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Ms Gill Williams

Gill Williams RVN

Practice Supervisor at Southport

Hi I'm Gill, I have 20+yrs of nursing experience and was Head Vet Nurse at the holly lane surgery for 15yrs, leading great teams of nurses past and present.
I then jumped across to the Southport branch in January 2016 to help supervise the practice and head the nursing team. I have been very fortunate enough to travel to many different countries and also work as a volunteer vet nurse for Animals Asia Foundation in Chengdu with rescued Moonbears (Asiatic Black Bears) which I could talk about forever if anyone would let me ! I have had a lifetime of owning a menagerie of animals ranging from hamsters to horses but I currently just have 2 little monsters :) and a crossbreed (collie/lab) called Ruby.

Now it's the 2 little monsters (my sons) that occupy my time outside of working hours. I consider myself to be very lucky to still feel as enthusiastic about vet nursing as I did when started as a student all those years ago! Everyday brings new challenges and rewards, from aiding in the care and recovery of our patients and seeing the happy faces of families reunited when animals are healthy enough to be discharged from our care. I couldn't see myself doing any other job.

Ms Kate Abel

Kate Abel RVN

Head Nurse at Rufford

I have been at RVG since 2004, gaining my VN qualification in 2008. Since then I have worked hard within my career to obtain the role of Head Nurse at our Rufford branch. One of my passions is to provide excellent inpatient care therefore I enjoy developing my knowledge within intensive care nursing.  I have many interests outside of work including makeup artistry and seeing different places, near and a far.

Miss Lauren Shrouder

Lauren Shrouder RVN

Deputy Head Nurse at Southport

I joined the practice as a receptionist in 2006 and in 2010, I became a veterinary nurse. Outside of work I enjoy spending time training my young horse and going to music gigs. As a Veterinary nurse I particularly enjoy caring for inpatients, watching an un well patient recover under my care is very rewarding. I am also enjoying managing Rufford Vet's social media and website.

Ms Elaine Sawyer

Elaine Sawyer RVN

Senior Nurse

I am a senior veterinary nurse, having qualified in 1990.

For the past 18 years I have worked at Rufford Veterinary Group in a variety of roles including Head Nurse, training student nurses and I am responsible for organising vets and nurse rotas. I enjoy working at a busy practice that offers first class care and after care for you pet. At times it can be challenging , but it is always enjoyable and rewarding. I especially enjoy working in theatre and monitoring anaesthetics.

Ms Victoria Rankin

Victoria Rankin RVN

Senior Nurse

Since childhood I have had a natural way with animals and caring for them comes easy, growing up I always knew I wanted to be a vet nurse, 20 years later I am still enjoying it very much.  Due to family life I work part time now but when I am in work, I love being on inpatient duties. Interests out of work include vegan cookery, my allotment and maintaining a happy and beautiful home.

Ms Alex Muir

Alex Muir RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined Rufford Veterinary Group in March 2008 as a student veterinary nurse, I qualified in May 2012 which was a dream come true as I have always wanted to be a Veterinary nurse from a very young age. My special interests are surgical nursing, school talks and hand rearing /neonate care, I have hand reared a number of animals such as kittens, puppies, ducklings and more recently leverets and rabbits kits.

Outside of work I enjoying spending time and walking my own dog Huddley a Siberian husky who is in the process of becoming a Pet therapy dog, I also enjoy socialising with family and friends.

Ms Dawn Peacock

Dawn Peacock FdSc RVN C+GCertVNES NCertAnBeh

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I became a veterinary nurse as I have always had a love for animals and a keen interest in science.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dogs, photography and travelling - having recently spent time volunteering in South Africa.

I have a certificate in the nursing of exotic and wildlife species and so have a particular interest in birds, reptiles, small mammals and wildlife.

Miss Joanne Brown

Joanne Brown RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined Rufford Vets a couple of years ago and within this time I have studied for a merit award in dermatology. I enjoy all aspects of nursing although nurse clinics, medical nursing and microscopy are where my interests are. 

Ms Sophie Nunnen

Sophie Nunnen RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a Qualified Veterinary Nurse at the Holly Lane surgery. I Qualified in 2013 after completing my training here. I have a keen interest in radiography and neonatal care. I have been very successful in hand rearing puppies, mainly British Bulldogs and French Bulldogs and also kittens. I'm still as enthusiastic about Veterinary nursing now as I was starting out in my nursing career. Outside of work I enjoy spending time my horse Marju and we compete regularly in all phases.

Ms Sara Iddon

Sara Iddon RVN

Senior Nurse

Ms Rebecca MacKay

Rebecca MacKay RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have always wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember. After doing my work experience here in 2009 I knew this was the practice I wanted to work at. In my spare time I like to spend quality time with my human and animal family and keeping fit, but I'm never far away from my animals.

In practice I enjoy bonding with inpatients and seeing how they improve day by day knowing my nursing contributed to this.

Miss Verity Williams

Verity Williams RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started my VN training at Rufford in April 2014 and I am now qualified. I have grown up wanting to work with animals and therefore have achieved my goal. My spare time is spent down at the stables looking after my horse Fathom.

Miss Harriet Hughes

Harriet Hughes FdSc RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I gained a degree in Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough in July 2017.
My interests inside work include dentistry, surgical nursing and neonates. I also enjoy managing Rufford Vet's social media and website.
My interests outside work include walking my dog, playing guitar and reading.

Miss Emma Guile

Emma Guile RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a Student Veterinary Nurse with Rufford Veterinary Group and split my time equally between the Holly Lane and Wennington Road branches. I started my Veterinary Nurse training in September 2016, spending one day a week at college and four days in practice. Working between both practices I see a wide variety of patient cases, which is extremely interesting and beneficial for my training.

I have always been passionate about animals and when I came to Wennington Road for some work experience in May 2016, I knew that Veterinary Nursing was definitely for me!

I enjoy all aspects of working in practice, especially inpatient care, whether it be short stay or long hospitalisation I like making their stay with us as positive and comfortable as possible.

Before coming to RVG I gained a 2:1 in English Literature at Edge Hill University and ran my own dog walking business.

In my spare time I love nothing more than walking in the countryside with my Lurcher ‘Evie’.

Miss Esther McCallum

Esther McCallum RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have always wanted to work with animals. I find nursing animals back to health when they are sick or injured very rewarding, and that is one of my favourite parts of the job. I also enjoy helping to look after friends and family's animals when they are away.

Miss Rosie Nesbitt

Rosie Nesbitt RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have been working at the Holly Lane surgery since September 2016 and split my time between reception work and nursing. My particular interests inside work are lab work.  Outside of work I enjoy horse riding and competing my young horse as well as spending time with my bouncy black Labrador Brody.

Miss Jennifer Bould

Jennifer Bould RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Miss Claire Cullen

Claire Cullen RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Miss Karen Lea

Karen Lea RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a clinic nurse at the Rufford and Traleton branches. 
You will usually see me if your pet needs a health check, a post operative check, for advice on various subjects including owning a new puppy or kitten, a nail clip or the dreaded anal galnds need emptying, amongst many other things.
I've been with the team for 3 years. 
I have three young children, who take up all my time outside of work. We love the outdoors and you will usually see us out on wild adventures! We have two rescues - a cat and rabbit.

Miss Ellie Chapman

Ellie Chapman RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am one of the Qualified Veterinary Nurses and started working at Rufford Vets in 2017. I have always wanted to become a Veterinary Nurse therefore, I feel very proud to have achieved this in 2019.
I like working within a busy first opinion practice, as it can be very interesting. I enjoy all aspects of the job role, but do have a particular interest in feline nursing and have two senior cats of my own.
Caring for animals is one of my many passions. This is why I enjoy inpatient care, as being involved in a patient's recovery is very rewarding.

Miss Lucy Coulton

Lucy Coulton

Student Veterinary Nurse

Miss Hannah Webster

Hannah Webster

Student Veterinary Nurse

Miss Emily Cook

Emily Cook

Student Veterinary Nurse

Miss Amanda Rimmer

Amanda Rimmer RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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