Our Staff

there's NO substitute for experience

Jacky, Mandy, Kira, Abbie, Emma and Chantelle have over 50 years’ experience of caring for and boarding a variety of animals.

We at Woodlands are committed to providing our staff with a ‘programme of education’ and ‘further training’. Staff members will regularly attend training courses to keep them at the forefront of advances in Animal Behaviour, Dog Training, Grooming, First Aid, Animal Care, Kennel Management, etc.

Our aim is to provide a high standard of professional care with dedicated and caring staff in a friendly and accessible environment.

Jacky

Jacky

Owner

My husband and I bought Woodlands 26 years ago and have turned it into a very successful boarding complex of which we are both very proud.

Before owning my own Complex, I managed a much larger concern for 10 years. I have trained gundogs in the field for East Riding Gundog Society and have run many pet training classes for various establishments, including Bishop Burton College.

I have owned and showed Rottweiler’s for the last 25 years, having bred many Crufts winners including my own homebred Champion Thirtleby Taboo. I have now retired from breeding and showing, but still have a keen interest in the breed, as I continue to play an active role in the re-homing and rehabilitating of Rottweiler’s in the North of England. I have over the years attended many, many courses including 20 years ago an intensive course doing Dog Behavior with the world-renowned John Rogerson. I have been doing behavior consultations for 20 years and find it so very rewarding. Other courses I have attended include nutrition, first aid, training (all aspects), behavior, animal communication, healing, chelonia management, grooming, trimming, Tellington Touch and many more….

At the moment my own menagerie consists of 6 Rottweiler’s, 1 Whippet, 1 Jack russell, 3 cats and 2 tortoises.

Mandy

Mandy

Groomer

Hello I’m Mandy and I’m the groomer here at woodlands. I find grooming very rewarding and love getting to spend one on one time with each dog whilst grooming them. When I’m not grooming I can be found cleaning the kennels and catteries or getting stuck into some gardening. I am first aid trained and have over 28 years of experience working with animals. I have worked at woodlands since 2016 and believe it is the best job in the world. I am particularly passionate about the westie breed and have two of my own much loved girls Tia and Willow who are mother and daughter. My dream is to own a Scottie and I am hoping to make this a reality in the very near future.

Kira

Kira

Cattery Supervisor

Hello my name is Kira, I’m the cattery supervisor. I began working at woodlands in 2018, since then I have carried out training in dorwest herbal products and animal first aid. Before joining the woodlands team I studied at Bishop Burton College where I gained a triple distinction star in animal management. I take great pride in my attention to detail and love getting to know your pets on a personal level, whether it be their dietary and medical needs or simply their likes and dislikes. I believe this helps to ensure they enjoy their stay with us and return home happy and healthy, in addition I am happy to help customers whatever the need and always ready to set your mind at ease. As you can see from my photo, I am the proud owner of a flame tipped rag doll cat called Ronald and a black domestic cat called Dobbie, I also own two dogs. I’m very passionate about animals and can’t wait to look after yours.

Chantelle

Chantelle

Hello I’m Chantelle, I have owned a range of animals throughout my life and adore looking after them. I have wanted to work at a kennels since I was in school, I now have my dream job and enjoy coming to work every day. I love getting to spend time with all of the furry friends big or small and getting to know their individual personalities. I have a 10 year old Jack Russell called Marlow who is my best friend and although he is getting older, he loves nothing more than playing fetch and doing a little bit of agility when given the chance.

Abbie

Abbie

Hello I’m Abbie, I started working at woodlands in 2019 and have loved every minute of it. Throughout my life I have owned many animals from hamsters and rabbits to my beautiful lab cross Skye. I am first aid trained and gained a level 3 subsidiary diploma in animal management at Bishop Burton College. From college I went straight to work at a doggy daycare services, here it was my duty to ensure dogs were health checked, supervised and stimulated throughout the day. I believe I have brought those skills with me to woodlands, always making sure your pets are top priority and paying attention to every detail. When I’m not taking care of the animals at woodlands there is nothing I love more than taking Skye for a nice long walk and spoiling her.

Emma

Emma

Hi my name is Emma and I have worked at woodlands since 2007. The team here are like a second family, we work really closely together and I believe this helps to make us the best. Whilst working at woodlands I have completed my animal first aid training and have started training in the spa so I can help Mandy with grooming. Spending time looking after your pets is the best part of my job and each one gets love and attention as if they were my own. I have a German shepherd named Missy, two cats, a giant continental rabbit and two guinea pigs, as you can imagine this means I have a lot of experience and am confident handling a range of different animals.