Meet the Team


  • 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.



  • Sophie

    Practice Manager





  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Lydia

    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.

  • Sarah

    Admin Assistant





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