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Veterinary Nurses


Helen Sorby


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Helen loves working with the fabulous team here at Paragon. She has worked in the Veterinary Profession since she was 17 years of age and has a passion for all areas of nursing.

Helen joined the Calder Team 12 years ago and has relished working in the various roles within the business, moving up to Deputy Head Nurse at Calder and now Nursing Manager at Paragon.

Helen loves cuddles with her two cats Jasper & Martha and enjoys spending time with her family, seeing friends, gardening and walking outside of work


Samantha Lewis


Assistant Nursing Manager

Samantha qualified as an RVN in 2000 and is an experienced clinical coach. She worked in first opinion Hospitals for over 10 years as head nurse before joining Calder Vets/Paragon Referrals in 2014. After developing a love of medicine during time spent working within the different referral disciplines, she progressed to manage the medical department and was promoted to Assistant Nursing Manager in 2018.


Rebecca Fray


Surgical Team Leader

Becky Leads our Surgical Team here at Paragon.

She joined the company in 2001 and began her training. Becky qualified in 2007,  then managed one of the Branches where she enjoyed carrying out nurse clinics and getting to know the clients. 

She then came back to the main hospital and took a keen interest in the surgical aspect of her job and eventually became the senior surgical nurse.

Becky's favourite part of her work is assisting the Surgeons in surgery especially during the Total Hip replacements and helping the surgical team in the smooth running of the busy op's list.

Out of work Becky enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and eating nice food but this doesn't help with her current training for her first Tough Mudder!


Alison Mann


Registered Veterinary Nurse / Medical Team Leader/Clinical Coach

Alison leads the medical team here at Paragon. She has worked in veterinary nursing since 1994 at various practices around the region. She is a Clinical Coach and holds the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing, with a long-time interest in the nursing of complex medical cases.

Alison's latest pet is the feisty stray kitten Miranda, who many of the staff played a part in hand-rearing 


Faye Newton


Assistant Surgical Team Leader

Faye completed her VN training at Bristol university, once graduated she went on to work in a busy first opinion practice in Sheffield before going to referral work at the Animal Medical Centre in Thurnscoe where she developed a keen interest in surgical nursing.

Outside of work Faye does karate and regularly competes in local and national competitions. She also loves taking her pet dogs Luna and now Albert for walks.


Lydia Barry

BSc (Hons) degree RVN

Ward Team Leader

Lydia graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2017 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing. Lydia won the university medal for her dedication and academic success, which included working and teaching in Asia. As part of her degree, she researched and published a new study on canine diabetes. After graduating, Lydia moved back to Yorkshire and began studying her certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. She is passionate about intensive nursing as well as lecturing and clinical coaching.

In the future, Lydia intends to continue studying and specialising in emergency and critical care nursing.

Out of work, she loves travelling, cooking and baking so writes a food and travel blog. Lydia also has two cats, Louis and Leonard


Maddie Enderby


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Maddie qualified from Harper Adams University 5 years ago with a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing. She joined Calder Vets Dewsbury in 2014 and moved over to Paragon referrals when it opened in 2018.

The part of her job that Maddie enjoys the most is working in the wards and taking care of the inpatients. Maddie has a diploma in feline nursing and is also the practices 'cat advocate' she helped the practice to achieve gold standard accreditation with the ISFM last year and continues to make sure the cats hospitalised at Paragon receive the very best care.

Outside of work Maddie has 2 cats, Theo and Luna


Nicholas Coleman


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Nick graduated from Askham Bryan College in 2018 after achieving a merit award in his Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing.  Nick worked in a first opinion practice in Wakefield whilst studying and moved to Paragon in February 2018 where he now works in the Internal Medicine team.  Nick has a keen interest in Internal Medicine and aims to complete a certificate in this discipline in the near future.

Outside of work, Nick lives with his wife Jess and their three children.  He also has a whippet called Jasper, his cats Bob & Smudge and a Bearded Dragon named Apollo.  Nick enjoys watching American Football, travelling and going to watch live music


Gabriella Sapi

Student Veterinary Nurse

Gabriella has worked for Calder Vets/Paragon Referrals since 2015. She is now a student veterinary nurse at Myerscough school of Veterinary nursing and is due to qualify as a registered veterinary nurse in 2020.

Her favourite thing about working for Paragon Referrals is looking after the inpatients and bonding with them, then watching them go home feeling so much better. 

Out of work Gabriella enjoys socialising, dancing and going to the gym. She also has a lovely little cat at home called Oliver and Penelope the rabbit.


Jessica Beety


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jessica started at Calder Vets in January 2015 as an apprentice. Before this she studied animal management level 3 at college and regularly volunteered at local vet practices. 

In September 2017 she started the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at college and will hopefully be qualifying in September 2019. She has always enjoyed working in wards caring for patients and seeing them progress before they go home but now also has a lot of interest in anaesthesia.

In her free time she enjoys going out with friends and going on holiday.


Katie Roberts


Registered Veterinary Nurse


Kellie Bywater-Taylor


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kellie started in veterinary nursing over 20 years ago. She qualified in 2008 and first worked in a first opinion practice as a head nurse for 14 years.

Kellie joined Paragon Veterinary Referrals in 2018 when they first opened and is now part of the surgical team. She really enjoys the anaesthesia and pain management part of the job, to help pets feel as comfortable as possible during tough periods.

Kellie is currently studying towards her Anaesthesia Certificate (Anaes Ncert). Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her horses and her very spoilt labroador Sadie.


Kirsty Clark


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kirsty joined Calder Vets in November 2006 and qualified May 2012 from Myerscough College.  She has been the RPS for the practice since 2016 (Calder and Paragon).

She has a keen interest in; soft tissue surgery, medical nursing and diagnostic imaging.

Outside of work she enjoys travelling, going to the gym and seeing friends. Most of her time is spent looking after her 2 horses and a demanding Siamese Steve.

In the future Kirsty would ideally like to further her knowledge and undertake further studies/certificates.


Melissa Searby


Registered Veterinary Nurse


Rebecca Williams


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca graduated with a Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2018. She moved to Paragon in February 2018 after completing her placement year at Calder (2016-2017).

She has a keen interest in surgical nursing and anaesthesia, and is part of the surgical team. Rebecca enjoys the variety of cases which referral nursing brings.

Outside of work she enjoys socialising and walking. 


Billy Slater

Student Veterinary Nurse

Billy left school in 2012 with GCSE's in public services amongst otherthings. He started a Level 3 animal management in zoological collections at Aksham Bryan and passed in 2014.

Billy joined Calder Vets in March 2015 and moved to Paragon in February 2018. Billy is throughly enjoying his time at Paragon, and enjoying learning about the different aspects of veterinary nursing. 

Outside of work, Billy enjoys watching movies, attending music gigs and has a great love for Leeds United FC.