Meet the team
I grew up in Wigan and studied veterinary medicine at Edinburgh University. I graduated in July 2015 and then undertook a placement at a wildlife hospital in Australia before starting working here. Throughout veterinary school I volunteered in Portugal and Cyprus with animal charities and provided free veterinary care to strays and helped neuter the stray cats of Cyprus. I hope to one day go back as a qualified vet for a holiday and continue to help charities like this throughout my career. I have an interest in exotics and soft tissue surgery and I'm loving working in Liverpool and meeting you all and your pets. I currently don't own any pets but hope to soon have a cat and some hens if space allows!
I grew up in Prescot and attended the University of Liverpool Vet School, graduating in 2012. After this I moved to a busy practice in Stoke, but have returned to Liverpool and joined the Walton Vale team. I have worked with lots of rescues and have taken on a 3 legged Springer Spaniel called Daisy!
I am originally from Liverpool but have completed my veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London, I decided to return to Liverpool after my studies.
I have been training to Walton Vale Vets4Pets while at university, so know the practice and the team well. I’m particularly interested in cardiology, and have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel at home called Barney!
I am from Liverpool and also attended the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science, qualifying in 2017. I started working at Old Swan Vets4Pets before transferring to Walton Vale. I have a keen interest in general surgery, but can’t wait to meet all of your pets during consultations.
Dr Emily Dutton
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
BVM&S DVC MRCVS
Emily has held a passion for cardiology since qualifying from Edinburgh University in 1999. After obtaining the certificate in veterinary cardiology in 2003 from general practice, Emily began working exclusively as a veterinary cardiologist in 2006. In 2014, she was awarded the RCVS diploma in veterinary cardiology followed by RCVS specialist status in veterinary cardiology in 2016. Emily enjoys all aspects of feline and canine cardiology, but is particularly interested in arrhythmias, collapse, biomarkers and echocardiography. Emily is currently a member of the heart testing panel and has been elected joint secretary of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society. You can find out more on Emily’s website at http://www.cheshirecardiology.com
Dr Catherine Sturgeon
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
BVetMed CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
I had always wanted to be a vet and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College RVC, London in 1994. I started to develop a keen interest in surgery and I was given a golden opportunity to study surgery in more depth, completing a surgical residency at the RVC. In 2000, I moved to the Northwest of England and as a first opinion locum vet accompanied by my then Lurcher called ‘Mouse’, we were made very welcome by a number of veterinary practices. In 2004, I was awarded my diploma and specialist status in small animal surgery. You can find out more on Catherine’s website at http://www.visitingvetspecialists.co.uk
Dr Gareth Harries
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery
BVMS CertSAS MRCVS
I qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1995 with commendation and merits in Medicine & Surgery. I commenced providing mobile surgical care in April 2014 after spending several years with a large mixed practice in East Cheshire, latterly as a partner. The last 12 months have been far busier than I could possibly have imagined and I now visit practices in England & Wales.In March 2015 I was added to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons list of Advanced Practitioners. You can find out more on Gareth's website at www.surgivet.co.uk
Dr Jerry Shimali
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
BVSc DipECVDI MRCVS
Jerry is a European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1995 and spent the next 12 years in small animal and equine practice, where, in 2006 he gained the Royal college of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging. In 2007 he returned to the University of Liverpool to undertake a residency in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and gained this in 2011. Jerry has 2 young children to keep him busy at home and enjoys skiing and ice skating.
RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery
Tom graduated from Liverpool University in 2004 with a distinction. In 2008 he gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and in 2015 he became an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. Tom worked in a busy first opinion and referral hospital in Cheshire for 14 years prior to setting up Gilding Veterinary Orthopaedics.
Starting as an assistant, Tom’s expertise developed and subsequently he became a partner of the practice. As a result, he fully understands the day-to-day pressures of working as a small animal vet in an increasingly demanding and extreme clinical environment.
Patrick holds various post graduate qualifications in surgery including GP Cert (SAS) and is an RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. He performs complex orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries.
I started in the veterinary industry in 2005, first obtaining a diploma in Animal Management, before qualifying in 2010 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing. In 2011, I qualified as a clinical coach and started teaching student veterinary nurses. I have a keen interest in exotic species and small furries. Outside of work I keep busy with my five cats (Lilo, Stitch, Mole, Eyks and Oogie) and my dog Georgie! I also bake, write novels and have an interest in classical cars.
Rachael started with us as a volunteer when the practice opened then attended a 3 year Veterinary Nursing Degree at Myerscough college to qualify as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017.
Rachael has a dachshund called Buddy who is extremely cute!
Jade started as a volunteer at the Liverpool Old Swan Vets4Pets practice then attended a 3 year Veterinary Nursing Degree at Myerscough college to qualify as a registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017.
I originally started as a volunteer in the Liverpool Old Swan practice in 2012 before working as a Student Veterinary Nurse at the Walton Vale practice. I qualified from Myerscough college as a veterinary nurse in July 2016 and started working in Old Swan, but have now moved back to Walton Vale.
At the moment at home I have 3 crazy Labradoodles called Daisy, Juke and Ozzy, 3 cats called Jet, Mally and Mindy. I have an interest in theatre and medical nursing and exotics.
I have been at Walton Vale Vets4Pets since 2013 when I started as a volunteer whilst completing my Zoology degrees. I have a keen interest in canine behaviour, but love seeing all the patients big & small.
I have two lovely Chow Chows named Magni and Thor. When I’m not working I enjoy reading, swimming and making costumes for Comicon.
I am from Liverpool and I have been working in the veterinary industry since I was 16 years old. I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse back in 2008. I have been working with Vets4Pets since 2010 working as a Vet Nurse and then I was promoted to Head Nurse. I have now moved to Walton Vale as their Clinical Manager which is a new role for me to undertake but I am looking forward to the challenge of this role.
At home I have a son called Charlie. My dream would be to have a house full of German Shepherds and Belgium Malinois and I would also love to own a rescue centre for them.
I started in March 2016 as a Veterinary Care Assistant. I am having a great time meeting owners and their gorgeous pets. I feel I have learnt so much in a short time.
I have two of my own gorgeous ginger cats, Leo & Fizzle (double trouble!), pictured here, who keep me busy at home, but I love them to bits. In my spare time I like to socialise with friends and go swimming.
I have been with Vets4Pets since April 2014 and enjoy meeting all the clients and their lovely patients. Out of work I'm kept on my toes by my little menace Walter Pickles the Border Terrier. I enjoy travelling, music and socialising. Recently, I have started learning Italian and knitting, but I’m not very good at either yet!
Heather worked as a receptionist at Liverpool Vets4Pets, and is now heading to Walton Vale to meet lots of new clients and pets!! She has been involved in rescue work for over 10 years, and helps local rescues with home visits, neutering campaigns and transport. She started her animal work at Freshfields, then moved onto Merseyside Dogs Trust. She has worked in a variety of jobs including human medicine, and now spends many weekends as a St Johns ambulance driver!
I have been working in Vets4Pets practices for over 2 years, but have joined Walton Vale Vets4Pets on returning from maternity leave after my second son. I live locally and love being able to recognise familiar faces from my dog walks when they come into the practice! At home I have three dogs (Rico, Oleg and Flick) plus my partner and twice gorgeous sons to keep me busy!
This is my first time working in a veterinary practice, with previous roles in client care. I’m excited to meet your pets and learn how best to advise you on their care. At home I have a gorgeous staffy called Bella
I have previous reception experience from when I worked in a solicitor’s practice for 7 years but have recently started in Walton Vale Vets4Pets and I am loving meeting all the clients and their amazing pets, being such a big animal lover this really is the perfect job!
I am looking forward to meeting more of our lovely clients and their pets. In my spare time I am kept busy by my little boy and our two cats Bonnie and Cheeto.
I joined Vets4Pets in June 2018 after working at another vet practice upon leaving Myerscough college where I studied animal care. I have years of experience in both customer care based roles and reception. I have a Border Collie called Drake who I spend a lot of my spare time with at the beach.
Vets4Pets Walton Vale is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!
The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their new clients!
Emergency coverEven if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
OrthopaedicsSurgery of joints and bones.
Operating TheatreAn operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
Isolation UnitA special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
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In house blood transfusionsIn house blood transfusions
Oxygen ChamberEnables us to provide supplemental oxygen when needed.
Blood Pressure MonitorUsed to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
ECGECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
UltrasoundGenerates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
BiochemistryAllows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
HaematologyAllows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
ElectrolyteEnables the assessment of critical blood chemicals such as sodium and potassium.
Tonopen (measures eye pressure)Tonopen (measures eye pressure)
In-house LaboratoryA range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
X-RayGenerates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
Hospital WardSuite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
DentistryThe treatment and prevention of dental disease
Gold Standard Neutering Service
Complete Care Senior
Starter pack protection
Best Start in Life
Flea & Worm Pack
Out of hours
Woolfall Heath Avenue
Tel: Telephone: 0151 480 2040
Standard consultations before 11pm start from £154.50. Standard consultations after 11pm start from £199.