Helen McKinstry assisted Jim with the initial set up of the practice in January 2011 as a Director.  She carried out the day to day running of the office, purchases, salary payments, vet rotas and events until a Practice Manager was appointed. Helen has also covered reception, assisted with TB testing and carried out deliveries. In December 2013 she qualified as an R-SQP. These days Helen continues juggle vets by keeping the vet rota up to date, but also helps on the family farm.

Evelyn Stott joined the practice in April 2011 as a Director. She is a chartered physiotherapist who works with children. Evelyn married Mark in 1994 and moved to Kendal the following year. She will mainly be based at Kendal, helping out with reception cover.

Carol Curwen started work at the Practice in January 2013 as the Practice Manager. It is her responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the practice. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and travel.

Shirley Cotton works in Reception at Lancaster. Her role in the team involves keeping the practice running smoothly; from taking telephone calls to organising visits and drug orders for farmers. Shirley has been part of the team since 2003 and comes from a farming background. Outside work, Shirley enjoys DIY, keeping fit and walking.

Jeanette McDougall joined Farm Gate Vets at Kendal in May 2011 to help out in with reception duties on a part-time basis. Her family and their dog keep Jeanette busy but if she manages to find any spare time, she’s a keen badminton player! Any vet receptionist tips have been given to Jeanette by her sister Shirley!

Julie Winn joined us in January 2016 as Receptionist, Driver and R-SQP. She has over 5 years experience as an Animal Health Advisor and has been in farming all her life. Being brought up on a farm and now farming alongside her husband. Julie is really looking forward to this new role and opportunity to share her knowledge.

Karen Huntington also joined us in January 2016 to assist the Practice Manger. Her main role will be helping with accounts and also coordinating events. In her free time, she enjoys walking and gardening.

Lisa Bramley joined Farm Gate Vets with the Sedbergh practice. She ensures the practice at Sedbergh runs like clock work, taking telephone calls, client accounts, stock control and assisting vets. Lisa is a true animal lover, currently having a horse, 4 dogs, a cat and several chickens.

Claire Pope also joined Farm Gate Vets with the Sedbergh practice. Claire assists the vets with all operations and procedures, ensures animals are well looked after during their stay at the practice, covers reception and takes client calls. When not at work, Claire enjos singing, attending concerts and spending time with her family.

Gill Lumb joined the office team in February 2016 to work as a Receptionist based at Lancaster. Gill had previously worked at Armstong Builders Merchants and was brought up on a farm in Bentham (you may know her by her maiden name Bateson) so is a familiar face to many of our farmers.In her spare time Gill enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, walking and skiing.  

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