Vanessa Griffiths MRCVS
I graduated from Dublin Vet College in 1998 and have worked in Wales ever since. Having married a Welshman I can almost call myself a native (unless there’s rugby involved!).
My veterinary interests are soft tissue surgery and small animal medicine – my main objective is to treat all animals I see as I would like my own pets (2 mischievous dogs and 2 spoilt cats!) treated. As the small animal director here at Daleside, my priorities are excellent standards of care and client satisfaction.
As a government appointed LVI ( local vet inspector) I am able to give advice on and issue pet passports/export certificates.
I work mainly between the Wrexham and Penyffordd surgeries and am available for appointments Monday’s, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.
I look forward to meeting you !
Rowena Siddorn MRCVS
Hello, I am Rowena Siddorn, I have been a qualified vet longer than I care to remember, and due to other vets retiring I find myself as the most senior vet (age wise)! I have worked at Daleside since 1993, mainly based in Shotton but occasionally going to Pandy. I work part time so have time to enjoy my work and other activities like going to church, helping with the farm at home, and more recently rowing. At work I enjoy all aspects of my profession but especially operating and fixing bones. It is good to work with a team where we can share our strengths and so provide a high level of care to our clients and their animals. Nowadays we also have many specialists that we can call upon as necessary.
At home we have a mixed enterprise farm, having diversified to take advantage of being on the outskirts of Chester. We have two children – a son who is an arable farmer in Yorkshire and a daughter who works with horses based at home.
Adrian Bucutea MRCVS
I was born in Romania and qualified in 2002. I came to the UK in 2008 and have been working with Daleside since January 2009. I love my job and am committed to doing the very best for my patients. I’m particularly interested in general surgery. Outside work, family comes first. I enjoy spending time with my wife and son. We love the great outdoors and enjoy fishing and hiking.
Louise Stansfield MRCVS
Originally from Wrexham I qualified from Liverpool and then worked as a vet in the UK and briefly in Australia.
Having relocated back to my home town I joined Daleside in January 2012 and am delighted to be part of a veterinary team committed to providing the highest standards of care and compassion to both patients and owners.
I enjoy all aspects of my profession but have a particular interest in complex medical cases and soft tissue surgery.
I have two children and a large cat who between them take up most of my time away from work but I still enjoy walking and the odd Rugby game when I can get a pass out!
Zoe Roberts MRCVS
I am originally from Northern Ireland and qualified in 2010 from Glasgow University. I then moved to North Wales which now is very much home, but I remember where my loyalties lie when the rugby is on!
I have a keen interest in internal medicine and I am currently completing a certificate with Liverpool University, however I enjoy all aspects of general practice and particularly enjoy getting to know clients and their pets!
Outside of work I live with my husband, two stepchildren and an array of pets- a collie, 2 cats and a goldfish! I love running and hill walking with my collie Nea, she sets a stiff pace!
Maria Rodriguez MRCVS
Hi! I’m Maria! As one of the newest additions to the Daleside Group, I am loving every minute of it and am delighted to be a part of such a friendly and supportive team of professionals.
Originally from Argentina, and after having spent some time with horses in America and mixed practice in Ireland… I crossed the water to start working with my beloved pets in Wales!
I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice, but am particularly interested in medicine and ophthalmology. I am very passionate about my job, and always strive to do my very best for our lovely pet companions and their families.
Outside work I spend a lot of time walking with my dog “Tails”! I also love travelling and adventuring to new places, especially when it involves visiting family and friends. Since I am very keen on photography, I try to record my memoirs well with as many snapshots as possible!
Matthew Phillips MRCVS
I’m Matt and I’m the newbie at Daleside. Originally from Shrewsbury, I qualified from the University of Bristol in 2015. I then went on to work in a large veterinary hospital down in North London for a year and recently made the move back to the North West.
I live with my girlfriend Hannah and our Guinea Pig Pickle. I’m a very keen sportsman both playing and watching, especially the Seagulls (Brighton and Hove Albion). If I’m not vetting you’ll find me on the sports field playing hockey, tennis, cricket or golf! I am also a keen surfer and hiker and love getting out in the great outdoors.
Hannah Morris MRCVS
Nathan Booth RVN
My name is Nathan and I am the nurse manager at Daleside Veterinary Group. I did my nurse training here many moons ago, and after 10 years away doing other things I have re-joined the Daleside team
During my time away from Daleside I have completed a degree in zoology, worked for a number of other veterinary practices, and have even been a lecturer! None have measured up to nursing at Daleside though and I am glad to be back. I am proud to manage such a fantastic team of registered and student veterinary nurses, and look forward to the new challenges my role will bring.
My passion is canine behaviour and training and I have developed a sound knowledge in this field over the years, enabling me to offer a dog behaviour service at the practice.
I have two rabbits at home called Percy Jackson and Penny Parker, and I have a beagle called Cooper who loves nothing more than running round at every opportunity! Cooper comes to work with me every day and has the best time playing with the other staff dogs in the office.
Rachel Cole RVN
Hi I am Rachel. I re joined the Daleside team in January 2015 after having a career break to have my two children. Daleside is a lovely, friendly place to work and I feel very privileged to work along side such a dedicated team. I am based in our Penyffordd clinic, helping out in reception, assisting the vets and running nurse clinics. I really enjoy all aspects of my job, but especially enjoy meeting clients and their pets, and running nurse clinics such as weight management, preventative care to include worm and flea advice, and puppy health clubs to name a few. Outside of work I love to spend time with my husband and my two children enjoying the countryside. At home we have a gorgeous cat called Humphrey, a tankful of fish and a pet rat called Sam!
Judith Churm RVN
My name is Judy and I have worked in practice since 1999, I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2004. Following my qualification in vet nursing I did a city and guilds qualification and trained to become an A1 assessor, I later updated this qualification to become a clinical coach which enables me to assist junior nurses with their training.
During my career in Vet Nursing I have worked in 3 practices including an exotic referral practice in which I have a particular interest, I have recently contributed to a current BSAVA manual in exotic nursing.
Since returning to Daleside part time following maternity leave I have geared my passion for preventative health care in pets and really enjoying running a range of clinics which include weight management, behaviour, senior clinics, puppy health clubs and many more!!!
I also really enjoy helping to run client evenings at Daleside which enables me to share my knowledge with clients, so far we have run desensitisation evenings, cognitive dysfunction evenings as well as a first aid course for groomers , kennels and catteries.
Out of work I live with my husband Darren and I really enjoy being a mum to our 2 young children. We also have a very handsome golden retriever called Brenig and a cat called Sophie.
Jackie Simmons RVN
Jess Williams RVN
Hello, I am Jess, I work between the Wrexham and Shotton Daleside sites. I have worked in the Veterinary world for 7 years and am now a fully qualified nurse! I have a keen interest in emergency and critical care, anaesthesia and inpatient nursing. Outside of work I am a keen runner and have three dogs at home (Milly, Lucy and Isla) who keep me busy! I also have a Hamster called Hamitch.
Laura Williams RVN
Hi I’m Laura, one of the Registered Veterinary Nurses here at Daleside.
I Qualified in 2008 and after all this time and a lifetime around animals I can truly say I am lucky to have a career in an area I am very passionate about.
I joined the team back in May 2016 and haven’t looked back since. We are all likeminded when it comes to the welfare of the animals we care for here and I get to work with a great bunch of people too.
Along with Rachel and Judy, I am also one of the Pet Health Councillors for the practice which is a role I enjoy most. We are the three main clinic nurses, of which my area covers mainly Shotton and one day a week at Wrexham. Being one of the Clinical coaches, which means a mentor for the trainee nurses we have here, is another role I enjoy.
Outside of work I love spending time with my fiancée Andrew and our family…our two cats Aslan and Kitty, doggie daughter Thelma the satffie and Mork the ferret.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Hello my name is Polly, I am a 2nd year student veterinary nurse at Daleside. I have a keen interest in nursing clinics and medical nursing as well as rehabilitation. As well as working as a nurse, I have also worked as a canine hydrotherapist which I loved! I have two dogs, a Border Terrier called Reggie and Gus, a Boston Terrier.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Hi! My name is Elin, and I am a Student Veterinary Nurse at Daleside. I’m absolutely loving every minute of my first year training, and being part of such a lovely team too!.
Before starting with Daleside, I was a Cattery Assistant for two years, where I also gained lots of experience in a practice environment.
My weeks are very busy with work and college, but I always find time to go the gym and horse riding.
I live with my family at home, which includes my handsome Dalmatian Leo, and my beautiful tortoiseshell rescue cat Eden.
I am the practice manager for both sites at Daleside. My role involves assisting the Directors in the general organisation and financial practicalities of running the practice, keeping everything within the legal frameworks. Specialist areas include a background as a HR practitioner and as a former bank manager trying to keep all the books balanced!
In my spare time I am a designated ‘taxi driver’ to my two children, and a keen sports follower (watching not participating!) Our family pet Buster is adored by all the family and likes nothing more than a brisk short walk and to settle down with us all cheering on Everton football team to win.
I am Joan, one of the receptionists at Daleside in Shotton. I joined the practice in 1969 when it was owned by Geoff Ash and was 80% Large Animal and 20 % Pets. In those days I did everything except the vetting! Prior to this the building had been used as a doctors surgery, a bookmakers and a butchers shop! I have two grandsons, two dogs, a cat and keep birds and fish. I am a keen gardner and occasionally go course fishing.
Hi my name is Linda, I’m a receptionist in Shotton, I guess you could just say Once seen but not forgotten 9 years I’ve worked here at the vets, Love meeting people and their pets
Myself I have a Labrador, A chocolate one at that, I keep an eye on what she eats, Don’t want her getting fat!
So if and when you come here, All our smiling faces you will see, But look out for the biggest grin, ‘Cos that one will be ME…
Hi I am Siobhan, I joined the Daleside team six years ago. Previous to this I worked as a trainee vet nurse in Stoke on Trent and also as a fitness instructor. I have two children, two dogs, and two cats. My hobbies and interests include running, cycling and lots of dog walking.
I have worked as a receptionist at Daleside since November 2006. I love my job, and have a great social life with my colleagues.
My interests are playing golf and badminton, which I’m not bad at even if I say so myself! I have two daughters who keep me on my toes and very busy. My pets include two cats and two dogs. I have trained as a dog groomer, so feel free to ask for advise on grooming your dog – I will do my best to help.
I have worked on reception at Wrexham since August 2007, and I love chatting to all the clients and their pets. I have two grown children, and two lovely grand daughters. But I also have my work mates at Daleside, who are an extended family of adopted sons and daughters. I love spending time with my best friends in the world – my two grand daughters. I enjoy reading and taking my Labrador Scooby for walks. I also enjoy gardening, a new hobby I’ve taken up since moving house. Move over Charlie Dimmock!
Hi, my name is Donna, and I work on reception at Wrexham. I thoroughly enjoy meeting all our clients and their wonderful pets!. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family.
Hello I’m Rebecca! I joined the Daleside team in January 2015, having spent over 10 years within the financial sector working as a HR and Operational Manager. I now work part time and enjoy the work life balance that this provides.
I am fortunate enough to complete a variety of roles at Daleside, including reception, auxiliary nursing and export administration. I enjoy all aspects of my role at Daleside, especially the nursing, as it is very hand on, and thoroughly rewarding.
Being local to the village of Penyffordd, I am looking forward to welcoming, and getting to know our new clients at the practice. It’s an exciting time for Daleside and I am looking forward to being a part of such a hardworking, passionate team.
Outside of work, I am a busy mum of two children who seem to have an ever increasing social calendar. As for pets, we are the proud owners of two gold fish!!…. but watch this space, as 2015 should see the arrival of our long awaited cockerpoo!
I joined the team in February 2015 as a large animal receptionist. I am really enjoying all aspects of large and small animal reception, and particularly enjoy meeting all the characters that come to the practice! In my spare time I enjoy cycling and spending time with friends, family and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rosie exploring new places that I have not been to before.