Michaela started as the practice manager at The Pines in November 2016. She has been volunteering and fostering for animal rescue charities since 2005, including both domestic and wildlife. Michaela currently has five rescue cats called Shadow, Tilly, Ziggy, Ozzie and Flora, as well as two rescue rabbits called Arthur and Olive.
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.
Sandy has been working at The Pines since September 2018, having taken voluntary redundancy and early retirement from her previous job after working there for 28 years. From a very young age, Sandy has loved animals, having had a menagerie of pets, including hamsters, gerbils, guinea-pigs, cats and dogs. She is married with two daughters and has two very bouncy Springer Spaniels, Ollie and Millie, as well as a tabby cat, Tigger. Sandy enjoys walking the dogs, watching films, reading and socialising with friends.