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Vets4Pets Gateshead

Meet the team

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Samantha Sauer MRCVS

Owner & Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from Liverpool University in 2003 and after working in a mixed practice in Bedford moved back home where for the past 3 years I have been working as a locum vet around the North East. This has helped provide a wide area of experience and has taught me what makes a good practice.

I have a holistic approach to veterinary medicine and am studying for further qualifications in both herbal medicine and acupuncture, both of which I use alongside conventional treatments.

Out of work I am a keen outdoor enthusiast and enjoy travelling when possible.

My aim for Kingston Park and Gateshead is to have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where you can make an informed choice about your pet’s care.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 & 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.


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Vicente Martinez MRCVS 

Veterinary Surgeon

Vicente graduated from the University Complutense of Madrid in 1992 and has been working since them in small animal practice in Spain before coming to the UK last year.


Vicente has a keen interest in feline medicine, endocrinology and internal medicine. In his spare time he enjoys the gym, walking with his dog and travelling as much as possible.


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.

Katarina Krasna MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Kat joined out team in September 2016. She qualified from the Veterinary University of Czech Republic. Kat moved from Slovakia to Newcastle to pursue her dream and keep up with her Veterinary career in the UK. Kat has a keen interest in internal medicine of small and exotic animals which makes her an excellent addition to the team.

In her spare time she loves to travel and see new and exciting places.


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Jennet Chan MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Jennet was born and raised in Hong Kong, a subtropical city, where she speaks 3 languages – Cantonese, English and Mandarin. She developed interest in working with animals in secondary school and came to UK to pursue her dream. She is qualified in 2017 from the University of Glasgow and joined the team after graduation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, visiting museums and baking.


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Rebecca MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Originally from Alaska, Rebecca moved to Edinburgh to study veterinary medicine. After graduating, Rebecca joined the teams at Vets4Pets Kingston Park & Gateshead. An animal lover to the core, she is especially interested in preventative medicine and education. She looks forward to getting to know the local area, you, and your pets.


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Pet Orthopaedic Referral Team

Fergus Ryan MVB CertSAS MRCVS

Rebecca Ainsley RVN

We are pleased to introduce you to our Orthopaedic team who visit our practice when required and carry out a range of orthopaedic operations for us. Both Fergus and Rebecca are highly trained and vastly experienced in both general veterinary care, as well as Orthopaedic surgery.