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.


Mrs Kathleen Hennessy


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 



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 Naomi Gaskell


Naomi joined the Practice in Sept 2015 after graduating from Edinburgh university.

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.




Mrs Sarah Calvert


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


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 Molly Phillips


Molly Joined us in Feb 2016, She hunts regularly with the Holcombe & The Vale of Lune & holds both her BHSAI and Pony Club B Test, Molly also competes with British Eventing & has competed regularly at the pony club championships.

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 Megan Johnson


Megan joined Gillivervet in June 2014 initially covering Sarah's maternity leave in the office, 

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


Mrs Christine Cotton

Credit Control

Christine joined us in Febuary 2015 initially to cover maternity leave.  Christine has 2 horses of her own & a Sausage dog called Harvey.

Foal Kia 2 Scanning Mares