Archive for April, 2016

Long serving staff notch up over 250 years of service

Long serving staff enjoy afternoon tea at the Holiday Inn at Hull MarinaA dedicated team of 10 staff has clocked up a collective 257 years of service as Haven Veterinary Group celebrates the achievements of its long serving employees.

Members of staff at the Hull veterinary practice, which operates branches in Holderness Road and on Ketwell Lane, Hedon, marked the occasion with afternoon tea at the Holiday Inn on Hull Marina.

Sheila Clayton, who first joined the Hull practice in 1974 as a veterinary nurse, is the longest serving member of staff with a total of 42 years with the group.

She said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in different roles with the practice. We’ve certainly grown – at first there was only one other veterinary nurse who used to look after reception with me.

“It’s amazing how things have changed over the years – when I joined we used to be a walk-in surgery and now we’re constantly filling our vets’ diaries with appointments.”

Other long serving members of staff include cleaner Jo Brentano; vet Do Pickering, branch administrator Anne Docherty and receptionists Gail Dungworth, Sandra Atkinson, Judy Farnes, Cheryl Broderick and the second longest-serving staff member Carol Burnham.

Haven Vet Group owner and principal vet Jim Morris, who is also celebrating 25 years of service, treated the group to the afternoon tea for the occasion.

He said: “It’s moments like this that make my job special and I’m very proud to be supported by such a great and loyal team.

“I wanted to do something to celebrate our collective long service, and show my appreciation because this is a real milestone for the group.”

Haven Veterinary Group was formed in 1907 by Mr Dugdill who set up a practice in the Holderness area.

Over the years the group relocated to Hedon then expanded with the opening of the branch in Holderness Road. Haven Veterinary Group now employs 32 people including seven vets.