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.
|Francesca Kila||Veterinary Surgeon|
Francesca qualified in Italy and has been working in England since 2004. Francesca is particularly interested in ultrasonography, dermatology and feline medicine. She has a cat called Pepsi. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking, painting and crochet.
|Nikoletta Oppe||Veterinary Surgeon|
|Alec Brotherton BVetMed MRCVS||Veterinary Surgeon|
Alec graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2013. He grew up in Leicestershire with a menagerie of dogs, rabbits and chickens. He enjoys the variety involved in veterinary practice and the mixture of people and animals encountered.Outside of work he enjoys watching Leicester Tigers rugby team, cycling and socialising with friends.
|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.
|Tracey McIlWraith||General Manager|
Tracey joined KirksVets in September 2001, taking on the routine day to day work of banking and account reconciliation. Tracey's role has developed considerably over time and she now plays an active part in the overall running of the practice, from dealing with account queries to now being the Grantham Practice Manager and running our very successful pet shop on Northgate in Sleaford. She is a qualified SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) or animal medicine advisor. Tracey has 2 retired greyhounds and an old lurcher and is a keen rider with the Cranwell Bloodhounds.
|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.
|Becky Flett RVN Cert VNECC||Senior Nurse|
I have been nursing for 18 years, qualifying in 1998 and have been at Kirks since 2007. During my time here and with the support of the practice, I worked towards an exam in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, which I passed in 2010. In March 2012 I gained a certificate in Emergency and Critical Care for which I received a distinction. I have two horses, Sharn and Roscoe, who enjoy a relatively easy life and our house is run by a cat called Reggie, who was rescued as new born and hand reared. I am proud to be part of an experienced and dedicated nursing team, which provide excellent care for your pets.
|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.
|Heather Grant||Student Veterinary Nurse|
Heather has been working at KirksVets since November 2013, with 9 years previous experience of veterinary nursing. She completed most of her training at an orthopaedic and neurological referral practice and is currently completing her third and final year, to be a qualified veterinary nurse. She has two dogs called Lexus, a collie cross, and Harley a Dogue de Bordeaux.
|Sophie Arthur||Student Veterinary Nurse|
I joined kirks Vets in September 2012 to complete my Veterinary Nursing Training. I
am in my final year at Warwickshire College and hope to be fully qualified by July. I love to travel and am going to South Africa volunteering in a wildlife sanctuary.
Reading is a passion of mine and I am currently writing my own novel. I don’t have any of my own pets at the moment but when I am settled I would love to re home a
dog such as a husky. ‘I have swam with dolphins, walked a tiger, cuddled a koala, been to the pyramids of Egypt and I have taken part in a marine mammal keeper experience programme when on holiday in Florida where I got the amazing chance to go behind the scenes for the day in Sea World (a marine mammal park). I had the most fantastic experience working with seals, manatees, dolphins, beluga whales, walruses and polar bears.
I began working for Kirks in 2008 as a Veterinary Receptionist. I have completed two NVQs in Customer service team leading. I enjoy my varied job which is never the same from day to day and I am proud to be part of a team supporting your pets. Outside of work I enjoy socialising and taking part in quizzes.
|Niki Hardstaff||Customer Services|
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.
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.