Meet the Team

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 understand and appreciate that you like to have continuity in your pet’s veterinary care and would prefer to see the same vet or nurse at every visit.

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’s appointment will be with, 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.

Job vacancies

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 –

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 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 13 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.

Nikki Knapp

Practice Manager

I’m Nikki, the Practice Manager here at Queens Park Veterinary Surgery. I have worked here now for over 13 years, and have really enjoyed seeing the practice develop and our patients ‘grow up’. Most of my time here is spent in the office 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 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.

Outside of work I enjoy hiking and regularly visit the lake district. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Michelle Prince

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

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, 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 at reception and fussing over your fluffy friends before they go in to see the vet. I also enjoy taking care of our patients during their stay at the surgery, making them feel safe and comfortable.

I have a rescue dog called Rocco, who loves to have a fuss made of him! He also enjoys our long walks locally, and up at Rivington Pike.

Outside of work I love running and triathlon, and spending time with my family.

Kayleigh Surples

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Kayleigh joined us in 2021, having worked in the Veterinary industry for many years. Kayleigh enjoys all aspects of the job but particularly enjoys spending time with our inpatients, making sure they are comfortable during their stay with us. You will also see Kayleigh on reception so please do say hi!

Outside of work..

Here at Queens Park we are one big happy family. We are lucky to have a great team who get on really well, and enjoy socialising outside of work. Here we are at our Christmas Party in December 2019 dressed as our favourite music stars, can you guess who we are?!