Meet the caring and compassionate team that will go the extra mile for you and your beloved pet

Veterinary Surgeons

Micaela Wright BVM&S MRCVS – Principal & Rabbit Advocate
I qualified as a vet in 1994 and after 3 years in mixed practice, I joined Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital. In 1999 I joined Andrew Geldard in partnership, until his retirement in 2008. I now run the practice with the help of my extensive team.

I am interested in pain management and offer acupuncture as an alternative or adjunctive to conventional pain management. I am a keen surgeon with extensive experience in most orthopaedic and other surgeries.

Following the opening of our new Cats and Exotics Clinic, I now split my time between Stanhope Road and Duke Street. I am the veterinary Rabbit Advocate and enjoy working with our exotic patients.

My other major passion is animal welfare. For many years now I have had an active role as a veterinary surgeon working closely with RSPCA inspectors in animal cruelty and welfare cases.

Cecile Spring MedVet MRCVS
I qualified as a vet in 1998 from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Initially interested in all things cow and farming related, I spent the first part of my career in mixed and specialised farm animal practice both in Switzerland and England. Having my first child brought a massive change, not least in the direction of my career as a vet. I hung up my wellies, turned my back on farming and joined Stanhope Park Vets in 2010.

I enjoy the variety of being a “GP-vet”, with a bias towards internal medicine and all things furry. For me the most rewarding part of the job is being able to accompany clients and their pets from the first vaccination to the trials of old age and everything in between. I divide my time mainly between the surgery in Yarm and the hospital in Darlington.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and training and competing in agility with our pack of six dogs.

Louise Marwood BVM&S MSc MRCVS
I have worked at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital since 2006. I enjoy the variety of work seen at the hospital and love meeting clients and their pets and giving the best service I can.

At home I have a Jack Russell Terrier, a cat, many pet lambs and three children. In my spare time I help my father on his sheep and cattle farm.

Joanna Metcalfe BVSc MRCVS
I graduated from Liverpool University in 2001. After 2.5 years in mixed practice I decided my heart lay with specialising as a small animal vet. I joined the Stanhope Park Team in June 2013 and enjoy the variety of pets and people we get to meet here.

My spare time is spent with my family and I enjoy cycling, reading and travelling. We have a 13-year-old Border Terrier called “Hippo” who only likes short walks now! I also like helping on the family farm, especially at lambing time.

Jeanette H. Tungesvik BVM&S MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 and worked in a small animal practice in Australia for 3 years, before joining the team at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital in July 2013. My veterinary interests are surgery and preventative medicine. I am currently studying towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. At home I have a fluffy cat with no tail called Lenny who is very good at reminding me when it is dinner time. Hopefully I will find the right dog that can fit in with Mr Lenny (cat being the boss of course).

Ana Merle Porta DVM MRCVS
I graduated from the University of Cardenal Herrera CEU (Valencia) in Spain in 2011. Afterwards I moved to England and did some work experience in small animal practices before completing an Internship at Rutland House Referrals. I joined Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital in May 2015. I enjoy all aspects of my job, particularly internal medicine and dermatology.

At home I like spending time in the garden with my partner, and cooking. I have got a lovely Border Terrier called “Cheeky”. We are always together, and he loves coming to work with me and sitting on the sofa with me watching TV!

Yasmin Aabbouz BVetMed MRCVS
I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016, and have enjoyed working at Stanhope Park ever since. I love the variety of work at Stanhope Park, and my veterinary interests include internal medicine and exotics. I am very excited to be currently working towards my post-graduate Certificate in Exotic Medicine.

At home I have four very cheeky rats called Luci, Maze, Arrow and Amenadiel. In my spare time I enjoy playing music, jogging and exploring the North East.


Michelle Baldwin RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse
I started working at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital in September 1997 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in August 2001. During my time here I feel that I have developed a good rapport with many of our clients and have met some fantastic characters along the way.

My job includes supporting the other nurses in the team and working alongside the vets, both in reception and the consulting rooms, as well as behind the scenes, operating and nursing the in-patients.

Charlotte Turley RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse
I qualified in 1998, but have been nursing now since 1993 and have enjoyed gaining lots of experience along the way. I have formed some fantastic friendships with our clients and their pets over the years. I continue to strive to the best of my ability in all aspects of veterinary work.

I have a young daughter called Millie and a funny Dachshund called Betty, who keep me on my toes!

Lisa Lewis RVN
I started working in a mixed veterinary practice in 1996 on a voluntary basis, which led to permanent employment a year later. After attending college, I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2000. I came to work at Stanhope Park in November 2002.

I find animal welfare very interesting. My goals are to further my knowledge in nursing rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furry patients, animal nutrition, surgical nursing and also emergency and critical care.

Laura Wells RVN
I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2004 from Houghall College in Durham, but I have been nursing since 1999. I joined Stanhope Park Vets in April 2011. I am based at the surgery in Yarm where I work as the sole nurse, but also enjoy working with the rest of the team once a week at the Darlington Hospital.

Laura Beahan BSc RVN
I started working in a veterinary practice in 2003. I qualified in 2006 and completed a BSc (hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management in 2007, and I joined Stanhope Park Vets in September 2014.

My constant companion is Lev the Labrador who joined me at 8 weeks old in October 2017. He is named after explorer Levison Wood. I am looking forward to going on our own walking adventures when he’s fully grown. I also have 9 year old brother and sister cats Bagheera and Miura.

Working at Stanhope Park has fuelled my love of reptiles and I now have 4 snakes, 2 of which are rescues via RSPCA. I am currently studying an Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Reptiles and Amphibians to enhance the care I can provide our exotic friends.

Rachel Phoenix BSc RVN
I have been at Stanhope Park since July 2006, qualifying in 2008 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing Science from the University of the West of England. I enjoy the variety that working as a nurse brings and I love many aspects of my job, but my main interests lie in medical nursing and rehabilitation and physiotherapy. I am hoping to do more training towards this in the future.

In my spare time I like to spend time with my family including my two beautiful cats Leon and Amelia.

Sue Glasper ISFM DipFN RVN – Cat Advocate
I joined the practice in December 2001 after completing my work placement here whilst studying for a National Diploma in Animal Care at Houghall College. I have since completed my Veterinary Nurse Training at Myerscough College, becoming qualified in March 2010.
I have always been keen to continue learning about this ever evolving profession, and have realised my passion for all things cat! I have recently completed the ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing, and hold a special interest in feline behaviour and the role of stress prevention and management. I hope to continue my learning in this area in the future also. My other special interests include medical nursing and the role of nutrition in medical conditions.

You will now find me over at the new Cat and Exotic Clinic on Duke Street, where I have been assigned as the “Cat Advocate” for the practice – meaning I am responsible for ensuring that staff are correctly trained in “cat-friendly” principles, and that “cat-friendly” practice protocols are put in place and followed.

At home I have a beautiful, if a little feisty, semi-long haired moggie called Magpie, and a very cheeky Border Terrier called Bea.

Sarah Potter RVN
I first came to Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital on work placement in November 2007 whilst studying for a Veterinary Nursing degree at the RVC in London. In March 2009, I was offered the chance to continue my training through the practice as a full time Student Veterinary Nurse, to which I jumped at the chance! I became fully qualified in November 2012 after taking some time out to have my lovely daughter in 2011 and gorgeous son in 2017.
I have a female ginger cat called “LouLou”. I couldn’t resist her and rehomed her after she came to the practice as a stray.
I love every aspect of nursing – seeing some of our patients come to us with varying issues and being able to help make them more comfortable, as well as supporting their owners, is very rewarding.

Becky Turnbull RVN
I qualified in 2014 then went travelling for 6 months to Australia and New Zealand. On returning to the UK I was a locum for a while before taking on a permanent position.
During my spare time I enjoy walking my greyhound cross, Charlie, to various locations throughout the UK. I also enjoy a spot of gardening.

Nicole Burn BSc (Hons) RVN VPAC
I began working at Stanhope Park in 2009 as a Saturday receptionist, following on from a school work placement. I graduated from Harper Adams University in 2017, with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. I love the variety that this job brings, no two days are the same! I am interested in medical nursing and complimentary therapies and would like to learn more about these in the future.
At home I have two Rough Collies, five cats and two silkie chickens, which all keep me very busy!

Lindsay Murray – Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined Stanhope Park Vets in 2012 on a Veterinary Care Assistant course. I then went on to do my Veterinary Nurse training, to hopefully soon be qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I have always wanted to work with animals and couldn’t see myself doing anything else as it’s such a rewarding career.

At home I have a lovely yet moody rabbit called Penny, a very handsome Yorkshire Terrier called Hugo, along with a rescue pup called Benny!

Amber Donald – Student Veterinary Nurse
I joined the team at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital in 2012 whilst studying Animal Management at Houghall College. I worked as a receptionist for many years before working as an Auxiliary Nurse, and then in September 2017 I started training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I am currently in my second year of training. I love all animals and I have some weird but wonderful pets at home that I have taken on after they have come into the practice needing a home.

Pippa Young – Student Veterinary Nurse
After doing work experience for a couple of months, I was lucky enough to be offered a full time receptionist role at Stanhope Park Vets. After doing this role for just over a year I was over the moon to be offered an auxiliary nurse position!
I have two gorgeous Lorikeets and my handsome cocker spaniel Buddy who keeps me on my toes with his love of socks and sloppy kisses!
I am fascinated with exotics and reptiles, and have quite the collection at home, which includes Pablo the Chameleon, Dennis the Tortoise, Hunter the Bosc monitor and many snakes.

Christina Pullen – Auxiliary Nurse
I have worked at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital since May 2011, and I love my job as it is very rewarding. I assist in everything from admitting patients, looking after them from arrival to going home, setting up theatre, making sure your pet’s stay here is as comfortable as possible, and much more in between.
I love the variety the job brings, and enjoy learning new things and hope to become a Qualified Veterinary Nurse here at Stanhope Park.

Kathryn Jobling – Auxiliary Nurse
I started at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital on placement whilst completing my Veterinary Nursing Assistant course in October 2017. I was then lucky enough to be given the opportunity to become a full time auxiliary nurse to hopefully start my RVN training in September 2019.
I have a lively 5 year old German Shepherd at home named Kizzy, who I rescued at 1 year old.

Laura Weldon – Auxiliary Nurse
I joined Stanhope Park Vets in January 2019 as an auxiliary nurse. I enjoy all aspects of the job, but especially looking after the animals during their stay. In my free time I am kept busy with my horse and my three dogs whom all compete at agility .

Support Staff

Helen Geldard – Practice Manager
I have been with this practice for many years and have seen it grow, from being a small practice into the hospital we now have today. My brief has always been, and remains, to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible and that you, our clients and particularly your pets, receive the service they deserve.
Most of my leisure time is devoted to walking my wire-haired Dachshund, and developing my garden – great fun if hard work.

Ann Ainsley-Bates – Office Management Assistant
Having been employed at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital for over 11 years now, my love of being in an environment helping all small animals has never diminished. I am normally in the office, but occasionally you may see me in reception.

Sarah Huitson – ISFM Cat Friendly Veterinary Receptionist
I returned to Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital in 2014 to work on reception as I missed the job, animals, clients and staff too much after 3 years of being away. I initially joined the practice in 2007 working on reception for 2.5 years then concentrated on auxiliary / student veterinary nursing for 2 years.
In 2019 I completed the ISFM Cat Friendly Veterinary Receptionist course, as half of my time is spent at our Cats and Exotics clinic. I am always looking for new courses that will improve my knowledge of the different species of animals we see within our practice.
I thoroughly enjoy being at the desk to welcome clients and pets into the practice and provide them with the best service I can. I feel the experience I have gained from those 2 years of student veterinary nursing and caring for many of my own/family animals, which have ranged from an iguana to goats, helps me greatly when discussing matters of animal care with clients. I always aim for reception to be a calm, organised and tidy area.

Jayne Yorke – Receptionist
I joined Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital in 2010 after the Yarm Surgery was taken over following Mr McCabe’s retirement. I enjoy working in Yarm, meeting and greeting all our clients old and new.
When not at work, I’m kept on my toes with my young son Tyler and daughter Lacey-Taylor who help me with our family pets, Diesel and Alfie our Staffordshire Bull Terriers; Ellie our horse; Nesta our African Grey Parrot; and Boss our Goldfish!

Ellie Tennant – Receptionist
I joined the team at Stanhope Park Vets part-time in August 2017 and became a full-time member of staff in January 2018. I love meeting new and existing clients, and of course their furry friends who I become very fond of! My favourite part of the job is never knowing who or what might be coming in next.
Over the years I have had a wide variety of pets, from ducks to horses to snakes, and I love their different personalities. I currently have a little poodle x shih Tzu – Branston – and two rescue hamsters – Cyril and Dora!

Georgia Hogan – Receptionist
Hi, my name is Georgia (aka crazy rabbit lady)! I’ve got 5 bunnies and a crazy Labrador puppy on the way. I’ve not worked here long but I already feel part of the Stanhope Park family! Here at Stanhope I work on reception and look forward to meeting all the lovely clients we have here and of course all the lovely pets! I would love to do my veterinary nursing training and one day become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Daniel Smith – Receptionist
After doing work experience for 2 weeks and then volunteering for just over a year, I was lucky enough to be offered an evening receptionist role.
My favourite part of the job is meeting all the animals and their owners!

Shirley Atkinson – Cleaner
I have been employed at the practice since 1992 as the cleaner (lady of all jobs), and I always enjoy talking to the animal patients at work whenever I have the time.

Denise Scoffin – Cleaner
I have worked at Stanhope Park Vets for 2 years, and have 7 border collies at home who keep me on my toes!

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