Jason Atherton Smiling in front of Surgery Equipment
Jason Atherton MRCVS CERT CHP

Works at Eden Hill

Jason went to school at LRGS Lancaster Royal Grammar School and then Glasgow Vet School going on to work at Vet School for two years. Whilst at Vet School enrolled for Certificate of Cattle Health and Production and taught small animal reproduction to final year students. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at Westway Veterinary Group for the last 10 years. I became a partner in the practice in 2005 and then director 2 years ago. I run the south of the river part of the group, my base is the Eden Hill Veterinary Surgery in West Pelton. Special interests are many but included dermatology, avian (specifically poultry and raptors), rabbits and greyhounds. My spare time generally involves one of four things, my pets, my children, training for marathons to raise funds for animal charities and helping out with the PARTT charity. My animal is a zoo I have 2 rescue greyhounds, black lab diesel, jack russel terrier, 2 cats at home, two practice cats, fish and horse. I along with my wife run vet2home part of Westway Veterinary Group providing an extension of the groups services in the form of house visits. Also whilst working at Westway Veterinary Group, I have been involved in filming series of wildlife and veterinary programs including animal rescue squad, dick and dom go wild and mini vet school series.


Jane Thompson

Works at Eden Hill

Hi, I'm Jane and I've been with Westways since June 2011. I graduated from Edinburgh University in 2008 and spent a few years working in South Yorkshire, Essex and travelling to work charity clinics in Africa and the South Pacific before settling here in Tyne and Wear. I thoroughly enjoy the variety my job provides from giving 1st puppy vaccinations to unravelling tricky medical problems and divide my time between the Sunderland, West Road and Wideopen branches. This range has enabled me to pursue further qualifications in surgery and I am currently studying for my certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. I live with my rescue cat Socks and when not at work I love to travel to far-flung corners of the earth; when back at home I enjoy running, going climbing and the odd glass of wine every now and then!


Amy Steel

Works at Whickham

Amy lives with her two RSPCA rescue cats Gracie and George, and her naughty rescue dog Milo, whose favourite pastime is disappearing for hours at a time, and chasing the local birds (pheasants)! I have worked for Westway since graduating from Liverpool in 2007, however my history with Westway goes back to 'seeing practice' whilst a school girl at St. Thomas More Blaydon. I did regular work experience at the West Road throughout university and I was offered a job on qualification. I've loved working at the Crawcrook and Houghton surgeries for the last four years however I'm very excited to now be responsible for the day to day running of the Whickham surgery. My interests as a vet are in soft tissue surgery.


Carey Taberner

Works at Corbridge

Carey Taberner grew up mainly in the South of England and graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1988. After several years working in Buckinghamshire and then as a locum all over the country, she joined Westway in 1995. She works mostly at the Corbridge branch surgery, which has its own operating facilities for routine operations, with regular visits to the main West Road Surgery. She is particularly interested in canine and feline medicine and has 3 cats and 2 dogs of her own - 4 out of 5 of these animals having come to her through Westways! Carey is married with 2 daughters so between home and work there is little spare time - whatever spare time there is, is spent walking dogs, cooking pasta and indulging in the odd gin and tonic.  


Helen Clark

Works at Salters

I was born in Newcastle and educated locally at Dame Allan's Girls School before studying veterinary science at Liverpool university. After graduation in 2000 I returned to Newcastle to work at Westways where I have remained since. I am based at the Salters Road surgery in Gosforth for morning and evening clinics, spending the rest of the day at the West Road Surgery. I am interested in both medical and soft tissue surgery cases but in particular all things feline! Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit and travelling and having failed to obtain a photograph with my rather shy tabby cat Tigger I can be seen here with a Koala I met whilst in Brisbane called Denzil.


Caroline Scobie

Works at Tynemouth

Caroline is originally from a farm outside Dundee in Scotland. She qualified from Edinburgh University in 2010 where she developed a very strong interest in canine and feline medicine. She started work at Westway Veterinary Group two months later. She enjoys all aspects of the job but she has particular interests in investigating medical mysteries. She is enjoying working in the brand new surgery in Tynemouth. Outside work she has started running and is currently training for the Great North Run to raise money for Brysons Animal Refuge - fingers crossed she gets round! This is her Border Collie Fern.


Emma Stansbie

Works at Leam Lane

I am 33 years old and come from Edinburgh. I was educated at St George's school for Girls in Edinburgh. I then did an Honours Degree in Animal Biology at The University of St Andrews (4 years), before attending the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh to qualify as a veterinarian. I work predominantly at the Leam Lane Value Vets surgery (2 days a week.) I have been at Westways for 6 years now, and in my time here have worked at almost every branch at some point! I am married to another vet and have 2 children, Matthew and Niamh. We currently have 2 cats, Olive and Spud, a German Short-Haired Pointer called Brodie and 2 turtles, Burt and Squirt. When I am not working or running around after my children, I enjoy walking and gardening. Professionally, I have an interest in exotic and wildlife medicine, especially hedgehogs! Becoming a vet has been my dream since I was very little, surrounded by guinea pigs, hamsters, dogs and various wild rescues, and now I enjoy my challenging and fulfilling role as a veterinary surgeon.


Becky Marr

Works at Leam Lane

  • I am from Morpeth, Northumberland
  • I went to Central Newcastle High School Jesmond
  • I currently split my time between the West Road, Walker and Howdon Surgeries
  • I started with Westway in July 2012-09-03 - doesn't make sense?
My name is Becky and I graduated from Edinburgh University Vet School in July 2012. I am originally from the North East so was very excited to be offered a job at Westways after finishing my studies! When I'm not spending time with my Labrador Storm or my (very stroppy) cat Dusty, I enjoy mountaineering (especially in the Lake District), listening to as much live music as I can and helping my Uncle out on his dairy farm. My main Veterinary interest is small animal medicine, especially anything to do with the heart!


Janey Lowes

Eden Hill and Shiney Row

I am from the North East, originating from Barnard Castle and studying at Barnard Castle School, which I loved! I then went on to study Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham University, graduating in 2012. Instead of going straight into a life of work, I went travelling around the world starting in Borneo with the orangutans and moving onto working for a charity saving street dogs in Bali (and surfing every day - heaven!) I followed this with Australia and New Zealand and then return to work in a mixed practice in the snowy hills of Alston. I moved to Westways in July 2013 to concentrate on small animal practice, and I predominantly work from the Eden Hill and Shiney Row branches. I particularly enjoy cardiology and diagnostic imaging. My interests outside of work include surfing, playing hockey, travelling and spending time with the love of my life - my working cocker spaniel Finn! We spend a lot of time on the moors so if you see me in the grouse shooting season I will normally be sporting a welly and t-shirt tan!


Vicky Murray

Works at Salters

I'm Vicky and I'm another local vet. I grew up in Gosforth, was educated in Jesmond then attended Glasgow Vet School. I graduated in 2002 starting off in mixed practice before joining Westways in 2005. I love my work here at Salters Road Gosforth, Crawcrook and Corbridge surgeries. I work part time at present as my daughters are only 2 and 4 years old. My husband is a hill farmer and we live near Haydon Bridge with a lot of sheeps, cows, Collie dogs and a cat. In my spare time I like nothing more than helping run the farm with my family and my own Border Collie, Tyne.


Catriona Ferguson

Howdon and West Road

Hi, I'm Catriona, I work at the Howdon Value Vets, operating at West Road Westways during the day. I'm originally from Fife in Scotland. I spent 6 years in Edinburgh studying to be a vet and also taking a year to do another degree in Veterinary Research. I spent the first year of my career working near home in a busy mixed practice. I then went on to spend a couple of years travelling and working in Australia which was a great experience. In 2011 I moved back to the UK to Newcastle to work for Westways. In my spare time I enjoy travelling when I can. I also love scuba diving and during my time at Edinburgh I was involved in the Sub-Aqua club and dived around Scotland. I was also lucky enough to spend a month in Oman diving and being involved in research of Clownfish which was an amazing experience. I have spent a couple of summers working in Greece - one spaying stray cats and one working for a turtle conservation charity. I love spending time with my friends and family and my little cat Henry!


Jose M Moral Gant MRCVS GPCert in Small Animal Surgery

Howdon and West Road

Jose qualified from the University of Cordoba (Spain) in 2001, and spent the following two years working in a mixed veterinary practice in El Ejido (Spain) with particular emphasis on small animals. After that period he moved to a small animal practice in El Ejido (Spain) where he developed his experience in consultation, critical care and soft tissue surgery. Looking after further knowledge, experience and development of his career, he moved to United Kingdom in April 2012 where he has been working as a full time Veterinary Surgeon at Phoenix Veterinary Clinics in Stanley. Jose has particular interest in surgery, with a GPCert in Small Animal Surgery, and internal medicine. In his spare time he likes running, reading and travelling.


Vet Abbey with Ginger Dog
Abbey Taylor

Howdon and West Road

Abigail originally grew up in Africa where she had a succession of unusual pets before heading to the UK for university. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013. Prior to starting her veterinary degree she has worked for 6 very happy years as a Veterinary nurse at Westway Vets and has returned to work as a vet. She is currently working intermittently at most of the Westway's branches. She loves all animals with a tiny soft spot for cats. Outside of work she enjoys surfing, rock climbing and outdoor activities.


Ana Marie Felix

Howdon and West Road

I'm originally from Portugal, but when I came to England for part of my veterinary training, I loved it and decided to relocate. So I've been in England since the end of 2010 where I have been working as a small animal vet for 3 years. I went to vet school in Lisbon - Portugal and graduated in October 2010 with an Integrated Master Degree in Veterinary Medicine. I have joined Westway Vets and EasyVets in September 2013 and my main branch is the Easyvets in Felling. I have a special interest in Small Animal Cardiology and I have enrolled in an RCVS certificate in order to broaden my knowledge. I live in Cullercoats, just by the beach, with my fiance and my beautiful dog Almond. She is a lovely Lurcher (Whippet x Saluki) that loves running on the beach and chasing other little dogs! If you come to Easyvets Branch in Felling you have probably met her already! In my spare time Almond and I go for lots of nice walks on the beach or in the countryside, or we just stay in and relax...