Veterinary Centres

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Carly Cheesman

Carly has been working in the veterinary profession since 2001. She qualified in 2004 gaining a credit from Myerscough College in Preston.

She joined Churchview in May 2010 after previously working for the PDSA and various private practices as a locum.

Carly is interested in all types of animals – her passion being wildlife and cats. She has three beautiful cats of her own, one of which is blind and needs lots of special care and attention – which of course she gets! She also has a special interest in small animals, owning a Rex rabbit, a chinchilla, a Chinese hamster and a budgie.


Carly VN & Head Nurse



Gayle Elliot-Jones BVMS, MRCVS

Our Clinical Director Gayle qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1995. After some years in mixed practice both in North Wales and Cambridgeshire, she decided her true vocation was in small animal work. She has worked for Churchview Vets since 2002, commuting daily from her home in North Wales which she shares with 3 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 pigs, 1 pony and a husband!

She appreciates that having worked here for some years, she has been able to build up good long term relationships with both clients and their animals and is always happy to give advice. She especially enjoys the surgical aspect of the job as well as the challenge associated with more complex medical cases.



Tim Mainland MA VetMB, MRCVS

Tim qualified as a vet in 1979, graduating from Cambridge. After a few years working in a variety of practices, Tim took on his own small animal practice in north Wales in 1983. In mid April 2000, Tim moved the practice base across the waters of the Dee to Wirral and  he set up Churchview Veterinary Centres in Heswall and Neston.

Tim now just works part time consulting at our Neston surgery where is an experienced and familiar face with all of our clients and their pets.

Tim enjoys spending his free time with his wife Maureen and grown up children Joe & Emma. Tim also owns a very lively black flat coated retriever called Annie who keeps him busy.



Marina Alonso MRCVS

Marina qualified as a vet in Madrid, Spain in 2000 and has been working ever since in the UK in a variety of practices. She joined the team at Churchview in 2014 and is already a friendly and familiar face with the clients.


Outside of work, Marina enjoys spending time with her 3 children and her Chihuahua Max, who she rescued 3 years ago. She also enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and Salsa dancing.


Support Staff


Emma Broomfield MRCVS

Emma qualified in 2005 and has worked in small animal practice since graduation. She enjoys all aspects of her job but especially  likes soft tissue surgery and looking after all the “golden-oldies”.


Outside of work, Emma is kept busy by her two children and maintaining her large vegetable garden to keep her kitchen stocked with her 5-a day. She has many pets at home including cats, guinea pigs, chickens as well her husband’s frog and spider collection and not forgetting the escaping tortoise Leopold Leopoldovrich.




Kirsty Blake, Receptionist

Kirsty is our longest serving member of staff having joined Churchview in 1990.


She is our main receptionist at Neston where she is a friendly and familiar face with all of our clients. Outside of work Kirsty enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family.

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After initially studying equine at college, Laura joined Churchview 10 years ago and is an Animal Nursing Assistant, working at both Heswall and Neston practices where she enjoys building relationships with clients and patients.


Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and two young children as well as looking after her many animals including 3 dogs and a hunter type pony called Midnight with who she competes at local horse shows.

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Ruth Dockerty BVSc MSc MRCVS

Ruth qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2009 at the University of Liverpool and she has also completed an MSc in Veterinary Infection and Disease Control there too. She is currently finishing a PhD investigating a genetic approach to improving welfare in the racing greyhound and she is a licensed greyhound racecourse veterinary surgeon as well as being a member of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) Veterinary Sub-Committee.  She has also spent several years working as a lecturer in the Vet School at Liverpool University.


Ruth joined the team at Churchview in 2012, and enjoys all aspects of her job consulting at the Heswall and Neston surgeries. At home, Ruth has four guinea pigs, two Rex rabbits, a mouse and a rescued hare that she hand-reared.




Marie qualified as a veterinary nurse back in 2000. She initially worked in private practice before joining Liverpool University Hospital in 2002, where she specialised in emergency care.


Outside out of work Marie has two cats Phoebe and Munkey, two rescue lurchers Pippa and Alan and an ex race horse called Harry. When she’s not busy caring for animals Marie enjoys cycling with her husband.



Heather has worked within the veterinary industry since 2009. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2016 and enjoys all aspects of nursing but has a particularly keen interest in soft tissue surgery and nurse consultations.


Although she loves all animals, she has a particular soft spot for cats owning five herself and has previously been a foster career for four new-born kittens!




Neil is our Practice Manager and is here to ensure the practice runs smoothly. He loves meeting clients and their pets and enjoys the variation a busy practice brings!




Lauren is our most recent addition to the practice team, having previously worked in the hospitality sector.   Outside of work Lauren enjoys socialising with friends, walking her two rescue dogs Kirk and Meg, horse riding and spending time with her fiancée.




Emma previously worked for Churchview up until 2013, before leaving to join the local small animal teaching hospital. We are delighted that Emma has recently opted to re-join the practice as our new student veterinary nurse and is looking forward to starting her training. She loves all animals but has a particular fondness for whippets and greyhounds. When she’s not working Emma is busy looking after her two children alongside her husband Jonathan.