MEET THE TEAM Meet our team of experts and dog lovers. Here at LocalVets, we have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusiastic staff. Here is a brief introduction to the team... Ruby and GeorgePractice Owners Ruby and George are the backbone and foundation of the practice. Their passion for animals stems from years of hands-on experience with their own animals at home. They set out with a vision to be better, they based this practice around their past experiences with other vets and pioneered ways to make it better. JadeOperations Manager Jade has a lengthy history demonstrating her love for animals; when she was just 14, she started her first job as a stable hand at her local equine center and later on in life, she volunteered at her local animal sanctuary and dog rescue kennels. On the flip side of this, Jade holds a Level 2 Business and Administration Degree and has worked in customer service/ administration for many years; having worked for solicitors and large manufacturers. Jade has 2 dogs of her own and understands how important it is that our furry friends get the very best treatment. RumenMRCVS Rumen graduated from Trakia University in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1988. Anyone who knows Rumen, knows that his passion is for Bull Breeds and he has spent his career building a clear picture of this. He is part multiple schemes and programs which promote the health and wellbeing of dogs, particularly Brachiocephalic Breeds. He is part of the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme and other bulldog health programs which focuses on bettering the breed standards for the health of the animals. In his free time, Rumen enjoys being out in the fresh air or taking trips with his family. NoemiMRCVS Noemi decided to be a vet when she was only 4 years old. She was preparing to be a vet during her whole education. She spent 5.5 years at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest. She volunteered every summer in small animal hospitals in Hungary. She is interested in soft tissue surgery, dermatology, exotics pets and internal medicine. She has done several pharmacology courses this year and she will complete a soft tissue surgery and abdominal ultrasound course later this year. She is very passionate about animals welfare and rights and she is always happy to help you and your pets. MarianaCanine Fertility Universidad Catolica de Cordoba is where Mariana spent over 5 years studying to become a veterinary Surgeon, during this period she developed a desire to focus her time on canine reproduction. For the last 2 years she has been honing her skills in canine reproduction, having played a pivotal role in a multitude of canine pregnancies and breeding programs. Having hands on experience previously working at the Hospital De Mascotas as a veterinary surgeon, she performed multiple complicated surgeries and studied under world class surgeons. She also worked at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand where studied and practiced Reproduction and Fertility in the Elephants. DanielMRCVS I always wanted to be a vet and in my university years, I worked and volunteered in different clinics where my mentors inspired me to be the best vet I could be, they always believed in me and pushed me to be my best. I graduated in 2019 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest. I practiced as a vet for a year while volunteering in a local animal shelter in Romania, there I worked as part of a neutering program. In 2020 I finally made another dream come true and moved to the UK because I knew it was the best place to develop my skills as a vet, get the right experience and share my love for animals with others. After working in a busy GP practice I decided to join Local Vets to focus more on brachycephalic medicine and more complex procedures. In my spare time, I love exploring new places, traveling around the country, hiking, and meeting new people, I am really looking forward to meeting all the pets and clients at Local Vets. LuanaMRCVS AndreeaMRCVS Andreea graduated in 2019 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest, Romania. She has keen interest in cytology, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery. Andreea will be undertaking and Ophthalmology course later this year and is keen to progress this into a specialism. Outside work Andreea likes to take long walks in nature, hiking and has a long wish list of countries to visit. CarolineRVN Caroline attended Edinburgh College, qualified in 2016 and has a keen interest in Feline and geriatric nursing. She has a real passion for her work and is working toward becoming a clinical coach to help train more student nurses in our practice. Caroline runs our free of charge clinics such as; weight checks and bod scoring, new puppy checks and dental check-ups. These are all available at our Halesowen branch. In her spare time, Caroline spends her time at parks or exploring woodland walks with her family and dog Betty. AliceRVN Alice studied at Rodbaston College and graduated as a Vet Nurse in 2019. Alice is most passionate about animal behaviour and is due to undergo an Applied Animal Behaviour course in 2021. Alice is also in charge of our in house IDEXX Laboratory and is an advocate for the importance of their diagnostic capabilities. Alice spends all her free time with her horse ‘Llama’, she has always been an avid equestrian and enjoys summer evenings spent hacking out with friends. ShellRVN Shell studied at Rodbaston College and has over 20 years of experience under her belt. She is most passionate about client care and animal behaviour having taken several courses to better understand animals and pass this knowledge onto pet owners. Shell likes to do both the surgical side and the customer facing side of nursing and is available for behavioural consults at our Oldbury branch. Shell has 2 beloved cats called Baily and Doc and a Harry the terrier mix. KendraRVN Kendra studied at Halesowen College for 4 years before qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2019. Kendra has always had a keen interest in animals – starting her veterinary career at 16 years old and volunteering in veterinary clinics as a kennel maid. In the clinic you can always find her with a happy and friendly face – she is always willing to help clients and any animal in need. Going further into her career Kendra would love to go abroad to New Zealand and continue to work and grow her knowledge with small animals alongside seeing the country and its beauty. SophieRVN Sophie graduated from Harper Adams in 2019. She has completed many extra courses in her own time to become an extremely knowledgeable nurse which gives her a huge edge when it comes to picking up little details when we are treating poorly animals. She is also a VPAC Certificate Holder, which has also given her a great understanding of the administration side of the practice, ensuring we are following guidelines and protocols. At home she has Poppy the King Charles Spaniel, Dominic the Staffy, Blackjack and Tutti-frutti the Axotls and also 5 cats; Mr Norris, Chubby, Dusty Daisy and Ripley. EmmaStudent Nurse Emma is currently studying at Rodbaston College, this is her first year with us as a student nurse but has spent the last 6 months with us as an animal technician. Her love of animals runs very deep having started her working career as a riding instructor. Emma hopes to specialise in emergency and critical care once she qualifies as an RVN. In her spare time, she goes out riding on her horse Misty. HayleyReceptionist Hayley has always had a passion for animals and animal care; she has previously volunteered at animal shelters in her spare time and wants to continue her passion by furthering her career in a veterinary environment. Hayley comes from a customer service and administration background and loves being in an environment where she can do this and see all the beautiful pets at the same time. OliviaReceptionist Olivia has always had a passion for caring. She is currently studying childcare at college. She works here part time and plays a critical part in keeping our practice safe and clean for all our patients.