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The complete multi-disciplinary referral service

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The complete multi-disciplinary referral service

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Veterinary Nurses


Rebecca Lunn

DipAVN (small animal), DipHE CVN RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Rebecca qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2006, having previously worked in a Specialist referral practice as their Surgical Team Leader. During this time, she achieved her HE Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing in conjunction with the RCVS Advanced Diploma. Rebecca specialised her studies in Anaesthesia, Surgical nursing and Theatre practice.

In September 2015 Rebecca made the transition away from nursing into a new challenge as Operations Co-ordinator at Calder Vets. This was a broad role and included monitoring and analysing the current systems of provision to check they were effective, and working out a strategy for improving them if required. Liaising with other team members, and branch surgeries to ensure continuity of patient and staff care.

Rebecca then became heavily involved in the build and the procurement of equipment for Paragon Veterinary Referrals and in February 2018 she became the Operations Co-ordinator for Paragon Veterinary Referrals.

She has a real passion to encourage the development of Veterinary Nurses and ensures they are keeping up to date with new standards and equipment.


Michaela Wightman


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Michaela has worked for Calder Vets/Paragon Referrals for the last 8 years and fully qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013.

She works in the Surgical Department and have a keen interest in all things Surgery and Anaesthesia. Michaela is hoping to complete a Certificate in Surgical Nursing in the near future.

Out of work Michaela enjoys socialising and travelling.


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


Joanne Smith


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Joanne joined Calder Vets in 2003 and whilst there achieved her level 3 diploma in 2006. 

In 2018 Joanne joined Paragon and is currently part of the surgical team and enjoys all aspects of surgical nursing.

Out of work she really enjoys kickboxing and baking cakes.


Stacey Carlton


Registered Veterinary Nurse

Stacey is a qualified  RVN and clinical coach

Stacey started out in first opinion work but has now moved over to referral services, and is very much enjoying the transition with the different variety of work. Her preferred discipline is medicine.

In her spare time she enjoys socialising, travelling, baking and cake decorating.