We are a group of small animal practices in Chesterfield and Nottinghamshire, first established in 1986. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we are open six days a week and have access to 24-hour emergency care. For your added convenience, there’s free parking for clients at our surgeries.
A native of Whitby, Brian has spent most of his professional life in Derbyshire where he owned a veterinary hospital. After “retiring” from there, he joined Marske Vets in June 2010 as a clinical director before joining us as our clinical director in August 2011. His professional interests include ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopaedics and practice management. Married with six children and seven grandchildren, he tries to see them as often as possible although they are dotted around the UK and Australia. Brian has always been interested in sport, more as a spectator now, and is a passionate supporter and season ticket holder at Newcastle United. He is also a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Brian loves the outdoors enjoying walking and gardening. He has a soft spot for Labradors and Border Terriers – but has inherited Lottie, a Bichon Frise, and Yuki, a white cat.
Emma Parkinson BSc DVM MRCVS
Emma is originally from Chesterfield but is often confused for being Australian or Canadian. She has been with Carrick Veterinary Group since 2003, when she moved back to England from the USA. Emma is interested in the medical aspects of dogs and cats, with a keen interest in endocrine diseases. In her spare time she enjoys walking, gardening, or to the staff’s delight, baking.
Richard Patton BVSc BSc MRCVS
Richard qualified from Liverpool University in 1999. He has a keen interest in dermatology and has mainly worked in and around the Peak District. During his spare time, Richard enjoys fell running and spending time with his wife and two children. At home he has a cat called Kira and a dog called Pip.
Jessica Podmore DVM BSAVA PGCertSAS MRCVS
Jessica graduated from Cordoba in Spain and went on to obtain her PhD in virology from Hannover in Germany. She initially worked at the Veterinary Faculty in Hannover and Zurich (Switzerland) before moving to the UK, where she has gained 20+ years of experience in small animal practice. Jessica is passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine but believes that exceptional patient care and outstanding communication is the foundation on which all else must be built on. She gained her postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery in 2015 and performs all sorts of advanced surgical procedures including cruciate ligament, patella, fracture, brachycephalic, eye and ear surgery to name just a few.
Helen Sear BVSc MRCVS
Helen graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013 and has worked in and around Derbyshire ever since. Helen has a specific interest in emergency and critical care and is currently studying for a post graduate certificate in this area. In addition; Helen has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery, endocrinopathies and geriatric feline medicine. In her spare time Helen competes her Irish Sports Horse called Arty locally and at British Eventing. Helen lives with her boyfriend and Cocker Spaniel called Snoop, rescue Labrador called Poppy and a sassy three-legged cat called Pirate.
Megan Skelhorn MRCVS
Megan qualified from Nottingham University in 2018 before moving back to the Peak District. She loves all kinds of companion animals, including ferrets, and is particularly interested in inpatient care and the management of long-term conditions. Megan takes every opportunity to be outdoors – a love shared by her dog Bilbo, who is in training to become her fell running companion.
Izabela Swierczynska MRCVS
Izabela graduated from University of Warmia and Mazury in Poland in 2007 and moved to the UK in the same year. She has a keen interest in dermatology, internal medicine, ultrasound and surgery, as well as strong interests in cats and feline medicine. In her free time, Izabela enjoys spending time with her family, which includes Frank the Lakeland Terrier, two Main Coons Ozzy and Etna and her daughter, Grace.