Our team

Mr John C Gilliver

Mr John C Gilliver


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


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.


Miss Mary Drysdale


Mary joined the practice at the beginning of June 2013, she joined us from a mixed practice in Cumbria where she had worked since qualifying at Edinburgh University in 2010.

Mary has also worked on a racing yard in the past and competed in British Eventing.

Mary currently enjoys walking her border terrier Pipit.



Mrs Phoebe Davies


Phoebe is a proud scouser and qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Liverpool University in 2000. She spent 3 years in a busy mixed practice in Northumberland before heading to Australia for a year of intensive work in the equine stud and racing industry. Since then she has worked in first opinion equine practice in the North West of England. She is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and has a particular interest in the management of acute and chronic pain. 

Phoebe works at the practice on a part time basis and otherwise looks after her young son Noah. She is also a keen kick boxer and enjoys walking her dog Ted.


Mr Robert Michael


Rob graduated from Liverpool University in 2010 and before this studied zoology at degree level.  Before joining us Rob worked at an equine practice on the Devon & Cornwall border. 

His veterinary interests include equine medicine and ophthalmology & he is currently studying for an equine medicine certificate at Leahurst.

In his spare time he enjoys cycling and hopes to start rowing again, a sport which he captained Liverpool University at.

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 Anya & 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 is currently doing her Veterinary Physiotherapy Degree which she will complete in 2015.

Mrs Sarah Calvert

Receptionist/Accounts Clerk

Sarah has worked at the Practice since October 2007.  She is currently renovating her house in Standish as well as expecting a baby in June 2014.







 Miss. Alyssa Wilson


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


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 horse Tara, who she competes regularly in working hunter classes. She also has her BHS Stage 2.

Mrs Hazel Kirkham


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 Emily Burton


Emily joined Gillivervet in Oct 2012 having previously studied for a National Diploma at Myerscough College.

Emily has horses of her own which she likes to compete and last year qualified her Welsh Section D for Horse of the Year Show



Practice Cat

RIP - 23rd June 2014

Foal Kia 2 Scanning Mares