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.

  • Mrs Kathleen Hennessy

    Mrs Kathleen Hennessy



    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 for a further 6 years, completing the first 2 modules towards an Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Practice.

    Kathleen has returned 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.  

  • Mrs Alison Swift

    Mrs Alison Swift


    Alison qualified from Liverpool University in 2006. She re-joined Gillivervet in September 2010, after an abscence of 2years where she further developed her equine skills. 

    In her spare time Alison enjoys competing and breeding her own horses on her family run yard in Darwen. Alison also enjoys walking her dogs with her husband Garth.

  • Mrs Leona Bramall

    Mrs Leona Bramall


    Leona graduated from University College Dublin in 2009 before going on to complete an equine internal medicine fellowship at Hagyard, Kentucky & a rotating hospital internship at Leahurst.  Leona joined the Gillivervet team in July 2018.

    Leona holds an advanced veterinary practitioner certificate in equine medicine and her primary veterinary interest lies in equine gastrointestinal disease, dermatology & foal medicine.

    Before graduation, Leona was an avid showjumper but no longer competes and these days enjoys a quieter life with her horse Marvin.

  • Miss Hannah Smith

    Miss Hannah Smith


    Hannah qualified from Liverpool University in 2011 with distinction. She then went on to work in a mixed practice before starting an 18-month internship at B&W Equine Hospital where she further developed her equine skills.

    In her spare time Hannah enjoy running and is a keen baker – which all the office staff are pleased about

  • Miss Kayleigh Cook

    Miss Kayleigh Cook



    Kayleigh graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015,  she then went on to spend two years working in mixed practice in Surrey.  Following this she spent 13 months as an intern in equine medicine and surgery at Leahurst Equine Hospital.  Kayleigh is currently studying for her certificate in advanced veterinary practice.

    Kayleigh is not often found without her labrador x collie Beau & she also has two very cheeky cats called Pea & Bean.  In her spare time she enjoys riding, walking her dog & running

  • Miss Rachel Schneiders

    Miss Rachel Schneiders

    BVSc (Hons) MRCVS


    Rachel graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015 with Honours & the Zoetis prize for excellence in Equine Studies, she went straight back to the University Equine Hospital to do an externship in equine orthopaedics & soft tissue surgery.  After a brief stint of charity vet work with SPANA in Morocco she started working in a busy mixed practice on the edge of the peak district.  Rachel joins us after completing a year's internship at Minster Equine Veterinary Clinic.

    Rachel enjoys running & mountain biking, rides her family's horses when she can & can't wait to get her first Labrador.

  • Mrs Charlotte Hartley

    Mrs Charlotte Hartley

    RVN/Clinical Co-Ordinator

    Charlotte joined Gillivervet in July 2016 as a full time veterinary nurse. She qualified as a registered Veterinary Nurse in September 2013. 

    Charlotte currently lives on a livery yard where she has 4 ponies that her daughter Paige competes. William the dartmoor pony went to HOYs in 2016 as a first ridden. Away from the horses Charlotte enjoys walking her 3 dogs (labrador, chiweni and corgi). She also owns a cat and 3 rabbits.

  • 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 owns her own horses, which currently compete in British Eventing with her daughter Samantha. In her spare time she likes to walk her 2 dogs Millie & Ellie, and often babysits her daughters dogs Dipsy and Anna.

  • Mrs Christine Cotton

    Mrs Christine Cotton

    Office Manager

    Christine joined us in Febuary 2015 initially to cover maternity leave. Christine is now Office Manager & she is responsible for the day to day running of the office as well as being PA to John & Anne.

    Christine has 2 horses of her own, Velvet her own large riding horse that previously competed at HOYs and the Royal International & James her daughters lead rein pony. Away from the horses Christine spends her time mainly with her husband Ian, daughter Elsie, and Harvey the sausage dog.

  • Miss Megan Johnson

    Miss Megan Johnson


    Megan joined Gillivervet in June 2014 initially covering maternity leave in the office. Megan's roles include front desk, social media, some finance work and dealing with all Tim and Naomi's paperwork.

    Megan owns 2 horses of her own, a Fell pony called Will and a Welsh Sec D called Tom. Away from the horses Megan enjoys walking her Husky Mishka, and two terriers Cookie and Scout.

  • Mrs Diane Buckley

    Mrs Diane Buckley

    Receptionist/Veterinary Nurse

    Diane has worked for the Practice since 1994 & is the longest serving member of staff.  Diane now only works 1 day per week & although working mainly in the office, she is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and helps with in patients. 

    Diane owns a lovely coloured cob called Eli, who she rides regularly. Away from the horses, Diane enjoys attending classic motorsport events with her husband Rick

  • Miss Alyssa Wilson

    Miss Alyssa Wilson


    Alyssa has worked at the practice since October 2013, where she started working on the yard part-time. Lissa worked weekends whilst finishing her Business course at college, and covered during her holidays. Lissa is now a permanent member of staff working in the office after covering for maternity leave.

    Most of Lissa's spare time is taken up by Rambler, her traditional 9 year old coloured cob. Lissa has owned Rambler since he was 2 years old, and backed / schooled him herself. She currently shows him at local level but does attend a few county levels. Next year she hopes to continue showing him at county level.

  • Miss Hazel Kirkham

    Miss Hazel Kirkham

    Yard Supervisor

    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 Fell ponies Charlie & Polly with her daughter Holly. Hazel and Holly have previously qualified for RIHS. 

  • Miss Molly Phillips

    Miss Molly Phillips


    Molly Joined us in February 2016 and works on the yard. She hunts regularly with the Holcombe & The Vale of Lune & holds both her BHSAI and Pony Club B Test.

    Outside of work Molly competes with British Eventing & has competed regularly at the pony club championships. She also enjoys spending time with her partner Ross & their dog Teal the Sprocker.

  • Miss Laura Walkden

    Miss Laura Walkden


    Laura works for Gillivervet as a rider, she exercises and schools the resident horses. 

    Away from work Laura competes in British Eventing with her own horses, and teaches for Wheelton Pony Club. 

  • Miss Katie Walmsley

    Miss Katie Walmsley


    Katie currently works on the yard at the weekend.  Katie is studying Animal Management at Myerscough College & has been brought up around horses from an early age where she had 2 ponies of her own & was a member of Wheelton Pony Club.

    Katie enjoys spending time with her 2 collie dogs

  • Miss Chloe Taylor

    Miss Chloe Taylor


    Chloe is one of our weekend grooms who works on a Saturday.  She has a horse called Theo who she shows & competes in pony club events.  Chloe also has 2 dogs Poppy & Penny & 2 rats Piper & Holly

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