Veterinary Surgery. In 2001 Jim and Angus joined in partnership and a new era with KirksVets and the big move from Highfield, Eastgate to Lions Way, East Road.
Angus joined the practice in 1998 taking on the responsibility of the day to day running of the practice. Having working in the banking industry for the previous nine years and having economics, accounts, and law qualifications was at a distinct advantage in streamlining the practice in anticipation of expansion. In 2001 Angus became a partner as the Sleaford practice began planning for a move to new premises. Being heavily involved in the negotiations and planning of the surgery took up much time until the grand opening in May 2002. Angus has four children, a greyhound and ferrets.
|Martin Stevens||Veterinary Surgeon|
Martin qualified from Glasgow University Vet School in 1997. He has previously worked for a year in a busy Veterinary Hospital, spent more than five years at a new start single handed practice, done 2 years locum work, and then 8 years at a practice on the Lincs/Notts border before joining Kirks Vets as lead vet at the Grantham surgery in Jan 2014. At home, Martin has 2 elderly cats, an elderly rabbit and a multitude of poultry. Martin is a keen runner and has completed a number of marathons at home and abroad, qualifying for the 2010 and 2011 UK championships. This year he will be running 15 marathons as part of a team of 7 attempting to run 100 marathons in 2014.
|Kathryn Woodward||Veterinary Surgeon|
|Jose Palmes Garcia DipSc,MSc,BSc,MRCVS||Veterinary Surgeon|
Jose graduated in 2008 from the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria. He has since completed 3 masters degrees. Jose has 3 cats called Link, Ponyo and Gordo.
|Almudena Borja CertSc MSc MRCVS||Veterinary Surgeon|
Since graduating in 2009 from Extremadura University in the west of Spain, Almu has been working in practice ever since. In 2010 Almu completed 2 masters degrees – 1 in Animal Behaviour and 1 in Rehabilitation. Almu has a chocolate labrador called Moka.
|Gosia Szczepanska||Veterinary Surgeon|
|Katherine Gibson RVN||Head Hurse|
|Sarah Williamson RVN/A1/c-SQP||Senior Nurse|
I have worked at Kirks since 1999 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004. I progressed to Clinical Coach to train Student Nurses and hold the SQP-C qualification. Outside of work I am a judo instructor in local schools and enjoy competing at national level. My other interests include property conversion and I am a member of my local archaeological group. My pets include six cats, four ducks, two hens and a guinea pig. Oh... And two children – Candy and Fallon.
|Hayley Thomas RVN/CC||Senior Nurse|
Hayley completed an animal care course at Caythorpe College with a distinction, specializing in animal grooming. Hayley’s experience enables her to act as head groomer. She attended University studying Animal Science and Behaviour management before joining KirksVets full time; she has since completed a short course in animal behaviour through the practice, and can advise on basic problems. Hayley completed her formal Veterinary Nurse Training in 2005. Hayley is also a clinical coach to train student nurses.
|Karen Tholen RVN||Veterinary Nurse|
Karen worked as a nursing assistant from 1997, until she qualified in 2005. She began to work for Kirks in 2002, until taking a career break in 2007. She has since re-joined the KirksVets team in early 2014. Karen has a dog, 2 goldfish and 2 children.
|Jo Leach RVN||Veterinary Nurse|
I have worked at KirksVets since October 2009 and love all aspects of the job. I have recently completed the level 3 diploma in vet nursing and am now a qualified RVN. I have 4 dogs called Whisky, Tipple, Meg and Inca. I also have 3 horses called Defence, Seamus and Fudge. Horses are my main interest. I would love to train as an equine nurse in the future.
|Jo Crinks||Nursing Assistant|
I have been a full time Nursing Assistant at the Grantham surgery since 2008. I own a naughty tortie and a loving corn snake, both were rescued. I also foster animals needing homes from dogs and cats to guinea pigs and giant tortoises. I volunteer for a number of dog rescue homes helping to re home, raise funds and increase awareness. When I am not working I enjoy swimming and playing squash.
|Lesley Alison||Nursing Assistant|
|Ed Martin||Nursing Assistant|
|Lauren Bell||Student Veterinary Nurse|
I joined KirksVets in October 2012 as a dog groomer after completing a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management at Riseholme College. At Kirks we groom a wide variety of dog breeds, as well as cats and other small furries such as rabbits. I enjoy my role, and I am hoping to progress to become a veterinary nurse in the future. I have my own dog, who I rescued from a local dog sanctuary. I have an interest in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation.
Hi I’m Jazz, I am 21 years old. I started with Kirks vets in September 2012 and I have been grooming for around 3 years. I studied a National Diploma in Animal Management Level 3 at Riseholme College that I completed to Distinction Level. I am a bubbly, outgoing person who loves working with animals and have always wanted to work in a vets since I was a young girl. I am hoping to further my career in the practice and become a veterinary nurse or in the same field of work. I have a cat called Felix which I rescued in 2012 and two gold fish called Sushi and Nemo. I feel that grooming requires a lot of patience which I have plenty of. I love my job.