Meet the team - Heywood Vets

Rachel Gili-Ross

Clinical Director

Rachel qualified in 2007 from the Royal Veterinary College in London and went on to gain a CertAVP (Small animal soft tissue bias) from Liverpool University in 2014, before joining the team here at Heywood Vets in Jan 2018. Currently, Rachel is on Maternity leave

Claire Atkinson
Claire Atkinson

Veterinary Surgeon

Claire graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015 and since then has had a great passion for Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery. Claire is currently working towards doing certificates for exotics to further her knowledge for this species, as well as having an interest in Canine Behaviour and Psychology. She joined our team in July 2018 and at home she has 2 rescue cats, a dog and a horse and loves to go riding and walking in her spare time as well as helping out with events and outreach at her local community church.

Victoria Clark

Veterinary Surgeon

Victoria graduated from Edinburgh University in 2003, which she says "feels like a long time ago now!" She has worked in small animal practices in the North West since graduating and joined the team in March 2019. Her interests lie in animal behaviour and soft tissue surgery.  She has a cat, 5 sheep and 2 young daughters at home to keep her busy.

Ioana Muresanu

Veterinary Surgeon

Ioana graduated from the University of Iasi, Romania in 2017 and joined the team here at Heywood in November 2018. She has a great interest in feline medicine and soft tissue surgery. During her time in Romania, she loved to rehome stray animals and has also completed an internship in Croatia. She has 4 rescue cats and one guinea pig. In her spare time, she loves to be with her family and enjoys travelling. Her life motto is "Cats choose us, we don't own them"

Polly Rickards

Practice Manager

Polly joined Heywood Vets in 2009 and has been the Practice Manager since October 2017. She is passionate about creating a warm environment for; the team, our clients and their pets. And offering excellent customer service. At home, Polly has two sons and a hamster called Johndo.

Vanessa BSc Hons, RVN

Head Nurse

Vanessa qualified from Myerscough in 2013 and has a special interest in Anaesthesia and Emergency & Critical Care. Vanessa likes to get involved in charity work and has spent time volunteering with a street animal project in India. At home, she has 2 dogs and a parrot and enjoys horse riding.


Assistant Head Nurse

Michelle Nurse Smiling at Camera
Michelle RVN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Michelle qualified from college of animal welfare in Leeds in 2011. she has a keen interest in medical and feline nursing, she also likes all aspects of in-house laboratory work. Michelle joined our team in November 2014.

Lydia RVN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Lydia started at Heywood Vets in 2014. Lydia has worked really hard and we are proud to say that in 2018 she graduated from Nottingham Trent University making her part of our Registered Veterinary Nurse team. Lydia enjoys caring for our hospitalised patients and has taken a special interest in animal behaviour. At home Lydia has 2 cats Fabio and Merlin. Her interests include attending her local church helping out with the youth club and music team.

Millie Student Nurse Holding Dog While Smiling

Student Veterinary Nurse

Sophie Smiling with Dog

Animal Nursing Assistant

Sophie joined the team in 2015 she enjoys all aspects of nursing but particularly has an interest in neonatal care. At home, she has a dog called Pippa and a rescue tortoise called Voldetort. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and walking.


Veterinary Care Assistant

Sarah Receptionist Smiling at Camera

Admin Assistant