Julie Everill bottle feeding a puppy
PDSA Head Nurse Career Spans Over Nearly 40 Years Before Retirement
5th April, 2023 12h32
Julie Everill has helped to treat nearly 200,000 pets and has helped over 100,000 owners
Throughout a career spanning just shy of forty years, Head Nurse at Birmingham (Aston) PDSA Pet Hospital, Julie Everill looks back on the four decades of helping people and their pets stay together in times of dire need, before she hangs up her scrubs for the final time.
After joining PDSA in 1984, Julie quickly made her mark, being promoted to Head Nurse after twelve months. Thirty-eight years later, Julie’s love for her work has never faltered.
Julie says: “Working with animals was my dream from a very young age. My situation in life meant I would not be able to go through the five years training to be a vet - my family were very rich with love, but would not be able to financially support such a long training regime. Nursing seemed the best alternative - learning while earning and without as much longevity and pressure as training to be a vet. Nurses are able to spend more time with the animals too, which is what I wanted.”
Over thirty-eight years, Julie has helped to care for over 170,000 pets, and been there to support over 100,000 owners.
Throughout Julie’s final full year in 2022, the Birmingham (Aston) Pet Hospital team:
- Treated 9,433 pets
- Performed 695 surgical operations
- Undertook 1,328 x-rays
- Carried out 587 ultrasounds
- Provided 22,347 consultations
Throughout Julie’s 38 year long career at PDSA, there have been around half a million consultations, 28,000 operations on poorly pets, 44,000 x-rays and 19,000 ultrasounds performed by the whole team at the Birmingham (Aston) PDSA Pet Hospital.
Julie reflects on her biggest achievements throughout her career:
- Working for many years in a hardworking and conscientious team that embodies PDSA values and mission. With long retention of staff, always being a solid team there to help and support each other with whatever case came through the door.
- Being there to support people and their pets in their times of need, providing life-saving and emergency treatment, whilst also working with open ears – being there when owners needed reassurance and comfort.
Julie added: “Anyone who chooses to work at PDSA will find friendly, devoted staff who are committed to ensuring all animals they see are restored to full health, and an organisation dedicated to combatting welfare issues and striving to see a day where no pet has to suffer, through campaigns, education programmes, and at the very heart – simply helping families when they have nowhere else to turn.”
“It has truly been a pleasure working for PDSA, making a little bit of a difference each day. Being responsible for the team, clients and pets for over thirty-eight years has been an honour, but I know the hospital will be in safe hands when I’m enjoying my retirement.”
For a career like Julie’s - PDSA is currently recruiting for several varied roles, for more information, please visit PDSA’s Careers page.
PDSA treats 390,000 pets and supports 330,000 owners every year, across 48 Pet Hospitals throughout the UK. With 1,600 vet staff, the charity exists to keep people and pets together.
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