Meet the Team


Helen Latimer BVMS MRCVS
Helen studied at Glasgow University and has worked in Appleby since graduating. Initially working as a mixed practice vet at Old Hall, she set up Tethera Vets with Mel in order to concentrate on farm and equine work. Helen has a special interest in Sheep work and is undertaking an RCVS Certificate in Sheep Flock Health. She is involved in all aspects of Sheep work including nutrition, parasite control, trace element analysis as well as stock investigations and flock health planning.

Helen also enjoys her horse work and in her spare time enjoys riding as well as looking after her Suffolk sheep and menagerie of other animals.

Sophie Gibson BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS
Sophie graduated from Bristol University in 2014 with distinction. Having been brought up on a sheep farm she was keen to go straight into farm work and completed a farm animal internship at the Royal Veterinary College after graduation. Whilst at vet school Sophie also gained a degree in Veterinary Pathology, as part of which she completed a research project into TB vaccination. Sophie has also completed the BCVA Accredited Johnes Veterinary Advisor course.

Outside of work Sophie enjoys horse riding, swimming and exploring the area with her herd of springer spaniels.

Ruth Cranston BVMS MRCVS
Ruth graduated from Glasgow in 2015 and then went to work as a mixed vet in West Cumbria until moving to Tethera in 2017. Here she gained valuable experience across all areas of large animal work. Big animals have always been her main area of interest and she spent time working on dairy farms in New Zealand before university. Whilst at vet school Ruth then worked part time on a local beef and sheep farm to further her on farm experience. When not in work Ruth can often be found walking her border collie or playing tennis.


Mel Wynne BVSc MRCVS
Mel spent her first 8 years in a mixed practice in Carlisle, and then moved to Penrith where she worked for a further 6 years as a farm animal vet. In 2010 Mel made the move to Appleby and shortly afterwards together with Helen formed Tethera Vets. Her main interests are in cattle fertility and surgery when she gets a chance!

When not at work Mel is a keen mountain biker and can also be found walking her 2 dogs when she can find the time.

Steve Gaughan BVSc MRCVS
Steve has been a vet in Appleby for many years. Previously a partner in Old Hall Vets he now works as a self-employed vet at the practice. He enjoys all aspects of farm and equine work.

Kay McDonald
Kay graduated from Liverpool University in 2018 with distinction, she’s moved to Appleby from Northumberland to start her career in farm animal practice. Kay has always had a strong interest in farm work, having completed an elective in Beef and Sheep health.  Outside of work, Kay can often be found scaling mountains or baking (to a varying degree of success). She also enjoys yoga, running and hanging out with her border collie Nell.

Support Staff

All of our support staff are from the local farming community and help to provide a personable friendly service to all of our clients.

Brenda Lord
Brenda farms a local beef and sheep farm and has been working in the veterinary industry for many years and thus brings a wealth of experience to the Team.

Kelly Armstrong
Kelly farms a local dairy farm and joined the team in summer 2017. She has quickly become a key member of the Tethera team.

Kate Simpson
Kate is a local dairy farmer farming a pedigree Montbeliarde herd. Kate has been with Tethera since we started and brings valuable experience to the team.

Marie Dodgson
Marie mainly works behind the scenes at Tethera looking after our paperwork. She also works locally with horses and brings accounts knowledge and experience to the team.