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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    

Practice Partner & Head Veterinary Nurse

What pets do you have and what are their names?        

A cat named Tim (nice but dim) AKA Timmy, who I rescued after a road traffic accident left him with suspected brain damage, I’m happy to say he made a full recovery. A rabbit named Mike, two rats called Varys and Petyr and a husband called Nick :-) 

What’s your favourite animal:                             I love all animals but since adopting Timmy I have developed a soft spot for cats.

What’s the best aspect of working for companion care? 

While I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing, I particularly love surgical nursing. I also really enjoy all the dirty procedures: scaling grotty teeth, flushing filthy ears, cleaning wounds, etc              

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. Rachel is currently on Maternity Leave.

Louise Lawless     

Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2006. I have worked in a variety of first opinion and referral practices in the local area. I joined Vets4Pets in April 2015.

I particularly enjoy the large amount of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters we look after. I currently have 2 rescue pets: a rabbit, Jasper Jumping Bean and a Syrian hamster called Lucy. Walking past the Support Adoption section of the Pets at Home store is always so tempting...

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Davina Connor RVN Cert AAB

Veterinary Nurse and Veterinary Behaviourist

Though I am new to the practice as of October 2016, I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003, and went on to study animal psychology at Southampton university in 2005 and gained a certificate in applied animal behaviour. I have two 8 month old French bulldogs called Doug and Beryl and two guinea pigs Mouse and Tiger lily. I have worked in veterinary practices for over 15 years now and I wouldn't change what I do. I have a passion for animal behaviour problems in particular anxiety disorders and puppy training/socialisation.

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 Mischa 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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