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.

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.

Natalie Kitson

Senior Nurse

Natalie joined Heywood vets in 2005 as a Saturday volunteer. She completed her student nursing with us and then went on to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016. Natalie is currently studying an Advanced Programme in Vet Nursing of Exotics which is an area of interest for her. She is passionate about her patients and enjoys bonding with them and their families, customer care and support is especially  important to her. At home Natalie has 2 cats, 1 dog and a bearded dragon. She likes to spend time with her 3 children going on walks and having family fun.

Michelle Nurse Smiling at Camera
Michelle RVN

Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Michelle joined our team in November 2014. 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. Currently, Michelle is on Maternity leave.

picture from Sophie, our veterinary nurse

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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.

picture from Sophie, our animal care assistant

Animal Care and Welfare Assistant

Sophie Smiling with Dog
Sophie A.

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. Sophie, is currently on maternity leave.


Student Veterinary Nurse

Sarah Receptionist Smiling at Camera

Admin Assistant