Sunderland South Vets4Pets

Broadway House
Chester Road

Telephone: 0191 525 2090

Opening hours

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

Meet the team

Claire Burnley

Veterinary Surgeon


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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.

Keren Tweedy

Keren Tweedy

Veterinary Surgeon


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After qualifying from Liverpool University in 2015 I joined Sunderland Vets4Pets as a new-graduate Vet. In 2016 I moved to Anglesey, North Wales where I lived with my Husband and our Great Dane Nelson for a year before moving back to the North East.


I love working at Sunderland South Vets4Pets. Despite the challenges we sometimes face, we are rewarded every day by the fab clients and pets we have the pleasure to look after.

My interests are dermatology and exotics, and outside of work I enjoy long walks with my family and our dogs. My favourite animal is the beautiful Black Rhino.

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 Group becoming the groups first veterinary nurse partner. After almost 15 years as a Practice Partner my role has moved from full time nursing to practice management and administration. My week will be split between Sunderland South Vets4Pets and our sister practice Sunderland Vets4Pets, where I am also the practice partner.
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.

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.

Gemma Friji

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jessica Beckett

Jessica Beckett

Registered Veterinary Nurse

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. 

Beverly Scott

Client Care Advisor

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I joined the team in Sunderland Vets4Pets as a receptionist and enjoyed being part of the team for a number of years before heading off on retirement. After 18 months of enjoying travelling and spending time with the family I decided to return to work and rejoined the group ready for the opening of the Sunderland South Vets4Pets practice. I look forward to getting to meet all the patients and their owners. Outside of work I enjoy travelling and watching cricket.

Elaine Stobbs

Client Care Advisor

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I worked for 34 years in customer service within the civil service and decided I needed a change. My love of animals lead to me having two cats so this job is perfect for me. Each day is different and I've instantly been made to feel welcome and a part of the vet family. I am looking forward to learning more in my new role. My hobbies are reading, yoga and walking.

Taylor Davies

Client Care 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 Care 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!



  • Emergency cover
    Even if we are closed, we have your pet covered.
  • Operating Theatre
    An operating theatre with gaseous anaesthetic facility for surgical procedures.
  • Isolation Unit
    A special ward to care for animals with contagious diseases.
  • Blood Pressure Monitor
    Used to measure the range of blood pressure as a preventative treatment to identify early signs of systemic hypertension.

Show more services

  • 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
    Generates digital 2D images of bones and internal organs.
  • Hospital Ward
    Suite of custom-built kennels for the housing and monitoring of in-patients.
  • Dentistry
    The treatment and prevention of dental disease

Health Plans

Starter pack protection

Best Start in Life

Our Best Start in Life starter pack includes everything they'll need from a veterinary perspective to grow up happy and healthy, from a microchip to their first vaccinations.
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Health Plan

Complete Care

From £8 a month
Complete peace of mind
Complete Care dog header

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 consultations before 11pm start from £161. Standard consultations after 11pm start from £207.

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