Carol Nicholls HND GIBiol NEBOSH Dip EYFS NVQ3 Cert Ed PTLS

Practice Manager

Practice manager, Miss Fixit, head decorator and first aid trainer. Before being one of the founding members in 2006, Carol served for 15 years as a manager in the pharmaceutical industry, followed by 5 years as a childminder and first aid trainer whilst bringing up her 3 children. Ask her for days out recommendations as she’s been almost everywhere!

Lizzie Howitt BVSc Cert AVP MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Some of our clients may remember Lizzie as she worked with us after graduating from Liverpool University in 2010 for 6 months. Lizzie moved back to the area and re-joined us in October 2017. With a strong interest in dermatology, she completed a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice to further her knowledge. When she’s not looking at parasites down the microscope, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Hannah Cronin BVSc MRCVS

Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Hannah graduated from Liverpool University in 2012 and joined Southfields in 2017 following her long history with the practice, having regularly visited for work experience since the age of 13! In her spare time, Hannah enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family; her daughter Poppy was born last year and keeps her and her husband both busy and very entertained! She loves animals… naturally!

Daniel Alcazar MRCVS, Lic vetmed

Veterinary Surgeon

Daniel graduated in 1993 from the Complutense University in Madrid. He has been working in different small practices 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 baking, badminton and mountain biking in his spare time. He has 2 cats; Mittens, the 3 legged black cat and Dorito, the cuddly ginger boy.

Evan Holdsworth MRCVS BVetMed PGcertSAS FHEA


Evan graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and has worked in the North West since 2007. Evan has a postgraduate certificate in small animal surgery and also works in higher education as a postgraduate teacher. Outside of work he has a young family, a silly cat, a headstrong tortoise and a fluctuating number of stick insects. Evan enjoys a few hobbies such as surfing, rock climbing, playing music and gardening… though finding the time to do so is becoming less easy.

Penny Whitlow RVN

Head Nurse

Jackson Denton RVN


Jackson has been working at Southfields since September 2016 as a work experience student and receptionist. He started at Myerscough College September 2018 on a veterinary nursing course and qualified in October 2021. When he is not in practice, Jackson likes to spend time with his 2 rabbits, Timmy and Simba. He also likes to build his experience with other animals and works at an exotic animal education centre where he both handles and trains a range of animals including: birds of prey, continental giant rabbits, ferrets, tarantulas and snakes.

Mandy Morriss ANA

Animal Nursing Assistant

Mandy joined the reception team in September 2018 and has since progressed to become our ANA. Next year she hopes to start her training to become an RVN. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys competing at advanced level endurance competitions all over the country with her two Arabian horses, Ali and  Amir. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, walking her Romanian rescue dog Harry and socialising with her friends.

Rachel Woodcock RVR RVN

Head Registered Veterinary Receptionist

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 as head receptionist and processes the pet insurance claims for the practice. Rachel has recently passed her training to become a Registered Veterinary Receptionist, having passed the final assessment with a score of 97%. At home Rachel lives with her husband and 2 dogs, one of which is a withdrawn guide dog, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, a guinea pig and 4 goldfish. In her spare time Rachel enjoys taking her dogs on long walks, watching television and is rapidly progressing with horse riding lessons.

Leanne Nolan


Leanne joined the Southfields team as a receptionist in September 2021, having moved here from Ireland only a week earlier! She studied science in school and is hoping to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh next year. Leanne has volunteered in veterinary clinics since she was 15 and loves spending time with all kinds of animals. In her spare time she likes playing rugby and spending time with her friends. She has 2 fluffy Labradors, one cat and a chinchilla.

Emma Nicholls


Emma joined the Southfields reception team in April 2021. Having studied predominantly science at Xaverian College, she hopes to shortly return to education with a biomedical science degree and specialise in pharmaceuticals. Coming from an overly competitive family, she likes to constantly try her hand at new skills whether it be learning languages, musical instruments or baking techniques. Emma is a self proclaimed pastry snob, but far less picky when it comes to beer.

Maxine Dutton


Max has worked in the veterinary industry for a very long time! Having worked as a nursing assistant for 27 years, she joined the Southfields team in 2013. Outside of work max enjoys watching sport, especially Manchester United, with a glass of red wine. Her great love is motorbikes; she and her husband Steve have often visited the Isle of Man to watch the TT racing but more recently has returned to her love of cycling. Maxine has 2 friendly female corn snakes called slither and Slide as well as a ginger cat named Peel.