Mike Gilbertson BVM&S BSc (Hons) MRCVS

Michael Gilbertson BVM&S BSc (Hons) MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon / Practice Owner

Mike graduated from the University of the West of England in 2001 attaining a first class honours degree in Equine Science.  He then accepted a place at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University. There he completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Degree in 2006. After a short period working in a specialist equine hospital, he then worked at two East Yorkshire mixed practices for eleven years.  During this time, he gained invaluable clinical and surgical experience.

Mike lives with his wife and three young children on their family’s farm. They share their home with an ever-expanding menagerie including English Pointer Darcy, a blind rescue cat called Gina, and rare breed sheep, bantams, runner ducks and ‘sticky’ the stick insect!

Charlotte Braidwood-Smith

Charlotte Braidwood-Smith

Veterinary Surgeon

Charlotte qualified from Bristol Vet School in 2013. After working in mixed practice in East Yorkshire for two and a half years she moved to a 24-hour, small animal hospital in Leeds; improving her surgical skills and giving the animals of North Leeds the highest level of care.

Originally from Driffield, Charlotte now lives in York with her husband, a black and white moggy Augustus and her golden cocker spaniel called Elsie.

Carol Thomas

Carol Thomas


Receptionist Carol has an impressive 22 years of veterinary reception experience. On leaving school Carol gained her City and Guilds qualification in agriculture with credits in stockmanship at Bishop Burton College and then began working in the farming industry. Married with two sons and two granddaughters, Carol cares for two retired beach donkeys and two stray (now farm!) cats.

Antonia Henshall

Veterinary Nurse

Antonia has worked in the veterinary industry for nine years and became a registered veterinary nurse in 2012, with a special interest in dog training.

At home Antonia has a seven-year-old Cocker Spaniel called Belle and a rather feisty nine-year-old tabby cat called Meg.

Catherine Gill

Catherine Gill

Veterinary Nurse

Catherine joined the Birchwood team in 2018 as an apprentice nurse and is currently in her second year at Askham Bryan College studying for her level 3 diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Catherine recently welcomed a young rescue rabbit named Tonks into her home and has developed a particular interest in nursing rabbits.

Steph Neary

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Steph has 17 years’ experience in various mixed and small animal practices in North and East Yorkshire and she has been a clinical coach to several student veterinary nurses.  Having a Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Exotic Species enabled Steph to once microchip a litter of lion cubs!   Steph’s favourite patients are naughty terriers and ‘senior’ pets and she also appreciates a really satisfying dental procedure. At home she spends time with her husband and two small children.  Future pet related plans involve border terriers.  She’d also quite like a goat but isn’t really equipped to have one!

Millie Lawton

Apprentice Veterinary Nurse

Millie has recently joined the Birchwood team as an apprentice nurse having recently started her first year at Askham Bryan College studying for the Veterinary Nurses level 3 diploma. Millie is passionate about caring for all animals and their welfare.  She loves riding her horse and looking after her dog.

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