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Meet the most passionate team in cat care

Meet the most passionate team in cat care

Sarah Middleton

Head Vet and Partner

Sarah started SimplyCats in 2009 with Paul, her life and business partner, as they felt cats needed their own exclusive clinic. Her passion for cats has lasted since she adopted her first stray as a newly qualified vet and she’s loved working with them ever since! She has two ginger cats at home, in addition to horses, dogs, goldfish and children.

Carys Redman-White

Veterinary Surgeon

Carys has loved cats since a displaced feline moved in with her family when she was six – so much so that she decided to become a vet soon after! She graduated from vet school in 2017, and has also volunteered at her local cat shelter. She has a handsome and snuggly tabby, Eric, and enjoys fell-walking, novels and arts and crafts.

Kelly Wright

Head Registered Veterinary Nurse

Kelly has always wanted to work with animals, since nursing her teddies back to health in the busy veterinary practice that was her grandma’s living room. She worked in small animal and mixed practices in Preston and Newcastle before joining our team in 2016 for what she describes as her dream job – and to date it remains the best decision of her career!

Tanya Bean

Registered Veterinary Nurse

After leaving school, Tanya moved across the border from Scotland to start her training, qualifying in 2000 and working in general practice, rescue and out of hours. She joined us in 2018 and loves growing her understanding of our feline friends. She currently has three cats at home – Eddie, Pixie and Space Raider – as well as two dogs, three hens and a pair of ferrets!

Caroline Pallister

Head Receptionist

Caroline has been a key member of the SimplyCats family ever since we first opened our doors in May 2009. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her two cats, Katie and Maisey, as well as beekeeping, gardening and playing bass guitar.

Lucie Allcutt

Veterinary Surgeon

Lucie qualified from the University of Florida in 2010, and although a native Floridian, has been practicing here ever since, after moving with her husband – and her cats! She has been with us since 2013 and has achieved further qualifications in both feline internal medicine and feline behaviour during her time here. A cat lady through and through!

Louise Stuart

Veterinary Surgeon

Louise graduated from Edinburgh University in 2004 and after a two-year spell in Sheffield has been working in small animal practice in the North East ever since. She loves the opportunity to learn about feline medicine – as well as meeting lots of cats! At home she has a Jack Russell, Peggy, and Mabel the cat.

Lucy Rose-Smith

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Lucy has been nursing since 2014 and qualified in 2017. She has worked with all species – but cats are by far her favourite, working at SimplyCats is a dream come true! She is mum to two beautiful black cats, Dolly and Ruben and a Jack Russell called Penny. Originally from Yorkshire, she moved north to be by the coast, and loves to walk and rollerskate along the seafront.

Kay Buchanan

Animal Care Assistant

Kay is a lifelong lover of all animals – and cats in particular – and has been a super member of the team since joining in 2020. She is currently the house servant to Morag the sphynx cat, who likes nothing better than climbing curtains, chasing jingly balls and coming for blanket cuddles! 

Deb Wilkinson


After a long career in retail Deb was delighted to join the SimplyCats team in 2017. She is a lifelong cat lover, and was given her first kitten when she was five years old. At home she is kept busy by brother and sister tuxedo cats Bo and Bobbi. She loves meeting all of our patients when they check in at reception – she’s never met a cat she doesn’t like!

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