Meet the team at Queens Park Veterinary Surgery! We have a very friendly and enthusiastic team and most of us 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!
Our Meet The Team page shows you who makes up our team and gives you some background on each of us, including our qualifications. You can see in advance who your pet will be seeing so you will recognise us when you come in.
At Queens Park, we 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, please do not hesitate to ask.
We sometimes have vacancies available for either vets, nurses or support staff. If you are interested in working for us please get in touch with Nikki Knapp – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 decided to buy Queens Park Veterinary Surgery in 2006, after looking at Practices in other areas, because of its location and client base. I have really enjoyed getting to know our clients and patients over the last 12 years, and hope to do so for a long time to come.
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 in terms of veterinary care, and I aim to keep up to date with all areas of veterinary medicine. Our Practice aims are to be transparent so you know exactly what we recommend for your family pet, and why.
When I’m not in work, I am often out with my young daughter walking our dog Frank, and in the summer I enjoy attending music festivals – you might see me at ‘Boltfest’ over at Queens Park letting my hair down! I am also a keen rugby fan, and enjoy watching club and country games.
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 is our visiting cardiologist, who attends on an as needed basis to see our cardiac patients. If your pet has been referred to Chris by one of our vets, you will be given an appointment at the next available visit. Chris will discuss your pets clinical history and all available treatment options and carry out all necessary diagnostic testing here at the surgery.
If you are not a client of ours but would like your pet assessed by Chris please give us a call on 01204 525066 and we will accommodate you into Chris’ next available visit.
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’! Most of my time here is spent 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 staff here at Queens Park. We have a fantastic team of vets and nurses who treat every patient as if it was their own. We 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!
Senior Veterinary Nurse
I qualified as an RVN in 2013 after many years of working in different animal related jobs. I have recently returned to work at Queens Park, having previously worked here in 2015/16. I have a particular interest in exotic animals and have taken in a number of rescues over the years. I am also an avid wildlife fan, often rehabilitating injured wildlife that gets brought in to the practice.
Registered Veterinary Nurse
I trained at QPVS for 3 years before qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. After qualifying I left the UK to work at Walt Disney World in Florida for 12 months. I then travelled for a further 5 months throughout Mexico, USA and Canada.
Since returning to the UK in 2017 QPVS very kindly offered me my former position of RVN at the practice. I am usually in reception and deal with most of the insurance claims and client’s accounts.
In my spare time I love to travel, scuba dive and of course discuss anything to do with Disney!
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!
I started grooming when I left school in 2007, gaining my Level 2 City & Guilds qualification in 2013. I love every minute of styling, beautifying and spending time with my 4 legged clients and I think I have the best job in the world! I am happy to help you decide on a cute but practical style, be it a long fluffy scissor trim, a short all over, or something in-between. We will work together to get your fluffy friend onto a regular grooming schedule to maintain your chosen style.
I keep up to date with the latest styles and techniques in pet grooming. I do this by being a regular on grooming forums, reading blogs and watching videos on YouTube. If you see a style that you would like for your pet, please let me know.
Outside of grooming I enjoy reading, particularly books by Andy McDermott and Anne McCaffrey. I also enjoy taking my Boston Terrier Oliver for walks. I enjoy cooking, and trying out new recipes on my friends and family.
To see more about The Grooming Room please click here.