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, daughters Kate, Gracie Peggy their collection of pets (amongst which number 7 rescued stray cats, three dogs, four horses, ducks and chickens), leading him to found Moorview Vets.
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 is presently studying towards her Cert AVP.
She enjoys all aspects of her primary care work and heads up the team at our new centre at Northumberland Park. She also established a dentistry clinic at Moorview in 2014.
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.
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 two dogs called Tinka the Jack Russell and Izzy, a little rescue crossbreed. He is currently studying towards a BSAVA certificate in emergency and critical care.
Chris Dale | MA, VetMB, CertSAD, MRCVS
Chris qualified from Cambridge University in 1980 and has spent his whole career in small animal practice. He was awarded the Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1991 and has over 20 years experience as a referral dermatologist.
Chris is a past Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association North East Region running scientific meetings for vets and nurses, and has served on the BSAVA Publications Committee commissioning veterinary text books which are used worldwide.
Away from work Chris cooks, reads and goes to the cinema. Rock music is a passion and he is not averse to a muddy festival with his tent. Chris is married to fellow veterinary surgeon Eleanor and they have three grown up children.
Darren Long | BVetMed (Hons), BSAVA PGCertSAM, 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.
Marge Chandler | DVM, MS, MANZCVSc, DACVN, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS
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
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 started studying for her BSAVA certificate in small animal surgery.
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 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 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 completing her initial training at the University she then 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 at Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital. In 2012, Kate joined the neurology team at University of Glasgow. Kate’s clinical interests include neurosurgery, inflammatory brain disease and CNS neoplasia.
Kate is a visiting specialist who comes every 3 weeks and is happy to take any neurology cases.
Hannah Walker | BVM&S, MRCVS
Hannah qualified from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, and returned home to the North East to work in a busy mixed practice for 2 and a half years. She then spent a year working for a charity practice before joining the Moorview team in November 2015. She is currently studying towards her BSAVA certificate in small animal internal medicine.
She spends her spare time hill walking with her 4 year old spaniel Pepper.
Rebecca Key | BVMS, MRCVS
Becky qualified from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, and worked in a busy mixed practice in the North East for 2 years. Since then she has worked in mixed practice in North Yorkshire; and more recently in Madagascar, with all creatures great and small! She has seen sense and returned to the North East for good, and joined the team in 2016. She really enjoys all aspects of small animal clinical work, and has a strong interest in surgery.
In her spare time she enjoys horse-riding, running, and hillwalking with her husband, Tim.
Than Chambers | BVSc, MRCVS
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 also has an interest in emergency and critical care and is pursuing a BSAVA Certificate in this field.
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!
Emma Holt | CertAVP (SAM), BVMS,MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine
Emma qualified from Glasgow University in 2008. Originally from Northumberland, she returned to work in a large mixed practice for 5 years, developing her interest in small animal medicine. Following this she worked for a charity practice, where she gained her BSAVA small animal medicine certificate in 2015.
Hannah Sleight | BVM&S MRCVS
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 is now working towards her certificate in small animal medicine. 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
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.
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!
Dick Thompson | BVSc, Cert SHP. MRCVS
Dick has a wealth of experience having been a vet for close to 40 years, initially in Wales, but after a few years he returned to the North East and has been here for the past 30 years.
He began working predominantly with farm animals but now just cares for small animals, with the exception of his 34 sheep. At home he has six Labradors, a Beagle and a cat.
Rieke Hettrick | BVMS, MRCVS
Reike qualified from University of Glasgow in 1999. She has worked in a variety of practices in the North and came to us in 2004. She has expertise and many years experience in rabbit medicine and surgery and has developed the rabbit referral service which has 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, daughter and Bangers the whippet.
Nanette Robson | BVMS, MRCVS
Nanette qualified from Edinburgh University in 1997 and is part of the emergency and critical care team that provide the emergency service for our patients at any time of day and night.
Jack Sillito | BVMS BSAVA PGCertSAS MRCVS
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 grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, he moved to Edinburgh where he earned his Veterinary Degree in 2015. His special interests lie in emergency medicine and dentistry.
In his spare time, he enjoys photography and watching cricket.
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.
Helen Hughes | Dip AVN (surg), RVN, Clinical Manager
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 | RVN, Head Nurse (Primary Care)
Jessica joined the team in February 2014. Having had a varied career, Jess realised her true calling was to work with animals.
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. In particular she is crazy about her two rescue cats Felix and Poppins who she gave a home to in 2011.
Jamie Tweedy | RVN, Deputy Head Nurse (Referrals)
Jamie joined the Moorview Team, in August 2012 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She joined 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 Staffordshire bull terrier called Beaux (who she tells us is a hooligan!) and three rescue rabbits called, Millie, Minne and Bobby. Jamie is a self-confessed party animal but is very kind and caring with all of our patients. We think she is an asset to the Moorview family.
Kayleigh Bridge | RVN, Senior Nurse
Kayleigh has been working in the veterinary profession for 9 years and has been a qualified veterinary nurse for 6 years. She has predominantly worked in small animal practices and moved to referral work at Moorview in 2013.
She has 2 cats named Apollo and Meredtih and a wide range of exotic pets.
She gained her certificate in nursing of exotic species in December 2015 and holds exotic nursing clinics at the Northumberland Park branch.
Theresa Bellhouse | Cert vnECC, RVN, BaHons
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.
Sarah Robson | Senior RVN
Sarah has had a passion for animals from a young age and a desire to pursue a career caring for them. Working for North East Veterinary Referrals affords her the opportunity to do just that.
Sarah started her career with the practice in 2007 as a Trainee Nurse; soon progressing to be a Veterinary Care Assistant, before qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in 2011, after completing her Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
Sarah is now a Senior RVN, with responsibility for both the registered veterinary nurses and student nurses. In addition to this, Sarah has been appointed as a nursing mentor to support newly qualified nurses.
Sarah has enjoyed working in a referral practice, and has a keen interest in diagnostic imaging, including radiography and computerised tomography (CT). She also has an interest in Medical Nursing, and is keen to further her knowledge in this area.
At home she currently has two cats, a big fluffy ginger cat called Russell, and a recent new addition, in the form of a bundle of black and white energy named Ruth. When not at work, Sarah is kept busy by her young son, Oliver.
In what spare time she has, Sarah enjoys baking cakes.
Kerry Warren | RVN
Kerry joined us in February 2009 as a Trainee veterinary nurse and has now gained her qualification in veterinary nursing.
Kerry is a self confessed computer nerd and has a large input in dealing with all the technical equipment involved in our practice. She is an important member of the dental team at Moorview.
Kerry has a small menagerie at home including three cats and two bearded dragons and a naughty Jack russell Terrier.
Carol Sears | RVN
Carol Brown joined us 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 owns two dogs called Scamp, who is a little crossbreed, and Jesse, a border collie who she loves to walk and spend time with.
Stacey Wilson | RVN
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 here in November 2012 and has fitted into her nursing role with ease and enjoys all aspects that the job involves. When not at work, Stacey loves to walk 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 Smith | 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. She enjoys running and has often ran in the Great North Run. She has a corn snake, a leopard gecko and a load of fish named after Harry Potter characters.
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.
Christine Head | RVN
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.
Rosie Anderson | RVN
Rosie joined the veterinary profession in 2013 when she completed an animal nursing assistant course. She started with us the the summer of 2014 as an animal care assistant and enrolled as a trainee veterinary nurse two months later. She studied for her veterinary nurse qualification at Newcastle College and qualified in September 2016, complementing our qualified veterinary nursing team.
In her spare time, Rosie likes to spend time caring for her rabbit, guinea pig and King Charles spaniel.
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.
Jenny Weallens | Trainee RVN
Jenny joined us in April 2014. She has a background interest in animals, having done a degree in Wildlife conservation at university.
This was followed by working in a zoo and then onto studying penguins, whilst travelling around the world. All before joining us to widen her knowledge of animal care from a veterinary aspect.
Laura Melrose | Trainee RVN
Laura is one of our student veterinary nurses. She joined us in 2014 as an animal care assistant. Two years on, she has begun her training to become a veterinary nurse.
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 | Animal Care Assistant
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.
Rebecca Wombwell | Animal Care Assistant
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!
David Farman | Animal Care Assistant
David started working with animals at the age of 18, working at the Newcastle Cat & Dog Shelter as a kennel hand and then as a rehomer & retrainer in the isolation unit. Also during this time, David worked with the police and the army to give stray dogs a new chance at life in the forces as working dogs.
He has his BHS horse knowledge & care cert level 3 and also his horse owners cert level 3. Recently, David has acquired a love of birds and currently breeds Bengalese finches. At present, David has 9 finches & a fife canary.
Danielle Latimer | Animal Care Assistant
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.
Lydia Miller Thackwray | Non Clincial Ops 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 | Non Clinical Ops Leader
Faye joined the group as a branch receptionist initial, 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 | Senior Receptionist (Primary Care)
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.
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.
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!
Ann Eddy | 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 | 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.
Lindsay Dixon | Receptionist
Lindsay has worked here as a receptionist for many years now. She was initially at the Blyth branch then moved to Ashington. She is animal mad and has three dogs of her own. Two Siberian Huskies called Skye and Shadow and a crazy Staffy cross called Sofia who is a much-loved presence at the branch (anyone who has been to Ashington knows Sofia!).
When she is not at work, Lindsay and her husky Shadow volunteer for Wag&Company, visiting three different care homes in Blyth.
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.
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.
Laura Wood | Receptionist
Laura has been a veterinary receptionist since 2004, taking time off to have her baby girl. Her spare time is busy looking after her daughter, two Belgian Shepherds, two geriatric Ragdolls and two Maine Coons.
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.
Sarah Jane Hayes | Receptionist
Sarah Jane has worked with us since 2011, initially as a branch receptionist and then moving to the hospital. She has two children at home who keep her very busy, and also loves animals.
Kay Scott | Receptionist
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.
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.
Carolyn Patton | Receptionist
Animals have been Carolyn’s passion for as long as she can remember. She started veterinary nursing about 14 years ago and now works part-time as part of the reception team.
Carolyn sadly lost her sidekick Cleo, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, last year, but looks after her sister’s and friend’s dogs when they go on holiday. She also gets her dog fix at work!