Verity 
Manager

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Qualifications:

  • BSc Zoology
  • NVQ Level 2 Animal Care
  • Dog first aid certificate
  • Canine Nutrition Diploma
  • Animal Psychology Diploma
  • Red Cross First Aid Certificate
  • MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour (in progress!)

I have always wanted to work with animals having grown up surrounded by pets and working as a dog sitter and walker during my time at school. Following my passion for animals I completed my A Levels and went to university to study Zoology.

During my time at university I studied modules such as Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Anatomy and Physiology, and Conservation. Since graduating in 2017, I have worked in the industry, starting by working at a college supervising students studying Animal Care and looking after a variety of animals including exotic animals, livestock and mammals. I started at Hydegate in 2018 as an Animal Care Supervisor and have worked my way up. I take pride in working in such a great environment, particularly in the team we have built here, all of whom are passionate and incredibly caring for our residents. Since starting, I have completed a First Aid course and a Dog Emergency First Aid Course, as well as a few online diplomas. I am currently studying online for my Clinical Animal Behaviour MSc with Edinburgh University, with the aim to become a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and offering behaviourist services alongside my current role.

Michelle
Assistant Manager

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  • Dog First Aid and Emergency Animal Care

I have always been bought up with dogs for all of my life. It was a split decision when I was younger on whether to work with animals or children, and I chose to pursue a career working with children. Over the years I have been a nanny, a childminder, and a HLTA. After getting married and raising my own children I decided I would like a change in career, and started here at Hydegate in September 2019. I also have my own Jack Russell called Domino!

 

Naomi
Animal Care Supervisor

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Qualifications:

  • Level 3 Animal Management
  • Dog First Aid and Emergency Animal Care

I started here at Hydegate on a work experience placement during my time in secondary school. I enjoyed my time at Hydegate so much I applied for a part-time position whilst studying for a diploma in Animal Management, and have worked here ever since! In the future I would like to further my career in the animal industry and gain more experience and knowledge.

Charlotte
Assistant Animal Care Supervisor

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  • Level 2 and 3 Animal Management
  • Dog First Aid and Emergency Animal Care

I studied Animal Management at Hartpury College and since then have always known I wanted to work with animals. I started working here at Hydegate at the beginning of 2019, and love working with all the dogs.

I am really interested in conservation, and would love to go into that in the future, so working here helps me to get valuable experience in the industry.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and loving my rabbits, Freddie and Freya.

Kevin
Reception Team

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After spending 35 years in publishing I am now enjoying splitting my time working with the team at Hydegate and all our lovely guests and volunteering at Slimbridge Wetlands Centre as a guide.

In my spare time I enjoy walking around the gloucestershire countryside and relaxing at home with my two dogs Reg ‘n’ Dave.

Claire
Reception Team

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I started working at Hydegate in early 2022 and have loved welcoming all of our furry guests. I have a passion for the outdoors and love taking rescue dogs in my care on walks in the gloucestershire countryside. In addition to working at Hydgeate I spend my spare time helping at a flower farm.

 

Rachel
Animal Care Assistant

 

Hannah
Animal Care Assistant

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  • Dog First Aid and Emergency Animal Care

I started here at Hydegate on a work experience placement during my time in secondary school. I enjoyed my time at Hydegate so much I applied for a full position and have worked here ever since! In the future I would like to further my career in the animal industry and gain more experience and knowledge.

Phil
Animal Care Assistant

 

Lisa
Animal Care Assistant

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Having previously worked as a vet care assistant and receptionist for over 15 years I have a love for all animals big and small.

I also have rescued a number of huskies across the years who I love to take on long walks in my spare time.

Tess
Animal Care Assistant

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  • BSc Applied Animal Science with Therapy

In addition to completing a degree in Animal Science I have a wealth of experience volunteering at a number of animal rescue charities and working for the RSPCA and a doggy day care.

Maisie
Animal Care Assistant

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I have had friends work at Hydegate since I was in secondary school and loved hearing the stories about all the visitors they have. I started volunteering while at school and now am proud to work with all the amazing animals part time with my studies.

Olly
Animal Care Assistant

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I started volunteering at Hydegate in 2021 and have since started working with the amazing team at Hydegate full time. I love working with all dogs big and small and endeavour to further my career with animals in the future.

Andrew
Animal Care Assistant

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  • Level 3 Animal Management and Conservation

I have previously volunteered at a wildlife rehab centre caring for injured animals and have worked as a farmyard manager.

Luke
Animal Care Assistant

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  • Bronze, Silver and Gold Citizenship Awards.

I have always had a love for animals in particular dogs. I love working with the dogs here at Hydegate as they are sure to always leave you with a smile on your face.

In addition to working at Hydegate I also assist in running local dog training classes.

Wojciech
Animal Care Assistant

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  • Level 3 Animal Management

Sophie
Cattery Assistant

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  • BSc (Hons) Human-Animal Interaction With Psychology
  • MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare (In Progress!)
  • Level 4 Advanced Feline Behaviour Diploma
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • ABC Small animal handling

After a fair few years of studying, I’m now enjoying my MRes in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Hartpury University. I’ve always felt a strong passion for animals, but particularly cats – big and small!

My own cat, Pedro, who’s been with me 12 years has of course contributed to this! I have lots of experience with cats, having volunteered for local charities, started a small cat sitting business in 2020 and worked for a local rescue centre for the past year.

I joined the Hydegate team early 2022 and I am loving every minute. I get to spend all my time with cats after all! As part of my role I am also helping to develop an enrichment plan to further enhance the behaviour and welfare of cats in our care.

 

 

Karen
Cattery Assistant

 

Hannah
Dog Groomer

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Qualifications:

  • HND Business and Management Animal Care
  • Advanced National Certificate in Animal Care
  • National Certificate in Animal Care

I am a self-employed dog groomer who has been involved with Hydegate for the past 12 years. Following on from studying at Lackham College I came to Hydegate to train as a dog groomer and held the position of Assistant Manager before leaving to start my family and build my own business.

I am available for booking 4 days a week at Hydegate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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