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Wendy founded Pet Blood Bank UK in 2007,
having sought both practical and feasibility advice from the
National Blood Service, visited in-house programmes in the UK as
well as many animal blood banks in the United States. Wendy now
looks after the legislated side of PBB to maintain the
Veterinary Medicine Directorate license along with promoting good
transfusion practice within the UK profession.
What Wendy loves most about working
spent many years working in emergency and critical care, the
need for quick and easy access to blood became more and more
apparent and an avid interest in transfusion medicine was born.
Plus, on a more personal note, I know all too well the importance
of having blood available following the birth of my
Outside of work, Wendy enjoys
spending time with her two children and husband, an exotic animal
veterinary specialist, and her ever growing menagerie.
worked with Wendy back in 2005 to ensure the viability of PBB
before launch at Crufts in 2007. Jenny now oversees the practical
side of blood collection and processing, training and managing the
clinical staff and advancing transfusion medicine through both an
education programme and continuous research and
What Jenny loves most about
working for PBB:
for a charity that I know has saved thousands of dogs' lives;
including my own dog, Erin, who required a plasma transfusion at
the age of 13.'
I collect a unit of blood, I am hugely grateful to the owner and
indeed the dog who is donating. I know as a vet and as an owner
just what it means to keep a precious family member with you when
they are critically ill. That is the difference that blood donation
Jenny continues to work as
a practicing vet alongside her role in PBB, and out of work,
enjoys being at home with her two daughters, dogs, chickens,
ferrets and horses, or outside riding, running, skiing or
Katrina works with the Board of Trustees
to develop the strategy for PBB, and works with the Team to ensure
we achieve what we set out to do. She started her career in
Veterinary Nursing before moving into Veterinary Management, and
has been working with PBB since 2010.
What Katrina loves most about
working for PBB:
Bank UK is a charity that has welfare at its heart, striving to
make a difference to thousands of pets lives every year. I feel
very lucky to work for such an incredible organisation where the
whole team is so passionate about the cause.
work with the most amazing donor owners who help us make sure blood
is available when other dogs need it most.'
Katrina has three very active and
fun loving German Shorthaired Pointers who also happen to be blood
donors for PBB. Breeze has been a donor for a number of years, and
loves all the fuss and cuddles, so tends to be one of the dogs used
for staff training. Rannoch also loves the attention from the Team,
and Esse has just turned one, so will be making her donor debut
Julia joined PBB in April of this
year as our Operations Manager. Julia oversees all operations
requirements at PBB to ensure that the team works efficiently and
What Julia loves about working for
"It's great to work for a charity
where I can put previous skills and experience to task on such a
worthwhile cause. It's a pleasure to work with such dedicated
owners, vets and staff all working together to deliver lifesaving
Outside of work, Julia likes
spending time with family and 6 silly spaniels.
Megan joined PBB in 2012 with a
background in administration management and child care. Megan now
looks after our host venues and ambassadors, and coordinates our
local and CPD events.
What Megan loves most about working
'Seeing the difference PBB
makes to dogs and their owners in such desperate times makes you
realise what an amazing job we all do, both individually and
collectively as a team.'
Outside of work, Megan enjoys
spending time with her daughter and is kept busy with three cats at
Jody manages the marketing for PBB, having spent many
years workingin the drinks' industry, both agency and
What Jody loves most about working for PBB:
'Raising the profile of a pioneering charity in its early
lifestage yet growing at a rate of knots, being creative with
limited funds, and moreover, the reward of knowing you're helping
save lives of beloved pets who give us so much and ask for so
little in return.'
Jody lives in Scotland with her husband, daughter and
Border Terrier who never leaves her daughter's side.
Lora joined PBB at the start of 2016 and has worked primarily
within not-for profit organisations. She writes our newsletters
which go out to our team, donor owners and veterinary customers and
is responsible for updating our Facebook and Twitter pages. Lora
also updates our website and handles press and media enquiries.
What Lora loves about working for PBB:
"Without a doubt, my favourite part is speaking to fantastic
owners all over the country. I love hearing first hand from owners
whose dogs have been helped by a transfusion and in some cases
we're able to track this to one of our donors and reunite them!
It's so rewarding when everything comes together like that and it
really brings home the importance of what we all do."
Lora lives in Scotland and is based in Vets Now's support
office. Lora spends a lot of time keeping her cat Quinn out of
mischief but when she has a spare moment she enjoys spending time
with her boyfriend, friends and family.
Zoe qualified as a Veterinary
Nurse in 1997, and enjoyed her career in practice. Since 2009,
Zoe has been helping out at sessions as Veterinary Nurse/
Phlebotomist for the Midlands team until her role evolved to the
management of existing and new session venues
What Zoe loves most about working
'Working for PBB gives me the
opportunity to be part of a new, fast growing charity that is both
challenging and rewarding.'
Zoe is a keen photographer out of
work, along with many more creative pursuits, and enjoys spending
time with her husband and two daughters.
Goldine joined PBB in 2012, and is
responsible for ensuring all paperwork is updated after our blood
donation sessions. Goldine ensures that blood test results are sent
to our owners' vets and informs our donors of the results. As well
as this, she is also responsible for posting and managing the
session albums on PBB's popular Facebook page.
What Goldine loves most about
working for PBB:
'I really feel as though I'm
making a difference when I hear of the lives that our wonderful
donor owners and their dogs have helped save.
'I have always been passionate
about dogs, and I'm so happy to be doing something for them
Michelle joined PBB in May 2015 and is the first point of
contact for new and existing donors. Michelle's duties involve
booking donors into sessions and explaining what happens on the day
of the session.
What Michelle loves most about working for PBB:
'I work for PBB because of the difference I am making. The
donors are amazing and working at PBB is extremely rewarding
knowing we are making a difference and saving lives'.
Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her
two Retrievers, two chinchillas, a hamster, bearded dragon, seeing
her adopted donkey and travelling.
Oliver joined PBB in May
of this year as our Session Administrator. Ollie is responsible for
calling our donor owners and sending out paperwork before their
What Oliver loves about working for PBB:
"Before I started working for Pet Blood Bank UK, I didn't
realise that dogs could give blood! I really appreciate working
with such a fantastic team and knowing that I am helping a poorly
dog makes me thankful to be part of such an amazing cause."
In his spare time, Ollie loves baking (our team like this hobby
too!) and spending time with his mischevious Jack Russell,
Emma joined PBB in 2010 as an Animal Care Assistant after
completing a Foundation degree in Animal Management and Welfare.
Emma is now Laboratory Manager which involves managing
blood stock levels and making sure blood products are
released to Veterinary
What Emma loves most about
working for PBB:
'The best part of working for Pet Blood Bank is meeting all
the fantastic donors, and knowing what they are doing is
helping save so many dogs lives. I love it when we get stories back
from owners whose dog has been saved.'
Outside of work, Emma enjoys spending time with her husband,
family and friends. She also likes to spend a lot of her spare time
Sophie joined PBB in July 2016 as the Stock and Distribution
Co-ordinator. Sophie records our ancillary and blood product orders
and packs these up for delivery to veterinary practices across the
What Sophie loves most about working for PBB:
"I love that I'm able to help animals and I really enjoy
working with the rest of the team."
In her spare time, Sophie loves going on long country walks with
her two dogs, Roxy and Darwin.
Leigh qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2000 and worked in a
small animal veterinary practice for 7 years before joining
Edinburgh's Telford College. Leigh then started with Vets Now's
training department in 2006 and joined PBB in July of this
Leigh is responsible for developing staff training and CPD
activities at Pet Blood Bank UK. She also helps out with our
What Leigh loves about working for PBB:
"I love working with people who are passionate about the
charity, what it stands for and what it achieves on a daily basis.
I also love spending time with the fantastic
Outside of work, Leigh spends time with her long suffering
husband, Mark and son, Tom. She's also kept busy with Shadow the
black Lab, Luna the GSP, Maude the moggie, Maisie the horse, KC the
parrot and last but not least, Barry the giant african snail!
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