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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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Helen Livsey


My name is Helen and I have been working as a receptionist here for around 5 months now. I have a 2 year old Jack Russell X called Sam who is an absolute hooligan!/

I love working at the practice, the team ethic that we have is brilliant; it enables us to provide an exceptional standard of care for both pets and clients alike. I couldn't think of a better environment to work in!

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Adele Tagg

Receptionist & Practice Administrator

My name is Adele. I am one of the Receptionists/Administrators at Wigan Vets4Pets.

I have worked here since October 2012. I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Izzie, and a Boxer called Maggie.

My favourite thing about working at Wigan Vets4Pets is being able to have cuddles with the patients everyday. I love working as part of this friendly caring team!

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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.

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Ruth Ward

Veterinary Surgeon

I have been working as a Veterinary Surgeon at Wigan Vets4Pets for almost 3 years, initially part time. and have been a full time team member for the last 15 months.

I have an elderly (and very naughty!) Jack Russell terrier called Milo who can sometimes be seen shoplifting from the display in reception, and a cat called Sausage.

I really enjoy working as part of the team here at Wigan, providing the best level of care for your pets. We all work hard together during busy times, and all share a mutual love of cakes and chocolate!

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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 around 5 months.

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 for 9 months now. 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.

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Chloe Sargeant

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the Wigan Vets4Pets team in 2012 as a second year veterinary nursing degree student. With the teams guidance and support I completed my training and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in July 2014. Following my qualification I then decided to continue my education by studying a BSC (Hons) degree in veterinary nursing and graduated in July 2015.

At home I have a Shih Tzu cross called Reuben, and a cat called Jasper, a short hair who came to the veterinary practice as a 16 week old stray, I could not resist and had to take him home!

I love the friendly, caring team here at Wigan Vets4Pets who continuously strive for outstanding patient and client care! I thoroughly enjoy nurse consultations, speaking to the clients and of course meeting all their furry family members!

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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.

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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.

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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!