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Meet The Standish Team

Gareth Jones

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Gareth Jones BSc, BVSc, CertSAS, MRCVS

Gareth qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2001 in South Africa and has been working as a small animal Veterinary Surgeon since.


He obtained his certificate in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery in 2011. His Special interests include soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, internal medicine and oncology.


In his spare time Gareth enjoys spending time with his family and every now and then a round of golf.

Zac Howe VetMB MRCVS

Zac graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 2019 and joined the team shortly afterwards. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a particular interest in internal medicine. 

He is a keen runner, regularly out on the fells of Rivington. He also competes for Blackburn Harriers on the track in the summer. 

The rest of his time is spent entertaining his miniature schnauzer, Jack, and his rescue cat, Rosa

Zophia Keating

Zophia spends most of her time managing the practice and our wonderful team. Keeping everything running smoothly is more than a full time job, and on top of this Zophia is always looking for ways in which we can exceed our clients' expectations.

Most of Zophia's time is spent behind the scenes supporting our team, and complements the veterinary staff. She particularly likes the diversity and challenges that occur daily, and helping owners and their companions.

Outside of work Zophia is just as busy with her three boys, two dogs and cat. Unsurprisingly, the animals are easier to deal with.

Nicola Burrows RVN

Nicky has been at Tyldesley Vets since we opened in September 2000, she also assisted in the opening of Standish Veterinary Centre in December 2019 and now splits her time between both practices.


She qualified in 1999 after doing her training at Myerscough College. She is our head nurse and is also in charge of the insurance paperwork. She has a Jack Russell, Rosie, who comes to work with her every day.


Nicky has a keen interest in horse riding and has two horses, Josh and Meg, whom she competes with most weekends.

Louise Heppenstall RVN


Louise joined our Standish team as head veterinary nurse in December 2019. She qualified with a level 3 diploma in veterinary nursing in 2016 from the College of Animal Welfare.


She enjoys all aspects of nursing care and has a keen interest in diagnostic imaging and being involved with orthopaedic surgery!

Louise has a Border Terrier called Toby alongside family dog Skye who is a Labrador cross. Outside of work, you will usually find her playing golf!

Fiona Baxter


Fiona joined our Standish team as one of our veterinary care assistants when we opened in December 2019.


She has always had a keen interest in working in the animal care industry and achieved a level 3 distinction* diploma in animal management at Wigan and Leigh College in 2018.


Fiona has a trio of Jack Russell's at home, Millie, Benji and Rosie! Outside of work, she likes to meet up with friends and go to regular quiz nights!

Jess Milburn


Jess joined our Standish team as our student veterinary nurse in December 2019.


She is a mum of 2 giant Newfoundland, Dougie and Sully and forever cleaning their drool with their fashion bibs!


In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym and socialising with friends! Jess is looking forward to qualifying as a veterinary nurse in a few years time!


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