George has been treating my dog, Buddie, over the last few months and has shown compassion and caring towards him and was genuinely interested in ensuring his recovery. Would highly recommend George and all the staff at Churchcroft.
Meet The Team
George Packer BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
George graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1995.
After graduation, George worked in small animal practice and quickly became the Clinical Director of several practices for a large corporate vet.
As Clinical Director George was responsible for overseeing 9 other vets and helping them with difficult surgery and medicine cases. George has always had a special interest in cardiology and has since developed further interests in feline and geriatric medicine.
George took over Churchcroft Vets in 2009 with a mission to offer top quality veterinary care in a welcoming and pet friendly environment.
In his spare time George loves mountain biking and snowboarding and also enjoys playing cricket and golf.
Sarah Bransby Bsc (Hons) BVSc PGCert (SAS) MRCVS
Sarah graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 and initially started her career in a mixed practice in Lincolnshire. During this time she developed a strong interest in small animal practice especially surgery. She moved to the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire area in 2013 and started working in solely small animal practice. She started studying for a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery in 2016 and passed this in December 2018 with a merit. In her spare time Sarah enjoys running, cycling and competing in triathlons. She has a rescue cat called Charlie and a retired event horse called Sam.
Jon Ruben BVM&S PhD MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Jon qualified from Edinburgh in 1972 and went on to obtain a Ph.D in virology in 1976.
He set up Priory Vets in the 1980s and 1990s where he first met George by employing him.
Jon is married with 5 grown up children and stepchildren who he enjoys skiing with. Jon has a Staffie called Rosie who adores everyone and a Rabbit called Bailey who has been a wonderful family pet.
When he is not busy vetting, Jon teaches primary school children.
Julia Barham BSc PhD RVN, Veterinary Nurse and Practice Manager
Julia qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1992. After 2 years in general practice she was employed by Liverpool University as senior Equine Nurse and soon promoted to Head Equine Theatre Nurse. In 1995, she was persuaded by the Professor of Anaesthesia to go to university where she got a 1st in Biology and then gained a PhD in molecular genetics. She worked as a lecturer in genetics and postdoctoral research fellow in immunology before returning to practice at Churchcroft. Julia has 4 children and a dog called Jagger. Julia's interests include dog training (she has represented Wales in obedience competition), running, mountain biking and skiing.
Lisa Foster, Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Lisa has moved into veterinary nursing after 17 years’ experience of running a pet shop. She realised that she wanted more contact with the pets themselves and is a dedicated member of the team committed to patient and client care.
She has completed her first year of study to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse whilst still working at Churchcroft, not only passing but coming top of her year! We are proud of her and the application of the knowledge she has gained. Lisa says she is looking forward to the second year of the Royal College course and learning more about intensive care nursing.
Lisa has a miniature poodle called Rosie, 3 cats called Alfie, Charlie and Lizzie and a Chinchilla called Stella.
Aileen MacLeod Veterinary Nurse and Pet Health Counsellor
Aileen is an experienced veterinary nurse having worked in veterinary practice for over twenty years, she is a qualified Pet Health Counsellor and has a particular interest in geriatric nursing and client support.
Aileen has two teenage sons Sam and Ewan who she enjoys watching play rugby, a cocker spaniel called Kenny (who’s crazy but adores Aileen to the moon and back) a recue cat called Lee (who’s top cat) and two rats Toffee and Caramel. When Aileen isn’t running around after her family and dog walking, she enjoys live music and socialising.
Poppie Walker Veterinary Nurse and HND in Animal Management
Poppie has joined the Churchcroft nursing team after passing her HND in Animal Management and gaining some retail experience. She has proved to be a compassionate and hardworking member of the team who is always ready with a smile. Poppie’s ultimate goal is to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and we look forward to helping her realise her dream.
Currently, Poppie is training and gaining experience with our puppy socialisation classes, she is coming up with great ideas and developing the classes.
Poppie has a son called Harley and two dogs Rex a chihuahua cross and Diego, who's a mummy's boy, is a chihuahua. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors and has a keen interest in pencil drawing.
Anne Brown, Administrator
Anne is the principle administrator. As well as doing all the important back office jobs, Anne works hard to ensure all of the pet insurance claims are dealt with promptly and efficiently. After many years of liaising with the pet insurance companies she is an expert at getting problems resolved.
Anne is a very proud grandmother and enjoys spending her time with her family. Anne has a ball-obsessed Border Collie called Rolo and often dog sits her son's dog Alfie a hyperactive Springer Spaniel.