Farm Team

Veterinary Surgeons

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Support Staff

Emily Tinning

Farm Vet Tech and Administrator

I joined Paragon in October 2015 as Farm Animal Administrator based at our Dalston branch. I now also do Vet Tech work such as disbudding calves, calf monitoring and mobility scoring.

I grew up on our family dairy farm. I previously worked for an accountancy company preparing farm accounts and prior to that for a finance company for 5 years from leaving school. 

Outside of work I enjoy helping out on the farm, fell walking and socialising with friends. 

Paul Robinson

Large Animal Technician
I joined the Paragon team in 2014 in a Large Animal Technician role after many years experience working as a herdsman on mixed farms. 
My role includes care of the resident farm livestock at the Newbiggin centre and support for the cattle advanced breeding, sheep embryo transfer and sheep A.I. programmes. 
A native of Cumbria I am married with two grownup children. My interests outside of work include music, travel, landscape photography, football and American Football.

Jane Holland

Practice Coordinator

I am practice co-ordinator and telephonist based at Newbiggin; my duties include organising the vets visits and data inputing. Outside of work I enjoy helping at home on the farm. I have two sons who keep me busy too!

Julie Crawford

Coordinator / Credit Control

I'm practice co-ordinater based at Dalston. I joined Paragon Vets in 2009 but have been in the Veterinary profession for approx 10 years. My hometown is Liverpool of which I'm proud. I moved to Cumbria in 2007 with my sister and my 2 dogs.

Karen McNeil


I am a part time practice co-ordinator based at Dalston working along side Julie Crawford. I have been around farming all my life most recently relief milking on local dairy farms. Before taking time out of work to have children I worked as administrator for an agricultural/plant machinery dealer. In my spare time I am kept busy with my 2 children Finn and Paige and our labradoodle. We enjoy attending agricultural shows and auctions as I have a keen interest in dairy cattle and horses and hope to be able to return to horse riding in the near future. 

Dawn Allonby

Receptionist - Dalston and London Road

I am a Co-ordinator and Receptionist at both the Dalston and London Road surgeries.
I come from a farming background - my Dad and Grandad were both Fell Farmers in south Lakeland, and several members of my family have been involved in Fell Pony breeding. 
My own career has been in the tourism sector, so this is quite a change, but I'm really loving it!
I love to read - when I get the time - and I used to be a very keen horse-rider, though I haven't been in the saddle for ages.

Andrea Longcake

Head Receptionist - Dalston

I am Head Receptionist based at Dalston.  My main roles in the practice are working in reception, ordering and control of stock.  I am a qualified SQP (suitably qualified person) in small animal, farm animal and equine. This involved studying and a final exam to qualify which gave me the understanding and authorisation to prescribe most wormers and flea treatment.

I have two grown up children who have now left home and three dogs Jake, Skye and Maddie who i enjoy taking for walks with my husband Philip.