Our team of vets..

All of our vets are responsible for the healthcare of animals presented to the surgery. They are able to offer a full range of diagnosis and treatment for all common companion animal species.

Patrick Dale

Patrick Dale

Patrick Dale qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Liverpool University in 1986. He worked in Frome in Somerset for a year after graduation which helped him develop an interest in both horses and small animals. Subsequently working in a truly mixed practice in Henley Arden in Warwickshire, also gave him experience with cattle and sheep.

Settling in Tring in 1988 then led him into rather a happy niche, dealing once more with both horses and small animals, but ultimately from 2003 with small animals only.

Patrick is mainly in the operating theater as he has completed a General Practitioners certificate in Small Animal Surgery and in Endoscopy and Endosurgery.

Amongst many other interests, he lives at home with his wife Helen, three cats and many sheep!

Helen Dale

Helen Dale

Helen grew up in Lancashire and gained her degree in veterinary science from Liverpool university in 1989 which is where she met her husband Patrick.

After getting married, she has lived in the local area for over 30 years whilst raising their three daughters and working as a small animal vet at another local practice.

Helen joined the clinical team at Springwell in 2020 having at last realised that working with her husband wasn't so bad after all! In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit, cold water swimming being a particular favourite.

Holly Arnott

Holly Arnott

Holly Arnott graduated from the Royal Veterinary College of London in 2005. She has worked at a local small animal practice for the past 11 years and joined Springwell Vets in May 2018.

Holly has a keen interest in surgery and has completed a General Practitioners certificate in Small Animal Practice and in Endoscopy and Endosurgery.

She has three English Springer Spaniels - Lottie, Maggie and Willow, a Border Collie - Nellie, a Rhodesian Ridgeback - Tally, two cats - Owen and Cosmic and two horses - Jack and Carlo.

The animals have plenty of space though as she lives locally on a dairy farm with her Husband and two children, so it isn't as crazy as it seems!

Wendy Lintern

Wendy Lintern

Wendy Lintern is originally from North Yorkshire, she qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London and went straight into work at a local practice where she worked for 8 years before joining Springwell in May 2012.

Outside of work Wendy enjoys running and going on active holidays including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro!

Faye Spencelayh

Faye Spencelayh is originally from Norfolk and qualified in 2011 from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

She worked in a local small animal practice for 2 years before joining Springwell in 2014.

Faye has completed a General Practitioners certificate in feline practice and a Postgraduate Certificate in feline veterinary studies - she is our feline guru!

Faye lives locally with her two sons, husband Kevin, who is also a small animal vet working in the local area, and her two cats Bumble and Bailey who she adopted when they were stray kittens. Outside of work Faye enjoys playing badminton, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

Katarina Byrnes

Katarina Byrnes

Katarina graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2015. After university she worked for a small animal practice in Buckinghamshire near where she grew up.

Kat fell in love with laparoscopic surgery after completing her General Practitioners certificate in Endoscopy and Endosurgery in 2018.

She joined Springwell in 2021 and is currently further developing her surgical skills by studying towards a certificate in small animal surgery. Outside of work Kat enjoys horse riding and spending time with her husband and two whippets.

They are looking forward to expecting their first child in Spring 2022.

Victoria Ayres

Victoria Ayres

Viki qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1996. She has a long association with Springwell Vets but permanently joined the team in April 2020.

Viki has an interest in small animal pain management and practices veterinary acupuncture.

She has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Viki lives locally juggling Veterinary work with her Husband Will, and their 4 children.

The family has Chocolate Labradors and 2 rescue cats.


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