Meet our Valuable Team

Our Vets

“All RCVS-registered veterinary surgeons have achieved an educational qualification that meets our registration requirements. In addition, those practising in the UK agree to abide by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons and commit to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, by means of continuing professional development.”

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Caroline Purnell
Senior Veterinary Surgeon
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I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998 and then spent 2 ½ years working in mixed animal practice in Pontefract before choosing to move across the Pennines to Lancashire and joining PetMedics in 2001, where I worked in all their practices and spent many years based at the emergency care centre.

I decided to open my own practice in order to provide the high standards of quality and care every pet and their owner deserves, and am proud to have had the opportunity to do so with my best friend and husband Lloyd Davies.

I have a strong interest in all aspects of veterinary care especially in dermatology, rabbit medicine and surgery, acupuncture, and chronic pain management in our pets.

I live with my husband, Lloyd Davies; son, Lewys; and our every expanding pet family (4 cats – Freddie, Bicky, Shift and Striper; dog Archie, and newly acquired tropical fish). Although we have no rabbits at the present time, Kay Waugh from Bunny Hop Rescue is trying hard to rectify the situation!

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Lloyd Davies
Senior Veterinary Surgeon
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As a farmer’s son I have always had a strong interest in working with animals, and have wanted to be a vet since the age of 3.

I qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998, where I met Caroline on the first Friday of the first week of the five year course.

I spent my first 7 years as a vet working in mixed (large and small animal) practices, before concentrating on small animal medicine and surgery. I then spent 5 years working nights in a dedicated emergency medicine practice before deciding to open my own practice with my wife Caroline.

I have a strong interest in all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and especially enjoy dermatology, as well as soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

I live with my wife, son and our mad pet family consisting of 4 cats, bonkers dog and tropical fish at this present time – but who knows who will be joining us in the future!

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Rick Appleton
Veterinary Surgeon
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After graduating from Liverpool in 2010 I spent 18 months in mixed practice in the Lincolnshire Wolds before pursuing small animal work in East Lancashire for 3 years, then joining the My Pets Vets team at the start of 2015.

I enjoy all aspects of first opinion and emergency medicine, but have developed a keen interest in surgery and have recently been expanding my orthopaedic surgery skills. I also have a degree in Veterinary pathology, so I can often be found looking at samples under the microscope.

I am a volunteer vet for PAWS (Paxos Animal Welfare Society), based on the Greek Island of Paxos, which I try to visit annually to assist with the neutering of stray animals and provide on-island emergency treatment.

When I’m not working I can be found bouldering, rock climbing, hiking or travelling. At home I have an elderly cat called Kyle.

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Paul Lightbody
Veterinary Surgeon
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David Cummings
Veterinary Surgeon
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I have spent most of my life living in Glasgow, where I have been working with animals since I was 12 years old. My passion for medicine grew when I started volunteering at my local small animal practice at the age of 14.

Finally, after years of hard work, I graduated from Glasgow University as a vet in 2017.
After graduating I decided that I wanted to try somewhere different, so came exploring down to Manchester where I found my first official job in ‘My Pets Vets’.

Have absolutely loved it from the first moment I spent here with such a friendly and supportive team. I have never met such a vibrant, dedicated and caring group of people who I look forward to continuing to work with, doing our best for all of your pets!

I currently live just outside of Manchester with a friend and my old cat Gladis, who I couldn’t resist adopting after finding out she was alone and looking for a home when I moved here. I spend most of my free time seeing friends, watching films, going for walks and ‘attempting’ to visit the gym….

Will hopefully see you around the practice at some point!

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Diogo Dias
Veterinary Surgeon
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Emma Kinney
Veterinary Surgeon
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I have lived in sunny Glasgow all my life and graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Shortly after this I decided to up my roots and move to the North West of England for my first job in practice.

I have stayed here ever since and joined My Pets Vets in December 2017 where I am particularly enjoying pursuing my interests in small animal medicine and ultrasonography. I am currently undertaking a post graduate certificate in Small Animal Medicine which is both very interesting and rewarding.

I live with my Prestonian fiance, Craig and our three pets. We got engaged in Disney World in September 2018 and are enjoying planning our wedding although I’m doing most of the planning!

Together we have a very friendly but very energetic 8 month old Border Terrier named Matilda, a geriatric long-suffering cat named Muffin and our newest feline addition, Bramble.

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Mateusz Śnieżek
Veterinary Surgeon
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I’m originally from Poland where I graduated from the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. Right after obtaining my degree I started my internship in Malta. After that I pursued my veterinary career in both Poland and in the UK at the same time. My journey with My Pets Vets started in 2018 and I loved it from the very beginning. I am keen on admitting my work never feels like work – I love what I do and I am so grateful that every day, I am given the opportunity to work with an incredible team, that is passionate about high-quality emergency care.

In My Pets Vets I do only night shifts, because my area of interest is Emergency and Critical Care.

I love to learn new stuff that’s why in my spare time I try to accommodate more advanced techniques and improve the skills I have already learnt.

When I am not working, I try to travel as much as it’s possible. Travelling is my true passion. I’m the type of a person who can’t stay at home so you will usually find me at the gym, spending time with family and friends or playing with my Frenchies – Angelina and Joey.

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Grace Peters
Veterinary Surgeon
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I am originally from southern Ireland and qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2014. After spending some time in Shropshire and on the Wirral I joined the MPV team in early 2018.

I love all things surgical and I’m at my happiest in theatre. I have a keen interest in brachycephalic surgery and I get a huge satisfaction in seeing an improvement in my patient’s lives.

I live locally with my fiance and our dogs Jasper the whippet, Twiglet the patterdale terrier mix and Loki the lurcher puppy as well as Izzy the cat who is the boss of them all! Both Twiglet and Loki have come home though work and I love the ability to give a rescued (and in Twig’s case an abused) animal a second chance.

Our Veterinary Nursing Team

“Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals.

Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction.”

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George Aspey
Registered Veterinary Nurse – Head Nurse
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I have been working in veterinary practice since 2010. I have worked in a variety of practices from first opinion through to emergency and referral hospitals. Having gained a wide range of experience I started working as a locum nurse at the beginning of 2018, which lead me here to My Pets Vets.

I was offered the position of Head Nurse in June 2018 which has provided me with a whole new challenge of both management and clinical nursing work. My favourite aspects of being a veterinary nurse are anaesthesia and surgical nursing, and being an in house clinical coach for trainee nurses.

Outside of work I have 2 old cats of my own, Eddie and Gizmo, who are both quite elderly.

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Stephanie Waddington
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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Toni Rowland
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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After concentrating on running my own business and raising my two children for the past 10 years, I decided it was time to do something for myself. So in the July of 2015 I started off on a completely new career path by volunteering at MPV.

From day one of working at the practice I knew I’d made the right choice and after just a few weeks I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity of becoming an SVN and started my training at ProCo in September 2015.

I absolutely love the time I spend with the patients and thanks to the help from my colleagues I am learning new skills every day.

All of the team at MPV are so supportive and I couldn’t be more grateful to Caroline and Lloyd for giving me this opportunity. I qualified as a RVN in 2018.

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Claire Symes
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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I joined My Pets Vets in August 2017 after working in veterinary referrals. I love working here, the team and patients are amazing. I graduated from Myerscough in 2016 and have since started another course which is a certificate in emergency and critical care, which I am really enjoying.

I have a number of furry friends at home, a Cockapoo called Rolo, a chihuaua called Romeo, two Guinea pigs, Frankie and Benny, Ollie the cat and a horse called Arnie.

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Izzy Yates
Student Veterinary Nurse
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I started working here at My Pets Vets in June 2016 after completing voluntary work with the practice.

Before joining the team I graduated from the University of Cumbria with a degree in animal conservation science in 2011. Since graduating I have volunteered with the WLCT park rangers helping maintain the local parks for both people and wildlife.

I am excited to say that I have nearly completed my Veterinary Nurse training with My Pets Vets and ProCo.

I adopted a cat named Walter who came in as a stray while volunteering. I have also hand reared a kitten who never left named Winnie.

I am hugely enjoying my work here at My Pets Vets and getting to work with a great team.

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Nicci Seddon
Student Veterinary Nurse
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I’ve been in the veterinary industry for approx 1 1/2 decades, from receptionist duties to nursing.

I am also a qualified phlebotomist, which I did as a gap stop from veterinary. I am also a City & Guilds qualified dog groomer.

I have 2 pets of my own, “Princess Bolly Knickers” is my 4 year old Springer Spaniel, whom I saved from being put to sleep at 4 months, and my Conamara Pony “Brea” , also 4years old, who takes up all my time – but wouldnt have it any other way!!

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Maria Hibbert
Student Veterinary Nurse
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I started working as a Student Veterinary Nurse at My Pets Vets in June 2017 and then in 2018, I studied a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing at Newton Rigg College in Penrith.

I have lived on a farm all my life, which has given me experience with a variety of animals such as livestock, equines and exotics. I have a cheeky pony called Bramble, and a beautiful cat called Princess. I also have a meerkat called Merlin, along with all the other animals at the farm.

I have been given a great opportunity to do what I love, which is treating and caring for animals.

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Jenny O'Neil
Student Veterinary Nurse
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I previously worked in emergency and referral clinics for the past 10 years as a veterinary care assistant before being given the opportunity to train to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse with My Pets Vets.

I love that no day is ever the same and that I can follow a patient’s journey from start to finish. I have a keen interest in emergency and critical care as you never know what’s going to come through the door. I truly couldnt imagine myself doing a more rewarding job.

At home I have a crossbreed who I rescued at 5 weeks old. She is a ball of energy and keeps me on my toes.

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Andrea Peake
Trainee Veterinary Nurse
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Hi, I am Andrea. I started working in a pet shop many moons ago. I qualified in animal management, then went on to work mainly on an open access farm. I have looked after a wide variety of animals from small mammals, cats and dogs, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys, wallabies, rheas, poultry, wild and water fowl, aviary birds along with the odd raptor, plus turtles and terrapins. I have also kept marine aquariums.

My main spare time revolves around my horse. I love to get her out as much as possible.

Caroline, Lloyd and the team have given me a fantastic opportunity to further develop and expand my knowledge, and I hope to meet you all along the way.

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Gail Devine
Veterinary Care Assistant
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Although formally from an artistic illustration and graphic design background, I have been blessed and honored over the years to share my home life with dogs,cats and rabbits. I currently share my home with 3 house rabbits whom I adore and who have me wrapped around their furry little paws.

In 2011 I started working for My Pets Vets, when it was first established, initially employed as a cleaner. I progressed on to become a qualified Veterinary Care Assistant almost 2 years ago.

I am extremely passionate about the nursing and care of pets and have a particular passion for rabbit medicine and care. I enjoy meeting owners and believe it is an honor to be entrusted to play a part in the provision of healthcare for their pets.

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Amanda Carter
Veterinary Nurse
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Zara Clephane
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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I have always been passionate about animals and grew up with a house full including my first pony who I still have who is in his 20’s. To add to him I also have 2 rescue dogs a 3 legged cat and 2 rescue guinea pigs.

I started working as a veterinary nurse in 2007. I qualified in 2010 and moved to the Manchester area in 2011 to help look after a relative. Whilst here I met my husband Dave and we now have two lovely little boys Alex and Phillip.

I started at My Pets Vets in July after returning from maternity leave.
I have a passion for wound management and have completed a course to give me the best knowledge on how to help your pet heal as quickly as possible. I also enjoy emergency and critical care and have worked in practices specialising in this field.

I love to teach and be taught and so have a keen interest in teaching our student nurses whilst also starting a medical nursing certificate to further my knowledge and better help your pets.

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Julie Potter
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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Katrina Leyland
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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Sarah Prior
Sarah Prior
Veterinary Care Assistant
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I became part of this amazing team at My Pets Vets in December 2017 after volunteering throughout the year. I have always wanted to work in the veterinary industry and after completing an animal care diploma at college and a foundation degree in equine science and therapy at university, Caroline and Lloyd gave me this fantastic opportunity and I could not be more grateful.

I now have my dream career ahead of me and I’m so excited for what the future may bring.

Our Reception Team

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Kay Waugh
Veterinary Receptionist
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Caroline Purnell has been our familie’s vet for over 14 years; we are very much a multi-pet household, we have dogs, cats and rabbits and guinea pigs and would not let anybody else treat our pets.

Caroline always takes time to get to know the pet and its owner which is just a quality you don’t find very often. I started working for Caroline at My Pets Vets in 2012 and feel over that time I have built up great relations with many of our regular clients.

Outside of work I run Bunny Hop Rescue, a sanctuary where we care for a very large number of abandoned rabbits. Bunny Hop Rescue started in November 2001 when I got a phone call asking me to take in a rabbit whose owners had moved and left him behind with a few other rabbits, unfortunately this rabbit was the only survivor but needed ongoing treatment for teeth and eye problems. Then I seemed to get phone call after phone call for rabbits that had become unwanted or even mistreated, and that is when Bunny Hop Rescue began.

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Linda Beckett
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My name is Linda and I work at My Pets Vets as a receptionist. I have worked previously as a dog groomer, so my love of animals has been reflected in my choice of jobs.

I currently share my home with Ross, my Collie Springer Cross. He’s full of beans and lots of fun to have around.

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Amy Harris
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I’ve been around animals all my life, so to become a new member of the MyPetsVets team in March 2017 is a dream come true.

When I’m not at the practice you will find me at the farm seeing to my 8 year old Morgan Horse, Springbok, who definately lives up to his name. I also have 2 German Pinschers called Ava and Spencer who keep us entertained whatever time of day it is.

In my spare time I like to bake for family and friends. I also enjoy drawing especially animals!

Rachel Quinlan
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My name is Rachel. I am one of the receptionists at MPV, which can be very challenging at times; but who doesn’t love a challenge?

I have always had a passion for animals so when Caroline, Lloyd and Pippa gave me an opportunity to achieve my goal; I jumped at the chance. This role is fulfilling to me both personally and professionally. I am so grateful to be part of a company which helps so many people and animals on a daily basis.

In my spare time I like to bake, go shopping and go out socialising with friends. I enjoy going to the gym, swimming and trying to keep fit. In 2018, I became a qualified scuba diver in Thailand when I went travelling; this was an amazing experience .

I love to see new places and experience the beauty, food and people of different cultures. I consider myself confident and to have a good sense of humour. I love working with the My Pets Vets team, they are like a second family to me.

Shaun Peters
Shaun Barlow
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I have been working in the Veterinary Industry since 2014. I’ve always loved animals – I have 2 gorgeous French Bulldogs a white boy called Franc and a Blue girl Luna.
They are my entire world and I love everything about them. Such cheeky rascals – such best of friends! So clearly I have an obsession with Frenchies!

I have been working with My Pets Vets since February 2017 and loved every moment! Caroline and Lloyd are such brilliant people to work for. More like work Mum and Dad rather than bosses (not many places you can say that about).
I work on reception at My Pets Vets and really enjoy it. I have worked in customer facing roles since 2002.

Jodie Wilson
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I have been in the veterinary industry since 2014. I have always had a passion for working with animals and have been to College and completed 2 years of animal care and aquatics.

In the photo with me is my gorgeous boy Bear and I have a little pup called Theodore to. I have a cheeky pony called Dan and a little Gerbil called Jerry who I love very much.

The team here are all amazing and I feel like part of the family!

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David Waugh
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David has put in a lot of his own time to help out with handyman jobs at My Pets Vets, and we are very appreciative of all the effort he makes.

Partner of Kay Waugh (one of our reception team), he has helped us out many times over the years and definitely qualifies as one of the My Pets Vets family.

Our Support Team

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Pippa Purnell
Practice Manager
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Having worked for 14 years in the civil service I welcomed the opportunity of a career change and joined Caroline and Lloyd as practice manager of My Pets Vets in 2016.

It’s been a steep but enjoyable learning curve and I have been able to complete my certificate in veterinary practice management and administration whilst at the practice.

When not at work I relax by running marathons or walking my two dogs Jackson and Luther.

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Lewys Davies
Happiness Coach


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Consultations by appointment

Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday: 9.30am-4.00pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10.00am-4.00pm

Outside of these consulting hours we will continue to provide our 24/7 emergency care to your pets, so please do not hesitate to contact us. Surcharges apply for out of hours service

We are proud to be a small animal RCVS accredited Practice and Hospital