I joined Hadrian vets in June after much deliberation on moving from my last practice in Sunderland where I worked for nine years. My Husband works in Carlisle and we live half way between Hexham and Carlisle. I initially tried Commuting to Sunderland but this was too much.
Hexham was a complete fresh start as it had been purchased by vetPartners and they were looking for someone to come and develop the practice. It was exactly what I was looking for. I have my heart in the development and improvement of veterinary general practice. Especially areas of governance and development of better ways of working using audit and evidence based medicine.
My background is in emergency medicine but I found the night work very difficult and made the move into general practice in 2008. I love every aspect of general practice. I am hoping to develop and promote ageing pet clinics and by a series of handouts and information services developing the health and wellbeing of my patients.
In my spare time I love fitness, walking, hiking in the Lakes and Northumberland, mountain biking, running, travel, camping, skiing, nature, wildlife watching, food…both the preparation of and eating out, reading to name but a few of my favourite things. I love cats and rabbits but I think I would have to confess to primarily being a dog lover. I sadly lost two of my elderly dogs last year. I never seem to be dog free though and I am currently fostering a hairy lurcher and also have my husband’s dog Penny. I am always on the lookout for that special rescue dog…..
I also need a day off in the week these are covered by Tanya Palmer, Vicky Murry and Jason Atherton. Tanya and Vicky both live locally and have young families so fit work around their busy home lives.
Vicky Murray BVMS MRCVS (Glasgow 2002)
Tanya Palmer BVM&S MRCVS (Glasgow 2002)
Jason Atherton BVMS CERT CHP MRCVS (Glasgow 1997)
Jason Atherton is The Business development Director for VetPartners and often covers the odd Saturday and Monday, he has a large pack of sight hounds which always seems to be growing, and a variety of rescue horses. He lives with his wife and five children.
Jenny Glass RVN 2012
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Before qualifying as an RVN in 2012, I obtained a BSc in Countryside Management from the University of Newcastle and subsequently worked for the RSPB.
Having worked in veterinary nursing for 9 years now I feel I have experienced many different aspects of the profession. My main interests lie within nutrition and weight management, dentistry and puppy socialisation. Within my new role at Hadrian I am looking forward to establishing a series of nurse clinics and developing the level of services provided by our nursing team.
Outside of work I enjoy walks and holidays in the Highlands with my 4 dogs along with furthering my interest in nature, wildlife and ornithology.
I also like to provide the team at Hadrian with cake!
I look forward to meeting you and your pets over the coming months.
Clair Wood Registered Veterinary Nurse RVN 2013
A dedicated horsewoman I represented GB in the Junior European 3 Day Eventing Championships age 18. I spent a year working and traveling around Australia, and I spent the best part of 10 years working in the horse racing industry in Newmarket.
I am married with 4 children and live on a farm in Cumbria. Once all the children were at school I went to college to study Veterinary Nursing and qualified as an RVN in 2013. I have been working at Hadrian Vets for the past 13 months; prior to this I worked at Eden Vets in Carlisle.
My spare time is spent walking in the Lakes with dogs and family, or standing on the side-lines cheering on my children at various sporting fixtures. I also enjoy photography and reading
I am pictured here with Farne, he is owned by Jenny our Senior Nurse’s dog my dogs didn’t fancy a photo shoot
Mel Robinson BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare 2013 Qualified CSQP
I graduated from The University of Chester in 2013 with a BSc in Animal Behaviour & Welfare, and I am hoping to begin my registered veterinary nurse training at Hadrian Vets in the near future.
In the past I have worked as a kennel supervisor in a rescue centre, rehoming strays and unwanted dogs in Cumbria. I have also worked in boarding kennels, catteries and have a little experience of dog grooming.
Since joining Hadrian Vets I have qualified as a CSQP. I am really enjoying furthering my knowledge of animal care, and expanding my skill set.
Outside of work I enjoy finding new places to explore with my dog, Skye, (who is pictured left, looking thoroughly disinterested) and spending time with friends and family.
Celia Lowe Qualified CSQP
I live in Hexham but am originally from the South of England. I have worked as a veterinary receptionist for 15 years. I deal with client care, ordering, correspondence, and many more duties…the list is endless.
I have had many animals over the years I currently own one very special cat “Popi”.
I am passionate about helping people, meeting new people and the general hustle and bustle of my job. There is never a dull moment. I feel we provide an excellent, valuable service for pet owners. We are a small friendly team and we always work closely together.
My passion is fitness, walking and exploring beautiful Northumberland and Cumbria. I feel lucky to live in Such a stunning area.
I have borrowed Tulloch Jenny’s Gordon Setter who is very photogenic
Rachel Forsyth Qualified CSQP
I am the longest standing member of staff and have been with Hadrian vets for over 10 years.
Within these 10 years, I have been part of the nursing and reception team. My job role has evolved to spending my time in the office focusing on the administrative side of the practice.
Outside of work, I have a busy family life which takes up most of my spare time.
In 2018 I have set myself the challenge of participating in the Great North Run; I find running enjoyable and rewarding.