On reflection this probably should have been our first blog but hindsight is a wonderful thing. It was only a close friend who read the blog and pointed out that we hadn’t said anything about who we are! A blindingly obvious thing when it’s pointed out to you and a little daft really…our excuse is a good one though – there is lots to think about when you are opening a business, especially a vets!
So the Bright Side Crew…who are we? Well, we are a husband and wife team that are supported by a great network of friends and family. Kelly is the person our future clients and their pets will want to get to know quickly, as she’s the vet. The inspiration for our business, the person who’s skills and passion for taking care of animals has given us the confidence to jump and become our own bosses! I on the other hand come with a different set of skills – I will be the person you meet on arrival but I am also the person that will do the boring management stuff behind the scenes.
More about Kelly (from my perspective)!!! Kelly is one of the most determined people I know; passionate and incredibly dedicated to her work, her family and the other things in her life that make her happy. Born in Bristol she has one brother (Matt) and two very cute nieces; her mum is one of her closest friends and will no doubt be found at the practice on frequent occasions. Kelly studied Veterinary Sciences at Bristol before working in Pembrokeshire for a few years, where she learnt her craft in a very busy mixed animal practice. A true James Herriot type lifestyle working all hours and treating every type of creature you could find in South West Wales.
Following that diverse job Kelly moved to the Midlands where she became the head vet for a small animal practice in Bedworth. As an integral part of the team there Kelly helped to grow the business to become clinical director and responsible for 7 other vets. Not one to rest on her laurels or be complacent about her abilities, Kelly has undertaken a wealth of further courses to becomea more diverse and competent vet; learning new skills and talents to help her treat the animal patients she sees. For example, acupuncture, advanced small animal surgery and using advanced diagnostics such as ultrasound and endoscopy.
As for myself…well my story couldn’t be more different. I don’t lay claim to any part of the country other than being born in Oxford and my parents currently living in Lincolnshire (where I did most of my schooling). I have two brothers, two sisters and a wealth of incredible nieces and nephews who live around the country. My background is in tourism of all things – I started out wanting to be a chef but quickly realised that being with people in the restaurant, seeing them happy and content by things I was doing was where my passion really laid. Working for numerous small hotels and restaurants (some quite well known) has given me a different skill set that I hope will come in useful with Bright Side Vets.
My current role at the national tourist board, VisitEngland, is fun and has led me to working with people all over the country. I have frequently been to Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire with work; when the property in Swadlincote came up, the decision to move from Coventry where we currently live was an easy one. It has some of the most beautiful countryside I have seen in England and we have the warmest welcome whenever we have visited…it seemed like the ideal spot to set up our new venture.
Are there other crew members you might ask?? There are a couple of others who are waiting in the wings to be introduced but we will tell you more about them once we open so come back here to learn about the rest of the gang.
For now that’s it but I will be back soon with more on how Bright Side Vets is coming…some of you might have noticed the banner is up outside Waterloo House!