Meet The Team

Our team of friendly, highly-dedicated vets, nurses and reception staff is here to provide the highest quality care and service for you and your pet. Our small team ensures continuation of care and a well-bonded relationship between client, patient and staff members.

 

Jenny Bowen-Smith

Jenny is our full time senior veterinary surgeon. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 and has worked across the UK, but grew up on the Wirral. She has spent a large portion of her career working in emergency and critical care situations, and has a
post-graduate certificate in this area. She is a fellow of the higher education authority and like all our vets is involved in teaching our undergraduates as well as our final years in clinics.

Her current interests are chronic pain management, especially in arthritis cases, and she has been trained in Western Veterinary Acupuncture to complement our normal medical approaches to pain management. Jenny is the vet responsible for our pain clinics.

 

Esther Vergara

Esther graduated from the University of Cordoba (Spain) in 2007. Since then she has completed three general internships, including one at the University of Barcelona (2011-12) and another one at the University of Liverpool (2014-15). She also finished her postgraduate certificate in surgery and obtained her General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2012. She finished her surgical Advanced Veterinary Practitioner Certificate in 2017 and became a fellow of the higher Education Academy in 2019.

Esther worked as a first opinion small animal vet in Spain after graduating, before moving to Liverpool 2012. She joined the Practice team in 2016 and loves the city and its pets; she has even developed a Scouse accent!

Esther’s main interests are dentistry, surgery (both Soft Tissue and Orthopaedics), Internal Medicine and dermatology.

Andrew A'Court

Andrew A'Court

Andrew is one of our part-time veterinary surgeons. He graduated from Liverpool University in 2015 and was in a busy first opinion practice in Reading prior to joining our team. Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of small animal surgery, and particularly orthopaedics and wound management.

He lives in Chester and enjoys keeping fit, tennis, cycling and running.

Ashleigh Thurston

Ashleigh Thurston

Ashleigh graduated from Myerscough University Centre with a FdSc in Veterinary Nursing with Distinction in 2016. She has since completed her BSc Top-up in Veterinary Nursing and graduated from Myerscough University Centre with First Class Honours in 2019. She has experience working in a university referral hospital, general practice and clinical pathology laboratory. After qualifying as a RVN she worked at a busy first opinion practice and has spent the last 4 years working for the University of Liverpool Small Animal Practice and is involved in the training of final year undergraduate veterinary students. She recently presented her own research at BVNA Congress and has published many articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Ashleigh's main areas of interest are anaesthesia, acute and chronic pain management, evidence-based veterinary medicine and weight management and theatre nursing. She is currently working towards completing a Nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia.

Ashleigh has a rescue cat called Miso and a little border terrier called Cholula.

Nancy Taylor

Nancy Taylor

Nancy Taylor is our part-time veterinary nurse. She qualified in 2002 and now has a wealth of experience in small animal general practice. She has worked for the University Veterinary Practice since 2004, and is an extremely experienced and established member of the team.

Nancy is married with two children and is a keen pet owner; she has 2 cats, Miffy, Lizzie and two tortoises, named Ronnie and Rita.

Danielle Hayes

Danielle Hayes

Danielle is our full-time animal care assistant. She has worked for the practice since June 2017, having previously worked for the RSPCA for five years. She is interested in in-patient care and spends her days helping to care for the patients staying at the Practice.

She is an avid animal lover, and has one horse, two dogs, seven guinea pigs and an aviary with a variety of birds.

Gareth Quinn

Gareth Quinn

Gareth Quinn is our Practice Administrator. He worked in the Client Services Department at the University’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital at Leahurst for a number of years, before moving to the University Veterinary Practice. He has a wealth of experience in customer service and understands the importance of this to any successful veterinary practice. Gareth is part of the client services team here at the practice and is available for any administration or financial related queries.

Gareth’s wife Hannah also works for the University, and they are the parents of an excitable, mischievous little boy and owners of two cats, named Jeff and Barbara.

Sue Thurston

Sue Thurston

Sue has worked at the Practice since 2013 and is our financial administrator. She has a wealth of experience in this area as well as in customer services. She is always on hand and happy to help with any financial and insurance related queries you may have.

She is married to Graham and has two daughters, Ashleigh and Kiara. By her own admission she is a ‘crazy cat lady’, and currently has four cats, Jazz, Smudge, Stevie and Murphy.

Claire Davies

Claire Davies

Claire is our receptionist and administrator. She has worked for the University for over 14 years, in a variety of customer focused roles. Before joining the Practice, Claire worked in the client services team at the University’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital for three years. She brings this wealth of experience in customer environments to the Practice team.

Claire lives with her partner Mark, her daughter Norah and stepson Daniel.

 

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Rob Campbell

Rob is our full time veterinary surgeon. He is originally from Inverness in the highlands of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2018. From there, Rob worked in mixed practice just outside of Newcastle until March 2020 when he then moved to us at The University Veterinary Practice. Rob is interested in all areas of veterinary and has a particular focus on student teaching and client communication. Outside of work you’ll find Rob either on a badminton court, running a marathon or in an antique shop.

 

Rachel Henebery

Rachel is one of our full time veterinary nurses. She started working in practice as an animal care assistant and qualified as an RVN in 2008 and achieved her advanced nursing diploma in 2014. Rachel has worked in general practice and in a multi-disciplinary referral hospitals. She joined the team in 2018 and enjoys all aspect of practice especially inpatient and critical care nursing.  Rachel is currently working towards her emergency and critical care certificate. Out of work Rachel likes travelling, walking and has a cat called Simon.