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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.

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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.

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Claudia Teixeira

I graduated in 2009 from Porto University, Portugal, my home country, and have been working in small animal practice ever since.

I moved to the UK back in 2013 and found a second home in South Wales. I have a keen interest in feline medicine, something that I will be exploiting from the week beginning October 22nd, when Newport Vets4Pets begins cat only consult sessions. I also have 2 cats of my own, Mavis and Milo.

In my free time, I love to travel, chill and spend time with my loved ones and my cats:) I look forward to meeting you!

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Michelle Lawrence

Head 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.

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Kayleigh Morley

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started at Vets4Pets in July 2017 and am excited to train as a Student Veterinary Nurse. I have always loved animals and have a button Staffie called Sonny who was a rescue from the RSPCA. 

Whilst travelling in Australia, I came across many wonderful and exotic animals but I also completed a three month placement on a farm where I maintained the working dogs and horses and even helped raise four chicks. I also assisted with drenching and pregnancy testing cattle which is an experience I will never forget! 

 Since joining Vets4Pets, I have already learned so many new things and I am looking forward to progressing and eventually qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse!

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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. 

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Jessica Morgan

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Hello I’m Jess and I qualified as an RVN in April 2017. I joined the Vets4Pets team in Oct 2018. I enjoy all aspects of nursing but have a keen interest in Laboratory and Nurse Consultations. In my spare time I like to catch up with friends and family and spoiling my guinea pigs Honey and Lottie!

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Karan Wait


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

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Sue Rees


What is your favourite animal and why?
The horse- horse riding is the ultimate escape in the countryside Cats- love their independent streak

What pets do you have and what are their names?
10yr old Golden chinchilla cat called Tillie ( my furry alarm clock)

What's the best pet name you have ever come across?
Cat Stevens (excellent use of owners surname!)

Who is your favourite famous animal?
Puss in boots (shrek)

What is the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets?
Great to work as part of such a dedicated team in this popular practice It’s rewarding to be able to help our clients and pets when they need us.

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Laura Freese


What is your favourite animal and why?
Definitely cats... big cats, little cats ALL CATS! They're clever, can be cunning and you never quite know what they're thinking!

What pets do you have and what are their names? As you can imagine I have a cat called Loki, after the Norse God of mischief, and he certainly lives up to his name! He's a big, black cat that friends call my house panther!

What's the best pet name you have ever come across? I enjoy obscure film/game names: Gizmo (Gremlins), Ludo (Labyrinth), Mario & Peaches (Mario Games) and maybe my absolute favourite Thackeray Binx. (Hocus Pocus!)

Who is your favourite famous animal?
Jaws.... It's definitely an ANIMAL!

What is the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets? The team! The team is fun to work with but take their work very seriously, it's nice to work with such dedicated people. Of course the animals are a bonus!

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Aimee-Marie Stevens


What is your favourite animal and why?
My favourite animal is a dog. They make fantastic pets, they're loyal, fun and intelligent. 

What pets do you have and what are their names? I have three cats called Sox, Jess and Sukie, and three Border Collies called Toby, Jake and Meggie, who is deaf. 

What's the best pet name you have ever come across? I've seen lots of unusual names, from Philomena to Keith Lemon, but my all time favourite's belong to 2 collie crosses, called Sausage and Bacon. 

Who is your favourite famous animal?
It has to be Donkey from Shrek! 

What is the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets? Having a job that doesn't feel like a job. Going into work knowing every day will bring something new, working alongside a fantastic team and being able to assist in ensuring our clients and their pets are happy and healthy.