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Meet the Bolton Vet Team

Ruth Harrison

Hi, I’m Ruth, also known as the Scottish one, I’ve been a vet for almost 30 years now (That’s not giving anything away about my age!!) and I’m the JVP of Bolton Vets4Pets. I play saxophone in a soul band and I have 3 hooligan Border Terriers, a beautiful Bengal cat, 4 Children and an ex policeman for a husband, Chris.

Charlie Aspinwall

I’m Charlie, and I’ve been working for Vets4Pets since I qualified as a vet in 2010. My Long suffering husband puts up with me collecting waifs and strays of the chicken variety, who we keep on our nice big allotment. We also have a much loved (and very silly) cat, Kenny. I have special interests in animal behaviour, backyard poultry and especially all things medicine. In fact I started a post graduate certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2013.

Flavia Lungu

I'm Flavia, I'm originally from Romania but I have been living and working in the UK for 3 years now. I have two dogs that live in Romania with my Mum and my sister and two cats, Ray (short for Raymond, when he's naughty :-D) and Thabile (which is Zulu for "Happy"), they live here in the UK with me. Apart from all things animal I love the great outdoors and I love dancing especially Latin and ballroom. You'd sooner find me doing a Paso in the Peaks than catching up with corrie. I also love going fast and if I wasn't a vet I'd probably be an F1 driver or maybe a pilot! I'm just kidding... Or not?...

My passion however is caring for animals which is why I find myself here, in a fantastic practice looking after you and your furries and doing the best I can to help them get over the bumps and scrapes they find themselves getting into.

Natasha Wilkinson

Hi, I’m Tash, I’m local to the area and after graduating from Liverpool University at the beginning of summer I moved back home to embark on my career as a vet!  I have a keen interest in all areas of small animal work and feel privileged to be part of such a great team here at Bolton Vets4Pets. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, long walks with my dog, Alfie and most of all skiing (having spent a winter working in the French Alps!) I look forward to meeting all our patients, old and new... and their owners too! 

Chris Gee

Hi, my name is Chris and I’m the head veterinary nurse here at Vets4Pets. I have 12 years in practice experience and I qualified in 2010 as a registered veterinary nurse. I did all my training in a veterinary hospital, post qualification I was the sole night nurse for an emergency service so I am experienced with patient care and A&E practice. I live at home with my gorgeous 9 year old German Shepherd puppy Shadow and my 5 year old hand reared cat Squiggle.

Miriam Badcock

Hi, my name is Miriam. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2014. I have been working here at Bolton Vets4pets for 4 years! I am married with 2 children Ella who is 10 and Alfie who is 8, I have a springer spaniel called Casper. I am currently studying for my BSC Hons degree in veterinary nursing.

Claire Symes

Hi my name is Claire and I am a student veterinary nurse here at Vets4Pets Bolton. I started working within a veterinary practice 8 years ago as an auxiliary nurse and since then i have completed my animal nursing assistant course and managed to get a position on the FDSC Veterinary nursing course, which i am very grateful for. I have a number of pets at home including 2 Chihuahua’s called Romeo and Riley, a cat called Ollie and a horse called Arnie.  Anyway that’s enough about me, I look forward to seeing you and your lovely pets in practice.  


Jenny Cartwright

Hi, I’m Jenny. I am a student veterinary nurse at Bolton Vets4Pets. I worked at a veterinary practice for a couple of years, and then at the RSPCA for 4 years. I have 2 crazy dogs at home, Roxy, a Neapolitan mastiff, and Patrick (aka Stephen), the Cocker Spaniel. I also have a rabbit called Raphael, who is a new addition to the family. I am currently waiting for my partner to agree on getting a cute cat to add to the family but no luck yet!! I look forward to meeting you all! 

Amy Houghton

Hi, I’m Amy, one of the receptionists. I’ve worked for Bolton Vets4Pets since December 2013 but have been working for Vets4Pets since March 2012. I started off as an apprentice doing a Customer Service Level 2 course and I’m now part way through completing a Customer service Level 3 Course and should hopefully be starting my Animal Nursing Assistant qualification soon. I have a naughty tortie cat called Minnie B (which is short for Miniature Bethel, although she’s anything apart from Miniature at the moment) who drives me crazy but I love her! One of my favourite things about this job is getting to sit and chat with all the clients about their lovely animals. Anyway that’s enough of me rambling on (as usual) and I look forward to meeting you and your pets!


Jan Hutton

Hi my name is Jan; I am one of the reception team at Bolton Vets4Pets. I have been working at Vets4Pets since February 2014. I am fondly referred to as “Mother Bear” of the practice as I tend to mother my colleagues and do my best to look after each and everyone one of them. I have two rescue dogs, Sally a12 year old Diva Retriever, she rules the roost and Layla, a 4 year old English Springer who was so badly treated before she came to me. Her rehabilitation has taken me the 3 years that I have had her to be anywhere near to being the happy contented dog she is today. I also look after my daughter’s nutty cocker spaniels, Joey and Millie during the day and they certainly keep you on your toes. I love my job as every day you meet different people and their pets and everyone has an interesting story to tell but most of all hearing the words thank you and a happy smiling owner with a happy pet is the most rewarding part of the job.

Karen Johnstone

Hi, I'm Karen, one of the receptionists. I’ve been working at Bolton Vets4Pets since January 2013 and I've just finished my Animal Nursing Assistant qualification and I'm hoping to start training to be a veterinary nurse in September 2015.   I'm known as the crazy cat lady in practice because I have 5 rescue cats (Dexter, Daisy, Edward, Lottie and Charlie) at the moment, but there is always room for one or two more. I really enjoy baking and I am probably responsible for the expanding waistlines of all my colleagues as I bring home made cakes in to work regularly. I really enjoy meeting all the pets that come in to practice.  Every day here is different and all of our clients are lovely.