Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sarah Matthewson

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 fiancé's family farm and playing the clarinet in Whittonstall Community Band.

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.

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.

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