We are a group of small animal practices covering North and South Tyneside as well as South Northumberland, first established in 1973. We are passionate about animal care and our skilled team of veterinarians and veterinary nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals. Because we love animals and strive to provide excellent continuity of care, we offer appointments at our hospital in North Shields seven days a week and provide our own 24-hour emergency care.
Karen has worked at Ayres for over 20 years and absolutely loves her job. She is a qualified and listed registered veterinary nurse (RVN) and holds an advanced diploma in medical nursing as well as an advanced diploma in analgesia and anaesthesia. Karen is passionate about all animals however she has a special interest in felines and has completed the feline advisory bureaus advanced nursing course.
She is owned by a Devon Rex cat called Willow and shall hopefully be welcoming a pair of Sphynx kittens soon. In her spare time she enjoys stargazing at Kielder Observatory and visiting Stonehenge.
Melissa Edmondson RVN
Melissa joined Ayres Veterinary Hospital back in 2007 as a student veterinary nurse and in 2014 gained her level three diploma in veterinary nursing and became a registered veterinary nurse. She feels she is very lucky to be in a job she loves and especially enjoys caring for the many animals we see. Melissa shares her home with a fair few Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshunds; two German Shepherds and a French Lop. Her main hobbies include showing her dogs at open and championship dog shows and spending money on her many pets.
Stacey Oakley RVN
Stacey has worked at Ayers since 2013. She joined us as a trainee nurse and qualified as an RVN in April 2018. In her spare time she enjoys walking with her three dogs and curling up on the sofa with her cats. Previously she worked as a groom with event horses and has a HND in equine management. Stacey is very sporty and likes to cycle. She has just completed a cycling holiday around Majorca, France and Coast to Coast.
Hazel McPherson RVN
Hazel has worked at Ayres Veterinary Hospital for five years, starting on reception and progressing to a SVN, which she worked as for three years. She qualified in 2021. She absolutely loves working as a nurse and is enthusiastic in all aspects and roles that the job requires, but particularly enjoys being the hospital nurse and being fully involved in the caring of the animals all day or night. Apart from spending most of her free time with her chocolate Labrador named Lottie, she also enjoys seeing live music, visiting Scotland with her husband and Lottie, or travelling abroad to places such as Turkey.
Kate Moss RVN
Kate has worked at Ayres since 2015, coming to us straight from sixth form. She has since completed a level two diploma in veterinary nursing assistants. Kate loves her job and studied hard to qualify in 2021.
In her spare time she looks after and rides her horse as well as being very into fitness and has completed the Great North Run. She also has a little black and white cat called Izzy.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Katelyn started at Ayres Veterinary Hospital in January 2018 and is studying hard to become an RVN. In her spare time she enjoys karate – she is a black belt statue and also qualified to teach others in the sport. Katelyn has her time cut out at home with her three dogs, two snakes and a leopard gecko called Loki.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Alexis joined our team here at Ayres in November 2017 for a new start in her life. Alexis is studying hard to become an RVN. Outside work she spends time with her three horses called Baycherry, Danny Boy and Clyde. Alexis also has three kittens, two dogs and a turtle called Rodney.
Jackie has worked at Ayres Veterinary Hospital for 13 years, after completing her NVQ level two in animal care. She has owned many pets over the years, including cats, rats, tropical fish and, of course, dogs. As well as powerlifting and rugby, her passion is all aspects of dogs, with dog behaviour being a keen interest. She enjoys fundraising for dog rescue centres and volunteers at local and breed rescues - she has an active part in German Shepard and Border Collie rescue and now runs a National Scent Hound rescue. Jackie has been involved in display teams at Crufts with her Foxhounds, Border Collies and a Bloodhound and has been successful in training them to a high standard in pet obedience and scent work. Her Foxhounds have been trained in searching for missing pets and have also taken part in film work.
After school Reece studied sport science and psychology, then had a change of heart and decided to go down the animal route as this interested me more. In his spare time he like to play American football, go to the gym, and spend time with his two Bichons, Bonnie and Benji.
Patient Care Assistant
Rosie joined the Ayres Veterinary Hospital team in February 2020, after achieving her diploma in Animal Management. She is loving being a part of the nursing team and can't wait to continue her training and progress. In her spare time, Rosie enjoys Zumba, pilates and going for walks. She's also a huge cinema fan and even has a degree in Film and Television Studies.