Craig Dobson The Team


Jonathan Deacon | BVM&S, CertSAS, MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

After qualifying at Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2000, Jonathan’s first post was with a mixed practice in Northumberland and, during the 3 years he spent there, he developed an interest in small animal surgery.

As a result of this passion, he moved on to a referral centre for small animals in West Yorkshire where he spent 5 years studying towards the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery which he attained in 2008.

In 2008 Jonathan decided to settle in Northumberland, with his wife Megan, their family has now grown with the addition of daughters Kate, Gracie and Peggy. They have a collection of pets including 7 rescued stray cats, 3 dogs, 4 horses, ducks and chickens. Jonathan founded Moorview Vets in September 2008.

Jonathan also achieved RCVS Advanced Practitioner status in 2015.

Alison Kennair | BVMS, CertAVP (GSAS), MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Alison qualified from Glasgow University in 1995 and has mostly worked in private small animal practice since, after initially starting in general mixed practice. After a year off travelling the world she finally settled in Whitley Bay with her husband and two young boys and joined us at Moorview in 2010.

Alison likes all aspects of small animal work but her main interests are in surgery, CT and MRI imaging. She has a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with her emphasis on Soft Tissue Surgery.

Alison and her family have rescued Pebble, the lurcher from the SHAK charity, and a cat called Eddie.

Tim Dobbins | BVM&S CertSAM MRCVS

Tim qualified in 1990 from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. After working in mixed practice in Lincoln and small animal practice in Edinburgh and the West Midlands, he settled in Northumberland to pursue his main interest of small animal medicine.

In 1998 he passed his RCVS certificate in Small Animal Medicine and after 7 years working in a local practice left to spend a year in Industry, working as a technical vet. A year turned into several as he kept being offered increasingly enticing career challenges and opportunities that drew on his skills and experience as a vet.

Latterly Tim worked as Veterinary Affairs Manager for a large well respected multinational company. In this role he was responsible for technical affairs, vet school teaching, continuing education and the company’s relationship with key vets and specialists at Universities and referral practices throughout the UK Ireland.

Tim has now settled back in the North East and is delighted to have returned to clinical work. He lives in Northumberland with his wife, who is also a vet, two children and pet Labrador Breeze. When not at work Tim is a keen cyclist and loves spending his free time outdoors in rural Northumberland.

Kate Green | CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

Kate qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2005. Her first job was in a busy first opinion practice in the north east, and during this time she developed a strong interest in small animal medicine.

In 2013 she attained the RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice, with her emphasis on canine and feline internal medicine. She has a special interest in diagnostic imaging, in particular ultrasound. She joined Moorview in 2015. Kate lives in Northumberland with her husband Chris, sons Alexander and Joseph and various pets (two rescue dogs, three cats and a horse at last count!) in her spare time she enjoys baking, playing netball and exploring the local countryside.

Emily Renton | BVM&S, MRCVS, Veterinary Manager (Primary Care)

Emily qualified from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2002. She started her professional career in Shropshire in a mixed practice and then moved to Northumberland to work in a large mixed practice until she came to work at Moorview to concentrate on her small animal medicine and surgery in 2011.

She enjoys all aspects of primary care work and heads up the primary care team along with Tim. She also established a dentistry clinic at Moorview in 2014. She is presently studying towards her Cert AVP.

It was in Northumberland that she met her husband David and now lives on their beef farm with their daughter Annabel, their son Charley, four terriers (including The Fonze) and two horses.

Antonio Moneva-Jordan | DVM, CertVC, MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology

Antonio graduated from Zaragoza University (Spain) in 1990 after an Erasmus scholarship at Glasgow Veterinary School.

He worked in a Small Animal Hospital in the North East for 5 years where he obtained his Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 1996. He subsequently enjoyed a Residency in Cardiopulmonary Medicine and a period as Temporary Lecturer in Cardiology at the University of Edinburgh. He is a regular speaker and has several publications in Veterinary Cardiology.

Antonio is a member of the Heart Score Panel for auscultation of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society.

He currently works as a cardiology consultant in the North East (Moorview Vets) and West Yorkshire (Calder Vets) and has many years of experience in referral cardiology.

Dr Jonathan Bell BVM&S Cert SAS MRCVS DipECVS | Veterinary Surgeon – Soft Tissue Surgery, Orthopaedics, Neurology

Dr Jonathan Bell BVM&S Cert SAS MRCVS DipECVS recently joined us at Moorview Referrals. He qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and after completing a surgical residency in 2007, Jonathan became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009.

He is a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and enjoys all aspects of soft tissue, orthopaedic and spinal surgery. He will bring with him a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Vio Doran | MRCVS

Vio joined Moorview Vets in 2012 as a veterinary surgeon. Vio studied at Timisoara Veterinary School in Romania and graduated from there 2001.

Vio then worked in Romania for 7 years in mixed and small animal practices before moving to England in 2008 ready for a new challenge. Vio has now settled in North East England with his girlfriend and their daughter along with two hyperactive dogs.

He now heads up our emergency critical care team which includes the out of hours surgery. He is currently studying towards a BSAVA certificate in emergency and critical care.

Darren Long | BSAVA PGCertSAM BVetMed(Hons) MRCVS

Darren qualified with honours from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2010.

His first job was in a large mixed practice dealing with animals from cats to horses. He worked there for three and a half years before joining us here at Moorview.

Darren has a strong interest in critical care and feline medicine and has gained his BSAVA small animal medicine certificate.Despite his interest in all things cat, he enjoys investigating medicine cases in both cats and dogs and has a strong interest in endoscopy.

Being from the local area, Darren enjoys spending his spare time exploring the coast and countryside with his naughty dog Bailey. He also has a cheeky cat called Layla.

Shirley Van Lelyveld | BVSc MSc (Clinical oncology) MRCVS DECVIM-CA (Medical oncology)
European Specialist in Veterinary Oncology

Shirley qualified in 1996 from the University of Pretoria and has worked in a number of small animal practices since. In April 2007 she completed a 3 year residency in clinical oncology, veterinary referrals cancer and critical care.

In June 2007 she moved to a large multidisciplinary referral hospital where she worked as a staff oncologist. She managed the referred medical oncology patients, radiation oncology patients and emergency on call duties for their cases.

Since December 2012, she has taken a sabbatical to study and research in the area of oncology, to publish papers, to complete her diploma in oncology.


She has special interests in small animal internal medicine, especially gastroenterology and canine and feline nutrition. She will be visiting and liaising with us on a regular basis.

Dr. Marge Chandler graduated from Colorado State University, and after several years of mixed practice, did a dual residency in small animal medicine and clinical nutrition at Colorado State University and Massey University in New Zealand.

She has a Masters of Science degree in animal nutrition and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Companion Animal) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and a member of the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Marge was a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine and the Head of the Small Animal Nutrition Service at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has over 20 years’ experience doing referral small animal medicine and clinical nutrition.

Catriona Redman | VetMB BA MRCVS BSAVA PGcert SAS

Catriona qualified from Cambridge in 2004. She spent 7 years in mixed animal practice, before moving into small animal practice only in 2011. She developed an interest in orthopaedics and since joining Moorview in 2014. She has gained the BSAVA certificate in small animal surgery in 2018.

In her spare time, she enjoys fell walking, climbing, and travelling to the far-flung corners of the earth.

Sharon Wright | BVMS MRCVS CertAVP (VD)
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Dermatology

Sharon is a local girl, growing up in the North East. She qualified from Glasgow University in 2011 and moved to Yorkshire after graduation for 1 year working in mixed practice. In 2012 Sharon returned to Newcastle, where she spent four years in mixed practice. Sharon joined Moorview in April 2016. She has a strong interest in skin diseases and obtained her certificate in veterinary dermatology in April 2017.

Sharon is married to a vet called Allan and they have two children called Timothy and Hannah. Sharon enjoys spending her time off visiting new places with her children.

Sharon also has two terriers, two cats and two horses to keep her busy.

Dr Roberto Bergamaschi | DVM MSc CertAVP MRCVS

Roberto graduated with honours from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicin of Pisa (Italy) in 1998. His interests lie within the surgical side of veterinary medicine including neurology and orthopaedic surgery. Roberto is currently studying towards a RCVS Certificate  AVP in General Small Animal Surgery. He joined us over in England in July 1016 and decided to move up to the North East in February 2017.

In his own time Roberto enjoys life at home with his wife Marcella and six fantastic cats. He loves many sports, especially football; his favourite team is Juventus, who play in black and white just like Newcastle!

Kate Stalin | BA VetMB DipECVN MRCVS
European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Lecturer in Clinical Neurology at Glasgow University

Kate Stalin graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2003 before working in general practice in Aberdeen. In 2005 she returned to Cambridge as a resident in neurology. After her initial training at the University she completed her residency running a neurology service in a private referral practice in the north of England. In 2008 Kate was awarded her European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology and subsequently worked as a clinical neurologist in SouthWest London. In 2012 Kate joined the neurology team at the University of Glasgow. While here she has continued to offer a neurology consultancy service in private practice providing support to practices offering magnetic resonance imaging. Kate’s clinical interests include epilepsy, inflammatory brain disease and CNS neoplasia as well as some neurosurgery.

Kate also has a keen interest in teaching neurology. She is responsible for undergraduate courses at the University of Glasgow and is keen to improve graduate confidence within the veterinary profession. Kate has been visiting Moorview on a day-a-month basis, but from July will be at the Cramlington practice every other week to see neurology referrals or offer advice.

Than Chambers | BVSc (Hons) MRCVS BSAVA PGcert SAECC

Athanasia (Than) qualified with a Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney in 2008. She changed careers from chemical engineering to veterinary science and has never looked back. Having worked for an avian and exotics vet in Australia, she enjoys seeing many different species including birds and reptiles as well as cats and dogs. Than’s main interest is in emergency and critical care and has gained a certificate in this area of veterinary medicine. She is part of our vital team that covers the out of hours emergency cases.

Than, her husband James and two son’s Alex and Edward moved to Nortthumberland UK with James’ work and they are loving it here.

Whilst here, she has acquired a 7 year old horse, a lurcher from Stray Aid and a stray budgerigar. In her spare time she enjoys touring the countryside, horse riding and other equine activities offered by her local riding club.

Emma Mace | BVetMed, CertAVP (GSAS), MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Emma qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010. She worked in a busy small animal practice in the North East for six years where She developed her enthusiasm for small animal surgery.

Emma enjoys all types of surgery with her true passion lying in orthopaedics and she passed her certificate in small animal surgery in 2014. Emma joined our surgical team here at Morrview in 2016.

Although a southerner deep down, Emma has settled in the North East with her husband Chris and daughter Olivia.
Emma also has two Guinea pigs, Buttons and Percy, and outside of work she loves to play netball and enjoys baking!

Hannah Sleight | BVM&S MRCVS GPCert SAM

Hannah graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and spent the first year and a half in mixed practice before moving into exclusively small animal work. She has since completed an internship at Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service and gained her certificate in small animal medicine in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking and horse riding. Kevin the cat was taken home “just for the weekend” after being abandoned with a broken leg….2 years later he’s made himself very much at home.   

Jessica Bedwell | BVM&S BSAVA PGCertSAS MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery

Jess qualified from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2011.  She spent 2 years working in a busy small animal hospital in Hull where she developed a keen interest in small animal surgery, before moving to the North East to concentrate on building her surgical experience, including working for a busy charity practice.

She joined Moorview in December 2016 and has gained her BSAVA certificate in small animal surgery.
Jess shares her home with her rescue cat, Annie, and spends her spare time playing tennis, running and travelling to new places whenever possible.

Rebecca Jackson | BVMS MRCVS

Rebecca qualified from The University of Glasgow in 2011. She initially worked in a large mixed veterinary practice in the North East before moving into emergency medicine. After her marriage and birth of her son she joined small animal practice and has a special interest in internal medicine, emergency and critical care.

In her spare time she is kept busy with her baby boy, her German Shepherd Lady, three cats (Archie, Hamish and Jackson) and the fish!

Rieke Hettrick | BVMS, MRCVS

Rieke qualified from University of Glasgow in 1996. She has worked in a variety of practices in the North and came to us in 2004.

She has expertise and many years of experience in rabbit medicine and surgery and has developed the rabbit services which have been awarded Silver level status on the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) list of rabbit friendly practices.

She lives in the Scottish Borders with her partner, their daughter and Bangers the whippet.

Nanette Robson | BVMS, MRCVS

Nanette qualified from Edinburgh University in 1997 and her main interest is in emergency and critical care. Currently she is studying towards RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Emergency and Critical Care).

She is part of the emergency and critical care team that provide the emergency service for our patients at any time of day and night.

Laura Gillis | BVetMed MRCVS

Laura graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2011. Since then she has been working in small animal practice in and around her hometown of Newcastle.
She is currently studying towards her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in small animal medicine but enjoys all aspect of her job.
In her spare time, she enjoys keeping fit and is kept very busy with her cocker spaniels and competing her horse in affiliated dressage competitions”.


Jack qualified from Glasgow in 2009, worked for 18 months in mixed practice then went back to University to do an Internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Since then, he has worked in the North East and completed his BSAVA certificate in Small Animal Surgery with commendation in 2016.

He has 2 Labradors one black and one yellow (Lucy and Lily). In his spare time he plays hockey for Gateshead, enjoys playing squash, walking the dogs with his wife Sarah, DIY and gardening, as well as playing the bagpipes for 102 Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers pipe band!

Mark Laloo | BVMS, MRCVS

Mark gained his veterinary degree with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and has worked in the North East since 2015. Over the past few years, Mark has developed interests in internal medicine, dentistry and preventative health care. He is currently enrolled on the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

Mark coordinates placements for vet students within the practice and enjoys mentoring newly qualified vets. In his free time, he enjoys reading, travelling and playing cricket.

Barbara Matos | BVMS, MRCVS

Barbara qualified from Lisbon – Portugal in 2016. She started to work in the UK after graduation and decided to settle in the North East.
Barbara joined the Moorview team in May 2018 and has developed interests in internal medicine and imageology. In her free time, Barbara enjoys gardening, swimming and travelling to new places.

Helena Guest | BVMS, MRCVS

Helena graduated from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She has previously worked at two mixed practices in the North East, doing predominantly small animal work, before joining Moorview in July 2017. She enjoys all aspects of being a small animal vet and has a particular interest in surgery. She is currently studying for her Small Animal Surgery certificate.

In her spare time, she loves long walks with her Labrador Hamish, rescue crossbreed Cara and husband Lee. She also plays Korfball, a sport similar to netball and basketball, and enjoys travelling to tournaments both at home and abroad with this.


Jamie Tweedy | RVN, Head Nurse (Referrals)

Jamie joined the Moorview Team, in August 2011 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse to extend her knowledge of referral procedures.

Previously, Jamie has worked in another practice in North Tyneside where she obtained her Veterinary Nursing Qualification in January 2011.

Jamie owns a two Staffordshire bull terrier called Beaux and Diesel (who rule the house) and three rescue rabbits called, Millie, Minnie and Bobby. Jamie is a self-confessed party animal but is very kind and caring with all of our patients.

Kayleigh Bridge | RVN, Deputy Head Nurse (Primary Care)

Kayleigh has been working in the veterinary profession since 2007 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2011. She has predominantly worked in small animal practices and moved to Moorview in 2013.

She gained her certificate in nursing of exotic species in December 2015 and holds exotic nursing clinics at the Northumberland Park branch.

She has three cats named Apollo, Groot and Meredtih. She makes collars and leads in her own time and sells them on in practice under the name ‘the cats’ whiskers’ .

Theresa Bellhouse | Cert vnECC, RVN, BaHons Deputy Head Nurse (Referrals)

Theresa joined the practice in 2009 after moving from Manchester to study at Newcastle university.

She became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in 2013 and has gone on to obtain her certificate of emergency and critical care in October 2016. Theresa has a keen interest in anaesthesia, analgesia and radiography.

She has three pets; a cat called Oscar, a guinea pig called Oli and a rabbit called Belle.

Amy Calvert | RVN, Senior Nurse

Amy has been with us since 2007 and her special interests and responsibilities lie within diagnostic imaging. She also has a keen interest in theatre work.

Outside of work, Amy has a young family which includes her grey tabby cat Tetley Teabag.

Kerry Warren | RVN, Head Nurse Primary Care

Kerry joined us in February 2009 as a Trainee veterinary nurse and gained her qualification in veterinary nursing in 2014, following on Kerry was promoted to Head Nurse in July 2019

Kerry is a self-confessed computer nerd and has a large input in dealing with all the technical equipment involved in our practice. She also has a large part in organising the dental team at Moorview.

Kerry runs a busy home when not at work, filled with her two children Ryan and Paige along with her four cats; Seaka, Parker, Lex and Harlequin (but often fosters additional cats) and also has a bearded dragon called Wocky.

Carol Sears | RVN

Carol joined us as a trainee veterinary nurse in August 2011 after completing her Human Nursing Degree before deciding that animals were a much better option. Carol qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2015.

Carol has a dog called Scamp a little crossbreed and a son, Joseph, who work as duo to keep her home as messy as possible.

Stacey Wilson | RVN, Senior Nurse

Stacey joined the veterinary profession and started training as a veterinary nurse in October 2007.

She trained at Newcastle College and qualified as an RVN in 2012. Stacey joined us at Moorview in November 2012 and finished her DipAVN in 2017. She is now running our medicine ward at the Cramlington hospital.

When not at work, Stacey loves baking, as well as walking her two dogs, Oska and Charlie.

Ginny Rutherford | RVN

Ginny qualified in 2005. She is an experienced veterinary nurse and has a special interest in emergency and critical patients.

She is often nocturnal and spends most of her working time caring for the emergencies we get after hours and hospitalised patients through the night. The rest of her time is taken up with walking her two dogs Ellie and Max and riding horses. She also has five chickens and a very naughty kitten.

Jackie Newsome | RVN

Jackie has been nursing for several years and qualified in 2013. She joined the team in June 2014.

She enjoys all aspects of nursing, but her clinical interest is in the medicine cases and is studying towards her DipAVN. Jackie has a corn snake, a leopard gecko and her two dogs; a black Labrador called Talisker and a Cocker Spaniel called Harris.

Jenny Donaldson | RVN

Jenny joined the Moorview team in June 2015. Previously, Jenny has worked in a busy mixed practice where she qualified as a RVN in June 2011 and gained valuable nursing experience.

Outside of work, Jenny enjoys travelling and going to the lake district. She owns a border collie cross called Maisie.

Jasmine Lee | RVN

Jasmine has been working in veterinary practices in the north east since leaving school. She started off in a small animal practice in the north east as an animal care assistant. She started her training to become a qualified veterinary nurse in 2013 and qualified in 2016. She joined the Moorview team in April 2017 and is now part of the night team at the Cramlington hospital.

Jasmine has a special interest in inpatient care, wound management and anaesthesia. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping active via cross county running and walking her two dogs.

Christine Head | RVN, Head Theatre Nurse

Chris joined our team in September 2013 as a student veterinary nurse, after spending her first year training in a small animal practice in the south lakes. After a further 2 years training Chris gained a foundation degree in veterinary nursing from Myerscough College in July 2015, after which we offered her a full time position.

Born and brought up in mid Northumberland, Chris knew from her early teens that she wanted to work with animals.

When not at work, Chris enjoys walking with Floss her crazy west highland white terrier. She also owns Raddish (rabbit), Fluff & Squidge (guinea pigs) and a tank full of tropical fish.


Holly Carman | RVN

Holly has worked in veterinary practice since leaving school. She qualified in March 2014.

In her spare time she enjoys keeping active and walking her dog Spike. Holly also has two cats Rudy and Ava who were brought into her last practice as strays.

Sarah Phillips | RVN

Sarah began her veterinary career in 2011 after studying animal management at Kirkley Hall. Sarah became a qualified nurse in August 2016 and joined Moorview in September 2016.

She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly enjoys dealing with intensive nursing cases and has a special interest in anything cat related.

At home, Sarah has four cats of her own, Aria, Phoebe, Willow and Evie who do their best to keep her busy.

Laura Melrose | RVN

Laura is one of our student veterinary nurses. She joined us in 2014 as an animal care assistant. Two years later she begin her training to become a veterinary nurse and in April 2019 received her nursing Qualification.

Laura has always loved caring for animals, having previously volunteered in several practices and an animal sanctuary. She also worked in day care for dogs. She has two dogs of her own, Wilma, a big shy Great Dane and Angus and happy playful Rottweiler.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys hiking and loves to travel, especially to the Emerald Isle.

Phoebe Darrah | RVN

Phoebe has worked with us since 2013. Prior to becoming a Registered Vet Nurse she gained a Degree in Zoology. Her particular interests are nurse-led clinics, and being involved with medical cases and soft tissue surgery.

She has three pets – Lola, a cocker spaniel, and two cats Mia and George.

Laura Dodds | RVN

Laura is a Senior Registered Nurse and has been qualified for five years. She enjoys working in the kennels with the inpatients, and is also a clinical coach helping student nurses with their progress logs.

At home, she has a rescue Staffie cross called Wallace and two rabbits, Brandy and Bailey.

Claire Snaith | RVN

Claire started work for us in 2011 as an Animal Care Assistant and started her nursing training in 2012, gaining Registered Veterinary Nurse status in 2015. She enjoys Anaesthesia and Theatre nursing and in September 2016 enrolled onto the Diploma of Higher Education in Clinical Veterinary Nursing.

In her spare time she enjoys walking her rescue dog Olive.

Ali Winstanley | RVN

Ali qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2016 and has an interest in medical and surgical nursing.

She has two lovely Staffies who she hand-reared from three days old, and loves taking them on walks in her spare time around the North East.

Stephanie Boon | Trainee RVN

Stephanie has previously worked in a vets and had a short spell away from the profession before deciding she wanted to be more involved in animals again.

She owns a little bouncy Cocker Spaniel.

Danielle Latimer | Trainee Nurse

Danielle always wanted a career working with animals, so she went to college to study level 3 Animal Management before getting a job with Moorview Vets.

She has an adopted a kitten from The Cats Protection called Roxanne and also owns a bearded dragon called Rango.

Rebecca Wombwell | Trainee Nurse

Rebecca worked in an opticians for seven years before deciding on a career change to become a animal care assistant with us here at Moorview.

Outside of work, you can normally find her at the gym or shopping to her heart’s content!

Animal Care Assistants

Rachel Kirtley | Animal Care Assistant

Rachel has always had an interest in working with animals and is a self-confessed cat lady. She has a passion for campervans, Harry Potter and Disney.

She studied at Kirkley hall doing animal management for 4 years before landing her ‘dream job’ as an animal care assistant at Moorview in July 2017.


Rebecca Heald | Animal Physiotherapist | Mcsp, ACPAT Cat A

Rebecca first trained as a Chartered Physiotherapist at the University of Teesside, where she obtained her BSc Honours degree in 2002, before completing a post graduate diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005.

Rebecca continues to work part-time within the NHS although her main focus is in animal rehabilitation.

Rebecca runs regular physiotherapy clinics at Moorview treating in-patients and outpatients,the clinic is also open to external referrals. Physiotherapy can help a wide range of conditions from general arthritis to rehabilitation of complex neurological cases, helping dogs learn to walk again. Physiotherapy involves hands techniques, exercises and teaching owners home rehabilitation programmes so they can assist in their pets recovery. Physiotherapy is beneficial from post surgery up to fine tuning the canine athletes performance and everything in between.

Animals have been a life long passion for Rebecca, she currently owes a labrador called Snoopy, a cat Scampi and 2 horses Honey and Santon who she’s enjoyed competing over the years.

For more information about physiotherapy, visit Heald Physio and ACPAT.

Chelsea Hall | Senior Rehabilitation Hydrotherapist MCHA

Chelsea first worked as a receptionist at Croft Vets whilst completing her hydrotherapy training. Once she qualified, Chelsea set up our rehabilitation hydrotherapy service and has been treating our lovely patients for over two years.

Chelsea has a crazy 4-year-old sprocker called Oscar, and an ex-racehorse called Lady – both take up all of her free time!


Helen Hughes | DIP AVN, RVN Practice Director

Helen started her nursing career in 1998 as a trainee veterinary nurse in a small animal practice in North Tyneside. She became a qualified nurse in 2003 and went on to obtain my advanced diploma in surgery in 2003.

She had always wanted to work in referral nursing and developed her skills to specialise in a particular area of surgical nursing and ophthalmology from 2008 to 2013.

Helen joined Moorview Vets in January 2014 as the role of Head Nurse to manage a team of 12 nurses including both students and qualified nurses. As the business has grown her responsibilities have changed and is now our clinical manager of the practice, heading up the team of receptionists, nurses and animal care assistants.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys horse riding, running and visiting the Lake District. She would like to say she owned a cat called Surfi but as any cat owners are fully aware this is not the case –  she is a mere servant to his everyday needs!

Jessica Perkins | Primary Care Practice Manager

Jessica joined the team in February 2014. Having had a varied career, Jess realised her true calling was to work with animals.

In July 2019 Jessica was promoted to practice manager where she is responsible in overseeing that the business runs as smoothly as possible.

She started by volunteering for a cat shelter in her spare time which lead her into the veterinary profession. Qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2010, Jess has acquired considerable knowledge having worked for a mixed practice vets, dealing with domestic pets, exotics and farm animals. She has also gained valuable experience within a referral hospital since qualifying.

Although she loves all animals Jess has a real soft spot for our ‘feline friends’, gaining the nickname crazy cat lady.

Jessica now has a range of responsibilities as nursing and reception manager of all seven primary care branches.

Lydia Miller Thackwray | Customer Care Manager

Lydia joined the practice back in 2014, once settling back in the north east after spending years managing retail stores on cruise ships and airports.

Her main role is managing the Front of House team for all branches, as well as overseeing the customer experience. Lydia is a puppy mummy to a little scruffy looking dog Alfie, who is the centre of her and her husband’s world.

Faye Bertram | Stock Controller / Admin Assistant

Faye joined the group as a branch receptionist initially, then transferred to the Referral hospital in Cramlington. Back in 2015 she stepped into the new role of managing our stock, along side taking a more active role in ensuring the day to day support for our branches runs smoothly.

Outside of work you can see Faye regularly out with friends and he two furry children, Bobby and Freddie.

Sarah Brewis | Primary Care – Head Receptionist

Sarah Brewis began her veterinary career in 2003 after two years studying animal care at Kirkley Hall.

Sarah has worked as a receptionist in referral centres for 8 years before joining us in April 2010. She now heads our reception team. Sarah has a cheeky cat called Riley who was brought into Moorview as a stray. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Kay Scott | Finance Assistant

Kay joined the practice in 2011, and after starting in a part-time role is now a full-time receptionist based at Cramlington. She loves working with animals every day.

She doesn’t stop when she gets home as she is looking after her four children and her two retired racing greyhounds (one of which, Jasper, is a blood donor). Kay and both the dogs are also part of a charity that visit the elderly at retirement homes. She also has a rescue cat and lots of fish.


Emma Milligan | Receptionist

Emma is our receptionist at the second primary care practice in Newbiggin. She started working in the veterinary profession as a receptionist at a large referral practice in 2010. She moved to us 2 years ago and helps to keep our busy little branch practice running smoothly.

Emma is a proud owner of two terriers called Penny and Widget, both of whom do a great job of keeping her time at home busy and fun-filled!

Lynda Butcher | Client Account Manager

Lynda has been working within the veterinary world for many years and is part of the growing administration team at Moorview.

She is never far from her beloved dachsund that sits patiently next to her desk.

Stacey Mason | Receptionist

Stacey started working with us in September 2017. She absolutely loves all animals and wildlife. In her spare time, she likes to go for country walks and enjoys spending her time with her family and friends.

Stacey also enjoys being creative, making crafts and enjoys photography. She loves her dogs Kobi who is a ‘Pomsky’ and Kira who is a Husky x Labrador.

Ann Eddy | Referral Senior Receptionist

Ann joined Moorview Vets in April 2015, having worked at a member practice before that.

Ann has two rescue dogs and two rescue cats and also fosters for cats protection.

Ann enjoys walking and long lazy holidays in Scotland.

Jennifer Smith | Receptionist

Jennifer joined the team in August 2016 as a veterinary receptionist. She describes this as her dream job as she has always had a love of animals and a keen interest in their welfare.

Outside of work she walks miles with her pug George. She also has a horse called Floyd who she has owned for 10 years.

Johanna M van Talligan | Primary Care Receptionist

Johanna joined the Moorview Vets Primary Care team at Northumberland Park in May 2016 after working at an Equine Veterinary Clinic near Stocksfield for many years.

When not at work she spends any spare time walking, generally with her daughter’s dogs.

Carolyn Patton | Receptionist

Carolyn started veterinary nursing over 15 years ago and now works part-time as part of the reception team.
She has a daughter called Robyn who’s almost four years old. She shares her home with a Staffie X puppy called Peaches and two rabbits happily hopping around the garden keeping her busy.

Alison Whitehouse | Receptionist

Alison (Pally) has worked at Blyth since July 2016. She has a great love for all creatures great and small and has gained a National Diploma in Animal Management. She is hoping at some point to continue training and become a Veterinary Nurse.

She has recently returned from Down Under after living there for seven years and misses the weather and BBQs. However, she now fills her spare time with beach and countryside walks with her rescue dog Doug.

Gemma Mole | Receptionist

Gemma has worked with us for over seven years and is now a part-time receptionist after a brief sabbatical to have her daughter Jessica, who keeps her entertained when she is not at work.

Kimberley Hall | Receptionist

Kim Joined the practice in July 2018 and is loving the job getting to cuddle all the new puppies and kittens that work through the door.
She spends her spare time walking her 2 dogs; Otis a 7-year-old staffie and Jeff an 18-month-old border Terrier. Their favourite place is the Beacon park.

Kelly Morton | Receptionist

Kelly has been a veterinary receptionist for over four years. She has two cats at home, Bailey and Charlie. In her spare time, she helps out at her local cat rescue and looks after and feeds a group of feral cats.

Katherine Robinson | Receptionist

Katherine is a part-time receptionist at Gosforth who has two young sons at home to keep her busy. She also has a goldfish coincidently called Goldfish! She is hoping that a dog will soon complete the family.

Vickie Trewick | Receptionist

Vickie started working with us in 2015 and at first covered our branches. She is now based at Cramlington where she enjoys the diverse and fast paced environment.

At home, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, Charlie and Malcolm.

Linda Laurie | Receptionist

Linda began working with us in May 2010 as a branch receptionist and now is a permanent receptionist. She has many pets at home to keep her busy in her spare time.

Kristina Elliott | Receptionist

Kristina joined the Moorview Referrals reception team in July 2018 after previously working at a local primary care surgery.
In her spare time, she fundraises and fosters animals for Helping Pets (North East) and enjoys being creative with crafts, haberdashery and baking.

Kelsey Farley | Receptionist

Kelsey started working at Moorview in January 2017 as a night time animal care assistant and now works as a referral receptionist at Cramlington.
At home, Kelsey has 2 cats called Stevie and Salem, a guinea pig called Bella and has recently rehomed a chihuahua called Laila.

Kayleigh Loutitt | Receptionist

Kayleigh starting working with us as a referral receptionist in September 2018.
At home, Kayleigh keeps herself busy with her two dogs, two chinchillas and hamster that take up her free time.

Chantelle Gray | Receptionist

Chantelle joined the team December 2017 as a referral receptionist and never looked back. Outside of work, she has a 4 year old rescue beagle cross called Peanut.

She loves food, holidays, spinning and horse riding, and also does photography in her spare time.

Emily Rootes | Administrator

Having successfully completed her GCSEs, Emily is currently studying maths, biology and chemistry at A Level.
This is Emily’s first job and she joined the team back in July 2018. As well as animals being one of Emily’s passions, this post has furnished her with an insight into a medical environment.
In her spare time. you will find Emily at the farm, often knee deep in mud tending to the main man in her life Jim, her Welsh section D pony. As well as Jim, Emily finds time to wind up her little terrier, Alfie.