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Vets4Pets Prestwich

Meet the team

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Helen Merriman

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I was born and bred in Manchester, attending Manchester High School for Girls. I qualified as a Vet in 1996 from the University of Liverpool and have worked in and around Greater Manchester ever since.

My four-legged family includes two Italian Spinones, Cocoa and Frank and two rescued cats, Phoenix and Betty, who has three legs. The two legged family includes a husband and two sons. And not forgetting the tropical fish and koi!

I am proud to be serving the pets and their humans of Prestwich and the surrounding areas. I am confident that you will be happy with the personal care that my team and I aim to provide.


Richard Rawling

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a Vet in 2007 from the University of Glasgow and have spent time working in Scotland and Lincolnshire before settling in Greater Manchester in 2012. I joined the team at Prestwich Vets4Pets in September 2017.

I have a keen interest in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and look forward to being able to help expand the surgical treatment options we can offer to our clients.

I share my home with my wife, two giant slobbery dogs, Henley (St Bernard) and Yoshi (Newfoundland), Neko the “normal” cat and Chris the Ninja Pirate a one eyed sneezy nutty Bengal cross.

In my spare time I love tinkering, we are currently restoring a 1965 Volkswagen camper van when I can pull myself away from building and flying racing drones!

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Laura Stapleton

Veterinary Surgeon

Laura graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, in 2008. Since graduating, she has done mainly small animal practice and worked throughout the UK.

Laura has an interest in dermatology and pathology and has an MSc in Infectious disease control and Epidemiology. Currently she is working towards her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.

When not at work, Laura enjoys travelling, photography and walking her Border Collie, Freya. At home Mabel the one-eyed guinea pig and Peggy the three-legged guinea pig keep her busy.

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Hannah Darke

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in Manchester and qualified as a Vet in 2017 from the Royal Veterinary College, London. Since graduating I have worked as a small animal vet enjoying all aspects of medicine and surgery but have developed a particular interest in ophthalmology and neurology.

I have a very mischievous cat named Albert who came to live with me at just four weeks old and now rules my house!

In my spare time I love to explore new places and try to fit in as much travel as possible. I also enjoy running and completed my first half marathon last summer.

I am new to the Prestwich Vets4Pets team as of October 2018 and look forward to meeting you and your four legged friends very soon!


Steph Clegg RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in July 2016 after studying BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing and graduating at Myerscough College.  I have always loved animals and currently own 3 cats called Mischief, Tiddles and Smudge, along with 2 rabbits called Otis and Poppy. 

I love all aspects of nursing, especially nursing rabbits and other small furries!

I love meeting new people and in my spare time I love to spend time with friends and family along with baking lots of delicious treats.


Sally Strapp RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Sally and I joined Vets4Pets Prestwich in November 2018. I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2001. I have worked in and around Bury since then, gaining valuable experience. My previous role was in a very busy first and second opinion practice as Head Nurse. I have a keen interest in anaesthesia and surgical nursing.

I am married with two children, a rescue dog called Star and a 32 year old horse that I have owned since I was four years old.



Louise Swain RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started nursing in December 2009, after being particularly interested in the topic, whilst studying a degree in Animal Science. I studied Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough college and qualified in September 2012. In practice I absolutely love surgical nursing and have a keen interest in anaesthesia.

My furry family consists of two guinea pigs called Beans and George. My daughter Freya, also absolutely loves them!

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Natalie Briggs

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi, my name is Natalie, since a very young age I have always been passionate about animals. I was born and still live in Manchester, where I attended Wentworth High School. Following high school, I achieved an extended diploma in Animal Management at Eccles College and now, I am currently studying a Veterinary Nursing Foundation Degree at Myerscough college.

I love everything about nursing and the welfare of all animals, especially cats, dogs, rabbits and small furries!!

My furry family consists of three cats called: Jasmine, Jessica and Maisie, one dwarf hamster called Flapjack and also, I help my Dad with his Marine Aquarium.

I am proud to say I am a Student Veterinary Nurse at Vets4Pets in Prestwich, because I get to work alongside a great team!

I look forward to seeing you and your pets soon.

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Chloe McArdle

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hello, my name is Chloe, I’m a Manchester girl who loves animals. I have acquired an Extended Diploma in Animal Management. I have started my degree in Veterinary Nursing.

“Be who you want to be”. From a very young age this quote has constantly been repeated to me. Children go through stages to which they aspire to be. Aspirations of astronauts, lawyers, teachers, doctors, vets etc. My aspirations have never drifted I’ve continuously wanted to work with animals as I have always held a strong passion for them and their wellbeing. I love all aspects of Animal Nursing and Biology.


I am honoured and so proud to join my Prestwich Vets4Pets family. I look forward to meeting you and your pets very soon.


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Alex Whittle

Student Veterinary Nurse

Hi! My name is Alex. I have always had a passion for animals and hoped that I would one day work in a small animal practice. After studying Animal Management at Hopwood Hall college for 2 years, I went on to start the Veterinary Nursing degree at Myerscough College where I am currently in my second year.

My furry family consists of a crazy Cockerpoo called Frankie and a Labradoodle called Elsie, however whilst I am at work, I like to steal Harry the Chihuahua!

I am looking forward to spending the next year of my training with the Prestwich team and can't wait to meet all of our lovely clients and their four-legged friends!


Jenny Fuller

Veterinary Care Assistant

My name is Jenny and I am the VCA here! I have spent the past couple of years working in small animal practice after a career change from the television industry, and absolutely love being a part of the Prestwich team.


I graduated with a degree in English from the University of Liverpool in 2013, but am now following my true passion of working with animals. My daily role here includes working on Reception, as well as helping the Vets and Nurses with patients whenever required! In September 2019, I will be starting my Veterinary Nursing diploma at Myerscough College, which I am very excited about.


At home my wonderful rescue dog Connie rules the roost – she is the best thing since sliced bread! I truly believe every single animal is special, and always strive to treat each client and patient with the respect and care I would want my own to be treated with. Building bonds with clients and their furry companions alike is my goal, and I look forward to meeting everyone that comes in to the Practice!


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Adrianna Stacey

Practice Manager

Hello, my name is Adrianna and I am the Practice Manager at Vets4Pets in Prestwich.

I am originally from London but consider Manchester as my hometown as I have lived here for 20 years. My work background is very corporate and consists of working in Banking, Legal and Compliance, however from an early age I have always been passionate about animals and animal welfare.

I am a mum of two and am currently owned by my cat called Banksy and my dog Nelly, who you may get to meet when you visit the practice.

My core values are to ensure our practice delivers a first class service to our clients and their beloved pets at the heart of the community.

I look forward to meeting you all soon.


Bev Evans

Client Care Advisor

I love being involved with the pets and their families. My experience with animals comes from always having a variety of pets growing up. I have a shih tzu called Suki who we love.

It’s great working as a team. Who wouldn't love cuddling kittens, puppies and small furies all day as part of your job. BONUS.


Karon Sutton

Client Care Advisor

Hello, my name is Karon and I am the newest member of the reception team, having previously worked at Salford Companion Care.

My background is in the finance industry. I don't have any pets at the moment but am hoping to give a dog a forever home in the near future.