Roger Scott

BVM&S MRCVS

Roger is the managing partner and started the practice in 2001. Roger grew up in Hexham and attended QEHS. He was animal mad as a youngster, breeding and showing guinea pigs at Hexham fur and feather society and breeding and racing pigeons. He used to attend the markets with his father Dennis who was an auctioneer and spent the holidays working on his uncle's farm. Roger qualified from Edinburgh and worked first in York, Hampshire and Newcastle before returning to Hexham to set up the practice. Roger is married to Alison and they have three children. A late starter at leisure activities, he took up skiing and sailing aged 40 and is rumoured to now have a different set of skis for each day of the week!

Sarah Awburn

Veterinary Nurse RVN

As a veterinary Nurse Sarah is involved with smalll animal anaesthetic monitoring, assisting with veterinary procedures and the care of in patients. Sarah started as a work experience student at the practice in 2005 and then began as a veterinary nursing assistant the following year. Sarah is the self-appointed practice entertainments manager and can always be trusted to plan a non-stop night out!

Toni Barton

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

 As a veterinary nursing assistant Toni works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties. She joined the practice in 2007 and has always had a keen interest in horse riding and hunting.

Joanne Carins

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Joanne joined the team at Scott Mitchell Associates in 2014. She is a local farmers daughter so is familar with working with all animals.  As a veterinary nursing assistant Joanne works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties.

Angus Simpson

BVetMed MRCVS

Angus qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 which makes him older than he cares to remember. He has worked in the Hexham area for the last 20 years, joining Scott Mitchell Associates in 2004. His first posting was in Yorkshire where he met his wife Louise who was a nurse at the same practice. Angus is head of small animal surgery and is well known for his quiet and calm nature with his patients and clients alike. He and Louise live in Hexham with their two children and their border terrier Princess Bella Bunty (who was not named by Angus!). Angus likes to keep fit in the Gym and Pool. Did you know he was once a top dinghy sailor and went on to teach the sport to others?

Alison Cunningham

BVM&S MRCVS

Alison was brought up in Scotland and qualified from Edinburgh in 1990. Following her first job in mixed practice in Yorkshire she has worked in solely small animal practices in Yorkshire, Surrey and Nottingham before joining Scott Mitchell Associates in 2002. Alison works part time and is head of small animal medicine. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, gardening and skiing.

Gillian Colley

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Gillian joined the practice in 2009, as a veterinary nursing assistant she works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and covering reception duties. Gillian has a wealth of farming experience having worked as a shepherdess, milking dairy cows and completed an OND in sheep management and a cattle AI course. She has retained her interest in cattle with her highland pets "Shona" and "Hamish" and she also enjoys walking Charlie her lurcher. Gillian can often be found working a late or night shift and even in the wee small hours she is cheerful and enthusiastic bringing a "ray of sunshine" to the worried owner, weary vet or nervous pet.

Toni Dickson

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Toni joined Scott Mitchell Associates earlier in 2018 as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant.     She lives in Cramlington with her husband, two children; Connor and Taylor-Mae, and her dog Clio.    Toni studied a National Diploma and HND in Animal Management after leaving school and previously worked as a Veterinary Receptionist for 6 years.    In her spare time she enjoys horse riding and spending time with her family. 

Lucy Dickinson

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Lucy graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc in Animal Health and Welfare in June 2018.  Before coming to Scott Mitchell Associates as a veterinary nursing assistant, she spent a gap year working at Blair Drummond Safari Park.   Born in Surrey, Lucy has now lived up north since 2005.  She has three shitzus, a rescue cat and a stray cat that lives outside.     Lucy enjoys travelling and spent a month in South Africa in a wild cat sanctuary in 2013.  She enjoys reading and watching TV, as well as increasing her knowledge on all kinds of animals.

Jennifer Foley

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Jennifer joined the practice in 2010,  as a veterinary nursing assistant she works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties. Jennifer has lots of experience of farming and animal care, she has previously worked in a small animal practice and enjoys helping out on the family farm. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with her friends.

Sam Eke

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Sam joined the practice in 2017. As a veterinary nursing assistant Sam works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties, three days a week she is based in the equine department. Sam has lived in Otterburn nearly her life, she currently lives with her fiancé on his farm just outside Otterburn with their 2 dogs, Ollie the Jack Russel and Nellie the diva dachshund cross. She completed a Bsc in Equine sports science and Equestrian psychology at Nottingham Trent University. she's had a keen interest in horse since a young age and worked as head girl for 6 seasons at Girsonfield stud and racing and more recently worked as a free lance groom. She has her own horse Jacob who she enjoys competing in dressage and eventing in her spare time.

Joanna Gibson

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Joanna joined the practice at the end of 2014 As a veterinary nursing assistant. Joanna assits with equine in patients and procedures on Tuesday at Hexham and is based at the surgery in Tow Law for 3 days a week.

Suzanne Gilhome

Veterinary Nursing Assistant and Laboratory Technician

As a veterinary nursing assistant Suzanne works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and covering reception duties.On Wednesday Suzanne works in the laboratory testing blood samples and examining slides. Suzanne has experience of working horses and enjoys walking her wire fox terrier Stanley and spending time with her family.

Mandy Gown

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

 As a veterinary nursing assistant Mandy works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and reception duties.

Rose Macmillan

MA VetMB MRCVS

After several years of study, travel and a variety of jobs in Britain and abroad, Rose was keen for longer term goals so went to vet school in Cambridge and qualified in 2014.    She started in mixed practice, first in North Wales and then North Yorkshire, before choosing to focus on small animal work and moving to Scott Mitchell Associates in June 2018.   In her spare time she enjoys; rock climbing, walking and cycling

Cam Collins

BVM&S MRCVS

Cam was born and bred in Stocksfield and has lived in the area all his life. After attending school in Newcastle he completed his veterinary training at The Dick Vet school in Edinburgh in July 2017 and started work at Scott Mitchell Associates in the August. He is gaining experience in all the departments but has a particular interest in farm work. In his spare time he enjoys shooting and is a member of a local syndicate. He also enjoys the outdoors venturing to the Lakes and Highlands when he can.

Ivana Pintar

DVM MRCVS

Ivana first came to Scott Mitchell Associates in 2014 as part of her Erasmus exchange programme in Hexham. Having proved to be an excellent student who fitted well in the team we were delighted to welcome her back in 2017 as an assisant veterinary surgeon. After graduating in January 2016, she started to work in a small animal clinic in Varazdin, Croatia, where she was born and raised. She has a passion for horse riding to which she plans to return again. She loves to travel so spends her leisure time satisfying her wanderlust by exploring the United Kingdom with her partner.

Karen Leach

Small Animal Receptionist

Karen joined the practice in 2006. As a small animal receptionist Karen is responsible for managing apppointments, enquiries and small animal payments.

Amy Lee

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Amy joined the practice in 2014.  As a veterinary nursing assistant Amy works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties.

Marie McLoughlin

Laboratory Technician

Marie joined the team in 2017 and assists in the laboratory processing blood samples and examining slides. She has a degree in foundation science from the University of Nottingham. Marie originates from London but moved to Northumberland as a child. She has an interest in dog training and is working towards membership of the Institute of Modern Dog Training (IMDT). Marie doesn't have any pets of her own but in her spare time she enjoys spending time with other people's pets dog walking and training.

Gill Parr

Veterinary Nurse RVN

Gill joined Scott Mitchell Associates in 2006 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2011. Gill is involved in the day to running of the small animal hospital including anaesthesia and in patient care, she also runs nurse clinics for geriatric animals and to assist with weight management.  Gill has lots of experience with all types of animals; she has taught and competed in all equine spheres and worked with dairy cows, youngstock, sheep and beef. Gill has a rescue border collie and enjoys dog training, agility and obedience.

Rhea Penney

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Rhea was born in Hexham and all of her family are local.  She has lived in Newmarket for 7 years working for various Racehorse trainers before moving back home in December 2017.   She is currently riding out for Karen McLintock in the mornings and joined Scott Mitchell Associates in June 2018.  In her spare time, she enjoys riding, running, skiing and walking her dog Benny.

Natasha Richardson

Student Veterinary Nurse

Natasha joined the team at Scott Mitchell in spring 2016. She holds a BSc (hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and BTEC national diploma in Animal Management and has previous experience as a boarding kennel manager. As aStudent Veterinary Nurse Natasha works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and covering reception duties. She is completing her nurse training alongside her clinical work in the practice. In her spare time she enjoys walking and training her two dogs Luna and Maya.

Sarah Ridley

Small Animal Project and Laboratory Project Manager

Sarah is a local girl and joined the practice in 2010 after completing a Diploma in Human Physiology from the University of Leeds. Her role involves the management and administration of health schemes and promotions within the practice. At home Sarah enjoys walking Seb, her Wire Fox Terrier, caring for her small flock of Herdwick sheep, working on her husband's family farm and playing the clarinet in Whittonstall Community Band.

Gill Short

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

As a veterinary nursing assistant Gill works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties.

Amanda Sim

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

As a veterinary nursing assistant Amanda works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties.

Kirsten Smith

Veterinary Nursing Assistant & Animal Physiotherapist & Equine Receptionist

Kirsten has a wealth of experience working with horses and is a qualified animal physiotherapist. A local from Hexham, she joined Scott Mitchell Associates in November 2013. As a veterinary nursing assistant Kirsten works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and reception duties. Kirsten also provides equine physiotherapy services both at the surgery and as a mobile service.

Becky Stainthorp

Small Animal Receptionist and Veterinary nursing Assistant

Becky started work at Scott Mitchell Associates in 2008 having previously worked as a dog walker, groom and at a kennels and cattery. Becky holds a Diploma in Equine Studies from Derby college. As a small animal receptionist Becky is responsible for managing apppointments, enquiries and small animal payments. Becky enjoys looking after both the animals at work and her two dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs, her rabbit and cornsnake. In her spare time she enjoys long walks with her two dogs, riding and spending time with her daughter.

Sue Shaw

Small Animal Medical Records Clerk

Sue is our Small Animal Medical Records Clerk, responsible for data input of small animal operations and procedures.    Originally from Lancashire, Sue has lived in Sheffield, Yorkshire and Surrey and has three adult children.  She enjoys reading, art and dog walking.

Jade Thomson

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

As a veterinary nursing assistant Natasha works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and covering reception duties.

Bryony Turnbull

Small Animal Receptionist

Bryony is reponsible for making small animal appointment and front of house in the small animal department. Bryony’s interests and hobbies include hiking, cycling in the summer, walking holidays with family, spending time looking after her 3 cats Gandalf, Winnie & Molly, and walking her border collie Moss.

Ruth Wallace

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

As a veterinary nursing assistant Ruth works a shift pattern helping to provide our excellent 24 hour care service for the in-patients as well as assisting the vets with procedures and performing reception duties.

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