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Vets4Pets Bolton

Meet the Bolton Vet Team

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Ruth Harrison

Practice Partner

I am Ruth Harrison (the Scottish one!)... the oldie goldie of the Practice. I have worked as a vet for over 30 years now! And I have been in charge at Bolton since 2009. I have a fabulous team of nurses, vets, reception staff and students who work with me here and support my efforts to run a caring and efficient vet practice.

I live now in Leyland so a bit of a journey to work every day and spend any spare time I have (?) with my lovely husband, children and growing brood of grandchildren (feeling my age!). I have 2 old border terriers and an ancient Bengal cat...that also keep me on my toes! I play saxophone in a soul band and love gardening and spending time with my friends and family.



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Louise Morris

Practice Manager

Hello, I’m Louise – Bolton’s newly appointed practice Manager. I joined the team as a receptionist in 2015 with qualifications in animal welfare and behaviour.

As an ex educational ranger I love all creatures great and small, but have a particular soft spot for reptiles and insects. At one point housing over 60 varieties from giant snails to cockroaches and more. Since joining V4P my menagerie has downsized to two cats and a gang of ninja turtles, though there is a beagle shaped hole in my life waiting to be filled. I just need to convince my partner that we need one too! I look forward to chatting with our clients old and new very soon.



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Jen Cooke BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I’m Jennifer but everyone calls me Jen. I grew up locally but went to the Royal Veterinary College in London. Since qualifying in 2014 I have come back up North and now live locally again. Currently I have no pets of my own but enjoy cat sitting when my parents go on holiday.

Outside of work I love to go swimming, especially outside and enjoy walking/hiking with friends followed by a good pub meal. I plan on training to do a triathlon in the near future. I look forward to meeting you and treating your fury companions.



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Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I'm Zoe! I hail originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and graduated from Glasgow in 2016. Being a veterinarian has always been a childhood dream of mine and I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love as a job.

I have two black cats with my partner called Skitty and Scaredy and they are the best! My other passions are good food, sleeping in, music, and travelling the world.



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Becky Hampshire BSc BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I'm Becky, I joined the team here in January 2017 after relocating from Bristol. I am interested in all aspects of small animal veterinary care, working with animals is a real privilege and I enjoy getting to care for your lovely pets every day!

In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing and mountaineering, so I am often found dashing round the country to my next weekend adventure!



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Chris Gee

Head Veterinary Nurse

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 with my two kittens Emmy and Alister, both have had one eye removed as babies so if you see a one eyed cat on someone’s shoulder when you visit, it will probably be one of mine.



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Laura Lenaughan

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi I'm Laura. I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2011 after studying at Myerscough College for 4 years on their degree course. I have since worked in both small and large animal practice, and joined Vets4Pets in May 2017.

I have a Border Collie named Pavlov, two rabbits called Maggie and Glen and Rocky the cat. Outside of work I have a keen interest in music. I play the piano and sing with various choirs and opera companies.



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Miriam Badcock

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Miriam, I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2014 then went back to university to gain a BSC Hons degree in veterinary nursing. I love being a veterinary nurse and caring for your pets here at Bolton Vets4Pets, I have been working here since 2011.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, I am married with 2 children, going to the gym and socialising with friends. I have a springer spaniel called Casper who we have had for a number of years since he was 8 weeks old and is a much loved member of our family.



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Jenny Cartwright

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Jenny, I have worked at Bolton Vets4Pets for 4 years now, 3 of these as a student, qualifying in 2016.

I have 2 dogs at home, an old girl, Roxy, she's a mastiff, and Patrick, a cocker spaniel. I also have 2 children, who I love to spend time with outside of work. I look forward to meeting you all and of course your pets.



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Karen Johnstone

Trainee Nurse

Hi, I'm Karen. I started working here as part of the reception team in 2013 but have recently completed my nursing training, just waiting to graduate now.

I have 7 cats (Olli, Charlie, Daisy, Edward, Lottie, Badger and Lumi). I really enjoy baking in my spare time and I foster kittens and cats if the need arises. Every day here is different, I really enjoy meeting all the pets that come in to practice and chatting to our clients who are all lovely.



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Jan Hutton


Hi my name is Jan; I am one of the reception team at Bolton Vets4Pets. I have been working at Vets4Pets since 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.



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Caroline Crilly


Hello, I’m Caroline one of the receptionists at Bolton Vets4Pets. I joined the family in April 2015, and have been making my way through my ANA (Animal Nursing Assistant) course for the last 12 months.

When I’m not on front desk you’ll usually find me at home painting something, outdoors on a long walk or binge watching T.V shows with my husband. I started out here with two male cats, Nim and Roy but it didn’t take long for me to end up with a third addition. Her name is Dot and she was brought to the practice after being fished out of a bin by an RSPCA officer at just a few weeks old. She settled in nicely and the boys are loving having a little sister. My favourite thing about working in the practice has to be the people. Our clients are fantastic and the Puppy and Kitten Cuddles are always a bonus too.

Look forward to seeing you soon. 



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Julie Openshaw


Hi my name is Julie and I am one of the receptionists here. I joined the Vets4Pets family in September 2015 working two days a week. My nickname is “Ju’s brews” as I do like a nice coffee to keep me going being one of the older team members! I love working here with the team, as I have always loved animals and really enjoy meeting our lovely clients and cuddling their pets.

My family consists of 7 cats (yes 7!) and a border collie and my human family are a very patient husband and a daughter who is cat crazy like me.



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Cassandra Holstead


Hi, I’m Cassandra. I studied Equine Science at Myerscough and have been one of the reception team at Bolton Vets4Pets since the beginning of 2016. I have a Sprocker Spaniel named Sprocket and I spend my free time keeping busy with my lovely family.

I look forward to meeting you and your pets soon.