Cheryl Ramsbottom-Head Nurse Bsc (Hons)-RVN, C&G Cert VNES, C-SQP

Cheryl Ramsbottom-Head Nurse Bsc (Hons)-RVN, C&G Cert VNES, C-SQP

A graduate of Harper Adams University College, Cheryl obtained her 2:1 BSc (hons) in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management in June 2011. Since qualifying in 2010 Cheryl has worked for several veterinary practices before joining our team in January 2012. She has had placements at Twycross and Blackpool zoos. Building her skills as a Registered Veterinary Nurse Cheryl completed her City and Guilds certificate in ”Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species and British Wildlife’’ in November 2013. Keen to teach the next generation Cheryl is one of our practice student nurse assessors. Cheryl is very interested in raising standards in treatment of rabbits and other small animals in veterinary practices and regularly lectures at conferences to disseminate her knowledge. She has also been asked to contribute chapters to veterinary textbooks.   Cheryl was promoted to head nurse in January 2019. In her spare times Cheryl has a keen interest in cycling, photography and watching films. She has a Spur-thighed tortoise called Buttercup, a Hermann’s tortoise called Penny and a rescue cat called Luna.

Amy Shawcross – Deputy Head Nurse : BSc (Hons) Zoology. Dip AVN (Small Animal). Dip HE CVN. C&G Cert VNES. RVN.

Amy Shawcross – Deputy Head Nurse : BSc (Hons) Zoology. Dip AVN (Small Animal). Dip HE CVN. C&G Cert VNES. RVN.

  • PositionDeputy Head Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

Amy joined the practice in September of 2011 as a qualified Veterinary Nurse. Having graduated from Liverpool University with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology Amy returned to veterinary nursing and graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in July of 2010. Working in small animal practice in both Urmston and Altrincham extended her interests and she is now involved in the care and management of long-term medical cases. In November 2014 Amy completed her City and Guilds certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species and British Wildlife. In 2019 she was promoted to deputy head nurse and has been awarded the HE Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. Amy enjoys going to restaurants, walks in the countryside and spending time with bird Peggy.

 

Gemma Gaskell – RVN

Gemma Gaskell – RVN

  • PositionQualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

Gemma joined the practice in 2014 as an auxiliary nurse after completing her BTECH in Animal Management from Hopwood Hall College in Animal Care and Management in 2012. She started her  Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing  in September 2015 at Reaseheath College and qualified in 2018. Gemma spends her spare time with friends and her cat Dexter.

Lauren Hirst-FdSc RVN, APVN(AHMW)DipVNZS.

Lauren Hirst-FdSc RVN, APVN(AHMW)DipVNZS.

  • PositionQualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

A graduate of Myerscough College, Lauren obtained her FdSc degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. Lauren joined the team in February 2017. Lauren was awarded her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing of Zoological Species and her Advance Programme of Veterinary Nursing of Avians, Herpetology, Mammals and Wildlife  in October 2019.  She has a passion for inpatient care and enjoys exploring historical landmarks and going to watch musicals in her spare time. Lauren has a menagerie of pets including 1 rabbit (Troy) , 1 cat (Derek), 1 dog (Benjie) and Pudgie the Blue Quaker Parrotlet.

Cathy Ellerbeck-Bsc(Hons) RVN, C-SQP

Cathy Ellerbeck-Bsc(Hons) RVN, C-SQP

  • PositionQualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

As a graduate of Harper Adams University College, Cathy obtained her BSc (hons) in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management degree in June 2015. Cathy worked for us from 2015-2017. After a year of working at various practices as a locum she has returned to Ashleigh in February 2018. Cathy is mainly working at our Sale branch but will be doing some shifts at Chorlton. From the RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch Cathy adopted a cat called Stanley who is now a television pet model. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with her Bichon Frise called Pippin and going to vegan restaurants

Izzy Duggan-FdSc RVN

Izzy Duggan-FdSc RVN

  • PositionQualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

Izzy graduated from Nottingham Trent University, obtaining a FdSc in Veterinary Nursing. Before joining our team in Febuary 2018, she had worked in various practices both in the Norfolk and Manchester areas. She has also volunteered at a wildlife rescue centre in Greece. Her hobbies include running and going to the gym. Izzy has two rabbits called Babe and Freckle as well as a Poodle called Poppy.

Gemma Birchall – RVN

Gemma Birchall – RVN

  • PositionQualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

Gemma gained at 2:1 in her wildlife conservation degree as Salford University in 2012, before joining the team as an auxiliary nurse in May 2015. She previously worked at the cat’s protection and Chessington World of Adventure as an animal keeper. In 2016 Gemma started her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Reaseheath College and qualified in 2019. She has two pet whippets, Dre and Pac, two rats, who cats Crumpet and Franklin and a Chihuahua cross breed called Mitch.

Amy Blair-FdSc RVN

Amy Blair-FdSc RVN

  • PositionQualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

Amy graduated from Myerscough College, obtaining an FdSc in Veterinary Nursing in July 2017. She joined our team in March 2019 and has a keen interest in exotic species and surgery. Her hobbies include martial arts and attending comic con event. She has a menagerie of exotic pets including, Freya the Iguana, Troy the Chinchilla, Luna the Bearded Dragon, Monty the Royal Python and not forgetting Fergie the Greek spur thighed tortoise.

Alison Gardwell- FdSc RVN

Alison Gardwell- FdSc RVN

  • PositionQualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Department

Alison was awarded her Veterinary Nursing foundation degree in July 2019 and is currently working towards making it a Bsc(Hons)degree.  Alongside this she has also started her International Society of Feline Medicine ( ISFM) Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour.  Alison is also our Bereavement Pet Supporter. In her spare time she enjoys reading, especially on the train from Liverpool each day to work. She has a clowder of five cats called Posh paws, Fred, Dorris, Asha and Sisu.

Holly Wright- Student Veterinary Nurse

Holly Wright- Student Veterinary Nurse

Holly worked as a pet care assistant before joining our team in November 2016. At University she gained a BSc(hons) degree in Animal Studies at Glyndwr. In 2018 she started her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough College. Holly has a cat called Eric and a Border Collie called Milo. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit at the gym and spending time with her friends and family.

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