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Vets4Pets Stockton

Meet the Stockton

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.


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!

Laura Sadler

Veterinary Surgeon

What is your favourite household animal?
Cats – I love their bold and mischievous characters!

What pets do you have and what are their names?

I have 2 cats who live with my parents; one female called Tabitha and a male called Theakston. Both were originally strays I managed to acquire during my university years. Since starting at Vets4Pets I have also taken home a black kitten and named him Mowgli.

What is your favourite thing you do to help you relax?
Spending any time with my boyfriend and/or my family. I love being outdoors, especially when exploring our beautiful Dales and Moors. At home, I love baking/cooking whilst listening to music, or relaxing with a good film.
What’s the best concert you have ever been to?
Fleetwood Mac or Coldplay

What is your proudest moment?

Becoming an auntie to my beautiful niece. Not exactly an achievement, but I’ll never forget being so overwhelmed with love and pride when meeting her for the first time.


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!


Abbey Ward

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Coming soon!

Katie Powers

Registered Veterinary Nurse.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
The ability to make a positive difference to some ones day.

Do you prefer city or country side?

Countryside as I love taking long walks with my husband and dog.

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

Harry Potter and easy to answer why - Magic!

What’s your Favourite Film?
Shawshank Redemption.


Shona Eckersley

Student veterinary nurse, nearly graduated

What is your favourite wild animal?
Bengal Tiger

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would go to Australia to see the wildlife and the great barrier reef.

If you could live in a book, tv show or movie, which would it be and why?
Percy Jackson, because I love Greek mythology and creatures.

What's the weirdest thing you have eaten?

Salt and vinegar crickets and bbq mealworms
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Lisa Kirton 

Client Services Manager

What is your favourite animal and why?

Cats, because they all have their own unique little characters.

What pets do you have and what are their names?

Two cats called Ollie and Tino

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across?

A dalmation called Stripes 

What is your favourite famous animal?


What's the best aspect of working for Vets4Pets? The fantastic staff and clients. 

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Jane Stewart

Client Services 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!


Deanne Craggs


What is the most interesting place you have visited?
Adelaide, Australia because I got to visit family and swim with wild dolphins and go and feed koalas and kangeroo's. 

What is your Favourite Film?
Deep Blue Sea

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would set up my own rescue charity for animals

Do you have any phobias?
I have a phobia of clowns because I watched Stephen kings IT when I was 7 years old!

Ashleigh Gavaghan


What is your favourite household animal? 

What 5 things do you want to do before you die?
Sky dive, Safari, Scuba dive, Swim with dolphins, Go Skiing

If there is a skill that you would love to learn what would it be?
Learn how to play the guitar

If you were to travel anywhere, where would you go?

Ashley Kendal

Veterinary Care Assistant training to be a Veterinary Nurse.

If you could live in any film, what would it by and why? Alice in Wonderland, because everything is not what it seems, it's an adventure in a bright and colourful world.

What is the best gift you have been given?

The best gift I have been given was my Dog: Archie a labradoodle who is in my photo with me.