Melanie has been working in theatre production for the last ten years, most recently at the Auden theatre at Gresham’s School in Holt. However she has decided on a career change and is re-training as a veterinary nurse. She will spend her first year with us gaining practical skills before embarking upon her formal training at Easton College next September. Melanie lives locally, with her partner and her Golden Retriever.
This week we say goodbye to Hannah Young who has been at Summerhill for the last six years. We are all sad to see her go but wish her all the best for her new position at Dick White Referrals in Newmarket.
A new type of peanut butter is being sold that contains the sweetener xylitol. This is what is used in sugarless gum and can be deadly to dogs. Many people use peanut butter as a dog treat, or to fill a Kong toy, or to disguise medications. Make sure you check the ingredients list first!
The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) was established in 1992 and has since been providing 24-hour advice to veterinary professionals in the treatment of confirmed or suspected poisoning in animals. From the 5th of September the VPIS are offering a new service for members of the general public. The service will be available on weekdays between 9am and 5pm. There is a £30 fee, which is payable before any advice is given. The VPIS will inform you whether or not any action is necessary. If treatment is required we can then discuss what your pet needs with their specialist team. For advice outside these hours, call our practice number or emergency mobile number as normal. The VPIS hope that by giving owners access to correct information, pets will be presented earlier for appropriate treatment or, conversely owner’s minds can be put at rest. To find out more visit: https://vpisglobal.com/2016/08/23/vpis-public-helpline/
We have a new vet and a new receptionist to introduce to you.
Simone Cutler has returned to Nottingham university to undertake a medicine internship for one year. She will continue to work some weekend shifts, so you may still see her at the practice and she will rejoin us next August. In her place, Georgia Cadden comes to us having recently qualified from Bristol university. Georgia brings with her all the most up to date veterinary knowledge, she particularly enjoys surgery and is keen to focus on this area of veterinary practice. She has two cats.
Peggy Flory is retiring, and will be replaced by Sue Jones. Sue has been a veterinary nurse for over 20 years, and for the last 13 years has been working locally as a veterinary nurse/receptionist. We’re sure her nursing experience will prove invaluable at the front desk. She has 2 dogs, 2 cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, aviary birds and a parrot!