Pet Emergency Hospital Manchester

Vets Now 24/7 emergency and specialty hospital.

98 Bury Old Road
M45 6TQ

Tel: 0161 826 4883

Our new state-of-the-art hospital in Manchester offers you a trusted and professional service. 

We’ll work in partnership with you to become an extension of your first-opinion veterinary service. This way, we deliver the best in customer care for vets and clients alike.

We offer you a talented and dedicated clinical team, made up of world-class Specialists and experienced referral vets who have all undertaken years of additional training to qualify as experts in their field.

Your clients will always be your clients; we will serve as a support service to your practice. We'll never make assumptions about cases we treat at nights or weekends staying with us and we'll take your lead on the continued care of each patient.

Importantly you don't have to be an existing out-of-hours customer to access the daytime service. We are happy to take individual cases, on a case-by-case basis.

We appreciate that being able to refer a pet in a seamless and effective way is paramount in the provision of an exceptional level of continued care for your client. 

Meet our clinical and management teams:

Professor John Williams
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

After John graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School he worked for six years in small animal practice before returning to Cambridge University as University Assistant Surgeon for four years. He then moved to Liverpool University as Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery and held the position of Head of the Division of Small Animal Studies. John became a Fellow of the RCVS in 1993 and Diplomate of the ECVS in 1997. Since 1999 John hasworked in private referral practice in Cheshire.

He is active on the CPD lecture circuit and regularly speaks in the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2000 he was awarded the BSAVA Simon award for contributions to small animal surgery. John has authored chapters and edited manuals for BSAVA and most recently contributed and co-edited the second edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Surgery.

John is a previous Chair of BSAVA's Congress Committee and Chief Examiner for the RCVS Diploma in Surgery. In 2012 he was appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool. He has a keen interest in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly emergency surgery, damage control surgery, portosystemic shunts and minimally invasive surgery.

 John Williams Manchester Hospital

Paul Wilson, Hospital Manager Manchester

Having established a career in retail and business management Paul moved into Community Pharmacy as a Regional Manager and has since held a number of different roles including being the national Operations Development lead for over 800 pharmacies. 

Whilst working in Community Pharmacy Paul worked closely with the NHS and worked on many different work streams including commissioning services and professional standards. Paul joined Vets Now as the Manager of the Manchester Hospital in August of this year and is looking forward to opening the hospital in 2016. 

Outside work Paul enjoys spending time with his family, dogs (a West Highland Terrier, a Siberian Husky and 6 month old Beagle) and running.

Paul Wilson Manchester Hospital Vets Now


Laura graduated from University College Dublin in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Medicine.

She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, followed by a combined Masters of Science and residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida.

In 2013, Laura joined University College Dublin as Assistant Professor in smal Animal Surgery. she was welcomes as a Diplomate of the American College of VeterinarySurgeons (ACVS) and European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) in 2014, and as a Diplomate of the American College ofVeterinary Sports medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2015. 

Laura is actively involved in teaching, delivering lectures and practical workshops nationaly and internationally.

She has contributed as an author to multiple surgical textbooks and peer-reviewed journals. Her research interests include orthpaedic biomechanics, specifically relating to medical coronoid disease in dogs, as well teaching and proficiency assessment in minimally-invasive procedures.

Although Laura maintains a strong interest in all aspects of orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurologic and oncologic surgery, her main clinical interests reflect her advanced training at UF in minimally-invasive techniques, traumatology and rehabilitation of the post-operative patient.

Laura Cuddy Manchester Hospital Vets Now 

Louise O Dwyer
MBABSc(Hons) VTS(Anaesthesia/Analgesia&ECC)
DipAVN(Medical&Surgical) RVN

Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014.

Louise has contributed to over 35 publications and lectures world wide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control.

Louise was the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016 and RCVS Golden Jubilee Award for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing.

Louise's clinical interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma patients, aswell as anaesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control and wound management.

 Louise Odwyer Manchester Hospital Vets Now

Kerry Doolin
Referral Clinician in ECC

Kerry graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005 and spent several years as an emergency clinician in private practice in Sydney before completing an Emergency and Critical Care internship at the University of California, Davis.

She then completed an Emergency and Critical Care Residency at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Her interests include transfusion medicine and mechanical ventilation.

 Kerry Doolin Manchester Hospital Vets Now

Paul Aldridge
Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Paul graduated from Liverpool University in 1995. After a short spell in mixed practice he moved to a surgical role in a small animal hospital in Manchester where he obtained his RCVS Certificate. Paul has continued to work in the Manchester area since then, seeing orthopaedic and soft tissue referral cases.

Widely involved in delivering CPD, Paul has lectured to vets and nurses in the UK, Europe and the USA and has authored and contributed to text books.

Paul's clinical interests include all aspects of traumatology, acute abdominal surgery and cruciate disease.

 Paul Manchester Hospital Vets Now

David B. Owen BVMS CertAVP (ECC) MRCVS (RCVS Avanced Practioner Emergency and Critical Care)

David graduated with honours from Glasgow University in 2007 and started working in a small animal general practice in Scotland. Following this he worked for 6 years at a small animal hospital in Manchester, where he gained an interest in emergency and critical care. David gained the RCVS Certificate in emergency and critical care in 2015 and is a registered RCVS Advanced Practitioner in this field. 

David joined Vets Now in November 2016 to further his interests in all aspects of emergency and criical care.

David Owen Manchester Hospital Vets Now 

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