Meet The Team

Jacqui Paterson

Practice Owner


Principle vet and practice owner Jacqui qualified from Glasgow University in 1987, she went on to open our first branch in Hartburn in 1996, followed by Preston Farm in 2010 and most recently our Nunthorpe branch in 2016. Jacqui’s ethos has always been that animals should be treated with the same respect and kindness as humans and animal welfare has always been at the forefront of her work. Out of work Jacqui enjoys cycling, hill walking and has an extensive knowledge of wines.

Jenny Walker

Practice Manager


Practice Manager Jenny Walker joined the practice in 2010. Jenny is a qualified Veterinary Nurse by trade and was a nurse for 16 years before taking on her new role. Jenny has a special cat called Robbie who has some interesting habits….

Adam McMahon

Practice Manager


Bio coming soon!

Renata Szwej

Vet


Renata works mainly from our Hartburn practice. Renata came to us from Poland and has been with the practice since 2004. She treats mainly dogs and cats but also has an interest in rabbits and guinea pigs as well. When she’s not at work Renata enjoys walking her dog Myszka on the beach.

Jess Welsh

Student Nurse


Jess officially joined the team in 2014 after completing over a years worth of work experience with the practice. Jess has previously kept parrots so enjoys helping our clients with their feathered friends. In her spare, she time tries to keep up with her lively puppy Brian!

Victoria Bennett

Nursing Assistnat


Victoria joined the team in 2016 after many months of work experience. Victoria travels to work each day from Hexham which shows her passion for her work. Victoria is pictured with her springer pup Hazel who keeps her fit as she lovely to walk and run for miles.

Carmen Griffiths

Student Nurse


Student Nurse Carmen Griffiths came to us as a work expereince student in 2013. She then became our kennel assistant before being offered the position of student nurse. Carmen loves to spend time with her pets, she has three dogs (Mitzee, Lexi and Penny) , three ferrets (Rodolfo, Flo and Jadis) and her two rabbits (Oscar and Bella).

Emily

Nurse


Billie-Jo Duncan

Nursing Assistant


Billie-Jo works between Hartburn and Preston Farm. Billie-Jo is a very experienced nurse and copes well when we have a busy day. Billie and her family run a greyhound and lurcher rescue, taking in dogs after they have finished their racing careers that otherwise may not have that chance of a home.

Suzanne Little

Senior Receptionist


Suzanne started on reception when our Preston Farm branch first opened in 2010. She was previously a client of Jacqui’s before coming on board. Sue has extensive knowledge of the workings of the practice and handles a lot of the extra admin as well as manning reception. Sue loves German Shepard Dogs and loves nothing better than getting down to the dogs level and having some doggy smooches!.

Pam Skerritt

Receptionist


Pam has been working at the Hartburn surgery since 2007. Pam has an excellent relationship with the clients and remembers the regulars that come into Hartburn. Pam’s Scottie dog, pictures sadly passed away last year, however shortly after that a cheeky little terrier was brought into the surgery who she adopted. She named her Molly.

Amy

Receptionist


Bio coming soon.

Caroline Ward

Receptionist


Caroline joined the team at Hartburn in 2015. Caroline had previously worked at the Dogs Trust at Darlington so we knew she had a passion for animals. She loves nothing more that to spend her free time with her family and her whippet Louis who she adores.

Cheryl Smith

Receptionist


Cheryl is a self-confessed crazy cat lady! She joined the team in 2015, mostly working at Preston Farm but also at the other two sites. Cheryl has five cats, Belle, Mischief, Munchkin, Teddy and Terror who rule the roost in her house! She also fosters cats and kittens when required and loves every minute of it!

Pam Newton

Nursing Assistant


Pam is an absolute gem, she served in the Royal Navy before moving into a career in animal care. Based at 771 Search and Rescue Squadron as a Mechanical Engineer, It’s fair to say that she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. Truth is, Pam grew up surrounded by animals, her family homed many rescues and she’s always had a fondness for animal care. Pam volunteers for the Northern Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and in doing so raisesmoney and awareness for a charity close to her heart. She always has a couple of rescue staffies in her life and she won’t hesitate to whip out her phone and show them off to you. Pam is currently working really hard on her Level 3 Diploma to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She’s a huge asset to the team.

Fiona

Receptionist


Bio coming soon.

Stephanie

Receptionist


Bio coming soon.

Martin Lato

Vet


Bio coming soon

Dominika

Vet


Bio coming soon.

Ines

Vet


Ines is a 2018 Graduate with a keen interest in Exotics and Wildlife rehabilitation. When we say keen…well she basically has her own personal zoo at home. Several snakes, geckos, snails and an Axolotl, you name it she probably has it….oh and what home wouldn’t be complete without a couple of loveable cats, Dexter and Freya.

If you still weren’t convinced by Ines’s love for Exotics we should also add that she is currently taking on the mammoth challenge of completing a Certficate in Exotic Animal Practice. Ines is truly committed to her craft and is a brilliant vet. Interesting Fact – Ines loves a good Medievil Faire (mind blown) I will be asking more about this in the morning.

Charlotte

Vet


After graduating University of Nottingham in 2020 Charlotte returned to her home county of North Yorkshire to work as a mixed animal vet before joining the JP Vets Family in April 2021. She has interests in all aspects of small animal work, particularly medicine and is keen to expand her knowledge and experience with wildlife and exotics.

Outside of work Charlotte is a creative soul, she spends her spare time flicking through books and getting creative via her love for the arts and crafts…. that is, of course, when she’s not spending time with her Canine sidekick Darcie and or being held to ransom for cuddles by her two loveable cats Bonnie and Clyde.

Carolynne

Accounts


Bio coming soon

Lisa

Nurse


Bio coming soon.

Donna

Nurse


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Michail

Vet


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Katie

Nurse


Bio coming soon