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Vets4Pets Bedlington

Meet the team

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Dr. Robert Dorward

Veterinary Surgeon & Partner

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and I have worked in small animal practice since then – in and around Newcastle. I have a special interest in complex small animal medicine cases and enjoy the challenges that a day in practice provides – no two days are the same!

I am originally from Newcastle – so naturally in my spare time I enjoy exploring our beautiful coastline and the amazing countryside we have on our doorstep. I’ve always said there is no place in the world like the North East of England – I love it!

I am really looking forward to meeting all of the animals we have in Bedlington – and treating them all like one of our extended Vets4Pets family.


Laurie Maddox

Partner & Registered Veterinary Nurse

Having always been interested in animals from a young age, especially horses I was a member of the local Pony Club and competed my Showjumping ponies at both local and national level. My love of animals continued and I went on to study an Advanced Diploma in Equine and Business Studies at Bishop Burton College, whilst also achieving BHSAI teaching qualification.

I decided to continue studying and qualified in 2008 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

I have worked with Vets4Pets since 2011 and joined the Bedlington practice shortly after opening.

I enjoy the practical element of my job; nursing sick patients, anaesthesia, radiography, nurse clinics and have by completed a course in surgical nursing. I am also a clinical coach, training and mentoring students in practice.

The decision to join Robert and become owners of the Bedlington surgery provides the opportunity to combine continuity of care to our patients and stability for our whole Veterinary team.

I have a Dalmatian dog Ruby, a cat Minxy and two horses Mollie and Poppy. My spare time is spent with my family; my husband, little girl Amelia and my little boy Fletcher. We like spending sunny days at the beach, going on bike rides and countryside walks.


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Katie Taylor

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I have always wanted to work as a Veterinary Nurse since being 3 year old after watching Animal Hospital! I began studying a diploma in Animal Management at Kirkley hall campus. I then began my training at North Tyneside Vets4Pets and enrolled into college to gain a Level 3 Veterinary Nursing certificate. I qualified in 2013 and currently working towards a Level 4 Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care.

I enjoy hand rearing kittens and have owned six hand rears over the years. I currently have one of my hand rear kittens Sully and a rescue cat Prinny, I also have a dog named Bugsy and two ponies called Copper and Scarlett. I have just recently came back from maternity to work at Bedlington Vets4Pets and am thoroughly enjoying it. I enjoy spending my spare time with my daughter and my partner.

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Amanda Murphy

Veterinary Care Assistant

I am currently the Veterinary Care Assistant for Vets4Pets Bedlington and loving every minute of it. I then hope to go on to start my training to become a veterinary nurse.

I have always had a passion for animals and knew I wanted to work with them from an early age. I have grown up with a range of animals such as: dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, snakes, budgies, fish, tortoises, hamsters and guinea pigs.

I currently have 2 Yorkshire terriers called Missy-Bling and Pebbles. Missy is an absolute diva and Pebbles is a complete an utter baby. I also have 2 budgies called Eric and Ernie.

In my spare time I like to bake twice a week, draw and paint pictures for my 14 nieces and nephews of their favourite characters. I compete in clay pigeon shooting competitions and I am currently teaching myself British sign language.

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Karen Masters

Client Care Advisor

I have had a love of animals for as long as I can remember. When I was younger & living with my parents we always had horses & ponies, so I spent most of my time growing up, enjoying their company.

My husband, two daughters & myself have had various animals over the years, including fish, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits. We had Murphy our gorgeous Cavalier King Charles spaniel for 13 & a half years too. When we sadly lost Murphy a couple of years ago, my daughters desperately wanted to get a puppy, so we now have Amber, another beautiful little Cavalier. She makes us all laugh every day!

I worked at Sunderland Vets4Pets when it first opened in 2008 & I was there for just under five years. I absolutely loved working there & met some amazing people & animals. I then moved jobs to work with my husband, which I did for approximately 4 & a half years.

A visit to my local Vets4Pets in Bedlington with Amber for her annual booster this summer, resulted in me being offered a job as receptionist. I am so happy to be here & although I know a few of our lovely clients & their pets already, I can’t wait to meet everyone else who will come in to see us in the future!

In our spare time, my family & I love cooking, going on long walks, eating out & enjoying relaxing holidays together.