Archive for January, 2018

We’re delighted to be supporting Lewis, the Nice 2b Nice charity’s lovely Support Dog


L to R Kerrie Morley Hayley Bateman Lisa Dibnah and Pippa Kaplowitch with Lewis the Support Dog

We celebrated our sponsorship of Lewis, the Support Dog from Hull charity Nice 2b Nice, by welcoming the eight month old Labrador, and owner David Freer, to our Hedon practice on last week.

Nice 2b Nice supports disadvantaged children under the age of 16 living in the Hull and East-Riding area and will use therapy dog, Lewis to bring comfort to sick children and those with learning disabilities once he has completed his training in March.

We will be sponsoring Lewis’ routine medical care during the year and our fundraising team hopes to raise a significant amount through a series of fundraising activities, including vet Pippa Kaplowitch and nurse Emma Wyndham who will complete the national Three Peaks Challenge for the charity.

Lisa Dibnah, from our accounts department is a member of the charity committee who heard of a local charity that was starting a new venture with a therapy dog.

Lisa said: “I found out about Nice 2b Nice through a friend whose son had attended a ‘surprise day’ at his primary school and it was clear that this charity is making a big impression on people’s lives.

“In the past, we have held numerous fundraising events throughout the year for different charities, but this year, we all agreed that we could make a bigger impact by supporting a single local charity that really makes a difference in the community.

“It’s great to support Nice 2b Nice as it is a charity that is just beginning to take therapy dogs into hospitals, hospices, schools, and other places dogs are not usually allowed, in order to cheer people up.

Lisa concluded: “We hope that it’s a cause that many of our clients will be keen to get involved with too, as animal lovers.”

David Freer established Nice 2b Nice in 2014 after campaigning to raise funds to replace a boy’s stolen wheelchair.

The charity helps to provide financial support, organise surprise days, operates a respite centre and care home and offers a therapy dog service.

David said: “We’re delighted that Haven has chosen to support us and Lewis.

“Dogs like Lewis spread a lot of happiness and provide a mental lift for those who are hospitalised or receiving medical treatment at home,” he added.

“During his training, Lewis has had a great effect on the children we support and, once he’s fully trained, we’d like to help many more children.”

To find out more about supporting Nice 2b Nice or booking a visit from Lewis see or email

Congratulations, Carol on your 40th anniversary with Haven Veterinary Group

We were delighted to mark a special staff anniversary with a surprise lunch recently.

Carol Burnham, pictured left above, head receptionist of the small animal department at our Hedon practice, celebrated 40 years of service with 15 colleagues as we toasted her anniversary over lunch.

Her husband Richard and retired colleagues also made an appearance for the occasion when she was presented with a watch and a bouquet of flowers by our owner and principal vet, Jim Morris.

Carol, of Burstwick, joined the practice initially working in the large animal side of the business before moving over to the small animal department.

 Jim paid tribute to her commitment to the practice: “We’re very pleased to mark Carol’s 40 years of service here at Haven and we’d all like to wholeheartedly thank her for her loyal service.

“She is one of the first people our patients and owners see when they visit the practice and her willingness to help is exemplary.”

Lisa Dibnah, who works in the finance department, said: “It was lovely to surprise Carol with a special lunch, and reminisce about the funny things that had happened over the years.”

Carol said it was wonderful to mark the milestone with her colleagues and friends.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years – the practice has really grown from the early days when the large animal department was in a Portakabin.”

Pictured left to right is Carol with colleagues Sandra, Karen and Judy.