Andrea – Auxiliary Nurse


I first started my Veterinary career in November 2007 at a large mixed animal practice. I qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2009 at Myerscough college. I enjoyed working as an Animal Nursing Assistant as the work was so varied. My duties could range from helping in theatre to going out and helping with Horse X-Rays. I then became Head Nursing Assistant and trained new nursing assistants in their work roles with I really enjoyed doing. I joined the St Clair team in October 2017 and hope I will soon be a valuable member to their crazy team. I currently have one Dog, gypsy who is a 12 year old Lurcher and a Ferret called Roady whom is approximately 4 years old after acquiring him as a stray. I am also a Mother of 4 grown up children and have 4 young grandsons.

Rachel – Auxiliary Nurse


 I completed my Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management at Kirkley Hall, Northumberland college, before joining the team at St Clair in July 2017. After gaining some valuable experience working within the Veterinary profession, I hope to continue my education and begin my Veterinary Nurse training. I love all animals, but I’m especially fond of cats! I currently own 3 male cats called Toes, Milo & Socks, and 3 female cats called Sandy, Munch & Twilight!

The SHAK Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2017!


As you are all aware, the team at St Clair put a lot of effort into supporting our smaller, local animal charities, and after the success of the SHAK Christmas Shoe Box Appeal which we launched for Christmas 2016; we will be continuing the Shoe Box Appeal for Christmas 2017! SHAK Rescue is a sanctuary for abused, mistreated and neglected togs, based locally in Northumberland. SHAK cares for the dogs who no one else wants, most of which are found abandoned, abused and frightened, or are saved from death row. SHAKs aim is to provide rehabilitation, environmental enrichment and physical and mental stimulation for their dogs and to make their lives as full and as normal as they would if they had homes to call their own. After such work, some dogs are ready to go on the “Forever Foster” scheme where specialised homes are found to continue the dog’s development and to provide the love and care that they deserve.

SHAK Rescue completely relies on charity funding to care for their dogs and to maintain their premises, and with this year being the worst on record with almost 100 unwanted dogs in their care, this is becoming increasingly difficult. The aim of the SHAK Shoe Box Appeal is to give all of SHAKs dogs a gift at Christmas! We are asking for shoe boxes containing tinned dog food, dog treats, large collars, leads, blankets & toys – and anything else doggy related that you can fit in! All shoe boxes can be handed in to the staff at our reception desk at St Clair Vets, where the boxes will then be transported straight to the dogs at SHAK. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, even old toys, collars and leads that your dogs no longer play with or use, and of course any other donations you may wish to give. Please share and support our fantastic cause to give the SHAK dogs the Christmas they deserve. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Please bring in your shoe boxes & any Christmas donations between Wednesday 1st November & Friday 22nd December, so we can arrange for them to be transported to the SHAK kennels in time for Santa Paws coming!