Introducing Our Partners 

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.

Len Metcalfe
Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

Len has been a vet in mixed practice for the whole of his career since graduating from Glasgow University in 1990.

During that time he has built up considerable experience in all species. Over the years some of his particular interests have been working with cattle both, dairy and beef. He has also spent a lot of time working with horses dealing particularly with lameness problems and with equine fertility and artificial insemination. In addition Len has spent a lot of time working with peoples’ pet cats and dogs. It is in this field of veterinary practice that he currently spends most of his time. He is particularly interested in all aspects of surgery as well as the diagnosis, management and treatment of complex medical cases.

When not at work Len is to be found pursuing one of his many activities in the outdoors. He spends a lot of time on the moors on his mountain bike. He enjoys fishing, both on rivers and at sea in his kayak. Len is also a keen gardener. Finally, when time allows he likes to walk, train and work his two very energetic cocker spaniels Gem and Snipe.

Andrew Knox
Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

Andrew qualified as a vet from Glasgow University in 1982 and has spent the last thirty years working in Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

Together with Len Metcalfe he founded Clevedale Veterinary Practice in 1993 and has helped steer the business from humble beginnings to the successful multicentre veterinary practice that exists today.

Andrew has previously enjoyed working with farm animals, especially cattle, but is now enjoying the challenge of working with small animals exclusively.

When not at work, Andrew is usually to be found walking his dogs on the hills or riding one of his bikes around the North Yorkshire countryside.

Dr Philip K Dyson
Partner & Veterinary Surgeon


Phil has been an equine vet since graduating from Glasgow University in 1998 and his career has been dedicated to obtaining further training and qualifications in equine medicine and surgery. Time spent in Newmarket, Malton and at the Royal Veterinary College has provided Phil with a breadth of experience particularly in the diagnosis and management of lameness in competition horses. Phil joined Clevedale Vets in 2005 and became the partner responsible for the equine department in 2006. Phil holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certificates in equine internal medicine and equine orthopaedic surgery, and is one of only a couple of Vets in the UK to have obtained further qualifications in both medicine and surgery. This ensures that Clevedale vets' management of medical and surgical cases is in keeping with current best practice. Phil was also awarded a PhD in 2006 for his work on injuries in racehorses. Phil provides a second opinion service to other vets from Middleham to Northumberland as well as supporting our other equine vets within the practice. Phil has lectured in this country and abroad on a range of equine topics, as well as publishing articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and in general equine publications. Outside of work, Phil's interests revolve around salmon fishing and working his wild yellow Labradors.

Andrew Barber
Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

Andrew Barber qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1990 and after 3 years in mixed practice in Nottinghamshire, moved to Clevedale in November 1993 to concentrate on Farm animals. Over the last 20 years, as the practice has diversified into all creatures great and small, Andrew has continued to concentrate on the "great" with emphasis on cattle and sheep herd/flock health and fertility.

Wendy Welford
Partner & Veterinary Surgeon
BVM&S (with distinction) MRCVS

After graduating from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2007, Wendy spent her first year of qualified life in a truly mixed practice in North Wales, before joining the team at Clevedale Veterinary Practice in 2008.

Initially working as a genuine mixed vet at Clevedale Vets Wendy realised her interest in Farm Animal work and has pursued and developed this interest ever since. She now spends most mornings performing routine fertility visits on Dairy farms and has an interest in all aspects of Farm Animal medicine and surgery - especially displaced abomasum operations! She also has a passion for preventative farm work, creating Flock and Herd Health Plans and investigating disease / nutritional issues on a herd level. Wendy joined the partnership at Clevedale Vets in April 2014.

In her spare time she can often be found walking her two energetic working Cocker Spaniels around the farm (or occasionally running with them down Ridge Lane!)

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