Meet The Team
Bernard Wynne- MVB MRCVS
Graduated in veterinary medicine and surgery from University College Dublin in June 1982. Before moving to Manchester Bernard worked in Sheffield, Dublin and London. He is a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, the Feline Advisory Bureau, and the International Society of Feline Medicine. Bernard has two main areas of input in the practice, Laboratory Medicine and Behaviour. Due to Bernard’s interest in Laboratory Medicine the practice laboratory is very well equipped, giving us quick and accurate results. His expertise in cytology can often give us instant answers, for example a tiny tissue sample from a swelling taken with a hypodermic needle will give us the information on what it is and how to treat it. Is it a harmless swelling, infection or perhaps a cancer?
The rest of us also regularly use his expertise to help interpret complex laboratory results. Bernard’s second area of special interest is in Behavior. This is a very important and often neglected area of medicine. If not rectified behavioural problems can lead to animals being unnecessarily euthanased. At home Bernard is a keen gardener with a special interest in growing Orchids and Ferns. He also has a passion for all aspects of wildlife having developed a wildlife garden at home. Bernard relaxes to classical music and is a regular attendee at concerts.
Aidan Raftery-MVB CertZooMed CBiol MRSB MRCVS
Aidan gained his veterinary degree in medicine and surgery in June 1982. After initially working in a small animal and equine veterinary hospital in South Wales he moved to a 10 vet practice in Yorkshire where he was the main specialist for orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery before coming to Ashleigh Veterinary Centre in 1987.
In 2000 he was board certified in Zoological Medicine and Surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and in 2001 he qualified as a Chartered Biologist and was granted membership of the Institute of Biology.
Aidan is currently the clinical director of the Avian and Exotic section of the practice. He is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, the British Veterinary Zoological Society, the British Veterinary Association, European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians, and the British Veterinary Invertebrate Society. He has been commissioned to write chapters for many veterinary medicine text books in the field of avian and exotic animal medicine. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, and regularly presents papers at conferences and lectures at continuing education events for veterinary surgeons.
Aidan is particularly interested in applying the skills learned from the animals kept in a captive environment, to help preserve the free ranging populations in the worlds shrinking wilderness areas.
Matt Saunby-BVSc MRCVS
Matt qualified in 1999 from Bristol University. He joined a mixed practice in the forest of Dean where he built up his general practice experiences. It wasn’t long before he realised his interests lay in the cat and dog side of the work and so built up his small animal skills. In particular Matt loves surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedics. Since joining the practice in 2003 Matt has further developed his surgical skills and now covers most of our surgical work and also takes on some referral surgeries. Most of Matt’s continuing education is spent studying the latest, most up to date surgical procedures. Matt became a partner of the practice in 2007. Previously a very keen all-round sportsman, playing for Halifax football club youths and Bristol badminton team, he was never short of exercise. However, since the start of his family his free time is somewhat reduced – most is spent doing DIY or mending things that have been broken! Ben was born in 2008, Neve in 2012 and identical twins Ella and Daisy in 2017.
Katherine Edwards-BVSc MRCVS
Kathy started with the practice in 2010 after taking a year off from veterinary medicine to travel the world. This gave her invaluable experiences which she could bring back to her working life once she returned. Having graduated from Bristol University in 2002 Kathy worked in a number of private veterinary clinics of various sizes, including a year at a clinic specializing in emergency medicine. This has enabled her to experience a wide variety of positions concentrating on different aspects of veterinary medicine. She particularly enjoys feline medicine and ultrasonography. Kathy had recently returned from maternity leave and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her little boy and partner. She has a cheeky cat called Charlie.
Lianne graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2014 and after a year as part of the “out of hours” team is now a full time member of staff. Prior to starting at the practice, Lianne gained experience working with wildlife in South Africa and currently volunteers at a local zoo. She particularly enjoys exotic animal medicine and in 2016 started her Improve International General Practitioner Certificate of Exotic Animal Practice. Outside of work Lianne enjoys riding her horse Isla. She also has two rabbits called Dexter and Shadow and Ollie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Filipe graduated in 2002 from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal. Since then has worked in exotic and small animal practices in the Lisbon area. From 2007 to 2014 Filipe was involved in teaching parasitology and wildlife/exotic medicine courses to veterinary students in Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon. He also has a keen interest in scientific illustration and has published several pieces of work. He has also been closely involved with wildlife medicine and conservation projects in Portugal. Filipe moved to the UK in early 2016 and joined the Ashleigh Veterinary Centre team in October 2016. In his free time, Filipe enjoys birdwatching, photography and long walks in the countryside. He currently has Nyx the cat, Tort-vader the tortoise and a tropical fish tank.
Faye joined our ‘’out of hours team’’ in 2015 after graduating from Liverpool University with distinction. She undertook her training placements at multiple veterinary practices throughout the UK. Faye is staying with us as a full time member of staff and has a keen interest in exotic species. In her free time she enjoys snow boarding, gym sessions and when time allows creating her own art work. Faye has a rescue cat called Tilly.
Marketa graduated in 2015 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno in Czech Republic. After working a year as part of our “out of hours” team she is now a full time member of staff. Prior to starting at the practice, Marketa practiced veterinary medicine in the UK and Czech Republic. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, horse riding and going to coffee shops.
Tiago Freitas DVM.
Tiago qualified in February 2016 with a Masters Degree from UTAD Vila Real in Portugal. He joined our “out of hours” team in 2016 and in his spare time he enjoys playing guitar.
Lucija iLičić – MRCVS
Lucija graduated in 2016 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Lucija joined our “out of hours” team in 2017. She has a keen interest in veterinary medicine and in her spare time she enjoys exploring the outdoors and watching movies.
Emily Todd BVMS-MRCVS
In 2017 Emily graduated from the University of Glasgow and has recently joined our “out of hours team”. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the outdoors and going to music festivals. Emily also has a Hermann’s tortoise called Edgar.
In 2017 Ellie graduated from the University of Liverpool and joined our “out of hours team” in January 2018. She has an interest in small animal internal medicine and surgery. Since qualifying she has volunteered aboard at an animal hospital in Sri Lanka and India. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and canoe polo. Ellie has a family dog called Lucky.
Ricardo graduated from the University of Teramo (Università degli Studi di Teramo) in 2016. Since qualifying he has completed an internship in Italy. He joined our “out of hours team” in January 2018 and has a keen interest in cytology. His hobbies include attending music concerts and spending time with his Jack Russell Paco.
Carla Foulds-NCert (Animal Behaviour) CertN.E.B.S,V.N
Practice Manager/Pet Behaviour Counsellor
Carla joined the practice in 1990 and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse (with credit) in 1993. In 1995 she moved into the position of Practice Manager and subsequently studied for and gained her NEBS certificate in Management. Carla has the unenviable task of ensuring the smooth running of all areas of the practice. As a long served member of the practice, both in nursing and management roles, she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the requirements needed to maintain a professional and efficient team.
In 2011 Carla gained her certificate in Animal Behaviour via the European School of Postgraduate Veterinary Studies. Following this, she set up the first ”Behavioural Clinic” within the practice. To expand her knowledge further, she has since completed a dog training instructor’s course via the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and assists in local puppy training classes on a weekly basis. She is a member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association, and regularly attends continuing personal development courses to remain up to date with the latest advances in behavioural medicine.
Having first hand experience of owning a dog with long term anxiety problems, Carla is able to empathise with clients who are experiencing behavioural difficulties with their pets and the far reaching effects this can have on day to day life.
Outside of work Carla enjoys spending time with her many pets, including her two dogs. A keen photographer and artist, she also enjoys capturing wildlife both in photographs, and on canvas, when time allows.
Liz Stamper-Head Nurse RVN, C&G Cert VNES.
Liz has been an important member of the team since she joined us in 2001, aged 17. She qualified as a NVQ veterinary nurse in 2004 from Myerscough College and went on to study and gain her City and Guilds certificate in “Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species and British Wildlife’” in October 2007.Liz was Deputy Nurse for the past few years, before being promoted to Head Nurse in 2015.
She has also voluntarily worked in a rehabilitation centre in South Africa and worked as a veterinary nurse in Australia for 3 months.In her spare time she enjoys travelling, shopping and looking after her cat Tybalt.
Cheryl Ramsbottom-Deputy 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 in the Manchester area and joined our team in January 2012. 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 our practice student nurse assessor and also occasionally gives lectures to other veterinary nurses on exotic species. Previously she has carried out a month’s voluntary placement at Twycross and Blackpool zoo. 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-RVN, C&G Cert VNES. BSc (Hons) Zoology
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. She is currently working towards a HE Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. Amy enjoys going to restaurants, walks in the countryside and spending time with her cat Matilda and bird Peggy.
Maria Glynn-Bsc (Hons) RVN
A graduate of Myerscough College, Maria obtained her BSc (hons) in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. Maria joined the team in January 2014, after working in several veterinary practices in Cornwall and the Manchester area. In June 2016 Maria completed her City and Guilds certificate in “Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species and British Wildlife’’.
Maria currently has Kiki the cat, five guinea pigs (Emily, Harry, Fleur, George and Toby) and several tropical fish.
Jo- Anne qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2007 from Myerscough College, and has worked in multiple practices around the Manchester area. She joined our team in May 2015 and is keen to start her exotic nursing certificate. In September 2015 she completed her Improve International Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition. At present Jo-Anne is studying for her certificate in the nursing of exotic species. She has a diabetic rescue cat called Tinker and in her spare time she enjoys reading.
Martyn Brophy- RVN,C&G Cert VNES
Since qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse from ProCo (Wigan) Ltd in 2013, Martyn has worked in a number of practices within the North West. He joined our team in February 2017. Building on his nursing skills Martyn obtained his City and Guilds certificate in ‘’Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species and British Wildlife’’ in 2014. He has a keen interested in exotic and owns his own Royal Python, Monty. In his spare time he enjoys photography and walking his dog Cara.
Lauren Hirst-FdSc RVN
A graduate of Myerscough College, Lauren obtained her FdSc degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. Lauren joined the team in February 2017. At present Lauren is studying for her certificate in the nursing of exotic species. 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.
Gemma Gaskell – RVN
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 veterinary nurse training in September 2015 at Reaseheath College and qualified in 2018. Gemma spends her spare time with friends and her cat Dexter.
Gemma Birchall – Student Veterinary Nurse
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 veterinary nurse training at Reaseheath College. She has two pet whippets, Dre and Pac, two rats, who cats Crumpet and Franklin and a Chihuahua cross breed called Mitch.
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 veterinary nurse training 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.
Kim Joyce-Auxiliary Nurse
Kim started with Ashleigh in 2008 after completing a degree in Wildlife Conservation Zoo Biology and Behaviour. Prior to this she studied for and gained her Btec National Diploma in Animal Care followed by a Btec National Diploma in Animal Management. Kim spent lots of her time volunteering in various animal related establishments in order to gain a varied experience of animal care prior to embarking on her career.
She particularly enjoys spending time with the cats in our cattery and looks forward to welcoming new boarders, as well as making regular visitors feel like one of her own family of pets. Kim prides herself at knowing each individual’s personality and therefore what they do and don’t like!! In her spare time Kim likes to spend time with her menagerie of pets and enjoys keeping fit.
Louise Beeley-Auxiliary Nurse
Louise started with Ashleigh Veterinary Centre in 2005. She began her career caring for animals in a local boarding facility. Whilst here she was fortunate enough to also assist in rehabilitating animals in the on site pet gynasium. With 5 years of experience working in Manchester Dog’s Home, and a further 2 years with Companion Care Veterinary Practice, Louise has gained much experience in the field of small animal care. She is passionate about animals and has also volunteered in the past to help with the care and rehoming of animals at her local RSPCA rescue centre.
Louise has further extended her skills by studying for and gaining her NVQ level 2 in Animal Care and her Diploma as an Animal Nursing Assistant. In her spare time Louise loves walking her dogs and has a very special talent with icing sugar. Having studied at night school Louise creates beautifully decorated cakes. They taste very nice too!! Louise has had a baby boy and since returned to work part time from Autumn 2016.
Nicola Walker – Auxiliary Nurse
For the past 6 years Nicola has worked at the Manchester Brittania Hotel as a Central Group Administrator. Due to always having a passion to work with animals she completed a BTECH in Level 2 Animal Care from Manchester College in 2014. She joined the practice in May 2015. In her spare time Nicola volunteers at local RSPCA Altrincham events. She has two giant African land snails, Stig and Sebastion, and Jemima the cat.
Paige Warmington- Auxiliary Nurse
As growing up with her family being a foster carer for The German Shepherd Rescue, Paige has always had a passion for working with animals. Paige joined the practice in 2017, after previously working as a veterinary receptionist. She enjoys photography, writing and cooking vegan recipes. As well as rescuing several ex- battery chickens, her pets include rabbits and her best friend Rouge who she adopted after fostering from the German Shepherd Rescue. In her spare time she also volunteers as a pet sitter supporting a local rescue centre.
Julia Cottam – Auxiliary Nurse
For the last 9 years Julia has worked for the NHS in administration before making a career change to join the practice in April 2015. Julia has been horse riding since she was 8 years old and now owns her own horse called Jake. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and spending time with her rescue cat Foley.
Katy Isherwood- Auxiliary Nurse
Before joining the team in November 2017 Katy worked as an auxiliary nurse at a veterinary practice in Stockport. In 2007 she completed a National Diploma in Equine management and has worked on stud stable yards. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and exploring the outdoors with her West Highland White Terriers Daisy-Mae and Coco.
Rosie Davis- Auxiliary Nurse
Rosie has previously worked as an admin assistant before joining our team in November 2017. She has always had a passion to work with animals and volunteers as a cat socialiser for the RSPCA in Stockport. In her spare time she enjoys playing the guitar, reading, listening to podcasts, watching crime documentaries and spending time with her two rescure rabbits (Isambard and Abbott).
Zoie Estherby- Receptionist
Zoie started at the practice in March 2010 having come from a varied customer based background. Zoie started her career as a 15 year old school leaver when she took a position in a local veterinary practice as a trainee nurse. She was well respected and trusted even at this early age and moved quickly to being responsible for the branch surgery. After 2 1/2 years in this position she spent time in various other customer based roles whilst she brought up her son Louis. Zoie has brought a wealth of customer care experience to the practice through her past employment.
She particularly enjoys the face to face contact with our clients that she gets working on reception, and building a rapport with both clients and pets alike. Zoie is very outgoing and expresses this in her spare time interests. Zoie is very family orientated and loves spending time with her husband and son outside of work. Her son has recently flown the nest and gone to University. She has also rescued two cheeky cats called Dexter and Dokes.
Amy Blakesley- Receptionist
Amy joined the practice in 2007. Prior to this she attended college where she studied for and gained her Btec National Diploma in Animal Management. After leaving school Amy worked in various animal related enviroments to build up her experience. She started her career at a local dog groomers, moving on to a small animal and aquatics pet shop, and finally on to a local livery stables before accepting a position as an Auxiliary Nurse at Ashleigh. Amy now has a few years of experience caring for our cattery boarders and can recognise many of our regular visitors by sight alone! She has recently taken on the extra responsibility of ensuring the smooth running of our in house laboratory service and is also interested in canine behaviour and training. Since Autumn 2012 Amy has taken on the job role of receptionist. In her spare time Amy likes to relax with her family and spend time with her cat Percival,Dave and her dog Dudley.
Steph previously worked for several years as a receptionist at a GP practice before joining the team in October 2017. In her spare time she volunteers at events for our local RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch. Steph has a family of rats (Migi, Moro and Ponyo) and in her spare time enjoys computer gaming and watching films.
Since completing her degree in Performing Arts, Jess has worked as a receptionist at a small animal vets in Trafford Park before joining our team in October 2017. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs. watching musicals and attending horse riding events and shows.She owns Brownie the horse, two Pugs Annie and Betty, Oscar the Boxer and Princess the cat.