Meet the Team - All of us

Sarah McInnes

Sarah joined our reception team in 2018 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 charity.

Louise Carruthers BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons)

Louise joined us in 2019 slotting quickly into our reception team. She is to be found at our Brampton reception

Fiona Armstrong BVMS MRCVS


Fiona joined us in March 2017 after a spell in mixed practice in Scotland. She is a local, being well known to most of the farming community and in 2019 she married Stuart, a local farmer.

Fiona works as a mixed vet, seeing both small and large animals, predominantly in Brampton and Haltwhistle. She has taken a keen interest in several health initiatives, including the BVD Stamp it out campaign in England

Megan Luffman BVMS MRCVS


Megan joined the small animal team at Capontree in June 2018 after a brief spell in mixed practice following her graduation from Glasgow University in the summer of 2017. 

Megan is interested in all aspects of small animal practice, but is developing a particular interest in medicine and ultrasonography. 

Hannah Ireland

Hannah joined Capontree in December 2019, and is settling in well - she can be found working at our Brampton and Longtown branches 

Sam McNabney BVM&S MRCVS


Sam joined our team at the beginning of September 2020, graduating in the Covid-Class of that summer. He spent a spell seeing practice with us so will already be a familiar face on some farms. Sam is joining us predominantly to work with large animals, but enjoys small animal consulting and surgery too. 

Pauline Graham - Director CVPM

My 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.

Emily Baxter Student Veterinary Nurse

Student Veterinary Nurse

Emily has been on placement from University throughout 2020 and 2021 as part of her training. She has recently joined the team on a part-time basis while she returns to University to complete her training. 

Lizzie Grant Student Veterinary Nurse

Student Veterinary Nurse

Lizzie recently joined our team after spending a few years working as a valued member of the team at a local kennels.

Lizzie will start her studies to become a Veterinary Nurse in September 2021. 



Suzy joined our team in the companion animal department in September 2021 and is looking forward to meeting everyone.  

Hannah Rainey BVM&S MRCVS


Hannah joined our team in September 2021 as a mixed vet who will be focusing mainly on livestock, but will also be seen doing some small animal surgeries.