The Nurses

We currently have a strong team of 3 qualified, Registered Veterinary Nurses, one Student Nurse, one Trainee Nurse and an Auxiliary nurse. These are the people who put in long, hard days’ work looking after your pets with all the love, affection and care that they show to their own.

Jacqui Ashworth, RVN

Jacqui Ashworth, RVN

Head Nurse

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Jacqui, our Head Nurse, was born and bred in Oldham. She joined Briar Dawn Veterinary Centre in September 2005 after working in other local practices. Jacqui qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 2006 after undertaking her training at Myerscough College. She enjoys all aspect of nursing, but particularly likes medical and surgical nursing. Jacqui is also our insurance administrator and is responsible for ensuring you get your money back from the insurance company! She also enjoys nurse clinics, and has a particular interest in weight clinics. Jacqui has a dog called Lewis (named after Lewis Hamilton, the racing driver), her favourite sport is Formula One. Jacqui  also has a beautiful little girl called Abbie.
Vicki Stallard

Vicki Stallard

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Vicki started with Briar Dawn as one of our receptionists in October 2014. She subsequently passed her course in Veterinary Reception with distinction! She had an interest in learning the work of a Nursing Auxiliary and has taken to that role brilliantly. As a result she is now enrolled on her Student Nursing course commencing in 2017. Vicki has recently passed her Veterinary Care Assistant qualification with merit. She previously worked for British Airways for over 20 years, attaining the lofty position of Cabin Manager. Vicki is Sussex born and bred and moved “Up North” to live with her partner and their 4 cats; Audrey, Loki, Max and Charlie. Outside of work Vicki enjoys running, cycling, camping and the occasional glass of wine!
Shelley Taylor, RVN

Shelley Taylor, RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Shelley is one of the senior members of our nursing team. She qualified from Myerscough College with a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2013. Shelley has worked in a number of practices in the Greater Manchester area and joined us in December 2014. Shelley enjoys advising clients on their pets’ needs one to one in nurse consultations and participating in surgical procedures particularly. She is a clinical coach, helping to train the student and trainee nurses.

In her spare time Shelley captains a badminton team in Rochdale and loves baking. She also has 2 Yorkies, Millie and Poppy who were rescued as strays from a previous practice.

Ruth Fox

Ruth Fox

Auxiliary Nurse

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Ruth is our auxiliary nurse, and has over 15 years experience in nursing. She is responsible for keeping things ship shape in the practice, and generally helps out wherever she is needed. She knows most of our pet owners and their pets very well, having worked in the area for a long time. Ruth has been with the practice since we opened our doors in October 2004.  She has three cats and a Border Collie, Texas. Outside of work she enjoys walking her dog and cooking. She is also an avid reader and enjoys educational programmes on television.
Victoria Chappell, BSc (Hons), RVN

Victoria Chappell, BSc (Hons), RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Victoria joined the team in February 2016 after coming to work here as a locum nurse. She was so lovely we twisted her arm to stay! Vicky turns her hand to all nursing roles and is currently taking on more responsibility for organising our Practice Health Plan and nurse clinics. In addition, Vicky runs a large number of the nurse clinics. 
Megan Glover

Megan Glover

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Megan came to work for us after completing her studies in animal management. She has a keen interest in nursing and enjoys interacting with clients and pets alike. Her working day revolves around the care of hospitalised in-patients and day surgery cases. This involves giving lots of hands on TLC to your furry family members and more technical medical nursing and theatre work. Megan has successfully completed her VCA (Veterinary Care Assistant) qualification and is now training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.