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Vets4Pets Blackburn

Meet the team

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Brian Spar

Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, i'm Brian and I am a 2003 graduate from the Royal Veterinary College. Upon graduation,I returned to my native Long Island, NY to work in small animal practice, including being a partner at a busy low-cost clinic. My family and I (wife, 2 daughters and various furry family members) returned to the U.K. in August 2016 to pursue a better quality of life - and we all love life here.

I have been working at Blackburn since April 2017. I have a special interest in surgery and dentistry and quite enjoy meeting all of the new patients that come in daily!

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Katerina Elia

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I'm Katerina and i'm from Cyprus. I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in Greece in 2014. I worked for a veterinary pharmaceutical company until I moved to the UK in August 2017, here I joined Vets4Pets Blackburn and began my internship. I am learning new things each day and enjoy working with all of the team.

I have a dog called Maffie who is still enjoying the beautiful weather in Cyprus with my family! In my spare time I go to the gym and enjoy meeting my friends for coffee!

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Kate Sheriff-Blay

Registered Veterinary Nurse SQP

Hi, i'm Kate and i have been a registered Veterinary Nurse for 21 years. It has always been my passion and I still love it as much as ever! I started my career in a mixed practice where I trained and qualified. In the same practice i furthered my career and took on the role as Head Nurse which i held for 10 years. I returned to work after the birth of my youngest daughter in 2013 and this is when i joined Vets4Pets.

I enjoy all aspects of nursing, but I do have a soft spot for my older patients where I feel passionate about maintaining quality of life and health. I pride myself in giving my best to all pets that visit us and love the unconditional trust and loyalty they give us back. I have furthered my training with nutritional, diabetic, bereavement courses and gained a NVQ in becoming a SQP.



Stacey Sharples

Registered Veterinary Nurse SQP

Hi, I'm Stacey and I've been in the Veterinary Industry for 14 years. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010 and worked for a private practice until I moved to Vets4Pets in 2015. I have an interest in dentistry and rabbits and love running puppy parties.

I have visited many Schools over the years to provide information about the profession and also class talks to the younger children in how to care for pets.

I have 2 dogs, a rabbit and a young child who all keep me on my toes in my spare time but I do enjoy a good book and a glass of wine, aswell as holidays!I look forward to meeting new clients and your wonderful pets!

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Francesca Yeomans

Veterinary Care Assistant

Hi I'm Francesca and I've worked in the animal care industry since 2014. I'm currently a Veterinary Care Assistant but am looking forward to starting my training next year to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

My favourite part of work is caring for patients after their procedures.

In my spare time I enjoy arts and crafts, walking my 13y/o Westie, Dougal, and spending time with my two guinea pigs, Eddie and Dennis. I look forward to meeting you and your pet(s).

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Nicola Woodward


Hi I'm Nicola. I have been a Veterinary Receptionist for over 20 years, working in a private practice until I joined Blackburn Vets4Pets in March 2017.

I have a keen interest in rabbits and share my home with many. We see plenty of rabbits on a weekly basis and you will always find me giving them a cuddle or two.

Please feel free to pop to the desk to say hello, I look forward to meeting you all.

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Gemma Passant


Hi. I am Gemma and I have been a receptionist here at the Blackburn surgery since we opened in February. I have previously worked as a Veterinary receptionist for 7 years before leaving to work at Pets at Home head office. It is nice to be back seeing the pets again.

When I am not at work I have two young children as well as a cat called Eddie, a puppy called Mabel and fish to look after. I look forward to seeing you all and your lovely pets soon.