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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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Cristi Ionel

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi ! I'm the new member of the Vets 4 Pets Blackburn team. I've recently graduated in Romania and came here out of the passion for everything that crawls, flies or walks. I own a 3 years old German Shepperd , and enjoy cooking, fitness and traveling. Step by the practice and say hello anytime!

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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.

 



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Stacey Sharples

Registered Veterinary Nurse SQP

Hi I'm Stacey and I'm the Head Veterinary Nurse here at Blackburn. I have worked in the Veterinary Industry for 16 years and have been a qualified Nurse since 2010. I started at Vets4Pets in 2015 and have worked here at Blackburn since we opened in 2017. 

 I enjoy all aspects of my job but enjoy educating the public on how to care for their pets to give them the best life. Over the years I have visited many Primary Schools to educate young children how to look after and be safe around animals and have taken part in a couple of community events. 

At the beginning of 2018 i became a Clinical Coach and now have two Students who I am training to become Veterinary Nurses. 

My spare time is usually taken up with looking after our young daughter, two dogs and two rats....with a holiday or two thrown in if there's time!



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Francesca Yeomans

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi I'm Francesca and I've worked in the animal care industry since 2014. I previously worked as a Veterinary Care Assistant but started by training to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse in January 2018.

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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Claire Sutcliffe

Practice Manager

Hi my name is Claire, I am the Practice Manager at Blackburn.

I have been with Vets4Pets since March 2016 on Reception (which I loved) but I always felt I was well suited for a management position. In May of 2018, I was named the Client Service Manager and shortly thereafter was promoted to my current role as Practice Manager.

I absolutely love my role, being able to work with a great team, manage an excellent/rapidly growing practice and offer an extremely high standard of care for our patients is very rewarding.



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Sofia

Receptionist

Hi im Sofia. I have been a Vets4Pets employee since 2017, starting out at the Rawtenstall practice and then transferred to the Blackburn clinic in March 2018.Before Vets4Pets I worked as a Receptionist for Vets Now Emergency OOH and have also previously done charitable volunteering for the RSPCA.

I have always had pets growing up and currently have two cats at home called Lupo and Lucky. I love working with animals and have found its not just a job to me but also a hobby and hope someday in the near future I can work towards my training as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I look forward to meeting you all with your lovely pets, so please drop in and say hello!

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Nicola Woodward

Receptionist

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

Receptionist

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.