Our team

Mr John C Gilliver

Mr John C Gilliver

BVSc MRCVS

Being the son of a Dairy Farmer, I have been exposed to livestock from an early age. I started riding at the age of 6 & started breeding ponies at the age of 14. I was focused on a Veterinary Career from an early age & was fortunate to graduate from The University of Liverpool with honours in 1980.

My first Veterinary employment was in North Yorkshire in a mainly large animal practice & whilst there developed a keen interest in equine stud work. I established Garwood Veterinary Practice in April 1989 as an equine facility to deal with all aspects of equine work & historically some agricultural clients.

This subsequently has developed into Gillivervet. Outside Veterinary work I am actively involved with horses, riding, breeding, showing, hunting and judging (SHBGB & CHAPS panel judge) I have served as a Council Member of the BEVA for 6 years being responsible for AI & Riding Establishments.

 

Ms Alison Spooner

BVSc MRCVS

Alison re joined Gillivervet in September 2010,  after an abscence of 2 years where she further developed her equine skills. 

Alison qualified from Liverpool University in 2006. 

In her spare time she likes looking after & competing her own horses and walking her dogs.

 

Mrs Kathleen Hennessy

BVM&S MRCVS

Kathleen is re joining Gillivervet after 6 years in Scotland

Kathleen qualified from Edinburgh in 1999 and worked at Gillivervet for 10 years before joining her now husband Simon in Scotland where she continued to work as an Equine Veterinary Surgeon, completing the first 2 modules towards an Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Practice.

They are returning home to Lancashire to be closer to friends & family with 2 Border Terriers, Basil & Coriander and an insane Border Collie Ben which take up most of her spare time.Kathleen enjoys all aspects of Equine Practice and has a special interest in Equine Dentistry  

 

Mr.Tim Lee 

BVSc MRCVS

 

Tim joined the practice at the end of July. Some of you may have met him before as he came to us quite a few times seeing practice from Bristol University. John was extremely impressed with Tim's veterinary skills and enthusiasm and offered him a job when he qualified in July 2015.

 

 

 

Miss Julie Best

Miss Julie Best

Practice Manager
 

Julie joined the Practice in September 2005 having previously worked in Finance. She has been a client of the Practice for about 20 years. Julie has horses of her own, which currently compete in British Eventing with her daughter Samantha. In her spare time she likes to walk her 2 dogs Millie & Ellie.

Mrs Diane Buckley

Receptionist/Veterinary Nurse
 

Diane has worked for the Practice since 1994 & is the longest serving member of staff. Although working mainly in the office, she is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and helps with in patients. Her interests include Classic Cars, Motorsport and hacking out on her 11year old coloured cob Eli.

Miss Erika Couling

Miss Erika Couling

Receptionist/Credit Control Clerk
 

Erika joined the Practice in February 2007, having previously worked at a dealers yard producing & competing youngsters ready for sale. In her spare time she enjoys walking her German Pointer Maisie. She has just completed her Veterinary Physiotherapy Degree and is currently on maternity leave with her little boy Albert..

Mrs Sarah Calvert

Receptionist
 

Sarah has worked at the Practice since October 2007 following 8 years in the motor trade.

In her spare time, she enjoys socialising, singing, tending to her chickens and spending time with her husband and daughter Sienna.

           

Miss. Alyssa Wilson

Groom
 

Alyssa has worked at the practice since October 2013. She works Saturdays and Sunday mornings helping on the yard.  She has her own horse called Rambler which she enjoys hacking out and is currently doing her A levels.

Miss Eleanor Berry

Groom
 

Eleanor has worked at Gillivervet since July 2008,  She works on the yard looking after the horses and assists with veterinary work. Eleanor has her own horses, who she competes regularly in working hunter classes. She also has her BHS Stage 2.

Mrs Hazel Kirkham

Groom
 

Hazel joined Gillivervet in August 2010 and works on the yard looking after the horses.  Hazel was an active pony club member until the age of 18 gaining her B test, she then went on to work with horses gaining her stage 1 and 2 riding and stable management.  In her spare time she likes to compete her own show ponies along with her daughter Holly who qualified for RIHS with their fell pony.

 

Miss Megan Johnson

Groom
 

Megan joined Gillivervet in June 2014 initially covering Sarah's maternity leave in the office, she transferred to the yard in March 2015.

Megan has 2 horses of her own, a Fell pony called Will and a Welsh Sec D called Tom  

Trevor

Practice Cat RIP - 23rd June 2014
Foal Kia 2 Scanning Mares
RCVS