Dean Halligan

BSc. BVSc. MRCVS Originally from Australia, Dean graduated from Liverpool university in 2001 and started working at BMvets the same year. He started as a new graduate treating both small and farm animals and became a partner in the practice in 2003. Dean has a particular interest in exotic species and spends a lot of… Read more »

Olivia Halligan

BVSc MRCVS Olivia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2001 where she met Dean her husband, the other practice partner. She is originally from Yorkshire but moved to Shropshire to start her career in small animal practice. Olivia became partner in BMvets in 2014 and works part time at our Wem branch. She has… Read more »

Hannah Wood

BVetMed MRCVS Hannah qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 and has worked in small animal practice ever since. She joined BMvets in 2015, she has a particular interest in medicine and has completed a certificate in small animal medicine in 2017. At home she has two rescue dogs, Darcie a Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier… Read more »

Helen Shields

BVSc (HONS). MRCVS Originally from Wiltshire, and qualifying with honours from Liverpool University in 1989, Helen joined the practice later that year. Helen has witnessed the evolution of the practice from a predominantly large animal practice, to the busy small animal only practice it is today. When not working, she spends her time looking after… Read more »

Liz Starkey

BVetMed MRCVS Liz was born and raised in Shropshire, before graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014. She has worked at BM Vets ever since and is currently studying towards a certificate in small animal surgery and has a particular interest in orthopaedics. Outside of work she spends most of her time training her… Read more »

Vicky Sherry

RVN Vicky qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2017. She also has a foundation degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Vicky has been with the practice for a number of years starting off by helping out and doing work experience. She underwent went her nurse training with BMVets and has decided to stay on with the practice since qualifying.… Read more »

Rachael McKenzie

RVN Rachael has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since 1988, gaining her qualification in 1991. She moved to Shropshire in 2015 when she started working at BMVets. She has a specific interest in surgical nursing. Her menagerie of pets range from horses to chickens and she has a number of hobbies to match including horse riding, baking… Read more »

Nicky Humphreys

RVN Nicky is another one of our long serving members having worked as a nurse at the practice since the beginning of time! She works part time at the Whitchurch branch and handles all the insurance claims and admin side to nursing. In her spare time she loves to keep fit by running, and recently… Read more »

Louise Garmston

RVN Louise returned to our practice in 2017 after qualifying here a number of years ago – she just can’t stay away! Louise enjoys being part of the small friendly team at BMVets and likes being involved in all aspects of veterinary nursing. She has a tortoiseshell cat called Shelly. Her interests include sport and she regularly joins in… Read more »

Karen Holding

RVN Karen is our longest serving member of the team having worked for BMvets for 20 years! She is a registered nurse and particular enjoys inpatient care and anaesthesia. Outside of work she trains her three gundogs and likes to keep fit with running and spinning classes. Karen works at our Whitchurch branch and has… Read more »

Julie Robinson

RVN Julie started working for the practice back in 2004. She became a qualified nurse in 2013. She enjoys all aspects of nursing but is particularly keen on inpatient care and nurse consultations. Outside of work Julie is a keen gardener and has her own allotment. She has two grown up boys and a number… Read more »

Emily Smart

SVN Emily started off as a work experience student at our Wem practice in January 2011 and was employed as a trainee Veterinary Nurse in September 2012. At work, Emily enjoys nursing exotic patients; particularly reptiles. After qualifying, Emily hopes to do further qualifications in exotic nursing care.  During May of 2015, she went to… Read more »

Debbie Minor

RVN Debbie began working as a trainee Veterinary Nurse straight from school and qualified in 1998 from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire. She worked at two practices before working for our Wem practice where she has remained since 2005. Debbie and her husband have two children, Sam and Zoe. As a family, they own a black… Read more »

Beth Whyle

RVN Beth qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2016 and joined the practice the same year. She travelled to Africa where she assisted the veterinary care of the local wildlife, something that she would be interested in pursuing further in the future. Beth enjoys all areas of nursing but is especially enthusiastic towards surgical nursing.… Read more »

Angela Francis

RVN A1 Angela qualified in 2006 after training with BMVets since 2001. She has worked at both branches but can now usually be found at Wem. She had a brief spell away but soon found herself back with us. Angela has a particular interest in physiotherapy and animal behaviour. She is also a clinical coach… Read more »

Kate Abbotts

Kate is one of our receptionist at the Whitchurch branch and joined the practice in 2006. She oversees much of the export work but still enjoys cuddling pets in the waiting room! She has two dogs, one of which is called Boo and is our regular blood donor at the practice. Kate has a particular interest in vintage cars… Read more »

Julie Holden

Julie is one of the receptionists at our Wem branch and has a particular obsession with rabbits – she can often be found cuddling a bunny in the waiting room! She has four rabbits of her own who lives peacefully with her Border Collie cross Rough Collie, Finn. Julie is originally from the Black Country (hence the accent!). She… Read more »

Eve Dodds

Eve is one of our receptionists at the Wem practice. She works part-time as she owns and runs the Sleapy Cat Rescue from her home. There are eight pens at the rescue which are always full up. Eve is an amazing, caring lady who devotes almost all her time to the rescue. During the year… Read more »

Christine Holmes

Christine started working for our Wem practice in 2004 as a trainee Veterinary Nurse but moved on to become part of the reception team where she loves meeting the clients and their pets. When she’s not at work, Christine enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and caring for their pets, Ruby a black… Read more »

Carolyn Ray

Carolyn has worked as a receptionist at our Whitchurch practice since 2008 after relocating from Buckinghamshire to fulfil the dream of owning a smallholding – she is now making the most of this lifestyle! She started off adopting three cats and now has two fun-loving Labradors, two ducks, five hens, a small herd of Dexter… Read more »

Julie Blent

Julie is our animal care and cleaning assistant and works at both the Whitchurch and Wem branch. She owns two Staffordshire Bull Terriers; Lulu and Coco, who are her pride and joy. Julie is the mother of one of our nurses; Vicky, and has therefore gained the widely used nickname of ‘Mummy’!

Julie Brookfield

Julie is one of our longest serving staff members having worked at the practice since 1995. She oversees the running and admin side of the practice. She has two children who keep her busy outside of work. She has a border terrier called Zak and enjoys reading when she gets a spare minute to herself.