41 Thingwall Road, Irby, CH61 3UE

Monday to Friday : 08:30 - 18:30

Saturday : 08:30 - 15:30

Sunday : Closed

41 Thingwall Road, Irby, CH61 3UE

phone 0151 648 9933

Our veterinary staff at Irby Vets


Robert Forrester - Veterinary Surgeon/Practice Principal

Veterinary Surgeon: Rob Forrester BVSc MRCVS

A local Wirral lad, having grown up in West Kirby, Rob qualified from the University of Bristol in 2005.

Since then he has worked both on the Wirral and in a large veterinary hospital in Bristol, during which time he has concentrated on small animal medicine and surgery.

Rob lives locally with his wife, young daughter and son, along with their Labradors and Border Terrier.

In his spare time he enjoys taking his family to Parkgate for ice-cream in his classic Mini Cooper Sport or for a day out in his classic Land Rover.


Laura Pinnington - Veterinary Surgeon

Veterinary Surgeon: Laura Pinnington

Laura qualified from Bristol University in 2014 and has worked in small animal practice in Cheshire and Wirral since.

Laura completed her certificate in advanced veterinary practice in 2019. She has a particular interest in medical cases but enjoys all aspects of first opinion veterinary practice.

Outside of work Laura enjoys baking so she can enjoy gluten free treats and spending time with her Cockapoo called Lola, together they do agility.


Holly Walsh - Veterinary Surgeon

Veterinary Surgeon: Holly Walsh

Holly qualified from Liverpool University in 2018, working in small animal practice ever since, and joined Irby and Neston vets in October 2021. She has a particular interest in medicine cases, including skin cases and microscopy.

Holly lives locally with her husband. She is kept busy by Ginny the Springer x Labrador, and Rex the border collie, and also has a very friendly pet sheep called Robbie!

Outside of work, Holly enjoys long walks with the dogs and exploring in their campervan whenever time allows.


Laura Iantosca - Head Veterinary Nurse

Registered Veterinary Nurse: Laura Iantosca

Laura has been with us since 2015 and became our Head Nurse in 2021.

Laura has a keen interest in diagnostics and is known as "The crazy rabbit lady" in practice.

Laura has a dog who Is a little rescue papillon, a ginger and white tom cat and a dutch rabbit. In her spare time, Laura likes playing golf and listening to country music.


Kirstie Donnelly - Registered Veterinary Nurse

Registered Veterinary Nurse: Kirstie Donnelly

Kirstie started working at Irby Vets in February 2014 as our Veterinary Care Assistant. With no previous veterinary experience she soon found a passion for the job and has since qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in June 2021.

Since qualifying as an RVN, Kirstie's found a new love for running nursing clinics and in-house microscopy.

Outside of work, she loves going for walks with her fiance and their cockapoo, Maisie. Kirstie lives locally so you may see her out and about, usually with a coffee in hand!


Emma Kinsey - Registered Veterinary Nurse

Registered Veterinary Nurse: Emma Kinsey

Emma is our Veterinary Nurse who started working with us immediately after qualifying in January 2021.

This was a big career change having been travelling the world as a Professional Dancer for 9 years previously before training to become a veterinary nurse.

Emma lives in Heswall with her adopted cats and guinea pigs, and has a keen interest in exotic pets and wildlife. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, dancing and catching up with friends and family.


Clare Dudden - Registered Veterinary Nurse

Registered Veterinary Nurse: Clare Dudden

Clare has been working in small animal veterinary practices since completing a degree in Animal Management in 2010. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2016.

Clare loves meeting clients with their pets and enjoys running the nurse clinics at the practice with a particular focus on improving the quality of life for our older patients.

She relocated to the Wirral from Essex in order to be closer to her family and has a tabby cat called Maddie.


Barb Burdett - Veterinary Receptionist

Receptionist: Barb Burdett

Barb is the friendly face you'll see behind our reception desk and is always happy to help.

She has a wealth of reception experience, having worked within the veterinary profession for over 25 years.

Barb has recently acquired three new kittens, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy called Echo, and has had an interest in horses since the age of three.


Charlotte Colburn-Evans - Veterinary Receptionist

Veterinary Receptionist: Charlotte Colborn-Evans

Charlotte is one of our receptionists, she started at our Irby branch in February 2016.

Charlotte's educational background is in animal behaviour and welfare, most recently graduating in 2015 with a Master's degree in International Journalism.

Charlotte is a mum to 3 children. In her spare time she is with her two Bearded Collies and her three cats.


Kayte Evans - Veterinary Receptionist

Veterinary Receptionist: Kayte Evans

Kayte joined in January 2021 and loves working in the tight knit team and helping clients.

When not at work Kayte is busy with her photography and dog walking company: Popcorn Paws.

Having lost their amazing dog, Ernie, in July Kayte and family are now looking to rescue and rehome as many dogs as they can!


Lyn Young - Veterinary Receptionist

Veterinary Receptionist: Lyn Young

Lyn joined the team in February 2021.

Lyn graduated in 2011 with a degree in Wildlife Conservation, and has since worked in boarding kennels and more recently for an animal genetics company. She has been a SQP (qualification to advise & dispense medication) since 2018.

She enjoys meeting all of our clients and getting to know their pets.

Outside of work Lyn can be found out and about exploring with her young family or caring for their various pets ranging from Labrador Bella down to guinea pigs Teddy and Basil!


Georgina Hills - Practice Director

Practice Director: Georgina Hills

Georgina joined the team in October 2021, she started as a veterinary nurse way back when and progressed to Practice Manager and then Business Manager in the North West. She has returned to life in practice after missing being with a team and the animals.

As voluntary Director for the Veterinary Management Group, Georgina focuses on team support, leadership and client care in the veterinary industry, both inside and outside of work.

In her spare time Georgina heads into the Welsh hills to walk with her dog or when it's too wet stays home learning the mandolin.