Meet the Team

It’s friendly faces all round at Queens Park Veterinary Surgery and most of the team have been here for a while! We know that our clients like to have continuity in their veterinary care and see the same vet or nurse at every visit. You will often see Frank, Stuart’s dog, on reception too. He has to earn his keep. Our Meet The Team page shows you who makes up our team and gives you some background on each of us, including our qualifications and a chance to take a peek at our own pets. You can see in advance who your pet will be seeing so you will recognise us when you come in.

We have a nice professional bunch of people who work here to make up our team, and they are all keen to make your visit to our Practice as pleasant as possible. Our team of nurses split themselves between reception and behind the scenes, so you will always get the best advice when you call in or telephone the surgery. Our vets are approachable and thorough, and take your concerns about your pet seriously. We have gotten to know many of our clients very well over the years and we understand how important it is for you to trust us with your much loved pets.

If you require any further information on any of our staff, including the visiting cardiologist Chris Fellows or Margaret Cameron, who performs veterinary acupuncture, please do not hesitate to ask.

We sometimes have vacancies available for either vets, nurses or support staff, so if you are interested in working for us please get in touch with Nikki on 01204 525066 or email –

Stuart Edwards (and Rodney)
Stuart Edwards
Head Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1997 and have worked in several parts of the UK since then, both in branch practice as the sole vet and in larger vet practices. I ended up in Durham in 2001 where I met both Lisa and Richard. Myself and Lisa decided to buy Queens Park Veterinary Surgery in 2006, after looking at Practices in other areas, because of its location and client base. I enjoy being a ‘GP’ vet due to the varied nature of the job, and have a keen interest in preventative medicine and soft tissue surgery. It is important to me that our clients understand what is available for their pet in terms of veterinary care, and our Practice aims are to be transparent so you, our client, know exactly what and why we recommend a particular course of treatment for your family pet.

Favourite author: Iain Banks

Star Wars or Star Trek: Star Trek

Richard White
Richard White
Veterinary Surgeon

Richard is our regular locum vet, and will often be here to see you and your pets. Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Queens Park, having worked in many practices since qualifying nearly 20 years ago!

Richard’s main job is working for the emergency out of hours provider Vets Now, where his interests include emergency medicine and surgery and orthopaedic surgery. However, Richard is just as happy seeing the ‘routine’ cases here in first opinion practice and passing on his knowledge educating our clients.

Chris Fellows
Chris Fellows
Visiting Cardiologist

Chris is our visiting cardiologist, who attends on an as need basis, but approximately once per month


Margaret Cameron
Margaret Cameron
Visiting Acupuncturist

Margaret visits the practice to provide acupuncture services as required.

Nikki Knapp
Practice Manager

I’m Nikki, the Practice Manager here at Queens Park Veterinary Surgery. I have worked here now for over 7 years, and have really enjoyed seeing the practice develop and our patients ‘grow up’! I spend a lot of my time in the office here running the business on a day to day basis, but you will often see me on reception too, so please say hi.

I am very proud of the team here at Queens Park, we have a fantastic team of vets and nurses who treat every patient as if it was their own and deliver outstanding patient care and customer service on a daily basis.

My favourite thing about working at QPVS is building relationships with clients and their pets – I definitely have my favourite ‘regular’ clients!

When I’m not at work,  I spend my time studying for a Maths degree, and looking after my 2 rescue house rabbits. On a Sunday morning you can usually find me in Rivi tea rooms having a bacon roll after a long hike!


Nikki Whalley
Nikki Whalley
Senior Veterinary Nurse

Nikki has recently returned to work at Queens Park, having previously worked for us in 2015/16. Nikki brings a wealth of experience as a Registered Veterinary Nurse, and can always answer questions about your pet, particularly the lesser common ones. Nikki is an avid wildlife fan, often rehabilitating injured wildlife that gets brought in to the practice, and has plenty of pets to keep her busy when not at work!

Sarah Ashton
Sarah Ashton
Registered Veterinary Nurse

Sarah is a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) who completed her training with us before leaving to spend 12 months working at Disney World in Florida. Sarah is now back with us on a permanent basis. Sarah is an experienced member of the team who undertakes all tasks in practice, and you will often see her on reception dealing with insurance claims and client accounts.

Emma Hampson
Veterinary Nursing Assistant

I started working at Queens Park in October 2016 after a short stop working at E.ON. Before this I worked at the PDSA animal hospital for 7 years as a Nursing Assistant.

We have a great team here at Queens Park and I am so happy to be back with the animals. Each day I look forward to seeing new faces in the practice as well as regular clients. I will be the one chatting to you about anything over reception and fussing over your fluffy friends before they go in to see the vet.

I have a cat called Blue who has a habit of wrapping himself around my legs when trying to walk upstairs and plays knock a door run on my bedroom door in the early hours.

Outside of work I love running and triathlon; you may see me taking part in Bolton Ironman so give me a wave and a cheer as I run down Chorley New Road!

Heather Doyle

Heather is our pet groomer here at Queens Park Veterinary Surgery and will be happy to discuss your pet’s grooming needs. Heather has experience grooming dogs, cats and rabbits and can work with you to develop a regular grooming pattern to ensure your pet has the desired style. Heather is experienced and talented in many different grooming styles and techniques, and is happy to provide a free of charge consultation prior to any bookings.

To see more about The Grooming Room please click here.