Technical/Support Staff

Helen Hornsby

Head Receptionist

I'm the Beacon Veterinary Centre's longest serving employee having trained and out-lasted several generations of Vets, including previous practice owners Martin and Jim. In my time I've done plenty of on-farm work, and know most of our large animal clientele well. Previously I've worked at the Doctors Surgery in Aspatria, and with Aspatria Farmers. I work on reception in the mornings, which makes me the point of contact for a majority of the large animal work, but I'm also in charge of stock control and ordering, so I'm often the person to ask about new products and services.

I live locally with my husband and three sons and run a busy holiday let cottage.  I like most of the animals we have at the surgery, with ferrets being an outright exception.

If you're interested in staying in a lovely holiday cottage please visit

Sue Forster


Originally from Newcastle I moved to Aspatria with my husband, Brian, in 2006. I have worked on reception at the Beacon Vet Centre in the evenings since April 2008. My special passions include Clover the black Labrador. Out of work time I spend a lot of time with my children and grandchildren, some of whom live within the local area.

Siobhan Brennan

Receptionist at Silloth, occasionally at Aspatria

Siobhan joined our team in 2012 having lived in Silloth for ten years. Siobhan mainly works at the Silloth branch premises but will often offer to cover holiday shifts in Aspatria, with the view to offering us more cover with small animal nursing assistance as well as reception.

Siobhan is an animal lover herself, keeping Bongo the Jack Russell, and Monty and Charlie the cats, as well as her two boys.

Away from work Siobhan is a keen Arsenal fan and she's travelled many of the northern grounds to watch quality football: Carlisle, Hartlepool, Preston and Tranmere to name but a few.

Julie Fisher

Receptionist at Silloth, occasionally at Aspatria

As the daughter and wife of two (different) dairy farmers, Julie has always been around animals, from large animals to small. When we offered Julie, in 2012, the chance to work on reception at Aspatria and Silloth she jumped at it.

As well as her time working with Beacon Vets and on her farm Julie particularly enjoys raising the next generation of tennis stars, and over summer she will often be found transporting children between tournaments the length and breadth of the county, in 2014 this included a trip down to SE14 in the junior's Road to Wimbledon competition.

At home Julie is an accomplished chef and baker, easily whipping up delicatible treats and snazzy birthday cakes. Feel free to ask her to cater your next function - but don't let it get in the way of her proper job please!