Meet the team

Inside our new clinic

We're proud to be your local vet. We live and work in Baildon and we care about getting to know our patients and their owners.

We took over an existing veterinary practice in 2003 and four years later we expanded upstairs to create room for our state of the art operating theatre. We're the only vet in Baildon and we're here to serve our community.

We've recently updated the practice and completely remodelled our reception and treatment areas, meaning we're now working in an attractive modern space.

We're an experienced team and we love to take our work home with us! We all have pets, many of them rescued.

We try to do our bit for those animals who don't have the greatest luck in life, which is why we work closely with the local Cats Protection League and Dogs Trust, as well as treating the many wildlife casualties brought to us each month.

  • Janice Slater BVMS MRCVS

    Director and Veterinary Surgeon

    Janice, who co-owns the practice, was born on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and moved to Inverness at age 12. She graduated from Glasgow University in 1987. After an initial two year spell in Rochdale, Janice finally saw sense and crossed the Pennines to Yorkshire where she has lived ever since. She is married to Gordon, also a vet and has three teenage children – a boy and two girls. She also has a border terrier, a cat and a pony. She spends most of her free time as a taxi driver for her children but does enjoy walking, reading and knitting. She also likes eating out with friends and drinking the odd glass of wine!
    Janice took over Baildon Veterinary Centre in 2003 with Jill Fraser and has enjoyed building the practice into the client friendly surgery that it is today. Her special interests are soft tissue surgery and small animal medicine.

  • Jill Fraser

    Director and Veterinary Nurse

    Jill is head veterinary nurse and co-owner of the practice. She grew up in Baildon but moved to a small holding in Oakworth to house her growing family of waifs and strays. Jill keeps rescued battery hens, sheep, pigs and a horse, so free time is in short supply! Jill is co-ordinator for battery chicken rehoming in the area, so if you would like to give a new life to a friendly, still-laying chicken, call in or see the British Hen Welfare Trust website. Jill has recently returned to work from maternity leave.

  • Maria Towarek

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Maria was born in Czestochowa in Poland in 1982. She loved animals from an early age often taking care of homeless stray cats. She has wanted to be a vet since she was 14 years old. In 2001 Maria started her Veterinary Degree in Wroclaw, graduating in 2007. That same year she came to England to start her veterinary career. She has worked in 2 other veterinary clinics in West Yorkshire before coming to join our team in 2011. Maria loves travelling, reading, dancing and working on her computer. She has 2 cats Ida and Manfred. Maria particularly likes surgery and is starting a Soft tissue Surgery Diploma this year to further her knowledge in this area. Maria has now completed this course and now has a GP Certificate in small animal surgery.

  • Jane Roberts

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Jane qualified from Edinburgh in 1984 and has worked in a variety of private and charity practices over the years. Jane started part-time at Baildon Vets in 2015. She is really flexible with her hours and ends up working more than part-time a lot of the time! She has 2 dogs (Skye and Feebee), one cat Padme and three tortoises which are likely to outlive us all!!

  • Christina Hestletine

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Christina is originally from Yorkshire. She graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2005 and has spent many years working in emergency and critical care, general practice and teaching. Christina loves travel, hot weather and lived in India for several years. She enjoys walking Sam the dog and horse riding when she gets the chance.

  • Clare Smith

    Part-time Veterinary Surgeon

    Clare qualified from Liverpool in 1989 and has worked in mixed and small animal practice, including 5 years at the PDSA. She enjoy all aspects of working with animals and particularly enjoys surgery. Betty and Ronnie are her two rescue terriers. Betty is an old lady now and has a fairly sedate life but Ronnie accompanies Clare on long runs over the moors which is how Clare spends her spare time.

  • Claire Hartley

    Veterinary Nurse

    Claire has worked in a veterinary surgery since 1988 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1995. She is interested in all aspects of pet care, especially surgical nursing, dentistry and weight clinics. She has two boys and an extremely large animal family: wait for it - two dogs, three cats, six rabbits, one guinea pig and three hens (most of which are rescued).

  • Helen Lee RVN

    Veterinary Nurse

    Helen started working with animals in 1996 and became a qualified veterinary nurse in 2008. She has four rescue cats and have in the past has helped hand rear many kittens, puppies and wildlife. She likes walking and visiting new places. She loves animals and has always wanted to be a veterinary nurse.

  • Kerrie Bates RVN

    Veterinary Nurse

    Kerrie joined the team in January 2017. She has had a love of animals from an early age and bringing her childhood pets to the practice inspired her career in animal care. Kerrie started working in a veterinary practice in 2011 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2015. She has a cat called Maisie who came into her previous workplace as a stray needing a home. Kerrie also has an obsession with Dachshund’s and hopes to have her own one day.

  • Shelley Bairstow

    Practice Manager

    Shelley joined the practice in 2009, initially working part time. She works primarily on reception. Shelley has lived in Baildon all her life and still does today with her husband two children, two cats and Ruby the dog who most of you have met as she accompanies Shelley to work most days.

  • Jane Griffith

    Patient Care Coordinator

    Jane joined Baildon Veterinary Centre in 2008. We met her as a work experience student doing an HND Animal management. We were so impressed with her that when she went on to do a Degree in Animal Management we gave her a job initially in the evenings helping the vets and nurses. As the practice grew Jane's hours increased and she now works full time. Jane is a very valuable member of staff as she is both a very capable nurse (currently furthering her knowledge with an Anaesthetic monitoring course) and a very efficient receptionist. Her love of animals is very obvious she has always loved all animals and wildlife. She spent 4 years living in South Africa and spent some time volunteering at a rescue centre nursing animals back to health and rehoming them which she found very rewarding and set her up for her current career. In her spare time she loves walking and is owned by a very handsome rescue collie cross German Shepherd called Arry ! They enjoy long walks and just being out and about! She also has 5 rescue cats. She loves all wildlife and nature. She also likes spending time in her garden, bird watching, gardening and photography.

  • Laura Hunter

    Client Care Coordinator

    Laura joined the Baildon Veterinary Centre team in 2015 after a career change. She has always had a love of animals and grew up with cats, but she always wanted a dog. She finally got her own dog in 2013 and now has 3 who are her furry children! - although she would love a house full! She also has a cat which she adopted through Cats Protection after falling in love with him at the surgery. Laura's role is to ensure reception runs smoothly and effectively so that the clients and patients get the excellent service they deserve.In her spare time Laura enjoys dog walks, exploring new places and having family time with her fiance and her step son.

  • Gemma Hall


    Gemma joined the practice at the beginning of 2017 after a career change of 20 years in childcare management. Gemma lives in Baildon with her husband and two young children and has always grown up with animals. She would love a dog to complete her family however has been unable to do this due to long working hours. Gemma now works part time on reception so who knows what the future will bring.