Everyone at our practice is committed to providing you with the very best in pet healthcare. Our veterinary team bring a wealth of experience to the practice and have individually obtained high standards of professional qualification. Most staff are pet owners, and understand the trauma of coping with an ill or injured pet.
Who are you speaking to ? Our vets wear dark blue tunics or polo tops when it's hot. RVNs (registered veterinary nurses) wear dark green with pride! VN trainees wear antracite/pewter (grey). VCA's (veterinary care assistants) usually wear maroon. Receptionists wear light blue. In the summer, if very hot we may relax the uniform rules in favour of staff comfort, and the nurses produce a range of brightly coloured, patterned scrub tops !
Miss Maxwell - 'Gill The Boss' - qualified from Glasgow in 1981, and started work in the PDSA in Newcastle before being promoted to Senior Veterinary Office of the South Shields branch. Leaving the PDSA in 1988, she worked for a short period in mixed practice in Linconshire, before returning to the area to a small animal practice not far from Chester-le-Street. Leaving there in 1995, she then worked for a year in the Lake District, followed by two years in a large mixed practice in Leeds, before joining Cestria in 1998. She took over in 2001. A genuine 'all rounder', she is particularly interested in orthopaedics and will treat all species. Gill has Border Collies and is a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. She is an A1 Gold Examiner for the Kennel Club Good Citizins Dog Scheme. She is interested in Breed showing (Kennel Club affix Gilestria) and Obedience, and now runs Baindream Dog Training Centre, which shares our building. After many years treating a limited number of conditions with acupuncture, she has completed the British Veterinary Acupuncture course and is happy to treat most species.
Mrs Welch - 'Mo The Manager' - our practice manager, working for us before even Gill. See Mo for anything to do with accounts or bills, or if you have any problems with Reception staff.
Mr Henry Sheen - 'Wor Henry' - returned to the practice after a spell tasting life in Alnwick and Durham. He is particularly interested in the cattle side of the practice, but is also a very capable small animal clinician and surgeon. He has two daughters, and is settled in Chester-le-Street. Look out for him on his bike around the local area.
Mrs Ioana Androne (Joanna) - Ioana the vet - joined us in August 2017 after five years working as an official vet. She is enjoying the variety of practice life after all those years filling in paperwork!
Miss Rasa Bradaityte joined as a new graduate in June 18,and is settling in to the team happily and gaining essential skills. Rasa is willing to join in the equine side of the practice, but enjoys the small animal clinics and surgery.
Mr Dimitrios Sarris is the latest member of the team, joining in October 19. He has achieved his lifetime ambition of becoming a vet and worked as a nurse in Greece whilst studying. His wife and daughters plan to join him in the UK soon, and we hope he settles in happily at Cestria.
Leah Swain - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and Deputy Head Nurse. Leah has a special interest in suturing, dressing wounds and dental scale and polishing.
Maria Murphy - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and Deputy Head Nurse. Maria loves weight clinics, wounds and anything gory like anal glands! She is currently working on making us a more cat friendly practice.
Jessica Cawthorne - Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). Her favourite part of the job is nurse consults, working closely with clients and their pets. She gives advice on a host of subjects including; puppy vaccines, nail clips, suture removal and post-operative checks.
Ardene Patterson - Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN). Ardene just has her final practical exams to go. She is our rabbit nurse, she has a load of rabbits at home. She is our go-to person for clients who need advice on all aspects of rabbit care and environmental enrichment.
Melissa Charlton - Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN). Mel also has only her final practical exams to go. She enjoys radiography, speaking to clients and helping out on reception. She has a whole host of pets at home that she has nursed back to health after coming into the practice.
Daniel Etheridge - Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN). Dan is currently in his second year studying the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. His favourite part of the job is monitoring anaesthesia and getting stuck in when there are emergencies. He is great with ferrets!
Sophie Harle - Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN). Sophie is also in her second year of the nursing course. She is great in kennels and really loves taking care of pets after surgery and making sure they get all the care they need.
Amanda Eccles - Student Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA). Amanda is studying to be a VCA. She assists the vets and nurses during consults and operations and helps to look after patients.
Receptionists - Head Receptionist Marie joined the practice nine years ago, Lynda H joined in 2013. Emma splits her time between Reception and helping Mo in the office (and brings nice cakes). Welcome back to Susan who left us a number of years ago and has been welcomed back to the fold. They are your first point of contact with us. Contact them for appointments and prescription orders. If you call with an emergency, they will arrange veterinary attention for you as soon as possible.
We have always employed a cleaner, of course. A succession of lovely ladies have come and gone over the years and thanks to them all for keeping us fresh and clean.