Introducing Our Practice Team

Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification.
Dugie Gemmill
Clinical Director/ Veterinary Surgeon

Dugie graduated from Glasgow University in 1988 and after a spell in mixed and large animal practice, moved to Parkside in 1990 to be able to develop his surgical skills, in particular orthopaedics. He became a partner to David Murdoch in 1994 and became the leader of the practice in 2012. Dugie is particularly interested in Orthopaedic Surgery and more recently in Laparoscopic Surgery too and was among the first vets in the UK to obtain a brand new qualification in the field (GPCert(Endo)). He lives near Holywell with his two sons and their Staffie-Jack, Ghill……aka Dr Gilbert.

Veterinary Surgeon

vet Emily at Parkside Vets
Hayley Ashton

Head Nurse

Hayley the Practice Manager can often be found helping out on the ground floor! Hayley started her career with Parkside as a trainee in 1994, and qualified in 1998. She progressed gradually to Head Nurse and Clinical Coach after becoming an A1 Assessor. She lives on the Wirral with her family, cocker spaniel Sam and two guinea pigs.

Gemma Shaw

Senior Qualified Veterinary Nurse

Gemma has worked at Parkside since August 2007. She gained her Animal Nursing Assistant qualification first, then progressed and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016. Gemma recently gained her Dental Nurse Qualification and Clinical Coach Status. She is hoping to train as an animal physiotherapist in the near future. Gemma has a rescue dog called Bolt, a Yorkshire Terrier and a Budgie called Pablo.

Beth Levell

Qualified Nurse

Beth joined the Parkside team in 2011, she went on to complete her nursing training and qualified in 2016 becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She enjoys all aspects of her job and earlier this year became a Clinical Coach too. In her spare time she enjoys reading and cuddling her cat Remus, whose name comes from her favourite book series (Harry Potter) and who she adopted after he was brought into the practice injured.

Lisa Depledge

Student Veterinary Nurse

Lisa has been with Parkside since 2011. Initially she worked as part of the Wallasey Village branch reception team, before moving to the New Ferry branch to join the nurses and begin her two year Veterinary Nursing course. Lisa will become fully qualified in 2018. Lisa lives on the Wirral with her two children, Lux the Tabby cat, Freddo the Leopard Gecko, Lem the hamster and most recently a rescue dog.

Finlay Gemmill

Student Veterinary Nurse

Having finished his A Levels in 2014, Finn joined the Practice team in October 2014. In 2016 Finn spent six months gaining valuable experience at a busy Hospital Practice in Yorkshire before returning to Parkside to begin his studies towards RVN qualification in the summer of 2017. Finn is now in his 2nd year of College.

Chanelle France

Auxiliary Nurse

Chanelle joined the team at the beginning of 2018. Before this she did a year in agriculture 2011-12, then 3 years equine qualifications. From 2015 Chanelle did her Veterinary Care Assistant course before going on to work at Petmedics Referral Hospital. She is now looking forward to working towards her Registered Veterinary Nurse qualification, in the future. Chanelle lives in Cheshire with her partner Alex, Acer the horse and Harry the dog. In her spare time she loves cooking, baking and going for long walks.

Jane McNoon

Senior Receptionist

Jane, the Senior Receptionist, has worked at Parkside for six and a half years. Jane and her family have 3 furry friends to keep them all busy. They have an Akita called Colonel, a chihuahua called Ernie and Yogi the cat.

Louise Bayley


Louise joined the Parkside team as a Receptionist in February 2015. She lives on the Wirral with her husband and two children. When Louise isn’t busy spending time with her family she enjoys dogsitting for friends.

Tracey Pierce

Head Receptionist at Wallasey

Tracey joined Parkside in 2013. She is Head Receptionist at our Wallasey Practice although she does cover, and work regularly at New Ferry, on a Saturday. Tracey enjoys meeting and welcoming current and new pets and their owners. She gets great enjoyment from getting to know each pet, and their quirky and individual personalities. Tracey takes great pride in giving the best support possible to everyone that contacts or visits the Practice. At home her time is occupied by her adorable seven year old Shihtzu Dustypie and her two teenage sons.

Chris Kemp

Administration Assistant /Receptionist

Before Chris joined the Practice in Feb 2018 she had careers in banking, hospitality and secondary education. While working full time at Mosslands School, Chris was a Speaker, Fundraiser and most importantly a Puppy Walker for Guide Dogs. Being a puppy walker means looking after, training and socialising puppies from 7weeks old, for approx 12 months. Chris puppy walked 8 Guide Dog pups, bringing her last one, Nico to Parkside with her. She lives in Bebington and has this year become a grandmother twice over.