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!
Rachel Mclaren- RVN Registered Veterinary Nurse/Clinical Coach
My career in veterinary nursing began as a night nurse in a large veterinary hospital in 2008. I was then offered a position as a Student Nurse where I completed my Veterinary Nurse training at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashine, over the course of 2.5 years. I then qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014.
I was offered a Veterinary Nurse position at St Clair Veterinary Care in 2015, and since joining the team I have completed my Clinical Coach qualification which allows me to train Student Veterinary Nurses. I have particular interests in small animal anaesthesia, surgical nursing and the rehabilitation of small animals.
I am currently a devoted mother to two small breed dogs who are spoiled rotten! Maisie is a Chihuahua X Jack Russel Terrier, and I have also given a loving forever home to a small cross breed dog all the way from Romania, called Ava.
In the future I hope to emigrate to Australia to join my family, and continue my role as a Veterinary Nurse down under.
Jayne – Receptionist
After working at another veterinary practice in North Tyneside for nearly 3 years, I was offered the opportunity to become a member of the St Clair family. I started here in February 2015 and have quickly found my place within the team. At home I have 2 dogs Meg and Joey, a cat called Loki a guinea pig named Rubble and a goldfish named Luna, all of whom demand a lot of love and attention. When I am on reception I take any opportunity I can to cuddle visitors to the practice (only the furry four legged variety I should add!). I am happy to be working alongside such a lovely group of people who make everyone so welcome and provide an exceptional service to all of their clients. You really do feel part of a family here.
Andrew – Veterinary Surgeon
I qualified from Edinburgh University in 2008, and then spent 2 years working in Central Queensland, Australia, where I had a wonderful tropical introduction to being a vet. After this I came back to the UK and in 2011 began working at a large veterinary practice in Newcastle, I spent 4 years working in small animal practice.
I came to join the St Clair Veterinary Care team at the beginning of March 2015. I have two large ginger cats, Bert and Ernie, who are currently 5 years old. My interests include long distance running, as well as playing golf and football quite badly. I’ve adopted Newcastle United as my place to watch football, and will head to games whenever I can. I also take part in as many running events as my legs will cope with, mostly half marathons, but am building to a trail marathon in October 2016. When it comes to veterinary work, I enjoy canine and feline medicine, and have recently completed my certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) in August 2015. As well as medicine I also enjoy orthopaedics, investigating lameness and knee problems.
Lauren Bell – Student Veterinary Nurse
I began my career in veterinary nursing in 2014 as an Auxiliary Nurse at St Clair Veterinary Care whilst completing an Animal Nursing Auxiliary Diploma at Kirkley Hall College. Upon completion of my course I was offered a full time position as a Student Veterinary Nurse, where I am required to visit Kirkley Hall College on block release to complete my Veterinary Nurse training. I also work along side the qualified nurses and vets gaining valuable experience whilst learning. I hope to complete my studies and qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2017.
I have a love of all animals but have a particular interest in exotics, I currently own 1 tortoise called Esiotrot & a Leopard Gecko called Ellie. I also have 3 dogs, 1 Dalmatian called Buster and 2 French Bulldogs called Heisenberg & Ralph, and 1 cat called Peanut.
I joined St Clair in March 2014 and soon after completed an Animal Nursing Award which covered basic animal handling, animal first aid and reception duties. Within my job role i manage reception duties and various admin tasks, as well as responding to client requests and managing appointments.
I enjoy every minute of my time with the St Clair team and I hope to gain valuable experience and memories that will stay with me for life. I love meeting your fury friends, particularly the cats as i’m a bit of a crazy cat lady myself! I currently own 3 moggies called Smokey, Marley and Dylan.
Natasha Banks RVN – Registered Veterinary Nurse/Clinical Coach
I began my career in veterinary nursing as a Student Nurse in a large veterinary hospital in 1998. Once I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2004, I continued to work at this practice where I gained lots of valuable experience in different aspects of veterinary nursing. I have grown particular interests in surgical nursing, radiography, animal behavior and nursing clinics.
I joined the team at St Clair Veterinary Care in December 2013 after the opportunity of Head Veterinary Nurse arose. I knew St Clair had an amazing reputation and having worked with Rory before, I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.
I am also Clinical coach to the student veterinary nurses, supporting and guiding them during their training.
I grew up around animals large and small, and was lucky to spend a lot of my childhood travelling. I have lived in places such as the Philippines and India where my love of animals grew even stronger.
As well as being a wife and mother to 3 angelic boys, I also own a scruffy Border Terrier called George.
Amy Fletcher – RVN Registered Veterinary Nurse
I completed a National Diploma in Animal Management at Kirkley Hall college before beginning my nursing career in 2010 at a large mixed animal practice as an Auxiliary Nurse. I then continued to train as a Student Nurse at a local large referral centre before joining the team at St Clair Veterinary Care in December 2012.
I completed my Veterinary Nurse training at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashire, over the course of 2.5 years and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in November 2015.
I am completely animal mad and I have a great love for outdoor activities, clay pigeon shooting and gundogs. I have 4 gundogs of my own including 2 Cocker Spaniels called Scout & Ghillie, 1 English Springer Spaniel called Star (which is why I’m known as the crazy spaniel lady!) & 1 black Labrador called Tarn.
It has always been my dream since being a little girl to work within the veterinary profession and i particularly enjoy interacting with clients and the community, emergency nursing and nursing medical cases. I am currently completing a Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency & Critical Care – which I hope to complete in March 2018.
Rory Thomson – Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Having worked for a corporate practice, I decided I wanted to work for a small practice where I could get to know my patients and have more clinical and financial freedom to provide the best care for my patients without strict financial targets to hit.
I am a family man with a supportive wife and 2 young daughters. Also at home I have a very spoilt 14 year old terrier called Sammy, 1 Dutch rabbit and 6 rescue guinea pigs (it’s practically impossible to work in a vets without taking some waifs and strays home).
Since starting at St Clair, I have been nominated for Petplan Vet of the Year for 4 years running and would like to thank all the clients for their kind nominations. I am also a volunteer Marine Mammal medic for the British Diver and Marine Life Rescue charity, so I am on call to assist with any marine mammal that requires help – usually seals but I have been trained to assist with a stranded whale or dolphin should it be needed.