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Dr Alex Campbell. BSc. BVSc MRCVS.

Practice Partner and Head Veterinary Surgeon.

Alex attended Liverpool University where she gained a degree in Pharmacology in 1992. After 1 year of research at the University into tropical diseases and medicines, she attended the veterinary school and qualified in 1998.

In 1999 she moved to the Warrington area and has worked at a variety of 1 st opinion and referral practices throughout the North-West. Before joining Vets4Pets she worked the night shift at one of the busiest emergency clinics in the country. A hugely challenging but rewarding role. Alex brought her vast wealth of experience to the practice when she joined in Sept 2014.

She is keen on all aspects of preventative healthcare and especially the importance of good weight management. She has an interest in long term conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, ear and skin diseases, where seeing the same vet on each visit is preferable. She also enjoys looking after the smaller furrier patients and has taken extra courses on treating rabbits, guinea pigs, hamster chinchillas etc. Which is fantastic as the practice has a lot of these guys registered as patients!

Alex also now works closely with Davina Connor our resident veterinary behaviourist, providing support for pets with behavioural and emotional issues;especially VET PHOBIA's where pets are extremely difficult to handle.

When not at the practice, she has a busy family life with 3 children, a Hungarian Vizsla named Kiop, rabbits Munch (Dutch) and Penny (Lop), a geriatric guinea pig called Woody and a rescue guinea pig called River, who was found by the Mersey and brought into the store. She also very recently adopted two more guinea pig's, Biscuit and Bread who have settled in very well with Woody and River.

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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 2 rescue rats, from Support Adoption, called Clark and Mouse.

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Clare Crook BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Clare graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004 with a degree in Veterinary Science. After leaving vet school Clare took a temporary position working for the U.K's biggest veterinary charity in one of their busiest hospitals and was subsequently offered a full time position. Clare worked there for 12 years in total which has given her a multitude of experience in all aspects of veterinary work including surgery, emergency and critical care.

Clare joined the Vets4pets family in February 2017 keen for a new challenge. She has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and also enjoys the daily challenge of medicine cases. Clare is extremely focused on rabbit welfare, correct husbandry and nutrition and has attended the Rabbit Welfare Association Fund annual conference alongside their training courses.

Clare is married and has her hands full looking after her young twins! They all enjoy visiting the zoo and holidaying in the Lakes. Clare has a crossbreed dog called Harvey who was abandoned when he was only 6 weeks old. Harvey now has a life of luxury!

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Davina Connor RVN Cert AAB

Registered 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. She also works closely with the head Vet Alex in treating and advising for Vet phobic pets.


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Amy Holland

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Amy joined the practice in May 2017. She completed her nursing degree at Myerscough College in July 2017. During her degree course, placements took her to practices in Warrington and Aberystwyth.

She owns a cat call Bailey and a Netherland Dwarf rabbit called Sooty. She is enjoying learning more advanced techniques in nursing as her knowledge and experience grows.

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Louise Lawless RVN, SQP

Registered 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 4 pets all from rescue centres or support adoption. These are two rabbits named Jade Jumping Bean and Jasper Jumping Bean, a Roborovski hamster called Rubeus and Godric the gerbil. She is always tempted to re-home more little cuties from the stores support adoption center.

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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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Nicola Conway

Veterinary Care Assistant & Receptionist

Nicola joined the team in 2017 after an internal move from Swinton Vets 4 Pets, prior to this she worked at Rutland house for 7 years on reception and doing some Vet care assistant work. Nicola enjoys being out on the reception desk chatting to all the clients, and she loves having lots of cuddles with their pets from the fluffy kittens to the bearded dragons.

Nicola has a puppy called Max and 2 fish named Fish and Fishy which were named by her 2 year old little girl, Millie.

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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.


Vicky Jones


Vicky joined the team on reception in June 2017. The majority of her previous work experiences have been as an animal care technician or instructor in a variety of colleges. As such she is confident handling a variety of pets and loves to talk about their care and welfare needs. She has rescued a variety of animals and is keen on rehabilitating troubled animals and finding them loving forever homes.

Vicky has a small dog called Dobby, who is a jack Russel X Pomeranian X. He never sits still and loves to play fetch. She also has 4 rescue cats (Tiger, Sheba, Shadow and Rosie). As well as an Orange Winged Amazon parrot called Charlie, who is now 17 years old and loves to yell at her cats from his cage and fly free in the safety of his room.

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Amy Bancroft


More info to come!

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Gemma Pritchard


Gemma joined the practice 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.