Middlesbrough veterinary nurse wins award for her senior pet care

Our beloved pets are valued family members even as their whiskers turn gray and their pace slows.

One veterinary nurse in Middlesbrough working to improve the quality of life for older pets is Laura Hammersley, who just won the Senior Support Nurse Award at the annual Hill’s Pet Nutrition Nurse Awards.

Laura, who works at White Cross Vets in Coulby Newham, received the highest industry award for her care and work with older pets.

“Winning this award and being recognized in the industry for the quality of our senior veterinary clinics is a great recognition of our work,” said Laura.

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Laura opened a free senior pet clinic targeting dogs over seven and cats over ten with veterinarian Amy Hood.

“We knew we wanted to help improve the quality of life for older pets and we could immediately see the positive effects on pets and their owners,” said Laura.

Before the Covid-19 crisis, Laura and Amy hosted the 45-minute sessions in the practice twice a week, which were very popular with local pet owners.

Laura Hammersley won the Senior Support Nurse Award at Hill’s Annual Pet Nutrition Nurse Awards

The couple provided guidance on how to deal with arthritis, specific nutritional advice, massage techniques, physical therapy, and everything in between.

The practice is located in Coulby Newham’s Parkway Center. The couple introduced various initiatives in the separate dog and cat wards to provide comfort for older pets, from orthopedic mattresses to non-slip mats.

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When the sessions could no longer be held due to Covid-19 restrictions, Laura and Amy were determined that older pets in the area would not miss out on the information packs they sent out to local pet owners.

“Pets typically age seven times faster than humans. When a pet is seven years old, they are in their final years.

“As they get older, the risk of developing diseases increases and their needs change.

“However, there are many simple things that can make a real difference to ensuring that older pets have long, happy, healthy lives. It’s amazing to be able to share our knowledge and then see that it makes a real difference “added Laura.

For more information on Senior Pet Services or how the sessions have helped local pets, please visit Facebook here. Or contact White Cross Vets on 01642 576333 to request an information pack.

More information on White Cross Vets can be found here.

The practice is part of IVC Evidensia, which has been caring for pets for over 80 years since it started in West Yorkshire in 1937 and now employs a team of 240 people in 22 UK practices.