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Vets4Pets Newport

Meet the Newport vet team

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Paul and Cath McCarthy


Cath and I met in our final year at Vet college in London back in 1999. Shortly after getting together, we were engaged and then I moved to the other end of the country where we pursued different vocations; I was in a mixed practice in Barnsley and Cath here at the Usk Veterinary Centre doing only domestic pets. Having both worked in a number of separate practices, I then opened as the sole partner of Newport Vets4pets in May 2008. The practice has successfully grown since then and we have recently taken on another Vet (Nora Jaykka-Dixon). This growth has been due to the hard-work and dedication of the Newport team.


Newport Veterinary Surgeon Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Practice Owner

Having become fully certified as a vet in 1999, I have worked most of my career here in Newport. From 2001-2008 I worked under the tutelage of Mrs Morris at Summerhill before opening up Vets4Pets in 2008. Since opening we have strived to gain excellent standards of care to people’s pets and been here as a support for clients. We have been nominated, by our clients, for practice, vet and receptionist of the year.


Vets4Pets Cath Mccarthy Surgeon Newport

Cath McCarthy BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1999 from the Royal Veterinary College. I have worked solely in small animal practice and particularly enjoy surgery. I joined my husband Paul at Vets4pets in October 2009. Outside of work my passions are gardening, running and our nine year old son Jack.


Michelle Lawrence V4P Newport

Michelle Lawrence

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I gained my degree in Veterinary Nursing Science in 2006 and since then I have worked in both first opinion and referral practices. I have a keen interest in rehabilitation therapies and anaesthesia, emergency and critical care. In 2011 I gained my Nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia and Critical Care from the European School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies. I originally joined Vets4Pets when Paul first opened the practice and then went on to work in a referral hospital before re-joining Paul and his team in February 2015.


Natalie Newport

Natalie Phillips

Receptionist

What is your favourite animal and why?
English Bull Terriers, I just think they are stunning 

What pets do you have and what are their names?
I have two cats He-man or Heme and Cyril Sneer - both names come from 80s cartoon characters 

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across?
Flash Gary Noodle (a poodle) Linda (rabbit).

What is your favourite famous animal?
Cheshire Cat - Alice In Wonderland 

What's the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets?
Just to be working with animals in general is something I have always wanted to do but to be a part of their recovery, meeting and chatting with new people and watching behind the scenes is not really work as it is such a pleasure.

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Karan Wait

Receptionist

What is your favourite animal and why?
I'd have to say that dogs are my favourite pet although I did have two chipmunks a few years ago and they were very entertaining. 

What pets do you have and what are their names?
I have a black lab/retriever cross called Simba and two rabbits named Flopsy and Misty. 

What's the best pet name you have ever come across?
Having worked with Guide Dogs for the Blind for several years you tend to come across some unusual names, I've known a Norris, Linda, Dorothy, Quinta and Dave to list just a few. 

Who is your favourite famous animal?
Lassie was a favourite TV dog when I was younger. 

What is the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets?
Never knowing what will be walking through the door from one minute to the next keeps the day very interesting, from routine boosters to a complete emergency - no two shifts are the same


Vets4Pets Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes

Receptionist

What is your favourite animal and why?
I have grown up having dogs in my family, they are loyal companions and I love how may different and unusual breeds that are around. 

What pets do you have and what are their names?
My Jack Russell Poppy, Hades the chihuahua, six free range laying hens and a tank full of tropical fish. 

What's the best pet name you have ever come across?
Two cats, one called Mr. Muscle the other called Cilit Bang! 

Who is your favourite famous animal?
Claus the fish from American Dad. 

What is the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets?
Meeting a variety of lovely pets on a daily basis and working with such a welcoming and supportive team.

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Tam Roche

BScZY, MVB, MRCVS

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2014 from University College Dublin, Ireland. Since then I have worked in different areas of Wales before joining Vets4Pets Newport in February 2016. I have developing interests in small animal internal medicine, nutrition and soft tissue surgery. Outside of veterinary I enjoy photography and am involved with Irish sighthound rescues. I have a retired greyhound called Fionn and a lurcher called Freya. 

Jan V4P Newport

Jan Nurden

Part-time Receptionist 

What is your favourite animal and why? 
The chameleon – their versatility and ability to blend in with their environment but also how amazing to be able to look in two directions at once…. Now there’s a skill I’d like to have!! 

What pets do you have and what are their names? 
I have a 12 year old Parsons Terrier called Henry Dyson – he was a rescue dog and originally came with the name Henry, but the ‘Dyson’ was added quite quickly due to his eating habits i.e. anything and everything edibile!! 

What is the best name you’ve ever come across?
– apart from Henry Dyson of course – ‘Naughty Nigel’ is a great contender.

What is your favourite famous animal? 
I love ERIK the main character in ‘HAPPY FEET’ – I know it’s only a film! But if only humans could be more accepting of each other eh what a fab place the world could be! (Nothing of course to do with Hugh Jackman being the voice over). 

What’s the best aspect of working for Newport Vets4Pets? 
Working with a crazy, fun team of people who really care about what they do and the service they deliver. I enjoy meeting a diverse range of clients and their pets; and enjoy taking an active part in helping and advising them on the best way they can care for their pets. No day is ever the same and there is no end to what you can learn; at times emotions can feel as if they are on a rollercoaster and it’s not the most salubrious job in the world…but I love it.

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Amy Deakin

Animal Nursing Assistant

What is your favourite animal and why?
I don't really have a favourite animal, but if I had to pick a few I would say a dog because they are loyal, rabbit because they are cute, monkey because they are funny and cheeky and elephants because they stick together. 

What pets do you have and what are their names? 
I have one tricolour Shih Tzu called Ozzy (Oz) and a Dwaf cross rabbit called Jossie (Joe for short).

What is the best name you’ve ever come across?
Super Dave he was a lovely black and white Akita.

What is your favourite famous animal? 
Marley from Marley and Me because its a great film which makes me laugh and cry. I also think that Marley is very cute and naughty. 

What’s the best aspect of working for Newport Vets4Pets? 
Getting to do my dream job and working with all kinds of animals. You also never know what will come through the door at any moment which makes the days exciting and interesting.