Meet the staff

Veterinary Surgeons

Wendy Rowntree BVMS MRCVS

Wendy Rowntree BVMS MRCVS

Practice Owner

My name is Wendy, I am the head vet and owner of King’s Road Veterinary Practice.

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I graduated from Glasgow University in 2000, I have worked in several practices in the North East and in Scotland since then, although I have worked in Sunderland for more than ten years now, mainly in the Roker area. In 2012 I decided to open my own practice in order to provide my patients with the best possible care and their owners with a quality service. My main areas of interest are orthopaedic surgery and post-operative rehabilitation. My husband’s name is Martin, he is a paramedic and we have three children - Jamie, Ewan and Isla. We also have two dogs, two cats and a rabbit. I enjoy socialising, caravanning and spending my free time with my family and pets.

Holly Riley BVSc MRCVS

Holly Riley BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

After qualifying from Liverpool University in 2006, I returned to my native North East where I have worked in small animal practice ever since.

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I have worked in a few practices in the region some as far south as Darlington and some more close to home. I became part of the King’s Road team in 2014, my main area of interest is medicine but I also enjoy surgery too. When I'm not catching up with friends, I can be found tackling the various fells and beaches the UK has to offer, usually involving regular adventures in the Lakes!

Louise Stuart BVM&S MRCVS

Louise Stuart BVM&S MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

My name is Louise, I graduated from Edinburgh University Vet School in 2004.

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I have previously worked in a variety of small animal practices in Sheffield and York before settling on a job in Sunderland. I worked at another local practice for several years before moving to King’s Road, I started working here in June 2012. I currently live in Newcastle with my partner Peter and our son Thomas, we also have two cats and a dog. I am on maternity leave at the moment enjoying time with my new family and our pets.

Kirsty Wilkinson BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

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Veterinary Nurses

Helen Murray RVN

Helen Murray RVN

Head Nurse

My name is Helen, I graduated from Myerscough College in 2010 with a diploma in veterinary nursing.

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I have worked in several small animal Veterinary practices in the region for the past 9 years, including a soft tissue & orthopaedic referral centre in Bishop Auckland. I am the head nurse here at King’s Road which means I lead our nursing and reception teams. My areas of interest are anaesthesia, nurse clinics and rehabilitation – I am currently helping set-up a hydrotherapy suite at the practice. I have a little Border Terrier named Ted who enjoys keeping people up-to-date on his adventures through his Instagram account.

Natalie Elwell RVN

Natalie Elwell RVN

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Natalie, I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse from Newcastle College.

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I started Kings Road at the very beginning in 2012 with Wendy and Helen. I love my job and have a strong passion for animal care and nursing. My husband's name is Gareth, we have a Beagle named Lucas who can be a handful at times but I wouldn't change him for the world!

Natalie Lewis RVN

Natalie Lewis RVN

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Natalie, I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2005 from Myerscough College.

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I worked as a nurse in another local practice for a number of years before joining the team at King’s Road in 2014. I enjoy all aspects of nursing and animal care, two days are never quite the same which means every day is interesting. I live in Sunderland with my husband Craig and our two sons Joshua and Jacob – Katie our cat is also a big part of our family!

Emily Cummings RVN

Emily Cummings RVN

Veterinary Nurse

My name is Emily, I have recently completed my diploma in Veterinary Nursing and I am now a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

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I have worked at King’s Road for three years, previously as a Veterinary Care Assistant and more recently as a student Veterinary Nurse, and now as an RVN, I have also worked as an animal keeper at a petting zoo, looking after pygmy goats, alpacas and reindeers. I enjoy all parts of nursing and I’m very interested in providing care for any of our in-patients! I own several pugs, a bearded collie called Parsnip and two rats named Barney and Ted.

Dani Savage RVN

Dani Savage RVN

Trainee Nurse

My name is Dani and I’m a recently qualified Veterinary Nurse.

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I love everything on four legs, but I'm definitely a crazy cat lady at heart. Although I'm a bit of a bird enthusiast too! I'm currently half way through my training to be a nurse and I've worked at King’s Road for almost two years now. I'm the rehoming extraordinaire at our practice, as I have a bit of a soft spot for strays, I adopted two myself… Roxy, (a fluffy tabby, who is good as gold) and Scout (a black and white shorthair, who is mischief incarnate!) I also got married this year to my boyfriend of 10 years, Dan. Luckily he understands my love for animals and I've turned him into a crazy cat man... mission accomplished!

Sam Hayes RVN

Veterinary Nurse

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Support Staff

Angie Waugh RVN

Angie Waugh RVN

Office Manager

My name is Angie and I have been a qualified Veterinary Nurse for over fifteen years.

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I qualified from Myerscough College in 1998 and I have worked in many different practices all over Tyne & Wear, I was head nurse at a Sunderland practice for thirteen years. I now enjoy having a more administrative role in practice, running our office and dealing with any insurance claims submitted to the surgery, although I currently have a less clinical role I still like to keep my nursing skills sharp and help out whenever I am needed, I am also a clinical coach to our student nurses. I am married to my husband Andrew and we have two children Dan (10) and Lola (7), we also have two cats, two rats and four fish.

Sue Hutcheon

Sue Hutcheon

Receptionist

My name is Sue and I have worked in the veterinary industry for over 20 years as a Veterinary Receptionist.

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I have mainly worked at another small animal practice in Sunderland until I moved to King’s Road in 2013, to work as receptionist and auxiliary. I live in the local area with my husband Ray and our Cocker Spaniel Willie, who we enjoy walking in the lakes, and our cat Lester, I also have three children Steph, Rachael and Sean.

Margaret Donaldson

Margaret Donaldson

Receptionist

My name is Margaret, I live in Seaham with my husband Frank, I am another of the practices crazy cat ladies and can often be found having conversations with our inpatients.

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I have three cats Lucy, Katie and Ellie. I have been a veterinary receptionist for over twelve years and have worked at King’s Road for the last two and half years, I have two children Gavin and Graham and a lovely granddaughter named Jamie.

Hilary Reay

Hilary Reay

Receptionist

My name is Hilary, I have been a Veterinary Receptionist for thirty years, my husband is Rob who is now retired, and we have a daughter named Helen who is a Laboratory Technician at Newcastle University.

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I have three grandchildren aged eighteen, twelve and four, we also have several pets; Dinah a 7 year old terrier cross, Suzie a five year old cat, Tommy an eighteen month old cat and two guinea pigs, Stella & Betty. I have worked an lived in Sunderland all my life, Wendy ‘coaxed’ me out of retirement to work part-time at King’s Road Vets for which I am very grateful, Wendy is a very respected Vet who runs a dedicated and caring team.

Vicky Innins

Vicky Innins

Receptionist

My name is Vicky, I recently joined Kings Road Vets, within the last 4 months, this is due to the fact I am not getting any younger and my children are all growing up very quickly, so I decided I would like a change of career, I previously worked as a kitchen supervisor in a local pub before moving to become a veterinary receptionist.

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The new role has been challenging but very rewarding and I am learning a lot as I go. I have three children, 2 sons and a daughter, my daughter recently adopted a kitten from the surgery!

Jake Burlace BSc

Jake Burlace BSc

Auxiliary Nurse Team Leader

My name is Jake, I have recently finished my Biomedical Science degree at Sunderland University.

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I’m hoping after this degree that I will be able to go to Vet School and qualify as a Veterinary Surgeon, I have worked at King’s Road for around four years. I help nurse our inpatients, run samples in our in-house lab, liaise with our external laboratory as well as mucking in and helping out wherever else I am needed around the practice.

Steph Mackintosh

Steph Mackintosh

Groomer

My name is Steph, I’m the in-house groomer at the practice and I run Pups-a-Daisy my grooming business from inside the surgery, I have been grooming for around three years and have City & Guilds qualifications in this area.

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As well as being a groomer I have also been a qualified veterinary nurse since 2002 and have worked in the Veterinary world since 1997. My husband James and I have two children, Sam and Maggie we live in Sunderland, with our dog and two guinea pigs and we also have a horse named Morgan.

Claire Cameron

Auxiliary Nurse (VCA)

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