Peter Pighills qualified from Edinburgh University in 1981 and took his first position with a large animal practice in Cumbria. He came to us in 1988 as assistant veterinary surgeon and became a partner in 2005. His special interests include dermatology and ophthalmology.
Sarah Crawford BVSc MRCVS
Sarah qualified in 2012 and has since worked in county Durham. She joined the practice in 2018 as Clinical Director. Her particularly interest is surgery.
Kamil Piotrowski MRCVS
Moira Hamilton BVMS MRCVS
Anna Skibinska MRCVS
Lucy Ziebiec MRCVS
Sergiu Pop MRCVS
Tim Zacharczuk MRCVS
Natalia Szeremata MRCVS
Louise Craggs DipVN RVN
Louise began working with the practice in 1995 and is now Head Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach for student veterinary nurses. She particularly loves small furries and being in theatre. She has 2 chihuahuas called Rupert and Olive and Agnes the rabbit!
Client Services Manager/Nurse
Sue Gibson RVN
Sue started work with us in 1993. She has a keen interest in dentistry, surgical nursing and exotic pets. She has two fabulous pugs called Edgar and Frank, two cats Isla and Hamish and a bearded dragon called Eddie.
Sue is mainly based at our Hartlepool surgery.
Lisa Kelsey RVN
Lisa first came to Clifton Lodge on a works experience placement in 2000 and began her VN training in 2002. She qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2005 and as a Clinical Coach in 2011. She likes all aspects of nursing, enjoys assisting with consultations and is more than happy to help at Reception. She owns 3 dogs, 2 of which are rescues through work.
Kayleigh Thomas RVN
Kay joined the practice in April 2010 after completing a foundation degree in veterinary nursing. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in October 2011 and her particular interests are anaesthesia and orthopaedic surgery. She has a particular soft spot for Springer Spaniels.
Nichola Sneddon RVN
Nichola came to us in 2004 on a work experience placement from school. We were able to offer her a part time position in 2007 which allowed her to both continue her further education and maintain her interest and care in the veterinary field. Nichola enjoys the wide variety of the nature of her work with us. She owns a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Suzi, a Shih Tzu named Monroe and a ferret called Matilda.
Alice Brimble RVN
Alice started at Clifton Lodge in 2014 and completed her veterinary care assistant training and then continued onto her vet nurse training, qualifying in April 2018. She owns 2 cats Aggie and Martha and a labrador Apollo. Her main interests are feline clinics and is affectionately known as the crazy cat lady!
Student Veterinary Nurse
Student Veterinary Nurse
Regan joined us in March 2018 as a first year Student Veterinary Nurse. She is currently doing the final year of her course. She owns a cairn terrier called Simba and is obsessed with dachshunds and terriers. Her main interest is weight clinics.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Shane has volunteered at Clifton Lodge for the last year. He is currently training to be a Veterinary Nurse. He is enjoying his training and loves working with animals. He has a German Shepherd named Kira, a Siberian Husky named Ellie and a horse named Demi.
Del has been with us for 31 years and enjoys all aspects of the job. She particularly likes the fact that no two days are the same and that you never know what may walk through the door. She enjoys the company of clients and staff alike. Del has three rabbits and two cats so when leaving work it's like a bus man's holiday! In her spare time she enjoys reading and ice skating when she has the time! Here's to another 31 years.
Del can be found at our Horden branch most days.
Michelle has been employed by the practice since 2006. She has a diploma in marine biology, and a BTEC diploma in animal management. She enjoys helping out at reception and interacting with the clients and their pets. She has a jack russell terrier called Tia, two guinea pigs and a rabbit.
Jo joined the team in 2018. Her degree is in Psychology and Animal Behaviour. She has a particular interest in and passsion for dog training and behaviour, owning two border collies called Badger and Fancy who she regularly competes in obedience all around the country.
Catherine has been part of Clifton Lodge since September 2016, however her and her family have been clients beforehand for many years. Being brought up with animals all her life she has been through the highs and lows of owning a pet. She attended East Durham Houghall Campus after leaving school and received a level 3 diploma and a level 3 extended diploma in Animal Management.
At the moment she has 4 dogs, a greyhound named Wilfie, a boxer called Milo, a little jack russell cross poodle Bindi and a Siberan Husky called Sasha. And 5 cats, Midget, Daisy, Izzy, Cassie and Roly!
Beth has worked at Clifton Lodge for 7 years and is currently a nursing assistant in the Billingham surgery. She has a black labrador called Ellie (she joins Beth at work every day) and 2 cats called Jeremy and Leroy. She enjoys all aspects of her job especially being interactive with clients as she is very sociable. She enjoys helping the vet with whatever they require and has a keen interest in learning new things.
Sam started working with us in 2009. She has 2 dogs, Ty a 13yr old patterdale terrier cross, and Halle a 9yr old saluki cross. She particularly likes wound management and applying dressings. A guilty pleasure is liking to clean a nice dirty ear! Outside of work she mostly enjoys reading and watching movies snuggle up with my puppies.
Val joined the practice in 1975 as junior animal practice nurse, later to become senior animal practice nurse. In 1993 she was nominated by clients and awarded the NCDL / Intervet Animal Practice Nurse of the Year national title. As the practice continued to expand and more staff employed, her years of experience , knowledge and understanding of the running of the business led her to automatically adopt the managerial position. She has a soft spot for ginger cats and owns a Labrador x Collie named Jack.
Louise has only been here a short while and already feels like part of the family. She love to take walks along the beach with her dog Ruby and little girl Emily. The best part of the job is seeing all the animals who need care get the best there is.
Cate has worked at Clifton Lodge for two years now. She is based at the Sedgefield branch of our practice and her role is split into two distinct parts; office admin/receptionist and vet assistant.
Having previously worked in Primary Education being offered this role was literally a dream come true for Cate. Owning cavaliers and being vegan, her passion for all animals is well known by friends and family!
The aspect of her job she enjoys most is client care - making sure our clients and their pets receive the best experience possible. She particularly enjoys working in a small rural branch where building close client relationships is valued.
After animals food is Cate's second passion at home and work! Having a dog with allergies she has a personal interest in food as holistic medicine and has done a lot of research and personal training around this. Cate holds a diploma in Clinical Nutrition.
Tammy joined the practice in 1999 and particularly enjoys the hustle and bustle of a busy waiting room, and can always be found assisting with Caeasarian sections. She has no particular favourites other than Boxer dogs- indeed has one of her own, but is not very happy with birds.