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Vets4Pets Wigan

Meet the Wigan Vet team

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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.


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Steve Johnsons

Veterinary Surgeon

Hi, I'm Steve. I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 and have been working in various Vets4Pets practices across the country ever since and have been working at Wigan Vets4Pets for the last two years. I have a particular interest in surgery and will be starting my certificate in small animal surgery in 2019.

When not at the practice I'm generally with my family and running around after my son and we expecting our next baby in March 2018. Our family also includes a cat (Leo), a rabbit (Flopsy) and a duck (Mr Darcy).


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Claire Kaye RVN

Head 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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Robyn Lowe

Registered 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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Katie Reston

Registered 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.


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Helen Playfoot

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been nursing in small animal practice since 1993, and qualified in 2000. I have worked at several practices throughout my career including some 24 hour emergency practices where I picked up a lot of valuable experience.

I recently joined the wonderful Vets4Pets Wigan team in September 2017. Nurse consulting is my passion in practice, this gives me the opportunity to meet clients and their lovely pets, I also enjoy medical nursing, such as looking after & advising diabetic patients.

At home, I have two German Shepherds, and a very naughty Russian Blue cat called Alex. I’m also a keen Beekeeper and have a small collection of pedigree hens (pictured).


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Gemma Willacy

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I'm Gemma, I first trained as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2012. I then went on to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse in 2016 graduating from Myerscough College.

 I enjoy all aspects of my job but particularly love consulting as I get to meet new people and interact with all your lovely animals that come through our door. I have worked in practice since 2008 and moved to join the amazing team at Wigan Vets4pets in 2017. 

At home I spend my time looking after and walking my 3 dogs.


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Abigail Collier

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hi, I'm Abbie one of the Registered Veterinary Nurses. I qualified from Myerscough College in July 2017 and have since been developing my skills and knowledge. The role I enjoy mostly in practice is working on wards. I love being able to care for your pets on recovery from anaesthetic and surgery and give them lots of cuddles to help to make them feel better. I also love caring for any wildlife which comes through the door and rehabilitating them ready for release. I have recently hand reared and released a baby hedgehog named Piggy and a baby wood pigeon named Percy.

Outside of work I am a member of my local Young Farmers club and attend their weekly meetings. I enjoy caring for my two elderly horses, Ebony and River, and have recently started showing a Welsh Part Bred named Tia. I have an interest in classic cars and am in the process of respraying my Classic Mini.



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Rebecca Owen

Receptionist

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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Helen Ellison

Receptionist

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.


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Joanna Dean

Receptionist

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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Jo Lunt

Receptionist

Hi my name is Jo. I have been with the practice since August 2017.

 I love this job, you never know what each day will bring. No two days are ever the same and the best part of the job is getting to cuddle all the new puppies that come in to see us. 

I have my own fur baby who is a very lively Patterdale Terrier called Jaxon. If i'm not in work you will find me out on a along walk with Jaxon.


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Amy Holgate

Receptionist

I am the newest member to the reception staff and I am privileged to be working at such a wonderful practice. I have always adored animals. I grew up with pets, we had two cats, a tabby called Tiger, and a black cat named Pippa. I also had a dog, a rusty orange Alsatian cross called Roger who was daft as a brush. Although we are unable to have pets at our home now, my son has a tabby cat named Pickle that he looks after at his grans and my step-daughter keeps rabbits at our friends farm, so we visit them as often as we can.

My favourite part of my job is that there is no day the same, and yet everyday I get the honour to meet all our lovely clients and their amazing pets. Needless to say I love to squeeze in lots of cuddles with our furry friends too.

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Juno


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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Uno


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.