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Sonia Green BSc (hons) CVN, RVN, C&GCertVNES, NCert (Labtec), LGCI, C-SQP, A1, APHC, MBVNA.

Director / Nursing Manager


I started my career as a volunteer in 1987, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2002 and obtaining my Clinical Vet nursing degree with a first class honours in 2008.

I have had a varied career having worked with both small (dogs and cats) and large (farm) animals for over 20 years and was a Veterinary Nursing Lecturer for 2 years.

My special interest are Laboratory and Exotic species (small mammals & Reptiles) of which I have completed post graduate certificates in.

My role in the practice includes working alongside a great team, nurse training and promoting animal welfare and General Veterinary nursing.

I have 2 Springer Spaniels, Amber and Ruby and 2 cats, Kirraz and Elias.


Kirsty Barnard BSc (hons) Psych, RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse / Practice Support Manager


I first started working within a veterinary environment in 2005 where I was employed as an Auxillary Nurse. I then had a career change and worked within the mental health sector while studying for a Psychology degree.

Upon opening our practice in April 2016, I enrolled onto my vet nursing diploma course and was promoted to Practice Support Manager in 2017. I qualified as an RVN in October 2018, just before taking maternity leave to have twins!

I have a special interest in nurse clinics, specifically nutrition and weight clinics.

I live at home with my Husband and have 2 Staffies (Tyra and Mac) and a cat called Eden who I hand reared from 7 days of age!

Raluca Chivu MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon


I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2012 and moved to the UK in 2016. I started working for Chorley Vets in August 2016 where I have successfully qualified as an Official Veterinarian allowing me to deem animals fit to travel and issue Pet passports.

I am also working towards a certificate in Exotic Species as I have a keen interest in exotics and wildlife.

I live at home with my Fiance and my 2 rescued wild bunnies, Peter and Harry. In my own time, I like to go Hiking up mountains and spending time with nature.



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Clara Hosszu MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon


I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in July 2017 in Bucharest, Romania and started working for Chorley Vets in October 2017.

I have a particular interest in Opthalmology and would like to specialise in this in the future.

I live with my partner and 2 pet rats called Mathilda and Plum.

My hobbies include Photography, Travel and Water Sports. In the future I would love to travel abroad and work as a veterinary surgeon, working on an African Safari would be my dream!



Estelle Moore Level 2 Diploma (VCA)

Student Veterinary Nurse


I began working for Chorley Vets in the summer of 2017 and have spent that time gaining experience of working with animals and gaining my qualification (with distinction) as a Veterinary Care Assistant.

I have since enrolled onto a Veterinary Nursing diploma which is a dream come true for me as I am obsessed with animals (particularly French Bull Dogs!)

I have 2 Frenchie’s at home called Prince and Shiloh who are the absolute loves of my life! I love to travel and have seen many amazing countries over the years, my favourite being Thailand!

My dreams and aspirations for the future are to qualify as an RVN and remain working at Chorley Vets within the team that are like family to me!

I would love to volunteer within a sanctuary with safari animals and big cats!



Christine Thompson Level 2 Diploma (VCA)

Student Veterinary Nurse


I studied Animal management at Myerscough College straight from school, having completed my work experience in Brett’s Pets.

I started working at Chorley Vets when we launched in April 2016 and gained my VCA (Veterinary Care Assistant) qualification.

I am currently in my second year of training as a Veterinary nurse and hope to qualify in Winter 2019.

I have 2 cats named Bambi and Eddie and 4 rabbits. I am renowned for rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife and am the go to person for holiday cover for families pets.




Bethany Seaman Level 2 Diploma Animal Management

Student Veterinary Nurse


I started working at Chorley Vets on a voluntary basis as work experience in 2016 while studying at Myerscough college. In 2018, I completed my Level 2 diploma in Animal Management and I was offered a position as a SVN and grabbed the opportunity with both hands! I have since enrolled at college to start my Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

My future aspirations are to qualify as an RVN and would love to take on a specialism.

At home, I have 2 Springer Spaniel crosses called Scooby and Casper.




Melissa Bell Level 3 Diploma Animal Management

Student Veterinary Nurse


I came to Chorley Vets on block placements to complete the practical aspect of my veterinary nursing degree with Myerscough college. I have settled in here well and been accepted by the team which makes my job even more enjoyable! I look forward to becoming employed on a full-time basis upon qualifying as an RVN.

I have many pets including 6 Guinea Pigs, 2 dogs, 3 horses, 2 hamsters, 4 terrapins and 6 african land snails! All my family have a huge love for animals and most of our animals are rescues.

In the future, I would like to consider a specialism and may even further my studies to become a Veterinary Surgeon.




Tasha Winstone

Veterinary Care Assistant / Receptionist


I started working as an Assistant Manager for Brett’s Pets (our adjoining business) in 2014 and transferred to Chorley Vets in 2017 to pursue a career within veterinary care.

I love my job and love that every day brings something different. I am currently working towards my Veterinary Nurse Assistant qualification and once qualified; I wish to commence further training in Reception duties and customer care. I enjoy both aspects of my role as I enjoy the hands-on care with the patients in ward and enjoy liasing with and helping clients at Reception.

I live at home with my Fiance and have 2 cats called Tia and Smudge. We hand reared these kittens from 2 weeks old so they are our little fur babies!


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Heather Ashurst

Veterinary Care Assistant


I joined the team at Chorley Vets as a volunteer one day a week, fell in love with the job and decided this was the perfect career choice for me.  I have always had a passion and love for animals and feel privileged to be a part of the Chorley Vets Team and to help in the care and welfare of all species. Coming to work every day to a job I absolutely love is a dream come true.

I’ve travelled the world for 10 years as a Assistant Cabin manager with a well-known airline and cared for many stray animals along the way providing food and water to them.  I’ve also owned my own business providing Ofsted Registered Childcare while my children have been small which gave me great satisfaction being able to watch my children grow and develop.

I live at home with my husband and 2 beautiful daughters aged 9 and 7, a Cockerpoo called Bailey and 2 ginger cats called Sonny and Rocky.  

Hopefully after gaining my Veterinary Nursing Assistant qualification over the next 12 months I can progress my career by training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.  Keep your fingers crossed!





Amy Lee BSc (hons) Zoology, Msc Zoo Conservation Biology.

Head Receptionist


I came to work for Chorley Vets in April 2017 after gaining my qualifications in Zoological sciences.

My role as a receptionist here is an absolute joy. I get to spend one-to-one time with both clients and patients at the front of house. I pride myself on making my reception area as welcoming as possible for our more nervous guests!

I have worked in several practices before coming to work at Chorley Vets and have also spent 2 months volunteering with Primates in Africa! But here at Chorley is where I want to be!




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Janet Thompson

Office Administrator


I have previous experience of working with Learning Disabilities and with animals but started my new career within admin at Chorley Vets in May 2018.

My role includes managing finances and client accounts, liasing with charities and relevant companies and managing staff records, amongst other things.

I have had several pets over the years while my children were growing up, cats being my favourite. I don’t currently have any pets so enjoy petting the inpatients here!




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