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Alex Campbell MRCVS

Practice Partner & Head Veterinary Surgeon 

Alex qualified from Liverpool University in 1998. She worked with small animals and horses for the first few years but has worked in purely small animal practices for the last 15 years.  

She has worked in a variety of first opinion and referral practices throughout the North-West with her last job covering emergency shifts in one the busiest emergency centres in the country.

When not working, she has a busy family life which includes her 2 Hungarian Vizsla's Kiop and Tizzy, rabbits Nibbles and Munch and a geriatric guinea pig called Woody.

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Samantha Cunliffe BSc RVN, SQP    

Practice Partner & Head Veterinary Nurse

Sam gained her veterinary nursing degree from the University of Central Lancashire in 2007. After qualifying she worked in a busy charity hospital, where she gained a massive amount of experience looking after pets suffering common illness and those undergoing emergency surgical procedures. She then moved on to work as a theatre nurse in a busy referral centre, working alongside vets performing more complicated surgical procedures.

Sam joined the practice as Head Nurse when it first opened in June 2013 and became a Partner in Feb 2015. While Sam enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, she has a particular love for surgical nursing, which comes in handy as we perform operations at the practice most days. She also really enjoys all the less clean procedures: scaling grotty teeth, flushing filthy ears and cleaning up contaminated wounds, which Alex is equally happy about!

Sam has a cat called Tim (nice but dim), a name affectionately bestowed on him when he was handed in as stray suffering from brain injuries after a car accident. She has 3 rescue rats, from Support Adoption, called Clark, Mouse and Reg.

Rachel Skinner 

Veterinary Nurse

Rachel started out has a trainee in 1999 in a large animal practice when she was 17 years old, she went on to further her career by becoming a qualified veterinary nurse in October 2008, after gaining experience working within small animal practices around the Northwest. Rachel was very passionate about referral work and in 2010 became a positive member of a large referral practice, where she became the opthalomolgy nurse and also had a large interest in orthopaedics. 

During her position within this practice Rachel also helped set up a external company called Vets Now to manage the out of hours service, she gained valuable experience of emergency and critical care nursing during this time. Rachel lives at home in Warrington with her husband Jonathan and their pet dog Freddie and 3 cats Olive, Mitten and Patchy. Rachel enjoys horse riding and spending time walking Freddie in woodlands with her husband. 

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Louise Lawless RVN, SQP

Veterinary Nurse

Louise qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2006. She has worked in a variety of first opinion and referral practices in the local area. In April 2015 Louise joined Vets4Pets Warrington Riverside. Louise particularly loves small furry pets and really enjoys the large amount of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters we look after here. 

She has 3 pets all from rescue centres/support adoption. These are a rabbit, Jasper Jumping Bean, a Syrian hamster called Lucy and a Roborovski hamster called Rubeus. She is always tempted to re-home more little cuties from the stores support adoption center.

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Davina Connor RVN Cert AAB

Veterinary Nurse and Veterinary Behaviourist

Davina joined the practice in October 2016. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003, went on to study animal psychology at Southampton university in 2005 and gained a certificate in applied animal behaviour.

She has an 8 month old French bulldog called Doug. Davina has worked in veterinary practices for over 15 years and thoroughly enjoys it. She has a passion for animal behaviour problems in particular anxiety disorders and puppy training/socialisation.

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Joe Pinder

Trainee Veterinary Care Assistant

Joe joined the practice in January 2016 on a 1 year apprenticeship. He is studying for the Veterinary Care Assistants course at a local college. He is really enjoying his course and time in the practice and hopes to go on to train as a veterinary nurse. At home he has a cat called Misha and a very happy Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Rika. In his spare time Joe loves training and competing with his Karate club.

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Melissa Dootson

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Melissa joined the practice as a Receptionist in April 2015. She is a keen learner and enjoys a challenge. So as well as a busy family with 2 young boys, Princess, a crazy cat and DeeDee, a rescued equally crazy Pug, she has joined the clinical team in Oct 2016 as a trainee nurse. This training will take approximately 2 years to complete. When Melissa is not at college or on nursing duties she can still be found working on reception, with DeeDee's help of course.

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Christina Ganly


Christina joined the team on reception in May 2016 having previously worked in a couple of veterinary practices over the last few years. She is a keen dog lover and has also trained as a dog groomer in between her veterinary reception roles.

Christina has two American Cocker Spaniels called Malley and Ella who are both now 10 years old but still young at heart and love visiting the Lakes and Abersoch in North Wales. In her spare time she enjoys drawing and walking in the Lakes District.

Gemma Pritchard


Gemma joined the practise as a receptionist in November 2016. She has previously worked as a kennel assistant in Kent, where she lived with her husband for two years before moving back up North.

She is always very excited to meet all our customers and get to know all their lovely pets. Gemma has two Cavalier King Charles spaniels called Rocky and Bonnie and enjoys spending her free time taking them on family walks with her husband and little boy Sam.


Claire Johnson


Claire joined the practice as a receptionist in November 2016. Her work back ground was in the NHS but she has come to realise that she prefers patients of the furry kind. Pooches, cats and little furries are much more cuddly than human patients.

Claire has a hubby and two teenage boys at home along with Ruby the lazy old Staffie, Bellaboo the baldy African grey parrot and Sunflower the scaly bearded dragon who all regularly enjoy holidaying together at their caravan in the lakes.