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About Us

We bring the consulting room to your doorstep

How does it work?

We are a mobile vet practice that travels to your home in our modern, custom-built van that doubles as a consulting room.

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We cover most of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and surrounding areas.

Our van is bright, modern, and well equipped. We can provide most consulting-based services such as vaccinations, blood tests and health checks. Please see our services page for further information.

If your pet needs further tests or surgery that are beyond the scope of our practice, don’t worry – we work closely with a network of local practices that are well-known to us and can arrange referral to one of these.

We are happy to work alongside your existing practice or you can use us as your primary vet.

Our opening hours are 8:30-5 Monday-Friday.

Our registered clients can access veterinary care 24/7 at Westway Vets’, West Road Hospital in Newcastle for urgent care and emergencies that we are unable to help with personally, so your pet will never be left without care.  

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Our Team

Dr Joanna Melville BVM&S MBA MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Practice Owner

Joanna (Jo) graduated from the R(D)SVS, Edinburgh and has worked in the veterinary industry for over 20 years.

Over this time Joanna has worked in a variety of practices across the UK, from single vet to large multi-branch practices. She decided to set up Doorstep Vet after seeing a clear need for a less stressful and more personal experience for owners and their pets.

Jo loves all aspects of GP care, but has a particular interest in internal medicine and management of chronic health conditions. She has a particular soft spot for our Golden Oldies….

Jo lives in Northumberland with her husband, two children, a young black Labrador called Isla and a rescue cat called Milo.

Jessica Perkins RVN

Practice Manager & Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jess found her true calling after volunteering for a cat charity.  She has acquired a wealth of experience during her 20 years of working in the veterinary profession.  

Jess qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2010 and has since gained valuable experience in first opinion and referral practices.  Jess worked at a small animal practice as a Head Nurse for 3 years before becoming their Practice Manager.

Jess has a passion for client and pet care.

Sarah Young

Mobile Veterinary Assistant

A lifelong animal lover, Sarah gained a National Diploma in Animal Care from Kirkley Hall Agricultural College in 2003.

She has worked in two local primary care practices over the last 20 years before joining the Doorstep vet team in March 2022.

Sarah lives with her husband, their daughter and wire-haired Hungarian vizsla, Walter.

Get In Touch Today

We’d love to hear from you – please get in touch.

Our Happy Clients!

“Highly recommend, the van is equipped as well as any traditional vet surgery. Very convenient and professional. My dog had no anxiety about ‘going to the vet’ as it was on his doorstep! So many benefits for owners and pets.”​


“I moved to Doorstep Vet recently. My large dog is very boisterous and trips to the vet waiting room were stressful. Saves me so much time with the home visits. My boy loved his first two visits… he jumped into the van last time they visited. Mobile surgery is astonishing! Highly recommended.”​


“Excellent service today. My nervous rescue dog was given all the time he needed to settle and get to know the team. Fantastic van fully kitted out and so clean! Thank you again.”​


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