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!


Sarah Douglass- Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah joined the veterinary profession in 2009, and has worked in various different areas.  Prior to joining Seaham Vets, she spent 12 months working in a large multi discipline referral centre.

Outside of work, Sarah has 2 cats and enjoys keeping fit.

You can book an appointment at the practice with Sarah Monday to Thursday.


Deborah Bearder – Veterinary Surgeon

Deborah joins our team as a regular locum vet with over 30 years’ experience as a Veterinary Surgeon, caring for all your animal’s needs.

Outside of work Deborah has a passion for gardening, and enjoys long walks with her handsome Labrador Paddy (who is a favourite with practice staff!)

Deborah predominantly works Fridays.


Milja Spruit – Veterinary Surgeon

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

Outside of work Milja enjoys traveling, walking and cycling.


Rachael Napier – Head RVN

Rachael started her Veterinary Nursing career in 2007, she qualified as a VN in 2013 and now joins our team as Head RVN. Rachael has further qualifications in emergency and critical care, and has worked within referral veterinary practice for 4 years, where she undertook the role of team leader for their out of hours emergency department.

Rachael is also a Clinical Coach and is dedicated in helping our student veterinary nurses complete their extensive training.

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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 – Student Veterinary Nurse

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 started her veterinary nurse 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.


Linda Brown – Animal Nursing Assistant

Linda is originally from Ireland, where she worked as an animal nursing assistant for 7 years.  She moved to the North East in August 2018 with her husband, two young children, and her cat & a dog, where she subsequently joined the Seaham Vets family.


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.

Chloe Ross – Receptionist

Chloe joins us with a mix of experience in customer service roles, as well as Pet Sitting.  She has a number of animal related qualifications, and her main career aim is to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse.

At home Chloe has two Dachshund dogs that keep her busy.  She also makes the most amazing cakes!