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Washington Vets4Pets

66 Blue House Lane
NE37 2TA

Telephone: 0191 419 4200

Closed Now

Need emergency care? See out of hours information.

Opening Hours

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

Meet the team

Kevin Walton

Kevin Walton

Practice Owner and Veterinary Surgeon


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What is your favourite animal and why?
Dogs, as they can be obedient, they seem to know what you are feeling and they can have lots of roles
What pets do you have and what are their names?
2 Dogs - Polo and Dazzle. 3 Ferrets - Ferdy, Nerdy and Chico. 3 Horses - Splash, George and Chance 1 Pony - Cassie and 10 Chickens.
What's the best pet name that you've ever come across?
What is your favourite famous animal? Kermit the frog

Mindaugus Sileris

Mindaugus Sileris

Practice Owner and Veterinary Surgeon

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What is your favourite animal and why?
Monkeys because they are funny
What pets do you have and what are their names?
Cat- Vilnius
What's the best pet name that you've ever come across?
What is your favourite famous animal?

Jenny Walton - Vet

Jenny Walton

Veterinary Surgeon


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What is your favourite animal and why? 
I dont have a favourite - I just love spending time with, appreciating and interacting with all animals - even better that as a vet I get to have a positive impact on their health and welfare. 

What pets do you have and what are their names? 
4 horses - Splash, George, Chance and Cassie 
2 dogs - Polo and Dazzle
3 ferrets - Nerdy, Ferdy and Chico  
10 chickens 

In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, 2 legged and four, often with my camera in hand.  I also like to keep active walking, riding, running and skiing if and when I can. 

Alongside my role as a vet at Washington vets4pets I am also doing a masters in veterinary clinical research in my area of special interest - transfusion medicine.  Through that I travel and teach in the US intermittently.  

I have an interest in all aspects of small animal medicine in cats and dogs but especially transfusion medicine and regenerative medicine. 

Claire McNeil

Veterinary Surgeon


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Claire has an energetic Black Labrador Spencer and in her spare time loves walking him, visiting the west coast of Scotland and going to music gigs.

Claire has a special interest in all things surgical and alongside her work at Washington Vets4Pets also works for Pet Blood Bank UK arranging volunteer dog blood donation sessions in the North East to provide life saving transfusions to dogs around the UK

Katie Thompson -Vet

Katie Thompson

Veterinary Surgeon


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Katie works as a veterinary Surgeon at Washington Vets4Pets.  Katie loves meeting all of her patients and has a particular interest in Surgery 


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Vicki Mee

Veterinary Nurse


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What is your favourite animal and why? Elephants not only because their babies are super cute and clumsy looking but they are such sensitive and caring animals.

What pets do you have and what are their names? 
Two Lhasa Apsos - Squidge & Munchie 
Mini Lion Lop - Peaches 
Roborovksi Hamster - Baldwin 
I also have Tropical Fish and a few Dwarf Puffer Fish!

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across? 
Hamish McMoustache and Sir Snuffsalot

What is your favourite famous animal? 
Totoro (from Studio Ghibli's My Neighbour Totoro)

Debi Smith RVN

Debi Smith


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What is your favourite animal and why? 
Pygmy Hippos - too cute!

What pets do you have and what are their names?  

Spoodle - Murphy 
4 Rescue cats - Ronnie (who has no tail), Reggie, Chester and Norris

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across? Alan - Human names for pets are always funny!

What is your favorite famous animal? 
Peppa Pig 

Some information about me: I graduated from York university with an English literature degree but decided to pursue my lifelong ambition to work with animals qualifying as a veterinary nurse shortly afterwards.  I have worked in all types of veterinary practice and my passion is feline behavior.

Outside of work my husband and two small children keep me busy.  In my spare time I love to read and attend live music concerts 

Phil Jefferies - RVN

Phillipa Jefferies

Veterinary Nurse


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What is your favourite animal and why? 
Killer Whales for no real reason

What pets do you have and what are their names? Bonnie and Bella - Whippets Billy - Domestic Short Hair and Tropical Fish

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across? Chewbacca (The Guinea Pig)

What is your favorite famous animal? 

A bit about me: I joined Washington Vets4pets in 2016.  I grew up in the Scottish Borders, keeping many pets including everything from dogs to chickens and quail.  20 years ago I moved to the North East and followed my dream of working with animals.

I have worked in the veterinary profesion since 2004 and qualified as a nurse in 2007.

I enjoy all aspects of the job but particularly have a keen interest in wound management

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my whippets, gardening and going to exercise classes 

Alix Jackson - trainee vet nurse

Alix Jackson

Second year vet nursing student

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After leaving school in 2012 I originally qualified as a beauty therapist and have worked in many retail stores since.  I have always had pets and working with animals is something I have always been passionate about

I started at Vets4Pets Washington in Sept 2018 and have not looked back since.  Every Day is an exciting challenge and I love the team I work with.

I am the proud co owner of Sam and Lola our family Jack Russels and have a puppy Jack Russel of my own Ollie who recently had an extensive orthopaedic procedure so I was the other side of the consult table. 

Emily Napper RVN

Emily Napper

Veterinary Nurse


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I've had a passion for animals ever since I can remember.  At the age of 5 I started horse riding and I've been obsessed ever since.  I have a horse called Simba and a cocker spaniel called Ruby.

I've been at Washington Vets4pets since Dec 2017 and have completed my training and qualified as a nurse while working within the team.  I really could not have found a better place to do my training and am thoroughly enjoying my role now as a full time qualified veterinary nurse.

When I'm not working I love playing ponies and competing my horse and taking day trips with my family and walking Ruby. 

Liann practice administrator

Liann Davison

Practice Administrator

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What is your favourite animal and why? 
Dogs because they are loyal & always happy to see you! 

What pets do you have and what are their names? 
2 Golden Retrievers called Bailey & Riley 

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

What is your favourite famous animal? 
Marley (Marley & Me)

I have worked at Washington vets4pets since 2015 starting as a receptionist and am now practice administrator.  I manage all of the insurance claims that come through the practice as well as the regular inspections and health and safety.  I still enjoy interacting with our many regular clients both with weekly shifts at the front desk and also when communicating about their pets health and insurance claims.  We have a great team spirit at Washington vets4pets and alongside the serious nature of our job can always raise a smile. 




Sonia Carr


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What is your favorite animal and why?    Chewbacca - Big and Cuddly 

What pets do you have and what are their names? 
Barney- Golden Retriever
Prince Nazeem - Bengal Cat 
Bella Swan - Domestic Short Hair Tabby 
Leah Clearwater - Maine Coon 

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

What is your favorite famous animal? 
Shere Khan 


Elsa McKay


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What is your favourite animal and why? 
Horses because they are loyal, trainable and lots of fun!

What pets do you have and what are their names? 
Irish Sports Horse Mare - Millie 
Whippet x Greyhound - Bluey 
Spoodle - Mia 

Whippets - Nancy and Evie
Lots of South African Cichlids and Frontosas ..and my daughter has two ponies called Bee and Poppy

What's the best pet name that you've ever come across? 'Cat'rick Swayze Furball Tinytot Brad Kitt

What is your favourite famous animal? 
Secretariat (American Racehorse who in 1973 became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years)

Laura Ready Receptionist

Laura Ready


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Laura joined Vets4Pets in October 2017 after working in other veterinary practices previous to that.  Laura has two dogs - Grace and Roman and 3 cats Kovu,Kiara and Koda.

Outside work Laura loves to spend time with her pets but also keeps busy as a qualified dog groomer and runs Grace's Grooms salon 


Vets4Pets Washington is committed to bringing you friendly, affordable, high quality care via a modern, well equipped practice, including a lab, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound.  An extension due to rapid growth that was completed in 2019 sees a separate dog and cat waiting area, 5 consult rooms, dog and cat specific hospital wards and an isolation facility. 

There is plenty of parking at the rear of the practice.  

The friendly team can't wait to meet you and your family pets to provide the very best in preventative care and advice,  alongside a full range of medical and surgical care if your animal is unwell or injured




  • 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
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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
c/o PDSA Petaid Hospital
Stoneygate Lane
NE10 0LX

Telephone: 0191 469 6926

Standard consultations before 9pm start from £172.50. Standard consultations after 9pm start from £222.00.

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