Support line

For advice and support when the practice is closed, please call 0333 332 4471 and speak to our qualified veterinary team. Our out of hours vet provider can be found here by clicking the link.

Bishop Auckland Vets4Pets

89 Cockton Hill Road
Bishop Auckland
DL14 6JN

Telephone: 01388 660 280

Closed Now

Need emergency care? See out of hours information.

Opening Hours

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

Let’s keep working together to stay safe

We’re committed to keeping you and our colleagues protected, please be respectful and considerate to each other​. Due to close proximity, please wear a face covering unless medically exempt. Contact us to hear about the latest safety measures at our practice or to discuss your pet care needs.

We’re now offering some vaccinations

In response to updated guidance from our regulatory body we are now carrying out some primary and booster vaccinations, where it is safe to do so and required or indicated for your pet’s welfare. If your pet is due their vaccinations please contact us for further advice.

Your pet’s flea and worm preventative treatment delivered to your door

We are now offering our Complete Care Health Plan clients flea and worm preventative treatments delivered safely to your door. Please contact us to find out more.

Meet the team

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Lisa Paterson

Veterinary Surgeon

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My name is Lisa and I am one of the vets. I qualified back in 2010 from Royal Dick Veterinary School in Edinburgh. After graduation, I moved back home to Durham to begin my career in mixed practice. I have worked in several small animal and equine practices in the area and also spent a year working in Australia. 

My grandfather was a vet so I have grown up with a love of animals. I loved looking after animals and riding horses growing up. At home I am Mum to Harry and my fur baby George the Labrador. 

Rebecca parker

Rebecca Parker

Veterinary Surgeon

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Before going to vet school I completed a Degree in Bio veterinary sciences then went on to fulfil my life-long dream and graduated as a vet in 2014 from Liverpool University. I am originally from the North East and couldn't think of a more perfect place to live. I have spent my first 3 years in mixed practice but decided to concentrate solely on small animal practice. I have a keen interest in anaesthetic and pain management. I have recently tied the knot with my partner 'Chris' of 12 years. We are kept busy with our super excitable cocker spaniel 'Mylo' and love to travel and enjoy an occasional game of golf and pub quizzes.
Jo Metcalfe

Jo Metcalfe

Veterinary Surgeon

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Megan Hall

Veterinary Nurse


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My name is Megan and I am one of the veterinary nurses her at Bishop Auckland. I qualified as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) in 2014 and after having worked in small animal veterinary practice for a number of years I decided to top up my qualification and study to also become a qualified equine RVN. I worked in equine veterinary practice up until January 2018 when I decided to settle here at Bishop Vets4Pets. I work at Vets4 Pets part time as I have a second job at Askham Bryan College where I teach veterinary nursing diploma level 3 to first and second year students. I am kept busy outside of work with my three horses (Billy, Perry and Echo) who I enjoy competing and my maine coon cat Pascal. I also enjoy spending time with the family dogs, two Labradors Gunner and Red.
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Caitlin Geldard

Veterinary Nurse


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Rachel Skinner

Veterinary Nurse


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Hi my name is Rachel. I have always loved animals and was always the kid with lots of pets! I particularly have a passion for rabbits and guinea pigs. In my spare time you’ll find me enjoying a nice long walk with my dogs. 

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Emma Burnside

Student Veterinary Nurse

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Hi my name is Emma and I have just recently joined the practice, I am currently awaiting to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse this year and I am very excited to qualify into my dream job. I love all animals great and small and have a rescue mastiff cross who is always keeping me on my toes. My favourite role of being a nurse is providing exceptional inpatient care and providing lots of TLC and furry cuddles. Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors, long walks and horse riding. My other passion is travelling which I try to do as much as possible and enjoy visiting my extended family in Australia. 

Claire King

Claire King

Practice Manager

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I have worked at Bishop Auckland Vets4pets since it opened in March 2016. I have always had an interest in animals since being young and my house was never free from strays that I enjoyed taking care of. (Dogs, cats, rabbits, pigeons, hedgehogs are only a few!!). I really enjoy meeting our clients and their pets particularly when they just pop in while passing, for a cuddle & a few treats. I have 2 dogs, 'Maisie' 8 year old patterdale terrier and 'Ben' 5 year old Jack Russell.
Debra Astbury

Debra Astbury

Client Care Advisor

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My name is Debra Astbury and I joined Vets4Pets in September 2016. I have worked on reception in vet practices since April 2001. I enjoy working with pets and people and love hearing stories about how you got your pet, what your pets favourite toys/food/games are, what problems you have had with your pet, how those problems were solved. I am fascinated by how animals socialise with each other and socialise with us. I am fairly good at remembering faces but hopeless at remembering names, although I often remember the pets' name. I live in a village and know many of the dogs' names but cannot remember many of the owners' names! I have a cat called Trio, 1 boxer dog called Stanley, and a husband too and I love them all very much. I could tell you so many stories about the cats we have had and Stan but will look forward to chatting to you in person and hearing your stories and funny moments. Hope to see you soon.
Becky Walls

Becky Walls

Client Care Assistant

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Hi there, my name is Becky. After gaining a national diploma in Animal management, I have worked with a wide variety of animals and pets for several years now. Over the years I've had lots of pets including reptiles, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, gerbils, and fish. I'm also passionate about helping wildlife anyway I can. I currently share my home with my husband, our house rabbit Baxter, and our Bichon frise Ozzy. I enjoy welcoming clients and their pets into the practice, and seeing all that goes on to keep your pets happy and healthy. In my free time I am often found gardening, spending time with my fur babies, or enjoying a good book or film.

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Rebecca Hughes

Client Care Assistant

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Hi. My name is Rebecca (Becs) and I am the newest member of the client care team here at Vets4Pets in Bishop Auckland. Having grown up on a farm I have an interest in all animals great and small and currently keep a menagerie including cows, sheep, two horses and two Llamas! My greatest passion however is for my two dogs. I love spending time with Alice our big, boisterous Newfoundland X and Scout, our gentle smooth Collie who is very good at agility.

I thoroughly enjoy working on reception, especially meeting all the fur babies that come through the door. I am here to advise and assist you in any way I can and hope to make your experience at the vets as stress free as possible.

Vets4Pets Bishop Auckland 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

Practice tour

Health Plans

Health Plan

Complete Care Junior

£15 a month
Expert veterinary care, plus lots of support and tailored advice for your puppy or kitten, in an affordable and convenient way
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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

Wear Referrals Veterinary Hospital
TS21 2ES

Telephone: 01388 777 770

Standard consultations before 11pm: £130.00

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