Vet Nurse celebrates 15 years of being ‘paws on’ for poorly pooches
Caring for dogs who need extra TLC takes true commitment and dedication, as Vet Nurse Steph Hodgson knows all too well as she celebrates 15 years’ service at Dogs Trust Bridgend.
Steph, who lives in Bridgend started in 2003 after training at a veterinary practice on the Isle of Wight before moving to Cardiff and eventually becoming a Veterinary Nurse at Dogs Trust Bridgend. Steph knew she wanted to work in a rescue environment so when the job came up at Dogs Trust, she jumped at the chance to apply, she said:
“I absolutely love working for Dogs Trust Bridgend and having the chance to do what I love for the dogs of all shapes and sizes. I really enjoy spending time with dogs that may have had a rocky start in life and successfully gaining their trust so that they are healthy and happy before they go to their new homes. I get so much satisfaction from seeing dogs improve during their time with us.
“We’re able to ensure that the dogs receive the best possible care during their time with us due to the generous players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Their on-going support means that dogs stay happy and healthy whilst they wait to meet their forever families.”
Steph’s role is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose incredible funding continues to help Dogs Trust provide dogs with everything they need while they await their forever home. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £9.5 million to date for Dogs Trust since 2014.
A typical day for Steph involves assisting with neutering and minor necessary operations, administering flea and worming treatments, ensuring dogs are in tip top condition before they head to their new homes and being the first point of contact for all veterinary matters for the dogs in the rehoming centre.
She has seen more than 8,000 homeless hounds come into the centre over the last 15 years. While she doesn’t make a habit of bringing her work home with her, as a dog lover the temptation became too much and during her time she has rehomed a 12-week-old Lurcher called Shelby who sadly passed away at the age of 14 and an orphaned Chihuahua pup called Chilli who she hand reared from birth.
Steph adds: “Chilli was one of a litter of four puppies who I hand reared at home. I fed them every two hours until they were strong enough to be weaned and did this until they were eight weeks old and ready to go off to their new homes.
“I see dogs of all shapes and sizes every single day and normally go for bigger dogs so I never thought I’d end up with a tiny breed like Chilli, but I fell in love with her sweet nature and cheeky character - she was special and has made our family complete.”
Dogs Trust Bridgend rehome approximately 700 dogs a year of all shapes, sizes and ages.
If you’d like to adopt a dog, please visit the rehoming centre
or call the team on 0300 303 0292