It was all cake and flowers for Linda (Lin) Arnold when colleagues clubbed together to help her celebrate 26 years as one of the community’s most recognised people – the receptionist at Cedar Vets in Verwood, Dorset.

[L-R] Debi Giddings-Hall, Lin and Darren Lucas.

Mrs Arnold has worked at the Verwood branch of Cedar Vets part-time since it opened 25 years ago, prior to which she worked at the practice’s hospital in Ringwood for a year.

So, to celebrate her quarter century in her current role, she was entertained by her colleagues at surprise tea party, during which staff presented with an animal-themed “birthday” cake.

Commenting on her milestone, she said:  “So much has changed in the veterinary world during my time. When I started, the practice was much smaller and I worked closely with the vet, which I really enjoyed, but our facilities were certainly not what they are today – we even had an outside loo!”
Of her surprise party, she said: “The celebration was such a surprise. The cake was wonderful and it was lovely to have a small party with some of our loyal clients and staff.  I look forward to continuing working at Cedar Vets and perhaps reaching the next milestone!”
Darren Lucas, clinical director of Cedar Vets, said: Lin has played a pivotal role in the development of Cedar Vets and we count ourselves very lucky to have had such a dedicated, passionate person as part of our team for such a long time.”

He added: “Our receptionists reflect the ethos of the practice and contribute to our work in a multitude of ways, including looking after clients, animal handling and assisting us with blood testing and other minor procedures. They also help with the counselling of bereaved clients.”

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