Meet Our Team

All of the staff have pets of their own, so understand what it feels like when they are unwell. That’s why you will always find a sympathetic ear to listen to your concerns at our clinic.

We believe spending time with our clients and their pets is the most important part of the service. Our consultations are 15 minutes to ensure we have the time to thoroughly examine your pet and listen to your thoughts.

Jim Rosser


Jim grew up on the Wirral and realised he wanted to be a vet while spending school holidays and Saturday mornings at local veterinary clinics. After gaining a place at the University of Edinburgh, he qualified in 1988.

He worked in small animal practices in Liverpool and Manchester then joined Albany Veterinary Clinic in 1993 and has never left! During this time the practice has developed with the efforts of dedicated long serving nurses and reception staff to make the clinic what it is today with the emphasis on the highest standards of clinical and client care. Keeping up to date with developments in practice is important to all members of staff at the clinic and Jim has undergone additional training in dermatology and radiography.

Jim is married with three daughters and Brodie, the Border Terrier.

Irene Welford-Christie


Irene Welford-Christie grew up in Manchester. At the age of six she realised she wanted to become a vet, and that dream became a reality in 1999 when she graduated from Edinburgh University.

Irene started her career as a vet in Cumbria, before returning to her roots two years later. Irene first joined Albany Veterinary Clinic in November 2015.  She quickly found that Jim Rosser’s mission of providing high quality individual care fitted well with her own values.  Irene has been enjoying working as part of the Albany Veterinary Clinic team ever since. She has a variety of interests, including dermatology, dentistry, behaviour and medicine.

Irene is married with a daughter and son, Smudge the cat, Pepper the hamster and Fudge, Pancake and Muffin, the chickens!

Our nursing team:

Tina, Gemma, Julie, Charlotte and Katie are our fully qualified RCVS registered nurses with decades of accumulated knowledge and experience in the health of your pets. They are always available for advice in the first instance.

Our administration team

Jeanette and Anna are our practice administrators, together with Julie and Harriett on reception. Their experience, together with an empathetic and friendly approach provides a welcoming first point of contact at the clinic.

Our visiting specialists:

We are delighted to be able to arrange appointments at the clinic with visiting specialists. They provide the standard of expertise found in universities and referral practices but in our clinic. We arrange these appointments with particularly challenging cases after thorough discussion. They all possess great technical skill but perhaps more importantly, the experience and judgement to decide on the right treatment for your pet, as an individual.

Emily Dutton Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diplomate and Recognised Specialist in Cardiology

Emily sees cardiology cases in cats and dogs suffering with heart disease such as irregular heart rhythms and heart sounds. To find more about Emily and her services visit

Jerry Shimali European Specialist In Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Jerry performs expert ultrasound examination with emphasis on the abdomen to assess organs like the liver, stomach, gut, kidneys and bladder. He is often able to take samples to help with diagnosis and provides excellent detailed reports.

Gareth Harries Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate Holder in Surgery, Advanced Practitioner status

Gareth provides with an excellent orthopaedic and surgical service. His expertise has helped pets with complex fractures and surgical repair of cruciate knee ligament injuries. To read more about Gareth and his work see

Catherine Sturgeon Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diplomate in Small Animal Surgery

As a European specialist ,Catherine performs a extensive range of complex surgical procedures such as removal of tumours that require reconstructive surgery. To learn more about Catherine go to

Claire McArdle RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology

Claire visits our clinic to see those tricky itchy cats and dogs! These can be difficult cases that really benefit from an expert eye and the time needed to get to the bottom of the problem.