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Meet the Bedlington Vets Team
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Vets4Pets Bedlington

Meet the team

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Jacky Goodchild

Practice Manager

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Laurie Maddox


From a young age I had a vested interest in animals, namely horses as I competed at local and national level in show jumping and even achieved qualification to Horse of the Year show at Wembley. My love of animals continued and I went on to study at Bishop Burton College where I attained an Advanced Diploma in Equine and Business Studies whilst also achieving BHSAI teaching qualification. Having run a successful business providing equine services combined with competing and teaching I decided to return to college studying Veterinary Nursing, qualifying in 2008 as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I enjoy the practical element of my job and have recently improved my competency by completing a course in surgical nursing. I am also a clinical coach, training and mentoring students in practice. I have a Dalmatian dog Ruby, a cat Minxy and three horses Mollie, Cookie and Poppy. My spare time is spent with my family, my husband and little girl Amelia and my little boy Fletcher. We enjoy days at the beach, bike rides, countryside walks and foreign holidays.
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Helen Kane


I joined Vets4Pets Bedlington at the start of April 2016, a couple of days after the practice opened. I have really enjoyed meeting all of the new clients and their pets and love seeing our regular dogs who pop in on their daily walks! I always wanted to become a vet when growing up but unfortunately, didn’t get the grades. Following on from A levels, I started working at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency doing surveillance work. After 5 and a half years, I decided that I wanted to work in practice and thought veterinary nursing would be ideal. I qualified in March 2015 and love working as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. At home I have one moggie called Jack, 3 Norwegian Forest Cats called Honey, Freya and Mr Darcy and one crazy Labrador cross Cocker Spaniel called Saffi. In my spare time I enjoy walking, baking, and photography.
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Katie Drinkeld


I joined the team here at Bedlington in March 2016 when we first opened and it has been an amazing experience watching our practice grow and meeting all our lovely clients and their pets. This is my first job working with animals and I absolutely adore it. It is the most interesting job I have ever had and every day is different. At home I have 2 cats Tinkerbell who is 16, Spartacus (The Stalker)who is 1 year old and Fly who is my 3 year old Border Collie who is totally crazy and never seems to run out of energy. I love walking through the Northumberland Countryside, walks on the beach, travelling and spending time with my family and friends.