Susan Dixon

Vet Nurse & Receptionist

I'm the Beacon Veterinary Centre's 2nd longest serving employee, after Helen, having been with the Vets since 1993. In that time I've seen a large variety of vets with differing techniques and opinions,

Before having a family I worked as a wages and  accounts clerk for a building firm. I work on reception from Midday, but on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings I also act as Vet Nurse for the small animal surgeries.

My husband and I also run a suckler herd locally, having recently stopped milking dairy cows. As such I have good contacts with the local farming community, and enjoy working with them. My two daughters live locally and work in Workington.

Alisia Bell

Vet Nursing Student

Alisia joined Beacon Veterinary Centre in a part-time role while she completes her training in Veterinary Nursing at Newton Rigg College, near Penrith.  Alisia lives in Carlisle but has several close family members in the local villages around Aspatria. 

She goes to College two days a week during term and spends the other three days with us (taking the occasional secondment with Paragon Vets in Dalston).

Primarily the Vet Nurse Trainee position is behind the scenes; they are often involved in the preparations and monitoring of anaesthetics and surgery, as well monitoring and treating hospital patients. As such you may not see Alisia at the front counter as much as other staff, but her training also has to include the receptionist duties and phone calls.  We hope Alisia enjoys her time with us enough to consider a longer term option, and perhaps train the next prodigy - and so the student becomes the master!