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Meet The Walton Vale Vets Team | Vets4Pets

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Meet the Walton Vale Vet team

David Donovan Vet Liverpool

Dr. David Donovan

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

I grew up in the Tuebrook and West Derby areas of Liverpool and have been working in veterinary practices in Liverpool from the age of 16.  I graduated from the University of Liverpool Vet School in 2012 after doing a lot of my veterinary placements at Liverpool Vets4Pets and started working there straight away!  

My main interests are orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and pain management.  I am currently working towards a certificate in small animal surgery.  I am keen to teach pet owners about preventative medicine and the general healthcare of their pets.  It's great to be able to offer a wide range of orthopaedic and dermatological procedures here in Walton Vale Vets4Pets.  

I have a cat called Andrew who I re-homed from a local rescue and I am currently on the lookout for a doggy friend to join the family - so watch this space for a new canine member of staff!  

Liverpool Veterinary Surgeon Megan Brannigan

Dr. Megan Brannigan


Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

Megan has been a vet in Liverpool for over 15 years!  She loves all aspects of being a vet, but can usually be found chatting away to clients in consults or reception, and making a fuss of people's pets.  

She has a strong interest in pain management, soft tissue surgery, cardiology and small mammal medicine.  She's also registered with the RWAF as a "rabbit-friendly vet".  Megan has a Great Dane cross Greyhound called Mr. Wilbur.  And then there's the four cats: Meridius, Mortimer, Sheridan and Jean Baptiste!  

Megan set up Liverpool OS Vets4Pets in 2010 and is mainly based there, but can be seen visiting Walton Vale.  

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Dr. Maria Livesey MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I grew up in Wigan and studied veterinary medicine at Edinburgh University. I graduated in July 2015 and then undertook a placement at a wildlife hospital in Australia before starting working here. Throughout veterinary school I volunteered in Portugal and Cyprus with animal charities and provided free veterinary care to strays and helped neuter the stray cats of Cyprus. I hope to one day go back as a qualified vet for a holiday and continue to help charities like this throughout my career.

I have an interest in exotics and soft tissue surgery and I'm loving working in Liverpool and meeting you all and your pets. I currently don't own any pets but hope to soon have a cat and some hens if space allows!

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Paul Hamblet

Practice Manager

I have been working for Vets4Pets for just under 2 years. Previously I worked for over 30 years in retail and business management. It’s a really enjoyable job working with such a dedicated team and I get to meet lots of our patients as well, which is another aspect of the job I really enjoy. I have a cat called Miya and my son has a Rabbit called Peanut. My daughter has a Pug called Lilo who often comes to visit me. 

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Sarah Dawson RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

Sarah a local girl, has been working in vets in Liverpool for 8 years, and qualified in 2011. She's be running her nurse clinics, has an interest in animal behaviour, and nutrition, and look out for puppy parties coming soon! Lola is her Alaskan Malamute, who's 8 yrs old now. Sarah is the NW regional co-ordinator for the Alaskan Malamute Breed Rescue in the UK. This means she manages their phone line, and provides support visits for Malamute owners who struggle with this large demanding breed. She goes horse riding and cycling every week.

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Laura Owen RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I started in the veterinary industry in 2005, first obtaining a diploma in Animal Management, before qualifying in 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing. In 2011, I qualified as a clinical coach and started teaching student veterinary nurses. I have a keen interest in exotic species and small furries. Outside of work I keep busy with my disabled cat Cracker (AKA Drunkie to his friends) and walking Georgie, our lovely staffy! I also bake, write novels and have an interest in classical cars.


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Rachel Newcombe

Student Veterinary Nurse

Rachel is a 3rd year veterinary nurse degree student with Myerscough college. She has volunteered at Walton Vale Vets4Pets since the practice opened.

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Jade Rollinson

Student Veterinary Nurse

Jade is also a 3rd year veterinary nurse degree student at Myerscough college. She also does some of her training at Liverpool Old Swan Vets4Pets, so you may see her there also!

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Michelle Evans

Veterinary Care Assistant

I started in March 2016 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I am having a great time meeting owners and their gorgeous pets. I feel I have learnt so much in a short time. 

I have two of my own gorgeous ginger cats, Leo & Fizzle (double trouble!), pictured here, who keep me busy at home, but I love them to bits. In my spare time I like to socialise with friends and go swimming.

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Charlotte Jeffery

Veterinary Care Assistant

I have been at Walton Vale Vets4Pets since 2013 when I started as a volunteer whilst completing my Zoology degrees. I have a keen interest in canine behaviour, but love seeing all the patients big & small. 

I have two lovely Chow Chows named Magni and Thor. When I’m not working I enjoy reading, swimming and making costumes for Comicon. 

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Laura Burridge

Head Veterinary Receptionist

I have been with Vets4Pets since April 2014 and enjoy meeting all the clients and their lovely patients. Out of work I'm kept on my toes by my little menace Walter Pickles the Border Terrier. I enjoy travelling, music and socialising. Recently, I have started learning Italian and knitting, but I’m not very good at either yet!

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Tamsin Batey

Veterinary Receptionist

I started working in the veterinary industry back in 2013, initially as an animal auxiliary nurse, due to a keen interest in animal welfare and care. I then went on to work as a claims handler for a well known pet insurance company. 

At home over in the Wirral I have 2 dogs a Jack Russell and a Whippet cross as well as a cat. I am excited to join the team at Vets4Pets as a receptionist and look forward to meeting clients and their pets.


Heather Prescott

Veterinary Receptionist on maternity leave

Heather worked as a receptionist at Liverpool Vets4Pets, and is now heading to Walton Vale to meet lots of new clients and pets!! She has been involved in rescue work for over 10 years, and helps local rescues with home visits, neutering campaigns and transport. She started her animal work at Freshfields, then moved onto Merseyside Dogs Trust. She has worked in a variety of jobs including human medicine, and now spends many weekends as a St Johns ambulance driver!