Prince Bishop Team

Prince Bishop Team

Christina Stubbins
Dr Christina Groves BVetMed CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS

Clinical Director & Advanced Practioner in Small Animal Medicine

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 PgCertVPS Cert AVP MRCVS

Clinical Director and Advanced Practitioner

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!

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.

Dr Hayley Appleby BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Liverpool but I was born and raised in Durham. In my final 2 years of training I spent a lot of time completing clinical placements at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital, so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to join the team as a qualified Vet. I thoroughly enjoy Cardiology and hope to pursue this interest in the future. In my spare time I love to spend time with my 2 dogs, Beau the Border Collie and Lexie the Great Dane.

Dr Yuru Chng BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

I am originally from Malaysia but I have been living in the UK for more than 5 years now. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2021 and joined Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in August of that year. In my free time, I enjoy drawing and watching films.


Veterinary Surgeon

Hello! My name is Chia and I'm born and raised on a small island called Penang in Malaysia. I came to the UK to pursue my dreams of becoming a vet and graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2020. I am currently enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine. I have three senior dogs living back home in Malaysia with my parents whom I miss dearly!

Cheryl Marriott
Cheryl Marriott RVN

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

Deputy Head Nurse

I have worked at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital for almost 10 years now. I have developed so many skills over years (clinical and non-clinical), from starting at the very beginning as a student nurse progressing up to being Deputy Head Nurse today. I qualified in 2014 and I can honestly say since then no two working days have been the same, that's what I love about the job! My main areas of interest are assisting Head Nurse Cheryl with managerial tasks, coaching our nurse students and veterinary care assistants, anaesthesia and inpatient care. Outside of work I like spending time with friends and family, walking my lurchers and riding my horse Max.

Livvy Best RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I first came to Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital as a work experience student back in 2018, whilst studying for my A levels. After a week in the practice I knew this was the career I wanted - and I never left! I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to carry out my nurse training here and in 2021 I passed all my exams and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. I am truly loving every aspect of my job, especially consultations as I get to see all your lovely pets! I am looking forward to furthering my knowledge in different fields and I am hoping to do some extra qualifications as I gain more experience. In my spare time I love playing netball, socialising with my friends and spending quality time with my family (and my cheeky cat Rio).

Britney Haylock RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Emily Dorner RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

I qualified in 2016, having trained for 3 years. In 2018 I volunteered for a street dog charity in Sri Lanka where I worked for 2 years, treating patients, training local staff and organising the hospital. In February 2020 I started at Prince Bishops and as well as my role as a nurse, I have started training new student nurses, as well as developing my own skills further. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside this awesome team! When not working I am spending time with my horse Derry, or out walking my three dogs; Fred, Teddy and Maisie.

Kirsty Dorian RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Florence Dalley

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Neve Hutchinson

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started my training as a student veterinary nurse at Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in September 2020, while studying at Houghall College having previously completed the Veterinary Care Assistant course at Houghall. I am loving all aspects of the role and I am really enjoying progressing and learning new skills every day. I specifically enjoy learning about different surgeries and conditions affecting animals that come into practice. In my spare time I love catching up with friends and family, watching movies and taking my Staffy cross Mabel for long walks down the beach.

Louise Hetherington

Student Veterinary Nurse

I've always known that my passion in life was to work with animals. At the age of 16 I began working as an animal carer and absolutely loved it. After four years I applied for a job in the veterinary world as I wanted to start learning about the clinical side of things. I have worked in the veterinary world for around 14 years now, starting of working as an animal care auxillary at a veterinary hospital in Newcastle. I then went on to do my veterinary care assistant NVQ level 2 and feel very privileged to have started my journey with Prince Bishops in 2021.

Sarah Hall

Student Veterinary Nurse

I started my training as a student veterinary nurse in September 2021 whilst also studying at Houghall collage. I am loving every aspect of my job especially talking to clients and getting to know all the lovely pets that come in. In my spare time I enjoy walking my Labradoodle, Millie, across the Yorkshire Moors close to home. I enjoy going swimming and going to the gym to keep fit.

Melanie Sterling Cat Advocate

Nursing Assistant & Cat Advocate

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.

Beth Aldridge

Nursing Assistant

I have worked at the practice since May 2019 and love being part of such a friendly close-working team. I have a cat called Lola and a dog called Spencer and have shared my home with animals since being born! I enjoy developing my knowledge for work through CPD and in my spare time I love being outdoors in the fresh air, keeping active and reading.

Katie McNab

Nursing Assistant

Karen Railton
Karen Hutton

Practice Manager

I started working at Prince Bishops in April 2016 as a receptionist. In January 2017 I was promoted to Reception and Office Team Leader and in September 2019 to Practice Manager. I am really enjoying my role and the challenges it brings and I am learning so many new skills. I have worked in the Veterinary industry since 2001 and achieved qualifications in animal care and veterinary nursing. I am also a registered SQP, which is an Animal Medicines Advisor. I have 2 Guinea Pigs at home. 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.

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.

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.

Rhiann Telford


I started at Prince Bishop in the middle of the pandemic and hit the ground running! It's such a lovely working environment and it's challenged me so much as a person and as a professional. I love seeing all of the pets that come through our doors, and I'm starting to build up client relationships with those who are regulars. In my spare time I like to chase adventures, walk my Lurcher Charlie, and get lost in books. I'm also slowly developing my skills as an amateur photographer, and love to travel when I can.

Michelle Lowe


After working in many sectors including Banking, Accountancy and IT, I started to pursue my dream of working with animals in 2016 when I enrolled as a very mature student at Houghall College in Durham to study Animal Management. During my two years there, I volunteered at an animal rescue centre near Barnard Castle, which then led to a permanent job as an animal carer at another rescue centre in Weardale. In 2019, I decided to combine my passion for animals with my customer service skills to become a Veterinary Receptionist, and after a couple of years at a practice in Newcastle, I was lucky enough to join the amazing team at Prince Bishops in the summer of 2021. In my spare time, I love caravanning with my partner and our two elderly Border Collies, Dinkie & Donut. I have also kept chinchillas for over 20 years having had 13 at one time, but now just has a couple of very cheeky boys, Saturn & Rigsy (pictured) and a rescued female called Chilli.

Tegan Wilson


I have recently joined the PBVH reception team after working in hospitality for the past 10 years. I am enjoying getting to know our clients and their beautiful pets. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and going on days out. Any time I have away from my family you will find me walking with my two dogs Roman and Maggie, usually up on the moors which is our favourite place to explore!

Amy Heron