Veterinary Surgeons

Based at Dalston

David Black - BVM&S, DBR, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Managing Director

I am a mixed practitioner, but mainly involved with the farm animal side of the practice. I hold a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR), and have been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Bovine Health and Production (Reproduction) I have a a particular interest in cattle breeding and fertility, including Embryo Transfer. As managing partner and director, I am responsible for the overall coordination and running of the practice. I was very involved in the aftermath of Foot and Mouth Disease, and I act as an advisor to several groups, both locally and nationally. More recently I have been involved with the establishment of XLVets. This is a nationally distributed group of veterinary practices working together to achieve our joint aim of "Excellence in Practice". I am currently managing director of XLVets. I am married to Sue and have 3 daughters.

Bruce Richards - BVSc, DBR, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Director

Bruce is a director of Paragon and also our associate veterinary business in Aspatria - Beacon Veterinary Centre. He is responsible for the management of the Farm Animal sector at Paragon as well as some central business management. He has a particular interest in cattle fertility and herd fertility management as well as farm animal health and productivity and achieved a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2006. He is married with three children with whom he enjoys spending his spare time.

Ann Noble - VetMB, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I have been with PVG since 2001 and am the Director responsible for the Small Animal services throughtout the practice.

I qualified at Cambridge and then spent 2 years working in the Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool. For several years following this I worked in mixed practice initially in Kent then later in Windermere, before focusing purely on Small Animals from 1996.

My aim, for both myself and the practice as a whole, is to provide a service that is understanding, professional, caring and tailored to you and your pets needs.

Outside of work, we have a family hill farm where we have a flock of pedigree swaledale sheep, and a small herd of limousin sucklers, and an assortment of horses!

Anne Abbs - BVSc, MRCVS, CertVPH(MH)

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a mixed practitioner, and work in all aspects of the practice.  I have an interest in the farm to fork aspects of Large Animal medicine and I hold a certificate in veterinary public health. I am also one of the assessors involved in Veterinary Nurse training in both the small animal and equine fields.

Although mainly working in the large animal sector, I have a particular interest in reptiles, birds and other exotic pets.

When not at work I enjoy studying birds and dragonflies.  I also enjoy swimming, particularly wild swimming, including completing the Great North Swim in Windermere in 2009 and 2011.

Graham Lewis - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I worked in small animal practice in Lancashire since qualifying in 2008 before moving up to join the team at Paragon in early 2012.

At work I enjoy both surgery and medicine although my special area of interest is internal medicine and I am current working towards a Post-graduate Certificate in this area.

Away from work I enjoy running, snowboarding and cycling as well as playing Hockey for Carlisle. I have two cats - Bremner and Oscar - who keep me entertained and keep my house and clothing covered in hair!

Jemma Reed - BVM&S, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from The Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in 2000 and worked in mixed practice before coming to Paragon in the Summer of 2008 to join the farm animal team. I enjoy all aspects of farm animal work but particularly anything to do with dairy cows! I am particularly interested in herd health management and believe that a ‘happy cow is a healthy cow’ and ultimately a much more profitable animal for our clients! I am currently studying for my RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production. In my ‘spare’ time I enjoy horse riding and socialising!

Philip Wilkinson - BVMedSci, BVM BVS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined the practice in August 2011 as a large animal vet, after graduating from Nottingham University that year. After 3 years at Paragon I took time out for 18 months to travel and work in New Zealand to see another aspect of large scale dairy practice. After travelling in South East Asia I returned to Paragon in January 2016.

My main interest in dairy practice is finding ways to improve dairy herd efficiency by working with clients to improve productivity, welfare and the health of their herd.

Outside of work I enjoy meeting up with friends and (occasionally!) playing hockey.

Laura Binnie - BVM&S, BSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined the Paragon small animal team in September 2011. Prior to this I worked at a practice in Northumberland and as a locum vet in various practices all over Yorkshire; before finding myself here in Cumbria.

Of all the jobs a vet gets to do, I particularly enjoy operating and have a keen interest in soft tissue surgery, but I also get a lot of satisfaction in sending a once poorly animal back home and seeing the delight on their owner’s face! I have a qualification in Acupuncture and I like that this gives clients another option alongside medications in some conditions.

I am originally from Edinburgh but my family moved out to Hong Kong when I was very young. I left Hong Kong to do my zoology degree in Aberdeen, and then I went on to do my veterinary degree in Edinburgh.

In my spare time I like spending time with family and friends, I try to keep fit by running and hill walking. I love taking my camera on walks to capture some pictures of wildlife or scenery. I live with my husband (Colin), our baby Archie and two black cats (Ptolemy and Squid). 

Ruth Simmons - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined the Small Animal team here at Paragon in October 2012. I previously worked in small animal practice in Worcestershire before relocating to scenic Cumbria. I like all aspects of small animal work, and particularly enjoy feline medicine including diabetes and hyperthyroidism cases.
Outside of work, I am occupied looking after my rescued cat and boisterous labrador. I enjoy exploring the countryside on bike and foot and am a keen skier, trying to go annually.

Barry Cooper - BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
I grew up on our family farm near Barnard Castle, milking 90 hostein dairy cows and running 700 hill sheep. After spending a year working on a farm I went away to study to become a vet at Bristol University. During my course I spent time as a student at Paragon Veterinary Group, and was delighted to be offered a permanent position, joining the team in August 2014.
In my spare time I enjoy playing football, mountain biking and socialising with friends.

Caroline Abbott - BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS MSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

A born and bred Cumbrian farmers daughter I studied at Nottingham Vet School, and also carried out an intercalated masters degree at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College. I have spent time working on farms and seeing practice in both New Zealand and Canada. Outside of work I’m a keen rugby player and a member of Kirklinton Young Farmers Club.

Dan Griffiths - BVetMed CertDHH MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Dan started with us at the beginning of January 2016. Dan may be well known to many of you as he was Vet Advisor with Zoetis (Pfizer) before joining us. Dan will be working from both the Dalston and Newbiggin branches and will be working on farm as well as in a farm business development role. Dan qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in 2005 and holds a post graduate certificate in Dairy Herd Health and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production. His areas of interest include herd health, calf rearing, infectious disease control and genomics.

Rob Simmons - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
Rob joined Paragon in 2016.

After 18 months in a mixed practice Rob moved into purely farm animal practice where he has spent the past 5 years, with the last 4 spent in Cumbria. His particular areas of interest are dairy cow fertility and surgery.


Based at Newbiggin

David Black - BVM&S, DBR, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Managing Director

I am a mixed practitioner, but mainly involved with the farm animal side of the practice. I hold a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR), and have been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Bovine Health and Production (Reproduction) I have a a particular interest in cattle breeding and fertility, including Embryo Transfer. As managing partner and director, I am responsible for the overall coordination and running of the practice. I was very involved in the aftermath of Foot and Mouth Disease, and I act as an advisor to several groups, both locally and nationally. More recently I have been involved with the establishment of XLVets. This is a nationally distributed group of veterinary practices working together to achieve our joint aim of "Excellence in Practice". I am currently managing director of XLVets. I am married to Sue and have 3 daughters.

Victor Oudhuis - MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a large animal practitioner based at the Newbiggin Surgery.  After graduating from Ghent University (Belgium) I worked in Luxembourg, Ireland and Wales before joining Paragon in 2003.  Based in Newbiggin, I coordinate the day-to-day running of our on-site ET/OPU unit.  I am married to Joke Maes and have 4 children.

Paul May - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a large animal practitioner, with a particular interest in equine.  I am based at our Newbiggin centre, and have responsibility for the purpose built equine centre. I have a keen interest in Fell ponies and the Fell Pony Syndrome and have been involved in several research projects on the subject. I also particularly enjoy lameness and racing work.

In my spare time I am a keen artist and sculptor.

Sam Harding - BVSc, MRCVS, CertVA

Veterinary Surgeon

I have been qualified since 1996 and have worked at Paragon since 1998. My passion is working with small animals in medicine and surgery and first opinion equine work. I have a certificate in veterinary anaesthesia. Outside of work I used to event my own horse, but now I enjoy racing my small cruiser on Lake Ullswater when I can.

Gemma Dobson - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
Having spent over 5 years in general farm practice I made the move to Paragon join the advanced breeding team, an area in which I have always had a particular interest. Primarily I work with cattle, doing both IVF and embryo transfer.  
When I'm not on clients farms I'm on my own - my husband and I farm sheep and beef in Appleby which keeps me busy outside of work!   

Gregor Hepburn - BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Edinburgh Royal (Dick) Vet school in July 2015.  I have a strong interest in equine medicine and having been brought up on a mixed farm in the Scottish borders, I am happy with all things large animal based.  I am a keen horse rider with a particular interest in racehorses.  While not at work I can either be found with the local hunt or helping on the farm.

Caroline Abbott - BVMedSci (Hons) BVM BVS MSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

A born and bred Cumbrian farmers daughter I studied at Nottingham Vet School, and also carried out an intercalated masters degree at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College. I have spent time working on farms and seeing practice in both New Zealand and Canada. Outside of work I’m a keen rugby player and a member of Kirklinton Young Farmers Club.

Stuart Mullan - BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

My responsibilities include the running of our embryo transfer service, which is based at Newbiggin, just west of Penrith. We operate primarily in  Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.

 

Advising on the management of high yielding dairy cows for embryo transfer has allowed me to build on my experiences gained working with the MOET herd in the early 90's.

 

My interest in dairy cattle has led to me establishing the Red Sky herd of Red and White Holstein herd with my colleague Will Christie.

Vicky Bushby - BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am a mixed vet, and work in all aspects of the practice.  I particularly enjoy farm practice, having a family background in dairy and sheep farming. I have a few ewes of my own, which Dad looks after for me most of the time!! I recently got married to Chris, who is also a vet.

Will Christie

Advanced Breeding Consultant

Having been a senior member of Paragon ET, I am now retired but I still work with the practice on a consultancy basis. 

I spent some years in mixed practice after qualifying, then specialised in ET related activities - both in the research field and in commercial practice.

I am very interested in all aspects of farm animal reproduction but I always particularly enjoyed bringing new technologies to commercial practice.

I have been happily married to my soul-mate Maggie for over 30 years and have 2 daughters and a son. As a hobby we breed Red and White Holsteins with my son-in-law Richard Baynes of the Marleycote Pedigree Herd and my colleague Stuart Mullan.  We have established Red Sky Holsteins which now takes up a lot of my spare time.