About us

Wild Rovers is owned and run by Karen Hobart RVN.


"I've worked with animals for many years, starting with a National Certificate in Animal Care at Kirkley Hall College and a stint as a kennel maid and general dog's body at a local boarding kennels. In 2000 I moved south and began my training as a veterinary nurse, qualifying 3 years later. Since then I have been back to college and gained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Biological Anthropology, but I have always been drawn back to the animal world. During my years in practice I've picked up numerous waifs and strays, from cats, dogs and rabbits to parakeets and cockerels! I currently share my home with 5 cats and 3 dogs. Since taking on Wilf (my first dog of my own) around 4 years ago, I have developed an (essential!) interest in dog training and behaviour and, in addition to a Certificate in Animal Behaviour from the Animal Care College, I have undertaken theoretical and practical courses with renowned behaviourist Sarah Whitehead. I moved back to the North East in July 2014 and was lucky enough to meet Janet and become involved with Wild Rovers. I took over the reins fully in November 2014 and am just hoping that all those years down south haven't left me too soft to survive a North East winter!"


Wild Rover's ethos


I am a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the organisation for force free pet professionals. My interactions with your pets will be based on humane, effective and science based methods.


“Whilst I am very sad to be giving up my business and will miss all of your dogs, I am delighted to have found Karen as she is someone I would trust with my own pets!"

Janet Peel, former owner of Wild Rovers