Jayne joined Riverside in 1987 as an auxiliary veterinary nurse (now known as animal nurse assistants). It is the only job she has ever wanted to do. Jayne has seen many great changes over the years and she loves working with the team at Riverside. Jayne can now be found on reception, greeting you when you come into the practice. She loves our clients and their equally wonderful and varied pets of all shapes and sizes. At home Jayne lives with her husband, two cats Phillip and Dilys, 10 chickens, and 17 Koi Carp. Jayne’s hobbies include playing the violin, singing and her beloved Deux Chevaux car. She has also been trying to learn to ski with varying amounts of success! Jayne is a vegetarian who loves Strictly Come Dancing, and most of all chocolate.
Sarah has been a receptionist at Riverside since October 2009. With her background in retail and customer relations and having raised children and now having grandchildren; Sarah feels well equipped to cope with any animal problems, even the more challenging ones. Sarah has extra skills in helping with pet bereavement. Sarah lives with her husband and two beautiful cats, Archie and Maud. When not at work she enjoys music and going to the theatre. She is also an avid reader and loves curling up with a good book.
Gavin was originally owned by a homeless gentleman who brought him in to the practice when he could no longer keep him. He came in one cold November night. He was born in approximately 2005. Gavin has cerebellar dysplasia which means that there are connections in his brain that do not work perfectly so he is sometimes a bit unsteady on his feet, but we all love him the way he is. Gavin likes: sleeping in doorways, plenty of cuddles, getting his own way. He dislikes: plastic bags, loud noises, not getting enough attention and going up and down stairs (he prefers to be carried if possible). He finds dogs a bit bemusing but is generally not scared of them and his key skills include purring for our clients and being fussed.