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Samantha Purcell BVSc MRCVS

Sam PetPlan VetI was born at the family farm near Settle, North Yorkshire. Being brought up on a farm and trekking centre, my life and interests have always revolved around animals, both “great and small”. I just loved being with and caring for all the animals around me. From rescuing injured rabbits whilst out riding on my shetland pony, Ringo, down to training calves to jump and even riding my pet Cow "Terror" around the local bridleways as well as teaching her to jump cross country jump courses!

I rescued my first stray kitten when I was 10yrs old, Mitton. Currently we have two cats, both of which I have re-homed from the practice. They love living on the farm and spend most of their time out roaming the fields and woods or sleeping in the comfort of the house. We also have a rescue terrier, again re-homed from the practice, as well as three border collies, Taz, and her puppies Spot and Stumpy.

I always knew my life would continue to be centred around animals, I either wanted to be a farmer or a vet and now I do both!

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I was educated at Bentham Grammar School and spent much of my time playing various sports especially Hockey for the 1st XI's. I was also a keen member of the local Young Farmers Club which involved me in various activities including cattle and pony judging and public speaking.

I chose to pursue a vet career and I graduated from Liverpool University in 1999 and joined the Veterinary Health Centre (Daisy Street Vets) in 2003 as a locum and became a partner in July 2004. I had gained experience in mixed practice in Blackburn and Carnforth, before working in a small animal practice in Lytham St Annes.

I love working with all species of animals (except spiders I am afraid!) and my veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery (anything delicate where you need a womans touch), dentistry and diagnostic imaging. . We are all in practice with one aim – to make animals better and there is nothing I enjoy more than helping a poorly animal get better.

Outside work I am still a keen horse rider and can be found many a weekend hacking around the beautiful bridleways of the Yorkshire Dales National Park either on my one-eyed horse "Golly" or my new project Tekoda. Both Koda and I are learning to ride Western Style and take part in local “Western” activities and hope to start training this summer to take part in the sport of Barrel Racing.

I was also a “Flyball” enthusiast, and for many years was found competing all over the country with my two Border Collies “Pip” and "Taz", and "Bess" my rescued terrier cross. Sadly Pip has now passed away and due to arthritis I am no longer able to compete Taz, but I still enjoy talking to clients about the extremely enjoyable sport of Flyball!

As well as running the family farm with my small flock of 50 ewes, I also run a small livery yard, with currently 7 horses. Life is always busy at Rawlinshaw. Take a look at my website and enjoy the photos of farming life in Yorkshire or take a look around the practice website at some of the things we do here in our day to day lives working with the animals we care so much about.

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