Allison has been working at Crab Lane since 1996. Her first job was as House Physician at Bristol Vet School. She has RCVS Certificates in Small Animal Medicine and Dermatology and a PHD in renal function from the University of London. Allison sees some referral medicine and dermatology cases but enjoys the long term follow up that is present in seeing long standing local patients. Having lived with two 20 year old cats Allison has a particular interest in geriatric cats.

In March 2015 Allison was awarded RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status in recognition of her post graduate qualifications and CPD attainment.

RUTH ALCOCK BVetMed MRCVS (London 2002)


Ruth  has been at Crab Lane since 2006.

Ruth enjoys looking after the pet population of Harrogate and has worked closely with Frances Harcourt-Brown to become very knowledgeable about rabbits in particular.

Ruth is currently on maternity leave; we hope to see her back in 2018.




Heather has been working at Crab Lane since March 2012. She has a keen interest in surgery and in December 2014 she was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery - a qualification that she gained with a distinction!

The practice is very well equipped for surgery particularly orthopaedics as this was a major interest of Nigel Harcourt-Brown. Heather has both the equipment and expertise to tackle complex fracture repairs and regularly performs the TPLO procedure for cruciate repair,

BARTOSZ KIN MRVCS (Wroclaw 2017)


Bartosz has been working with us since autumn 2017 and is looking forward putting all the knowledge he got in his veterinary degree into practice. He knows he has the support of our qualified and experienced nursing staff and that he can always                                                                      call on back up from the other                                                                                veterinary surgeons.

GILL HOWARD BVSc MRCVS (Liverpool 1991)


Some of our old clients may recognise Gill. She worked for the Harcourt Browns between 1993 & 2003. In fact, when Allison started it was to take over from Gill when she went on maternity leave! Since 2003 Gill has spent time locuming and working for other practices in North Yorkshire. Gill will be working for us part-time until Ruth returns from maternity leave - and who knows - perhaps                                                  longer!

All the veterinary surgeons are members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. As a partcipant in the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme we have to commit to a minimum of 35 hours CPD per anum to keep our knowledge upto date. We generally exceed this minimum  ammount.


We are assisted by receptionists, experienced and qualified Veterinary Nurses and Animal Care Assistants to enable us to take good care of your pet.