Meet the Staff at Withy Grove Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Surgeons

Michael Clarke BVetMed MRCVS withey0145

Michael is the proud owner of Withy Grove Veterinary Clinic. He spends his time in the practice consulting with owners and their pets, operating on poorly animals, and managing everything that goes on. For Michael, a day at Withy Grove is a happy day; he loves spending time with his staff and being able to meet and help animals in need.

During his free time, Michael likes to walk his dog, work on the practice, travel, and work on his garden. He’s also a regular on the dance floor as a keen ballroom dancer, and loves the opportunity to get out on his bike. At home, Michael looks after Hector the golden retriever, Percy the very large cat, and Polly – Percy’s normal sized kitty-counterpart.

Amanda Skinner BVMS MRCVS withey0030

Mandy is one of the Veterinary Surgeons here at Withy Grove. An average day for Mandy consists of operating on poorly pets, consulting during examinations, and advising owners on the best course of treatment for their animal. She is an animal lover through and through, but especially enjoys days that involve visits from puppies and kittens.

When she’s not in practice she enjoys travelling, trips to the theatre, reading and going for long walks with her husband Neil and their Labradoodle. Mandy has also extended kitten time to her home, with her two new kittens Titian and Umbra.

Suanne Bly BVSc MRCVS withey0063

Suanne is one of our Veterinary Surgeons at Withy Grove, spending her days consulting and operating on our patients. She finds it particularly rewarding to see an animal recover thanks to her work.

Suanne is studying to become a Surgery Specialist.

In her free time, you’ll find Suanne in the gym, with her children, or walking her dogs Pearl the Staffordshire bull terrier, and Bremner, the German Shorthaired Pointer.

Sophia Moosa BVSc MRCVS withey0046

On a daily basis, Sophia cuddles puppies and kittens…as well as consulting and performing surgical procedures amidst interspersed sessions of winding up the nurses. She loves being able to work with animals all day, and spend her hours with a lovely team of like-minded people.

In her free time Sophia plays tennis, paints, reads and walks her three dogs. At home, she also has a cat, two rabbits, eight chickens and some fish so her hands are always full with looking after animals wherever she is!

Kirsty Johnston BVSc MRCVS withey0035

As one of our Veterinary Surgeons, Kirsty spends most of her time consulting and operating on our patients. She also takes x-rays and works closely with blood samples and histology reports to find the cause of patients’ illnesses. Kirsty loves having the ability to make a difference to the health of the animals that visit Withy Grove.

In her spare time she enjoys working with dog agility training- she’s just starting to compete with Izzy, her Jack Russell Terrier who is absolutely loopy! She also enjoys dog walking and catching up with her friends and family.

Zoe Costigan MRCVS withey0005

Zoë is one of our Veterinary Surgeons, and spends her time in practice meeting clients and animals for consultations, as well as performing operations in theatre. In between all of these tasks you’ll find her making cups of coffee and having a giggle with the rest of the team. A good day in practice for Zoë involves seeing an animal that was at one point critically ill being discharged home in good health thanks to her handy work. She is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certified Advanced Practitioner.

In her spare time Zoë loves adrenalin-fuelled sports like snowboarding and wake boarding. She also loves to travel, and particularly enjoys weekends in the Lake District. When she’s not out and about, Zoë enjoys spending time at home with her boxer dog, two cats and two gerbils.


Practice Manager

Barbara Wright withey0054

Barbara is a key player in ensuring the Withy Grove practice operates successfully. From day to day, Barbara helps the whole team to guarantee they have the support they need to do their jobs. This includes working with enquiries, organising clients’ accounts and keeping the Withy Grove practice running smoothly.

When Barbara isn’t at work, you’ll find her looking after her 40 cockatiels and budgies as she owns an aviary. Before coming to work at Withy Grove, Barbara volunteered with the Girl Guides for over 40 years, and now works as a trainer for the association. In her free time she spends time with her 3 grandchildren, cheers on the Wigan Warriors, or looks after her 3 cats.


Qualified Veterinary Nurses

Alison Le Page-Bridge VN (Head Nurse) withey0124

Our Head Nurse Alison is vital to patient care at Withy Grove. Alison spends her time in practice nursing patients and ensuring they are well taken care of. She also assists the Vets during consultations and operations, and is an on-site Anaesthetist, Radiographer, Phlebotomist, and Receptionist. When Alison isn’t working in one of these roles she also spends her time sharing her vast knowledge with our other nurses during nurse training.

In her spare time, you’ll find Alison walking her dogs Jethro and Megan, and obedience training her newest addition Amun Ra. She also looks after her three birds, Dexi the African Grey, Spud the Cockatiel and Snoops the Umbrella Cockataoo.

 Louise Cornforth VN withey0079

Louise is one of our Veterinary Nurses, and spends her time in practice taking care of our inpatients. Louise gives owners great advice about preventative healthcare, neutering and general animal health and behaviour. When she’s not taking care of our patients and their owners, she monitors anaesthetics during operations, dispenses medication and helps out in reception.

When she’s not working in the practice, Louise walks her dog Charlie with her family, she also likes to escape to their caravan at the weekends. When she’s at home, you’ll find her curled up on the sofa with Smudge, Tigger and Princess, her three cats.

Kathryn Postance VN withey0083

Kathryn is a member of the Withy Grove nursing team, and spends her day assisting the vets, taking care of our inpatients and helping owners and pets during her work at the front desk.

When she’s not working in the practice, Kathryn spends her time knitting, crocheting, and cross-stitching- she’s very good! But you might also find her kayaking and sailing, perhaps wearing a pair of socks she’s knitted. At home, she has two pets of her own – Merlin, a black cat, and Arya, a harlequin coloured rabbit.

Michaela Kent VN and Cat Advocate withey0024

Michaela spends her day in practice working in a whole variety of roles. As a Veterinary Nurse, she assists vets during surgeries, and cares for the animals when they’ve been hospitalised. She also helps out in our reception area. For Michaela, it’s her work with cats that makes her love her job at Withy Grove. As a cat advocate, she loves to advise and help cat owners to improve the care and health of their pets.

Michaela has four cats herself, as well as some guinea pigs. She spends her free time going to rock concerts, watching films, gardening and spending time with her friends and family.

Laura Thistleton VN and Rabbit Advocatewithey0157

What Laura gets up to during her work days varies dramatically. When she isn’t assisting in theatre, or helping with anaesthesia, Laura is caring for inpatients in the ward, or preparing surgical kits. You might also find her behind our reception desk! Laura loves the medical aspect of her job, and all aspects of her nursing duties, as well as having the chance to understand the disease process thanks to providing medical care for our inpatients. Laura is about to start a certificate in emergency and critical care so make sure you watch this space.

In her free time, Laura enjoys walking her dogs, and days out with her family and friends. Laura continues caring for animals when she’s at home, looking after her four dogs, two rabbits, and a garden full of chickens, ducks and Timmy the turkey.


 Senior Nursing Staff

Olwyn Crook (Deputy Head Nurse) withey0058

As Deputy Head Nurse, Olwyn helps to look after the owners and animals who visit us at Withy Grove. She works in reception, and also in the hospital monitoring anaesthetics, running blood tests and preparing surgical instruments ready for operations. For Olwyn, it’s getting to spend time with animals that she loves the most about her job. She enjoys being able to care for the inpatients and to help them on their road to recovery.

Olwyn has just started (in 2017) the 3 year Veterinary Nursing course based at Myerscough College.

In her spare time, Olwyn will be found walking her dogs – Jasper, the 10 year old Border Terrier cross, and Mollie, the two year old Cockerpoo. Olwyn rescued all of her pets when they have were brought into the surgery, showing her soft touch and love of caring for animals.

Maria ‘Pups’ Aston withey0074

Maria has been at Withy Grove for the past 20 years. During this time she has built up her CPD hours, meaning she has a lot of experience and certificates across a lot of areas of veterinary including bereavement and animal care. You may have met Maria at one of our puppy parties- the most adorable kind of party might we add! Day-to-day Maria works between reception and theatre, assisting Vets during surgery. Maria also deals with end of life assistance, including aftercare for owners after their pets have passed on.

Maria has lots of animals, including two cats, four dogs, an aviary, three Pigmy goats, two chickens, a rabbit and a guinea pig. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her three girls, Emma, Mia and Lydia, and walk her dogs or attend church. Maria also helps out at the local food bank making her an all-round incredibly busy lady.

Matthew Parkinson withey0103

Senior Nurse Matthew spends his day helping the Withy Grove cogs to turn. He is a vital member of our team, and spends his time working across a huge range of roles including reception, preparation for surgery and working on the ward, as well as lab work and microscopy.

Matthew is an avid animal lover. When he isn’t in practice, you’ll find him walking his dog Harley, playing with cats Lily and Seymour, or tending to his five snakes, Santana, Sora, Slinky, Ekins and Severus. If calling his snake Severus wasn’t a big enough clue, Matthew is a huge fan of Harry Potter, as well as playing the Final Fantasy series on his Playstation.

Kirsty Procter withey0009

Kirsty has been a member of the Withy Grove team since 2004, and over her years working as a Senior Veterinary Nurse has completed certificates in animal care and first aid for cats and dogs. Day to day, Kirsty works in the ward caring for our inpatients as well as assisting during surgeries and overseeing anaesthetics. She loves working in theatre and taking care of animals after surgeries.

In her free time, you’ll find Kirsty with daughter Ava, as well as spending time with her family and friends. At home, along with Ava, Kirsty has Oscar the golden retriever and Lilly the cat, all of whom keep her very busy!


Nursing Staff

Charlie Wade withey0014

Charlie has a variety of different roles throughout her day, including helping out on the reception desk, and assisting during operations and on the ward. As a Withy Grove Veterinary Nurse, Charlie takes care of our inpatients, helping them during their recovery with a careful combination of medical care and cuddles. Her job satisfaction stems from the variation of her days- every day is different. She is an animal lover, so enjoys being able to see pets make a full recovery thanks to her care.

When she’s not in practice, Charlie spends her time dancing, painting and drawing, and in the great outdoors. She loves to garden and look after her legally adopted pet, ‘Cyril the Squirrel’ who is a regular visitor to our Facebook page. She also looks after her pet rabbit, fish, tortoise and guinea pigs so her hands are always full with animal care.

Rebecca (Beki) Clarke withey0039

As one of our Veterinary Nurses, Beki’s day sees her looking after the inpatients in our hospital. She also works on reception, to keep things running smoothly and book your animals in when you visit so you might see her running about in the reception area. For Beki, the variety in her day is what makes her job a joy. She is an animal lover, and has three cats- Charles Robert, James the Cat, and Spencer.

When she’s not in practice or looking after her cats, Beki likes going to concerts, reading and watching films- probably in a bid to relax from the busy Withy Grove days.

Marcella Dempsey withey0181

Achieving an HND in Animal Welfare in 2002, Marcella’s love of animals big and small perfectly positions her for her work as veterinary receptionist in our practice. Getting to see an animal leave healthy and happy is the most satisfying aspect of her job, and she does all she can to ensure that customers feel welcome and relaxed when they visit.



Donna Griffiths withey0163

Donna is our in-house Animal Physiotherapist. As a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, Donna is a wonderful member of the Withy Grove team whose ability and skill benefits our patients no end. Donna spends her day assessing muscular and neurological disorders in animals, to then treat and rehabilitate them. She also works with our inpatients, both pre and post -surgery to help them with their recovery. Donna loves being able to use her knowledge of rehabilitation techniques and movement strategies to ease patients’ pain after surgery or injuries.

In her free time, when she’s not looking after her two boys, Donna spends time at the swimming pool, or getting stuck in at her local ladies football club. At home Donna has three aquariums, a cockatiel and a dog.

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