Christina Stubbins
Dr Christina Groves BVetMed CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS

Clinical Director

I am originally from Yorkshire and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013. I came to work at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital the same summer and have since settled into life in the North East. My main interest is in medicine and I have completed a certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Medicine. I became Clinical Director of the practice in June 2016 and I'm really enjoying the challenges of this new role. I own two rescue dogs, a Patterdale called Fig and a Whippet called Reggie. Outside of work I enjoy going to the beach with the dogs, visiting friends and watching films.

Dr Gillian Brown BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I qualified from the University of Bristol in 1996 as a Veterinary Surgeon. After completing an internship at the University I spent some time working and travelling in New Zealand and Australia before coming back to work at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in January 1999. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, baking and walks in the country.  

Dr Gemma Taylor BSc BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated in 2009 from Bristol University. I spent six months in practice in the South West before joining Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in March 2010. I am keen on all aspects of animal practice but I'm particularly enjoying increasing my surgical experience with the endoscopy and keyhole surgery equipment. In my spare time I enjoy looking after my little boys Daniel and Rowan and spending time as a family, keeping up with friends, going to the cinema and nice walks in the country.

Emma Hindson
Dr Emma Hindson BVM BVS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I originally grew up in the North East and in 2014 after spending 5 years studying at the University of Nottingham I returned to the region and started working at Prince Bishops. I really enjoy my job and I have a particular interest in animal behaviour. I am studying for a further qualification in behavioural medicine which will allow me to help clients with any concerns they may have. Outside of work I enjoy spending lots of time out exploring the countryside with my dogs; 8 year old Staffy Cross Zara and her partner in crime the German Wirehaired Pointer Wilf. We also like to do a bit of agility, scent work and fun tricks to try and keep them out of trouble. I have two elderly horses, Tigger a Clydesdale/TB who takes great pride in acting like a 4yr old whilst out hacking and his little companion Mickey who is very handy with his back feet!

Emma McLean

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in July 2016 and started working at Prince Bishop Vets in October. I am really enjoying the job so far, I love talking to clients and helping look after their pets. I like all aspects of general practice but I particularly enjoy surgery and I think it is something I may pursue in the future. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the local countryside, baking and spending time with my friends and family.

Dr Natasha Lim BVMS MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am originally from Singapore but have been living in the UK for the past 7 years. I graduated from the Royal (dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Edinburgh University in July 2017 and started working here in September. I am really enjoying the various aspects of being a vet. I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge and developing a keen interest in a particular discipline. Outside of work, I spend my weekends playing a sport called Ultimate Frisbee. I also enjoy cooking, baking and food photography.

Victoria Howarth
Victoria Howarth RVN

Senior Head Nurse

I started working at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in 2002, originally as a Nursing Assistant. In my time here I have completed my nurse training and various management courses to help me in my current role as Head Nurse. I have a little rescue dog named Scruff and 4 sheep.

Cheryl Marriott
Cheryl Marriott RVN

Clinical Head Nurse

I started working at PBVH at the age of 16 as a nursing assistant. I have since gained a lot of experience as a senior nurse getting a diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2012 and a further certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in 2016. I completed clinical coach training in 2016 which means that I am a mentor to student nurses assisting and providing support during their training. In January 2017 I was promoted to Clinical Head Nurse which means that I am now in a managerial position overseeing and supporting the nursing team to ensure that the high standards of care are maintained day to day for our patients and clients.  The new job certainly has its challenges but I have embraced these and am enjoying the role.

Sarah Mawson
Sarah Mawson RVN

Senior Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2014 and love my role within the team. I have a particular interest in anaesthesia and inpatient care. I have recently completed training to become a clinical coach and look forward to helping student nurses achieve their dream job. I have two rescue lurchers, a cheeky Labrador and a horse who I enjoy taking on adventures and caring for outside of work.

Amy Chaytor RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I started at Prince Bishops as a nursing assistant in 2013 and have worked my way through my nurse training, becoming qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2017. In my spare time I enjoy riding my horse, Paris, and walking my dog, Gracie.

Emma Watson
Emma Watson

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am thoroughly enjoying my time here at Prince Bishop Vets, I really do love it, I particularly enjoy the customer service side and caring for the animals. Previously I worked in a restaurant in Beamish when I was studying, but this is definitely the working environment I have always wanted to be in as I do have a great love for animals, it's great working with a team that cares so much about them. I started my time at Prince Bishop Vets as a receptionist and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to do my nurse training which started in this year and has led me on to do my Veterinary Nurse Training, I am enjoying learning new things in the nursing profession and excited to learn more.

Bobbie-Jade Sharp

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am currently training to become a registered veterinary nurse and am interested in intensive care, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and rehabilitation.  I also enjoy surgical nursing and hope to further my knowledge in this area.  At home, I own two Bulldogs, a cat and two goldfish.

Zoe Bass

Student Veterinary Nurse

Kelly-Ann Smith

Student Veterinary Nurse

I joined the team in August 2017 and I am looking forward to starting my training to become a qualified veterinary nurse in September. I have worked with animals in a veterinary setting for the past year and can honestly say that, after various job choices, I have finally found my purr-fect career! I'm particularly interested in anaesthetics - which I am excited to learn more about as I progress through my training. In my spare time I like to spoil my gorgeous mini Dachshund 'Mash' with family trips to the seaside and lots of cuddles!

Kieran Mennell
Kieran Mennell


After finishing studying a national diploma in Animal Management at Houghall College I came to work at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital, this was over 5 years ago now and I feel I have learnt a lot in my roles as nursing assistant and receptionist. I enjoy working with the public and caring for their pets. When I am not working at Prince Bishop Vets I am at home caring for my son Bailey and in my spare time I enjoy meeting up with friends.

Melanie Sterling

Nursing Assistant

I started working at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist almost 3 years ago and was given the opportunity to become a nursing assistant in 2017. I am really enjoying my new role and working more closely with the animals that come to the practice and love taking care of their day to day needs when they are with us. I have four cats and two turtles at home and in my spare time I enjoy walking, nature photography, cycling and bird watching.

Karen Railton
Karen Hutton

Office and Reception Team Leader

I started working at Prince Bishops in April 2016 as a receptionist. I love my job and working with such a great team. In January 2017 I was promoted to Reception and Office Team Leader. I am really enjoying my new job role, the challenges it brings and I am learning so many new skills. I've worked in Veterinary Practices for over 15 years and achieved qualification in animal care and veterinary nursing. I am also a registered SQP, which is an Animal Medicines Advisor. I have 3 Guinea Pigs at home Twinkle, Rosie and Lily/Ella (depends which name my daughter wants to call her that day). In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter, family and friends.

Sandra Barrass
Sandra Barrass

Accounts Manager

I have been at Prince Bishops since 1992 and I love being part of the team here. I have had various roles over the years in both veterinary nursing and on the reception team and have gained qualifications in both of these areas. I am now the accounts manager for the hospital, and also deal with all of the insurance claims. I love having this one to one contact with our clients and am very committed to providing our clients with an excellent service. I have two Chihuahuas at home and love to be with my family in my spare time.

Jasmine Duffy-Welsh


I joined Prince Bishops in June 2018 after four years in the DIY industry. I am really enjoying working with the wide range of animals and their owners am I am eager to learn lots more about the profession. In my spare time I love being with my Doberman, Bono, and taking him on adventures.

Emma Elliott
Emma Elliott BA MA

Finance Officer

I studied Archaeology at The University of Birmingham where I received a BA and also an MA in Heritage Management which included finance and marketing modules. I have been working at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital for 5 years now and I enjoy the variety of my job from day to day administrative tasks, looking after the PCP Discount plans to managing the reception shop and being able to greet your lovely pets in the waiting room.

Louise Guy


I've recently joined the reception team after working as a care assistant for many years and I feel it's the best decision I've made. I have just completed my first CPD session on client care and look forward to completing more, and developing my skills in the future.  I have always been brought up with dogs and now own a Rottweiler called Lexi. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends.

Helen Mason
Helen Mason


I have worked as a receptionist at The Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital for nearly twenty years. In that time I have built up good relationships with many of our clients, I've also completed many courses to help improve customer service and feel I am a friendly and helpful member of our team. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, our children and four grandchildren. I also like to keep fit and often attend classes and the gym with friends.