Paul Thomas MRCVS BVSc GPCertSAS
Paul is our principle Veterinary Surgeon.
Paul qualified at Liverpool Vet School, with honours in small animal practice, and was awarded the 'Small Animal Practice Special Award' for his year group! Following graduation he followed his passion for small animal practice and left behind the equine and farm work. He gained an internship at Edinburgh University. This is a post qualification training programme where he spent time in an animal hospital, working alongside Veterinary specialists of different fields including medicine, surgery, radiology, anaesthesia and general practice. On completion of his internship he gained a post as a Vet at a charity based pet hospital. After gaining experience in emergency care at Vets Now, Preston, he came to work for Andy in Longridge and has never looked back!
In April, Paul and his wife Jill, purchased the Practice off Andy. They are excited to take on the challenge and continue to run this well established, popular Practice as it has been for many years.
Paul loves everything small animal, and enjoys meeting lots of interesting pets and owners. His real passion lies in the operating theatre, and he has gained a GP Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. He is commited to providing the best current care that your pet can have.
Outside of the surgery you’ll find Paul swinging his golf clubs, or going for walks with his young family, which includes a rather energetic Labrador cross Cavi called Sid.
Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
Andrea Westbourne MRCVS BVSc
We were delighted when Andrea joined us as a full time Vet in July 2014. She has lots of experience in small animal practice, is friendly, caring, and has a great sense of humour too! Paul worked with Andrea several years ago at a charity animal hospital, he was very pleased when she agreed to join the Longridge Vets team.
Originally from New Zealand Andrea has spent the last 20 years treating small animals (pets) in the UK. She loves the variety and challenges that general practice brings everyday. She has worked in a variety of settings including charity pet hospitals, and general practice. Andrea is a very skilled surgeon. She is also passionate about ensuring your pets are comfortable and happy in our Practice. You will rarely see her examining the animals on a consult table, she is usually down on the floor at their level.
Assistant Veterinary Surgeon
Nigel White MRCVS BVSc
Growing up in Goosnargh, and then Pilling, Nigel has always been local to the area. He first came to our practice at the age of 6, a visit which ignited a desire to become a veterinary surgeon. He began to regularly see practice with Andy Hutcheson from the age of 14 until he commenced his veterinary studies at Liverpool University. Prior to university he worked during weekends as a groom at World Horse Welfare Penny Farm in Blackpool, rehabilitating rescued horses.
He graduated with distinction in 2013, and began his first job at a local practice as a vet. There he attended to farm animals, horses and all manner of pets. After two years, he decided to concentrate on small animals practice, and spent 18 months as a locum vet. During this time he worked some Saturdays and helped cover Paul and Andrea’s holiday leave.
We were delighted when Nigel agreed to join our team in October 2016. Nigel enjoys small animal practice, and particularly the surgical aspect. He has embraced joining our team, is always keen to learn new techniques and skills. He also has a real passion for animal welfare.
Aside from being a vet, he has also spent time working for his family’s electrical contracting company and is a qualified electrician, which is very handy for maintenance around the practice! He also has 4 Labradors at home to keep him busy!
Andy, Alex and Bruce continue to support Paul and his team by helping out to cover training days and holidays. Our small team of vets means that our clients are able to form relationships with them, and vice versa.
Liz Stackhouse RVN
Liz trained at Myerscough College and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2005. Prior to joining us at Longridge Vets she worked at the PDSA Petaid Hospital in Blackpool. It was here that she met Paul and Andrea some years ago. Paul was delighted that she agreed to join our team in 2015.
Liz is passionate about animal care and welfare. She enjoys being in theatre and running nurse clinics. She has particular interests in wound management, minor surgery, laboratory work and rehabilitation of the hospitalised animal.
Outside of work Liz is kept busy looking after her young family, Sid the stray cat who adopted the Stackhouse family, and Terrence the tortoise. She is also a volunteer with children's projects in the community.
Veterinary Nursing Assistants
Having joined the practice 12 years ago, Anna is a familiar face to most of our clients. Not only is Anna regularly on reception and in theatre, you can also find her participating in nurse clinics and is an excellent, experienced handler of our more "feisty" friends. Anna's other resposibilities include accounts and insurance. When not at work she is often found walking the fells with her "family" of canine friends.
Having started in this practice 14 years ago, Jane is also a very familiar face on reception. Her calm, steady manner, especially on Friday afternoons, is a great asset to us and her love of dogs, especially the working dogs, makes her a skilled member of the Longridge team. Jane especially enjoys answering questions about our adolescent friends and the particular challenges that they present. When away from the clinic Jane is a keen birdwatcher and also loves keeping her step count up with her two dogs, Jet and Tan.
Jen is a local lass who has been in the veterinary industry for over 30 years. Having joined the practice 19 years ago, Jen has seen many changes in our profession, but her experience and enthusiasm for the job are still very evident. Jen has many roles in the clinic but especially enjoys reception and always has time for giving you advice and information about all aspects of pet care. In her spare time she loves walking and spending time with friends and is often seen out and about with her sisters little dog, Meg!
We welcomed Kate to the practice in November 2015, provisionally covering maternity leave but after 12 months she still hasn't left! Kate previously worked as a medical practice receptionist so has brought with her a new perspective to our reception area. Her bright, chatty personality and attention to detail have made Kate a great asset for the clinic. Although still learning the clinical side of veterinary medicine, Kate has a natural talent with out patients and is a real asset to the practice.
Our wonderful team of nursing assistants have been at the Practice for many years. Jennifer, Anna, Gemma, Amy, Jane and Kate are well known by our clients. The team have a wealth of knowledge and advice to impart. They keep the Practice running on a day to day basis. We are always pleased to have Marilyn in to cover holidays.