Nurses

Karen Macdonald - RVN

Head Nurse

I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse I qualified in 2001 and have worked at Paragon since 1995. I was promoted to Head nurse in 2007 and as part of this role I oversee the nursing team across the three branches. I work between the Dalston and Newbiggin branches. Recently I completed the small, equine and large animal ‘Suitably Qualified Person’ qualification which allows me to dispense a range of medications to our clients. I have a particular interest in exotic animals and enjoy surgical nursing.

Outside work I enjoy socializing and travelling. Recently I have visited India, Borneo and Sri Lanka.  I have seen a lot of wonderful wildlife including Leopards in Sri Lanka, Tigers in India and Orangutans in Borneo. 

Sam Holliday - RVN

Veterinary Nurse - Deputy Head Nurse

I am a fully qualified small animal nurse and have been at Paragon since 2002. I work at the Dalston branch. I run nurse clinics including puppy parties as well as general nursing clinics. I am pictured on holiday in Portugal. In my spare time I am kept busy looking after my son Finley.

Kelly Armstrong - RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I have worked at Paragon since July 2010 and gained my Veterinary Nursing Qualification in September 2012.

I have a particular interest in intensive care nursing and enjoy looking after in-patients in the hospital. I also help out with some of the equine and sheep work during the busy reproductive seasons. 

 

In my spare time I attend Caldbeck Young Farmers and enjoy looking after the animals on the family farm, as well as walking our 2 dogs Zac and Prince.

Donna Hall - RVN

Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Paragon in July 2016 where I finished my training and became a fully qualified veterinary nurse in the November. I am mainly based at Dalston where I am involved with small animal operations and their aftercare. I have always found veterinary nursing interesting as every day is different with new cases and new operations, keeping the job exciting. I also work one day a week at the Paragon branch at Newbiggin where I mainly focus on small animals but sometimes get the opportunity to help out with some horse procedures. I enjoy helping out with horses here as I have two horses of my own one of which I do common ridings on round the borders and a race horse which I train with my dad. I also own 3 dogs, 2 of which are Siberian Huskies and a collie that I rescued, therefore spending a lot of my spare time walking them.

Bronwyn Kendall - RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started working at Paragon in July 2013 as a trainee nurse. I completed my full training here and I am now a qualified Veterinary Nurse as of June 2017.

I am mainly based at Dalston and I am at Newbiggin once a week. I really enjoy working here as it is like a family and everyone helps each other out. I enjoy working with the animals and looking after them before, during and after operations. I help out with puppy parties and I really enjoy meeting everyone and their new pets.

I have a leopard gecko and a bearded dragon that I keep at home as I have an interest in them

Kelly Smith - BSc (hons)

Equine Technician

I have worked at Paragon since October 2008.  Prior to working here I had just completed an Equine Sports Science degree at Nottingham Trent University.  I work within the equine department at Newbiggin, both on and off site and occasionally assist with other large animal work.  I am responsible for caring for the equine in-patients at Newbiggin and assisting with lameness investigations and surgery.

Outside of work I have recently had a baby and have a range of horses at home:from youngsters to an old pony. I compete regularly at BS shows with my horse Kimberly and many of you may see me at local shows.

Louise Mathews

Animal Nursing Assistant

I recently joined the practice as a veterinary care assistant and have moved from Lancashire to be with my fiancé Gary and our two dogs Abby and Alfie. 
I have attended myerscough college and have completed a degree in animal behaviour and welfare and even carried out my dissertation on a pride of lions at Blackpool zoo. Animal behaviour is still a fascinating subject, one I hope to gain more knowledge and experience with especially with small animals. 
I've come from a small animal practice in hopes to further my training and eventually become a qualified veterinary nurse.
Currently my spare time is spent with walking the dogs and getting back into horse riding.