Suey Turner – Practice Partner

Originally from Yorkshire, Suey qualified as a VN in 1999. She has worked in various different roles from practice VN, Head Nurse, Practice Manager and then moved into VN education in 2011, where she met her Seaham Vets business partner, Natalie.

Still dedicated to VN education Suey divides her time between running the business and teaching VN’s of the future!  Outside of work Suey enjoys caring for her 3 dogs, and spending time with husband Stu.


Natalie Land – Practice Partner

A Seaham lass born and bred, Natalie trained at her local vets in Seaham ‘Seaham Vets’ before qualifying as a VN in 2005.  She has worked in many different roles in veterinary nursing from Head Nurse and Practice manager to lecturing and course management.

Meeting business partner Suey in 2011, Natalie has dedicated herself not only to the business but to VN education throughout the North of England.  At home Natalie has a cocker spaniel, two horses and a husband who occupy the rest of her life!


Paola Fognani – Veterinary Surgeon

Paola joins us with over 20 years’ experience as a Veterinary Surgeon, caring for all your animal’s needs, with exceptional knowledge in animal medicine and surgery. Originally from Italy, Paola has been practicing in the UK for over 10 years, and has 2 dogs, 5 cats, and a large aviary, which keep her busy out of working hours!

Milja Spruit – Veterinary Surgeon

Milja joins our team as a regular locum vet. Originally from Holland she has been practicing in the UK for 27 years and comes with a wealth of experience.

Although you may see her on additional days, Milja mainly works Fridays and occasional weekends. Outside of work Milja enjoys traveling, walking and cycling.


Emma Reed – Senior RVN

Emma started her Veterinary nursing career in 2009, qualifying as a VN in 2014 and now joining our team as Senior RVN in 2017. She has a specialist interest in Canine and Feline Behaviour and Psychology.

Emma is also an experienced Clinical Coach and dedicated in helping our student veterinary nurses complete their training.

Andrea McCarron – RVN Senior Nurse

Qualified in 2005.  Andrea started volunteering in practice from the age of 14. She continued to work in small animal first opinion practice until 2006, when she then moved in Emergency and Critical Care.  She then moved into a Referral Centre specialising in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Surgical Referrals for 6 years before returning to the North East.


In her spare time Andrea loves walking and training her dogs, alongside competing in Flyball and being part of a National Flyball Championship Team.

Amy Simpson – Student Veterinary Nurse

Amy joined the team while undertaking her second year Veterinary Nursing training. Passing her first year examinations with exceptionally high grades Amy is looking to qualify in 2016.

She has a keen interest in all aspects of small and large animal nursing, and is a qualified ‘Marine Mammal Medic’.


Shaniah Espin – Student Veterinary Nurse

Shaniah joined our practice in August 2017 and has worked in Veterinary Practice since 2013. She is currently in her final year as a Student Veterinary Nurse preparing for qualification at the end of 2018. Shaniah enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Nursing but has a keen interest in Nursing Consultations, especially Weight Clinics.

Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit by running, alongside spending time with friends and family.

Jess Hudson – Student Veterinary Nurse

Jess started volunteering at Seaham Vets in 2015 as part of works experience for her Veterinary Nursing Assistant course. After completing this Jess gained employment with ourselves as an ANA, and then went onto start her Veterinary Nurse training.

In her spare time Jess enjoys looking after Isla the cat at home, as well as meals out with friends and family.

Rachel Gallagher – Animal Nursing Assistant

Rachel started working for Seaham Vets in September 2017, after working at a previous practice for 4 years. Rachel’s passion is in-patient care and she will be starting her Veterinary Nursing Training in September 2018.

At home she has 1 dog and 2 cats which occupy the majority of her spare time.

Leanne Taylor – Animal Nursing Assistant

Leanne is one of our Animal Nursing Auxiliaries who assists both the vets and RVNs within the surgery.

Leanne has a keen interest in all surgical and medical aspects of auxiliary work, and ensures your pet receives the highest standard of care whilst staying with us.


Carole Smith – Receptionist

Carole has been working at the practice since 2000 and came as part of the fixtures when Seaham Vets took over. Another Seaham lass born and bred Carole is a familiar face for all clients old and new.

When not at work she enjoys spending time with her 3 sons, 2 grandchildren and Staffordshire Bull terrier, Bessy.

Leanne Adamson – Receptionist

Leanne (Lenny) joined Seaham Vets in June 2018, and comes to us from Vets Now.  Leanne is always on hand to assist clients with any queries they may have.

Her spare time is taken up with her husband and 2 children, alongside her 2 dogs and 2 cats.


Donna Lash – Receptionist

Donna joined Seaham Vets in January 2017.  At home Donna lives with her husband, 2 children and the fabulous Stan their border terrier.

In her free time Donna enjoys activities with her children and taking Stan on long walks.