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Vets4Pets Bury

Meet the Bury Vet Team

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Michael Dewhurst

Veterinary Surgeon

Michael qualified as a vet in 2007 from the University of Liverpool and spent the early part of his career working in mixed and equine practice. Having made the move back to small animal practice, Michael studied for the Royal Collage of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

He joined the team at Bury Vets4Pets in 2015 and became a partner in 2016. His main interests in veterinary practice are Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging.

Outside of work Michael enjoys spending time with his family who breed Exmoor Ponies; a rare breed native to the South West, Michael has been recognised for his efforts in conservation by being awarded Helen Dashwood Perpetual Cup for outstanding services to the breed and the RBST/Marsh Christian Award for Conservation in Genetic Biodiversity. 


Caroline Gerritsen

Veterinary Surgeon

Caroline is a veterinary equivalent of a GP, and spends most of her time consulting.

Chris Foster

Veterinary Surgeon

Chris graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Bristol in 1999 and has been working as a Veterinary Surgeon in the Bury area since 2001, doing a combination of general practice medicine and surgery, in addition to many years of accident and emergency work at a local out of hours and emergency clinic.

He joined the Bury Vets 4 Pets team in May 2017, and has recently become a partner at the practice. Chris enjoys the broad mix that first opinion small animal medicine and surgery provides, and divides his time at Vets 4 pets between operating and consulting.

When he isn’t working, much of his free time is spent with his wife, and young son Jacob, who manages to keep mum and dad very busy! His Border Collie and 2 cats complete the household!

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Lisa Needham

Veterinary Surgeon

Lisa qualified in 2015 as a Veterinary Surgeon from Liverpool University. Prior to this, she graduated from Newcastle University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. From university, she began a career as an equine vet before deciding that the larger scope for diagnostics and more frequent opportunities in surgery lead her to pursue a career in small animals. From here she joined the Bury Vets4Pets team in 2016.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys riding, travelling, or spending time with her lurcher Shindig.

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Sean Taylor

Veterinary Surgeon

Sean qualified at Liverpool University in 1994 and after 10 years working within both mixed and small animal practice, he opened his own Vets4Pets practice with his vet nurse wife Melissa in 2004. Since then the practice has grown to employ a further 3 vets (two of whom are now partners in the practice) and provide services for over 15,000 patients. 

Sean has a particular interest in animal welfare and attends to the animals at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary daily. He also regularly assists the RSPCA with welfare cases and attends court as an expert witness. When not working, Sean enjoys spending time with his two children, 2 dogs, 2 horses, 4 chickens and his cat.

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Client Account Manager    

Jo has been with Bury Vets4Pets since 2007. She has one cat called Obi and one fish. Jo loves all animals, in particular cats and big dogs.

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Francesca Senior RVN

Head RVN

Hi, my name is Francesca, I have been qualified since 2014 and worked in busy practices for 7 years. 

My main Veterinary interest is in medical nursing and taking care of hospitalised pets.

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Alyshia Hindle RVN DIPAVN

Veterinary Nurse

I am a registered veterinary nurse at Vets4Pets. I graduated in 2013 following a 4 year BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing and have just finished my Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

I have 2 Labradors and a Springer spaniel who love to compete in agility, I love to go on long walks in the countryside and also go skiing in my spare time.

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Olivia Shelland RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I have been working in veterinary practice since 2003 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2014. 

I have a strong interest in feline nursing, I am currently completing the ISFM feline nursing diploma and have two cats of my own.

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Shell Lowe RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2000 and I have been at Vets4Pets Bury since 2013. I enjoy all aspects of my job especially medical nursing and laboratory work.

I have a strong interest in the health and wellbeing of cats and I am currently studying for my Diploma in Feline Nursing to further this passion. Alongside my nursing duties I am a qualified assessor and clinical coach, which enables me to provide support and guidance to our Student Veterinary Nurses and Animal Care Assistants.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family and looking after my 2 cats called Mia and Izzy.

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Katy Hilton RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I have been at the practice since early 2014 and am currently completing the last year of my Veterinary Nursing Degree.

I have recently re-homed a stray kitten called Tabi and I am passionate about animals, wildlife and conservation. In my free time I enjoy walking in the countryside and spending time with my family.

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Alison Crewdson ANA

I am the go to girl in the team and here for all. If anyone needs anything, bandages and plasters, medicines, or a cup of tea and hug, then I keep our team well supplied. I also provide a pastoral role, for owners who are preparing to or have lost their beloved pet.

I am passionate about canine communication and behaviour. My husband and I are owned by 2 whippets.

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Michelle Lomax VCA

Veterinary Care Assistant

Having been raised around dogs from an early age I grew up with a natural affinity for animals and always love spending time with my own rescue dogs and cats.

I previously worked and continue to be involved with a donkey rescue charity. I also spent time as a volunteer assisting with dog training classes using positive reinforcement training and doing voluntary work here at Vets4Pets before joining the nursing team as a Veterinary Care Assistant.

Louise Law


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Maggie Church


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Rachel Ward


I joined the practice in February 2018. I have grown up with pets all my life from hamsters to German shepherd’s I love them all but I do have a soft spot ....German shepherds. I currently have Shadow who is 5 and I have been to a number of training classes with him and the hard work definitely pays off, he is my world. Best part about the job is working with the team and being able to help owners with their loved pets.

Jo H


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Cath Boothroyd


Cath joined the practice in May 2017 after spending many years working in the airline industry, she has really enjoyed working with the whole team at Bury, especially the pets and their owners.

She has always loved animals having grown up with a dog and has ridden horses from a young age. Cath spends most of her spare time riding and caring for her horse Tia. She also has two cats Bonnie and Penny.

Any spare time Cath has is spent crafting especially crochet and knitting.