Meet the Team
Andrew Ward BVM&S CertAVP MRCVS

Andrew Ward BVM&S CertAVP MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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. He also works as a locum ECC vet in Gateshead, bringing this emergency knowledge back to St Clair during the week. When not at work Andy has three ginger cats, Bert, Ernie and Pawlie, as well as a small human, Mac! Andy likes running and has been improving recently: mostly Parkruns, but in 2019 he did manage to finish the 53-mile Highland fling up in Scotland! Andy recently won the most handsome vet in Blyth competition, after stiff competition from Kris. 

Kristopher Dorr BSC BVetMed MRCVS

Kristopher Dorr BSC BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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

Sarah Haggie BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah was born and raised in Northumberland and returned here after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2008. Sarah has spent the past 12 years in a local mixed practice and enjoys all aspects of small animal care, particularly soft tissue surgery and is especially fond of guinea pigs and their chattering! Outside of work, she is a major outdoor enthusiast with a love of travelling the world including skiing, hill walking and fell running with her little terrier cross Alfie, and has recently completed the National Three Peaks Challenge and all 214 of Wainwright’s fells in the Lake District!
Rachel Roughan RVN

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! 

Jessie French RVN

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 Border Collie called Ralph, a Belgian Malinois called Marshall 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. Outside of work, Jessie enjoys training her own dogs and is currently working to compete her dog Marshall in IGP sports (a three part sport to include protection, obedience and tracking). Jessie also has a passion for keeping fit and if not found with dogs, you will find her weight training in the gym. 

Stefanie Usher RVN

Stefanie Usher RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Stefanie joined the St Clair family in June 2022 after working at another local practice for several years. Stefanie has been veterinary nursing since 2002 and has a keen interest in small mammals. Outside of work she is kept incredibly busy with her menagerie of animals including her pet Kune Kune Pig called Peanut.

Betheony Race RVN

Betheony Race RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Betheony has recently joined the team in October 2022. Although Betheony gained her Registered Veterinary Nurse title in 2019, she has been working within the veterinary industry for 8 years. Betheony has recently gained her Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care which is a large interest of hers alongside surgical cases. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with her dog Eddie, playing Airsoft and getting tattoos.

Ellen Riley

Ellen Riley

Student Veterinary Nurse

Ellen joined the St Clair team in August 2018 as part of her Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) course with Kirkley Hall and is now almost finished her training to qualify as Registered Veterinary Nurse. Her favourite aspects of nursing (so far) include wound management and surgical nursing. Ellen also loves getting to see all of our lovely patients on her clinic days. At home, Ellen has a Guinea Pig named Peanut and Yogi Bear the German Shepherd. They are both almost 5 years old!  When not at work she enjoys spending time out walking/hiking and exploring the outdoors with family. 

Andrea Scott

Andrea Scott

Auxilliary Nurse

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. Along with 2 Tarantulas; Andrea has 2 Whippets named Brynja and Starla and a Bedlington Terrier cross Whippet named Torvi. In her spare time she loves travelling the country with her husband and dogs in her little motorhome; visiting and exploring new places. She also enjoys creative writing, cross-stitching and crafts.

Eiylish Powell

Eiylish Powell

Auxilliary Nurse

Eiylish joined the St Clair team in January 2022 after working for a year as an auxiliary nurse in another local veterinary practice.  Having always dreamt of working with animals, upon leaving school Eiylish joined Kirkley Hall College to study animal management before completing a bachelors degree in Animal Behaviour in Liverpool. During her four year course, she spent six months living on a mountain in South Africa, studying both primates and predators, where she sparked a love for adventure and the outdoors. Now she enjoys exploring the country and ticking off mountains and hills with her hiking buddy, Jax the springer spaniel. Towards the end of this year, Eiylish will be moving up to become a student veterinary nurse, which she is extremely excited for! We cannot wait for her to fulfill her dreams of becoming a qualified veterinary nurse and we look forward to teaching her all she needs to know.

Caitlin Cruickshanks

Caitlin Cruickshanks

Animal Care Assistant

Caitlin began working at St Clair Veterinary Care in 2020 as a student on work placement through Kirkley Hall College whilst studying a course in veterinary patient care. Following her placement, Caitlin was offered a permanent position as an Animal Care Assistant in which she supports the team daily performing basic nursing care and managing equipment. Caitlin currently works part time on weekdays, but you will see her every Saturday morning making a fuss of your furry family members! Caitlin has a love of all animals but particularly dogs and pedigree cats, currently owning a Cocker Spaniel called Reuben, 3 crossbreed dogs called Biscuit, Charlie and Rocky and two cats, Hamish the British Blue and Luna the Maine Coon.

Maia Crombie

Maia Crombie

Animal Care Assistant

Maia joined the St Clair team in September 2021 embarking in her veterinary career. Upon completion of her work placement where she gained her Level 2 Animal Nursing Assistant with Level 2 Dog Grooming via Kirkley Hall College, Maia was offered a permanent position with us as an Animal Care Assistant. Maia’s favourite part of her role is providing TLC to the in-patient’s during their recovery/hospitalisation with us. Currently, Maia does not have any pets of her own but would love to have a Devon Rex cat in the future. Maia hopes to move up in future and gain her veterinary nursing qualifications to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time, Maia thoroughly enjoys scrapbooking. 

Ashley Bates

Ashley Bates

Senior Receptionist

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.

Donna Nelson

Donna Nelson

Receptionist

Donna has an existing medical background having worked at a private hospital theatre department for 9 years and previously worked in a veterinary practice for a number of years before becoming a mother to her 3 children in which she took time out to care for. Donna jumped at the oppertunity to return to veterinary which has always been her passion, joining the St Clair family in September 2021 as a full time receptionist. Donna has 2 pugs called Muffin and Belle, a rabbit called Stitch and a guinea pig called Buzz. In her spare time Donna likes to travel and enjoys spending time with her 2 grandchildren. She also runs a Highland Dancing School with her daughter and loves teaching pupils this traditional form of dance which she has been involved with since the age of 4. The school regularly participates in shows, charity events, workshops and competitions all over the world.