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!

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.

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.

Maggie Cunningham

Apprentice Veterinary Nurse

Maggie has been part of the team at Birchwood veterinary practice since September 2020. She enjoyed her time with Birchwood so much that she has now embarked on a level 3 veterinary nursing apprenticeship with the practice.

Maggie has several years experience as a kennel maid both in the UK and New Zealand and has been working with animals since 2015. In her spare time she loves being with her two dogs Henry and Pepper out in the countryside.

Katie Bannister

Student Veterinary Nurse

Katie is currently a student vet nurse and is studying at Askham Bryan college.  Katie is very passionate about animal care.  She has a cheeky cat and a horse herself.

Eloise Dyer


Eloise joined Birchwood in September 2020. After working for 7 years in a pub she decided to have a career change. Eloise has always had an interest in animals and has had pet rabbits, fish and hamsters. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her young son and Cocker Spaniel, George.

Kay Kennedy


Kay has worked in various office and reception roles over the last 30 years. Kay loves animals,  especially dogs. Kay lives with her son and two dogs who, she says, complete their home with love.

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