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Meet the team

Rory helped bring St.Clair’s back to life as the original vet on duty, opening
the doors back in July 2012 after lots of hard work! Rory qualified from
Glasgow Vet School in 2009 and has lived and worked in the North East ever
since. Having worked for a corporate practice, he decided he wanted to work
for a small practice where he could get to know the patients and have more
clinical and financial freedom to provide the best care for the patients without
strict financial targets to hit. He’s a family man with a supportive family; a lot of
his spare time has been spent saving the local library from closure so his
children can continue to use it. Rory is also an important volunteer Marine
Mammal medic for the British Diver and Marine Life Rescue charity, this
involves being on call to assist with any marine mammal that requires help –
usually seals but he’s been trained to assist with a stranded whale or dolphin
should it be needed!

Rory Thomson
BVM&S MRCVS, Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Andrew joined us in early 2015 and hasn’t looked back since, previously working in Newcastle Upon Tyne, and before that, Central Queensland Australia. Coming from Fife in Scotland, Andy qualified in 2008 from Edinburgh University, and obtained a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2015 from the RCVS. He enjoys most areas of small animal practice, studying mainly medicine during his certificate, but has also undertaken further studies in cardiology and orthopaedics. He enjoys teaching and mentoring, and can often be found asking vet students hard (but fair) questions. When not at work Andy has two ginger cats, Bert and Ernie, and is a keen (but slow) runner. Often seen limbering up at the start of local half marathons and 10ks, and wheezing and spluttering at the finish line, he got through his 38th half-marathon this year and aims to ‘keep trying’. In April 2019 Andy takes part in the Highland Fling ultra-marathon, a 53 mile run through the Scottish lowlands and highlands 

Andrew Ward
BVM&S CertAVP MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Kris joined St. Clair's in September 2019 shortly after graduating from the
Royal Veterinary college in London. Having worked alongside the team
throughout his studies and originally being from the area it felt like the
right move to start him on his veterinary career. He has a keen interest in
small Animal Neurology and exotics, though enjoys most aspects of small
Animal medicine. In his spare time he is an avid runner and crossfitter and
continues his love for animals at home with the family dog Bailey and
rescue hamster Tiny Tim.

Kristopher Dorr
Veterinary Surgeon

Jeff qualified in 1978 from the University of Liverpool, and after developing an interest in specialist ophthalmology, joined the BVA Eye Panel in 1985. Jeff owned and ran a veterinary hospital in Surrey, and has now returned to his hometown of Blyth where he runs our BVA Eye testing clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jeff alongside his eye panel work, gives helpful advice to our vets Rory and Andy. Details of Jeff’s eye panel clinics can be found on ‘our services’.

Jeff Yellowley
BVSc CertVOpthal MRCVS

Having dreamed of working in the profession since she was little, her career in veterinary nursing began as a night nurse in a large Newcastle veterinary hospital in 2008. She was then offered a position as a Student Nurse and completed her Veterinary Nurse training at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancashire, over the course of 2.5 years. Rachel qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014. Rachel joined St Clair Veterinary Care in 2015, and since joining the team she has completed her Clinical Coach qualification, allowing her to train Student Veterinary Nurses. She has particular interests in small animal anaesthesia, surgical nursing and the post surgical rehabilitation of small animals. Rachel is currently a devoted mother to three small breed dogs who are spoiled rotten! Maisie is a Chihuahua X Jack Russell Terrier who is a total diva, Ava is a loud mouthed mixed breed who was rescued from Romania, and Wilf is a very naughty (deaf) Papillon. She spends the majority of her spare time out in the Northumberland countryside having adventures with the dogs- despite being small they can walk for miles! In the future she hopes to emigrate to Australia to join her family, and continue her role as a Veterinary Nurse down under! 

Rachel Roughan

Lauren began her nursing career in Veterinary Nursing in 2014 as an Auxiliary Nurse at St Clair Veterinary Care, whilst also completing an Animal Nursing Auxiliary Diploma with Kirkley Hall College. Upon completion of her course she was offered a full time position as Student Veterinary Nurse, where she was required to visit Kirkley Hall College on block release, to complete her Veterinary Nurse training. Lauren also worked along side the qualified nurses and vets gaining valuable experience whilst learning. Lauren completed her Veterinary Nursing course September 2017 and became an RVN in April 2018. Lauren has a love of all animals especially her own (of course!), currently owning 3 dogs; a Dalmatian called Buster, a French Bulldog called Heisenberg and a Yorkshire terrier called Agnes, as well as a cat called Peanut. Lauren recently undertook a charity trip to Thailand to help out a clinic for local animals  

Lauren Bell

Beth began her career with us in 2015 when she completed the veterinary
care assistant course, and then moved on to complete her Veterinary Nurse
training at a different practice, where she qualified in 2018.

Since rejoining us at St Clair’s, Beth is enjoying being a part of our
lovely work family, and getting to know all of our much loved clients and

She has a particular soft spot for Jack Russells, with two of her own at
home; Snoopy and Wilson!

Her favourite aspects of nursing include anaesthesia and analgesia, as well
as conducting nurse clinics to help educate clients.

Beth Hakin

Jessie joined the St.Clair team in August 2018 to continue her nurse training, having previously worked in North Tyneside. Jess has a much loved horse called Monty, as well as five dogs, a cat and a pair of cute guinea pigs called Ronnie and Reggie. Jess has loved her transition to working in Blyth and can’t wait to qualify as an RVN

Jessie French
Student Nurse

Andrea’s career in Veterinary nursing began in 2007. She was employed by a large mixed veterinary practice in Northumberland, covering farm, equine, small animal and exotic pets, for ten years. During this time she qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2009 at Myerscough College and went on to become Head Nursing Assistant, training new Nursing Assistants in their work roles. In October 2017 Andrea became a member of the St Clair team and now loves being part of the crazy work family. Andrea has four grown up children and four young Grandsons. In her spare time she loves travelling the country with her husband and whippet dog Brynja in her little motorhome; visiting and exploring new places. She also enjoys creative writing, cross-stitching and crafts.

Andrea Scott
Auxilliary Nurse

Ellen joined the St.Clair team in 2018 as part of her Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) course and has now commenced her RVN training. Ellen has an enormous German Shepherd called Yogi who she enjoys being taken on walks by through Blyth.  

Student Nurse

Jess began her Veterinary Care Assistant course in September 2019 at Kirkley Hall College and has recently joined the team at St Clair. She has previously volunteered at and worked for animal based charities and has a love for all animals. She hopes to begin a career in veterinary nursing in the future. She has three dogs; an Italian greyhound called Heidi, a poodle called Willow and a bichon frise called Archie, as well as a rabbit and a hamster. 

Jess Dawson
Veterinary Care Assistant 

Ashley joined St Clair in March 2014 and soon after completed an Animal Nursing Award, covering basic animal handling, animal first aid and reception duties. Within her job role she manages reception duties and various admin tasks, as well as responding to client requests and managing appointments. She enjoys every minute of her time with the St Clair team and continues to gain valuable experience and memories that will stay with her for life. She loves meeting your furry friends, particularly the cats as she’s a bit of a crazy cat lady herself! She currently own 4 moggies called Smokey, Marley, Dylan and Ollie, and a recently acquired whippet called Reiva.

Ashley Bates

After working at another veterinary practice in North Tyneside for nearly 3 years, Jayne was offered the opportunity to become a member of the St Clair family. Jayne started here in February 2015 and quickly found her place within the team. At home she has 2 dogs Meg and Joey, a cat called Loki a guinea pig named Rubble and a goldfish named Luna, all of whom demand a lot of love and attention. When she’s on reception she takes any opportunity she can to cuddle visitors to the practice (only the furry four legged variety we should add!). She’s so happy to be working alongside such a lovely group of people who make everyone so welcome and provide an exceptional service to all of their clients. She really feels part of the family here.

Jayne Campbell

St Clair Vet Care
87 Bridge St, Blyth NE24 3AE


Phone: 01670 45 72 71