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Lizzie Howitt BVSc Cert AVP MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Some of our clients might remember Lizzie as she worked with us for 6 months after graduating from Liverpool University in 2010. Lizzie moved back to the area and re-joined the practice. With a strong interest in Dermatology, she recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice to further her knowledge. When she's not looking at parasites down the microscope, she also enjoys surgery and medicine cases. Lizzie has two cats; Archie and Bertie. She enjoys cooking and going for walks; Lizzie has recently returned from Maternity leave after having a little girl.

Hannah Cronin BVSc MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Hannah graduated from the University of Liverpool Veterinary School in 2012. She came back to working at Southfields in 2017 (although you may remember her as a 13 year old kennel maid gaining work experience). In her spare time, Hannah enjoys walking her two dogs; Peanut the Border Collie and Betty the Shih Tzu cross (an unlikely pairing, but best of friends non the less!) She also has Tom the cat, Woodie the Horse and Leonard the Hamster! She also enjoys baking and is a member of a local pop choir and has recently had a little girl!

Daniel Alcazar MRCVS, Lic vetmed

Veterinary Surgeon

Daniel graduated in 1993 from the Complutense University in Madrid. He has been working in different small animal pracitces all over England before joining the Southfields team in July 2019. He is married and has two young children that keep him very busy when not in work! Daniel enjoys badminton and mountain biking in his spare time. He also enjoys baking although he is yet to treat us to any of his creations! He has two cats; Mittens the 3 legged black cat and Dorito the cuddly ginger boy.

Carol Nicholls

Practice Manager

Carol is our longest standing member of the team, she's been with us since we opened in 2006 and became Practice Manager in 2016. Carol's the 'Practice Mum' and fixer of everything.

One of Carol’s true passions is first aid training, she always keeps us all up to date and even trains other veterinary practices across the country.

Emma Simon RVN


Emma worked at different practices around Manchester since qualifying from Myerscough College as a Veterinary Nurse before joining us in October 2020. She has two cats called Donny and Mango and enjoys watching films and spending time with her partner and family when she gets chance.

Mandy Morriss

Student Veterinary Nurse

Mandy joined the team in September 2018 after a career break bringing up her now 4 year old daughter, Isabella. Mandy has a Staffie cross called Sasha and a Arabian horse, Ali. In her spare time Mandy enjoys competing at advanced level endurance competitions all over the country with Ali, spending time with her family and socialising with friends.

Jex Denton

Student Veterinary Nurse

Jex has been working at Southfields since September 2016 as a work experience student. He started at Myerscough college in September 2018 on a Veterinary nurse course. When he is not in practice, Jex likes to spend time with his two rabbits, Timmy and Simba. Also, he likes to build experience with other animals and works at an exotic animal education centre where he handles and trains a range of animals. These include birds of prey, continental giant rabbits, ferrets, tarantulas, chameleons and snakes.

Maxine Dutton


Max is one of our receptionists and has worked in the veterinary industry for a very long time! She has previously worked as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant in a practice for 27 years and joined the Southfields team in 2013. Outside of work Max enjoys watching sports, especially Manchester United. Her great love is motorbikes; her and her husband Steve visit the Isle of Man to watch the TT racing every year. Maxine has 2 friendly female corn snakes called Slither and Slide.

Rachel McDermott RVN


Rachel qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2012 and has worked in practices both during the day and at night before joining Southfields in October 2020. During the pandemic she changed to working on reception and this is where her love for the job began.  She now works purely on reception and processes the pet insurance claims for the Practice. At home Rachel lives with her fiancé and 2 dogs, one of which is a withdrawn guide dog, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and 4 goldfish. In her spare time Rachel enjoys taking her dogs on long walks, watching television and has recently started taking horse riding lessons.