Sally qualified in South Africa in 2001. She came to the UK to work and travel and has been here ever since! Having grown up near the coast, she loves Devon and Cornwall coastal walks with her dog and new baby. She enjoys being a part of the friendly Penbode Pets team and likes getting to know clients and their pets.
Kate qualified from Bristol University in 2010 and after a year working elsewhere, joined Penbode Pets. She enjoys all aspects of small animal practice with a particular interest in cats, her own black fluff-ball being a constant source of amusement and strife. In her spare time she enjoys getting out in the garden, walking on the moors, and keeping fit with swimming and zumba.
Kate graduated from Bristol University in 2001 and has worked for Penbode ever since. Initially doing mixed work in Bradworthy, she decided to concentrate on small animal practice and has worked part time from 2007. Between 2010 and 2015 she took breaks from work to have three children. In July 2017, Kate returned to work at our Holsworthy branch part time. Outside of work she has recently started riding again and enjoys spending time with her young family.
Paula is originally from Warsaw and now lives in Holsworthy. Here she tells us about her love of all things animal! What does a typical day involve? I have surgeries, dental procedures, x-rays and in the evening I do consults. I like to do as much as I can and fix the problem as fast I can. What are your favourite aspects of the job? Surgeries and dentals. I like everything that's practical. It's great to be able to improve the quality of life by carrying out a procedure which is relatively quick and easy - such as removing plaque to improve an animal's life. Anything you're not so fond of? The hardest jobs are euthanasias. It's the most difficult thing to face in this job. But I feel honoured to be there for the animal and the owner at this emotional time. I love all animals big or small. What is your greatest achievement? I have volunteered most of my life working with wildlife and stray animals all around the world. I spent three months volunteering on a baboon rehabilitation centre in South Africa. Baby baboons smell like puppies! Taking care of baboons is fun but involves a lot of hair pulling, biting, getting weed on and scratching! Describe yourself in three words. Weird sense (of ) humour!!!
Pascual (Pas)Medina. Originally from Madrid, Pas moved with his family to the seaside town of Premià de Mar just north of Barcelona where he attended school and university. He knew he wanted to be a vet from the tender age of three! Before heading over to the UK he saw practice in South Africa and says %3FYou can't do a wild animal spay until you've done 100 cat spays!%3F Pas is our 'go to' exotics Pet. If you have a poorly bearded dragon or an anorexic tortoise then call the Stratton branch and arrange an appointment with Pas.
Mark qualified from Liverpool University in 1994 and has been at Penbode Pets ever since. Mark has a special interest in eyes, and has gained his Royal College Certificate in Ophthalmology. Mark owns a lazy dog who doesn't join him on his cycle trips around Cornwall.
Claire qualified from Bristol University in 1983 and worked in pet practices throughout the UK before joining Penbode Pets in 1992. Claire has been incorporating complementary therapies of homeopathy and acupuncture into her clinical work throughout Devon and Cornwall for many years and gained her Certificate in Homeopathy in 2002. Claire is able to offer homeopathic and acupuncture treatments for dogs, cats, other small animals, horses and farm animals.
Mark trained in London, and qualified in 1982. Originally from Torrington, he has enjoyed working close to home all his working life, looking after all species mainly in Bradworthy, but more recently around all the surgeries with Penbode Pets. He has a passion for old Landrovers, music, Chilsworthy Chapel, his sheep and alpacas, and with wife Sandra, trying to keep up with news from four sons.
Jackie qualified from Liverpool University in 1987 and has worked at Penbode Pets ever since! She loves all aspects of general small animal work. Jackie has no free time outside of work as she's kept very busy looking after her two young boys and the farm where she keeps cattle, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs and a pet tarantula!
Nick qualified from Glasgow University in 1987; moving to Camelford in 2003 to run the branch day-to-day, and has been here ever since and fully expects to be here for a good time to come. As Nick does the majority of the consulting at the Camelford branch, he is able to follow a case through from start to finish, something which he enjoys. Nick adores his dogs and his wife adores dog-shows. He can therefore be found most weekends, when not on duty, at the local (and national) dog shows.