Meet the Vet Blood Team

Our dedicated team of vets, nurses and assistants travel by specially-designed mobile blood collection vehicles to the retired greyhound rehoming centres where the dogs donate blood. This blood is used in our Medivet branches and also across the country to help save the lives of very poorly dogs. We travel as far as 2-3 hours away every week to collect from the greyhounds and then the blood is processed in our blood van and also back at our blood bank in Watford.

Denise TurnerDenise Turner – Blood Bank Manager and Watford Area Manager

I began working for Medivet in January 1999 originally as a patient care assistant, then a head nurse and now an area manager and blood bank manger. Although I love nursing I really enjoy the management side of my role and am happy to assist with nursing whenever I can. I have a particular interest in emergency/critical care nursing and also enjoy hand rearing. At home we have three rescue dogs called Boston, Jeffrey and Loki as well as our cat Flame.

 

Leah JacksonLeah Jackson – Blood Bank Manager and Mobile Head Veterinary Nurse

I started nursing for Medivet in August 2009. After three and a half long and hard years of studying, I became a qualified registered veterinary nurse in August 2014. I then became head nurse at Hemel Hempstead, which is my biggest achievement so far. I thoroughly enjoy my job, as each day is different and always challenging. I also manage the blood bank with Denise, helping save dogs lives through blood donations. I own a pet dog called Midge, who lives at my parents. Midge is a tibetan terrier who enjoys his mummy cuddles when she comes home and his long country walks.