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Hayley Lane

Veterinary Nurse & Practice Partner

I opened Wigan Vets4Pets with Mahala back in 2008. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved and I am even prouder of how the practice has grown over this time. We are an accredited small animal general practice with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and we are a nurse training practice for student nurses. We have lovely clients and patients, and getting to know them has been a privilege. We are lucky to have such a brilliant team here at Wigan; they are professional, hard working and are committed to delivering a high standard of care to our clients and their pets.

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Mahala Welbourn

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

Vet partner for 6 1/2 years. It has been great seeing the practice develop since we started it in 2008. Our team has grown as we have brought in more receptionists and we have trained student nurses that have graduated into excellent registered veterinary nurses, plus taking on an additional vet just over 12 months ago. I have also really enjoyed developing long term relationships with our clients and their pets, some of whom we have known from the start, and have had the pleasure of seeing young puppies and kittens grow up and become a very important part of their families.


Silvia Rosini

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified in 2011 from the University of Parma (Italy) and moved to the UK. I spent few years working at several small animal practices across the North of England before joining Wigan Vets4Pets in 2016. I have a special interest in internal medicine and ultrasonography and I have recently started a post graduate certificate to improve my knowledge of these subjects. At home I have two mischievous rescue cats, Artu' and Obi. I like working at Wigan Vets4Pets because everyone is very passionate about their job and cares about the welfare of the patients.

Katie Liles

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010 and was able to gain my Advanced Diploma in 2015. I absolutely love being a Veterinary Nurse and have a particular interest in anaesthesia and surgery. I was lucky enough to start working at Vets4Pets Wigan in October 2016 after locuming there since July and enjoying every minute. I have two mischievous cats called Maddie & Wilma, a snake called Jake and a gecko called Winnie.

Robyn Blyth

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse and have always known this is the job for me! I spent my childhood volunteering at the Horse and Pony Protection Association and other rescue and rehabilitation yards. On my last yard I met the vet who treated the horses and my first work experience was completed at their practice some 8 years ago. Since then I have gained experience and worked in a number of practices before finally ending up with the fantastic team at Wigan Vets4Pets in 2016. I have a Dog named Daisy, two guinea pigs called Fred and George and an axolotl called Sally and have a special interest in rehabilitation and release of wild birds!
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Rebecca Owen


I have been here since day 1 and am the longest staff member :)

At home I have 2 Cavalier King Charles- Spaniels Cooper and Penny, 2 cats- Nessa and Reno, a tortoise called Nola and Fish also!

I love watching the team and practice grow and love getting know all clients and their pets.

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Cara Birchall


I am one of the receptionists here at Wigan Vets4Pets and also one of the newest team members, having been at the surgery since 2015.

I have a dog called Dexter who is a Patterdale Terrier/ Jack Russell Cross.

I love my job at Vets4Pets as I work with brilliant people who really care about our customers and their wonderful pets. I really enjoy working with such a professional team who make every day fun.

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Helen Ellison


My name is Helen I have been working at Wigan Vets4Pets since December 2014. I have a dog called Ollie he is a king Charles spaniel , I enjoy my job as I like meeting new people and their animals. Every day here is different and I love working as part of such a great team.


Joanna Dean


My name is Joanna and I am one of the receptionists. I have a very mischievous Jack Russell x Poodle called Dennis and a lovely Golden Oldie cat called Oscar. I really enjoy working at the practice as the whole team is really friendly. In my job, I particularly enjoy meeting and getting to know all of our clients and their pets.
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Sara Snopczynska

Student Veterinary Nurse

My name is Sara Snopczynska, and I'm studying Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough College.

My favourite animals are koalas, and I have a chocolate labrador called Teddy.

I have just began my placement at Wigan Vets4pets. I enjoy it because the entire team has been very welcoming & supportive.


Claire Kaye RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010 graduating from Myerscough College.

I was privileged to Wigan Vets4Pets in December 2015. I enjoy all aspects of nursing but have a real strong passion for inpatient care and medical nursing.

I love that everyday brings new challenges and rewards.

I have a Labrador called Nolan and two Ginger cheeky Cats Nellie and Nelson.


Hollie Barker


I started working at Wigan Vets4Pets in February 2016 and, although I’m a receptionist, you will usually find me on the other side of the desk giving the patients lots of cuddles and treats! At home I have two beautiful Boxers called Ellie and Ruby. I have loved getting to know our clients and their pets, and it has been particularly lovely watching those that joined at the same time as me grow up. I feel extremely proud to be part of a team that is so dedicated to what they do and delivers outstanding levels of care to patients and clients alike.
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My name is Juno and I am a foodaholic! I was found collapsed in a garden and a kind person brought me to the surgery where I was nursed back to health. I was quite a naughty boy back then, and used to like to sink my teeth into feet and legs if I was asked to do something I didn't want to! I'm a reformed character now but I do like breaking into bags of food, giving myself access to an All You Can Eat Buffet every day.

I love Uno, and really want to be her friend, but she hisses at me and regularly leaves me with scratches on my nose. I really don't know what I have done to upset her but wish she would be my girlfriend!

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I'm Uno, the original surgery cat. I arrived 6 years ago on the practice's 1st birthday after I'd been rather unsuccessfully playing with cars in the road. My pelvis was broken and I had to have cage rest and painkillers to help heal my fractures.

I love sitting on the front desk and winding up dogs who come into the waiting room, and my favourite place to sit is behind the laboratory machines, which keeps me nice and snug especially in winter.

The other surgery cat Juno tries to be my friend, but I'm far too good for him and I am currently perfecting my martial arts skills by regularly thumping him on the nose when he gets too close.