Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 6:30pm  | Sat: 8:30am - 12:30pm

 

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

 

Practice Manager

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Beki Parratt

Beki has headed the team at Northwich vets for over 7 years after a change in career path. Over this time, she has made vital contributions to the growth of the business. She holds a BSc in Occupational Therapy as well as an ILM Level 3 in Management and Leadership.

She enjoys many aspects of her job, being able to support colleagues and help behind the scenes with the smooth running of the practice. Beki is a fantastic role model to all staff members, having great influence on values and expectations, and providing leadership and direction in positive and helpful ways. She is an invaluable member of the team, and it would not be the same without her. Beki is a confessed cat addict and always finds time to show feline inpatients love and attention.

Outside of work, Beki enjoys, spending time in the garden, travelling and keeping fit. She is a member of her local church, which she regularly attends and volunteers. She has two lovely cats which she adores.

 
 
 

Veterinary Surgeons

Patrick Murphy - BVS Gp Cert SAS MRCVS

Patrick qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1997 from Bristol University and has since had a very successful career in the world of veterinary. Before opening Northwich Vets in 2012, Patrick studied and gained a general practitioner certificate in small animal surgery, which has given him extensive knowledge and confidence in unusual surgical cases. Patrick was previously a partner of another reputable veterinary clinic before deciding to take the plunge to set up his practice.

Patrick enjoys the variety of general practice, with each day being different and varied. He likes the challenge of planning a patient's treatment and needs, communicating, and influencing a plan with the owners. He takes great joy in being able to see the difference that his interventions make to a patient's health and wellbeing, whilst always being there to support the client through the process.
Nowadays, as the Northwich Vets team expands, Patrick doesn't do as much surgery as in previous years but he still holds a keen interest in complex surgical cases and orthopaedics and gets into theatre when he can!

Although time is going by, Patrick still likes to think he's young and be down with the kids, much to the embarrassment of his two teenage children! He enjoys his role as a dad and is very proud to watch them progress through college and university. Patrick has recently taken on new and exciting challenges, taking part in triathlons, and completing a charity marathon with great success. He is also a Christian, having a key role at his local church.

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Caroline Jonson - BVSc MRCVS

Caroline joined the practice in January 2019 and has brought with her an extensive wealth and range of knowledge in the exotics area. Caroline completed her masters in Wild animal health in 2006 at the Royal veterinary Collage and London Zoo. She has most recently just handed over her treasurer role, a position she was in for 9 years at the British Veterinary Zoological society which involved running this institution for exotic and wildlife vet's.

Since joining us, Caroline has developed her client base with all kinds of exotics, and we have enjoyed welcoming these new additions to our repertoire here at Northwich Vets.
From Reptiles to Rats, to Sugar Gliders and Snakes, Caroline thoroughly enjoys new challenges and seeing different cases. She is also partial to the odd parrot or two and see's lots of bird patients, especially pet Chickens.

In addition to this, Caroline see's a varied caseload of different surgeries and is always keen to try new things and expand her ever growing knowledge.
Outside of work, Caroline enjoys gardening and looking after the environment. She is an avid recycler and very passionate about looking after our planet. She home grows lots of different fruit and veggies and encourages us all here to be mindful of our own individual impacts on the environment. Caroline has many pets of her own including, a Golden Retreiver, 2 Tortoises, 7 Guinea Pigs and a rabbit, which all keep her VERY busy.

Gemma Davies - BVM&S MRCVS

Gemma has been with us since the beginning of Northwich Vets, starting as a Saturday girl and telling Patrick at the young age of 15 that she wanted to become a vet, and that she did!
Gemma took herself off to the University of Edinburgh to study Veterinary Medicine and surgery, whilst still coming back in her time off to help at the practice. In 2019 Gemma graduated, after 5 years of hard study, eventually joining us full-time as a vet.

Gemma's interests within her job vary from dentistry to dermatology to pain management.
She is always keen to take on surgical cases and develop her ever-growing skills. Dentistry is an area in which Gemma shines, she is very passionate about dental health and loves to see how her hard work can impact the health and wellbeing of patients.

In Gemma's spare time, she enjoys walking, wild swimming and mainly any other outdoor pursuit, especially if it results in a pub at the end. Gemma has an 18-year-old Jack Russel named 'Penny', who is her sidekick and shadow. Gemma also owns 2 rescue rabbits and is a strong advocate for rabbit health and welfare.

Jim Littlewood BVetMed MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) MRCVS

Jim qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon almost 20 years ago at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
He has been a member of the Northwich Vets team for over 7 years and has brought a creditable amount of knowledge and experience to our ever-growing team.

In 2012, Jim became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS- Feline Medicine). Jim has a keen interest in anything feline and is an advocate for developing feline-friendly techniques.
Within his role, Jim enjoys investigating medical cases, being involved with oncology patients, and using a range of diagnostic imaging such as radiography, ultrasonography, and endoscopy to support the investigations into many complex cases.

Jim spends most of his time outside of work with his family, but when time permits, he enjoys following the cricket. He also enjoys the occasional holiday to warmer parts of the world.

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Mhairi Grieve BVM&S MRCVS

Mhairi joined the team in April 2022 and has since made a fantastic addition to the team. Graduating at Edinburgh University in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 2016, Mhairi first worked as a farm and equine vet, before moving down south from her homeland of Scotland.

Mhairi holds a keen interest in surgical cases and advanced surgeries, including orthopaedics.
Recently, she has been showing her skills, completing some advanced surgeries on complex cases, which gave her a great sense of achievement. Mhairi would like to complete her surgical certificate in time, which will enable her to show case her skills further.

Aside from working full-time as a vet, Mhairi plays national rugby for Sale Sharks women's rugby team, previously playing on the Scottish International team. In any other free time she has, Mahiri enjoys spending exploring the Cheshire countryside with her partner and 'Womble' her rescue Greyhound. Mhairi also owns a gorgeous lap cat called Chester.

Hugo Duncan BVMS MRCVS

Hugo joined the team in September 2023 after relocating to the area with his fiancé. Graduating in 2021 at Glasgow Veterinary School, Hugo took his skills to work in a mixed animal practice and saw everything from cats, and dogs to horses, sheep and even seals and wildlife before joining the team at Northwich.

Hugo has been enjoying getting to know his patients and clients in practice and looks forward to continuing to do so in consultations. Hugo has a keen interest in surgical cases, specifically soft tissue surgery. He enjoys working in a strong friendly, team environment and has quickly become a favourite with our clients.

Outside of work, his hobbies consist of sailing, gaming and walking his new bond of joy, 'Talisker' his Labrador cross puppy. In addition to this, Hugo has a lovely cat named Barry whom he rescued from his previous practice and is particularly special as Barry is blind.

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Amy Reynolds BVetMed MRCVS

Amy joined the practice in August 2023 after newly graduating from the Royal Veterinary College as a veterinary surgeon. Amy completed her EMS studies with us here at Northwich, whilst studying for her Degree. EMS aims to enable students to gain practical experience in as many aspects of veterinary work as possible, giving them first-hand experience in the veterinary environment, and helping them develop as professionals.

We could see from early on Amy was going to make a great vet, and so we wanted her on board with us as a new grad vet as soon as she qualified.
Amy thoroughly enjoys diagnosing and treating pets and looking after them through to recovery.
She loves seeing patients back post-operatively, knowing that she has contributed to that progress and wellness.

Outside of work, Amy loves to spend time outdoors with her 10-year-old Tri paw Springer Spaniel called Tilly. Amy also enjoys adventuring with friends doing activities such as camping and paddle boarding.

 
 
 

Registered Veterinary Nurses

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Freya Keogh RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse 

Freya has been a member of the Northwich Vets' team for the past 8 years. She started her time in the practice as a work experience student and worked her way up from student veterinary nurse to registered veterinary nurse to head nurse. Freya completed her nursing qualification at Reasheath College gaining a level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Freya was appointed Head Veterinary Nurse in 2022 and has since made a huge contribution to the growth and development of the practice. Alongside her head nurse 'duty', Freya is also a clinical coach to our nursing students and loves to see how her knowledge and experience are impacting the clinical development of others.

Within practice, Freya has a good interest in nutrition and enjoys educating clients on the diet requirements of their pets, feeding regimes and much more. Patient care and emergency procedures are also a passion of Freya's as she is keen to develop her knowledge and skills in new areas of practice with complex cases.
Freya has a small dog called Pippa, 3 cats and a horse. She enjoys spending time outside, going for walks and embracing the great outdoors! When not outdoors or caring for 'Goldie' her horse, Freya loves a cosy night in.

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Nina Blanck RVN

Nina has been part of the Northwich Vets Team since 2018. She completed her Degree in Veterinary Nursing at Nottingham Trent University in 2020.
In 2023, Nina achieved a distinction in the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Diploma in Feline Nursing. She has helped us to maintain our silver cat-friendly clinic and is the feline advocate for the practice.

Nina loves all aspects of her job, and although her main passion is feline behaviour and nursing, she enjoys working alongside all the different species that we see at Northwich Vets! You may have met Nina in the consulting room, as she loves running nurse clinics, so much so that she is currently undertaking a certificate in consulting!

Outside of work, Nina and her partner enjoy spending time with their families and are partial to an annual holiday (or two!). Nina has two gorgeous black rescue cats, Benjamin, and Bettie.

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Ellie Susca RVN

Ellie Joined the practice in 2021 after spending 18 months as a Veterinary Care Assistant at a Veterinary Cardiology Specialist. At the end of 2023, Ellie completed her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough College after completing her training and successfully qualified gaining 100% in her OSCE exams!

In practice, Ellie's interests lie in nursing advanced and emergency surgeries, in particular orthopaedics. She loves seeing a case through from start to finish and gets much joy out of seeing patients back to their normal, happy selves. Ellie also has an interest in nutrition and recently completed the Hills Ambassador Program. In future, Ellie would like to complete her Advanced Nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Outside of work, Ellie loves to spend time in the outdoors with her pride and joy 'Lenny and Rosie', her two border terriers, as well as adventuring the Lakes and Scotland with her partner. At any other time, Ellie has successfully competed with her horse, Kevin.

Victoria Campbell-Wright RVN

Vic joined the practice almost 10 years ago and started as a Student Veterinary Nurse. She completed her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Reasheath College. Vic has now been qualified for 5 years and is a valuable member of the team.

Vic enjoys many aspects of her job, but she has a keen interest in carrying out theatre duties such as monitoring anaesthetics and scrubbing into surgery. She also enjoys working in the lab, whether that be, packaging samples for external analysis, running urine tests or doing blood smears. Vic is the go-to person when it comes to our in-house lab machines and lab orders.

In her free time outside of work, Vic loves to spend time with her husband and toddler. They go for regular days out to the zoo, local cafes and parks. Vic has always had a passion for animal care, growing up around an array of pets such as bloodhounds, guinea pigs, mice & stick insects. She is currently a cat mum to Simon and Eric. In particular, Vic loves large breed dogs and had a lovely Bullmastiff called 'Milly'.

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Jessica Crump RVN

Jess has been part of Northwich Vets for the last 2 and a half years and is an asset to the nursing team. Before gaining her Veterinary Nursing qualification, Jess also completed her Animal Care Assistant course at Reasheath College. Jess has many years of experience as a qualified nurse, also accomplishing other certificates and accreditations. She holds a Veterinary Nursing Exotic Species Certificate as well as an additional Herpetology Diploma.

With a keen interest in wildlife and exotics, Jess enjoys nursing the many different species that we see in practice. She holds extensive knowledge and experience with our less likely companion animals and enjoys working alongside Vet Caroline to treat and care for these patients.

Jess enjoys gardening and spending time in her woodland at home, making a diverse ecosystem for local wildlife and insects. She has discovered composting and is mindful of the individual impacts she can make in her garden to benefit the environment. As well as this, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband and walking her dog 'Roscoe'.

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Katie Ford RVN

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Amy Gamble RVN

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Charlotte Lea RVN 

Charlotte has been part of the Northwich Vets team for the past years. Before joining the team, Charlotte had enjoyed many years in referral and general practice environments before moving work closer to home. With 15 years of experience in the veterinary world, Charlotte brings great knowledge and support to the nursing team in all aspects of her job.

She is a fantastic allrounder and enjoys being a supportive role model to the nurses, being helpful, showing positivity and teaching the up-and-coming nurses her knowledge and experience. Charlotte likes helping with exotic species, as well as emergency surgical cases.

Alongside this, she enjoys spending time with inpatients and working alongside the case vet to set out nursing care plans for that patient's specific condition.
Charlotte has 2 gorgeous children, her youngest has severe learning disabilities, so much of her time outside of work is devoted to caring and looking after her daughter. Alongside this, when she can, Charlotte finds much joy in spending time in her garden, planting seeds and taking long walks through the forest. She also owns 7 guinea pigs and has a cat called Daisy.

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Katherine Warburton RVN

Kat joined the team in December 2021. Her nursing career started after gaining her Higher National Diploma in Animal Welfare and Management at Harper Adams University before completing her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Since then, Kat has also completed her BSAVA Merit Award in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation and is now working towards her Merit Award in Anaesthesia and Emergency Care.

Kat is trained on the class 4 laser that we have in practice and regularly holds laser clinics for a variety of patients and conditions. She enjoys being able to see a patient's progress through rehabilitation, as a result of her nursing interventions. As well as this, Kat enjoys getting involved in cases requiring diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound, x-ray and endoscopy.

In her free time, Kat spends time keeping fit by running, playing for her local netball team and swimming. She is a keen runner having previously completed the London, Lochness and Chicago Marathons. Kat has two adorable sibling cats called 'Jack' and 'Jill'.

 

Student Veterinary Nurses & Animal Care Assistants

Daisy Blackhurst SVN

After completing her Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Course at Reasheath College, Daisy wanted to progress with her career further, so joined the practice in 2021 to pursue her dream of becoming a Veterinary Nurse. Daisy is currently in her final year of study at Myerscough College, working towards completing her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Daisy enjoys looking after hospitalised patients, whether that be monitoring, grooming, providing enrichment, or feeding. As she progresses through her training, Daisy is discovering where her key interests lie and is continuously learning whilst on the job. As well as nursing canine and feline patients, Daisy benefits from seeing the many different exotic species we treat in practice and learning how their needs differ very much from cats and dogs.

At home, Daisy spends time looking after her 3 gerbils, cat Wanda' and 'Stanley' the Spaniel cross. Daisy plays for the local women's rugby team and regularly attends training and games in support of her team.

Emily Calder

Emily joined the team in December 2021, after completing her Level 2 Animal Care Assistant course at Eccles College in Manchester. Pursuing her career dream of becoming a veterinary nurse, Emily is looking forward to starting her Veterinary Nurse training in 2024.

After having some previous background in the veterinary environment, Emily quickly gelled with the team and has progressed fantastically over the last 2 years. She has a particular interest in inpatient care and medical cases. Emily is always there for the inpatients and can always be found on the wards. She is particularly interested in developing her knowledge around specific conditions and medical cases, and learning why and how treatments are beneficial.

Emily is a Ginger cat lover and has her own called Tinsel. She also has 2 dogs called Angel and Albie. She spends much of her free time with friends and family, enjoying meals out and cinema trips.

Ebony Piper 

At the beginning of 2023, Ebony joined the ever-growing Northwich vets' team and fulfilled the role of animal care assistant. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength in her clinical development and is looking forward to starting her Veterinary Nurse training at Myerscough College in September
2024. Before joining the team, Ebony studied at Reasheath College and completed a Veterinary Care Assistant course.

Ebony enjoys meeting all different kinds of patients but has a particular soft spot for dogs, she loves spending time getting to know them, and learning their many different personalities. Aside this, Ebony loves the lab, if she's not in the kennels looking after patients, she's running blood tests or looking at bacteria down the microscope. She belongs in a white lab coat! Ebony is very excited to start her nursing training this year and is keen to develop her knowledge around medical cases which she holds a particular interest in.

In her free time, ebony enjoys adventuring in her newly renovated camper van with her partner, whom she supports most weekends at Motorcross racing. She owns 2 French Bulldogs Roczen and Ralphy and also has a horse called Apollo.

Lucyanne Dale

Lucyanne joined the practice in 2023 after relocating to the area. She studied at the British College of Canine Studies (BCCS) completing the level 3 canine behaviour diploma and gaining a distinction. She has also gained a canine first aid and CPR certificate.

Lucyanne was previously a veterinary receptionist but chose a different career path after wanting to be able to give a more hands-on approach to animal care. She has an interest in animal behaviour and welfare and thinks the ACA role is perfect for her. Lucyanne loves working in general practice where she is continuously learning new things, where no two days are the same.

Outside of work, Lucyanne loves taking her Labrador on long walks, anywhere with water! She also likes to relax and spend quality time with family and friends, going out for food and trips to the cinema.

 
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Jean Carbery

Jean has been at the practice since the beginning of its journey, and none of us could imagine working without her. Before joining the team, Jean was a well-known reputable dog groomer for 35 years. She still enjoys occasionally grooming pets for friends and family.

Jean is a motherly figure to all in practice and is always there to help in any area. She enjoys supporting the team, ensuring that everybody is provided for and happy. It’s important to Jean that the team realise how valued they all are. Every day she supplies drinks and snacks to keep the team going before and after lunchtime (which we are all very grateful for). She is a kind and caring character, always putting other people before herself. 

In her free time, Jean enjoys baking, walking her two beautiful Labradors, sewing and renovating furniture. 

 
 

Receptionists

Dominique Peel - Client Care Coordinator

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Dominique joined the team back in 2016 after moving from Manchester, having previously been a professional singer/dancer for 10 years. Dominique’s happy-go-lucky demeanour, love for animals and passion for helping people combined, quickly enabled her to become the ‘go to’ girl on the front desk for all things client-related and she swiftly adapted to a fast-paced environment and clients’ needs.
 
In 2022, Dominique was promoted to Client care coordinator, with her passion for clear communication, business progression and client support, Dominique thrives within a management role and aims to provide support to both staff and clients and the daily running of the practice. Dominique is passionate about understanding the human condition and strives to make all interactions positive and clear, her natural warmth and dedication to going above and beyond for clients and their pets have been continuously recognised and enabled trust and development within her role.
 
In her free time, Dominique is a strong advocate for all things health and wellbeing and thoroughly enjoys many hours in the kitchen cooking and supporting her local farm shop. Her esoteric interests in astrology, astronomy and all things holistic are also a hobby she likes to study. Alongside that, she gains huge pleasure from the great outdoors, hiking, paddleboarding and wild camping are a few of her favourite things. Accompanied by friends and Georgie, her springer spaniel, the mountains are her happy place.

Danielle Couzens

BVRA Accreditation Veterinary Receptionist Award- Bronze Level

Danielle joined the Northwich Vets team 2 years ago and has adapted fantastically into a completely new role after being an Air Hostess for 14 years.

Danielle is a bubbly, warm and enthusiastic individual, who always ensures visiting clients, and their pets have a wonderful experience in the practice. She loves being able to provide the best quality service and will always go the extra mile in any way that she can. Danielle’s interests lie in canine behaviour, and this is an area she would like to potentially move into in the future. Danielle has a soft spot for black Labradors, having two of her own, you will regularly find her in the waiting room area giving all the dogs lots of cuddles, as she describes it as ‘the best part of the job’.

Outside of work, Danielle invests all her time with her young family and of course her gorgeous Labradors ‘Geoff and Frank’. She’s a self confessed busy bee and has a colourful life, always enjoying the simple things life has to offer. In any occasional spare time (Which is not often for our Dan) She enjoys running, baking, hiking trips with her friends and of course her annual trip to Cornwall, Marrying a Cornish man, this is Dan’s happy place and being by the sea.

Nicola Elcoat

BVRA Accreditation Veterinary Receptionist Award – Bronze Level

Nicola joined the practice in September 2018, after a long 17-year stint at her old practice, she decided it was time for pastures new.

Nicola has a talent for strong organisation and incredible memory which contributes massively to her skills of being a super-efficient receptionist. Nic remembers the little details and clients can depend on her with any queries they may have. Always willing to listen, you can guarantee Nic will assist you efficiently in any of your requests, as well as enjoying the social interaction that comes with the job and building up relationships with them and their pets.

In her spare time, Nicola enjoys spending time with her family and trying out new local places to eat with her friends. Nic loves a social event and any Northwich vets get together out of work you will find her as the life and soul of the party. She is an avid Manchester City Fan and loves to watch games at the Etihad when she can. Nicola has a lovely little Jackawawa called Babara (Jack Russel x Chihuahua) and a cat called Michael who tolerates Babs when he has to.

Jodi Beckett 

BVRA Accredited Veterinary Receptionist award – Bronze Level

Jodi’s previous background was in care work for many years, before she decided to have a complete change in direction and joined Northwich back in 2015, she has been with us ever since.

Jodi is kind, caring and a lovely calming influence on reception. She enjoys getting to know clients and their pets, and with 8 years here at Northwich vets under her belt, it’s safe to say she is familiar with lots of our lovely clients and their pets. Jodi enjoys all aspects of her role but displays a particular interest in the exotic cases we have here, whether that be birds, reptiles or small furries, you’ll find Jodi asking questions to our vet Caroline and happy to hold the varied species we see.

Outside of work, Jodi enjoys the sunshine (on the rare occasion we get it) gardening and spending time with her big family. Days out with her granddaughter are particularly treasured and holidays abroad are also a firm favourite.

Rachael Taylor

After 13 years in the NHS working as an Operations Manager at a doctor's surgery, Rachael decided to swap humans for animals and hasn't looked back. Rachael joined the team in April 2023 and has since adapted brilliantly to the veterinary environment.

Rachael loves meeting our lovely clients and their pets, especially Dachshunds! She is a kind, happy and compassionate character, always there to help where she can. She has a particular soft spot for our geriatric patients and loves to give them a cuddle when they visit.

Outside of work, Rachael loves gardening and walking, she spends most weekends outdoors when she can. She enjoys travelling and loves a holiday on a cruise ship. Rachael loves to spend time with her husband and two sons. She owns a 14-year-old dachshund called 'Lois' who is her best friend.

Sarah Lesley

After 32 years as a primary school teacher, Sarah decided to change her career path, to give herself a new challenge. Joining our team in November 2023, Sarah has made amazing progress and has settled well into the Northwich Vets team.

Sarah has adapted very nicely to her new role and is enjoying progression within it. She enjoys working in a friendly and supportive environment and being able to meet our clients and their pets. Sarah is a friendly and sociable lady, who enjoys being able to support and assist people in whatever ways she can. She is looking forward to continuing to develop her skills within the world of veterinary.

Sarah is a cat advocate and has her black beauty called 'Baggy'. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the kitchen, baking and cooking, she also likes reading, cross-stitching and catching up with friends.