Edgemoor Veterinary Practice – providing high quality veterinary care throughout Ryedale and beyond

Vets

George Skinner BSc, BA VetMB, CertSAS, MRCVS

George Skinner

I grew up in Sutton on the Forest, not far from York and decided at the age of 7 that I wanted to be a vet. Back then we had numerous family pets and I spent my school holidays on local farms and with local vets. After graduating in 1982 I started work in a very mixed practice in the Yorkshire Dales where I spent my first 3 years as a vet. After a short spell at a practice in Selby I moved to Helmsley in early 1986. I initially managed, then later bought the practice which has developed from a 1-2 vet mixed, but predominantly farm practice, to a high quality 100% small animal practice, serving Ryedale and beyond. My aim has been to create a community-based, semi-rural practice which offers the excellent standard of care often found only in specialised urban or referral centres.

During the 1990’s I developed and particular interest in small animal surgery and gained a post graduate certificate in small animal surgery. I also love running the practice despite the challenges it can bring.

At home I have 2 retired working labs – one black,’ Frankie’, who thinks he’s 10 months not 10 years old and a stately 14 year old gentleman ‘Rusty’- a rather grey fox red! We also have a cat called ‘Tosca’ – who comes and goes at will and still retains some of her semi-feral parentage, which comes to the fore when we want to deflea her.

Outside of work I enjoy gardening the half acre at home that I’m still developing after 30 years – it’ll be finished someday. I also like to turn my hand to most things ‘DIY’ (apart from anything electrical!). I’m a keen traveller and have found a particular love for Africa. As well as walking the dogs, I enjoy exploring on the Moors and Dales on foot.

Claire Thompson BVMS, MRCVS

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Born and raised in north east Scotland, I lived next to a farm where I found my love for animals.  I went to Glasgow vet school and moved to my first job in north Yorkshire in 2005 where I met my husband. I started here at Edgemoor in 2008, currently working part time but spend the rest of my time entertaining my 2 young children. We have a variety of pets including cats, Guinea pigs, chickens and sheep. I love this part of the world and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

Will Sennitt BVSC MRCVS

I grew up in a small village near Hitchin, Hertfordshire where we were lucky enough to have a number of pets from dogs to little hamsters. My passion for veterinary care was sparked when any would become ill, I needed to know how we could help them. This passion drove me through school and Bristol Univeristy where I graduated as a vet in 2014 and is the same passion I have today to give pets the healthcare they deserve. I now have my own (slightly mad) Cocker Spaniel, called Bert who often takes me for walks around the Moors and puts up with me trying to play piano.

Dr Maria Afonso MRCVS

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