Our Team

Following the success of Calder Vets, Paragon introduces many familiar faces, who have already established themselves as highly reputable referral vets. This gives us a strong foundation to provide a broad range of services, right from the start.

We are rapidly expanding our team across all levels, from revered specialists to highly regarded nurses and experienced, friendly support staff.

Our team ethic encompasses a commitment to high quality care and excellence of service, along with a compassionate approach, assuring our patients of the best possible treatment.

Sophie Adamantos

Sophie Adamantos


Clinical Director
RCVS Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care

After graduating from university, Sophie worked at the Animal Health Trust and The Royal Veterinary College where she completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care and was awarded the American Diploma of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Sophie was the first RCVS Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care and is a Founding member of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and Chair of their Education Committee.

Prior to joining Paragon Veterinary Referrals, Sophie worked at Langford Vets where she developed the ICU into a first class unit and created the first Postgraduate Diploma awarding internship in the UK.  Clinically Sophie enjoys the challenge of haematological cases such as anaemia and bleeding disorders, transfusion medicine and investigation of the acutely unwell patient.

Her passion outside of the clinic is teamwork and empowering staff to achieve the best for their patients through lifelong career development and practical application of evidence based medicine.

Rachel Tomlinson-Leyden

Rachel Tomlinson-Leyden

MSc. BSc(Hons). QTLS

Business Relationship Manager

Rachel graduated from Myerscough College in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Animal Behaviour and Veterinary Nursing, and then pursued a MSc Degree in Animal Biology & Welfare where she studied at both Writtle College and HAS Hogeschool in in The Netherlands, where she graduated in 2006.

After her MSc, Rachel initially worked as a Veterinary Nurse in both England and Scotland (in the private and charity sectors) for almost 6 years before starting as a Veterinary Nurse Lecturer at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. But after Rachel realised she ‘Could Do, but Not Teach!’ she left after 2 years (and after gaining here QTLS Lecturer Post Graduate Degree) before embarking upon a career in Veterinary Sales. She has spent the last 6 years as a Northern Business Manager within the Small animal, Farm and Equine Veterinary Pharmaceutical Industry.

Rachel then joined Paragon Veterinary Referrals in April 2018, and is our Business Relationship Manager.
Rachel has the necessary relationship management experience to identify the needs of referring veterinary surgeons and their clients, and is committed to strengthening the relationship between Paragon and their referring vets.
In her spare time Rachel enjoys doing Cross Country riding activities with her horse Louiś, she also has a pony called Harry, a donkey called William, and 6 dogs of various shapes & sizes. She also enjoys most countryside pursuits.
Rachel also has a young son, and a long-suffering husband who puts up with her love of animals and the smell of horses!

Debra Scuffham

Debra Scuffham

RVN, ILM Level 3

Referral Hospital Manager

Debra has worked in the veterinary industry since 2001, where she started out as a trainee veterinary nurse.  After qualifying as a register veterinary nurse Debra progressed to deputy head nurse and then head nurse with a particular interest in inpatient care ensuring each animal is comfortable and happy. From 2017 Debra took this passion for patient care to the management level and helped to develop the new centre Paragon Veterinary Referrals. Her passion is the people that work at Paragon which although a large centre still has a family feel.