Clinical Directors


Dan Harding

Clinical Director/Vet

Dan grew up in the practice, his father being Tony Harding and godfather Mike McMurtry who together founded the practice as it now is in 1967. Having qualified from Liverpool and Leahurst in 1991 he worked in Equine and dairy practice in Cheshire before moving to Nottingham to work in mixed equine and small animal practice. Dan remains true to the philosophy of mixed practice while striving to constantly improve standards in all disciplines within the practice.

Since returning to Ashbourne in 1997, Dan has seen the practices develop through a policy of always looking for the very best staff. Much of his non-clinical time now is spent ensuring that we have excellent staff and the best premises to work from.

Outside of work family, travel and running take up most of his time, plus he has a keen interest in cycling.


Michael Colgan

Clinical Director/Vet

Michael joined the practice in 1998 as a new graduate straight from Cambridge Vet School. In his time at the practice he has developed a keen interest in surgery, particularly orthopaedics, but has not forgotten his farming roots and still has a number of farm clients for whom he performs routine fertility and health visits.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time on the hills on foot or on skis as the weather dictates.

Stephen Trethewey

Clinical Director/Vet

Stephen qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1995, and came to work for Mike McMurtry and Tony Harding in October that year. After four years the call of home (Cornwall NOT Devon) drew him away from the Peak District. But just 18 months later he came back to Ashbourne in 2002 and joined Dan and the team.

Steve has always enjoyed farm animal work and as the practice has grown and evolved, he now spends the vast majority of his time working on farms. He has a particular interests in cattle fertility and calf health.

Outside of work, he enjoys nothing more than shouting himself hoarse on the side-lines of a rugby pitch whilst watching his three boys play rugby for Ashbourne.

Chris Wilkins

Clinical Director/Vet

Chris Wilkins joined our team in 2009 as a new graduate from the Royal Veterinary College in London. As a Norfolk boy the hills of Derbyshire came as a shock but proved an ideal place to develop his interest in farm animal medicine, particularly routine fertility work and dry cow management.

He has a black Labrador called Lottie and outside work pretends to be a fearsome fast bowler (!!) for Alstonefield Cricket Club.



Peter Stubbington


Peter qualified in 1979 and has spent a large proportion of the intervening years in general practice in this area Initially in Ashbourne at McMurtry and Harding and latterly at Overdale.

He is interested in most areas of general practice and has a wide and varied range of interests outside work including amateur dramatics and mountain biking.

John Thompson


John qualified from Liverpool University in 2006 and immediately went into Mixed practice in South Wales. After 3 years in Wales he headed south to spend a year in New Zealand working with the large dairy herds of the southern island. He joined Derbyshire Veterinary services in 2010 and now mainly works out of the Buxton branch but can often be found at the Wirksworth clinic.
John is very interested in small animal internal medicine and has completed a General Practice certificate in Feline medicine.
When not at work John spends time making the most of what the Peak district has to offer and is a keen walker, climber, mountain biker and angler.

Anne – Marie Fitzgerald


Annemarie Fitzgerald qualified from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007. She joined the practice in 2011, having previously worked in mixed practice in North Staffordshire. She is a local girl, originally growing up in Tideswell. She enjoys all aspects of mixed practice.

In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her son William, running with Buxton AC and riding her horse Flo.


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Kate Cooper


Kate originally graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009, completing her degree in Bioveterinary Sciences. After this she went to vet school in Edinburgh and graduated in 2014. Kate began working with us straight away after coming to the practice on regular student placements beforehand.

She enjoys all aspects of mixed practice, particlarly small animal and equine work.

Outside of work Kate likes horse riding and plays in the hockey team for Ashbourne. She is also a keen baker!

Jasmin Overton


Jasmin Overton graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2010, and after a 2-year stint working in Herefordshire, joined our practice in 2012.
She enjoys all aspects of mixed practice, but has developed a keen interest in both small animal and equine medicine.

Outside of work she can be found either riding her horse, or jogging, around the hills of Derbyshire!




Dawn Wainwright

Head Nurse

Dawn joined as a Trainee Nurse in 2003- she qualified in 2005 and went on to become a Clinical Coach for new students in 2006. When the practice expanded up to Buxton she began working there 2 days a week and in 2010 became Head Nurse, she now splits her time between the 3 practices organizing the Nursing Team and liasing with the Partners.
She particularly enjoys Nursing clinics and is the in-practice Behaviour Clinic Nurse. She also enjoys Medical Nursing and teaching the Student Nurses.
Outside of work she enjoys helping on her parents farm and although she is now no longer a Young Farmer she still helps out and enjoys socialising and leading a busy life doing Tug O war for Sheen Ladies and being the Regional Co-coordinator for the British Veterinary Nursing Association for Derbyshire and Staffordshire which involves organizing meetings and training for Veterinary Nurses in the area. She doesn’t have any of her own pets at the moment unless you count a cow called Elizabeth and a few sheep but hopes to get a dog soon!

Jess Hotchin

Deputy Head Nurse

Jess joined our sister practice in Ashbourne in 2008 as a nursing care assistant where she trained to become a qualified veterinary nurse in April 2014. She continued to work from both our Ashbourne and Wirksworth practices until transferring full time to our Buxton team in 2016. In 2017 she was promoted to Deputy Head Nurse. Coming from a dairy farming background Jess has a keen interest in both small and large animals.

Outside of work Jess spends a lot of her time helping out on the farm, socialising and walking her dog Fergus.

Charlotte Pearson


Charlotte’s one of the longest serving members of staff, and has been with the practice since 1995.She qualified in 1999 and retains a keen interest in animal welfare enjoying both large and small animal work.

She now works with us part time, as her two lovely boys keep her busy the rest of the week. She enjoys keeping fit and is a keen mountain biker enjoying rides in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.


Kirsty Thompson


Kirsty Thompson volunteered at Overdale after finishing her A-levels, before joining the practice in 2008. In 2010 she qualified as registered veterinary nurse, during her time here, Kirsty has developed a keen interest in the medical side of nursing, in particular endocrinology.

Outside work she enjoys walking, reading, has a keen interest in history and enjoys socialising with her friends and family. Kirsty has 2 cats at home, Roo who she helped hand rear from a few days old and a naughty Tortie named Swallow who used to be the practice cat here at Overdale.


Gillian Hepher


Gillian joined in 2008, having spent 25years with the PDSA in Sheffield. Whilst there she completed her Veterinary Nurse Training, she moved to another mixed practice before joining Overdale.

In her spare time she enjoys walking her two Border Collies, running, cycling and horse riding. Along with 5 cats, she has a real interest in Hedgehogs, where she rehabilitates them.


Emma Knowles


Emma originally joined our team full time as our Administrative and Kennel Assistant , but has recently made the transition to training as a veterinary nurse. She enjoys all aspects of her job, but thoroughly enjoys looking after injured or orphaned wildlife and the re-homing process of the RSPCA animals.

Outside of work her artistic side comes to life as she loves drawing and painting local scenes, alongside baking, for which she is well known within the practice for her cupcakes! But she always makes time to slip on her wellies for countryside walks with her two Cocker Spaniels.


Cheryl Belfield


Cheryl Belfield joined the practice in 2010 as a trainee veterinary nurse, becoming a registered qualified veterinary nurse in March 2013. Cheryl enjoys all aspects of nursing, but has a strong interest in farm animal practice, having grown up on the family run dairy and sheep farm near Buxton.

Outside of work Cheryl enjoys helping out on the farm at home, including milking the cows when she has time, socialising and been an active member of Waterhouses Young Farmers Club, and also spending time training her Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Chloe Williams

Student Nurse

Details to follow…



Tracey Garner

Senior Receptionist

Tracey Garner originally worked for Overdale from 1990 – 1996 for John Hollands and later for David Hopkins. She then left to start a family. She has recently returned to Overdale as full-time receptionist. She is enjoying being back and seeing some of the clients from way back.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, walking and spending time at her caravan in Wales.


Yvonne Rouse


Yvonne Rouse joined the practice in 2010 as a part-time receptionist. Yvonne is a local farmer’s daughter and has come to us from Novartis Animal Health where she was a Farm Rep, this has given her excellent knowledge of the local farming community.

Since her and her husband Jonathan had their two children, Emily & Jack, they enjoy family time both at home in Earl Sterndale and away at the seaside whenever work prevails !! They have a family pet cat called Lola which the children love fondly and would like to expand to maybe a puppy or two one day!!!

Jill Cook


Jill is new to the world of the vet, but has had years of reception and office experience . She loves cats, having just lost 2 at the age of 19.

Outside of work she likes gardening, interior design, art and Playstation “shoot em ups!”


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