MEET THE TEAM








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    DEBORAH STAFFORD

    VET

    MA Vet MB MRCVS GPCert ExAP

    I’m Deborah and I qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2003. I have always worked in the North East and have been with the Gilmoor Vets since 2005, becoming part owner in 2016. I work mainly at the central branch in Durham, or our Spennymoor surgery.

    I have completed further study and examinations to gain a European qualification in Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery (GPCert ExAP) which means I am better able to work with the weird and often very wonderful exotic pets that come to see us. I am regularly recommended by local animal charities and other veterinary practices for my work in these species and have helped the practice gain its Silver “rabbit friendly practice” award from the National Rabbit Welfare Association, and achieved rabbit friendly practice of the year 2016. I also enjoy working with dogs and cats especially all aspects of small animal medicine and diagnostics with a special interest in cytology and tumour investigations.

    Out of work I am kept busy looking after my hairy lurchers, mischievous cats, and various reptiles. I also practice Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) and am trying to turn my muddy garden into tasty vegetables.

    You can follow me on Twitter @vet_that_tweets

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    KEITH STEWART

    VET

    BVMS, MRCVS

    I’m Keith Stewart, a 1994 graduate of Glasgow University Veterinary School.

    I’m originally from central Scotland but since qualifying have worked entirely in the North East and Yorkshire, originally in mixed practice, but for many years solely small animal practice. I joined the practice back in 2006.  Like all the vets in the practice I am involved in consultations but my main area of expertise is in surgery. I am very experienced in orthropaedic and soft tissue surgery, which forms a large part of my caseload. I also was involved in racing greyhounds with Francis Allen for many years and still see racing and working dogs on a regular basis.

    I enjoy running, hill-walking and regularly compete in Mountain Marathons and Ultras. I also own a beautiful but slightly mad spaniel called Bailey.

     

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    HOLLY CROWTHER

    VET

    BVSC MRCVS

    My name is Holly Crowther. I graduated from Liverpool university in 2019. I’m thrilled to be starting my dream job with an amazing team at Gilmoor vets.

    I’m originally from Manchester but have spent a lot of time in the North East in recent years. Particular interests of mine include neurology, cardiology and diagnostic imaging. I love working with dogs, cats and other small furries.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and walking my little dog – Winnie.

     

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    MARK WASS

    VET

    BSc(Hons) BVM&S CertVA MVetSci MRCVS

    I’m Mark and I qualified from the University of Edinburgh Veterinary School in 2004. My interests within veterinary medicine are varied and include well-being, internal medicine, pharmacology, pain management, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostics and imaging, zoological (exotics and fish) medicine and surgery and conservation medicine. I’m passionate about my work and I am very happy to be part of the veterinary team. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends, reading and gardening.

     

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    CARMEN ASTOLA PACHECO

    VET

     

     

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    IRINA ATIM

    VET

    I am Irina and I graduated in 2013 in Romania, Cluj-Napoca and did 1 year of emergency internship thereafter and worked in a small animal practice.

    I moved here in 2019 and worked on small animal practice in North West side, but I am happier to be here, not only for the Gilmoor team, but for the landscapes and warmer people as well.

    I have developed in time a love for feline medicine as they seem not to respect any general medical rule, as they do in day-to-day life as well. I like internal medicine more, that is in both cats and dogs, as I can’t ever choose which I like best.

    In my spare time I like to spoil my cat Princess Tiabenie (yes, she is royal), read a good book or do yoga.

     

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    ALICE JOHNSON

    VET

    My name is Alice and I graduated from the University of Surrey in 2021.

    I am originally from the North East so it’s nice to be back. My main interests are in surgery and exotic pets, especially the scaly sort! I’m trying to develop my knowledge and skills in those areas further but also enjoy working with furrier pets.
    In my spare time I like staying active doing pole fitness and workout classes on the beach. I also love to bake.

     

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    SION FORD

    VET

    BVM&S, BSc Imunnology

    Sion graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2018 and joined Gillmoor Vets in October 2021. Prior to working for Gillmoor he has worked in a mix of general practice and as an assistant in dermatology referral. Sion’s main areas of interest are internal medicine and dermatology. In dermatology his spesific interests are in canine and feline allergy and ear disease. In his work up of canine and feline skin disease Sion utilises interdermal skin testing for enviromental allergens and video otoscopy, a specalised endoscopy technique used to visualise and treat ear disease.

    Outside of work Sion enjoys cooking, gaming and getting out with his partner and their 4 dogs.

     

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    ALAN DAWSON

    VET

     

     

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    JEANINE ODENDAAL

    VET

     

     

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    ADELE HARRISON

    VET

    My name is Adele Harrison, I graduated in 2003 from Glasgow Veterinary School. I spent my first 5 years in a mixed practice in Oban and moved down to Bradford in 2008 to work in a small animal practice, hoping to further my interest in small animal medicine.

    I joined the practice in November 2010 and my professional interests include small animal internal medicine, emergency medicine, anaesthesia and canine and feline behaviour management and training. I will be starting a certificate in Internal Medicine early in 2023 and I have recently become the practices Clinical Lead for Medicine which means I am responsible for maintaining the clinical standards within our practice.

    I have 5 lovely dogs that you might see around the practice – 2 Golden Retrievers, a couple of collies and an Australian Kelpie. In our spare time we compete in agility.

    I am generally found consulting at the Durham.

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    ANNA PARSONS

    VET

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    HELEN WILSON

    VETERINARY NURSES

    RHVN

    Hi my name is Helen. I’ve been with the practice since 2001 and am one of the practice’s head nurses. As well as my other duties, I am the practices diabetic nurse and clinical coach which means I train and assess nursing students. I also deal with stock ordering which is an important part of my daily work. I enjoy all areas of my job and have a keen interest in dentistry and theatre work.

    In my spare time I like to be outdoors. I have an allotment with chickens which keeps me busy. I also enjoy going to concerts and spending time with friends and family. At home I have a Holly a bionic dog and Rascal a cat who lives true to his name.

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    CLAIRE HARRISON

    VETERINARY NURSES

    RHVN

    Hi, I’m Claire, I have been working at Gilmoor since April 2000 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2008. I am one of the Head nurse’s here at the practice, I over see the nurses day to day duties, running of the day, nurses rota’s & the hospital wards & operating theatre.

    When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my children, husband and pets, and socialising with friends and family.

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    DEBORAH MITCHELL-REED

    VETERINARY NURSES

    RHVN

    Hi, I’m Deborah, I have been in full time employment at Gilmoor Vets since 2004. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in January 2008.

    Outside of work I enjoy horse riding, eating out and socialising with friends.

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    HANNAH JONES

    VETERINARY NURSES

    RVN

    My name is Hannah Jones, I have been working here since 2012 when I started my training to be a qualified Veterinary Nurse and qualified in 2016. I love every aspect of my job, I find it very rewarding I wouldn’t change it for the world!

    In my spare time I enjoy going on long walks with my two dogs and socialising with my friends. I also enjoy playing football and I play for the women’s football team, Consett belles.

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    MICHELLE PERCIVAL

    VETERINARY NURSES

    RVN

    Hi, I’m Michelle Percival and I started my journey at Gilmoor Vets in 2004. I qualified in January 2009. I love being a veterinary nurse and find my job very rewarding.

    I left the practice in July 2014 to spend time raising my ever growing family and rejoined again in September 2021. I love all aspects of my job and am very happy to be part of the Gilmoor team.

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    SARAH WARREN

    VETERINARY NURSES

    SVN

    Hi I’m Sarah, I am a Student Veterinary Nurse and love being part of the Gilmoor team. I am now in my 4th (final) year of studying, Veterinary Nursing with Companion Animal Behaviour, at Harper Adams University. I have worked at Gilmoor vets alongside my studies for 5 years, starting with work experience to recently completing a full year placement as part of my university course. I have always had a passion for working with animals and when leaving school in 2012 I went onto study Animal Management at college. I then worked in a dog grooming salon for 4 years before deciding to go to university to pursue my dream career as a Veterinary Nurse.

    I have had many pets over the years including small furies, birds and dogs. I have also cared for and taken home many young and underweight wildlife, after being brought into the practice, including Mr Prickles (the hedgehog) and Paddy (the Pigeon), who are now living their best lives back in the wild.

    I currently have two Budgies, Ross and Rachel (who are NOT on a break… at the moment) and four dogs… Toby (a very cheeky Patterdale) and three chihuahuas, Luna (AKA Princess Luna), Brian (the sock thief) and Mouse (the smallest but the boss!).
    In my spare time I enjoy walking my crazy dogs and socialising with friends.

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    JESSICA BELL

    VETERINARY NURSES

    RVN
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    CAROLINE GIBSON

    VETERINARY NURSES

    RVN
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    SARAH WILLETTS

    KENNEL & AUXILLARY ASSISTANTS

    SENIOR VCA OFFICE ASSISTANT

    Hello my name is Sarah Willetts and I joined Glimoor Veterinary group at the end of 2015 as an auxiliary nurse. I previously completed my work placement here back in 2010 and ever since have had my mind set on working within a veterinary practice.

    I love every aspect of my job and I feel I am very passionate about animals having previously worked with a wide variety of different types, breed and species!

    I have a springer spaniel called Bonnie who I enjoy taking out for walks. I also enjoy socialising with my friends in my spare time and spending time outdoors.

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    TONI CARR

    KENNEL & AUXILLARY ASSISTANTS

    SENIOR VCA

    Hello my name is Toni Carr,

    I have worked at Gilmoor vets since I was 16-year-old, I have worked here for 6 years in total. I started here as a practice cleaner then progressed to a VCA and now I am currently working as a Senior Animal Nurse. My plans for the future are to start my Student Veterinary Nursing in September 2022. I have previously done a year at Houghall College doing my pre nursing in 2019, which I thoroughly enjoyed; I have also achieved my animal care course in 2018. I have lots of love and affection to give not only my own pets but our client’s pets, I try to work to the best of my ability throughout my day, willing to learn and achieve more each day.

    My general interests outside of work include socialising  with my friends, spending time with family and my own pets. At home I also have 4 dogs Milly, Tia, Tinkerbell and Elsie. I also have 2 cats at home my cats are called Dino and Hagi, I adopted Dino from our practice when he was brought in as a stray 3 years ago and been honored to have him ever since I have loved watching him grow. I thrive on being a Mam to all my fur babies.

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    GEORGIA WAISTELL

    KENNEL & AUXILLARY ASSISTANTS

    VCA

    Hi, I’m Georgia, I’m new to the team at Gilmoor Vets joining in January 2022 however I have already been made to feel like part of the family here! I work as a VCA in the practice and I love every aspect of my role. Come September I will start Houghall College to begin my exciting journey of becoming a Veterinary Nurse.

    I’ve always had a love for animals and a keen interest in their wellbeing so working in a veterinary practice means I leave work fulfilled and ready for the next day, caring for you pets.

    I have always had pets of my own since being younger, a rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier and a crazy Springer Spaniel called Bella who we rescued 5 years ago and there’s probably going to be more to come. In my spare time you’ll usually find me walking my dog, cuddled up in bed watching Netflix together or out with friends.

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    AIMEE DUNN

    KENNEL & AUXILLARY ASSISTANTS

    VCA
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    NICOLA STAPLIN

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RVN PRACTICE MANAGER

    I’ve been working for Gilmoor vets since 1991 on leaving school, having previously attended for work experience.

    I went on to pass my nursing exams and here I find myself many years (and a few grey hairs!) later in the role as practice manager.

    I am immensely proud of our practice and aim to continue to provide the high level of care that our clients deserve.

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    AMY LAVERICK

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    CUSTOMER CARE MANAGER

    My name is Amy, and I am proud to say I have worked in veterinary care for nearly nine years. Firstly, on front of house as a receptionist before moving into part of the management team.

    I am extremely passionate about showing outstanding customer care, as coming into a veterinary practice can not only be a joyous occasion when registering a new member of the family whether it be a puppy, kitten, or rabbit, but it can also be an uncertain and worrying time if your beloved pet is poorly.

    Working front of house and behind the scenes enables me to help both clients and colleagues through these times, which in turn gives me great job satisfaction.

    If you can help even one person, then you are making a difference, and here at Gilmoors we go above and beyond to help everyone who walks through our doors.

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    CHRISTINE BELL

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST

    I joined the practice in 1990 as a part time receptionist which soon turned into full time hours. I work mainly at Durham but cover holidays at Spennymoor. I find the job very rewarding and love meeting both clients and their animals – two days are never the same! Over the years I’ve seen a great many changes within the practice, the biggest being the move to our present building and the advances in the medicine and equipment the practice now uses.

    My interest in animals started at a very young age, being brought up in Hett Village where there were lots of farms. I started riding horses at the age of three and they have been a big part of my life since. Over the years I have owned a variety of animals and at one time used to show guinea pigs and rabbits. After I married we got our first dog, which was a Cairn Terrier, this was joined by another Cairn a few years later. Since then we have owned, bred and shown Airedale and Norfolk Terriers, and more recently a Sealyham which is one of the Kennel Clubs “at risk breeds”. The highlight was qualifying and showing our first home-bred Airedale at Crufts. My other interests include gardening and weekends away in our motorhome.

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    KATHERINE NAISBITT

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    HEAD RECEPTIONIST

    My name is Katherine. I have been working at Gilmoor for over 20 years and have seen many changes. I started work as a nurse but I now work as a receptionist at Durham.

    When I am not at work I have a very busy life looking after my Four boys and various animals.

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    BARBARA LUCKHAM

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST

    I first worked for Gilmoor Vets from 2002-2010 and then rejoined the practice in September 2019, it felt like coming home.  You can usually find me working on reception at either Durham or Sunderland.

    In my free time I like to travel and have spent time touring America and working as a volunteer in a wolf sanctuary in Colorado which I found to be a life changing experience.It makes me very happy and proud to be part of a team so dedicated to the wellbeing of the animals in their care.

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    REBECCA MOGIE

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST

    I’m Rebecca, I spent 1 year at college studying animal care. I have a passion for all animals and currently have my own horse. I have had horses for 17 years and love to go all around the country competing.

    I have recently started as Veterinary Receptionist and, absolutely love it! It has always been my dream to work with animals and now I get to deal with many different animals daily and if I’m lucky even get a little cuddle!

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    GERALDINE COATESWORTH

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RVR RECEPTIONIST

    I have recently joined the amazing team at Gilmoor Vets; I have previously worked for CVS Veterinary Group for 3 years and have a passion for animal health and welfare.

    Previously owned two mad springer spaniels , cockatiels and rabbits and am contemplating a new furry addition.

    I recently qualified in April 2021 with the British Veterinary Receptionist Association as a Registered Veterinary Receptionist and am passionate about learning and development . I hope to be able to contribute to the Gilmoor Team with a sense of humour and a strong team ethic.

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    REBECCA LAMB

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST

    Hello Everyone,
    I’m Bekki and started working at Gilmoor vets in Durham and Spennymoor in September 2021.
    I studied animal behaviour at college and Dog grooming. I’ve been in the Veterinary world as a receptionist since 2018.

    I love my job, I love meeting all the clients and their fur babies.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my two beautiful dogs Pippa & Stanley.

    I look forward to meeting you all.

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    AMBER EMBERSON

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST

    Hi I’m Amber, I joined the amazing Gilmoor team in September 2021 as a receptionist and I am loving all aspects of the job. My favourite is meeting all of the pets that come in and seeing all of their individual personalities.

    I have had an interest in animals from a young age as when growing up I had a range of pets from dogs and cats to reptiles! When I am not working I am often at home with my two cats Loki and Stitch.

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    JEMMA MARTINDALE

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST
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    LESLEY HOLBORG

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST
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    AMY BROWN

    MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT TEAM

    RECEPTIONIST