Hello, my name is Cath. I have always had a great love of animals and have been able to follow a career in animal health, care and welfare for over 30 years.
I started working with dogs and cats for a summer holiday job as a kennel maid at boarding, breeding and show kennels in Surrey. My aim was to follow a career in animal care and welfare. I started as a trainee technician at Liverpool University and after many years of study I gained my qualifications in animal technology and eventually managed a unit at Liverpool University School of Veterinary Science. Part of my work involved working with Vets at the University and Small Animal Hospital and teaching vet students how to handle small animals. I have had experience of working with large and small animals such as cats, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, guinea-pigs, rabbits, chickens, geese, pigs, sheep, goats and ponies to name but a few! I can administer medication so you don't need to worry if you need to leave a poorly or post operative pet. I also have lots of experience with dog whelping, cat kittening and even lambing!
For many years I managed a walking group for visually impaired walkers and guide dogs. Walking is such a pleasure and often guide dog owners find it difficult to access the countryside and free run their dogs. The group provided an opportunity for enjoying a great walk and safe off lead exercise for the dogs. I ensured the walks were checked for safety in advance, every walker had a sighted guide and minibus transport. This was all carried out for Bradbury Fields who provide services for visually impaired people in the Merseyside area. I have now handed that responsibility over to a lovely lady who is loving the challenge!
After leaving the University, I spent two months working as a volunteer at the National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, Cornwall. I helped care for the penguins, otters and seals (both adults and cubs undergoing rehabilitation for release back to the wild). I also looked after the rescued paddock animals including the ponies, sheep, goats and Reef the cat.
As a pet owner myself, I know how difficult it is to leave such an important member of the family behind when going away. I can provide a solution that allows your pets to stay in their own homes and be able to keep to their familiar routines.
My lovely dog, Nan, died last year at 17 and so I am now looking after lots of animals, pets and livestock, in their own homes. You can benefit from my knowledge and experience as I provide loving care for your pets and security for your home while you are away.
I am Fully insured, CRB checked and have references available to view.