MEET THE TEAM!

Rory Thomson BVMS MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and company director

Rory started his career at Roker Park Veterinary Centre after qualifying from Glasgow Vet School in 2009. After 2 years he moved to a corporate practice for a year and hated every minute of it. He decided he wanted to go back to working for a small practice where he could get to know the patients and have more clinical and financial freedom to provide the best care for the patients without strict financial targets to hit so he helped establish St Clair Veterinary Care in Blyth, Northumberland. After 8 years in Northumberland, Rory has come home to Roker Park Vets as the owner, bringing with him a wealth of industry knowledge that enables him to ensure clients pets are treated as individuals at a fair price.

He’s a family man with a supportive family; He saved Whitburn Library from closure so his children can continue to use it. Rory is also an important volunteer Veterinary Marine Mammal medic for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity, this involves active involvement with the Tynemouth Seal Hospital and being on call to assist with any marine mammal that requires help –usually seals but he’s been trained to assist with a stranded whale or dolphin should it be needed!

Gemma Rutherford BVetMed MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Gemma is one of our amazing consulting vets. She enjoys meeting all the patients and providing that personalised service we offer here at Roker Park Vets. She is kept busy at home by her son Seb, husband Ben and gorgeous pooch Sausage. In her spare time she enjoys walking and spending time with family.

Beatriz Miranda MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Bia is one of our full-time vets who joined the team in December 2021. She has a passion for ultrasonography and intricate surgery and loves a challenge. She has a bearded dragon called Drogon and a cat called Jasmine who she brought over from Portugal with her. In her spare time she enjoys learning the violin and photography.

Amy Stammers RVN, Veterinary Nurse

Amy is one of our qualified nurses. She has a strong passion for small furries and bunnies gaining extra qualifications in this area. Having several rabbits of her own, living in fantastic accommodation at her home she shares with partner john and her cute little pooch Lottie. Her spare time is taken up caring for her bunnies and keeping Lottie out of trouble.

Rachel Gallagher, RVN , Veterinary Nurse

Rachel is one of our team of registered veterinary nurses. She came back to us in March 2021 having worked here previously. Rachel particularly enjoys Nurse clinics and nurse consultations, but enjoys all aspects of the nursing job. Rachel is kept on her toes by her Chihuahua/ Shih tzu cross Jess and two handsome black cats Jax and Jenson. In her spare time she enjoys beach walks and enjoying our beautiful coast with a nice warm cup of coffee.

Poppy Adam, RVN, Veterinary Nurse

Poppy is one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses who started in November 2021. Poppy is very passionate about inpatient care and makes sure all our patients receive the best care. She has a beautiful Staffordshire bull terrier named Bubba who enjoys snuggles and taking all her attention.

Tracy Burn VCA, Receptionist

Tracey is one of our receptionists ready to greet you. She returned here 2 years ago having worked here for 4 years prior. She enjoys long walks with her gorgeous border terrier Mabel and it is on her bucket list to complete the west highland way.

Jamie Dines

Jamie is one of our nurse assistants who joined us in March 2021. He is extremely passionate on patients experience at the practice and makes sure it is as stress-free as possible. Jamie has a wealth of experience and knowledge with seals and has recently became a probationer on Europe’s only large whale disentanglement team. He is also assistant manager at Tynemouth seal hospital. While this keeps him very busy he has two lovely border terriers Bounce and Fern. If that is not enough he also keeps horses.

Paige Embleton 

Paige is one of our receptionists that are happy to help. Animal welfare is strong in Paige’s heart and she enjoys giving out cuddles to all the patients and giving lots of fuss. Paige enjoys crafts and has even just completed a pottery course.