TWO well-known vets across the Haltwhistle and Hexham areas have announced their retirements.

Husband and wife team Colin and Barbara Lindsay are stepping down from Capontree Vets and clinical practice this month.

When Colin joined Capontree in 1991, it had four vets, based largely in Brampton. Today it has branches in Haltwhistle and Longtown too and employs 13 vets and 16 support staff.

Having worked in a number of small animal practices and referral centres across the country, Barbara joined Capontree's companion animal team in 2001. She became a director of the business in 2006.

Colin has won several awards over the years, including Pet Plan Vet of the Year in 2001 and Dairy Vet of the Year in 2013.

Alongside his veterinary practice work, he has also taken part in a number of research projects, developing new diagnostics and vaccines, and providing instruction to vets across Europe.

In addition, he runs Veterinary Consultancy Limited, which provides impartial advice across a range of veterinary issues.

After 29 years in clinical practice and a personal spell in which they have been supporting Colin's family through difficult times, the couple have decided to hang up their stethoscopes to enjoy some time out and explore pastures new.

“Barbara and I would like to thank all of our clients, who have supported us throughout our careers," said Colin.

"It really has been a great privilege to work in this progressive industry and in such a beautiful part of the country.”