The name Westoe Vets may still be new to some but our team are the same experienced and caring individuals many of our long standing clients will know or recognize. Most of us have worked together for over ten years, all of us are pet owners and we are as committed to the care of our patients, as we are to our own pets. Several of the team have been nominated in recent years in the Pet Plan awards scheme and last year the Practice as a whole was nominated.
Vets and Veterinary nurses are all obliged to undertake a minimum number of hours of continual professional development each year, the quantity is set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Westoe Vets is committed to the continual professional development of all our team, through in- house presentations and both day and evening courses at various venues.
Clinical Director -
Victor Molina BVM&AH MRCVS
Victor is originally from Mexico and gained his BVMH&AH there in 1982. He first worked in research, before coming to the UK and qualifying to be a MRCVS in Glasgow in 1992. He has worked in this South Shields practice since 2004, taking over and changing the name to Westoe Vets Ltd in 2012.
Victor believes strongly in retaining small independently owned practices which serve local communities. He enjoys the freedom this gives him in terms of his advice to clients. An experienced all rounder, his area of special interest is soft tissue surgery. Time off is minimal but Victor enjoys reading, comedy, films and sampling new restaurants which serve international cuisine.
Clinical Governance Associate -
Barbara Willis Clark DVM MRCVS
Barbara was born in Havana but has lived in England since 1972. She has extensive experience of Veterinary practice and a special interest in Veterinary Medicine. Barbara visits the practice once a week to discuss some of the more unusual cases, enabling us to fulfil the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme requirements for clinical governance.
Barbara enjoys travelling, painting, cooking for family and friends and the company of her rescued Lurcher Sam.
Gemma Bridge RVN
Gemma started nursing in this practice in September 1998 and became a QVN in 2008. She is a regular on the CPD circuit, updating her nursing skills and keeping abreast of the latest in veterinary topics. Able to deal with all patients, Gemma has a particular interest in cats and small furries, such as hamsters, rats and mice.
Gemma owns a ten year old Husky Lestat, a young Cockerpoo Wispa, and two cats, Delboy and Rodney. Her spare time is spent on activities with her two children, singing, socialising with her family and friends, and walking her dogs.
Leanne began nursing in 2004 for Williams and Cummings in Sunderland, before transferring to Westoe Vets in 2012. Having had working dogs all her life she is especially skilled at dealing with dogs which display challenging behaviour. Among her favourite patients are guinea-pigs, ferrets and chinchillas. Leanne can also put her Business Admin qualification to good use in reception.
Leanne is married and a mother of two young children. She enjoys spending time with her family, looking after her wide variety of pets and exercising her seven dogs!
Pat joined the practice in October 1998 and has worked in dispensary since then. Her current role also involves stock control and much of the day to day practice administration. She is involved in the running of our ''Fat Club'' for overweight pets and has recently undertaken CPD in Bereavement Counselling.
Pat is owned by her fifteen year old cat Sparkle. She has two grown up daughters and is a devoted grandmother to three grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys travelling, family outings, shopping trips and meeting up with friends.
Tracey has worked as a receptionist at the practice since October 2001. Tracey is a people person and her memory for clients and their pets, is extraordinary. Recently she has undertaken in house training in order to assist the nurses in their tasks. She has a real interest in promoting rabbit welfare.
Tracey is married and has a grown up son. She is a Keep Fit enthusiast who enjoys long country walks with her two dogs, Japanese Shiba Inus Missy and Elsie, eating out with family and friends and exotic holidays.
Jane draws on her previous experience in Customer Services, Agriculture, The Newcastle Veterinary Investigation Centre and Vet Practice for her role as Westoe Vet's Client Care Co-ordinator . Her special interests lie in animal welfare and communication. Jane is responsible for the practice's HR, Social Media and Preventative Health policy promotions. Together with Pat she has recently undertaken CPD in Bereavement Counselling.
Jane is married to Victor and they have a grown up son and daughter. Their family also includes, dogs Douglas and Belle, rabbits Buster and Daisy, lone love bird Gloria and a pygmy hedgehog called Mandela. Jane enjoys time spent in the countryside, travel, photography, art and the internet.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons sets, upholds and advances the educational, ethical and clinical standards of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. To take a look at our Clinical Director's (Victor Molina's) continual personal development over the past three years, simply click on the year you would like to view...