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Lisa Richards


Lisa Richards

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Job Title: Receptionist
Nickname: Crazy Cat Lady
Joined Riverside in: 2014
Pets: 2 dogs, 6+ cats
Animal she would be: Cat

I started at Riverside in 2014 when I was studying a Foundation Degree in Animal Health and Welfare. I came to work on saturdays as work experience for the course. When a full time recesptionist position came available I was offered the job. I was a receptionist for 6 years and in 2020 I was asked if I would like to join the Veterinary Nursing course. It was always an ambition of mine so when the chance came I was really please to move into that role.

I always wanted to work with animals in general so the best part of the job is getting to "smoosh" the patients when they come in. I do like talking to their owners too though. I still get to do this as a nurse, and now I am enjoying being a lot more involved in thier care as well.

I love cats, hence the nickname "Crazy Cat Lady", I have 6 cats of my own at home, and sometimes I foster cats and kittens for the Cats Protection. Astro, my labrador, takes it very well. He's a big softy, but he does get a bit scared of the kittens sometimes.

My hobbies include buying books and never having time to read them, I like horror movies and anything Disney. But most of my time is taken up with looking after my little boy, and caring for the pets. I now have a Great Dane puppy called Athena to add to the family too. When I get chance I would like to study more about cat behaviour, and one of my bucket list items would be to spend some time doing voluntary work at an elephant sanctuary.