We are a small animal practice established in North East England in 2000, with our main surgery located in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne and branch surgeries in Forest Hall, North Shields and Low Fell, Gateshead. Your pets are our priority and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals.
Judith qualified from Edinburgh Vet School in 1993. She has been with us since 1999, before which she has saw mixed practice in North West of England and small animal practice in the North East. She is based at our Forest Hall branch. Judith is well known in the area for her knowledge of rabbits after hand rearing a wild rabbit which she kept as a house rabbit, and a strong interest in small furries. She has a cat called Esme who is always causing her trouble!
Nick Cameron BVMS MRCVS
Nick graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2016 and has worked at firstvets from June 2016. Veterinary medicine was his second degree after already studying Veterinary Bioscience, also at Glasgow. Nick has a keen interest in small animal surgery and neurology. Nick can often be found cheering on his favourite football team, Chelsea. Just don’t ask him how the game was if they lost the previous day! He is currently working on his certificate to become an advanced practitioner in small animal surgery at the University of Liverpool.
Hester Cheuk BVM&S MRCVS
Hester Cheuk is Canadian born Chinese and graduated from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. She has passion for small animal and exotic surgery and also internal medicine. In her free time Hester enjoys the Northumberland countryside and travelling the world. Hula hooping and Power Yoga is her choice of sport. She is currently working on her certificate to become an advanced practitioner in small animal surgery. She looks forward to supporting the bond between you and your pet.
Rachel Elliot BVMS MRCVS
Rachel graduated from the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine in July 2016 and moved down South to join us here at firstvets. She has a keen interest in internal medicine among other aspects of the job, but most of all, loves getting to know all of your pets and stealing a cuddle! She has re-homed two stray cats that came to us in 2018 called Haribo and Haggis.
Francesca Henzell BVM&S MRCVS
Fran grew up in Newcastle. She qualified from the University of Edinburgh in July 2014, and joined us in April 2017 after completing an internship at a referrals hospital. Fran has an interest in cardiology and diagnostic imaging, and is currently working towards the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. In her spare time Fran enjoys team sports (specifically korfball and touch rugby) and musical theatre, and has a Cocker Spaniel called Bruno.
Kirsty Melton BVM&S MRCVS
Kirsty was born and raised in Edinburgh, it is also the city in which she completed her studies in Veterinary Medicine. She has been with us at firstvets since April 2018. Her hobbies include baking and reading. Unfortunately at the moment she doesn’t have enough spare time for any pets, but she does have a lot of cacti and other plants.