About us and Meet the Team

Wormcount.com Veterinary Laboratory

Wormcount.com is an internationally renowned specialist diagnostic veterinary laboratory. Our expertise is in faecal screening for pathogenic and non-pathogenic internal parasites.

Our reputation has been built on hundreds of word of mouth recommendations for being cost-effective, fast, friendly, highly reliable and professional. Clients who use us once come back – again and again.

We know from the great feedback from our clients that the most important aspect of our first class service is excellent communication. Our experienced and dedicated team is always happy to discuss any aspect of your animal’s worm count and results.

Our clients and their animals really matter to us. As animal owners ourselves we know how much part of the family they become, and therefore how important they are.

Our Animal Health Advisers, registered with the Animal Medicines Training and Regulatory Authority (AMTRA), will also discuss appropriate remedial action for your animal. It is all part of our service for you. 

For any inquiries related to worm counting, parasite detection, or specialised advice, feel free to consult with us. Our expertise goes beyond the standard, and we take pride in offering advanced insights. Explore the precision of our services, particularly in the realm of wormcounts for dogs. Your queries are welcomed, and we’re here to provide in-depth solutions tailored to your needs.

Meet the Clerical Team

Charlotte Fitzpatrick BSc (Hons), FGS, MIEnvSc,

Head of Clinical Communications

Charlotte graduated from university in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, and now manages our Clinical Communications team. As a Registered Animal Medicines Advisor, she is qualified to prescribe veterinary medicines in accordance with the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.  Her hobbies include hiking, rock climbing and looking after her (now retired) horse.

David Murray MSc FRSA

Business Development

David heads our back-office team and is in charge of business development. With over 30 years’ management experience in the public and private sectors, he has overall responsibility for corporate analysis and development– as well as making the tea!  When not at work, David’s favourite pastime is watching (but no longer playing!) rugby.

Helen Reid


Helen is a vital part of our clerical and administrative team. She has a wealth of specialist rural knowledge accumulated over many years in the busy office of a large country estate. This, together with her exceptional eye for detail is key to ensuring that our results and orders processes run smoothly. When not at work, Helen enjoys gardening, tending to her greenhouse and baking. The team are always delighted to sample her delicious homemade treats!

Jo Wareing

Office Manager

With many years’ experience gained in office and customer facing roles, Jo is a huge asset to our admin team. In addition to her core responsibilities of processing orders and test results, Jo keeps everything in the office running smoothly with her calm and friendly outlook.  Outside of the office, Jo has five cats and still finds time to be chief groom and horsebox driver for her daughter and their competition horse at weekends.


Head of Barketing

A leader in his field, Rupert has the whole admin team howling with laughter. He is very fetching and raises the woof with his huge personality in the office. Paid in treats and cuddles, he has settled in re-bark-ably well, although he does sleep on the job a lot! He will have to stay pup-to-date with his exams but it is hoped he sticks with it and stays in this admin roll(over) at the company fur-ever!

Meet the Clinical Team

Andrew Fitzpatrick BSc (Hons), MSc, MIEnvSc

Lab Manager

Andy is an analyst, undertaking tests and screens in the laboratory.  He holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree and already had several years of laboratory experience and qualifications prior to joining our team.  His particular interest in the lab is microscopy screening and interpretation. Outside of work, Andy’s hobbies include rugby and spending time walking in the countryside with his wife and dogs.

Lesley Irwing


Lesley originally trained and worked as an accountant. Having accumulated a wealth of hands-on experience with horses, rabbits and reptiles over many years, Lesley saw the light and re-trained as an analyst. She joined Wormcount.com in 2013. In her leisure time, Lesley breeds and shows champion Bengal cats.

Michaela Murray ESQP, MBSP, MRMS

Laboratory Director and Senior Analyst

Michaela is our Laboratory Director and Senior Analyst. She is qualified and registered by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to prescribe and advise on Veterinary medicines within the legal categories of NFA-VPS and POM-VPS for companion animals and equines. She is a member of the British Society for Parasitologists, the Royal Microscopical Society and a registered Animal Medicines Training and Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) Animal Health Advisor. Michaela trained as a ‘worm counter’ in 1999 and has worked both in Germany and the Netherlands as well as in the UK. She founded Wormcount.com Veterinary Laboratory in 2008. She has owned competitive riding horses all of her life, but she more recently has taken up carriage driving.

Nini French

Lab Assistant

Nini is an excellent asset to our clinical team. Her primary interests are equine and reptile screening, more recently diversifying into our increasing range of canine testing. Nini grew up in an equestrian family and is a talented and successful international event rider in her own right, competing up to CCI 4* level. When she is not in the laboratory, Nini can usually be found training and competing her event horses, walking her dogs, or running in 10km race events.

Sue Shipley

Biomedical Scientist and Analyst

Sue joined the team in March 2014, bringing 37 years’ laboratory expertise as a Senior Biomedical Scientist in pathology. Her specialist activity as part of the Wormcount.com team is pathogenic parasitology. Sue is also our internal quality auditor and is an experienced NVQ trainer and assessor. When not in the lab, Sue can usually be found surrounded by her horse, dog and many chickens.

Vicky Franklin BSc (Hons)

Lab Assistant

Vicky is a key member of our clinical team, specialising in sedimentation testing and Baermann screening. Her first class honours BSc degree and meticulous detail orientated approach are strong assets. Vicky enjoys spending time with her young family, her dog and her two rabbits. Her dog sometimes makes an appearance in the office for some cuddles. We await a visit from the rabbits!

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