Mums Amanda-Jane and Jacqui say working out-of-hours is allowing them to spend more time with their children

There’s no denying it — out-of-hours work gets a bad press.

A month rarely goes by without someone implying it can play havoc with quality of life.

But it doesn’t have to be that way — and at Vets Now senior staff have been given autonomy to draw up rotas that support good work-life balance and encourage recruitment and retention.

Among those benefiting are vet nurse Amanda-Jane Erne and vet surgeon Jacqui Seymour.

Both are mums who prefer to work unconventional hours because it allows them to spend more time with their families.

Amanda-Jane, or AJ, joined Vets Now seven years ago when she’d not long had her fourth child. Now, as senior nurse manager of the Coventry clinic, she exudes energetic commitment to her small, hard-working team.