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Animal Care Assistants


Jasmin Douthwaite

Animal Care Assistant

Jasmin is in charge of the cleaning, packaging and sterilisation of surgical instruments. She is also responsible for the maintenance of the specialist equipment, as well as keeping an inventory and ensuring surgical equipment is restocked. Jasmine also helps in the kennel wards when needed.

In her spare time she likes walking her dog and socialising with friends and family.


Charlotte Rooke

Animal Care Assistant


Clara Phethean

Animal Care Assistant

Clara is an Animal Care Assistant, who is currently completing a VCA (veterinary care assistant) course at the College of Animal Welfare. At Paragon she helps with kennels, theatres and general cleaning.

In her spare time she like to socialise with friends and family and also go travelling.


Kelly Devonport

Animal Care Assistant

Kelly has worked at Calder since January 2015 and joined Paragon when it opened in 2018. Before that she was studying animal management at Askham Bryan college and has previous work experience in dog training schools, zoos, pet shops and equestrian centres.

In her spare time she volunteers at Wakefield riding for the disabled association and does kickboxing throughout the week.


Molly Firth

Animal Care Assistant

Molly started working at Paragon in February 2018, previously she worked at a 1st opinion practice in Pontefract. She has a Level 3 Diploma in Animal management and has recently just passed her Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants.

Molly is keen to travel, so in September 2018 she volunteered in South Africa for 4 weeks, helping to care for and rehabilitate the wild animals. She also helped with research into conservation and protecting the endangered animals.

Outside of work she has a keen interest in netball and running. She also has a Border Collie called Bertie who she has just started agility with and Molly also has a 7 month old Border Collie called Peggy, a 15 year old Jack Russell called Milly, guinea pigs and chickens.


Louise Cooper

Animal Care Assistant


Laura Andrews

Animal Care Assistant

Laura has a particular interest in the surgical aspects of the job. She finds working with brachycephalic patients particularly interesting.

She has worked previously in another vets and has undergone several work experience roles on farms and zoos. Laura has undergone a Veterinary nursing CPD and has a qualification in animal management.

Laura is a self-confessed crazy spaniel lady and has 4 Springers and a Cocker. Outside of work she loves working her Springer Spaniel Willow and spends her spare time training with her. Laura finds it so rewarding and  loves how happy working makes her! She is hoping to enter her into trails next year!


Paula Hirst

Animal Care Assistant

Paula ended a 10 year career in the Civil Service to pursue her dream of becoming a Vet Nurse. She accepted a position as an Auxiliary Nurse working for Calder Vets in July 2018 and was lucky enough to obtain a Trainee Nurse role working for Paragon Veterinary Referrals in December 2018.

She has always had a strong passion for animal welfare and currently volunteers for the Yorkshire Cat Rescue on a Sunday morning when she is not working. Paula has a particular interest in cat behaviour and hopes to pursue this further in her career.

Outside of work Paula enjoys travelling to as many countries around the world as possible, going to festivals/gigs, running, reading, photography and paper-crafting. At home, she lives with her husband and ginger rescue cat, Daisy, who keeps Paula entertained.


Hannah Holmes

Animal Care Assistant