MEET THE TEAM

VETS


Deborah Stafford

DEBORAH STAFFORD

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

Keith Stewart

KEITH STEWART

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.

HOLLY CROWTHER

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.

MARK WASS

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.

CARMEN ASTOLA PACHECO

IRINA ATIM

ALICE JOHNSON

VETERINARY NURSES


Helen Wilson

HELEN WILSON

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.

Claire Harrison

CLAIRE HARRISON

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.

Deborah Mitchell-Reed

DEBORAH MITCHELL-REED

RVN

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.

Hannah Jones

HANNAH JONES

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.

SHANNON BRYSON

 

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My name is Shannon, I have worked at Gilmoor since 2017 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in the August. Being a veterinary nurse is very rewarding and I love every aspect of the job, despite it being challenging at times.

I have recently gained an extra diploma and qualified as a Level 4 Advanced Accredited canine behaviour practitioner so will be providing behaviour advice and consults while studying for a higher qualification.

At home I have 2 working cocker spaniels Willow and Hunter, and Bella the German Shorthaired Pointer; they all keep me very busy in my spare time.

STEPHEN STIEKEMA

SVN

Hello, my name is Stephen Stiekema,from December 2018 I started my work placement at Gilmoor Vets as an Animal Care student, however from September 2019 I started my Veterinary nursing training, and I am now currently working towards becoming a qualified Veterinary Nurse.

I have travelled from South Africa to fulfill my dream to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse. I have worked with many animals, ranging from Buffalo, Blesbuck, Springbuck as well as your common livestock and domestic animals.

My many hobbies that interest me range from carpentry, music(piano), surfing, hiking, as well as taking my Golden retriever for long walks.

MICHELLE PERCIVAL

RVN

BETHANY ARMSTRONG

SVN

KENNEL & AUXILLARY ASSISTANTS


Sarah Willetts

SARAH WILLETTS

SENIOR VCA

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR

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.

TONI CARR

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 Elsa. 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.

MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT STAFF


Nicola Staplin

NICOLA STAPLIN

PRACTICE MANAGER
RVN

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.

CHRISTINE BELL

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.

Katherine Naisbitt

KATHERINE NAISBITT

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.

BARBARA LUCKHAM

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.

REBECCA MOGIE

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!

GERALDINE COATESWORTH

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.

REBECCA LAMB

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 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.

AMBER EMBERSON

RECEPTIONIST