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Deborah Anwyl BVM&S MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up around Manchester and after I qualified from Edinburgh University in 2009 I moved back to this region to start working. I became a joint venture partner with Vets 4 Pets in 2015. I have an interest in exotic animals and love to see the more unusual species which come through our doors.

I have several pets at home including 4 cats called Tess, Jerry, Alfie and Roley and 2 rescue chinchillas. I like to travel and try to get away when I get the chance. Closer to home I enjoy walking and going to the gym.

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Philomena Abang

Veterinary Surgeon

Hello! I graduated in 2010 from the university of Pretoria in South Africa and I've been working in private practice in the UK since 2011.

I've been owned by a black cat called Salem ever since. Although I was born in the UK I'm actually West African and my love for animals originates from there. I also love dancing, singing, watching Japanese animations and reading.

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Gemma Butterworth RVN

Owner/Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I qualified in 2013 and have been in practice since 2008. Although I don’t have any pets of my own at the moment, I have a number of family pets including two horses, one cat and two mental springer puppies! 

Outside of work I love to bake; chocolate brownies being my speciality. I am also a huge fan of fantasy novels and enjoy reading in my spare time, The Lord Of The Rings being my favourite. Recently I got to fulfill my dream of visiting the real Middle Earth on a recent trip to new Zealand. I am definitely a bit of (a lot of) a geek and often host geeky boardgame nights with friends.

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Victoria Latto

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I'm Vicki. I have been qualified for 2 years but have been in practice for over 10 years! I have and interest in behaviour and I am looking to explore this more in the future. I love nurse clinics and getting to know clients and patients alike. I also love the more exotic of patients!

Outside of practice I have two cats, Gizmo and Tibbsy, both rescues through practice. Tibbsy only has 3 legs and I am convinced all his common sense was in that missing leg as he really is quite special. Most of my spare time is taken up with looking after my daughter and we love nothing more than making memories together and the more noise and mess the better!!

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Rebecca Barnes


I have a level 3 national diploma in animal management and adore animals. I have 3 dogs myself which include a Dogue de Bordeaux, Springer spaniel and Husky, I still want more!

In my spare time I like taking my dogs out for walks or should I say they like taking me! I love shopping and going for meals.

I've worked in many environments with animals such as in kennels, groomers and on farms, I loved every minute of it even if it did mean getting covered in mud and fur.

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Katie Ellison


I have always loved animals and being around them, ever since I was a little girl I have grown up with dogs, cats and rabbits. My furry family members at the moment include my first own puppy/little ball of fluff, Ellie the Cavapoo, with my fiancé Lucy. Our extended family also includes Tilly & Milly the kitty cats ... crazy little balls of fur!

Outside of work I like to spend time with my family & friends, going on nice hot sunny holiday’s, music concerts/festivals and trying to convince Lucy to let me have more fur babies!

My furry family members at the moment include my first own puppy/little ball of fluff, Ellie the Cavapoo, with my fiancé Lucy. And our latest addition, Izzie the Cockapoo!

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Gareth Thornborough


I have been working in the vets since April 2015 and I just can't get enough. Whilst I've always been a bit of a cat person, I think I could love any animal.

I have 3 cats of my own; Keano, Kiwi and Müller (football player Müller, not desserts) They're each their own little person, a needy little boy, a scaredy cat and the standard 'naughty tortie'.

In my own time I enjoy a good walk, playing video games and reading - I'm a nerd/geek, whichever you prefer. World of Warcraft and a good fantasy novel will always make me happy.