Pete Andrew BVSc MRCVS

Pete is our Pet Animal Team Clinical Leader.  Pete joined us in 2015 having worked previously as a clinical lead in various practices.  He has a clinical interest in dog and cat orthopaedics problems and is a keen surgeon.  He is very focussed on creating a good team environment and providing an excellent client service.

Pete and his wife have settled in Macclesfield and are enjoying their own renovation project.

Laura Jackson BVSc MRCVS

Laura graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2012. Her first job was at the RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital which was a baptism of fire! Whilst with the RSPCA Laura performed lots of neutering (especially of younger kittens to help control the overpopulation),  She left there to join Wright and Morten after 18 months. She is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine but particularly enjoys surgery.

In her spare time Laura enjoys photography, baking, yoga and walking (to burn off the cake calories!). Laura has Tabitha the rescue kitten, and a few fish too!

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.

Gareth Harries BVMS Cert SAS MRCVS - visiting surgical vet

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. Gareth runs a bespoke surgical consultancy service and visits us at Macclesfield weekly.

Emma Chapman– Small Animal Clinical Operations Manager


Emma joined the practice in 1999 as a trainee nurse at our Wilmslow branch. She became a qualified nurse in 2002 and head nurse in 2004. In 2016 Emma became our Small Animal Clinical Operations Manager, with a wide range of responsibilities for marketing, clinical standards and managing the clinical aspects of the day to day running of our small animal practice. Emma and her husband Damien 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.

We are very fortunate to have very experienced nurses including Kelly who gained the nursing certificate in Anaesthesia and Critical Care (NCert A+CC) in November 2010. From her advanced training she has been able to share her knowledge with the rest of the nursing team, ensuring all of our patients are anaesthetised as safely as possible using up to date equipment and techniques.

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.

Vicki Roberts - Deputy Head Nurse

Vicki went to Harper Adams University from 2011 to 2015 studying BSc Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. Throughout that time we saw a fair bit of Vicki as she completed block placements here as part of her training. Vicki joined the team here at Macclesfield permanently when she qualified in 2015. Vicki's responsible for the x-ray room at our Macclesfield Veterinary Hospital - keeping it clean and ensuring all the protective equipment is in working order. Vicki is also responsible for nurse training and clinical coaching in her role of Deputy Head Nurse.

She lives with her two dogs Ellie and Poppy and of course Monty the rescue kitty cat!. In her spare time she enjoys baking (which we gladly test!) and dog walking. 

Mairi Austin

Mairi joined us back in the year 2000! She started at our Macclesfield practice but also worked over at Wilmslow for a good while so she's a familair face to many.

She has 5 lovely Chihuahua's and in her spare time enters lots of competitions with them. In 2016's Crufts Edward, Daniel, Blossom & Lara did Mairi proud winning one 1st place, two 2nd places, two 3rd places and a 4th place!

Katie Erskine - Small Animal Head Nurse

Katie is our Small Animal Head Nurse. She joined the practice in 2007 and began her nurse training in January 2008. She is a fully qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse who works mainly at the Hospital in Macclesfield but also at Wilmslow. Katie completed the Certificate of Veterinary Nursing and Critical Care (Cert VN ECC) in March 2013. She gained valuable knowledge on the course which she has been able to share with the rest of the team, ensuring that our critically ill patients receive an enhanced level of nursing care. Katie is responsible for maintaining nursing clinical standards, and running nurse clinics.

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 she succumbed to the charms of a beautiful stray cat we had at the hospital so 'Lily' now rules the roost at home!

Steph Ball - Receptionist

Stephanie joined the Reception team in April 2014. She previously managed a small country pub and lives on a dairy farm near Leek. In her spare time Steph enjoys baking, helping out on the farm and long hacks out with her horses Benson & Vera.

Natalie Barton - Receptionist

Natalie joined the team in September 2007 as a receptionist, having worked previously for the Cheshire Building Society.  


Wishing to expand her knowledge and practical skills she completed a course at Myerscough College and gained a certificate as an animal nursing assistant in 2010.


Since the relaunch of the Pet Health Club in July 2015 she now takes an active role as the Pet Health Club administrator, making sure all the pets on the scheme are receiving the best preventative routine health care.

Natalie is married to Andrew and lives locally with her two pet tortoises "Charles" and "Camilla" and her crazy loveable labradoodle "Daisy".

Sue Tideswell - Receptionist

Sue joined the team in May 2005 as a Receptionist, 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 are in order. Before joining us she had spent two and a half years travelling with her husband, Keith. She has been married for over 25 years.

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

She has two dogs Molly & Brucie and a growing number of horses!

Debbie Birds - Receptionist

Debbie joined us in September 2008. She was previously a foster carer for children aged between 6 months and 16 years old and looks back with fond memories of this very rewarding and challenging time.

Here at Wright & Morten Debbie is an advocate for our Cat Friendly Clinic and is planning to gain even more knowledge of our feline friends in the future. Debbie always makes time to give support for those at times of bereavement who may wish to talk about their pet, which is very important within her role with us.

Debbie's an animal lover through & through with her pets including 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 rabbits, a tortoise called Stella, 2 rescue ponies and 3 rescue sheep which she saved from the chopping block - yes she's a vegetarian!