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Sunderland South Vets4Pets

Broadway House
Chester Road

Telephone: 0191 525 2090

Closed Now

Need emergency care? See out of hours information.

Normal Opening Hours

  • Monday  - 
  • Tuesday  - 
  • Wednesday  - 
  • Thursday  - 
  • Friday  - 
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Holiday Opening Hours


  • Friday 24 Dec  - 
  • Saturday 25 Dec Closed
  • Sunday 26 Dec Closed
  • Monday 27 Dec Closed
  • Tuesday 28 Dec Closed
  • Friday 31 Dec  - 
  • Saturday 01 Jan Closed
  • Sunday 02 Jan Closed
  • Monday 03 Jan Closed

Meet the team

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Claire Burnley

Lead Veterinary Surgeon


Read Claire Burnley bio

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1999 and have worked in small animal and emergency/critical care practice since graduating. After all this time I still very much love being a vet and I enjoy the challenges that general practice brings both in medicine and surgical cases. Every day is different. The bond between a pet and their owner is something very special and I consider myself privileged to be able to play a part in maintaining that relationship.

Lucy Dawson

Lucy Dawson

Veterinary Surgeon


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I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the university of Edinburgh in 2018 but I am a local girl from Sunderland. i had spent several weeks doing work experience with Sunderland Vets4pets where i became very fond of the practice and the team and was thrilled to be offered a job as a new graduate vet. I love performing surgery but also have an interest in medicine so general practice is a great balance for me. i like to spend most of my spare time is spent walking with my dog, Fergus.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Practice Owner & Registered Veterinary Nurse


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I started as a school leaver helping out in a veterinary practice close to home in Northumberland in 1993. I went on to complete my nursing training and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1998. 5 years later I joined the Vets4Pets becoming the groups first Veterinary Nurse Partner. After over 15 years as a Practice Partner my role has moved from full time nursing to now mainly practice management although I like to keep my hand in with nursing.  My working week is split between both Sunderland South Vets4Pets and Sunderland Vets4Pets in Fulwell.

Claire Beckham

Claire Beckham

Practice Owner & Registered Veterinary Nurse

Grad dip VN

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My nursing career started in 2 following an animal management placement at a veterinary hospital in County Durham. I completed my nurse training there and qualified as an Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2004 spending a total of 8 years in practice and gaining numerous additional qualifications before moving on to work with Rachel as an RVN in Vets4Pets. Almost 1 years later and I am now Nursing Manager and Practice Partner alongside Rachel and have recently achieved a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing which is my greatest professional achievement to date.

Grace Shaw

Registered Veterinary Nurse


Jessica Tulip

Student Veterinary Nurse

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I have had a love for animals since being little and when an opportunity came about to join the team at Vets4Pets as a VCA I jumped at the chance. Every day is different in this role. My placement is split between attending practice and college. I look forward to caring for the patients in our practice and will be working hard to pursue my goal to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the future.

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Jaden O'Neill

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Katie Fairbairn

Client Services Manager

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I joined the team in Sunderland as a part time receptionist in 2010. Over the years as the team and the practice have grown my role has developed into a Client Services Manager. I oversee the reception team and deal with the customer care aspect of the practice. As we open our sister practice in Sunderland South I will be spending time across both practices assisting and supporting the reception team. 

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Taylor Davies

Client Services Advisor

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I joined the team in November 2018 as a client care advisor, previously I worked at an OOH Emergency vets, having a love of animal’s means I love working at Vets4Pets and love interacting with our clients and their pets. In my spare time I go to the gym and enjoy trying new things also going on walks with my family. I have had numerous pets over the years and currently have a cat named George & a fish named Barry. My all-time favourite animal is a crocodile I find them fascinating!.

Lauren Brown

Client Services Advisor

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I am a client care advisor and started working here at Sunderland South Vets4Pets in October 2018. The things I love most about my job is meeting new people and their beloved pets on a daily basis. I have 2 pugs called Frank and Fearne who love going on walks and cant resist cuddles.

Stacey Conlon

Client Services Advisor

Vets4Pets Sunderland South is committed to bringing you affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound. Plus, on site car parking too!

The friendly team can't wait to meet all of their new clients!



  • Dental X-Ray
    Unlike humans, dogs need to be under general anesthesia for dental X-rays. Anesthesia is considered to be a safe procedure and will be performed after a general examination. It is tailored to the individual and your dog is continuously monitored during the dental exam.
  • Emergency cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Separate Cat & Dog Wards
    Separate cat and dog hospital wards, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.

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  • Digital X-Ray
    Digital X ray equipment is available.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Echocardiography (heart scans)
    Generates a 2D moving image of your pet's heart.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.
  • ECG
    ECG is also available to keep your pet's heart healthy.
  • Ultrasound
    Generates 2-D moving images of your pet’s internal organs at work.
  • Biochemistry
    Allows an assessment of the functionality of a patients organs.
  • Haematology
    Allows the assessment of a patient's blood and blood cells.
  • In-house Laboratory
    A range of analytical tests and equipment to assist in the rapid diagnosis of illness.
  • X-Ray & Ultrasound
    X-Ray & Ultrasound
  • Weight Clinic
    Monitoring clinic to help dogs and cats achieve optimal weights – both if they have been under or overweight
  • Puppy Parties
    Puppy parties to support you to train, socialise and ensure your puppy has the best start in life possible.
  • Prescriptions
    We can provide written prescriptions upon request.
  • Health Plans
    Designed to cover all the regular pet care essentials such as vaccinations and flea and worm prevention, whilst saving you money.
  • Pet Passport
    Trained Official Veterinarian vets to issue Pet Passports, Fit to Fly letters and rabies serology tests.
  • Nutritional Advice
    Advice and support for your pet's diet.
  • Nurse Clinic
    Appointments with a highly qualified nurse which can cover anything from nutrition and fitness advice, grooming techniques, to pet socialisation classes.
  • Medication
  • Locally Owned
    This practice is locally owned.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Home Visits
    If you can’t make it us, we will come to you. We offer routine home visit for pets who don’t like to leave the house or clients who are unable to visit us. (Additional costs may occur)
  • Bereavement Support
    Making the decision to say goodbye to your pet is one of the toughest you’ll ever make. Pets provide us with unconditional love, friendship and comfort, so it is normal to have intense or conflicting emotions when it comes to euthanasia. At Vets4Pets we’re here for you and your pet for every step of your journey together.
  • Anaesthetic
    General anaesthetic enables us to perform many procedures kindly and safely for your pet.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease
  • Microchipping
    A microchip can help retrieve lost pets
  • Separate Cat & Dog Waiting Areas
    Separate cat and dog waiting areas, designed to ensure your pet is kept in a comfortably stress free environment.

Practice tour

Practice accreditations

  • RCVS accreditation EDITED
  • $R011TVO
  • Rabbit friendly vet logo SILVER 2019

Health Plans

Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind
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Health Plan

Complete Care Senior

From £17
A complete care plan for your 7+ year old pet's continued good health
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Health Plans

Flea & Worm Pack

Protect your pet and your pocket!
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Health Plan


Just £99
Vac4Life is a preventative plan following primary vaccinations

Out of hours

Vets Now Gateshead
Stoneygate Lane
NE10 0LX

Telephone: 0191 469 6926

Standard consultation fees start from £232.

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