A cheerful, resourceful, caring and enthusiastic team!
Paul Davey, our surgeon, qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1977. Whilst he enjoys his role as head of the Davey household, he is a keen golfer and spends much time perfecting his swing! Despite Paul’s passion for golf, he worked, tirelessly, in support of Tina in setting up Melbourn Veterinary Surgery and ensuring it remained independent and tailored to provide people and their pets in the local community with the best possible diagnostic, therapeutic veterinary and after care services.
Tina and Paul’s children both still live at home and are sometimes to be found helping out at the surgery. As a family they have a couple of cats, three dogs and their daughter has a couple of ponies which the whole family gets involved with. When not at work, Tina enjoys yoga, her preference being ‘hot ashtanga‘. She also enjoys tinkering in the garden and walking the dogs. Tina enjoys travelling and hopes, one day, to revisit Africa, having spent a summer in Nigeria whilst at college. Tina is well-known for making desserts at family get togethers and says her waistline shows that she enjoys this far too much!
Liz Church BSc(Hons) BVetMed MRCVS, qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 with combined Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Her career began with 6 months in mixed practice before Liz decided to concentrate her efforts on small animals. Liz then worked at a small animal veterinary charity before joining Melbourn Veterinary Surgery in June 2012. She says: "I love working with the team here – I have known Paul, Tina and Di since 2003 as I used to work at their previous practice in-between studies. I have a particular soft spot for cats – especially the geriatrics!"
Di Hassen RVN qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 1996 from The Cambridge College of Agriculture at Milton. Prior to beginning her nursing career, Di worked in local animal charities. She has known Paul and Tina from Whittlesford days and have worked with them for over 25 years. She says: "It’s lovely to work with people that I know so well. I enjoy all aspects of nursing, but particularly like caring for hospitalised patients. Outside of work I used to be a keen hockey player – now my knees dictate that I keep to short distance running instead!"
Amanda has a few pets of her own so is a client as well as a member of staff at Melbourn Veterinary Surgery. She currently has 2 Guinea pigs, 3 Tortoises, a Parrot and her beloved dog. Amanda says: “My pets help me unwind after work especially if it has been a hectic day. On a Wednesday evening I become ‘Kaa’ – an assistant leader at a local Cub pack.” Amanda also loves gardening, spending as much time as possible outside either tending to or sitting in her garden. Having worked with Mr and Mrs Davey in their previous practice in Whittlesford, she returned to join them in their new Melbourn practice after taking a career break to raise her family.
How does Amanda feel about working at Melbourn Veterinary Surgery? In her words, “I really enjoy working at Melbourn vets! The staff are great to work with and are easily approachable for advice or concerns, whether you are a client or another member of staff. There is a relaxed yet professional atmosphere. The patients are great, each with their different personalities and their owners are lovely too!
Trudy is one of the receptionists at Melbourn Veterinary Surgery. As a receptionist, her main responsibility is to answer phone calls, book appointments and hopefully provide a helpful, friendly first form of contact with clients and members of the public. However, Trudy says in her role she is ready to take on additional responsibilities at a moment‘s notice! These can be anything from being the fastest emergency towel dispenser to producing tea and other refreshments at the drop of a hat! Trudy enjoys getting to know the clients and their pets, taking a personal interest in helping everyone who steps into reception. In Trudy’s own words: "I enjoy working at The Melbourn Veterinary Surgery because I have complete confidence that all staff do the best they can for any animal they are
contacted about. I have known Paul and Tina Davey and Di, their nurse, for many years and was thrilled to have the chance to work with them! I have used them as a vet for my own pets and trust them and any decisions they make concerning the animals in their care implicitly. "
Gill is another receptionist at Melbourn Veterinary Surgery. Seen here with one of her many dogs, Lola.