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Jan qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1993, before
starting work in practice in Ayrshire. The sunny climes then drew
her over to practice in New Zealand and Australia for a year,
before she returned to the UK to work in practice and in emergency
clinics. Jan is now the Veterinary Surgeon for the Scottish Team
whilst also in a Poultry Practice.
What Jan loves most about working
'Knowing that what I'm doing is making
a real difference to not only the lives of dogs but also to their
families. Seeing regular donors come through the doors every 3-4
months and consistently give a pint of blood. Over time, the
sessions have evolved from being solely about the dogs to now being
a fantastic social event for their owners, which is great to be a
Jan enjoys baking in her spare
time, and brings along treats to the Scottish sessions for all
donor owners and staff to enjoy. When not at sessions, Jan juggles
three children, two Vizslas (also donors), one cat, emus, peacocks
and too many chickens!
Lara joined PBB in August 2014, after spending 11 years in small
animal practices across the country. She is now one of the
Veterinary Surgeons for the Midlands Team.
What Lara loves most about working for PBB:
'At every collection session, I am privileged to meet some
amazing donors and their owners. It is a great feeling to know that
we are helping to save the lives of hundreds of other loved pets
Lara lives with her husband and two children in the Peak
District. She has three hens and two elderly English springer
spaniels, both of whom were blood donors when they were younger.
Lara enjoys running, baking and spending time with her family and
friends in her spare time.
Gail gained her VN Cert ECC in
2013 and has been a Locum Phlebotomist for PBB since early 2015.
She is currently working at Wear Referrals in their Out of Hours
What Gail loves most about working for PBB:
'Working for PBB allows me to contribute
towards this essential service and ensure these products are
available to help not only my patients, but those throughout the
country who without the PBB would not be saved.'
Gail enjoys horse riding and walking her two dogs. She
also enjoys spending time with her family, including her teenage
niece and 8 year old nephew.
qualified from University College Dublin in 2001 and after a period
in equine and mixed practice, started working in small animal
practice in 2005. Aoife has spent many years working in small
animal emergency practice where blood products are used frequently.
Aoife occasionally helped out with the Midlands PBB team 2010-2013
and since 2015 has been a Veterinary Surgeon for the Scottish
What Aoife loves most about working for PBB:
'I love PBB donor days - the dogs are all wonderful
characters and the owners are dedicated to helping out other dogs
in need. Each day I work with PBB, I am so impressed with the dogs
and their owners - you couldn't ask to work alongside nicer people.
Ultimately the outcome of each session is that multiple lives are
saved and having worked in emergency practice for over 8 years, I
have first-hand experience of using PBB blood products and know how
important it is to have these life-saving products
Aoife enjoys hiking and hot yoga, and also works on
international veterinary charity projects in her spare time.
joined PBB in July 2015 and is responsible for meeting and greeting
our doggie donors and their owners. Molly also assists the office
team in booking new donors and general admin duties.
What Molly loves most about working for PBB:
"I love my job because it's the most rewarding job I have
ever worked in. There's no better job than being able to make a big
impact whilst also meeting so many lovely people and their dogs
which I get to have huge cuddles with daily."
Molly enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and pug, Gimli,
attending dog shows and finding new places to walk.
Rebecca works as
an Animal Care Assistant for the session team in Scotland. She's
also busy studying Veterinary Nursing and is in her 3rd
What Rebecca loves most about working for PBB:
'I love working with PBB because it helps massively in my
studies as I'm learning about the process of blood collection,
client and work colleague interactions and the handling and
positioning of dogs.'
When Rebecca isn't busy studying, she likes to spend time with
friends, family and her chocolate Labrador Bubba.
Lorna qualified in
1997 as a Veterinary Nurse and works in our Scottish session team
as a Vet Nurse/Phlebotomist.
What she loves most about working for PBB:
'Working with PBB is so rewarding and I feel honoured to
work with such amazing donors and their owners. I love hearing all
of the interesting stories that owners have to tell about their
Lorna currently spends a lot of her time studying towards her
Emergency and Critical Care Certificate and Anaesthesia
Certificate. When she isn't busy studying, she enjoys spending time
with her son, daughter and two dogs Dougie and Kerry, and Fred the
Emma joined PBB as
an Animal Care Assistant in June and works within our Midlands
What Emma loves most about working for PBB:
'I love knowing I'm contributing to helping save the lives
of other dogs in need! I also love meeting all the brilliant dogs
Outside of work, Emma enjoys going long walks with her dogs,
Teddy, Molly and Tom. She also enjoys spending time with her two
rabbits, African Pygmy hedgehog and two finches!
Claire joined PBB as an Animal Care Assistant with our Scottish
team in 2014. She is currently studying to become a Veterinary
"I attended a couple of sessions to help with my studies and
found it really enjoyable, so have been working for PBB ever since.
As an ACA I really enjoy chatting to owners and finding out how
they got involved with PBB, as well as cuddling lots of dogs. I
feel really privileged to be involved in saving so many dogs'
In her spare time, Claire likes to play Ultimate Frisbee
at uni, hanging out with friends and baking.
in our Scotland team as an Animal Care Assistant.
What Rawnie loves about working with PBB:
"I enjoy meeting all the donors, hearing stories of what
they have been up to, giving them plenty of treats and goodies for
saving lives and letting them know how amazing they are."
Outside of work, Rawnie likes walking her two dogs, Dougal and
Tiger and going hill/mountain walking.
PBB this year and works as a Veterinary Surgeon with our North East
What Claire loves most about working for
'The best thing about working with Pet Blood Bank UK is
getting to meet lots of friendly doggies, who are happy to see me
as they are not sick or ill. I also get to give them all cuddles
Claire lives with her husband and black Lab Spencer. In her
spare time, Claire enjoys going to music gigs, holidays on the West
Coast of Scotland and walking her energetic dog Spencer!
Chelsie works as an Animal Care Assistant in our Scottish
session team and is currently studying Veterinary Nursing at
What Chelsie loves about working for PBB:
"Being able to meet many different dogs and I like knowing
that I have assisted with the process of saving many dog's
Chelsie has three dogs and three cats and outside of work, she
likes to take her husky on long runs and take part in charity
Annie joined PBB in May 2016 and is a Vet Nurse/Phlebotomist
with our Midlands session team.
What Annie loves most about working for PBB:
"I absolutely love the role I have within the charity,
gorgeous dogs coming in to do such an amazing thing, saving other
dogs' lives. I feel very privileged to be a part of that."
Outside of work, Annie is kept busy by her very energetic
little boy. She enjoys walking her dog Stella and she also has a
naughty cat called Harley.
Kate graduated from
Liverpool University in 1998 and has mainly worked in small animal
practice in the Bristol area since then. Kate continues to work
part-time in practice and works in our South West regional session
team. She is also studying towards her certificate in advanced
veterinary practice (small animal medicine).
What Kate loves most about working for PBB:
"I love working for a charity that can make such a
difference to the lives of much loved pets. I enjoy meeting the
amazing donor dogs and I am impressed by the dedication shown by
their owners. Have had patients in practice that needed blood
transfusions, I realise the importance of having available blood
products, and it gives great job satisfaction to be able to
contribute to this."
Kate lives near Bath with her husband and two young children.
Outside of work, she enjoys playing the viola, photography and
Nicky works as a Veterinary Nurse/Phlebotomist within our South
West team. Nicky qualified in 2009 and continues to work in both
day practice and emergency out of hours.
What Nicky loves most about working for PBB:
"I've seen the good that having blood products available can
do and I am really happy to be contributing to this."
Nicky lives in Oxfordshire with her 2 sons, 2 dogs and aquatic
turtle. Outside of work, Nicky likes to spend time with her family
and is currently studying towards a certificate in canine and
Laura volunteers as an Animal Care Assistant in our Scottish
session team and has been with PBB since we started running
sessions in Scotland.
What Laura loves most about working for PBB:
"I love getting to meet lots of different dogs, and their owners
who are so willing to give up their precious time to help other
dogs in need."
Laura spends her spend my spare time with her own
dog, Gypsy (she's 14 so is a bit too old to be a donor
unfortunately!), her other half, and little boy."
Lauren joined PBB in May this year as an Animal Care
What Lauren loves about working for PBB:
"I absolutely love my job because it's so rewarding.
Knowing that everyday, I get to work for PBB and I get to go home
knowing we have helped save dogs' lives all over the country. As
well as this, I love getting to know donor owners and much loved
Heather has been
a qualified veterinary nurse for over 12 years and has worked in
veterinary practices across the Midlands/North West of England.
Whilst working in practice, Heather was Head Nurse and gained her
ESVPS Certificate in Anaethesia and Critical Care.
What Heather loves most about working for PBB:
"Working for Pet Blood Bank is thoroughly rewarding. The
team is so friendly and the atmosphere out on sessions is happy and
full of pride for the donors and their owners!"
In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her
husband, 2 year old daughter and rescue cat Tux! She
also loves cooking, gardening and running.
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