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Vets4Pets Burscough

Meet the Team

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Amy Foster RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse & JVP

Hi, my name is Amy and I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse here at the Burscough surgery. I have been in practice for 7 years, and I qualified in 2015.

I am very excited to be joining Vets4Pets and my new team. I am passionate about all aspects of veterinary nursing, but I especially enjoy providing nurse consults for all of the pets that we see at the surgery. I try to continuously keep my knowledge up to date, and I am currently undertaking further study to gain a certificate in emergency and critical care.

At home I have a 2 year old border terrier called Nell, and several goldfish but only one of which has a name; Rainbow Dash!   

When I do leave the surgery I spend as much time as I can with my beautiful daughter and my fiancé, I also enjoy walking, seeing friends, and going on as many holidays as I possibly can.

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Jennifer Naylor BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon & JVP

I joined Vets4Pets Burscough when it opened. Originally I was just here temporarily for 6 weeks, but soon fell in love with the practice and clients and decided to become a partner along with Amy.

After graduating from the University of Liverpool I spent several years working as a mixed vet in rural Wales, but then decided to concentrate on small animals. I am a member of the Association of British Acupuncturists and love using acupuncture as an additional treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, our hyper cocker spaniel Louie and our little tabby cat ChilliBonBon.

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Karen Middleton RVN PHC NHA

Registered Veterinary Nurse

My name is Karen and I started working for Vets4Pets Burscough in November 2016. I live with my husband and my two beautiful little Chihuahuas Mindy and Alice. I have a keen interest in horses, I enjoy socialising and walking my fur babies.


After qualifying in 2005 my interest in pet health and nutrition grew, I then gained my Pet Health Counsellor Certificate and my Nutritional Health Advisor Certificate. I have been involved in setting up various types of nurse clinics including senior health clinics and weight management clinics. Over the years I have assisted numerous clients to achieve a healthy weight for their pet at specialist weight management clinics.

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Julie Riley

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have worked for Vets4Pets for several years before joining the Burscough team in May 2018. I have a special interest in rabbit nursing and strive to improve the welfare of rabbits via my nursing clinics. 

A home I have 2 rabbits, 2 deaf cats and currently 8 hens, some of which are ex battery hens saved through the British Hen Welfare Trust who I also volunteer for. Outside of work, my hobbies include lots of travel, music concerts and collecting exotic poultry breeds. You may also have seen me on the 2018 Vets4pets advert with my white cat JLo!



Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Alice and I am a student veterinary nurse here at Burscough Vets4Pets. I have just finished my first year of the veterinary nursing course and cannot wait to start my second year in September.

I started out working with animals at a rescue centre but found my passion completing voluntary work within a veterinary practice. I enjoy all aspects of working within the veterinary world and hope to become a qualified veterinary nurse very soon.

At home, I enjoy seeing friends, watching movies and spending time with my family. I have 2 border collie dogs called Max and Jackson. As well as 4 crazy cats; Tigger, Polo, Kit and Carley.

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Lucy Foster

Animal Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Lucy and I will be one of the new receptionists at our Burscough surgery.  I have just finished studying Health and Social Care at Cardinal Newman College.

I love animals.  I am a farmer’s daughter and I have been around all kinds of animals all of my life.  During my studies at college I had a weekend job at Windmill Animal Farm.  Windmill farm is a local petting farm; it was an amazing first job. 

I couldn't imagine my life to be any different. I am hoping to carry on working with animals as long as I can, as it is honestly the most rewarding job anybody could ask for.


Veterinary Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Lottie and I have been working as a VCA since late May 2017, at Burscough Vets4Pets. I also work for Pets at Home, so I get to experience all aspects of animal care. At college I studied animal management at a diploma level and later went on to study both English Literature and Health and Social care. I have since worked in various roles within animal care and I am particularly interested in animal behaviour and evolution.

When I'm not working I enjoy reading, crafts, spending time with family and friends, painting, drawing and caring for my herd of animals that include a Shih Tzu - Teddie, Jack Russell - Codey, Siberian Forest Cat - Tatiana, Two rescue moggies - Vincent and Pablo and a Corn Snake - Florence.

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Yvonne Godley

Client Care Coordinator

Hi my name is Yvonne.  I'm always at my happiest when surrounded by animals.  I started my working career in a boarding kennels before moving to a Veterinary Surgery.  I started my family and chose to have an extended break from my career.  I am thrilled to be back in the environment where I feel I belong.

Outside of work I am the proud owner of a boisterous 9 year old Springer Spaniel, who keeps me on my toes.  I am a keen gardener, always trying to create natural habitats for our fantastic wildlife.  I have also recently started to take part in my local 5K Parkrun.

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Laura Holder

Client Care Coordinator

Hi my name is Laura and I'm one the client care co-ordinators at Burscough Vets4Pets. I have always loved animals and have worked in boarding kennels and rescue centres, and I have a Bsc. degree from the University of Chester in Animal Behaviour & Welfare - welfare and rescue being a particular passion of mine. I have two rescue dogs - Arthur a 4 year old spaniel cross and Pugsley an 8 year old pug. I also have over 30 ex battery chickens and 4 feral recue cats. I look forward to meeting you all, come and say hello with your furry friends.


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Abbie Farrell

Client Care Coordinator

My name is Abbie, I have worked for Vets4Pets for a number of years. Before working at Vets4Pets I developed much of my experience working in Kennels, handling and owning show dogs and completing an FdSc in Animal Welfare (Nursing). 

I devote all of my time at home to my family, my Husband and we have just had a beautiful baby girl called Alice. We also have two American Cocker Spaniels called Lilly and Autumn who are very much part of the family.

Visiting Specialists

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Tom Gilding

Visiting Referral Veterinary Surgeon

Tom graduated from Liverpool University in 2004 with a distinction. In 2008 he gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and in 2015 he became an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. Tom worked in a busy first opinion and referral hospital in Cheshire for 14 years prior to setting up Gilding Veterinary Orthopaedics. Starting as an assistant, Tom’s expertise developed and subsequently he became a partner of the practice. As a result, he fully understands the day-to-day pressures of working as a small animal vet in an increasingly demanding and extreme clinical environment.


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Dr Catherine Sturgeon BVetMed CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

I had always wanted to be a vet and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College RVC, London in 1994. I started to develop a keen interest in surgery and I was given a golden opportunity to study surgery in more depth, completing a surgical residency at the RVC. In 2000, I moved to the Northwest of England and as a first opinion locum vet accompanied by my then Lurcher called ‘Mouse’, we were made very welcome by a number of veterinary practices. In 2004, I was awarded my diploma and specialist status in small animal surgery. You can find out more on Catherine’s website at