Colin Mitchell


Colin joined Roger Scott in 2003 and became a partner in the practice a year later, he is head of the equine department and is involved in the decision making within the practice. Colin originates from the east coast of Scotland and attended veterinary school in Edinburgh. He worked in practice in Northumberland for five years prior to joining Roger. Colin gained his post graduate certificate in Equine Practice in 2004. Colin is married to Liz and has two young children Shona and Oliver. In his spare time Colin  enjoys spending time with his family, fell-running, mountain biking and skiing.

Julie Craig

Farm Surgery Manager

Julie joined the practice in 2001 and is a fundamental member of the farm department; organising vets, co-ordinating vaccine orders, booking appointments and generally making sure everything in the farm department runs smoothly. Julie will be based in the new practice at Tow Law. A Weardale farmer's daughter and wife she is often found helping out on the farm with her two boys Robert and Ridley.

Liz Mitchell


Liz graduated from Cambridge in 1998 and spent five years in mixed practice in Devon and Warwickshire before returning to  Cumbria where she worked for eight years as Director in charge of equine at Paragon Veterinary Group near Penrith. In 2007 Liz attained the Royal College certificate in equine practice. Liz and Colin were married in December 2009 and their daughter Shona was born in September 2010 and son Oliver born in July 2012. Following her maternity leave in May 2011 Liz joined Scott Mitchell Associates working part time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Liz has owned, ridden and competed horses for many years prior to hanging up her boots to run around after children! When spare time exists Liz also enjoys skiing, walking, fell running and mountain biking.

Charlotte McGivney


Charlotte has recently returned to work at Scott Mitchell Associates, following a period in New Zealand and Dublin completing her equine suregry training and PhD in equine genetics. Charlotte has a yound son and works part time and has special interest in equine surgery and lameness. In her spare time she enjoys riding and spending time with her family.

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. 

Mandy Donaldson

Head of Administration

Mandy joined the practice in 2009 as a  farm and equine receptionist, she has recently moved into her new role as head of administration. Mandy has ample experience in the agricultural and equine sectors, she holds an HND in Agriculture and was previously employed at Hexham Auction mart and Kirkley Hall where she was responsible for organising the short land-based courses. Mandy's family settled in Hexham 11 years ago, she has three sons and a daughter. The family are keen horse and pony owners and riders and most of Mandy's time away from work is taking up with equine activities and transporting her children around the country for various sporting activities, so there is always a story to be told come Monday morning!

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.

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.

Hayley Cook


Hayley joined the equine team in November 2015. She qualified from Liverpool in Summer 2014 before spending a year in equine practice in York. Hayley grew up riding ponies and is now learning to scuba dive and training for an open water swim.

Steph Cook


Steph originates from Hawick and graduated from Edinburgh in 2014 and spent a year in mixed practice in Cumbria, before going into equine practice in Lancashire for 2 years. Steph joined Scott Mitchell Associates in August 2017 and is involved in all aspects of equine work. She has a keen interest in lameness and medicine. In her speare time she enjoys looking after and riding her own horses.

Cam Collins


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


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.

Helen Henderson

Equine Medical Records Clerk

Helen joined Scott Mitchell Associates on 31st May 2018 as an Equine Medical Records Clerk.   Helen lives in Prudhoe with hubby, Steve, and kids, Joe (19) and Sam (15). She is horse mad!!  Helen loves to compete in dressage and eventing, walking her black lab Rosie and spending time with family and friends.

Sally Booth


Sally Booth is a Veterinary Surgeon at Tow Law, working on Tuesdays.  Sally’s first post was based in Weardale, she then had a period of doing locum work around the North of England after this.  She took a partnership with Robson and Prescott in 2001, and is pleased to now have the opportunity to return to Tow Law. Sally comes from a Doncaster based farming family.  In her spare time she is a volunteer welfare office for the British Horse Society and is on the Association of Racecourse Vets committee.  She has started a new business manufacturing horseshoes with two farriers and enjoys gardening, baking, showing and driving her own horses.  She also loves horse racing and has two horses in training

Sarita Linck

Equine Project Manager and Nursing assistant

Sarita has been an equestrian enthusiast from a young age. She grew up in rural Alnwick before moving to a farm on the outskirts of Durham. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2017 with a degree in English Literature but has since pursued a career in the equine industry on a busy dressage yard and as head groom to a local showjumper. In her spare time, Sarita cares for and competes her own three horses in showjumping and eventing. Sarita assists with equine marketing and equine nursing.  

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.

Clare North-Lewis

Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Having a keen equestrian background, Clare now runs a livery yard in Colwell and she has just joined the team. Clare lives on a sheep farm, she is married to Selby and they have three children, Billy, Jack and Polly.   In her spare time, Clare likes to tread the boards and has often been seen in YFC 27 Up Pantomime productions.

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.

Helen Ridley

Equine Veterinary Nurse REVN

After qualifying as an Equine Veterinary Nurse in 2008 and spending many years in practice and training student Equine Veterinary Nurses, Helen took some time out to raise her three young children. Originally from Sedgefield, Helen now lives with her family on their farm near Riding Mill. Helen enjoys riding her horse Rod, walking her chocolate Labrador Nell and taking her daughter to pony club.

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.

Ellie Scandle

Equine Receptionist

Ellie Scandle has been recently appointed into the role of equine receptionist at Scott Mitchell and is able to use her equine background and local knowledge to assist with call co-ordinations and handling client requests. Ellie lives in the Shire and is just finishing her school studies in Hexham. Ellie is a keen horse rider and has is an active member of both Pony Club and Young Farmers.

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.

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.

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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