Rory Thomson BVM&S MRCVS
Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Rory helped bring St Clair back to life as the original vet on duty, opening the doors in July 2012 after a lot of hard work! Rory qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 2009 and has lived and worked in the North East ever since. Having worked for a corporate practice, he decided he wanted to work for a small practice where he could get to know the patients and have more clinical and financial freedom to provide the best care for the patients without strict financial targets to hit. He is a family man and a lot of his spare time has been spent saving the local library from closure so his children can continue to use it. Rory is also an important volunteer Marine Mammal medic for the British Diver and Marine Life Rescue charity, this involves being on call to assist with any marine mammal that requires help – usually seals but he’s been trained to assist with a stranded whale or dolphin should it be needed!
Andrew Ward BVM&S CertAVP MRCVS
Andy joined us in early 2015 and hasn’t looked back since, previously working in Newcastle Upon Tyne, and before that, Central Queensland Australia. Coming from Fife in Scotland, Andy qualified in 2008 from Edinburgh University, and obtained a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2015 from the RCVS. He enjoys most areas of small animal practice, studying mainly medicine during his certificate, but has also undertaken further studies in cardiology and orthopaedics. He enjoys teaching and mentoring, and can often be found asking vet students hard (but fair) questions. When not at work Andy has three ginger cats, Bert, Ernie and Pawlie. He’s also a keen (but slow) runner. Often seen limbering up at the start of local half marathons, 10ks + parkruns, and wheezing and spluttering at the finish line, he got through his 42nd half-marathon this year and aims to ‘keep trying’. In April 2019 Andy took part in the Highland Fling Ultra-marathon, a 53 mile run through the Scottish Highlands.
Kristopher Dorr BSC BVetMed MRCVS
Kris joined St. Clair’s in September 2019 shortly after graduating from the Royal Veterinary college in London. Having worked alongside the team throughout his studies and originally being from the area it felt like the right move to start him on his veterinary career. He has a keen interest in small animal neurology and exotics, though enjoys most aspects of small animal medicine. In his spare time he is an avid runner and crossfitter and continues his love for animals at home with the family dog Bailey and team of guinea pigs.
Sarah Haggie BVetMed MRCVS
Jeff Yellowley BVSc CertVOpthal MRCVS
Jeff qualified in 1978 from the University of Liverpool, and after developing an interest in specialist ophthalmology, joined the BVA Eye Panel in 1985. Jeff owned and ran a veterinary hospital in Surrey, and has now returned to his hometown of Blyth where he runs our BVA Eye testing clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jeff alongside his eye panel work, gives helpful advice to our vets Rory and Andy. Details of Jeff’s eye panel clinics can be found on ‘our services’.
Amy Fletcher RVN CertVN ECC
Amy began her veterinary career in 2011 at a large mixed animal practice back as an Auxiliary Nurse. She then moved to a local referral centre as a student Veterinary Nurse before joining the team at St Clair in 2012 to undergo her training. Amy attended Myerscough College of Veterinary Nursing in Preston, Lancashire and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2015. In 2018 after having her son Archie, Amy fled the nest and began working in emergency and critical care at a local out of hours hospital whilst completing an industry recognised certificate in small animal ECC. Amy rejoined our St Clair team in 2020 as Head Veterinary Nurse & Clinical Coach and particularly enjoys emergency medicine and surgery, medical nursing and laboratory work. Amy is spaniel mad, owning Star the springer spaniel, Purdey & Scout who are cocker spaniels and Tarn the labrador, and also runs her own business: The Dog First Aid Co. educating dog owners and professionals on dog first aid.
Rachel Roughan RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Having dreamed of working in the profession since she was little, her career in veterinary nursing began as a night nurse in a large Newcastle veterinary hospital in 2008. She was then offered a position as a Student Nurse and completed her Veterinary Nurse training at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashire. Rachel qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014 before joining St Clair Veterinary Care in 2015. Since joining the team she has completed her Clinical Coach qualification, allowing her to train Student Veterinary Nurses. She has particular interests in small animal anaesthesia, surgical nursing and the post surgical rehabilitation of small animals. Rachel is currently a devoted mother to three small breed dogs who are spoiled rotten! Maisie is a Chihuahua X Jack Russell Terrier who is a total diva, Ava is a loud mouthed mixed breed who was rescued from Romania, and Wilf is a very naughty (deaf) Papillon. She spends the majority of her spare time out in the Northumberland countryside having adventures with the dogs, despite being small they can walk for miles! In the future she hopes to emigrate to Australia to join her family, and continue her role as a Veterinary Nurse down under!
Lauren Bell RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Lauren began her nursing career in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 as an Auxiliary Nurse at St Clair Veterinary Care, whilst completing an Animal Nursing Auxiliary Diploma with Kirkley Hall College. Upon completion of her course she was offered a full time position as Student Veterinary Nurse, and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in September 2017. Lauren has a love of all animals especially her own (of course!), currently owning three dogs; two French Bulldogs called Heisenberg & Floyd and a Yorkshire terrier called Agnes, as well as a cat called Peanut. Lauren enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly charity work and recently undertook a self funded trip to Thailand to volunteer at a charity clinic for local animals.
Jessie French RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Jessie joined the St Clair team in August 2018 to continue her nurse training and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in February 2020. Jessie has a much loved horse called Lawrence, as well as five dogs called Charlie, Ralph, Brooke, Callie & Lily and a naughty tabby cat called Mulan Meow Meow. Jessie has a keen interest in medical and surgical nursing, as well as canine behaviour and is currently completing additional qualifications in this sector as well as running her own dog training business; 4 Paws & a Brain Dog Training.
Andrea’s career in Veterinary nursing began in 2007. She was employed by a large mixed veterinary practice in Northumberland, covering farm, equine, small animal and exotic pets, for ten years. During this time she qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2009 at Myerscough College and went on to become Head Nursing Assistant, training new Nursing Assistants in their work roles. In October 2017 Andrea became a member of the St Clair team and now loves being part of the crazy work family. Andrea has four grown up children and five young Grandsons as well as a Grandaughter. In her spare time she loves travelling the country with her husband and whippet dog Brynja in her little motorhome; visiting and exploring new places. She also enjoys creative writing, cross-stitching and crafts.
Ellen joined the St Clair team in August 2018 as part of her Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) course with Kirkley Hall and has now commenced her RVN training. Her favourite aspects of nursing (so far) include wound management and surgical nursing and has a soft spot for large breed dogs, sarticularly German Shepherds with her own at home called Yogi Bear. When not at work she enjoys spending time seeing her loan horse, Finbar, and enjoys a variety of sports including rock climbing and swimming.
Ashley joined St Clair in March 2014 and soon after completed an Animal Nursing Award, covering basic animal handling, animal first aid and reception duties. Within her job role she manages reception duties and various admin tasks, as well as responding to client requests and managing appointments. She enjoys every minute of her time with the St Clair team and continues to gain valuable experience and memories that will stay with her for life. She loves meeting your furry friends, particularly the cats as she’s a bit of a crazy cat lady herself! She currently own two cats called Ollie & Todd, and a whippet called Reiva.
After working at another veterinary practice in North Tyneside for nearly 3 years, Jayne was offered the opportunity to become a member of the St Clair family. Jayne started here in February 2015 and quickly found her place within the team. At home she has one dog called 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 she’s on reception she takes any opportunity she can to cuddle visitors to the practice (only the furry four legged variety we should add!). She’s so 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. She really feels part of the family here.