Meet our Team

  • Olivia Antony

    Dr Olivia Ridgway

    Senior Veterinary Surgeon


    Olivia qualified in 2018 from the University of Liverpool and worked in a busy small animal practice in Cheshire before joining the Willows group in June 2020 at our Alsager branch. Olivia then made the switch to join the Winsford team in September 2021.

    Olivia is particularly passionate about internal medicine, and is undertaking advanced training in this area with a Post graduate Certificate in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

    Olivia’s favourite thing about being a vet is meeting so many wonderful animals and their owners. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys reading, gardening, being bossed around by her cat Molly and long walks with her loopy Labrador Nova!

  • Kira Tracey

    Dr Kira Tracey

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Kira qualified from the University of Surrey in July 2023 and joined the team at Winsford Veterinary Surgery for her first clinical role in September 2023.

    Kira’s favourite thing about being a vet is seeing the clients and their pets reunited when poorly patients go home following treatment. Her main veterinary interests lie in surgery and nutrition, areas she is keen to develop her skills in.

    In her spare time, Kira keeps herself very busy with baking, hiking, photography, embroidery and even squeezing in time for the gym! At home, Kira loves to spend time with her elderly chocolate Labrador called Jesse and her corn snake, Noodle.

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    Mr Bruce Waddell

    Veterinary Surgeon


    Bruce qualified in 1996 from the University of Glasgow, and spent 5 years in mixed practice looking after large and small animals in Suffolk. In 2001, Bruce joined the Willows Veterinary Group, and in March 2024 joined the team at Winsford. Bruce loves all areas of first opinion practice, especially building relationships with pets and their owners. In his spare time, Bruce is kept busy running round after his two sons, walking the dog and practicing Judo, a sport he has enjoyed since he was 7 years old! Bruce has a wide array of pets including one labrador, three cats, one leopard gecko, 2 horses and a Shetland pony!

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    Alexandra Mollart

    Practice Manager

    Alex graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse at Bottle Green Training in 2016. She trained at a Referral Hospital in Staffordshire. Alex then became a Head Veterinary Nurse at a practice in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, eventually becoming a Regional Manager for a large veterinary group.

    After taking some time away from work to start a family, Alex joined the Winsford team in September 2022. Alexs passionate about empowering her team to be the best that they can be, as well as encouraging the team to provide a gold standard of care to our clients, patients and each other.

    Outside of work Alex is a qualified Dance teacher and also enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

  • Louise Hodnett

    Louise Hodnett

    Head Veterinary Nurse

    BSc (Hons) RVN

    Louise graduated from Myerscough college with an Honours degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. She trained at a first opinion practice in Newcastle under Lyme and then spent several years there as an RVN. Louise then became Patient Care Nurse at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital in Liverpool. She developed lots of skills working with referral cases which included nursing patients in the intensive care unit.

    Louise joined the team at Winsford as an RVN in 2017 and took over as Head Nurse in November 2020. Louise’s main interests are emergency and critical care nursing, diagnostic imaging and helping to support the training of student nurses.

    Outside of work, Louise enjoys baking, reading and going out for walks with her mischievous Beagle Harley!

  • Rebecca Cooper

    Rebecca Cooper

    Registered Veterinary Nurse

    RVNA1 Cert CFVH Nut

    Becky joined the team at Winsford Veterinary Surgery in 2021, bringing with her a great deal of nursing experience. Becky has been qualified for over 15 years and has undertaken further training with certificates in Nutrition and Canine and Feline Dentistry.

    Becky has a keen interest in nutrition and loves to help owners transition their pets onto the right diet for certain conditions, weight management and growth.

    In her spare time, Becky is a keen gardener and loves nothing more than snuggling up with her family and 2 cats, Frankie and Mischief.

  • Faith Oliver

    Faith Oliver

    Student Veterinary Nurse

    Faith completed her Veterinary Care Assistant course at Reeseheath College in 2020 and is now undertaking her Veterinary Nursing qualification.

    Faith is very interested in anaesthesia and inpatient care.

    In her spare time, Faith enjoys reading and watching animal programmes with her 2 rescue cats Princess and Porsche.

  • Samantha Ikin

    Samantha Ikin

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Sam started working at Winsford Veterinary Surgery in 2008, and passed her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification in April 2013.

    Sam’s favourite part of her job is inpatient care, especially our more unusual and exotic patients!

    Sam also has a keen interest in Animal Behaviour, and is hoping to undertake more study in this area in the future.

    Outside of work, Sam loves spending time with her family and gardening, as well as having lots of cuddles with her cat Bentley!

  • Katie Garstang

    Katie Garstang

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Katie has over 16 years experience as a veterinary care assistant, joining the Willows Veterinary Group in 2010. Katie has always loved working with animals and spent several years farming and working with racehorses before embarking on a career in the veterinary profession.

    Katie’s passions at work are radiography and wound management. In her free time Katie is happiest doing any outdoor activities, but especially farming and horse riding. At home Katie is kept busy by her son and two troublesome Border Terriers, Doris and Rossi.

  • Steph Drinkwater

    Steph Drinkwater

    Veterinary Care Assistant

    Steph joined the Winsford team at the start of 2021 and is beginning her studies as a Veterinary Care Assistant.

    Steph loves learning all about veterinary medicine, but her favourite part of her job is supporting the team in the operating theatre.

    In her spare time, Steph loves to walk her collie Truffles and her cockerpoo Dottie! Steph also has a lot of experience working with racehorses and loves to go to the races.

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    Kimberley Larkin


    Kim joined the team in 2017. Animal welfare and care is Kim’s passion, having volunteered at rescues for 20 years.

    In work, Kim’s priority is customer care and she loves to go the extra mile for our clients.

    In her spare time, Kim enjoys arts and crafts, country walks with the children and foraging. Kim is kept busy by her rescue cat Wobbles, rescue Beagle cross Matilda and her handsome Bullmastiff Gus.

  • Katie Evans

    Katie Evans


    Katie joined the team in January 2022, bringing with her over 7 years of experience in customer service. Katie’s favourite part of working in a veterinary practice is getting puppy cuddles and seeing all the interesting cases that come through the door!

    In her free time, Katie loves long walks along the canal with her family dog Max, shopping and spending time with her fiancé, friends and family.

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    Susan Owen


    Sue joined the team at Winsford Veterinary Surgery in April 2023 for a change of pace after working in cabin crew for 30 years.

    Sue has a few favourite things about being a Veterinary Receptionist – she loves the fast paced environment, our close team bond and how every day is different!

    In her spare time Sue loves long walks, cooking and weekend breaks.

In loving memory of Fiona Hughes

  • Fiona Hughes

    Dr Fiona Hughes

    In Loving Memory of Fiona Hughes - Branch Manager and Veterinary Surgeon

    "Fiona was a familiar face to many of our clients with 28 years of experience in the veterinary field, 24 of those dedicated to the pets of Winsford. Fiona graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1995 and started her career with the Willows Vet Group at Beech House in Warrington. Fiona took on the role of branch manager of Winsford Veterinary Surgery in 1999 and saw the surgery expand, overseeing the move to the current premises in 2014.


    Fiona's work ethic was second to none, with a devoted passion for veterinary medicine (in particular for her beloved chihuahuas!). In her spare time, Fiona enjoyed her work with the church and pantomime group, but always found time for her love of music, regularly attending classical concerts. She will be dearly missed by clients and colleagues, for whom she was a true inspiration and much loved friend."