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, assist with nurse training and the running of the hospital. 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, getting involved and assisting with operation procedures.

Outside work I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling. 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.

Kelly Armstrong - RVN

Registered 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

Registered 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

Ayesha Watson - RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started at Paragon Vets in October 2015  after moving to the area from Beverley, East Yorkshire, to start my second year of training.  I studied the Veterinary Nurse Degree at Myerscough college, which I graduated with in July 2017. Once qualified I decided to stay in Cumbria and I continued working at Paragon as a Registered Veterinary Nurse based at the Dalston branch. I enjoy all aspects of my job especially nurse clinics and impatient care. Outside of work i enjoy socialising with friends and swimming.  

Kelly Smith - BSc (hons) SQP-J

Equine Technician

I have worked at Paragon since October 2008, currently only working part time due to family commitments.  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 looking after the equine in-patients at Newbiggin and assisting the vets with clincal work.  I also help to organise the equine diary, liase with clients and complete office paperwork.

Outside of work I have two small boys; James and Charlie.  I also have a few horses at home; ranging from a youngster to a kids pony. I compete at BS shows where possible..

Sian Edwards - SQP-J

Equine Technician

I joined Paragon in November 2017 to work within the equine department.  I am responsible for the day to day care of any inpatients at Newbiggin and assist the vets with any clinical work. I also help to organise the equine diary, liase with clients and complete paperwork. 

I have had horses for many years and have previously worked on an Eventing yard.  I currently own Lili and Flea whom I plan to compete on locally both at dressage and eventing.

Louise Mathews

Student Veterinary Nurse

I 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.