Meet the Team

Get to know some of the vets and nurses behind Vets Now with our weekly blog series

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Meet Kathryn Welsh, our Principal Nurse Manager at our Preston clinic

I have 2 rescue dogs – Spot, a 10yr old Collie x SBT and Abi, a 6yr old Labrador x pointer – they love nothing more than a walk along the beach and for Abi a walk that involves water is even better. She is a fab swimmer and slightly obsessed by her ball!!  Walking them is a great way to unwind after a manic nightshift and gets them ready for a nice daytime snooze!

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Molly
When vet nurse Carla's 3 year old tabby, Molly, went missing for 3 weeks, she thought she'd never see her again

I had recently bought a house and moved in with my 2 cats, Molly a 3 year old tabby and Dougal a 2 year old tabby, who is unfortunately blind. After a few weeks Molly was desperate to go out and start exploring her new environment. All was going well until one evening Molly didn't come home. She has always been an adventurous cat who loved to spend hours out and about, so I wasn't unduly worried.

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Sekani
Meet our Luton Vet Michelle, as she talks about her first cat, Egyptian Mau, Sekani

Three and a half years ago, I drove home wondering whether I’d taken leave of my senses. Next to me in the footwell was a cat carrier containing a 13 week old kitten loudly expressing his indignation at his first car trip. I’d never owned a cat before, but being lonely in a house by myself and lacking the time to walk a dog, I’d decided to get a cat for company.

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Rescue Mercy is now fit, healthy, bouncy and playful thanks to Principal Nurse Manager Sarah

Some would say I have enough on my plate being Principal Nurse Manager at a busy clinic (so in effect having 2 full time jobs), sharing my home with 3 demanding cats, my garden with 2 guinea pigs and not to mention having two young sons and a partner, so the last thing I needed was to take on anything extra.

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George
After being adopted by our vet Clare, Curious George, is getting used to life at home on the farm

A stray ginger cat came into the Colwyn Bay clinic one summer weekend. His leg had been trapped through his collar and he had a large deep wound. We were even considering amputating his leg as the wound was so bad.

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My Dogs Tongue Is Too Long
Meet Melissa Whiteman,Principal Nurse Manager and her dog Oobie

Oobie is a pedigree Bull Mastiff, but she will never win Cruft’s due to her “unique looks”. She was bred in conditions which we considered far from ideal. Myself being a Veterinary Nurse for many years I knew not to buy dogs from such places as I knew this encouraged more dogs to be bred and sold, but not knowing until I got there and seeing her cowering in the corner I could not leave without her.

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It seems to be a rite of passage for any veterinary professional to have many pets... and with 3 rescue cats our veterinary nurse Nicola is no different!

I'm Nicola and I’m a veterinary nurse at Vets Now Sheffield. 

It seems to be a rite of passage for any veterinary professional to have many pets, usually those picked up at work, or rescued from a sanctuary… and my story is no different!

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Trouble
Amy, our Doncaster vet, quickly found out that her cat Trouble lived up to his name!

Meet Trouble and BlackJack. Growing up we always had cats, and in 2012, for the 1st time in my life, our home was cat-less (my sister having taken our previous cat, Missy, when she moved out). Our neighbour had found a cat under his oil tank, complete with litter of 5 kittens, and asked if I would mind checking them all over.

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Finlay
Our vet Rachel Langridge talks about her adventures with her bouncing springer spaniel Finlay, including the time he found himself down a 5m deep crevasse

I was adamant from a young age that when I left home I would have my own dog. Growing up, my younger brother was not a fan of them so we never had one.  After years of rented accommodation at university I finally officially moved out to start my first veterinary position and 3 months later I had been to see the puppy that would soon be known as Finlay. 

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Arty
When Middlesbrough Principal Nurse Manager Emma went to start her nightshift 18 months ago, little did she know she would end up fostering her beloved lurcher, Arty

18 months ago I went to work to start my nightshift as normal but I had no idea how it would end.  I walked into the kennel area to find a very skinny looking dog sitting in a kennel on a drip. He looked at me with his huge brown eyes and looked so sad. I discovered he had been brought into the hospital by the RSPCA as a cruelty case as his owner had been struggling to look after him and hadn’t been feeding him.

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