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Vets4Pets Stockton

Meet the Stockton

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Mark Buxton - Stockton

Mark Buxton

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner 

How long have you worked at Vets4Pets? What do you enjoy about it? I set up Stockton Vets4Pets in 2008. My wife, Cathy, joined the practice a few years later. It has been rewarding meeting clients and treating their pets right through from their 1st vaccinations to helping them in their more senior years. I enjoy everything about ‘vetting’, especially orthopaedic surgery. 

Name your top three films.
Star Wars - Episode 4, 5, and 6. 

What is your favourite season of the year and why?
If it's a proper cold Winter, instead of just rainy, then definitely Winter as I like to go ice climbing in Scotland at the weekend. If it's a rubbish Winter then Summer is favourite for the long warm evening's running on the Moors. 

What is your favourite type of chocolate?
Any! When it comes to chocolate I'm definitely not fussy. What was your dream job when you were younger? Astronaut.

If it were possible, would you own a pet dinosaur? If so, which one would it be and why? My two boys tell me that Ankylosaurus is the coolest dinosaur because they have a big bony hammer on the end of their tail. So I'll go with that one.


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Cathy Buxton

Veterinary Surgeon and Practice Partner 

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Developing relationships with clients and their pets, helping them understand what may be going on and how we can make things better. I enjoy all aspects of first opinion practice but have always had an interest in soft tissue surgery. I find big operations, although challenging at times, quite satisfying.

What’s the worst thing about your job?

Constipated cats!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Family days out, hiking, wild camping, swimming, skiing, making birthday cakes for the kids, arts and crafts.

Where is the most interesting place you have been and why?
Easter Island. Mark and I walked and camped round the whole island. It’s a strange and desolate place in parts. I was fascinated by the people that used to live there, the huge statues they erected and then the demise of their culture.

If you could keep only 5 possessions what would they be and why?
A camera to record happy occasions and amazing places Our tent, sleeping bags and stove – does that count as three?! Scrabble - Christmas wouldn’t be the same without late night scrabble!
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Inga Radulowicz

Veterinary Surgeon

What is your favourite colour?
Grass Green

If there was a skill that you would love to learn, what would it be and why?

Surfing! I have a terrible sense of balance. If I would be able to surf for more than 10 minutes I would consider this as self-improvement.

What is your favourite type of chocolate?

Dark Chocolate with orange and chilli.

If you could live in a book, tv show or movie, which one would it be and why?
The Chronicles of Narnia - Everything is possible there!


If you could change one Law, what would it be and why?
Newton Law of gravitation. I would love to eat as much as I want and still be able to move


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Natasha Franklin-Johnston

Head Veterinary Nurse

What pets do you have and what are their names? Ben (Lurcher/Whippet X), Molly (Staffie/Springer X), Shenron the bearded dragon, Sweep the rabbit and Richie and Nila the Cornsnakes.

What is your favourite farm animal and why?
Lambs as they're cute and their little binkies

If you could be in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be and why?

The Walking Dead - Fight the Dead, Fear the Living

How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
Go to the pub, have a pint and wait for it to all blow over!



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Abbey Slater

Registered Veterinary Nurse

What is your favourite ice cream?
Ben and Jerry half baked, it's my Achilles heel of all ice cream! It's literally got everything you could ever want in it! Chocolate, cookie and brownies! Mmmmm

What is best gift you have ever received?

A trip to Florida! I was able to go to Disney Land, Universal Studios and even Sea World. Honestly, it was such an amazing experience! Brought the inner child out in me.

What is your favourite farm animal?

Horse. I have always loved horses ever since I have been a little girl. I have always had a passion for riding and looking after them.

What is your favourite colour ?
Pink! Typical girl, I love the fact that our uniform has pink in it! Gives me an excuse to wear pink shoes and scrub tops.



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Jane Stewart

Practice Manager

Name your top three films.
Romeo and Juliet
In Bruge
Private Benjamin

Do you have any phobias? If so, what is it and why?

I am petrified of spiders, even though I think they are truly amazing creatures and watching them make webs is fascinating, I just can’t handle that many legs!

Who is your personal hero and why?

My Sister in Law Claire, She has had so many professions and is always so energetic and positive! She is definitely an amazing woman!

If you could have a superpower for a day, what would it be and why?
I would have the power of being able to read minds so then I would eventually be able to see what my dog was thinking!



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Laura Radigan

Receptionist

What is your favourite wild animal? I love tigers! Fierce and fearless.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
I've always wanted to go to Australia. Mainly for the sun, the animals and the accent. 


What is the strangest thing you have eaten? I have accidentally eaten gravy with dog biscuits in. Didn't realise until someone told me. It actually tasted quite nice.

If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, which would it be and why?
Harry Potter! Having the ability to perform magic. How amazing would that be!

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Lindsey Jacques-Thompson

Receptionist

What is your favourite band/musician? Celine Dion, love her music and I think she is a fab artist.

What is your favourite film?
It’s complicated and sweet home Alabama because these are soppy romantic films.


What is your favourite season of the year and why? Winter, I love Christmas, also this was the time of year I got married!

Do you prefer the city or the countryside and why?
Countryside, it’s very peaceful ,fresh and green.   

What is your favourite type of chocolate? Galaxy Chocolate, there's no better chocolate, very creamy and smooth.