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Maja Redfern Vet

Maja Redfern

DrMedVet CHPV MRCVS

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Clinical Director

Maja is a proud Norwegian and has always enjoyed travelling and exploring new cultures. She graduated in 2005 from Szent Istvan University in Budapest, Hungary and shortly afterwards moved to England to work in small animal practice. Maja has worked in mobile practice since 2010 and was amongst the first in the country to complete a certification programme in hospice and palliative care in 2017. She has a keen interest in hospice care and pain management, and readily advises colleagues and other vets with difficult hospice cases. She is a dedicated pet owner and has developed a reputation amongst wanderers and strays for being the go-to person when lost.

Merel Taal Vet

Merel Taal

DVM CHPV MRCVS

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Founder and Marketing Director

Merel has worked at several practices all over the world but settled in the Black Country and Birmingham. After some time spent in the field of emergency and critical care, the idea of home visits for pets in the last phase of their life was born. She founded Dignipets in 2015 to offer an alternative approach for pets and owners at a very difficult time. In 2019 she completed a certification programme in hospice and palliative care and loves sharing all her newfound knowledge and experience with pet owners and colleagues. Her home is shared with a collie who goes to work every day and a few shy farm cats. She likes spending time with the kids, climbing, biking and travelling.

Donna Ness Vet

Donna Ness

Bvetmed CHPV MRCVS

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Managing Director

Donna qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1998 and started her career in small animal practice. After working in the field of emergency and critical care she moved in to the field of hospice and palliative care, and has been a mobile vet since 2014. She holds a certificate in animal hospice and palliative care, and enjoys keeping up to date in this emerging field of veterinary medicine. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and playing the piano and violin.

kevin redfern

Kevin Redfern

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Director of IT

Kevin is the proud creator of our Dignipets custom software and our Dignipets websites and much moreā€¦

He oversees our IT support and has lots of experience in the IT sector and can fix pretty much any problem. Despite being a complete IT geek, he still has spare time to enjoy fixing his cars, walking the dogs and spending time with his family.

Jessica Pugh-Smith

Jessica Pugh-Smith

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Veterinary Receptionist

Jess is our dedicated and experienced receptionist. She has a love of all animals (no matter the species) and surrounds herself with them. In addition to years of experience as a veterinary receptionist she has done charity work, worked with dog rescues, fostered lots of dogs, and worked with wild animals. Jess feels she is living the dream when her house is full of pets. Jess recently finished the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Certificate and is dedicated to helping everyone navigating through that difficult time of pet ownership.

Menno

Menno Merkx

DVM MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Menno is one of our day vets. He is very experienced in small animal general practice and supports the ethos of what we do. He is often seen driving our 4x4. Menno loves traveling and has seen many places all over the world. But luckily for us he is very content now living in the Midlands UK.

Menno

Ola Stepinska

MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Ola is one of our dedicated hospice vets who is on the road often day and night.

Ola gathered her experience as a small animal vet in the South of the United Kingdom and has moved up North to be able to join Dignipets. Ola loves walking her dogs and as you can see in the picture they are never far from her side!

Bettina Teichmann

Bettina Teichmann

MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Bettina is one of our night vets and has long experience in providing home visits. She has an interest in pain management and finds it very rewarding being able to help pets and their parents. She enjoys travelling, dog walking, singing, and spending time with her family and her dog.

Jenny

Jenny Prosser

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Volunteer

Jenny has many years' experience as a veterinary receptionist, both in the equine field as well as with small animals. As Jenny comes from a farming background and has had dogs and horses all her life, this enables her to have great empathy of all pet owner's needs.

As well as volunteering, Jenny loves horse riding, dog walking, mountain biking and traveling.

 

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