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Vets4Pets North Tyneside

Meet the North Tyneside Vet Team

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Frances Gray

Veterinary Surgeon & JVP

Vets4Pets North Tyneside opened in 2010 following my desire to set up a working environment where the team really felt valued and respected.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer tailor made working arrangements to suit each individual’s needs and provide a balance between work and home life.

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Simon Allan

Practice Manager

My name is Simon I am the Practice Manager at both North Tyneside and Morpeth vets4pets. I have a keen interest in business and performance management with a track record dealing with large teams & organisations.

I am lucky to live in Northumberland and appreciate the beautiful surroundings that we have here. We love our animals from dogs, cats, horses and our ladies the chickens who provide fresh eggs daily.

My interests over the years has been property development, golfing and motorbikes. We have a fantastic team at our practices who care passionately about the job they do and I am very proud to be part of that.



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Gayle MacDonald

Veterinary Surgeon

I'm originally from the West of Scotland and I studied and graduated from Edinburgh in 2012. For the first 2 years after graduation I worked in a busy small animal practice in Newcastle. After this I went back to Scotland to work closer to home - but a love of the North East and a desire for a new adventure brought me back here.

I am particularly interested in investigating medical cases and looking after older pets. Outside of work I enjoy walking my crazy beagle Hamish, socialising with friends and travelling when possible.




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Claire Minto

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

All my memories as a child are of my family pets, having grown up always having at least one pet at home. Even in First school I would tell people I was going to be a Veterinary Nurse when I grew up.

I qualified in 2008 and have a passion for feline nursing, ensuring cats don't get treated like small dogs and receive the best care available. I obtained the ISFM Certificate in Feline Nursing in 2011. I'm owned by my beautiful Sphynx cat, Piglet, who is my baby.

Having worked in a variety of veterinary practices, ranging from large referral practices to small suburban clinics all over the country, the opportunity arose to work at Vets4Pets and there couldn't be a more perfect job than working in a much loved practice where the clients are valued and the pets receive the best care.

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Samantha Palmer

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I am a Veterinary Nurse that has two naughty cats, Rainie and Darcie and two rescue guinea pigs Carlos and Julio.

In my spare time I love nothing more than spending time with my little horrors.

I have always had a passion for animals and caring for them and was overwhelmed when I began my career in nursing. I love the new challenges working at North Tyneside brings every day and spending time with such an amazing team!



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Rosie Balasingam

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I recently joined the team in May and love my job. My co-workers and I are incredibly passionate about caring for our patients.

I decided to get into nursing after completing a Zoology BSc Hons; I loved learning animal biology but soon realised my greatest passion was working with and helping animals. So I took a leap onto a new career path and never looked back!

I have sleepy whippet called Ralph and two cats called Sheldon and Cooper. Sheldon also has several pet fish that he's extremely fond of.

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Angela Storey

Registered Veterinary Nurse

My love for animals began at a very early age, I was raised on the family farm and never too far away from the sheep, dogs and cats.

After leaving school at 16 I began my VN training and qualified in 1995. Over the last 20 years I have worked in several areas of the veterinary sector increasing my knowledge and skills along the way.

I am very proud to have joined Frances, Simon and the rest of the team at Vets4Pets and look forward to meeting you and your pets in the future.




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Lauren Jeacock

Animal Care Assistant

Hi I'm Lauren, I have been working here at Vets4Pets for just over a year now, I am now starting my training as a veterinary nurse student.

I have learned so much over this past year and I am really excited to learn so much more and gain even more experience.

At home I have a dog and a cat and in my spare time I enjoy exploring the countryside and new places.



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Charlie Wall

Animal Care Assistant

Hi my names Charlie and I have just recently started my position as an animal care assistant at Vets4Pets North Tyneside.

On my first week I rescued a kitten and have been hand rearing him ever since. I already have one cat at home and I'm looking forward to welcoming my new kitten Milo into the family and bringing him up.

I love my job at Vets4Pets and can’t wait to start my veterinary nursing training next September. Vets4pets North Tyneside is such a lovely and friendly environment to work in and I'm looking forward to my future here.

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Katie Drinkeld

Client Care Team

I joined the team here at Vets4Pets North Tyneside and Vets4Pets Morpeth in August 2017 alternating between both Practices.

I mainly work on reception and also help out in the back when I can with the aim to become a Veterinary Nurse. I have joined an amazing team who all work well together and love to take care of Pets and their Owners.

At home I have two cats Tinkerbell and Spartacus (The Stalker) and Fly, my lunatic of a Border Collie who never seems to run out of energy. I love walking through the Northumberland Countryside, walks on the beach, travelling when I can and spending time with my family and friends.



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Lauren Ridley

Client Care Team

My name is Lauren, I have worked for Vets4Pets since December 2016 and enjoy my role as Reception Team Leader.

I love working as part of the team here and like to kept on my toes with the different challenges that come through the door each day. I like making customers visits to the practice enjoyable and as stress free as possible, while waiting to see the Vet or Nurse.

At home I have two dogs of my own, Hector and Matilda, and a Yellow Belly Slider Turtle called Donny.

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Susan Scott

Client Care Team

Hi I'm Susan I work on reception and I have been with the practice for 1 year and 4 months now which I have enjoyed every minute. I started volunteering at first for about four months and I now work 32 hours a week.

I love meeting the clients and their pets watching them grow and getting lots of cuddles. I work with a great team and there are never two days the same. This is my pet labrador Charlie who is six now still naughty and a typical lab but wouldn't have him any other way he is loved very much. When I’m not at work I love spending time with my grandchildren who adore Charlie I love going out with him.



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Julie Fletcher


I started working as a receptionist at Vets4Pets North Tyneside & Morpeth in the summer of 2016. I have always had a love for animals, so I couldn't wait to begin my new chapter in life with such a fantastic veterinary team. I'm a huge dog lover! Especially those of the Spaniel variety. I own 3 dogs of my own including an English Springer Spaniel called Annie, and two Cocker Spaniels called Ellie & Maggie. I also have an ever growing collection of grand-dogs from my two grown up daughters!

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to the gym. I love working within the local community and dealing with clients and their pets, you will often see me at the front desk answering phones and booking your pet in for their appointments. I look forward to my future within the industry, growing my knowledge of pet care and meeting all of your furry family members!