Veterinary Surgeons

Based at Dalston

David Black - BVM&S, DBR, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Managing Director

As a vet I have worked with small animals, and equine, and most recently I was involved with the farm animal side of the practice. These days, as Managing Director of Paragon,  I am responsible for the overall coordination and running of the practice, and spend time working within other aspects of the veterinary profession.  I hold a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR), and have been recognised for over 15 years by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Bovine Health and Production, and am currently studying for a further qualification at the University of Nottingham. I have a a particular interest in cattle breeding and fertility, including Advanced Breeding and recently have been responsible for the establishment of a company called Activf-ET which delivers cattle breeding services, and especially IVF for cattle nationwide.  Paragon was one of the founders of  XLVets, and I spent 11 years as Managing Director of that organisation before stepping down from the Board in the Summer of 2017.  XLVets is a nationally distributed group of independent veterinary practices working together to achieve our joint aim of "Excellence in Practice”. I am Treasurer of the World Association for Buiatrics (which means "Cattle Health") and have a great interest in international collaboration amongst vets and farmers. I am married to Sue and have 3 daughters.

Bruce Richards - BVSc, DBR, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Director

Bruce is a director of Paragon. 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!

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.

Lorna Roberts - BVM BVS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2011 and spent time working in mixed practice in Staffordshire and Yorkshire, before moving out to New Zealand in 2014.
I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice and particularly enjoy small animal medicine.
Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and like spending time outdoors; walking and running.

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.

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.

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.

Rob Simmons - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined Paragon in 2016 as a farm clinician, having spent the previous 5 years working in farm practice, with 4 of these in Cumbria. Since joining Paragon I have become more involved with the Advanced Breeding department and is the Team Veterinarian responsible for the work in that area. I have a keen interest in the growing OPU/IVF side of the business and spend the majority of time within that field. I have spent time in Canada working with our partners out there to ensure we maintain our position at the forefront of this field in the UK and Europe.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, and running in the fells.

Shona Mouncey - BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Shona joined the practice in August 2017 after spending 7 years in the south east working in 100% farm practice.


Based at Newbiggin

Sarah Hogg - BA VetMB MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

David Black - BVM&S, DBR, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Managing Director

As a vet I have worked with small animals, and equine, and most recently I was involved with the farm animal side of the practice. These days, as Managing Director of Paragon,  I am responsible for the overall coordination and running of the practice, and spend time working within other aspects of the veterinary profession.  I hold a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR), and have been recognised for over 15 years by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in Bovine Health and Production, and am currently studying for a further qualification at the University of Nottingham. I have a a particular interest in cattle breeding and fertility, including Advanced Breeding and recently have been responsible for the establishment of a company called Activf-ET which delivers cattle breeding services, and especially IVF for cattle nationwide.  Paragon was one of the founders of  XLVets, and I spent 11 years as Managing Director of that organisation before stepping down from the Board in the Summer of 2017.  XLVets is a nationally distributed group of independent veterinary practices working together to achieve our joint aim of "Excellence in Practice”. I am Treasurer of the World Association for Buiatrics (which means "Cattle Health") and have a great interest in international collaboration amongst vets and farmers. 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.

Lorna Roberts - BVM BVS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2011 and spent time working in mixed practice in Staffordshire and Yorkshire, before moving out to New Zealand in 2014.
I enjoy all aspects of small animal practice and particularly enjoy small animal medicine.
Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and like spending time outdoors; walking and running.

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.

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.

Rob Simmons - BVMS, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I joined Paragon in 2016 as a farm clinician, having spent the previous 5 years working in farm practice, with 4 of these in Cumbria. Since joining Paragon I have become more involved with the Advanced Breeding department and is the Team Veterinarian responsible for the work in that area. I have a keen interest in the growing OPU/IVF side of the business and spend the majority of time within that field. I have spent time in Canada working with our partners out there to ensure we maintain our position at the forefront of this field in the UK and Europe.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, and running in the fells.

Shona Mouncey - BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Shona joined the practice in August 2017 after spending 7 years in the south east working in 100% farm practice.

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.

Charlotte Pennington - MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010. I previously have spent 6 years working as a farm animal vet in Cumbria, predominantly specializing in dairy cattle and poultry. 

Latterly I worked as a UK dairt technical specialist for a Global animal health company before starting at Paragon in February 2017.

I am married to a local dairy farmer. Outside of work I have a keen interest in horses. I own two (Romeo and Custard) and enjoy taking them both eventing and to local competitions.