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Directors & Management

Steven J. Baxter

Steven J. Baxter

BVSc DBR MRCVS - Director

Steven qualified from Liverpool University in 1981 and came to the practice shortly after graduation.At that time, this was a two vet practice and it has grown steadily since then.Steven studied for and gained the D.B.R. (Diploma in Bovine Reproduction) from Liverpool in 1996 and has a special interest in cattle fertility.He became Senior Partner in 2005.Steven is married to Jill with one daughter, Lucy. Outside of work, Steven enjoys cycling, skiing and enjoys a nice red wine.

Anna J. Whitehead

Anna J. Whitehead

BVet Med Cert. SHP MRCVS - Director

Anna graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2000, joining the practice shortly after. She is from a Yorkshire farming background, and her parents are mixed sheep, beef and arable farmers.Anna's interest in farming stems from this, and she had her own flock of pedigree Charolaise sheep for many years. She holds a certificate in sheep health and production, and in advanced veterinary practice.She enjoys all aspects of mixed practice, whether it being out on farm calls, consulting or operating in the surgery. Anna and her husband have two young daughters and a pet dog.

Robin J. Brown

Robin J. Brown

BVM&S, MRCVS – Director

Robin is originally from Fife, Scotland and graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College at the University of Edinburgh in 2000. He began his professional career at a mixed practice in the Fylde, where he worked for eight years, before joining our practice in 2008. Robin still lives in the Fylde with his wife Rosemary, a Fylde farmer's daughter, and their two children Matilda and Angus. Robin spends most of his time working in the farm animal department and at our branch surgery in Wesham, where he enjoys the variety of small animal consulting.

Rachel Dennison

Rachel Dennison

BVSc Cert AVP MRCVS - Director

Rachel is a local lass and started 'seeing practice' here from the age of 14.She graduated with distinction from the University of Liverpool in 2011, joining the practice shortly after. Rachel has a particular interest in small animal surgery and achieved a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2015. Outside of work Rachel enjoys both playing and watching rugby.

Sadie Halliwell

Sadie Halliwell

Surgeon BVSc, MRCVS - Director

As the daughter of a local farming family, Sadie regularly saw practice during the holidays at White and Baxter (now Ribble Vets). After graduation, she worked for 3 years in a mixed practice in Northumberland and then as a large animal vet during the calving season in New Zealand. On returning to the UK she took a temporary 3 month locum position as a mixed vet at White and Baxter and was still there six years later! Sadie left to get married and start a family during which time she worked part time as a small animal vet in Southport. In 2006 she returned to our practice and has since developed her professional interests in diagnostics (radiology and ultrasound), medicine and soft tissue surgery. Out of work she spends most of her time on Mum duties, either as a taxi service or cheering beside a hockey pitch, for her twin daughters.

Nicky Birch HVN/PM

Nicky Birch HVN

Dip AVN (Surg), (Med), RVN, CertSAN, VNMA (Rehab & Physio), MBVNA, Certified K Laser Clinician

Head Veterinary Nurse and practice Manager

Nicky joined the practice in September 2009. She previously spent 5 years in a small animal practice and 17 years working for a small animal charity.Nicky is a Registered Veterinary Nurse with further qualifications in Veterinary Nurse training, small animal nutrition, small animal behaviour, advanced medical and surgical nursing, K laser therapy and hydrotherapy.She is particularly interested in anything feline, equine or caprine (goat related!).She owns a variety of animals, including cats, horses, hens and pygmy goats, and lives with her husband and son. Nicky can be emailed on nicky@ribblevets.co.uk.

Veterinary Surgeons

Sarah Burndred

Sarah Burndred

BVSc MRCVS

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah graduated in 2002 from Newcastle University with a degree in Applied Biology and then proceeded to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, qualifying in 2006.After graduation, she returned to her roots in Lancashire and has spent time in both mixed and small animal practice before starting a family.She returned to work as a locum vet in 2013 and has since settled as a permanent member of staff at Ribble Vets where she enjoys being part of such an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and forward-thinking team.Her particular interests lie in small animal ophthalmology, ultrasonography and acupuncture. Outside work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and their 5 year old daughter, who loves to help with baking and gardening.

Jessica Dawson

Jessica Dawson

BVSc MRCVS

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Jessica is from Lancashire, and graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2016. She spent her first year in practice as a mixed vet, but is now specialising in small animal work. Her particular interests are orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging.When not working she enjoys baking, playing hockey, hiking and exploring the countryside.

Charlotte Aspinwall

Charlie (Charlotte) Aspinwall

BSc (Hons) BVetMedCertAVPPGCertVPS MRCVS

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Charlie qualified in 2010 from the Royal Veterinary College. She grew up in the South-East, but moved to Lancashire to be with her now husband, and because it's better. She has a ridiculous cat, Kenny, chickens, a duck called Brendan, and a small human called Rowan. She doesn't have a lot of spare time, but if she did, she enjoys photography, knitting and working in her allotment. She travels as much as she is able, and so often isn't actually here, and has just bought a campervan so has lots of adventures planned. She has a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, with a special interest in small animal medicine.

Marta Pietrzak

Marta Pietrzak

MRCVS lek. wet

Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon

Marta is from Poland and graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences in February 2017.In her free time Marta enjoys reading books and spending time with her two lovely cats Tiger and Rusty.

MikolajPerszko

MikolajPerszko

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Farm Veterinary Surgeons

Tiffany Horn

Tiffany Horn

MRCVS BVSc

Farm Veterinary Surgeon

Tiffany is originally from Lancaster and grew up on a dairy and sheep farm. Graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2017.She is keen to be involved in all aspects of farm work with a particular interest in pig and goat medicine. Outside work Tiffany enjoys baking, walking her Shih Tzu ‘Poppy’ and helping out on her dads pig farm.

Ben Foley

Ben Foley

BVM BVS BVMedSci MRCVS

Farm Veterinary Surgeon – Team Leader

Ben was born and raised in Lancashire, growing up in the rural village of Dolphinholme. Going to school in Lancaster he later graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015. Ben was our first dedicated large animal vet at the practice and has a keen interest in cattle herd health. In his free time Ben plays squash and enjoys days out in the Lake District.

Charlotte Chapman

Charlotte Chapman

BVSc MRCVS

Farm Veterinary Surgeon

Charlotte joined the team after graduating from Bristol University in 2016. After working 12 months in mixed practice, Charlotte is looking forward to focusing solely on Farm animal practice. Charlotte enjoys all aspects of work, particularly dairy and looks forward to developing her skills in nutrition and herd health. Outside of work Charlotte enjoys spending time with Wilson her three-legged cat, hiking and visiting family and friends.

Nursing Team

Christine Clarke

Christine Clarke

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Medical Team Leader

Christine qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1995 and has always worked in Small Animal practice. She gained a nursing certificate in dermatology whilst working with a veterinary dermatologist at her previous practice.Her areas of interest are lab work/dermatology and she enjoys consulting and running the practice nurse clinics.She has a deaf rescue cat and a border terrier who she enjoys walking in her spare time.

Nicola Martyniak

Nicola Martyniak

Registered Veterinary Nurses

Surgical Team Leader

Nicola qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1996. She joined our practice in 2011 after taking a career break to raise her family. She has a keen interest in dog breeding, and successfully bred and raised a litter of nine Labrador pups. Nicola lives in Preston with her husband, four children, two Labradors and 2 guinea pigs.

Sami Taylor

Sami Taylor

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sami joined team Ribble in 2013 as a Student Veterinary Nurse, since then she has completed her degree at Harper Adams University, having graduated in August 2016 to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Sami has a keen interest in farm animal nursing, complementary therapies and emergency care. Outside of work, Sami is kept busy with her rescue cat, Buster, and with her many roles within the scouting association.

Samantha Rippon

Samantha Rippon

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sam started working here in December 2016. When not at work she enjoys competing with her horses, currently numbering 5. She also has a Hungarian Vizsla called Havoc who goes hacking with her.

Sarah Robey

Sarah Robey

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sarah joined Ribble vets team in February 2017. She completed her veterinary nursing degree in 2013 through Myerscough College. Sarah enjoys nurse consults, meeting all our lovely patients and their humans. Sarah belongs to Misa, a feisty 1yr old DSH. (Sent to Check)

Caroline Stafford

Caroline Stafford

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Caroline is a registered veterinary nurse who graduated in September 2016 from Harper Adams University. She joined the practice in 2013 as a student veterinary nurse. Caroline is from a farming background as she grew up on the family sheep farm and therefore has a particular interest in sheep especially at lambing time. She has a variety of animals at the family home including her own dog Eric, a little border terrier x Jack Russell, who goes everywhere with her. Other hobbies include attending agricultural shows and vintage steam fairs which take up most of her weekends.

Michelle Bryson

Michelle Bryson

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Michelle has been with the practice since 2000. Formerly our Head Nurse, she now works part-time and we find her knowledge, experience and calming presence are of invaluable use to our trainees. Michelle is a busy mum to two young children and is also a fitness fanatic and enjoys caravan holidays with her family.

Kerry Molloy

Kerry Molloy

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kerry began voluntary work in 2005 as a weekly work placement while attending an animal management course at Myerscough College. She began Veterinary Nurse training in 2008 and qualified in 2011. Kerry currently has two cats, three rabbits and fish and two lovely children.

Kim Farnworth

Kim Farnworth

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Deanna Hartley-Davis

Deanna Hartley-Davis

Student Veterinary Nurse

Deanna came to the practice in 2014 as a volunteer wanting a career change. She is now a Registered Veterinary Nurse having studied while working at the practice. She enjoys all aspects of her job and loves the variety of patients we see at Ribble Vets. She has a 5 year old crossbreed dog called Gilbert.

Charlotte Lonsdale

Charlotte Lonsdale

Student Veterinary Nurse

Charlotte joined Ribble Vets in November 2016 to complete her FdSc Veterinary Nursing degree training and is currently nearing the end of her second year of training. She has two Patterdale Terriers, Coco and Mozie, and a Tortoiseshell cat called Flash. In her spare time she enjoys taking her dogs to the beach,cheerleading, spending time with family and friends and outward bound activities.

Samantha Sweeney

Samantha Sweeney

Auxiliary Nurse

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Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Student Veterinary Nurse

Rachel is a student veterinary nurse on her placement year here at Ribble vets. She has a strong passion for helping care for all animals brought into the practice and a lot of ambition. At home, she has two golden retrievers who make her very happy. In her spare time she walks the dogs a lot and enjoys socialising with friends. (sent to check)

Colette Kilroy

Colette Kilroy

Auxiliary Nurse

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Katie Leonard

Katie Leonard

Auxiliary Nurse

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Danielle Keats

Danielle Keats

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Danielle joined the practice in 2017 as a receptionist, shortly after this she joined the nursing team as a qualified RVN. One of her passions is to provide excellent inpatient care to hospitalised animals alongside hand rearing neonates, she finds it incredibly rewarding and worthwhile. Outside of work, Danielle has many interests including taking her dogs Oleg and Nala to see different places, near and far.

Leann Green

Leann Green

CertVNECC

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Leann is from Blackpool and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 from Myerscough College. She completed the Vets Now Emergency and Critical Care Certificate in 2016 and has now started the Advanced Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing. Leann has two cats at home, one with special needs who requires lots of extra support and TLC. In her spare time, Leann enjoys playing netball and walking in the lakes.

Natalie Benyon

Natalie Benyon

Auxiliary Nurse

Natalie joined the practice in 2004, originally as a receptionist. In 2018 she joined the nursing team as a Nurse Auxiliary. She had previously volunteered at the RSPCA in her native South Africa for a number of years. Natalie is a qualified dog groomer and has a keen interest in dog behaviour and training. At home, she has a large variety of pets including cats, dogs, guinea pigs and fish - as well as a husband and two children!

Reception & Administration Team

Caroline Thompson

Caroline Thompson

BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Head of Client Services

Caroline graduated from Myerscough Agricultural College with BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare in 2002. She has been with the practice since 2003 and has been Head Receptionist since 2010. Caroline is from a farming background and has been around animals all her life. She has bred, kept and trained Border Collies for working trials and has currently three Border Collies. Caroline is also a Provisional Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. She keeps up to date with new techniques and research by regularly attending seminars and conferences and is always happy to offer help and advice on pet behaviour issues.

Zoe Ramsden

Zoe Ramsden

Accounts

Zoe joined Ribble Vets in 2015 but has spent most of her working life in varying accounts roles with large corporate organisations so being at a vets is something different and challenging for her. She enjoys visiting new countries, camping and is part of a ladies pool team. Whilst mostly having lived in towns, she now lives with her partner on his parent’s farm and they have 2 dogs and a parakeet.

Hollie Ascroft

Hollie Ascroft

Receptionist

Hollie joined the practice in January 2018 and works at our Penwortham, Longton and Leyland branches.She has been a client with us for many years with both equine and small animals. In the future she would like to do her Veterinary Nurse training. Her spare time is spent with her 3 horses (George, Blossom and Rossi) and 4 dogs (Teddy, Lola, George and Betty).

Rachel Gouveia

Rachel Gouveia

Receptionist

Rachel has worked at Ribble Vets since 2005, before coming here she taught Horse Riding. Rachel enjoys all aspects of her Job especially getting to know our clients and their pets and is always happy to help. Rachel worked full time until having her children in 2011 and 2013, she now works part time at our main branch in Penwortham.

Shirley Ackers

Shirley Ackers

Receptionist

Shirley joined us in July 2010 when we opened our Wesham branch.Shirley is well suited to her role as Receptionist as she enjoys meeting & greeting clients old & new and takes great satisfaction from providing good customer service.Shirley is married with 2 grown up children and 2 granddaughters.She is an animal lover of all kinds and enjoys walking the family Miniature Pincsher Leon. Outside of work her interests include walking in the great outdoors (anything related to nature) and has a keen interest in photography.

Grace Chessell

Shirley Ackers

Receptionist

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Jackie Hind

Jackie Hind

Reception Team Leader

Jackie joined the practice as a receptionist in October 2014. She came from a background of office work and has applied her skills to the everyday running of reception and is now Reception Team Leader. Jackie also has a very calming influence on all those around her. Jackie has two cats at home but loves dogs just as much and will often be found cuddling pets that come into the practice. Outside of work, Jackie enjoys badminton, cycling and films.

Sarah Ainsworth

Sarah Ainsworth

Receptionist

Sarah been a member of the Ribble Vets reception team since February 2015.She enjoys all aspects of her job but her favourite has to be meeting the clients and their lovely pets especially if she gets the opportunity for a cuddle and play. She lives with her fiancé and two daughters along with her Border Terrier, Jinny and four fish.If it was up to her she would have a houseful of pets but Jinny likes to be a dog on her own!

Donna Cooper

Donna Cooper

Receptionist

Donna started working at the Wesham office in February 2015, but has been known to pop up in Penwortham office on a regular basis and enjoys meeting the many clients and their pets at both surgeries. She has a rescue German Wirehaired Pointer called Lola who keeps both her and her husband fit with lots of walks. They have a motorhome and in any spare time off, they load up and travel all over, usually abroad, although they have been to lots of lovely places in Britain.

Jeanette Westney

Jeanette Westney

Receptionist

Jeanette joined the Reception Team at Ribble Vets in November 2016 on a part- time basis. She enjoys learning new things and loves meeting clients and their pets. Having been a client herself with Ribble Vets for 30 years with various pets it is lovely she has joined the team. She has 3 grown up children a grandson and a large Labradoodle called Alfie, all of which keep her busy in what spare time she has.

Tracy Bowett

Tracy Bowett

Receptionist

Tracy joined Ribble Vets in December 2016 as a part time member of the Reception team. Originally from Longton, she has been a client of Ribble Vets for a number of years. Tracy has a teenage son and two Yorkshire Terriers. A love of animals makes this the perfect job for her.

Diane Crookham-Burke

Diane Crookham-Burke

Receptionist

Diane joined Ribble Vets in October 2012 and works Part-Time at our Longton and main surgery in Penwortham. Diane has a teenage son, two dogs Timmy the Shih Tzu and Millie a West Highland Terrier. In her spare time you will find her pitch side at her favourite football stadium or watching live music.

Chloe Seed

Chloe Seed

Receptionist

Chloe joined the practice in September 2017 having lived and grown up in Preston. She studied Health and Social Care at Newman College in Preston. She went on to work in care for 5 years, specialising in caring for the elderly with dementia. She has always craved working in a job with animals, as she has a keen interest in all animals big and small, and loves working behind reception to greet all the furries, and more often than not, giving them all cuddles.Chloe likesspending time with her boyfriend Michael and going out for long walks with his family, reading, watching scary films, and spent lots of time (and lots of cuddles) with Michael's beautiful black Labrador George.

Louise Sidgreaves

Louise Sidgreaves

Receptionist

Louise has been working as a Part Time Receptionist at our Longton Branch since 2012. She very much enjoys coming into work and offering a helping hand to all of our clients. At home she has her own pug called Arnie who she loves to take out on walks, and keeps herself busy having family time with her son, Jacob and husband Matt.

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