Karen Macdonald - RVN

Head Registered Veterinary 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

Deputy Head - Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started my nurse training at Paragon in 2010, I then gained my Veterinary Nursing Qualification in September 2012. I am mainly based at the Newbiggin surgery but work at Dalston on a Thursday and Friday.

I have a particular interest in intensive care nursing and enjoying working alongside the vets with medical cases. I also enjoy doing nurse clinics at both the Newbiggin and Dalston surgeries, in particularly Mobility and Weight clinics. I love seeing clients and their pets back on a regular basis and helping them out.

In my spare time i enjoy going to the gym and looking after my Labrador Fizz.

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

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.

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.  

Louise Mathews - RVN, BSc (Hons)

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I joined the practice as a Veterinary Care Assistant in 2016, started my Veterinary Nurse training in 2017 and completed my level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2019. Currently my role is settling into being qualified and finding my niche. 

I am originally from Lancashire and moved up north to be with my fiancé Gary and our dogs. I am an artistic person and can be found doing many crafty projects at home and sometimes in practice. 

Our weekends are spent with the dogs, going out to new places and exploring. 

Eve Dennison

Student Veterinary Nurse

I recently joined Paragon Veterinary Group as a student veterinary nurse. I will be starting college in September at Myerscough College in order to become a qualified veterinary nurse. I have previously completed a Level 3 Animal Management course at Kendal college. I am from a farming background but also have a keen interest in small animals.I have a Border Collie called Skye and a small flock of different breeds of sheep. Outside of work I enjoy attending young farmer events and participating in stock judging, competition days and charity fundraisers

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 youngsters 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.