Meet the team:
Branch Manager: Martyn has been with the society for 27 years in total .16 years with the South Durham and North Yorkshire Branch & 11 years with the Blackpool & North Lancs Branch. He holds a City & Guilds qualifications and several certificates in animal welfare courses obtained from Myerscough college over the years, while being involved in the relocation and building of the new animal centre
Animal Centre Manager: Hannah has a Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and has a passion for animal welfare. She owns a 14 year old Westie called Barney, a 7 year old cat called Alfie who she rehomed from the centre when he was 6 months old and two Netherland Dwarf rabbits called Diego and Luna who she also rehomed from the centre. Hannah also has an elderly cat called Winnie who she is fostering long term. Hannah has a lot of knowledge and experience with all kinds of animals having been involved with the branch for the last 10 years.
Cattery Supervisor: Alison volunteered at the branch and Blackpool Zoo before being employed. She has a passion for animal care in particular cats and their behaviour and has studied at Myerscough College. She has completed RSPCA standard procedures enabling her to microchip and vaccinate animals. Alison has a pet cat called Minnie. She also has several qualifications in animal care including a BSC Hons Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare.
Kennel Supervisor : Kelly joined the team in February 2016. She previosly studied at Myerscough College and has a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management and a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Kelly is devoted to all animals however her passion is dogs and their behaviour. At home, Kelly has a large variety of animals including emus and a flock of sheep!
Animal Care Assistant: Carol volunteered at several veterinary practices and has a interest in the veterinary elements of her job. Since starting at Longview she has completed her standard procedures and is qualified to microchip. She has two BSC degrees one in Zoology and the other in Animal Behaviour & Welfare. In addition to this, she has a diploma in Business Management. Carol owns 2 Beagles, 3 cats and 2 rabbits.
Animal Care Assistant: Russell has come from an animal background at Myerscough College where he studied animal management. He has reptiles and a cat called Gretel who he adopted from the centre. He loves reptiles and has two Bearded Dragons and a Gecko. He is qualified in microchipping animals in our care.
Animal Care Assistant: Louise has 2 cats and a dog of her own. She has been volunteering for the Branch for over 20 years! She has only just this year been hired as part time staff. We are very pleased to have Louise as a member of our staff, she certainly deserves her position after volunteering for so many hours over the years to help the animals. She is very knowledgeable on rabbits, guineas and cats.
Animal Care Assistant: Kim has worked at the centre since December 2015. She has previously studied at Myerscough College and has a National Diploma in Animal Management. At home, Kim has 2 dogs one of which was rehomed from the centre, 2 guinea pigs, a tortoise, a hamster and some fish.
Animal Care Assistant: Hannah joined our team in September 2015. Hannah has qualifications in animal care and equine management and a level 3 diploma in Agriculture. She has always had dogs and horses whilst living in Cornwall. Hannah has a great passion for dogs and farm animals having worked on beef and sheep farms in the past and has also showed cattle and horses at agricultural shows. She currently has a 5 year old Cocker Spaniel called Freddie who has just started agility.
Animal Care Assistant: Katie is our newset member of staff having started with us in March. She has an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Small Animal Care and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge having worked for many years in the boarding kennel and veterinary industry. Katie is a qualified horse riding instructor and is qualified in horse behaviour. At home Katie has dogs, guinea pigs, horses and cows.
Animal Care Assistant: Olivia has just completed her Level 2 in Small Animal Care through Myerscough College. She has volunteered in various rescues and boarding kennels before starting with us at the centre in January 2016. Olivia has 2 cats called Sammi and Tilly.
Animal Care Assistant: Joe started working at Longview in May 2017 having previosuly volunteered at another RSPCA centre for over a year. He has completed his Level 3 in Animal Management and owns one cat and three hamsters.
Animal Care Assistant: Paula volunteered at the centre and then completed her work experience before becoming a member of staff in July 2017. She has recently gained a distinction star qualification in Animal Care Level 2 and also an outstanding student award at Myerscough College. Paula owns a rabbit called Russell, a Black Lab called Rollei and two Borders Terriers called Kelpie and Teko.
Part Time Receptionist: Sue started at the branch in March having previously worked as a receptionist and kennel maid at a local boarding kennels and cattery. Sue also has previous experience as a receptionist administrator working for a local construction company and Mercedes Benz. Sue runs her own furniture up cycling business which she does in her spare time. At home, she has 2 Dachshunds called Wellington and Humphrey as well as two working Labradors called Dora and Jack.