Macclesfield staff

Gareth Harries BVMS Cert SAS MRCVS

After qualifying from Glasgow in 1995, Gareth worked in a large mixed practice in Staffordshire before deciding his path lay in treating small animals. He has spent around half of his career working in the charity sector, in the Midlands, North East and in London. His work has provided him with great experience of seeing many very unfortunate trauma patients. In March 2003, he moved to Macclesfield from a hospital run by the country's largest veterinary group in London. In 2005 Gareth passed his Certificate in Small Animal Surgery awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, so if your pet needs an operation, you know they are in the best possible hands.

When he is not studying or working, he enjoys walking, climbing, mountain biking and just about any outdoor pursuit, and has recently taken up distance road cycling. He is also a keen photographer when he has the time. Gareth has two dogs, Millie and Tetley, three cats Felix, Beasley & Florence, as well as a few tropical fish.

Future professional ambitions include doing hip replacement surgery and building a top class veterinary hospital in Macclesfield.

See Gareth's page for more details about his work.

Katie McCallum BVM&S MRCVS

Katie graduated from the University of Edinburgh with distinction in July 2009. Following 9 months working in a busy small animal practice near Leeds, Katie joined Wright and Morten as a small animal veterinary surgeon in June 2010. Katie has a keen interest in all aspects of canine and feline medicine and is studying towards a British Small Animal Veterinary Assocation certificate in small animal medicine which will keep her busy for the next 3 years!

When not studying and working, she can be found reading, at the gym, shopping or making trips back to her hometown in Scotland to visit family and friends. Katie lives in Macclesfield with her 2 cats, Betty and Maggie.



Lucy Hibbert BVetMed MRCVS

Lucy  graduated form the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2008. After a brief spell at a charity neutering clinic in Portugal, she moved to a busy, rural mixed practice in Staffordshire. After two and a half years she decided to hang up her  wellies and moved to Wright and Morten to pursue her main area of interest, caring for small animals.

Lucy lives in Macclesfield with her partner,  two crazy Dalmatians, Charlie and Daisy, a cheeky terrier Alfie and kitten Max.  Outside of work she enjoys exploring the Peak District and Lake District, and eating out with friends and family.  She also enjoys regular trips home to see her family on the North Devon coast, and attempting to learn to surf!



Claire Tabachnik BVM&S MRCVS

Claire qualified from the University of Edinburgh Veterinary College in 1997.  She has worked in both large animal and small animal practices, as well as a stint working for DEFRA before and after the dreaded Foot & Mouth outbreak of 2001. Claire has returned to work following a career break whilst raising her young family. Her and husband Mark have two children Joseph and Lara. Claire works Monday and Wednesday mornings. In her spare time Claire is a keen runner, gardener and picker up-er after two kids, two dogs, two cats and a messy husband.


Cath Broomfield - RVN Practice nurse

Cath started work for the practice in 1997 and has seen a lot of changes over the years – all good though!

She is our practice nurse and works ‘front of house’, she is available for nurse appointments and for advice both at the surgery and over the phone. Cath is also our Diabetes Nurse and has done further training to enable her to speak to clients about the condition and how to treat it, she routinely runs weight clinics and is happy to give advice to clients when their pets have overindulged!

Other than nursing Cath is the first point of contact at Macclesfield regarding insurance claims, she keeps our PDSA Pet Aid applications up to date and makes sure contact with the other charities we work with such as the Dogs Trust and Cats protection is in order.

Cath also coordinates work experience times for school students, any students wishing to apply should do so in writing to the practice address or by email to stating the dates required and outlining why they want the placement and what their career plans are.

She also keeps an eye on the many Vet Students we have at Macclesfield ensuring they get the appropriate training in the time they spend with us.

Cath is married to Dave and they own a lovely black Labrador called Mattie, and a naughty Border Terrier called Mo, they have 2 cats Fiver and Minnie.

Emma Chapman– Small Animal Head Nurse

Emma originally worked at our Wilmslow branch surgery where she did her training before coming to work at the main hospital. She took over the role of head nurse in 2004. Emma is in charge of the nursing rota. She is also a nursing assessor who plays a very important part in the training of nurses at the practice.

Emma works in all areas of the practice - from checking in patients first thing in the morning, assisting in theatre and radiography, to making sure the daily drug order is done. She got married to Damien in July 2007 and they own two Weimeraners, Shadow and Jess.

Lisa Bailey

Lisa has worked at Wright and Morten since August 1992. Lisa takes charge in the theatre and prep areas of the hospital each day and keeps everybody on their toes!

When not at work she is kept busy looking after her two children along with a cat, and Molly, her Jack Russell who comes to work with her everyday.

As well as enjoying watching her son play football & cricket, she also enjoys jogging, walks and eating out.

Kelly Gilman

Kelly joined Wright and Morten in June 2004 as a trainee nurse and then she qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse  in summer 2007. Kelly gained a nursing certificate in anaesthesia and critical care (NCert A+CC) in November 2010.

She enjoys all aspects of nursing and is involved in running the practices' juvenile nurse clinics seeing young dogs for a check up on their growth & care.

She lives on a Dairy and Sheep farm near Leek and has two dogs called Bugsy and Tess.

Laura Daniels

Laura started at the Practice in 2005 & qualified as a Registered Vet Nurse in December 2008. Laura has also completed and passed her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing and is awaiting her graduation with the RCVS .

Apart from studying hard, Laura has a keen interest in all aspects of theatre nursing, particularly the soft tissue and orthopaedic cases that come into the Practice. Laura has already had several nursing articles published in nursing journals.

In her spare time she enjoys horse-riding, photography and swimming.

Katie Erskine

Katie joined the practice in 2007 and began her nurse training in January 2008. She is now a fully qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse who works mainly at the Hospital in Macclesfield. Katie is currently working towards a Certificate in Emergency & Critical Care which she hopes to complete in March 2013.

She is responsible for the dental room & equipment as well as our laboratory, ensuring we have everything we need in these areas to keep them running smoothly.

She has a particular interest in the care of hospitalised patients, working with the rest of the team to ensure they receive the highest standards of care possible.

Outside of work she has a horse called Metro who she events at British Eventing Novice level and has recently succumbed to the charms of a beautiful stray cat we had at the hospital so 'Lily' now rules the roost at home!      

Rachel Jackson

Rachel is a Student Veterinary Nurse studying for a BSc (hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management at Harper Adams University College. The course is four years in total and she is due to qualify in summer 2013. She did her first placement at Wright and Morten in January 2010 and has since returned for regular block placements and is currently undertaking a sandwich year at the Macclesfield hospital branch.

Rachel enjoys all areas of small animal nursing and particularly enjoys caring for hospitalised patients who require lots of support, nursing care and TLC.

She has two bouncy cocker spaniels at home called Sapphy and Gracie who accompany the family on yearly trips to the Lake District.


Natalie Barton - Receptionist

Natalie joined us in September 2007 taking over form Sandra, who has retired. She is a local girl, living in Bollington.

Natalie previously worked for the Cheshire Building society. She is the proud owner of two tortoises Charles and Camilla!

Sue Tideswell - Receptionist

Sue joined the team in May 2005. Before this she had spent two and a half years travelling with her husband, Keith. She has been married for 23 years.

She used to work part time for Staffordshire moorlands Council and also helped Keith with the dairy farm.

She has two dogs, a terrier called Molly, and a lurcher called Dino, and two horses called Inch and Danny, both of whom team chase and will event next year.


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