Kirsty Balch

Head Nurse

I qualified as a vet nurse in 2012 and joined the Parker and Crowther family July 2019 becoming Head nurse in January 2020. I have particular interests in nurse clinics (with a soft spot for the oldies), wound management, dentistry and physiotherapy. I have a collection of rescued cats and dogs and in my spare time love to read, travel and assist with charity work for Animal SOS Sri Lanka whom I've volunteered with on numerous occasions.


Debra Draco RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I enjoy using my knowledge to support our clients to help them, keep their pets happy and healthy. My commitment to helping pet's has helped me to change my career from being creative to healthcare, I first started working in the Television Industry, to Vet Nursing. I first worked on Brookside, then Hollyoaks, for the first 20 years of my career. I now spend my days doing a job I love and my contribution to the local community matters to me. I work with a great team of professionals and look forward to meeting you, if you need us.


Philip Lauder BSc (hons), BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Phil joined Parker and Crowther in 2016 and, following Paul Crowther's retirement, has become our Clinical Director. Phil qualified from The University of Liverpool in 2005 and has worked in small animal practice for the last 13 years, mostly in South Liverpool. He has a special interests in surgery, and in particular orthopaedics.  He use the latest techniques to treat cruciate disease (A tibial tuberosity advancement ). Phil is currently working towards a postgraduate certificate in surgery. Phil has a young family and a 12 year old rescue dog called Miles (who likes to hang out at our Formby branch!). Phil enjoys family days out in the countryside, hiking, cycling and camping.
 


Sara Creech BVM&S, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sara works at our Daleside, Formby and Maghull Branches and joined our practice in January 2016 and is our Senior Veterinary Surgeon. Sara first joined our practice as a saturday assistant back in 1999, until leaving for Vet School in 2003. Following graduation, Sara worked in a Liverpool - based group of practices, where she started studying towards a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (certAVP) with the University of Liverpool. Sara rejoined our practice in 2016 and was pleased to see the many familiar faces still working in the veterinary team! Sara enjoys all aspects of general practice, particularly complex medical cases and soft tissue surgery. In her spare time she enjoys working with, and rehabilitating shelter animals and wildlife.


Laura Shawcross MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Laura qualified from Liverpool University in 2007. Laura works at our Daleside and Churchtown branches.


Desislava Ivanova MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Desi joined our Team in January 2019. She enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and primarily works at our Maghull and Formby Branches.


Laura Strain BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Laura is our newest Vet. She qualified from the University of Liverpool in 2016. She is interested in all aspects of Veterinary medicine.


Helen Wright RVN

Nursing Manager

Helen joined the practice in 1994 and qualified as a Vet Nurse in 1997. She enjoys going camping & walking with partner & dog in our VW van. Interests include history, reading fiction & horse-riding


Fiona Parker RVN

Head Nurse

Fiona qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2014. She has 3 children,2dogs and 2 cats. She has keen interests in gymnastics,art,music and is an avid Rugby league fan(St Helens being her team). She loves yoga,spending time with family and friends, and has a keen interests in gardening,cooking,walking,saving the planet and enjoying life :)


Clare Cartwright RVN BSc

Head Nurse

Clare has been working in veterinary practices since she was 15 years old and qualified with a BSc Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2008. She has been working in our Formby branch since 2008. Clare is also a Pet Health Counsellor for Royal Canin. In 2018 she achieved the award ‘Outstanding Contribution to Pet Health Counselling’ for all her hard work she has done over the last 10 years as a Pet Health Counsellor for the Formby branch. She has Patterdale Terriers called Holly and Timmy, two hand reared cats called Tiggs and Ruby and a tropical fish tank. Clare enjoys socialising with her family and friends and looking after her two children and their many activities.


Kathryn Rice RVN

Head Nurse

Kathryn started working for Parker and Crowther in September 2012 and has been a qualified RVN for over 11 years. She has a cat called Daisy and her boyfriend, Gary (in that order!). Kathryn loves to knit, paint and watch murder mysteries. She is Head Nurse at Churchside


Chris Loughran RVN

Veterinary Nurse


Sarah Rule RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Sarah has worked at Parker and Crowther since 2006 and lives in Crosby. She has many dogs, cats and other animals. She is married and enjoys walking in the lakes, music and films.


Kat Gibbs RVN

Veterinary Nurse

Kat graduated from John Moores University in 2009 with a degree in Animal Behaviour. She worked at Freshfields Animal rescue for many years before starting her vet nurse training in September 2016. Kat qualified as a vet nurse in April 2018. She has two dogs Dylan and Kimba, and four cats (two pairs of sister and brother) Becks, Bud, Annie and Theo. Kat enjoys spending time outdoors gardening and going on long walks.


Claire Shepherd

Veterinary Nurse

Claire qualified in 2015 and has been working at Parker and Crowther since the start of 2018. She has a particular interest in feline welfare and behaviour, and has been over to the Greek island of Skiathos helping to neuter street cats for Skiathos cat welfare. Claire owns a rescue dog and 4 rescue cats.


Ashley Pounder

Veterinary Nurse

Ashley joined in June and qualified in 2019. She has two miniature Dachshunds called Dudley, Stan and Mabel. Three cats, rabbits, and a variety of exotic pets. In her spare time Ashley volunteers for the Bat conservation trust as a registered bat carer and rehabilitator. She also enjoys travelling and aims to volunteer abroad at least once a year and spent a month working on a neutering project in Chernobyl during 2019.


Heather Cornick

Receptionist/PCA

Heather has worked for Parker and Crowther since 1991 in the role of Patient Care Assistant/ Receptionist, and admin . She graduated from The University of Kent and lives locally with her chihuahua's and birds.


Helen Carmichael

Receptionist/PCA

Helen works at our Maghull surgery on reception. She likes to read, ride her bike, go to concerts, spend time with her family and surf the net. Helen has two British Short Haired cats called Bobbie and Dottie and a Cavashon called Pepper.


Holly Kirkham

Receptionist/PCA

Holly started working at our Formby surgery in 2008. She has a Foundation Degree in Animal Welfare (Nursing) from Myerscough College.She Keeps Chickens, Turkeys and Tortoises. . When she is not at work Holly likes to help around her parents garden nursery.


Karen Spencer

Receptionist/PCA

Karen works at our Daleside and Churchtown surgeries as a receptionist. She has 3 dogs, 3 cats and 6 hens. In her spare time she likes to walk her dogs and go to the gym.


Trish Tinsley

Practice Manager

Trish has been a registered "human" nurse since 1985 , leaving her role as a Senior Lecturer in Nursing in 1993 when her daughter popped along. After owning 2 successful small businesses, she  started working at the Formby and Maghull surgeries in 2001. She loves the combination of animal, client and staff care that her role offers  Hobbies include yoga,cooking, gardening and up until recently she was the coach and secretary of Formby Netball Club. Trish is a fan of Liverpool Football Club and Formula 1.


Victoria Carbery Bsc (hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Vicky qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in 2012, since then she has worked at the RSPCA hospital in Manchester and a practice in Staffordshire. She has a special interest in all aspects of medicine and ultrasonography. In her spare time she enjoys baking, which all members of the team appreciate! Vicky joined our practice in January 2016 and works at Daleside, Formby and Maghull branches.


Cherie Tucker

Receptionist/PCA

Cherie lived in Ireland until she was 16, where she found a love for animals from living on a farm.
Cherie has diplomas in big cat studies, canine obedience and small animal nutrition, and has a keen interest in canine behaviour and nutrition, which she hopes to expand on in the future.
Cheri has been working as an veterinary auxiliary nurse since jan 2018, and started in Parker and Crowther in march 2019 and where she hopes to do a degree in veterinary nursing very soon.
Cheri is a proud owner of a Northern Inuit dog called Elsa, a cat called Kiara and a snake called Noodle, and she hopes to adopt a new dog to add to our family very soon!