Michaela started at The Pines in November 2016 and is the practice manager. She volunteers at two rescue charities – a pet animal charity and another for wildlife. Michaela has four cats and a rabbit at home, as well as also taking in lots of foster animals.
Receptionist and Canine Behaviour Advisor
Melanie has been a veterinary receptionist since 2007, and with The Pines since 2009, which she really enjoys. She has a keen interest in canine behaviour. Previously Melanie worked for the Dogs Trust which was very rewarding – there’s nothing like seeing a dog go to their new home having come in as a stray or from a home where they had been abused or neglected. Whilst she loves most species of animals, dogs are her passion. When she lived in Spain she would take in stray dogs, get them vaccinated and neutered with her local vet and find them new homes. She then started doing the same for stray cats too. It was not unusual for Melanie to have several dogs and cats living, eating and sleeping together in the house whilst waiting to be rehomed (and a very large vet bill!). Melanie is also a qualified canine behaviourist having completed the course with distinction in December 2013, meaning she can provide more help to our clients with doggy dilemmas. She has six rescue dogs of her own: two Lurchers (Sadie & Nellie), two Chihuahua’s (Brian & Colin), a Cairn cross Westie (Bessie) and a Spanish Podenco (Depp).
Debbie has been working at The Pines since 2009 as a part-time receptionist. Prior to working here she was at the Maidenhead Advertiser. Debbie really enjoys making and decorating cakes, which means she needs a lot of practice – practice that the rest of the team are happy to taste test for her! She plays Crib one evening a week and enjoys not only the game, but the social aspect of it too. She also has a pet tortoise called Tommy.
Naomi has been working at The Pines since October 2013 as one of the receptionists. Having always loved being with and around animals she knew she wanted to work at a veterinary clinic. Naomi enjoys and appreciates being able to greet all different clients and their pets into the clinic. She shares her home with three adorable cats who she treasures and her crazy wolf, Luna, who is a Husky/Malamute. When she is not working she enjoys taking Luna on country walks with her family, cuddling up on the sofa with her cats, horse riding and going out for dinner – she’s a real foodie! Naomi is fascinated by and has a real soft spot for cats and would love to work more closely with them in the future.