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Meet The Gateshead Vets Team | Vets4Pets
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Vets4Pets Gateshead

Meet the team

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Samantha Sauer MRCVS  Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

My vision for the practices is to have a friendly, professional team who provide excellent customer service and patient care, support owners to make informed choices about their pets health and provide excellent value for money. I think that the best way to do this is to have a happy, engaged team and I work hard to create a supportive, challenging and friendly environment for my team. Everyone on the team is encouraged to improve and share their skills. Certificates and further qualifications are actively encouraged and the clinical team will regularly discuss cases and share new knowledge. We work hard, but rotas are designed to make sure we all have a good work life balance and there are always plenty of laughs… and cake!
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Mark Sauer 

Practice Manager

Mark is the Practice Manager at both Gateshead and Kingston Park. Mark came on board full time when the decision was made to open Gateshead to help Samantha run the rapidly growing business. 

Gateshead has become the sister practice to Kingston Park which opened its doors December-2012. A practice that is owned as with Gateshead by Samantha Sauer, Marks other half. Both Gateshead and Kingston Park are truly a family run business. Marks aim as Practice Manager is to continue at Gateshead what has made and is continuing to make Kingston Park so popular with its clients. To create a place that provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where clients can make an informed choice about their pets’ care Outside of work Mark is a keen outdoor enthusiast. He is hoping once their daughter is old enough she too will follow their passion of climbing and hiking.


Shelley Mitchell

I'm Shelley, 46 years young and a receptionist here at Gateshead. I have completed a NVQ in administration and reception skills at Gateshead College, many moons ago!
Married with a teenager and a Siberian husky but not quite sure know who's the most moody one!
Likes walking, shopping, eating and drinking a few glasses of bubbly to socialise.

Rachael Dinning 


 Rachael has worked on reception since our opening. An animal lover, she has three crazy cats at home and loves meeting everyone’s pets when they come to visit us. In her spare time she enjoys reading, keeping fit and is keen to travel and see new places.

Natalie Morris 


 Natalie works on reception. She has a keen interest in reptiles and owns 5 lizards. She has 4 dogs called Ruby, Roxy, Teddy and Bailey. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and has competed in Total Warrior, Tough Mudder and Newcastle Stampede. In the future she wants to complete the national 3 peak challenge in 24 hours.

Courtney Heath 


Courtney moved to Essex to complete her veterinary nursing training, she has now returned back home to the North East. Courtney owns a very cheeky cat called Mr O’Malley who she rescued two years ago. Courtney will soon be carrying out her marine mammal training with the BDMLR.

Charlotte Murley 

RVN Veterinary Nurse

 Charlotte has always had a passion for caring for animals and has been in the veterinary profession for over 8 years. She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2014 & recently joined the Vets4Pets team in August 2016.

Charlotte has a keen interest in client education and animal behaviour and has a wide knowledge of all creatures great and small, including exotic species. In her spare time she enjoys taking care of her dog Bhuna and horse Charm and spending time crafting in her hobby room.

Michaela Ionutescu MRCVS 

Veterinary Surgeon

 I have been working as a veterinary surgeon in small practices in the North East since 2010 when I moved in England with my family. I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2002 from University of Timisoara, Romania.

I am a busy mum of two but I still enjoy going outdoors with our lovely husky cross malamute called Cailean. I have a real interest in Dermatology and treating small furies and working alongside lovely team at Gateshead will help me towards my goals

Kerry Robertson RVN

Head Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as an RVN in 2013 at a busy mixed practice and for the past 3 years I have worked in a referral setting, dealing with very complicated and specialised cases, before starting here in August. I have a keen interest in anaesthesia but enjoy all aspects of my job. I work between the Gateshead and Newcastle Kingston Park branches a long side the management team to try and make a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for both clients and animals, whilst providing the highest level of care. Outside of work I love walking my 2 crazy border collies, Storm and Sol and riding my horse Benson.