Dr. Andy Wignall BVSc MRCVS – Practice Principal and Veterinary Surgeon

71As Principal of Grange Vets Andy works mainly at the Mold branch. Aside from consulting and operating, his daily activities include keeping on top of the administrative side of the surgery.

His favourite part of the job is treating medical cases, but he also enjoys canine rehabilitation medicine.

Andy’s dog Winston, a Jack Russell terrier, frequently vies with the office dog Tremor for the title of Best Dog in the World. Tremor is the current winner but Winston hasn’t given up yet!

Dr. Vicky Wignall BVSc PG Cert VPS Cert AVP (Small Animal Surgery) MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

VickyteamVicky mainly works at the Connah’s Quay practice, where she spends much of her time either consulting with patients or operating when back in Mold.

Her favourite part of the job is being able to meet new people every day, although on the clinical side she particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery. She has completed a surgical certificate and is now an Advanced Practicioner in Small Animal Surgery and is happy to accept soft tissue case referrals.

Vicky’s other full time job is looking after her Labrador Ruby, or to give her her full title “Ruby – Daenerys Stormborn, Mother of Dragons – Wignall”. She’s the sister of one of our vet’s dogs, and she enjoys going on big walks with the rest of the pack. 

Dr. Jack Pearson BVSc (Hons) MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

As a Veterinary Surgeon, Jack spends most of his time either in the consulting room or the operating theatre. He works at both the Mold and Flint practices.

Jack particularly enjoys medical cases  surgery, and also enjoys carrying out ultrasound scans.

Jack is also a player for Mold Rugby Club, so don’t be too alarmed if he turns up to work with a black eye.

Dr. Pippi Gould BVSc, MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

Pippi qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2017 and is originally hails from Wrexham.

Pippi has settled in fantastically and plays a vital role in caring for many of our clients pets on a daily basis.

Pippi has a particular interest in feline and canine cardiology and carried out veterinary placements in various exotic animal establishments whilst training. Having owned a number of feral cats she appreciates how stressed cats can become in the veterinary environment, and how important  gentle handling is. Pippi is always happy help and teach clients how to tablet the more non compliant felines.
When Pippi is not working at the Grange or cleaning up after her tortoise Podrig, she enjoys walking her dogs Delilah and Millie and helping with array of animals on her family’s small holding in Wrexham.

Dr. Drew Aitken BSc BVSc, MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

Drew qualified from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, in 2009, having originally taken a degree in Marine Biology.

Drew joined us in 2017, having worked in South Africa in a variety of referral hospitals. He now has particulary interests in Opthalmology, soft tissue surgery and exotic pets, and has a particularly squawky parrot, Juno, at home, who has mastered imitating his two children.

Drew consults mainly at our Bretton Branch, but can often be found in Mold advising the other vets on the best way to manage eye cases.

 

Dr. Sarah Watson BVSc, MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah graduated from Liverpool vet school in 2011 and worked as a mixed vet for 5 years before joining the Grange team in February 2017 to concentrate on small animal veterinary work. Her main hobby is horse riding so she spends most of her spare time with her horse, Zara (much to her husband’s dismay..!). They also have a lovely Labrador called Indi, who is better behaved than Zara, and makes much less mess in the office when she comes in to work.

Dr. Nici Gauld BVM&S MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Nici graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, and since then has worked in Emergency and Critical Care in London, and first opinion practice in South Wales and Edinburgh. When she is not at work she is kept busy with a young son, tiny dachshund Eva and her two cats – Thomas and Dinosaur, who are often found greeting clients on the ramp at the Hospital in Mold.

She has a keen interest in orthopedic surgery and is also a very good dermatologist, having worked under one of Scotland’s most highly rated skin vets in Edinburgh.

Dr. Natasha Williams BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Natasha runs our Hawarden practice.

Originally from St. Helens, Natasha qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2015. Following this she completed an internship at the University hospital, before moving on to general practice in South East London.
Natasha made the move back up North in June 2017, when she joined The Grange. She has since started a surgical certificate that will allow her to develop her keen interest in this area, alongside her second love, dermatology. Natasha spends most of her free time trying to keep her rescue dog ‘Ralph’ on a diet, he is far from impressed.

 

Dr. Catriona O'Brien MVB MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Caitríona is a Dublin graduate who joined the team in 2017 after several years working in a busy small animal hospital in Liverpool. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, particularly surgery and feline medicine. With two small children Caitríona has no spare time but if she did, she would spend it travelling, horse riding and hill walking. Caitríona has a ginger cat called Frank and partshare in a collie called Jess and a Jack Russell called Meg.

Dr. Rory Paton BVSc(Hons) Cert AVP MRCVS – Visiting Veterinary Surgeon

Rory is our visiting Orthopedic surgeon – he’s the go-to man for when your best buddy has torn a cruciate ligmanent or broken an antebrachium. Working out of Mold, Rory is happy to accept referral cases from other Veterinary Surgeons and uses the Grange’s expert nursing care to look after them in the post surgical period. Rory has developed a revolutionary surgical planning tool called V Pop Pro, which he hopes will take the world of veterinary orthopedic surgery by storm. He has special interests in canine cruciate repair, having performed over 1500 TPLO surgeries and, as a fan of new and emerging technologies, is keen to open up cutting edge Stem Cell Treatment to a wider audience. He is accompanied by his long suffering assistant Jo, who is responsible for looking after Rory and the massive amount of equipment he carries to help your pets.

Dr. Rachel James MA VetMB CertSAM DVC MRCVS – Visiting Veterinary Surgeon - RCVS RECOGNISED SPECIALIST IN VETERINARY CARDIOLOGY

Rachel has been working alongside us at Grange Veterinary Hospital for over 3 years as our visiting Cardiology Specialist. She has greatly improved our diagnostic and therapeutic options for pets with heart disease – and she is a wonderful human being and brilliant public speaker!

Rachel qualified from Cambridge University in 1999 and spent 3 ½ years in general practice, during which time she developed a strong interest in cardiorespiratory medicine and gained the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine.

She then joined the cardiorespiratory service at Liverpool University in 2004 as a resident in cardiorespiratory medicine.  During this time Rachel gained her certificate in Veterinary Cardiology. In 2008 she was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology.

Rachel regularly publishes in both national and international veterinary journals and is currently involved with research projects with other cardiologists in the UK.  Rachel also lectures in cardiorespiratory medicine at both national and international conferences.

 

Judy Blythe RVN – Practice Manager

JudyteamJudy mainly works at the Mold branch in the main hospital, but visits the other practices on a regular basis to liaise with the staff and occasionally help out on reception. Her daily tasks normally include answering queries from clients, overseeing the running of the hospital and troubleshooting any problems that arise.

At home Judy has three dogs – two Italian Spinoni called Elvis and Wally, and a crossbreed called Tremor who accompanies her to work every day.

Judy’s also a huge fan of bears; check out our Vets’ Blog page to learn more about her recent adventures in Vietnam working with rescued bears.

Emma Pugh RVN – Head Nurse

As the Head Nurse at the Mold practice, Emma supervises the team of veterinary nurses in the hospital. She is also responsible for the training of student nurses as well as carrying out her own nursing duties.

Her favourite part of the job is nursing medical cases back to health and advising clients on preventative healthcare.

At home Emma’s pets include tropical fish and a cat called Snougle who was brought into the hospital with a broken leg.

Louise Williams RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Louise works at the Mold hospital, assisting in theatre, carrying out laser treatments and nursing patients in the hospital ward. She doesn’t mind the busy nature of her job as it gets her away from her teenage children!

Aside from her children, Louise’s home life is particularly busy. She has a cat called Goudi, a dog called Holly, two sheep called Snowy and Gizmo, five horses called Annie, Rusty, Jaffa, Riley and Melody, and some ducks.

Sarah Jones RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Sarah’s daily responsibilities involve caring for sick patients in the hospital, assisting the vets and also processing insurance claims. She works at the Mold, Hawarden and Buckley branches.

Her favourite aspect of the job is spending time with the animals in the hospital ward, where she has cared for a leopard gecko and a llama, amongst others.

Sarah has a tradition of naming her pets after famous icons. Her dogs are called Lars and Noodles, after musicians in the bands Rancid and The Offspring. Her cats are Bruce Lee and Milkins, the latter being named after a snooker player, and the two ferrets are Lemmywinks after a musician and Zidane after a footballer!

Colette Birch RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Colette works across the Mold, Hawarden and Buckley practices. She advises clients on the care of their pets, looks after the patients in hospital and assists the vets in theatre. She has recently qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and is now delighted that she can spend all of her time caring for your pets rather than revising for exams!

Her favourite parts of the job are getting to know all the different pets that visit the surgery, and answering queries from their owners.

At home Colette has a considerable collection of pets. Her three guinea pigs were all adoptions from Capricorn Animal Rescue; one was brought in to have an injured eye removed and she felt sorry for them all. She also has three cats – Misty, Lucy and Bill – and two rescue rabbits called Tallulah and Buttercup.

Rachel Roberts - RVN - Veterinary Nurse

After working as our Head Receptionist, Rachel decided to swap her lilac tunic for a navy blue one and train as a Veterinary Nurse. Graduating in 2017, after 5 years of working at the Grange, she is one of the best angry cat holders in the practice, but particularly enjoys orthopaedic surgical nursing, working alonside our visiting specialist surgeons.

Rachel mainly works at the Mold branch and enjoys meeting and greeting both new and regular clients. Her own pets include Flynn, a whippet, and two cats, Squiggle and Jack.

Sarah Watling - Receptionist

As Receptionist, Sarah’s main tasks are to answer the phones and meet and greet clients when they arrive for appointments. She mainly works at the Mold branch, and really enjoys getting to meet clients and having an excuse to cuddle puppies. Reuniting owners with pets who have been ill or had surgery is another favourite and rewarding part of Sarah’s job.

Sarah owns a chocolate Labrador called Coco. She didn’t really have much of a say in the matter – when she went to choose between Coco and her sister as puppies, Coco pushed her sister out of the way and waddled onto Sarah’s lap! Coco also now has Alfie the Cocker Spaniel to keep her company, even if he is a little loopy.

Charlotte White - Receptionist

Lottie’s daily duties involve meeting and greeting clients and making sure everything runs smoothly in practice. She spends her time at the Mold Hospital and enjoys the huge variety of work that working an a veterinary reception desk entails.

Lottie’s passions outside of work include travel and the great outdoors. She is also a talented seamstress and passionate environmentalist.

Jourdan Pearson – Student Veterinary Nurse

Jourdan works at the Mold practice as an and is training to become a Veterinary Nurse. On a daily basis she spends most of her time cleaning the hospital ward and theatre, looking after the patients and sterilising operating equipment.

Her favourite part of the job is taking patients for walks and getting to know all the animals when they are in for treatment.

At home, Jourdan has six cats, some of whom was rescued from a house where they were being ill-treated.

Tremor (office pet) – Begging Operative

Tremor belongs to Judy and comes to work with her every day. He mainly stays at the Mold branch, but enjoys visiting the other practices in search of people who might offer him treats.

On a daily basis Tremor spends most of his time sleeping or waiting for food. He also enjoys hanging out with his other canine friends Elvis and Foggy.

Meet our family of vets, veterinary nurses and receptionists who are all here to help you and your pet