Senior veterinary surgeon Elaine Pendlebury has been praised by PDSA colleagues after announcing her retirement, following 37 years’ service with the charity.

As part of her recent duties, Elaine Pendlebury hosted live Facebook and Twitter chats to provide advice to pet owners,

The vet charity says Miss Pendlebury will be very much missed by colleagues and supporters alike for her wisdom, expertise and dedication.

Miss Pendlebury graduated with a BVetMed in 1978 and devoted her entire veterinary career to helping sick and injured pets cared for by PDSA pet hospitals.

She worked in every area of veterinary care before gaining managerial responsibility, finally reaching the position of senior veterinary surgeon for science and welfare.

PDSA head of pet health and welfare, Nicola Martin, said the organisation was very sad to be saying goodbye to Miss Pendlebury.

“Elaine’s outstanding commitment to PDSA has helped thousands of pets and their owners, both as a practising vet and through raising awareness of key pet health topics through her extensive media activity,” Mrs Martin said.

“We thank her for her contribution to animal welfare, for her tireless work and dedication, and we wish her the very best in her retirement.”

Through her career, Miss Pendlebury had a special interest in the bond between pets and their owners and helped pioneer the promotion of responsible pet ownership.

A big part of her PDSA role involved regular media appearances on a wide range of issues and projects. Television appearances included BBC’s The One Show, Channel 5 News and most recently as an expert on Channel 4’s Dogs – Their Secret Lives.

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