The Team

Roger Scott


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!

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.

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.

Lee-Anne Oliver

BVM&S CertAVP(cattle) MRCVS

Lee-Anne graduated from Edinburgh University in 2007. After a short spell in equine practice she became a dedicated farm vet. Married to a suckler farmer on Hadrian's Wall Lee-Anne enjoys helping out on the farm in her spare time with her son Aaron. In 2013 Lee-Anne completed a 12 month sabbatical working with the Scottish Agricultural College at Dumfries and retuned to farm practice with additional expertise in veterinary pathology and herd health production management. Lee-Anne has completed the Advanced Veterinary Practitioner Qualification in Cattle Health and Production and has been awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice for sheep.

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


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?

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 young 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.

Claire Davies


Claire qualified from Liverpool in 2004 and after a brief spell as a locum she returned to her home patch to join Scott Mitchell Associates in 2005. Claire is a keen member of the farm animal team and is a Lantra approved trainer involved in delivering Farmskills courses. She also has a passion for horses and enjoys riding her pony, Toby. Claire helps out with her husband's family business and can often be seen driving the Davies Tractors HGV around the countryside. In her small amount of spare time she enjoys playing uni-hoc, running and looking after her young family.

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.

Rebecca Dent

Trainee Equine Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca joined the team in Autumn 2019 as a student equine veterinary nurse. she is completing her nurse training alongside clinical work in the parctice. She lives in Lowgate with her Mam and two sisters. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse Maisie and exercising her two dogs Lara and Milo. she is an active member of Whitley Chapel young farmers.

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.

Lauren Porteus


Lauren is a keen and enthusiatic member of the farm team. She grew up locally and attended school in Haydon Bridge. She joined Scott Mitchell Associates in October 2016 after graduating from The Univeristy of Nottingham earlier that year. In her spare time she plays netball, skis and bakes cakes!

Rose Macmillan


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


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.

Brendon Jackson

Financial Controller

Brendon is a qualified accountant and is in charge of the business accounts and financial management of the practice. A native South African he lives in Allendale and joined the practice in spring 2015. Brendon's interests include running and cycling.

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

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.

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.

Vikki Ord

Farm Surgery Receptionist

Vikki joined the practice in 2018 and works in the farm department co-ordinatiing calls and at front of house for enquiries and collections. Vikki lives on a farm near Haydon Bridge and helps out with all manner of things when she can. She is married to Kenneth and is kept busy with her 2 little girls Annabelle and Philippa. Vikki returned to work after having time off to bring up Philippa but previously worked in both the Advertising and Accounts Department at the Hexham Courant.  

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 Manager

Sarah is a local girl and joined the practice in 2010 after studying at the University of Leeds. Her role involves the administration of our Small Animal department. At home Sarah works on her husband's family farm. She enjoys walking with her Wire Fox Terrier, Seb, gardening, rearing sheep and chickens and crocheting!

Dennis Scott

Agricultural Industry Consultant

Dennis has been a part of the practice since its inception in 2001. In 1948 Dennis began his career as an auctioneer and went on to manage many of the livestock markets in the North East. Dennis comes from a farming background and has been heavily involved over the years in showing and judging cattle and sheep. Dennis is father to Roger and assists in the practice in many ways. He is responsible for deliveries and ground maintenance. Dennis specialises in whisky tasting and is a good club member of the Herefored Late Risers and the Lockerbie Curling Club amongst others!

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.

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.

Helen Thoburn

Farm Project Manager

Helen joined Scott Mitchell Associates in a new role as farm project manager. Helen has lived in the area all her life and has a wealth of farm animal experience having previously worked as an cattle embryology technician involved in advanced breeding techniques.

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.

Ami Walby

Farm Receptionist

Ami came to work at Scott Mitchell Associates in 2009 into her first job after leaving school. Ami was not short of experience however having lived and helped on the mixed family farm with dairy, beef and sheep all her life. She has also owned and ridden ponies and then horses since the tender age of two. Ami is a dedicated farm receptionist and helps co-ordinate the farm calls and assists with dispensing medicines. Aimi's hobbies still firmly revolve around farming, horses and hunting, now with a strong element of socialising into the mix!

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