Meet the Team - All of us
Pauline Graham - Director CVPMMy career in the veterinary world started over 35 years ago as a Saturday girl, joining the practice at that time “Carnegie and Taylor” based at Longtown Road, Brampton.On leaving school I was offered a job at the practice as Nurse/Receptionist, which also allowed me to work on the family farm at The Banks, Lanercost. I was trained with MAFF as a lay blood tester and tested cows for Brucellosis within the practice.As time progressed my interests focused on administration and practice management. In 2000 I studied for and passed my “Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management”.In 2006 I was appointed as a Director at Capontree Vets and in 2012 I was President of the Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA).Currently I am also a Director for the XL Vets Broomhall Buying Services Ltd and a council member for the VPMA.With my role I enjoy working with and meeting people; the many different characters of life means no day is ever the same. It's a pleasure to work with motivated and positive staff with a professional approach to life.In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, travelling - especially skiing and cycling in Europe, socialising with family and friends and generally being involved in community life.
Ruth Armstrong - Student Veterinary Nurse
Ruth is one of the newest members to our team; she joined us after completing her A-Levels at William Howard School. She recently completed a Business Administration course and has just started studying veterinary nursing at Newcastle.
Ruth enjoys spending time with family, friends and her animals; she enjoys taking her dog on walks in the countryside. As well as this Ruth is an active member of Walton Young Farmers and participates in many of the their competitions and social events.
Sarah Baxter Bsc
Sarah joined us at the beginning of April 2016. Sarah studied Animal Science for 3 years at Nottingham University and has experience of interpersonal relations in a wide variety of areas.
Away from work Sarah enjoys watching Carlisle United, prize-winning baking (always welcome at tea breaks!) and running.
Sarah Bulman RVN
Sarah started working at Capontree Vets in 2010 after completing a diploma in animal management at Newton Rigg. She qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2014. She gained her qualification from Newcastle College.
Sarah lives in Dalston and has been a member of Raughton Head Young Farmers since 2003, she enjoys entering competitions and making new friends.
Her other hobbies include walking her dogs around the Dalston, Allonby Beach, Talkin Tarn and in the Lake District. Sarah enjoys going to the gym and attending body combat lessons. Another much appreciated hobby is baking, with Sarah competing in local shows and often bringing in baking for the rest of the staff to sample.
At work she is especially interested in working with medical cases and conducting nurse clinics.
Sarah is the newest member of our reception team and will be seen mainly at Brampton and Haltwhistle surgeries.
Sarah is an avid animal lover; when she isn’t working she is busy volunteering for a dog rescue or helping her partner with the cats and dogs at the kennels where she now lives
Serena Wood RVN
Serena has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse for over 10 years. She joined Capontree Vets in June 2006 after doing her Veterinary Nurse training at a small animal practice in Carlisle. Previous to starting her training she worked as a nurse at a small animal practice in Blackburn.
Serena has a keen interest in small animal orthopaedics, physiotherapy and rehabilitation and also weight management clinics. She completed a Veterinary Nurse Merit Award in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in August 2013.
Away from work Serena plays solo cornet with Langholm Town Band and enjoys playing with them at local events and various competitions throughout the borders and Scotland. She also keeps herself active by training for varying length runs, regularly participating in 5km parkruns and various routes through woodland and up hills in and around her home town of Langholm.
Val joined the practice in 2004 and can be found working on reception at both our Brampton and Haltwhistle branches.
Together with her husband, Val, farms a beef and sheep farm, near Brampton.